Singh Trying to Put Stamp on Season

By Associated PressDecember 9, 2004, 5:00 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - One day he was in New York accepting the PGA Tour player of the year award. The next day he was on the practice range at Sherwood Country Club, hitting balls in the cold rain.
Vijay Singh keeps pushing himself even when it doesn't matter.
He will play his final tournament of an amazing 2004 season Thursday when he leads an elite, 16-man field in the Target World Challenge, the unofficial event hosted by Tiger Woods.
This will be the first time since 1997 that Woods does not end the season at No. 1 in the world ranking. Singh took that away from him, along with the all the awards, after winning nine times, bagging another major and becoming the first $10 million man on the PGA Tour.
John Daly called it 'the most unappreciated season of any human being that's every played the game of golf,' although even Singh would take issue with that.
'I appreciate it,' he said with a laugh after his pro-am round Wednesday. 'It was a great year. I did what I've wanted to do for a long, long time, and I guess practice pays off.'
Singh will have three weeks off after this week, perhaps enough time to let his achievements sink in. But part of him already is looking ahead to 2005, and what he will do for an encore.
'I hope I just keep playing the way I am,' Singh said. 'I don't see why I cannot. I'm looking forward to it. I know it's going to be a very difficult season for me because there's a little bit more pressure. How I'm going to handle it, that's entirely up to me.'
One thing is clear.
The 41-year-old Fijian who has spent the last dozen years chasing the No. 1 spot in the world now has to look over his shoulder to see who's coming at him.
And it might not be any one player.
Woods said his swing changes finally took hold last month, and he won the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan with a game he said would have been good enough to win anywhere.
Ernie Els had five victories, four close calls in the majors and is just as hungry. Phil Mickelson won his first major. Retief Goosen is finally getting his due as one of the toughest competitors in golf.
'I think everybody in the top 10 is going to be playing really well,' Singh said. 'I think Mike Weir is coming up, as well. It's going to be a good showdown next year.'
>This week might be a decent preview, even though several players who qualified through the world ranking decided to take a vacation, which is becoming a rarity in golf with all the offseason events.
Still, the field includes five players in the top 10 ' Singh, Woods, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III and Stewart Cink ' along with Ryder Cup player such as Miguel Angel Jimenez, Chris DiMarco, Chad Campbell, 51-year-old Jay Haas and former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk.
And then there's Daly.
He also was honored this week as the PGA Tour comeback player of the year, having won at Torrey Pines in February for his first PGA Tour victory on U.S. soil in 10 years.
'It's a great award, but it just shows that you didn't do very good last year,' Daly said. 'But it is a cool award. And I take pride in the fact that I worked very hard to come back like I did.'
Even more pleasing to Daly is that he is at Sherwood, assembled with other guys who are recognized for good play.
Three years ago, Daly won in Germany for his first official victory in six years. He thought that might be good enough to merit an invitation to the Target World Challenge, but the mail box was empty.
'I'm just glad Tiger invited me this year,' Daly said.
Like several players, he sees this as a casual way to end the season and a tune up for next year. Daly will stay on the West Coast the rest of the year before heading over to Hawaii for the winners-only Mercedes Championships at Kapalua, followed by the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Daly had a consistent year by his standards. He had five top 10s and missed only three cuts (although three came in the only majors he played), and qualified for the Tour Championship for the first time since his rookie season in 1991, when he stormed onto the golf scene with his PGA Championship victory.
'This is kind of like a year in '91 without a major ' very consistent all around,' Daly said. 'But to be even close to what Tiger and Vijay and Phil and Ernie and those guys do year in and year out ... it's just one year. I've got to feed off of it and just take it from there.'
Singh feel the same way, even though the dynamics have changed. Instead of chasing No. 1, Singh knows he's the guy to beat even at silly-season events.
'They can hunt me all they want,' Singh said. 'I know how to hide.'
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More sun, dry conditions expected early at Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 9:14 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – An atypically dry Scottish summer is expected to continue this week at The Open.

There’s a possibility of a few showers Thursday and Friday, but otherwise conditions are expected to remain dry with temperatures around 70 degrees and winds in the 15-20 mph range.

The forecast for the opening round at Carnoustie is sunshine with clouds developing later in the day. The high is expected to be around 70 degrees, with winds increasing throughout the day, maxing out at 18 mph.

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There’s a chance of rain overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, but it’s not expected to slow down the fiery conditions.

It’s been one of the driest summers in recent memory, leading to fairways that are baked out and fescue rough that is lighter and thinner than in previous years.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 8:40 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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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 8:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.