Great Falls Tribune http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:23:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.9 16th hole at Waste Management Phoenix Open enters virtual reality game http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/16th-hole-at-waste-management-phoenix-open-enters-virtual-reality-game/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/16th-hole-at-waste-management-phoenix-open-enters-virtual-reality-game/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:10:57 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/16th-hole-at-waste-management-phoenix-open-enters-virtual-reality-game/ 16th hole at Waste Management Phoenix Open enters virtual reality game.

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Golf fans will have the opportunity to experience the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale through a live 360-degree viewing and virtual reality experience during all four rounds of competition at the upcoming Waste Management Phoenix Open, Feb. 1-4.

The live VR experience can be viewed on Samsung Gear VR headsets on a global basis through the “PGA Tour VR Live” app available on the Oculus store.

THE 360 video experience will also be available on Twitter and Periscope during all four days of the event. Using any smartphone, fans will be able to watch live, 360 video from the 16th hole during Waste Management Phoenix Open via the @PGATour Twitter feed.

“The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the most exciting in golf,” said Rick Anderson, PGA TOUR Chief Media Officer. “We look forward to bringing that excitement to our fans who can’t physically be at the tournament through live virtual reality. They will be able to experience all the thrills from home.”

Intel True VR uses panoramic, stereoscopic camera pods to create a more natural and realistic view from any direction. Up to eight cameras will be placed around the 16th hole, in addition to a dedicated sideline reporter, Teryn Schafer.

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Curtis Strange slams playoff chatter between Jon Rahm, Andrew Landry http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/curtis-strange-slams-playoff-chatter-between-jon-rahm-andrew-landry/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/curtis-strange-slams-playoff-chatter-between-jon-rahm-andrew-landry/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:57:06 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/curtis-strange-slams-playoff-chatter-between-jon-rahm-andrew-landry/ Curtis Strange was not impressed with chatter between Jon Rahm, Andrew Landry during the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff Sunday.

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Those of us walking inside the ropes at Brookline Country Club 30 years ago this upcoming June were treated to a U.S. Open for the ages. That 1988 national championship closed with an 18-hole playoff featuring Curtis Strange and Nick Faldo.

Strange dominated both Brookline’s lush, historic greenery and Faldo on that warm and sunny Monday, winning the playoff by four shots.

Watching the PGA Tour playoff that took place Sunday between Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry, Strange was not impressed with the chatty contact between the two combatants. Rahm won it on the fourth playoff hole.

Still, Strange chose to let those following him on Twitter his thoughts on the close chatter between the two.

 

Strange won back-to-back U.S. Opens in 1988-89.

His 1988 victory helped trigger a rebound of American golf. It also occurred on the same site where, in 1913, American amateur Francis Ouimet defeated British legends Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. That infamous Open was also won in an 18-hole play-off.

In spite of his silent treatment toward foes like Faldo back in the day, Strange comes off as engaging and informative when he does golf analysis on TV and was quite approachable during his playing days, as well.

Just another example of how some areas of sport change with the times

 

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Jon Rahm’s interview after Round 4 of CareerBuilder http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/jon-rahms-interview-after-round-4-of-careerbuilder/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/jon-rahms-interview-after-round-4-of-careerbuilder/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:08:02 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/jon-rahms-interview-after-round-4-of-careerbuilder/ Following his final-round 67 at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm speaks about his team and what it means to him to move up to No.

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Following his final-round 67 at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm speaks about his team and what it means to him to move up to No. 2 in the world in the Official World Golf Rankings.

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Scott Piercy’s hole-out leads Shots of the Week http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/scott-piercys-hole-out-leads-shots-of-the-week/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/scott-piercys-hole-out-leads-shots-of-the-week/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:46:02 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/scott-piercys-hole-out-leads-shots-of-the-week/ Check out the top 5 shots of the week from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, featuring Jon Rahm, John Huh, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Scott Piercy.

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Check out the top 5 shots of the week from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, featuring Jon Rahm, John Huh, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Scott Piercy.

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Best shots from all 4 playoff holes at the CareerBuilder Challenge http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/best-shots-from-all-4-playoff-holes-at-the-careerbuilder-challenge/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/best-shots-from-all-4-playoff-holes-at-the-careerbuilder-challenge/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:26:02 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/best-shots-from-all-4-playoff-holes-at-the-careerbuilder-challenge/ Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were tied after regulation and went to four playoff holes before Rahm took the championship.

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Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were tied after regulation and went to four playoff holes before Rahm took the championship. Check out all the best shots from the playoff here.

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Jon Rahm is victorious in a playoff at CareerBuilder http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/jon-rahm-is-victorious-in-a-playoff-at-careerbuilder/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/jon-rahm-is-victorious-in-a-playoff-at-careerbuilder/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:26:02 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/jon-rahm-is-victorious-in-a-playoff-at-careerbuilder/ In the final round of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm beat Andrew Landry on the fourth playoff with a birdie to win his second-career PGA TOUR victory.

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In the final round of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm beat Andrew Landry on the fourth playoff with a birdie to win his second-career PGA TOUR victory.

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What Jon Rahm said after winning CareerBuilder Challenge http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/what-jon-rahm-said-after-winning-careerbuilder-challenge/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/what-jon-rahm-said-after-winning-careerbuilder-challenge/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:07:42 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/what-jon-rahm-said-after-winning-careerbuilder-challenge/ Jon Rahm prevailed in a four-hole playoff Sunday to win the CareerBuilder Challenge.

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Jon Rahm prevailed in a four-hole playoff Sunday to win the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here are his best quotes from the victory:

On his thoughts regarding the win:

“It’s an incredible feeling. I had a good feeling going into today and to play the way I did and give myself a chance … Hard to explain what this means right now.”

On what it means to move to No. 2 in the world after this victory:

“It’s hard to believe to be honest that I’m passing Jordan Spieth, that’s a three-time major champion. I mean, I only have two wins and he’s got 10-plus, right? I’ve said it many times, I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

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Rory McIlroy looks fit, shows fight in Abu Dhabi return http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/rory-mcilroy-looks-fit-shows-fight-in-abu-dhabi-return/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/22/rory-mcilroy-looks-fit-shows-fight-in-abu-dhabi-return/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:50:45 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/01/21/rory-mcilroy-looks-fit-shows-fight-in-abu-dhabi-return/ Rory McIlroy looks fit, shows fight in Abu Dhabi return

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Rory McIlroy is back.

Did we ever really think he’d gone away?

Mark down McIlroy’s first event since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last October as a success. While he didn’t win the $3 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, he proved two things: His game is as good as ever and, more importantly, he’s back to full fitness.

The former World No. 1 finished T-3. Rounds of 69, 66, 65 and 70 gave him an 18-under 270 to tie with Matthew Fitzpatrick, four shots behind Tommy Fleetwood and two behind Ross Fisher.

McIlroy might have pushed Fleetwood harder had he putted better. That was the only rusty part of his game.

“I didn’t really know what my expectations were coming into this week,” McIlroy said. “I just wanted to get back on the golf course and play again. I’ve done that, and I’ve played pretty well. Felt like I did everything I wanted to do.

“I know it’s only three months, but things change and I felt like maybe I needed a couple of weeks to get back into the thought process that you need to get into for competitive golf. I got into that pretty quickly this week, so that was probably the most pleasing thing.”

McIlroy missed large parts of last season after suffering a rib injury during January’s BMW SA Open, in which he finished second. He took three months off to rest the condition. There was no sign of a flare up on his return to competitive action.

“It’s just something I’m going to have to keep on top of,” McIlroy said of the rib problem. “It’s something that I’m wary of now. I know that there’s certain vulnerabilities in my body like there is with everyone. I used to have to look after my lower back in the early days and now that’s fine. Just going to have to look after this for a while, but it’s totally fine. I’m 100 percent.

“My body held up really well.”

Fitter than ever

The Northern Irishman looks fitter than at any time in his career, thanks to increased gym time.

“I’ve actually put on about 2 kilos since October,” he revealed. “Obviously that’s 2 good kilos. I’ve lost a bit of fat and I’ve put on a bit of muscle.

“I’ve been in the gym training hard and getting myself fit and healthy for this year. I’m taking the diet a little more seriously and started working with a dietician.”

McIlroy revealed shortly before arriving in Abu Dhabi that he’d been diagnosed with a heart murmur.

“Your heartbeat has two big spikes, and then a tiny little spike at the end, and that little spike at the end was the other way, inverted,” he explained.

“Basically, it’s nothing. Once they ramped my heart rate up to 140, 150 beats per minute, that started to go the right way again, so it was totally fine.”

Golf fans could be in for a real treat this season. McIlroy has spent part of his three-month sabbatical working on getting more variety into his game. He showed that at the end of the third round in Abu Dhabi when he finessed a 2-iron 230 yards left to right on the wind to the par-5 18th green en route to a birdie.

“It’s something I’ve been working on, trying to not be so one-dimensional,” McIlroy said. “In the offseason I worked quite a bit on TrackMan trying to be able to hit different clubs different distances. Last year I felt like I had a lot of in-between clubs a lot of times, but it was more just me not being comfortable taking something off a club or trying to hit one a little bit harder. I feel like I’ve played around with it a little bit, and the results are showing.”

European No. 1 Fleetwood has no doubt McIlroy hasn’t suffered from his brief hiatus from the game.

“He looked great,” said Fleetwood, who played the first two rounds with McIlroy. “He swung it great. He hit it really nicely. Had control of his ball. Whenever you’ve had a long period off, you always sort of plan for a bit of rust. Not necessarily how you hit it, but just how you go about playing golf.

“Playing golf is a whole different skill in itself. I thought he looked great. I think he’ll win more than once this year, easily.” Gwk

 

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If nothing else, hopefully the CareerBuilder Challenge served as a reminder that producing live golf is really hard – perhaps more difficult than any other sport.

With its technicians union on strike, Golf Channel had to implement its “contingency plans,” cobbling together a crew to produce the tournament. It didn’t help that the tournament is played on three courses.

The most significant problems were evident at the Nicklaus Tournament Course. During the second and third rounds, players such as Jon Rahm looked as if they were being shown on a bad streaming connection in a web video.

The images from La Quinta Country Club appeared washed-out – roughly low-definition quality. Sometimes, as was the case when Rahm was putting Saturday, images weren’t properly framed, so we didn’t see the ball at address, only after it was struck.

I don’t recall any on-course audio during the second and third rounds, and the only tracers I can recall were on the 18th tee at PGA West’s Stadium Course. And those weren’t predictable; you might see the tracer for one player’s drive, but not for his playing partner.

I debated with myself whether Golf Channel should have explained why these problems were occurring, particularly the sketchy images from the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Golf Channel probably made the correct call in not explaining that a strike was in progress. There was no sense in throwing the crew in Palm Springs under the bus.

Also, the reality is that most viewers don’t follow this stuff that closely; they have better things to do than keep tabs on Golf Channel and its union. They just want to come home on the weekend, flip on the TV, flop down on the couch and watch some golf. If the pictures aren’t perfect, they’ll probably just chalk it up to “technical difficulties” or maybe some ionospheric disruption in the desert. And then they’ll forget about it.

But the problems at CareerBuilder were a reminder of how challenging it is to produce golf. Hopefully Golf Channel and its union will find common ground so that we won’t have to worry about this again – at least until the next contract negotiation comes up in 2019.

Announcing issues, too

The video problems at CareerBuilder were predictable. What I found more troubling were the audio problems among the announcing crew.

Specifically, there were too many instances of announcers talking over one another. I hate to say it, but I think part of the problem was Steve Sands’ inexperience in the anchor seat. I’ve long thought of Sands as one of the cornerstones of Golf Channel’s announcing crew, but when he anchors, he gives me headaches. He is a product of the Mike Greenberg School of Broadcasting, where the motto is: Always use the maximum amount of words. If Sands’ words were on paper and I were editing his work, there would be red ink through entire passages.

Here’s an example from Saturday, when we saw players on the par-3 17th at the Stadium Course, with its island green. Sands said: “That’s a beautiful view there, Gary (Koch), of 17. And we talked about it the first couple of days, but for those who were not here on Thursday and Friday with us, how would you compare the famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass, where you have spent almost a quarter of a century behind that green calling The Players Championship on Golf Channel and NBC, to this 17th hole?”

Now, here’s how a seasoned anchor would ask that question: “Gary, how would you compare this hole to the 17th at TPC Sawgrass?”

Boom. Done. That’s all you have to say. We didn’t need the references to the “beautiful view” or what was discussed in previous days or the nod to his employers at Golf Channel and NBC. Just ask the question, simply and concisely.

Carbon copy

The Golf Channel crew had a bit of fun at the expense of architect Pete Dye, noting the similarities between TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship, and PGA West’s Stadium Course, host course for the CareerBuilder Challenge. (My recollection is that Golf Channel has used this graphic in the past, but like “The Shawshank Redemption,” it never gets old.)

Koch walked through a side-by-side comparison of the holes on the back nine on each course.

“The back nine at TPC Sawgrass and here at PGA West is asking you to do virtually the same thing, isn’t it Gary, on every hole?” David Duval said. “It’s almost a carbon copy.”

Aside from the similarities in design, Koch noted that par is the same on every hole.

“If you’ve had success on one design, you might as well go ahead and do it again,” Koch said.

Pretty, pretty pleased

During his back-nine rally to defend his title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Tommy Fleetwood hit a fabulous recovery shot from the desert on No. 13 Sunday. Fleetwood clearly was pleased with himself, which brought this quip from Ken Brown about Fleetwood and his distinctive mane: “You see his little tail wagging.”

A Detry by any other name …

You know how we’ll know that Thomas Detry truly has arrived as a star on the European Tour? When the announcers settle on the pronunciation of his surname.

Anchor Dougie Donnelly and Tony Johnstone pronounced it “De-TREE,” but Brown and host Mike Ritz preferred “DEE-tree.”

There’s some debate about this issue even among our staff, though the prevailing view is that it’s “DeTREE.” But Donnelly and Johnstone might want to debate the point. Gwk

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