Taylor leads after 2 rounds at Turning Stone

By Associated PressOctober 3, 2009, 2:40 am

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VERONA, N.Y. – Vaughn Taylor managed to keep his tunnel vision. A brief patch of good weather helped immensely.

Taylor shot his second straight 67 on Friday to take a one-shot lead after two rounds in the Turning Stone Resort Championship. He was at 10-under 134 after another cold, wet and somewhat windy day at Atunyote (uh-DUNE’-yote) Golf Club.

Tied for second were Matt Kuchar (68), rookie Leif Olson (69), and Nicholas Thompson (67), whose 14-year-old sister, Alexis, was tied for the second-round lead at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama.

Rookie Scott Piercy (66), Fredrik Jacobson (67), and Bo Van Pelt (66) were 8 under. Van Pelt moved into contention with seven birdies on the back nine, six of them in a row despite a steady late-afternoon drizzle that intensified toward dusk. Tim Petrovic (71), who shared the first-round lead with Olson, was at 7 under, tied with Australian rookie Aron Price (65), Jimmy Walker (69) and Troy Matteson (67).

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Vaughn Taylor needs a strong fall finish to retain his Tour card. (Getty Images)
Turning Stone is the first tournament of the Fall Series, which is comprised of five events. Players are vying to finish the year in the top 125 on the money list to retain full exemption for 2010, and the 33-year-old Taylor is right on the cusp at No. 131 ($519,282).

“I try not to think about it. Whatever is meant to be is meant to be,” Taylor said after his best back-to-back rounds since he notched his lone top 10 of the season, a tie for eighth at the Buick Open in August.

In two trips around the 7,482-yard Atunyote course, Taylor hit 13 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation. On Friday, he birdied three of the four par 5s, rolled in a 28-foot birdie putt at No. 9 to reach 9 under, and sandwiched a pair of birdies around a bogey at No. 11 to take the lead.

“It keeps the momentum going when you birdie the par 5s,” Taylor said. “It just makes it easier on you.”

So, too, did that brief dose of decent weather.

“It was pretty pleasant for a while there,” Taylor said. “It was drier, but still awfully wet, and then the last few holes the wind started picking up.”

“It wasn’t like brutal, and actually the sun attempted to peak through,” Thompson said. “My caddie was like, hey, we haven’t seen that in a while. It was like, it kind of looks more like the moon.”

Because there was so much standing water on the course Thursday, rules officials allowed the players a rarity – to lift and drop on all areas except teeing grounds, greens and hazards.

Although the course dried somewhat overnight, the same ruling applied on Friday, and Piercy really benefited. He made birdies out of the rough on Nos. 1, 7, 8, and 13

“Maybe one out of five times you catch a good lie, and now you got five out of five good lies,” Piercy said. “It is definitely an advantage. I hit it real close today, so I didn’t really need to make a lot of putts.”

Playing in the morning didn’t hurt, either.

“I feel fortunate to be done already. It’s definitely an advantage,” Piercy said. “When we went out this morning, the sun was shining. There was no wind.”

Intermittent showers and a steady 12 mph wind hampered play in the afternoon, though at least, unlike Thursday, the temperature did make it past 50.

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Olson, who had never held or shared the lead after any round on the PGA Tour, stayed steady while finishing in a driving rain. He finished the round with seven pars and two birdies on the front nine, splashing water with every fairway shot.

Van Pelt started the day six shots behind the leaders and was at even par for the day at the turn. After a par at the 10th hole, Van Pelt began to make a move. An 18-foot putt at the par-3 11th hole, statistically the second-most-difficult on the course, gave him the first of six straight birdies. And after hitting into intermediate rough from a fairway bunker led to a bogey at 17, Van Pelt finished the day by sinking a 13-foot birdie putt at No. 18.

“There’s a lot to play for in the fall,” said Van Pelt, 44th in money with more than $1.7 million. “I wasn’t even going to play this week, but my wife encouraged me to come.”

Kuchar, also in one of the final groups, hit a 3-wood from 252 yards out to within 15 feet of the pin and made eagle at No. 12 to reach 8 under. Birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 moved him into a tie for the lead, but when his chip shot from the rough hydroplaned 9 feet past the water-drenched hole at No. 17 he two-putted for bogey.

Brushing raindrops off his nose as he left the course after a par at 18, Kuchar simply was happy to complete the round.

“It was nasty at the start and nasty at the end,” he said. “It’s amazing we’ve gotten this in.”

DIVOTS: Tom Pernice Jr., fresh from a victory in his first appearance on the Champions Tour, failed to make the cut, finishing at 144 along with David Duval and John Rollins. … Davis Love III needs to finish the year on a strong note to qualify for the 2010 Masters. Love, who is ranked 52nd in the world and needs to get into the top 50 at the end of the year, just made the cut at 3-under 141.
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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.



Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 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 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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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 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.