Power Rankings: Waste Management Phoenix Open

By Will GrayJanuary 28, 2014, 6:32 pm

This week marks the 11th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to the "Greenest show on grass" at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (our Power Rankings for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic can be viewed here). A field of 132 will look to go low at TPC Scottsdale while dealing with the raucuous crowds around the famed par-3 16th hole.

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Phil Mickelson returns to defend the title he won last year by four shots over Brandt Snedeker. Here are 10 players to watch this week in Arizona:

1. Webb Simpson: After beginning the new season with a win in Las Vegas, Simpson has continued to impress and his T-23 at Humana was his first finish outside the top 10 since September. He holds the early-season lead on Tour in GIR percentage, strokes gained putting, birdie average and scoring average - not a bad combination.



2. Keegan Bradley: Bradley has been quietly consistent this season, finishing T-18 or better in each of his first four starts including a tie for 16th in San Diego where he shot par or better in each of his three rounds on the brutal South Course. He's only made two starts in Phoenix but both resulted in top-25 finishes, including a T-15 showing in 2012.

3. Bubba Watson: Watson cracked the top 25 at Torrey Pines with a 3-under 69 Sunday, and he certainly has the length to bomb it around TPC Scottsdale. The former Masters champ has finished inside the top 15 each of the last two years at this event, including a T-5 in 2012. 

4. Graham DeLaet: The Canadian had yet another close call at Torrey Pines, as the question of his maiden PGA Tour title appears to be when, not if. DeLaet led the Tour last season in ball-striking and appears to have picked up right where he left off, now riding a string of three straight top-10 finishes.

5. Gary Woodland: A runner-up in Malaysia, Woodland appeared in line for victory last week before his accuracy left him on Sunday. He remains on the upswing overall, though, and now heads to an event where his length will prove to be an asset and where he has finished T-26 or better each of the last three years.

6. Hunter Mahan: A winner here in 2010, Mahan tied for 16th last year and hasn't carded a round over 70 at TPC Scottsdale since 2009. Knocked some rust off with a T-47 last week in his season debut at Torrey Pines and should be expected to fare much better this time around. 

7. Harris English: It's early in the season, but already English finds himself fifth on Tour in birdie average and seventh in scoring average - both of which should help this week where scores will be low. A winner earlier this season in Mexico, English nearly won again in Hawaii and tied for 15th in his Phoenix debut in 2012. 

8. Phil Mickelson: Mickelson's potential this week depends entirely on his aching back. If he's healthy, he's a threat to repeat and hoist the trophy for the fourth time in his adopted hometown. If the injury that forced him out last week continues to linger, he could struggle to even get his title defense off the ground.

9. Scott Piercy: Piercy is a resident of nearby Las Vegas and has won in Reno, so golf in this area of the country seems to suit him. His third-place finish last year was the third top-10 in his last four Phoenix starts, and the friendly confines of TPC Scottsdale should help him rebound from back-to-back missed cuts.

10. Marc Leishman: Opened the new year with a fifth-place showing at Sony and followed that up with a share of second at Torrey Pines. The Aussie had a banner year in 2013 that yielded a Presidents Cup berth and appears eager for more in 2014. Tied for 19th here in 2012.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.


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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.


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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

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)

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.


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 21, 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)