Full field at the Sony Open is full of optimism

By Associated PressJanuary 14, 2009, 5:00 pm
2007 Sony OpenHONOLULU ' PGA Tour players have big dreams 10 miles up the shore from Waikiki Beach at the Sony Open, the season-opener for those who failed to win last year and are optimistic that 2009 will be different.
Thats particularly true for Harrison Frazar, who has another chance he wasnt sure he wanted.
Once considered the best player to have never won on the PGA Tour, Frazar lost his card last year for the first time since his rookie season in 1998. While playing golf with friends in Austin, Texas, he found the conversation shifting more toward their world than his.
I was to the point of playing golf with friends at home that are in the business community, and talking about options of moving forward, about what I could do for them, Frazar said. We were to that point.
It wasnt the first time.
Even though he was a three-time All-American at Texas, he didnt think he was good enough for the PGA Tour and took a job out of college in real estate development. It took a year before he tried pro golf, and he made it to the big leagues a few years later.
Now is not the best time for a 37-year-old father of three to be looking to change careers.
I just had to ask myself, Do I want to play golf? or just say, This is great, I enjoyed it, past part of my life, were going to move on. And I decided that for a myriad of reasons that I still want to be a golfer.
Frazar went back to Q-school for the first time since 1996, committed to playing on the Nationwide Tour if he didnt get his card. And that appeared to be the case when he was in the middle of the pack halfway through the 108-hole tournament. Then came a magical fourth round in the California desert when Frazar shot 59.
That carried him to an eight-stroke victory and a trip to Honolulu to start a new season.
Some old fuses were re-lit, he said. Realizing that I can play still, that its in there. Theres enough to give me hope and make me want to go back to work and try to find it.
He is part of the 144-man field at Waialae Country Club, the second official event of the season, and perhaps the sharpest contrast of any two weeks on the PGA Tour.
The Plantation course at Kapalua was carved out of a mountain, offering spectacular scenery and such severe elevation changes that there were 24 tee shots that traveled at least 400 years. Waialae is a classic course that sits on the edge of the beach, with skinny palms and peaceful vibes, and greens that are small and flat.
Last week was for winners only.
The Sony Open has 76 players who have never won a PGA Tour event. Of the 26 rookies at Waialae, 10 of them will be teeing it up in a PGA Tour event for the first time ever.
Tadd Fujikawa is one of two teenagers in the field, playing for the Sony Open for the third straight year. The 18-year-old senior in high school earned his spot Monday in a qualifier across the island at Turtle Bay. The other is 14-year-old Lorens Chan, who earned the exemption set aside for the top amateur in Hawaii.
K.J. Choi is the defending champion, winning last year by three shots despite becoming the first Sony Open winner in 41 years who failed to break par in the final round. That was a tribute to the wind, which can blow on Oahu as much as it does on Maui.
The field is missing Vijay Singh, who had surgery on his right knee Wednesday, but returning to Waialae is former champion Ernie Els and Adam Scott, who decided to stick around after the Mercedes last week at Kapalua.
So did Geoff Ogilvy, who got his season off to the perfect start with a six-shot victory at Kapalua.
It was his fifth victory in five years, but the 31-year-old Australian has only had one multiple-win season, that coming in 2006 when he won the Accenture Match Play Championship and the U.S. Open. Five winners at Kapalua this decade didnt win again the rest of the season.
Its probably just a coincidence, Ogilvy said. Might be a bit of complacency. When you get to the top of the money list after one week, you get all excited, maybe you take the rest of the year for granted. Hopefully, I can change the trend so the coincidences go away.
Or he could be like Els in 2003 and sweep the Hawaii events.
Frazar, meanwhile, would gladly settle for his first victory.
He is among a small group of players who have won at least $8 million without ever hoisting a trophy on the PGA Tour. Even so, any discussion about the best player to have not won on tour starts with Frazar.
And no, Q-school doesnt count.
He has teed it up 300 times on the PGA Tour and has 10 top 3s, including a runner-up finish to Els at Waialae in 2004. Brett Quigley had 334 starts without winning with four top 3s. Briny Baird has five top 3s in his 274 starts.
Tim Clark and Justin Rose also have $8 million and no victories, although both have won against big-league competition overseas.
Frazar knows the label'it doesnt get as much attention as best to have never won a major'and he takes it both ways.
Its a compliment because people feel like theres a lot inside of you and what youre capable of, he said. Its also a slight. Its a little jab by saying you havent done it.
But he gets another chance this year. And thats a start.

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    By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 9:00 am

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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 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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    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

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    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson