Refreshed Ochoa ready to rule LPGA Championship

By Associated PressJune 10, 2009, 4:00 pm
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McDonalds LPGAHAVRE DE GRACE, Md. ' Most of the golfers in the LPGA Championship spent the last three weeks honing their game in tournaments or hitting thousands of balls on the practice range.
Lorena Ochoa wasnt one of them. She took a vacation.
Ochoa last played in a competitive round of golf on May 17, when she shot a 73 to finish tied for 19th in the Sybase Classic. The top-ranked player in the world then took a few days off before working for about a week with longtime teacher Rafael Alarcon in Guadalajara. After that, she spent a week in Mexico City promoting tourism for her native country.
That may not be the best way for some to prepare for the second major on the LGPA , but Ochoa said it helped her get ready for the 72-hole tournament that begins Thursday.
It was actually a busy three weeks, Ochoa said, but it was the right time to be at home, get good practice and be here 100 percent.
Its not as if her game was need of repair. Despite playing in only eight of 11 tournaments, the 27-year-old Ochoa ranks third on the money list in 2009 and has won twice.
After winning a combined 15 events in 2007-08, Ochoa is a bit off the pace this year. Since joining the tour in 2003, however, she has amassed $13,890,414 ' third-highest in LPGA history.
So, if Ochoa decides to take three weeks off in the middle of the season, who can argue the logic?
Lorena, she knows what shes doing. She wanted to do what she planned, said In-Kyung Kim, whos coming off a victory last week in the State Farm Classic. My plan was to play before this tournament. It helps me with confidence this week.
Theres something to be said for being on a roll, but Ochoa is still considered to be among the favorites at this tournaments final stand at Bulle Rock Golf Course.
Obviously you cant overlook the No. 1 player in the world, Lorena, said Angela Stanford, who has six top-10 finishes this year.
Ochoa isnt at peak form yet, but it may not be long before that happens.
I want to be 100 percent in the summertime when we have some big tournaments. Im getting there, she said. I dont want to say Im in the best shape ever right now, because its not true. But Im making improvements.
Handicapping this tournament is nearly impossible, because Ochoa is the only two-time winner on the tour this year. Gone are the days when Annika Sorenstam would show up and automatically claim the role as the favorite.
Thats the cool thing about our tour right now. Its anybodys ball game, anybody can win, Stanford said. Thats what makes it so interesting.
McDonalds is ending its sponsorship of the tournament after this year, so the LPGA Championship will be looking for a new home and a different sponsor for 2010. Sundays final round will mark the end of an era at Bulle Rock.
Im concerned, said Paula Creamer, an eight-time winner on the LPGA. We dont know where one of our majors is going to be. Its a scary thought.
Stanford said, I dont know what the future holds, but I hope with the LPGA owning this championship, you would really like for it to be one of the top majors. Thats the way it should be.
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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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    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.”

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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

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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