Couples leads Kite heading to weekend at Senior PGA Championship

By Associated PressMay 29, 2010, 6:34 am
Champions TourPARKER, Colo. – It sure looks a lot like 1992 at the Colorado Golf Club.

Fred Couples won the Masters that year, Tom Kite took the U.S. Open and Nick Price captured the PGA Championship.

All three are in contention at the 71st Senior PGA Championship.

Couples tees off Saturday as the leader at the halfway point at 7-under-par after carding a 68 on the par-72, 7,399-yard layout Friday afternoon. He’s one shot ahead of Kite (69) and two ahead of Tom Lehman (71).

Price (71) is four shots back, behind Jay Don Blake (69) and Lu Chien-soon (70) in fourth place.

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Fred Couples' only major on the PGA Tour came in the 1992 Masters. (Getty Images)
“They’re all great players. This Champions Tour is full of them,” said Couples, who joined the senior circuit this season after turning 50 in October. “Every week something happens where guys shoot extremely low. And this is a very tough course.

“It’s a great leaderboard, that’s for sure,” Couples continued. “A lot of great players.”

Couples, who has won three of the six tournaments he’s entered so far, shot a 4-under 68 Friday for the day’s best round despite teeing off in the afternoon, when the winds picked up after a moment of calm.

He’s attempting to become the 12th golfer to win the Senior PGA on his first try, something Kite nearly did himself in 2000, when he finished second to Doug Tewell. Kite is aiming for one of golf’s true rarities, capturing a tournament title in his 60s.

“I have that as a goal,” Kite said after his second straight 69. “I work hard on my conditioning and my game to try to make it last and I’m very pleased with where my game is right now. I think that at some point I will win in my 60s. And I look forward to that day. I hope it’s this weekend.”

One big name missing from this reunion is Tom Watson, who, at 5 over, was two strokes ahead of the cut.

“The course got me today,” Watson said. “I didn’t hit my irons very well today and didn’t putt worth a darn.”

Except for a 90-minute reprieve that helped some of those who teed off in the morning, the gusty conditions made an already difficult course all the more challenging.

“When you’re playing in 20 and 30 mph winds and you’re trying to judge shots, it’s not too easy to do,” Couples said. “It’s a very good layout. It’s hard and it’s long. If it’s long for me, I’m sure it’s long for a lot of other people. …

“As far as hard, it’s a 10.”

The midday break in the winds provided the first calm conditions all week and caught many by surprise.

“We kept expecting it to pick up because the forecast all today was at noon it was going to start blowing and at 1 it was going to really start howling and at 3 o’clock it was going to be knocking your hat off,” Kite said. “And right now it’s about a 3 mph wind out there.”

The winds returned in the afternoon and early evening, much to the delight of Blake, who capitalized on the calmer conditions with a 5 under on the front nine.

“I’m not cheering bad for anybody,” said Blake, who endured 35 mph gusts Thursday afternoon, “but I’m hoping the winds blow this afternoon because we had it pretty bad yesterday.”

He definitely got his wish with winds gusts reaching nearly 30 mph.

“As soon as I walked on the range, it was blowing,” Couples said. “Nothing like they were predicting, but it blew pretty much from the first hole on.”

Kite is trying to become the oldest golfer to win the Senior PGA Championship since the Champions Tour began in 1980. Hale Irwin was three days shy of his 59th birthday when he won it in 2004.

And besting this field would rank right up there with the bigger wins of his career.

“I think the Champions Tour is a great place to be right now,” Kite said. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm right now because you’ve got a lot of name players that have popped out that are Hall of Famers or would-be Hall of Famers that are all of a sudden playing on the Champions Tour. …

“You have to do something with your game, you can’t just continue to do the same thing. You’re going to have to perform, because you know all those guys are really bringing it to the table.”

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

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)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.


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 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 GolfChannel.com.  

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; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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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.”