Stat attack!: Zurich Classic of New Orleans review

By John AntoniniApril 28, 2014, 2:09 am

For Seung-Yul Noh, the Zurich Classic was a microcosm of his season and his career. The PGA Tour leader in bounce-back percentage, twice followed bogeys on Sunday’s back nine with birdies, the two subpar holes the difference in his two-stroke win at TPC Louisiana. The 22-year-old South Korean,who turned heads with wins as a teenager on the Asian and European Tours, now becomes the fifth player born in the 1990s to win on the PGA Tour. He did it with one of the year’s better performances on the par-4 holes to join a host of players to lift their initial trophy in New Orleans. 

Noh didn’t make a bogey during the first three rounds at the Zurich Classic, which means he didn’t have to test his bounce-back mettle. But when he bogeyed Nos. 12 and 15 down the stretch Sunday, he did what he has been doing all year. He kept his composure and made birdie, this time with his first Tour victory on the line. He made three bogeys at TPC Louisiana and birdied the next hole twice to improve his Tour-leading mark to 30.77 percent. Not since Dan Forsman in 2005 has someone finished the season with a bounce-back percentage better than 30 percent. 

2013-14 PGA Tour leaders in bounce-back percentage

 Rank Player Bounce-back percentage
 1 Seung-Yul Noh  30.77%
 2 Justin Rose 29.58
 3 Brooks Koepka 28.57
 4 Jamie Donaldson 28.33
 5 Ryan Palmer 27.52

The recovery birdies Sunday were enough to give Noh, at 19-under 269, a two-stroke win over Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb, both of whom were also looking for their first PGA Tour title. Once Keegan Bradley took himself out of contention with a front-nine 39 – including a triple bogey on No. 6 – it became pretty clear that a first-time winner would capture the Zurich Classic for the sixth time in the nine years the tournament has been held at TPC Louisiana.

First-time PGA Tour winners at TPC Louisiana

 Year Zurich Classic winner Runner-up
 2014 Seung-Yul Noh Andrew Svoboda, Robert Streb
 2013 Billy Horschel D.A. Points
 2012 Jason Dufner Ernie Els
 2008 Andres Romero Peter Lonard
 2007 Nick Watney Ken Duke
 2005 Tim Petrovic James Driscoll

Svoboda and Streb, like Duke and Driscoll before them, would have to settle for second. Duke would eventually on the PGA Tour six years after his close call in New Orleans by taking the 2013 Travelers Championship. Driscoll, after 228 PGA Tour starts, is still looking for his maiden title. 

Jeff Overton, who finished fourth at Zurich, three strokes back of Noh, was also looking for his first Tour victory. The former Ryder Cup player now has five second-place finishes on tour, including a previous runner-up at New Orleans in 2010. All of the top-four finishers Sunday were atop the putting stats for the week. They were all in the top 15 in strokes gained/putting and three players were in the top five in scrambling and putting from outside 10 feet.

Zurich Classic leaders key statistics

 Player Scrambling (rank) Str. Gained/putting (rank) Putts from 10+ feet
 Seung-Yul Noh 87.50% (3) 1.065 (11) 11/40; 27.50% (3)
 Andrew Svoboda 88.89% (1) 1.859 (2) 9/44; 20.45 (22)
 Robert Streb 61.54% (T-34) .982 (14) 12/44; 27.27 (4)
 Jeff Overton 88.00% (2) 1.842 (3) 9/34; 26.47 (5)

Noh, who birdied 16 of 40 par-4 holes, out-performed his rivals on the medium-length holes, but all four leaders were among the tournament’s best performers on the two-shotters. Noh led the field in par-4 scoring and none of the top-four players made more than three bogeys on such holes all week. Noh’s birdie percentage of 40.00 percent was the fifth-best performance on Tour during the 2013-14 season.

Zurich Classic leaders on the par-4 holes

 Player Par-4 scoring
Zurich (rank)
Par-4 birdies/bogeys Zurich Par-4 scoring
season (rank)
3.68 (1) 16/3 4.01 (T-27)
3.85 (T-5) 9/3 4.01 (T-27)
3.75 (2) 13/3 3.95 (1)
3.85 (T-5) 8/2 3.99 (T-13)

Birdie percentage on par-4 holes in one tournament: 2013-14 season

 Par-4 birdie pct. Player Tournament
 42.50% (17 of 40) Dustin Johnson WGC-HSBC Champions
 41.67% (15 of 36) Patrick Reed Humana Challenge
 40.91 (18 of 44) Kevin Streelman Hyundai T of C
 40.00 (16 of 40) Seung-Yul Noh Zurich Classic
 38.64 (17 of 44) Jason Bohn Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

That Noh was able to win on the PGA Tour one month before his 23rd birthday was not a surprise. He’s won just about everywhere he has played, now counting victories at a young age on four different tours. When he won the 2010 Maybank Malaysia Open at age 18 years, 282 days he became, at the time, the second-youngest winner in European Tour history. He also won the Korean Amateur at age 14.

Seung-Yul Noh’s career victories

 Tournament Tour Age
 2014 Zurich Classic  PGA Tour 22
 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Champ. Tour 22
 2010 Maybank Malaysian Open European Tour 18
 2008 Midea China Classic  Asian Tour 17

Noh, born May 29, 1991, is the fifth player born in the 1990s with a PGA Tour victory, joining Derek Ernst, John Huh, Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth. But many players born in that decade have already made an impact on the Tour and should qualify for the PGA Tour Playoffs this fall.

PGA Tour players born in the 1990s in the top 144 on the FedEx Cup standings

 Player Birthday Age 2013-14 FedEx Cup rank
 Patrick Reed August 5, 1990 23 4
 Jordan Spieth July 27, 1993 20 7
 Seung-Yul Noh May 29, 1991 22 16
 Ryo Ishikawa September 17, 1991 22 29
 Hideki Matsuyama February 25, 1992 22 55
 Luke Guthrie January 31, 1990 24 80
 John Huh May 21, 1990 23 87
 Danny Lee July 24, 1990 23 92

Brooks Koepka, born in 1990, will join this list at 89th once he accepts special temporary membership on the PGA Tour for the rest of the year. Koepka finished T-21 at New Orleans to earn enough unofficial FedEx Cup points as a non-member to be offered the special tour card.




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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 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  

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; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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First-, second-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

Three-time champion Tiger Woods is playing in The Open for the first time since he missed the cut in 2015 at St. Andrews. Woods will begin his first round Thursday in the 147th edition at Carnoustie at 10:21 a.m. ET, playing alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth delivered the claret jug to the R&A on Monday at Carnoustie. He will begin his title defense at 4:58 a.m. ET on Thursday, playing with world No. 2 Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Other notable groupings:

  • Rory McIlroy will look to capture his second claret jug at 7:53 a.m. Thursday. He goes off with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen.
  • World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is playing with Alex Noren and Charley Hoffman. They will play at 8:04 a.m. ET in the first round.
  • World No. 2 Justin Thomas goes at 8:26 a.m. with Francesco Molinari and Branden Grace.
  • Masters champion Patrick Reed will play with Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey at 5:20 a.m. ET.
  • U.S. Open champion and world No. 4 Brooks Koepka is grouped with Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith (9:59 a.m. ET).
  • Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion, will begin at 3:03 a.m. ET with Satoshi Kodaira and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Here's a look at the full list of times for Rounds 1 and 2 (all times ET):

1:35AM/6:36AM: Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer, Andy Sulliva

1:46AM/6:47AM: Erik Van Rooyen, Brady Schnell, Matthew Southgate

1:57AM/6:58AM: Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo, Luke List

2:08AM/7:09AM: Mark Calcavecchia, Danthai Boonma, Shaun Nooris

2:19AM/7:20AM: Kevin Chappell, Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

2:30AM/7:31AM: Ross Fisher, Paul Dunne, Austin Cook

2:41AM/7:42AM: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

2:52AM/7:53AM: Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner, Marcus Kinhult

3:03AM/8:04AM: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

3:14AM/8:15AM: Brian Harman, Yuta Ikeda, Andrew Landry

3:25AM/8:26AM: Si Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Nicolai Hojgaard (a)

3:36AM/8:37AM: Stewart Cink, Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara

3:47AM/8:48AM: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Sung Kang

4:03AM/9:04AM: Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, Chesson Hadley

4:14AM/9:15AM: Pat Perez, Julian Suri, George Coetzee

4:25AM/9:26AM: David Duval, Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na

4:36AM/9:37AM: Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen

4:47AM/9:48AM: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

4:58AM/9:59AM: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

5:09AM/10:10AM: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

5:20AM/10:21AM: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

5:31AM/10:32AM: Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jhonattan Vegas

5:42AM/10:43AM: Yuxin Lin (a), Alexander Bjork, Sang Hyun Park

5:53AM/10:54AM: James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus, Zander Lombard

6:04AM/11:05AM: Kodai Ichihara, Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

6:15AM/11:16AM: Sean Crocker, Gavin Green, Ash Turner

6:36AM/1:35AM: Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis

6:47AM/1:46AM: Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III

6:58AM/1:57AM: Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis

7:09AM/2:08AM: Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An

7:20AM/2:19AM: Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood

7:31AM/2:30AM: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

7:42AM/2:41AM: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

7:53AM/2:52AM: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

8:04AM/3:03AM: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

8:15AM/3:14AM: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

8:26AM/3:25AM: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

8:37AM/3:36AM: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

8:48AM/3:47AM: Todd Hamilton, Beau Hossler, Jorge Campillo

9:04AM/4:03AM: Ryuko Tokimatsu, Chez Reavie, Michael Kim

9:15AM/4:14AM: Kyle Stanley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jens Dantorp

9:26AM/4:25AM: Tom Lehman, Dylan Frittelli, Grant Forrest

9:37AM/4:36AM: Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi, Jason Kokrak

9:48AM/4:47AM: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

9:59AM/4:58AM: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

10:10AM/5:09AM: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

10:21AM/5:20AM: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

10:32AM/5:31AM: Jason Dufner, Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley

10:43AM/5:42AM: Ryan Armour, Abraham Ander, Masahiro Kawamura

10:54AM/5:53AM: Jazz Janewattananond, Fabrizio Zanotti, Jordan Smith

11:05AM/6:04AM: Brett Rumford, Masanori Kobayashi, Jack Senior

11:16AM/6:15AM: Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 5:25 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.