The US Open vs the World Cup

By Adam BarrJune 7, 2002, 4:00 pm
Spending as much time as I do waiting in airports, I get to overhear some fascinating conversations. Sit down and let me draw you a room-temperature ale as we review a recent colloquy.
Seems two sports fans on separate layovers came together at a table in an airport bar, and the discussion came around to this months big sporting events. Lets call one, an English gentleman decked out in the jacket, tee shirt and cap of his countrys soccer (oops! sorryfootball) team, World Cup Fan. The other, a New Yorker dressed in Ashworth pants and a golf shirt bearing his club crest, well call Golf Fan.
Heres how it went:
WORLD CUP FAN: I dont see what yer takin on about. Its just another golf tournament.
GOLF FAN: After youre done chewing the head on your beer, bite your tongue. Its our national championship. Its one of four annual major tournaments we use to separate the good from the great.
WCF: Well, the football to-do we ave goin on now in Korear and Japan is the world championship of the most popular game on the planet.
GF: Yeah, once every four years. Takes that long to clear out evidence of doping.
WCF: Eyyy, be fair, guv. Were not Argentina.
GF: Alright, alright. But one thing golf doesnt have is hooliganism. We dont have crowds of fans ' oops, sorry, supporters ' running through the streets after the games making scars and mayhem.
WCF: Roight. Your Phoenix Open fans are exemplary.
GF: Now its time for you to be fair. Theyre the exception, not the rule.
WCF: Speakin o rules, guv, whats with your blue-blazer blokes? Cant they manage to come together on equipment?
GF: A momentary distraction. At the U.S. Open, the focus is inside the ropes. All eyes are on the golf. Besides, we could settle our equipment differences in nothing flat if all we had to worry about was an inflatable ball that just gets kicked around.
WCF: Are you implying our game lacks excitement, mate?
GF: Well, you score points, what, once every three weeks?
WCF: Impatient Americans, with your home runs and short porches and all. Football has beauty and strategy to it, much more than just scoring.
GF: Well, golf is clearly the most beautiful game. And it has more strategy than tripping a running Argentinean.
WCF: Maybe so. But from what I hear about that bugger of a golf course your ladsll be playin, there wont be much scoring there either. Unless bogeys count.
GF: Unfortunately, they do. And some of them are your lads, too. How about Golf Digests campaign on behalf of Colin Montgomerie? Theyve passed out thousands of Be Nice to Monty badges.
WCF: Yes, how is it that your people have to be reminded to have manners?
GF: Hm. Seems to me I got beers thrown at my neck by Americans and Britons at Brookline in 1999.
WCF: Equal opportunity, eh? Well, in any event, when its all over, I know one thing.
GF: Whats that?
WCF: When its all over, football will still be the most popular sport in the world, and golf will have about the same amount of avid players as it did five years agoor less.
GF: [sigh] Guess its my turn to buy.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 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 (