Power Rankings: 2014 Scottish Open

By Will GrayJuly 7, 2014, 5:31 pm

This week marks another two-event week for fantasy participants. While the PGA Tour tees it up at the John Deere Classic (our Power Rankings can be seen here), the European Tour heads to Royal Aberdeen for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

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Phil Mickelson returns to defend the title he won at Castle Stuart a year ago in a playoff over Branden Grace. Here are 10 names to watch this week in Scotland:

1. Rory McIlroy: The Ulsterman missed the cut at the Irish Open, but that was his first finish outside the top 25 anywhere in 2014. With his breakup from Caroline Wozniacki now a thing of the past, McIlroy can focus on creating some momentum in advance of his trip to Royal Liverpool and enters this week ranked sixth on the PGA Tour in scoring average and 12th on the European Tour in the same category.

2. Justin Rose: Rose is teeing it up for the first time since winning a playoff at Congressional, which in turn was his first win since his breakthrough major victory last year at Merion. The Englishman has been one of the most consistent players in the world this year, with eight top-25 finishes in his last 10 starts overall, including a tie for 12th in defense of his U.S. Open title at Pinehurst.

3. Luke Donald: Donald hasn't played since missing the cut at Pinehurst, but this is typically an event in which he thrives, regardless of Venue. The Englishman has never finished outside the top 20 in five prior appearances in this event, including a win in 2011 at Castle Stuart and a runner-up showing in 2006 at Loch Lomond. Donald's short game remains among the best around, and he nearly won on the PGA Tour at Harbour Town in April.

4. Jamie Donaldson: The Welshman was a surprise runner-up at Doral earlier this season, but he has kept up the momentum and notched back-to-back T-5 finishes on the European Tour over the last two weeks. Donaldson also tied for 14th at the Masters and had a solid showing at Wentworth, both results that furthered his goal of making his first Ryder Cup squad. A strong stretch of play over the next two weeks could punch his ticket for Gleneagles.

5. Joost Luiten: Luiten has four top-20 finishes in his last five starts overall, including top-five showings at both the Lyoness Open and the Open de Espana. The Dutchman doesn't have much of a track record in this event, but his play in 2014 across all corners of the globe has shown that he can compete with the best. He'll prove that again at Royal Aberdeen.

6. Lee Westwood: Like Donald, Westwood has experienced success in this event at both Castle Stuart and Loch Lomond, with four straight top-20 finishes dating back to 2007. While he missed the cut in each of his last two starts overall, Westwood did win earlier this year in Malaysia and recorded top-10 finishes against strong fields at both the Masters (seventh) and The Players Championship (T-6).

7. Phil Mickelson: The defending champ has yet to record a top-10 finish this year, but as he enters the two-week stretch that transformed his 2013 campaign he has reason to feel confident. Mickelson quieted the naysayers last year in pulling off an unprecedented double across two links courses, and while the venue this week has shifted to Royal Aberdeen, he still should have many opportunities to put his world-class short game on display.

8. Jimmy Walker: Walker missed a rare cut at Greenbrier, and now heads across the Pond to prep for just his second Open Championship next week. Walker has cracked the top 10 at each of the first two majors in 2014, and with three wins under his belt this season he remains a strong contender, especially if he finds a way to translate his game to fit a links-style course.

9. Francesco Molinari: The Italian was a runner-up in this event in 2012 at Castle Stuart and tied for fourth in 2010 at Loch Lomond. His tie for 26th last week in France was just his second finish outside the top 25 in his last seven starts, a stretch that included a tie for seventh at Wentworth and a T-23 result at Pinehurst. He also tied for sixth at TPC Sawgrass and has shown the ability to contend on a variety of course types.

10. Rickie Fowler: The only player with top-five finishes at both majors in 2014, Fowler is teeing it up for the first time since his runner-up at Pinehurst No. 2. While he is making his first start in this event, Fowler has shown that he can hang on links courses, specifically a T-5 finish at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George's and a tie for 31st the following year at Royal Lytham.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 2:30 pm

Tiger Woods is under par in the final round of the 147th Open Championship and stalking the lead. We're tracking him on Sunday at Carnoustie.


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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.


Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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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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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.”