Delivering the Bad News

By Brian HewittAugust 27, 2003, 4:00 pm
Yes, Patty Sheehan said, it DID come down to Pat Hurst and Kelli Kuehne for the last captains pick on the Solheim Cup list announced by Sheehan Sunday.
I studied harder for this than any time in school, U.S. captain Sheehan told me Tuesday. The stats were so close.
A little background: The Solheim Cup matches will be played Sept. 12-14 in Sweden. Ten Americans qualified on points Sunday. Sheehan chose Kuehne and Heather Bowie, who finished 12th in the point standings, as her captains picks.
The Kuehne selection over Hurst was difficult because their records were so close. Kuehne had finished 16th on the point standings, Hurst 17th. But there was a strong case to be made for Hurst and Sheehan knew it. I love Pat Hurst, Sheehan said. I think the world of her.
Hursts previous Solheim Cup record (6-4-1) is far superior to Kuehnes (0-3-0). And she has made more money than Kuehne this year while hitting more greens in regulation.
So why Kelli Kuehne for the last spot?
Kelli brings an energy and enthusiasm, Sheehan said. She gives us that intangible that we dont have a whole lot of on our team.
I asked Sheehan if that meant she was hoping Kuehne would bring the kind of energy that Dottie Pepper'still not quite healthy enough to play on this years team'used to deliver. Sheehan said that wasnt the case.
Meanwhile there was the matter of delivering the bad news to Hurst and other players under consideration. Sheehan didnt shirk her responsibility. She reached Hurst by phone at the airport after Sundays Wachovia LPGA Classic hosted by Betsy King.
It was a short conversation, Sheehan said candidly. I got right to it and said, Pat, Im not going to pick you. She said, OK. I know she was upset and her caddie was upset and Im sure her husband was upset.
Other players under consideration included Danielle Ammaccapane and Kate Golden. They, too, heard from Sheehan.
Last week Bob Estes, 12th on the points list for the American Presidents Cup team, was disappointed that he heard first from his mother before Nicklaus could reach him to let him know he wouldnt be on that team.
There was even more potential for this kind of controversy on the European Solheim Cup team because captain Catrin Nilsmark had five captains choices. Three of those choices'Catriona Matthew, Janice Moodie and Carin Koch'didnt even finish in the top 18 of the European standings.
And that second-guessing will continue, probably right up until the matches begin. There will be even more if those players dont perform well in the event.
For her part, Sheehan showed her diplomatic side when asked to comment on Nilsmarks picks. Those are the five I would have picked, she said.
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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  

    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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    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

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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