Stat attack!: Arnold Palmer Invitational review

By John AntoniniMarch 24, 2014, 1:16 am

Are you surprised Adam Scott didn’t win the Arnold Palmer Invitational after shooting 62 in the first round and holding a three-stroke lead through 54 holes? You shouldn’t be. Prior to the start of the second round we Tweeted that none of the three players who shot 62 or better in the first round of a PGA Tour event this year would go on to win, (and only three of the 24 players since 2012 have done so).

Players shooting 62 or better in round one in 2013-14

 First-round score Player Tournament Finish
 60 J.J. Henry Shriners Las Vegas T-15
 61 Andres Romero Shriners Las Vegas MC
 62 Adam Scott Arnold Palmer Invitational 3
 62 George McNeill McGladrey Classic T-22

So if not Scott, would you have picked Matt Every (pictured above) to walk away as the API champion? You should have. The way Every has played this season, a victory was only a matter of time. He has improved in just about every statistic this season, has only missed one cut and entered the week with more top-10s on Tour than he had made through March in the previous three years combined. It’s reminiscent of what fellow Florida alum Billy Horschel did in 2013, when he made the cut in his first 12 starts of the year, culminating with his first career win in New Orleans.

Matt Every though Bay Hill: 2010-2014

 Year Starts Cuts Wins Top-10s Money rank FedEx rank
 2014 11 10 1 5 9 7
 2013 10 5 0 1 91 96
 2012 8 4 0 2 58 66
 2011 3 2 0 0 170 166
 2010 8 6 0 1 73 67

Like Horschel, Every’s improvement stems from a dramatic improvement in his scoring average, and is a direct result of better putting. A year ago, Every was 96th on Tour in scoring average at 71.02 strokes per round. He’s cut more than a stroke off that total this season, which can easily be found in his strokes gained-putting numbers.

Matt Every’s statistical improvement

 2014 (rank) Statistic 2013 (rank)
 60.00% (97) Driving accuracy 58.94% (123)
 69.64% (34) Greens in regulation 65.54% (83)
 +.950 (5) Strokes gained-putting -.098 (120)
 69.54 (3) Scoring average 71.02 (96)

Putting was the major difference between Every’s final-round 70 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Scott’s 76. On Sunday, Every made more than 120 feet worth of putts, converted five times from 10 feet or more and gained nearly four strokes on the field. He was nearly seven strokes better than Scott on the short grass.

Matt Every’s putting at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

 Round Putts Distance One-putts 10 foot + Strokes gained
 1 27 119 ft. 8 in. 9 3 +1.760
 2 30 61 ft. 5 in. 4 1 +0.486
 3 28 79 ft. 5 in. 8 1 +0.252
 4 27 121 ft. 10 in. 9 5 +.3.899

Adam Scott’s putting at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

 Round Putts Distance One-putts 10 foot + Strokes gained
 1 23 149 ft. 6 in. 9 4 +5.067
 2 29 97 ft. 2 in. 8 3 +1.432
 3 31 103 ft. 9 in. 6 3 -.0.018
 4 32 48 ft. 1 in. 5 1 -2.929

Scott did increase his Tour-best mark of consecutive cuts made to 31 (three better than the idle Jason Day), but Scott has nothing on a foursome of players who have made 10 or more starts in 2013-14 and have not missed a cut. Mayakoba Classic champion Harris English leads the way, making money in all 12 of his starts this year, including a T-14 at Bay Hill.

Players with no missed cuts in 10 or more starts in 2013-14 

 Starts Player Top-10s Top-25s Bay Hill finish
 12 Harris English 6 9 T-14
 11 Chris Kirk 2 5 T-60
 10 Kevin Stadler 2 4 DNP
 10 Bill Haas 1 2 DNP

 


English, Kirk and Stadler will join Matt Every in making their Masters debut at Augusta National in two weeks. No Masters rookie was won the major since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. We’re not saying any of them will win, but remember the comparison of Every to Horschel. Last year, in his first major after winning the Zurich Classic, Horschel was the 36-hole co-leader at the U.S. Open and finished T-4. Just food for thought.

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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)