Sun comes out Prugh surges at Hope Classic

By Associated PressJanuary 24, 2010, 2:02 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP)—Alex Prugh ’s last name rhymes with “Who?”

That’s a good question—and a good young player leading the Bob HopeClassic.

The 25-year-old PGA Tour rookie surged ahead when the sun finally came outSaturday, shooting a 7-under 65 on the tough La Quinta course to take aone-stroke lead over Bubba Watson and fellow tour rookie Martin Flores .

With his third straight remarkably consistent round in the five-round,four-course tournament, Prugh pulled ahead at 21-under 195. Yet if the formerUniversity of Washington star had any strong feelings after his second straightbogey-free round, Prugh wasn’t letting on.

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“I was almost bored with myself a little bit,” said Prugh, who trailedWatson by two strokes entering the third round. “It’s not a bad thing. I washitting the driver very well, and I kept on hitting fairway after fairway. …Boring rounds are actually fine with me.”

Prugh thinks the pro-am format keeps him away from any mental dangers thatmight otherwise arise from leading a PGA Tour tournament after three rounds.Perhaps helping amateurs with their game prevents him from overthinking his own.

Whatever the magic formula, Prugh is the first rookie to lead a round at theevent since John Senden took the second-round lead in the 2002 tournamenteventually won by Phil Mickelson .

“I’m just trying to entertain my amateur partners as well as I can, andhopefully they get their money’s worth when they’re out here,” Prugh said.

Flores was every bit as impressive as Prugh, shooting the second straight 65of his bogey-free tournament to pull into a tie with second-round leader Watson(68), who rallied after a slow start on the Arnold Palmer Private course.

Joe Ogilvie (68) was four strokes back at 17 under. Chad Collins (69), TimClark (67) and Bill Haas (66) were 16 under, and Mike Weir (67) was 15 under.

After rain washed out play Thursday and threatened Friday, the playersfinally reveled in perfect Palm Springs scoring weather. Amateurs, celebritiesand pros alike were thrilled to see fewer fairway marshes and more sturdygreens, but two unheralded rookies made the biggest splashes by crowding aroundWatson, who’s also seeking his first PGA Tour victory.

The long-hitting Watson was in prime position to pull away a bit after doingwell on the two tougher courses during the rainy first two days, but he was 1over after eight holes on the Palmer course Saturday before stringing togetherfour birdies on the back nine. Although he’s touting a new mental attitude thisseason, Watson couldn’t help jabbing himself after wasting a chance.

“I just played bad,” said Watson, the tour’s second-longest driver lastyear. “The 68 was getting a lot out of my round today, so I’m not mad at a 68.It’s just (that) I wanted to play better. My caddie kept yelling at me, tryingto get me to pay attention and stay focused. I just hung in there.”

After finishing 72nd last week at the Sony Open, Prugh played as well as aPacific Northwest native might be expected to do on the Hope Classic’s two rainydays. He shot an opening-round 64 on the easier Nicklaus Private course at PGAWest, followed by a steady 66 on Friday at the Palmer course.

Prugh has played 41 straight holes without a bogey, while the 27-year-oldFlores has yet to make a bogey in the tournament. The Texas native seemed a bitmore excited than Prugh about the auspicious debuts of two Nationwide Tourregulars last year.

“There’s a first for everything, and I just seemed to be very comfortablein this situation for some reason,” said Flores, whose last bogey was on the17th hole of his final round at the Sony Open last week. “I don’t know why thatis. I never want to come off as arrogant, but … I’m just confident in my game,and I like that right now.”

Prugh and Flores both played on the Nationwide Tour last year. Prugh won theNew Zealand Open and earned his PGA Tour card by finishing 16th on the moneylist, while Flores didn’t do particularly well in his nine starts, but earnedhis card by finishing fourth at the national qualifying tournament.

After two weeks, Prugh hasn’t found the PGA Tour competition to be a wholelot stiffer than on the Nationwide Tour. With none of the tour’s top 35 playersin the Hope Classic field, he might have a point.

“The competition level is very similar,” Prugh said. “I think you’re verywell prepared after coming out of there.”

DIVOTS: Sony Open winner Ryan Palmer has rallied after his opening 72,moving up from 93rd place to a tie for 15th with a 64 on the Nicklaus course.… Haas is the son of Jay Haas , the 1988 Hope winner. … Kevin Steelman hadlowest round Saturday, a 63 on the Nicklaus course. He was 9 under overall.

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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

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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 golfodds.com.


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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