Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 23, 2017, 6:45 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 146th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Royal Birkdale, broken down into daily segments:

Sunday, Day 4

4-7AM ET (Watch): The final round of the 146th Open gets underway with mostly sunny skies. The action isn't as fast-paced as Saturday, but birdies are being made. Click here or on the image below to watch.

7AM-Noon ET (Watch): It's trouble from the start for overnight leader Jordan Spieth. He struggles on the front nine and his lead is in danger. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Noon-2AM ET (Watch): Jordan Spieth goes on a historic run to win the 146th Open and claim the third leg of the career Grand Slam in dramatic fashion. Click here or on the image below to watch.


Saturday, Day 3

4:30-7AM ET (Watch): Saturday begins in much finer fashion than Friday, with a little sun and less wind. Jason Day is among the early starters making birdies and making moves. Click here or on the image below to watch.

7AM-Noon ET (Watch): Rory McIlroy makes an early charge, while overnight leader Jordan Spieth tries to extend his lead on the front nine. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Noon-3PM ET (Watch): Jordan Spieth takes control of the championship with a brilliant 5-under 65, capped off with a birdie at 18 to take a three-stroke lead. Click here or on the image below to watch.


Friday, Day 2

1:30-7AM ET (Watch): Continuing his fine play from Thursday afternoon, Rory McIlroy looked brilliant early on a very windy and cold Friday morning. Click here or on the image below to watch.

7AM-Noon ET (Watch): Matt Kuchar wraps up a 1-over 71 to sit comfortably in the clubhouse at 4 under, while Spieth, Stenson and Koepka head out to a devlish Royal Birkdale. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Noon-4PM ET (Watch): Jordan Spieth fought through the wind, rain and cold at Royal Birkdale to grab the 36-hole lead in the 146th Open. Click here or on the image below to watch.


Thursday, Day 1

7AM-Noon (Watch): With a mix of precision and power, Jordan Spieth and U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka both finish off brilliant rounds of 5-under 65 to take the early advantage. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Noon-4PM (Watch): Matt Kuchar made it a trio of Americans at the top, polishing off a 5-under 65, while Rory McIlroy (+1) battled back with a second-nine 32. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

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Steve Stricker:

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Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.