Perry trying to defend title at Senior Players

By Associated PressJune 25, 2014, 9:51 pm

PITTSBURGH – Kenny Perry spent more than three decades futilely chasing the biggest prizes in golf.

Now he can't seem to stop winning them, on the Champions Tour at least.

The 53-year-old returns to Fox Chapel for the Senior Players Championship on Thursday looking to defend the title he won a year ago, when he overcame a series of near misses in major tournaments with a command performance.

Perry shot 19-under 261 to hold off Fred Couples and Duffy Waldorf by two shots last June, stringing together three near perfect rounds that ended 30 years of frustration and took the shackles off his game.

''It just made me a more confident player,'' Perry said Wednesday. ''It made me feel like I finally did it and my response was maybe the floodgates will open.''

Did they ever.

The player who claims he was ''snakebit'' while famously falling short at the 1996 PGA Championship and 2009 Masters now has three major titles under his belt after adding the 2013 U.S. Senior Open last July and the Regions Tradition last month.

''My whole career has always been based on streaks,'' Perry said. ''When I got hot on the PGA Tour, I won multiple times and a lot of times. It's just funny how my game is. It runs in cycles and it just happened all of a sudden.''

Perry knows his game well enough to know when one of the streaks is coming. It's hard to tell if one is in the offing at the moment.

He held off Mark Calcavecchia at the Tradition in May, though it was more of a workmanlike triumph than one of the shot-making clinics Perry puts on when things are going well.

Still, Perry didn't falter when it mattered. He sank a 20-footer to take the lead for good at Shoal Creek then finished with a pair of routine pars. Credit a sense of calmness that comes with the pressure finally off.

''The Tradition I won on Sunday, I had a one-shot lead coming to 18 and I just drilled one right down the middle,'' Perry said.

It's not something he takes for granted.

Perry only needed par on the 18th at Valhalla in his native Kentucky in 1996 to win, only to bogey before losing to Mark Brooks in a playoff. He found himself in the same spot at Augusta five years ago, when four shots on the 18th would have given him an unlikely green jacket at age 48. He bogeyed then too, opening the door for Miguel Angel Cabrera to win his second major.

''I couldn't get it done in either situation,'' Perry said.

Success on the Champions Tour has eased some of the sting. There are few on the tour who can match Perry's length off the tee. When he's not battling his notoriously balky putter, Perry is nearly unbeatable.

''He's like a power pitcher hitting the black every night with his pitches,'' Jay Haas said. ''You know it's going to be a long night for the batters.''

Winning a fourth straight start in a Champions Tour major, however, might be a reach. Perry is at the tail end of a draining stretch that's seen him play eight times in nine weeks, including a tie for 28th at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst earlier this month.

''I'm ready for some time off, some down time and not worrying about trying to make 3-footers or shooting low scores and winning golf tournaments,'' Perry said. ''I'm ready to get away, hang out with my grandkids.''

But only after trying to become the second player to defend at the Senior Players. Arnold Palmer won the event 1982 and 1983. Perry's pro golf career was in its infancy back in those days. Now he finds himself thinking about the end of the line.

Perry will return to Valhalla for the PGA Championship in August in what he's calling – for now at least – his final bow on the PGA Tour.

''Most athletes who have a long career, you don't get to say goodbye the way you want to say goodbye,'' Perry said. ''When your career is over, it's over.''

Not for Perry, who has found second life – and a second chance – on the Champions Tour.

''It's been great,'' he said. ''I won't have this opportunity ever again probably so I'm enjoying the run, enjoying the ride.''

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 2:30 pm

Tiger Woods is under par in the final round of the 147th Open Championship and stalking the lead. We're tracking him on Sunday at Carnoustie.

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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  

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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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.

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“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.”