Tiger Donald Share Lead at Medinah

By Associated PressAugust 19, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 PGA ChampionshipMEDINAH, Ill -- Tiger Woods atop the leaderboard was about the only thing that made Medinah look like a major.
 
The PGA Championship became a barrage of birdies on Saturday, turning the final major of the year into a wide-open affair until Woods fired off three straight of his own and suddenly made it look like an open-and-shut case.
 
He matched the course record with a 7-under 65, giving him a share of the lead with British-born Luke Donald, who lives in the Chicago area and got plenty of support on his way to a 66.
 
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is poised for his second major of the year and 12th overall.
Donald might need more than that to stop Woods on Sunday.
 
Woods is 11-0 in the majors when he has at least a share of the 54-hole lead, and he got there with one last birdie on the par-3 17th. His 12-foot putt nearly spun out of the hole, and Woods pointed his finger at the cup as if telling his golf ball to behave.

He had a one-shot lead last month at the British Open and pulled away early for a two-shot victory. He was tied for the lead seven years ago at Medinah in the '99 PGA Championship and held off a 19-year-old Sergio Garcia.
 
'We know he's a good closer, so we're going to have to give it our best,' said Garcia, whose 67 left him four shots behind.
 
Woods soared into the lead with a string of splendid shots, starting with a 3-iron from 250 yards over Lake Kadijah to 6 feet on the par-3 13th. Then came a bunker shot to 2 feet on the par-5 14th, and a 9-iron from a sand-filled divot to 3 feet on the 15th.
 
All that went wrong was a three-putt bogey on the next hole, ending his streak of 50 holes at par or better.
 
'In most major championships, you make pars and sprinkle in a couple of birdies here and there and you're looking pretty good,' Woods said. 'Today you would have just been run over, which is different.'
 
He and Donald were at 14-under 202, tying the 54-hole record in relation to par at this major. David Toms was at 14-under 196 through three rounds when he won the PGA in Atlanta five years ago.
 
Ten players were tied for the lead at one point.
 
Woods came along and it looked like it might be a one-man show until Donald hit his tee shot into 4 feet on the 17th to join him.
 
They still have plenty of company, and some of those faces are familiar.

Mike Weir, who shared the 54-hole lead with Woods in 1999 at Medinah, also shot 65 despite a bogey on the final hole. He was at 204.
 
One shot behind was U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, one of the few who was able to recover from a mistake. He took double bogey on the first hole, but scratched out a 68 to finish at 205. Garcia and former PGA champion Shaun Micheel (67) were another shot back.
 
'There's still a bunch of guys. Basically, 9 to 14 (under) all have a chance to win tomorrow,' Woods said.
 
But it all starts with Woods, going for his third straight victory and second straight major title against a fresh face. Donald won his second PGA Tour event in February at the Honda Classic, but has struggled in the Grand Slam events.
 
'It's going to be a little different. I haven't really contended in a major before,' said Donald, who stayed in Chicago after going to Northwestern, where he won the NCAA title in 1999. 'This will be a little bit different pressure.'
 
Woods will try to become the first player in the 90-year history of the PGA Championship to win twice on the same course, having captured the Wanamaker Trophy in 1999 by hanging on against Garcia.
 
This round was full throttle.
 
Woods and Donald watched the early round on television and saw plenty of birdies, knowing what they had to do.
 
'It looked like it could be had out there,' Woods said. 'I felt like I had to go get it.'
 
What might have been great rounds at other majors were just ordinary at soft, vulnerable Medinah.
 
Masters champion Phil Mickelson cured flaws in his swing and fired at the pins, leaving himself tap-in birdies that carried him into a brief share of the lead through nine holes. But his putter let him down, a flop shot on the 18th didn't reach the green and he had to settle for a 68, leaving him six shots behind.
 
'It will take a 7- or 8-under-par round to have a chance,' he said.
 
Weir still had a hard time believing he could shoot 65 in a major and pick up only one shot against the leaders. Even more unnerving is chasing Woods, although he's eager for another chance.
 
'I know everybody's expectations are that he's going to go out and win the championship, because he's done it so many times from the front,' Weir said. 'But there's always time to stop the streak, so hopefully, I can do it.'
 
The scoring was no surprise.
 
The air was thick with humidity and heavy clouds hung over Medinah after rain pounded the course overnight. Greens that already were soft and spongy became like Velcro and allowed players to take dead aim at the flag.
 
'The PGA of America can't control Mother Nature,' Weir said. 'What can you do? It is what it is. You've got to make some birdies.'
 
Did they ever. Medinah came alive with cheers that resounded from all corners, a far different atmosphere from the groans often heard at a U.S. Open. The pace was so hectic that 10 players were tied for the lead at one point.
 
But for all the birdies, perhaps the most important putt of the day was for par.
 
Woods started his round by spraying a 3-wood deep in the trees on the right, and his punch shot clipped branches before settling into thick rough well short of the green. All he could do was pound a wedge 35 feet by the hole.
 
After studying the line halfway between the ball and his hole, his par putt dropped on the final turn and Woods slammed his fist. He followed that with a tee shot that never left the flag as it sailed over Lake Kadijah and settled 7 feet away for birdie.
 
'I was off and running,' Woods said.
 
With so much drama, about the only aspect to this tournament that turned into a dud was the race for the Ryder Cup team.
 
Davis Love III was one shot out of the lead, needing eighth place at Medinah to earn a spot on his seventh straight team, and he sure proved himself early. With U.S. captain Tom Lehman watching from across the second green, Love holed a bunker shot for an early share of the lead. He holed another bunker shot for birdie at the fifth to reach 9 under.
 
But that was as good as it got. Love made too many bogeys, not nearly enough birdies, shot 73 and was in a tie for 18th.
 
Other Ryder Cup hopefuls also languished.
 
Stewart Cink shot 73 and Lucas Glover shot 77 to fall out of contention. Barring a big charge from Tim Herron on Sunday, there probably won't be a change in the standings, giving the American team four Ryder Cup rookies.
 
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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.

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    Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

    According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

    Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.


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    Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

    Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

    And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

    Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.