For Martin On to Dream No 2

By Adam BarrMay 13, 2006, 4:00 pm
Casey Martin wasn't so concerned whether he walked or rode down the next path in his life -- just so he got on it.
Martin, who is remembered as much for suing the PGA TOUR in 1997 for the right to use a golf cart in competition as for his powerful game, has been named to succeed Steve Nosler as coach of the University of Oregon's men's golf team.
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Casey Martin will help his Oregon players both on and off the course.
Martin, 33, grew up in Eugene, close to the Oregon campus. Coaching the team is something of a dream come true for Martin -- he has known Nosler for many years and practiced frequently with the team -- but it wasn't the first dream.
Long before he was a stand-out at Stanford, where he played with Tiger Woods and Notah Begay, Martin wanted to play on the PGA TOUR. He persevered through Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, a rare condition that interrupts the circulation from his leg back to his heart. That makes any kind of walking excruciating, especially 18 holes over varied terrain in the heat of competition.
Martin prevailed in his suit against the TOUR at trial in federal court in Eugene. The result survived appeals all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States, which decided in his favor in May 2001.
Martin played well enough on the Nationwide Tour in 1999 to win promotion to the PGA TOUR in 2000. But he couldn't keep his card. Successive trips to PGA TOUR Qualifying School followed. After coming up short in the 2005 tournament, Martin said he would likely leave competition.
Even in his mid-20s, when he was beginning his fight with the TOUR, Martin knew that his medical condition might drive him away from a playing career. But did he ever think of coaching as an alternative?
'Not really,' Martin said by phone from his home in Eugene. 'In those days, I was focused on golf. I thought if it didn't work out, I'd use my [economics] degree and take it from there.
'But the more I played golf, the more I wanted to stay in it. So coaching the Ducks is a perfect fit.'
But even though he is pleased with his new position, moving on from Dream No. 1 is a tough job.
'I'm still dealing with that,' Martin, 'and it's difficult. It's hard to let go, because no one's firing you. You have to cut yourself.'
As a man of faith, Martin relied on prayer for guidance in what he sees as a one-door-closing, another-opening situation. Soon, he knew what he wanted to do.
'But there was no sign in the sky, no audible voice. I just prayed a lot about it, and I knew coaching was a perfect fit.'
And his voice brightens considerably when he discusses his plans for the team. Perhaps no coach is better suited for the uphill climb he faces. Oregon finished last in the Pacific 10 last year. Martin plans to spend the summer on the recruiting trail, while still cultivating existing talent. And he's looking forward to the day-to-day business of coaching once school begins.
'I plan to walk with...well, ride with the team a lot,' Martin said. 'I've learned a lot about the golf swing, and I think I can help and be pretty hands-on.
'But I don't want to coach too much. You can definitely over-coach golf.'
Nosler will remain for a time as an assistant, providing a stable transition for Martin and the Ducks program. Martin knows that his notoriety may open some recruiting doors -- 'or it could close some', he admits -- but in all things related to Ducks golf, he is undeterred.
'This is something I've thought about for a long time,' Martin said. 'College and the golf team were a defining time for me, and I want to make a difference in these kids' lives.'
By being courageous enough to take the next step, Casey Martin has already started down that path.
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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1