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Woods, McIlroy, Thomas headline star-studded groupings at Genesis Open

Many of the big names will make their way around the Riviera Country Club course together at the Genesis Open on Thursday.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Thomas will tee off at 10:22 a.m. ET, followed by several other star-studded groups.

10:22 a.m ET

Golfer
Tiger Woods
Rory McIlroy
Justin Thomas

10:32 a.m. ET

Golfer
Phil Mickelson
Matt Kuchar
Tommy Fleetwood

3:02 p.m. ET

Golfer
Jordan Spieth
Patrick Cantlay
Kevin Chappell

3:12 p.m. ET

Golfer
Dustin Johnson
Adam Scott
Bubba Watson

Other notable tee times Thursday (all ET) include Charley Hoffman at 10:32 a.m., Brendan Steele at 10:43 a.m., Jim Furyk at 3:23 p.m., and Daniel Berger at 3:33 p.m.

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Woods heads into Genesis Open with 40-1 odds to win

Tiger Woods will look to capture his first tour victory at the Genesis Open this weekend.

The 42-year-old has been unsuccessful in 11 previous attempts, but oddsmakers have given Woods 40-1 odds to end the drought at this year’s installment.

Woods stands with the 11th-best shot at winning, according to Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, while – not surprisingly – Dustin Johnson leads the pack with a 5-1 shot.

Here’s the top 10:

# Golfer Odds
1 Dustin Johnson 5-1
2 Jordan Spieth 12-1
3 Rory McIlroy 12-1
4 Justin Thomas 15-1
5 Phil Mickelson 25-1
6 Paul Casey 25-1
7 Tommy Fleetwood 25-1
8 Marc Leishman 30-1
9 Chez Reavie 30-1
10 Daniel Berger 30-1

The action gets underway on Thursday at Riviera Country Club.

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Potter wins AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by 3 shots

Ted Potter Jr. took the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Sunday, posting 17-under for the tournament to win by three shots over Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Chez Reavie.

Potter, who played alongside the world No. 1 Johnson in the last group, carded a 3-under-par 69 to win his second career PGA Tour title.

“This has just been a blast this week,” Potter told Peter Kostis of CBS after the victory. “It’s unbelievable right now.”

The win comes after the 34-year-old was forced to regain his PGA Tour status on the Web.com circuit after breaking his ankle in the summer of 2014, but earns a two-year exemption and an invite to the Masters in April.

“It’s definitely pleasing. I mean, it was a bit of a struggle there for a while,” added Potter. ” To break an ankle, you don’t know what’s going to happen with your golf swing or career. To come back from that … I mean it’s just unbelievable right now.”

Johnson entered the day tied as the heavy favorite to win his third Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but struggled all day en route to an even-par 72, while Mickelson carded a 67.

Kevin Streelman and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald won the pro-am team event with a score of 41-under.

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Woods 'cautious' with pre-Masters schedule

Tiger Woods is taking baby steps with his game and his schedule.

The 14-time major champ is slotted to play next week at the Genesis Open for the first time since 2006, but hasn’t committed to play anything after Riviera. With the tour moving to Florida following the stop in Los Angeles, Woods will wait to see how his game is next week before adding events to the list.

“He’s approaching this the same way he has been and he’s kind of taking it a week at a time,” Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg told Bob Harig of ESPN. “He’s going to get after it this week and then later in the week make a decision. He doesn’t know what he’s going to do now.”

Woods stated prior to the Farmers Insurance Open that building toward the Masters in early April was his focus in hopes of winning a fifth green jacket, and Steinberg echoed his position.

“He’s not just going to commit to commit,” added Steinberg. “He’s going to commit when he feels like he’s ready to do so. As he’s been saying for 20-plus years, his schedule is built to peak four times a year, even at age 42. He’s taking it in a very slow and cautious way.”

Woods has historically been consistent with his program in the lead-up to Augusta, but due to his 546th world ranking, there’s been speculation he may add a new event to his schedule.

“I would suspect very early the week after Genesis we’re going to know one way or another,” Valspar tournament director Tracy West told Rodney Page of the Tampa Bay Times. “His team knows that you don’t just snap your fingers and be ready for Tiger.”

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Amateur fires 198 over 2 rounds in Web.com Tour event

A Web.com Tour sponsor’s exemption proved to be a mistake this week at the Club Colombia Championship.

Julio Bell, a former boxer, was given a sponsor’s exemption into the tournament, but posted rounds of 93 and 105 for a 36-hole total of 198, just missing the cut by 56 shots at the Country Club of Bogota.

The 52-year-old amateur made four pars, 15 bogeys, 12 double-bogeys, three triple-bogeys, and two quadruple-bogeys over two rounds.

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Watch: Jim Nantz narrates golf shot in backyard to Masters music

Jim Nantz goes for winning shot in tournament we held in his backyard.

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Jim Nantz calls a lot of big golf tournaments, but it’s pretty clear the Masters is his favorite from the booth.

Nantz – who lives around the corner from Pebble Beach Golf Links – showed off his backyard golf hole to “The Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday, which features the Masters theme music playing in the background.

The CBS commentator decided to take a shot for the radio show crew, but not before setting the scene.

“A playoff for the green jacket,” said Nantz. “Just a whisper of wind … as Nantz gets ready to hit his 60-degree sand wedge.”

The backyard hole is a replica of the par-3 7th from Pebble Beach.

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Spieth hopes to keep his thinking to a minimum at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Jordan Spieth is trying to get back to the point that he stops thinking when he gets over a putt, and the AT&T National Pro-Am might provide the ideal environment for him.

Sure, it helps that Spieth is the defending champion. He seized control by taking only 10 putts on the back nine in the third round at Pebble Beach to build a six-shot lead, and he cruised home from there. He also has the right attitude for the poa annua greens that get plenty of footprints. He worries only about the right speed, and if the putts happen to bounce into the hole, then great.

The real advantage might be the other pro in his group. His partner for the fourth straight year, Dustin Johnson, rarely thinks at all.

”He sees a light pole out there and he just hits it at the light pole, and he normally hits the light pole,” Spieth said Wednesday. ”And I’m out there going, ‘OK, I’m going to work a draw there because if I miss it right it’s in a better spot.”’

Of all the issues Spieth should battle, putting would seem to be the least of his worries. He still doesn’t consider it a big concern.

Over time, typical of most players, the way he sets up over a putt has gotten a little out of sync. He found he was getting on hitting putts into the ground with his hands more forward than usual, which he said was opposite from his natural tendency that dates to when he first started playing as a junior.

”I just kind of got into a place that I hadn’t been before, and I’ve just got to get back into a comfortable setup position, and then everything will fall through from there,” he said. ”The idea is just to stop thinking and just putt, and not having to worry about things. But that’s not the reality for a little while going forward here until I get to where when I set up over the putter, I’m seeing my lines.”

The proof is more in the statistics than the results.

Spieth said all week at Royal Birkdale that he wasn’t comfortable with his putting, and while it showed early in the final round when he lost a three-shot lead, he managed to deliver big moments down the stretch – birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie – to win the British Open.

He also had a stretch late last season of seven consecutive top 10s.

But going into Pebble Beach, he ranks 195th in the key putting statistic out of 206 players. So there is work to do.

What’s not lacking is his self-belief.

”I still believe that most of the guys … you ask them who do they want putting on your team in a Ryder Cup, and I believe they would say my name,” Spieth said. ”So I have no doubt in my abilities. Just going through a minor slump that is setup related.”

Spieth is part of a strong field at Pebble Beach that features one prominent newcomer – Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy, finally feeling healthy, has embarked on an ambitious schedule ahead of the Masters. He already had two chances to win in the Middle East on the European Tour. Pebble Beach is the start of a stretch in which the four-time major champion plans to play six times in the next seven weeks.

He knows the routine at Pebble having played seven times in the Dunhill Links on the European Tour. The biggest difference between the two – excluding the magnificent weather for the week – is how he feels about his game and his outlook.

”I feel like it’s the start of something and not the end of something,” McIlroy said. ”I was just sort of ready to call it quits for the year after the Dunhill. With how dejected and wanting to get away from it I was then, to how rejuvenated and optimistic I am now, it feels a lot different that way.”

Johnson has a history at Pebble Beach, too, most of it good – in February, anyway.

He won in 2009 when rain wiped out the final round (Johnson had a four-shot lead over Mike Weir). He won the following year by getting up-and-down from the bunker on the 18th hole for a one-shot victory.

Johnson also had a three-shot lead that summer at Pebble in the U.S. Open, only to lose it all with a triple bogey on the second hole. He shot 82 that day.

Along with two victories in the AT&T, he has four other finishes in the top 5.

Johnson opened the year with an eight-shot victory at Kapalua and a tie for ninth in Abu Dhabi. He spent last week at Sherwood Country Club in Ventura County with Wayne Gretzky, and even went over to Las Vegas to see swing coach Butch Harmon. They didn’t do much work.

”I was swinging pretty good,” he said.

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Phoenix Open streaker has no regrets despite getting arrested, losing job

Adam Stalmach, the 24-year-old who was arrested for streaking across the 17th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am, says it was worth it.

In an interview with Maria Hechanova of azfamily.com, Stalmach explained that he consumed at least eight drinks over the course of an hour before deciding to strip naked and run onto the course.

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“The alcohol helped,” Stalmach said. “I definitely wouldn’t have done it if I was sober.”

Stalmach pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and spent five days in jail. He also lost his bartending job and owes $1,500 in fines, which he set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for.

While Stalmach acknowledged he “definitely wouldn’t do it again,” he didn’t express regret over the stunt.

“Yeah, it was worth it,” he said. “As long as people got a kick out of it, it was worth it.”

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Everything you need to know about the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

After spending the week in Scottsdale, the PGA Tour returns to the state of California for the playing of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The pros will be partnered with some of the biggest celebrities from around the globe, competing over four days on three different golf courses.

Here’s what you need to know about the event:

Essentials

Defending champion: Jordan Spieth

Courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links (Par 72, 6,828 yards), Spyglass Hill Golf Club (Par 72, 6,953 yards) and Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Par 71, 6,958 yards)

Notables in field: Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Mac Hughes

Celebrities playing: Aaron Rodgers, Wayne Gretzky, Justin Verlander, Kelly Slater, Toby Keith, Bill Murray, Kelly Rohrbach

How to watch

  • Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel
  • Saturday 2-3:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, 4-7 p.m. ET on CBS
  • Sunday 1-2:45 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, 3-6:30 p.m. ET on CBS

Past winners

Year Player
2017 Jordan Spieth
2016 Vaughn Taylor
2015 Brandt Snedeker
2014 Jimmy Walker
2013 Brandt Snedeker
2012 Phil Mickelson

And the views aren’t terrible…

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Sights from the crazy 16th hole at Waste Management Phoenix Open

There are golf tournaments, then there’s the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The event feels more like an SEC football game, especially at the par-3 16th, its most popular hole. Fans are loud, rowdy, and intoxicated for the entire day, and many dress in extravagant costumes.

Here are some of the best sights from No. 16 on Saturday:

The first birdie on Saturday at 16? Kuuuuuuuuuuuch!

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