Power Rankings: 2014 Memorial Tournament

By Will GrayMay 27, 2014, 9:55 pm

This week marks the 29th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour heads to Jack's Place for the Memorial Tournament. A field of 120 players will tee it up this week at Muirfield Village Golf Club, where several of the game's best will look to pick up some momentum with the U.S. Open on the horizon.

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Matt Kuchar returns to defend the title he won here a year ago by two shots over Kevin Chappell. Here are 10 players to watch this week in Columbus:

1. Matt Kuchar: Don't sweat the missed cut at Colonial. Kuchar returns as the defending champ and has five straight top-10 finishes at Muirfield Village, a streak that dates back to 2008. He's been a top-10 machine this season, with nine top-10s in 14 starts and his 69.4 scoring average is currently tops on Tour for 2013-14.

2. Rory McIlroy: Single life appears to suit him. McIlroy has shown this year that he can contend without his A-game, but last week he erased a seven-shot deficit en route to victory at Wentworth. McIlroy is riding a string of four straight top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour dating back to the Shell Houston Open, and he currently leads the Tour with a 4.75 birdie average.

3. Adam Scott: Scott appears eager to remain atop the world rankings, especially after last week's comeback win at Colonial. The Aussie went 66-66 over the weekend to grab the trophy in Fort Worth, and seems to have worked through whatever issues plagued him at TPC Sawgrass. Scott tied for 13th here last year and had back-to-back top-5 finishes at Muirfield Village in 2006 and 2007.

4. Justin Rose: A winner here in 2010, Rose quietly notched a top-25 finish last week in Wentworth, and in the U.S. the Englishman has cracked the top 15 in each of his last four events dating back to the Masters. Rose is clearly comfortable in Columbus, having finished second here in 2008 and eighth each of the last two years. Expect another top finish as he prepares to defend his U.S. Open title next month at Pinehurst.

5. Luke Donald: Donald challenged last week in England before finding the water on the 72nd hole at Wentworth, but he continues to show signs of progress. In addition to last week's T-3 result, the Englishman was also a runner-up last month at Harbour Town and tied for fourth in Tampa. Each of Donald's last five trips to Columbus have netted top-25 results, including a tie for seventh in 2011.

6. Dustin Johnson: Johnson had bookend rounds of 65 and 66 last week at Colonial and would have contended if not for a third-round 74. He has three top-20 finishes in his last five starts at Muirfield Village, including a fourth-place showing in 2011. Johnson has six top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season, including a win in China in October, and carries with him some serious momentum from his two-week run in Texas.

7. Jim Furyk: Furyk saw his top-20 streak end last week at Colonial, but he has still been playing some great golf in recent weeks and certainly knows his way around Colonial. Furyk leads the Tour in scrambling this season and ranks 14th in scoring average, and he boasts four top-25 results in his last five Memorial appearances, highlighted by his runner-up finish in 2009.

8. Bubba Watson: Watson has two wins and two runner-up finishes in his last seven overall starts - a pretty decent run. Watson hasn't had a ton of success at Muirfield Village - his best result in eight career appearances is T-23 - but he leads the PGA Tour in driving distance, ranks seventh in GIR percentage and eighth in birdie average. A rather potent combination, regardless of venue.

9. Brendon Todd: Followed up his first career PGA Tour win in Dallas with a T-5 showing at Colonial. While Todd has never played in this event before, he has eight straight sub-70 rounds - the third time this season that he has eight or more consecutive rounds in the 60s - and currently sits seventh on Tour this season in strokes gained putting. Having just punched his ticket to the U.S. Open via the OWGR, he's playing with house money right now.

10. Stewart Cink: The veteran has shown signs of life this year, notably with a T-14 showing at Augusta National, and he tends to bring his best to Columbus. The former Open champion has cracked the top 30 each of the last eight years at the Memorial, with three top-10 finishes across that stretch. Cink has made 12 of 15 cuts this season and remained in contention at TPC Sawgrass in his most recent start before a Sunday 76.

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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.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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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