Tigers late push takes him to share of HSBC lead

By Associated PressNovember 6, 2009, 6:10 pm

SHANGHAI (AP)—The gallery kept growing until it stretched along all 603 yardsof the eighth hole at Sheshan International. It took a little longer beforeTiger Woods gave them what they came to see Friday in the HSBC Champions.

Losing patience with each missed putt, Woods finally knocked in a 10-footbirdie on the ninth hole and was on his way.

With five birdies over the final 10 holes, he pieced together another5-under 67 and surged into a share of the 36-hole lead with Nick Watney in aWorld Golf Championship that had a distinctive American flavor. Seven of the topnine players on the leaderboard are from the United States.

Far more tantalizing going into the weekend was Woods and Phil Mickelson ,who ended their PGA Tour season with a compelling battle in Atlanta, going at itagain halfway around the world in China.

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Woods missed six birdie chances inside 20 feet and was growing increasinglyagitated until one putt on the ninth changed his outlook.

“It certainly was a little bit frustrating, but the guys weren’t runningoff and hiding, either,” Woods said. “I knew if I could just play the backnine at 3-under par … I figured that would probably be a pretty good number.And I did a couple better than that.”

Mickelson chipped in for birdie on the 15th, then recovered from a poor teeshot with an unlikely birdie on the 16th. After trying to play short off the teeon the 288-yard hole and hitting hybrid into a bunker, Mickelson faced anawkward distance and a slightly plugged lie in the sand. He blasted a pitchingwedge to 12 feet and made another birdie.

“One of the best shots I hit all day,” Mickelson said, and one finalbirdie on the par-5 18th gave him a 66.

Behind him was Woods, hard to miss with the size of his gallery and theaccompanying cheers. He came up short with his wedge and chipped in for birdie,then reached the green in two on the 538-yard closing hole framed by water for atwo-putt birdie.

That put him in the lead at 10-under 134 with Watney, who birdied his lasttwo holes for a 70.

Even in a World Golf Championship with players from 23 countries—the mostdiverse field for this series—Woods and Mickelson have been the attractions atthe biggest tournament in Asian golf.

Woods first came to China in 2001 for an exhibition and remains a favoriteof the star-struck crowd that calls him “Laohu,” which is Mandarin Chinese forTiger.

Mickelson won the HSBC Champions two years ago and has impressed the Chineseoff the course, too, by speaking of a responsibility to play in Asia to helpgrow the game and talking up the two golf courses projects he has in thecountry, including one in Kunming with a par-3 course that he hopes will attractchildren.

“This is my third year here, and I’ve seen a great increase in the numberof people that have come out to watch, as well as the excitement level,”Mickelson said. “Obviously, Tiger Woods coming here plays a big part in that.But he also came here three or four years ago, and this is at a whole differentlevel this year. It’s been neat to see.”

Woods has come twice to Sheshan International, and twice left as therunner-up. And despite leading going into the weekend, he realizes there is alot of work left.

Watney felt as though he missed every putt that he had made the day before,yet his closing birdies put him in a share of the lead. As he finished, theworld’s top two players were starting to make their moves.

“I knew from the start they were in the field, so it’s no surprise they’replaying well,” Watney said. “Whatever the lead is at, that’s not going to winthe golf tournament. I need to go out and keep playing well and keep makingbirdies to have any shot.”

Mickelson is part of a crowd at 9-under 135. He is joined by Alvaro Quiros ,the Spaniard reputed to be golf’s biggest hitter who shot a 66; and Ryan Moore ,who made an 8-foot eagle on the 18th and finished his round at No. 9 by chippingin for birdie.

“If I have to be honest, I don’t see my name for a long time on theleaderboard—all were Americans,” Quiros said. “It was strange. Of course, itis exciting for me.”

Another shot behind is Anthony Kim , who saved his aggressiveness for the18th hole by hitting a 5-wood to 4 feet for eagle. Pat Perez had a chance topost the only bogey-free round of the tournament until he missed an 8-foot parputt on his final hole for a 69, leaving him three shots off the lead.

Perez has been around long enough to understand that Woods commands thelargest gallery, but he didn’t realize what kind of magnet the world’s No. 1player was in China until he looked around and saw two spectators. He didn’t saywhether that included his wife.

“It made me realize I’m actually a nobody,” Perez said. “I thought I wassomebody, but this confirms it. In worldwide golf, I’m a nobody.”

He has a chance to make a name for himself this weekend, as do others.

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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.

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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