Power Rankings: 2014 Travelers Championship

By Will GrayJune 16, 2014, 9:09 pm

This week marks the 32nd event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour heads to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. A field of 156 players will tee it up this week at TPC River Highlands, where birdie is the name of the game and scores are often low as a result.

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Ken Duke returns to defend the title he won here a year ago in a playoff over Chris Stroud. Here are 10 players to watch this week outside Hartford:

1. Bubba Watson: This is one of the original homes of "Bubba Golf," as Watson notched his first PGA Tour title here back in 2010. Since then he has added a runner-up in 2012 and a fourth-place showing last year when he held a share of the 54-hole lead. Watson enjoys getting creative at TPC River Highlands, and his results bear that out.



2. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar is making just his second start here since 2008, but his other Travelers appearance netted a tie for eighth in 2012. He has been a fantasy machine this year, with one win and nine top-10 finishes in 16 starts, and his missed cut at Colonial is his only finish outside the top 20 since March. Expect another solid showing.

3. Keegan Bradley: His results at TPC River Highlands have gotten progressively better: T-63 in 2011, T-29 in 2012, T-18 in 2013. Bradley's tie for fourth at Pinehurst was his third top-10 finish in his last eight starts, and he is keenly aware of the move he needs to make to crack the top nine in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings. This week could go a long way toward that end.

4. Jason Day: Day hasn't played in Cromwell since a tie for 27th back in 2008 when he was just 20 years old, but he enters of a tie for fourth at the U.S. Open last week. After missing several weeks with a left thumb injury, the Aussie has given himself a clean bill of health and if that's the case, he should be considered a factor every time he tees it up.

5. Ryan Moore: Moore led the field in putting last year while finishing T-7, his third top-15 finish at TPC River Highlands since 2009. Moore was a runner-up here in both 2006 and 2011 and is currently inside the top 25 on Tour in driving accuracy, GIR percentage and birdie average.

6. Hunter Mahan: Mahan got his first PGA Tour win at this event back in 2007, the highlight of a four-year stretch from 2006-2009 when he finished no worse than fourth. He hasn't had quite the same success since, but top-25 finishes in both 2012 and 2013 show that he still has what it takes to tame TPC River Highlands.

7. Dustin Johnson: Johnson had another close call at a major, but his T-4 finish at the U.S. Open continues his strong 2013-14 campaign. A winner earlier this season in China, DJ added top-five finishes at Pebble Beach, Riviera and Doral. He has the length to take advantage of any setup on the PGA Tour, but especially the relatively short confines in Cromwell.

8. Charley Hoffman: Along with Bubba Watson, Hoffman is the only player to finish inside the top 10 each of the past two years at this event, having tied for second in 2012 and tied for seventh last year, when he fired a 61 in the opening round. Hoffman has quietly put together a solid season, with nine straight cuts made and a T-19 finish at Memorial in his last start.

9. Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard failed to factor at the U.S. Open, but he left with a solid T-35 finish after two third-place results in his prior three starts. The knee injury that forced him out of the BMW PGA Championship does not appear to be an issue, and if that's the case Garcia could factor as he makes his first trip to Cromwell since 2009.

10. Brooks Koepka: Koepka hit the jackpot Sunday at Pinehurst, finishing tied for fourth and earning a 2014-15 Tour card and a berth to the Masters in the process. One year after playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe, he has shown that he can stack up against the game's best and his game should suit TPC River Highlands in his first appearance.

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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.”