Power Rankings: 2014 Wells Fargo Championship

By Will GrayApril 29, 2014, 6:52 pm

This week marks the 25th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour heads to the Tar Heel State for the Wells Fargo Championship. A field of 156 players will tee it up this week at Quail Hollow Club, where the field will have to conquer the "Green Mile" of holes 16-18.

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Derek Ernst returns to defend the title he won last year in a playoff over David Lynn. Here are 10 players to watch this week in Charlotte:

1. Rory McIlroy: The Ulsterman is out of the top 10 in the world for the first time in more than three years, but he's playing some good golf. His T-8 at the Masters was his third top-10 in his last four starts, and now McIlroy returns to the site of his first PGA Tour victory and a course where he nearly won again in 2012. Three of his four starts at Quail Hollow have yielded a top-10 result, and this week he should make that four out of five.

2. Jim Furyk: Furyk hasn't won in nearly four years, but that drought may come to an end soon. He enters with a streak of four straight top-20 finishes, highlighted by a T-7 at Harbour Town when he contended deep into the final round. The veteran has been quietly consistent at Quail Hollow, with five straight finishes of T-26 or better, and Furyk won here in 2006.



3. Phil Mickelson: He has to get things going at some point...right? Mickelson is still without a top-10 finish this season, but he has never finished worse than T-35 in this event and has notched seven top-10 finishes in 10 starts. He led for much of the tournament last year before falling just short of a playoff, and was also a runner-up to McIlroy in 2010.

4. Lee Westwood: The Englishman won in Malaysia in his most recent start and has cracked the top five each of the last two years in Charlotte, finishing T-4 last year and T-5 in 2012. Westwood contended at the Masters, finishing seventh despite a closing 73, and tied for 17th in Houston the week prior. He's not at the form that earned him the world No. 1 ranking, but he's trending in that direction.

5. Rickie Fowler: Fowler had a surprising early exit last week in New Orleans, but should bounce back at Quail Hollow, the site of his lone PGA Tour victory (2012). Before his missed cut at TPC Louisiana, Fowler had finished fifth and T-6 in his two most recent starts, the latter coming at Augusta National. While he was an MDF last year as the defending champ, his other starts in Charlotte have been more productive: sixth in 2010 and T-16 in 2011.

6. Justin Rose: While many big names missed the cut in NOLA, Rose quietly notched a tie for eighth and has now finished inside the top 15 in three of his last four starts. He's only played once here since 2010, but that resulted in a T-28 in 2011 after Rose went 69-69 over the weekend.

7. Ryan Moore: Moore appears to have found his footing on this course, with four of his last eight rounds at Quail Hollow yielding a 68 or better. He tied for sixth last year and tied for fifth the year prior, and counts a win in Malaysia among his seven top-25 results this season. Moore is seventh on Tour in GIR percentage and eighth in birdie average, so expect him to have more than his fair share of circles on the scorecard this week.

8. J.B. Holmes: Holmes is back from the disabled list in a big way, and after a third straight top-20 finish he has now fulfilled his major medical extension and has playing privileges for the rest of the season. Holmes has made 10 of 11 cuts this season, with five top-25 finishes, and tied for ninth at Quail Hollow in 2011. His length off the tee should prove to be a considerable asset this week.

9. Bill Haas: Haas withdrew for the first time in his career in his last start, pulling out of the RBC Heritage with a bad wrist. After a week off, he's ready to return to an event where he has been feast or famine. A product of nearby Wake Forest, Haas has made only five of 10 cuts in Charlotte but when he's played the weekend, he's finished no worse than T-29 and twice finished fourth.

10. Kevin Na: Na has made five of his last seven cuts overall, and each of those weekend appearances has resulted in a top-20 finish, including a runner-up at Innisbrook. He's also had success at Quail Hollow, with a fifth-place showing in 2011 and a tie for 14th in 2010. While he has been dogged by slow play issues, he has also turned into one of the more surprising success stories of the 2013-14 season.

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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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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.”