Adam Seizes Top Spot

By Futures Tour MediaJuly 25, 2003, 4:00 pm
Futures TourSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- If Canadian Kim Adams can stick to her game plan and continue to avoid the plethora of water hazards at The Links at Erie Village, she could become the second Futures Tour rookie to win in two weeks.

Adams, who just graduated from Charleston Southern University in May, fired a 5-under-par 66 to take the first-round lead of the M&T Bank Loretto Futures Golf Classic. But just as recent Pepperdine University grad Lindsey Wright won her first tournament a week ago with a dose of new confidence and newly acquired patience, Adams knows theres work still to be done.

To be in the drivers seat going into Saturday is great, but there are 36 holes to go, said Adams of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Now, I just have to manage my nerves.

Adams hit 14 greens and used 29 putts to jump into the lead. Her accuracy off the tee helped her navigate the thinking-womans par-71, 6,089-yard layout that has water on 16 holes. But instead of seeing the course as a restrictive, hazard-laden bogey trap, Adams chose instead to visualize her landing spots. That strategy gave her the best start shes had in her young professional career.

This course suits my game because the more specific targets that I pick, the better off I am, said Adams, 23, whose best finish this season has been a tie for 8th in March at the Florida Hospital Futures Golf Classic. At this course, you have to be very zoned in on your target.

South Korean Seol-An Jeons target all season has been to win. With five top-10 finishes, including one second and two thirds, the player who hates early-morning anything made the most of her 8 AM date with the practice green and 9 AM tee time. The native of Seoul fired a 67 on a course where she didnt expect to score well.

Its a difficult course because theres too much water and its playing longer than the yardage, said Jeon, who used 28 putts and hit 14 greens in her round. But the greens are very nice. Now, I just need to sleep.

There was no sleeping for top-ranked Stacy Prammanasudh of Enid, Okla., Candy Hannemann of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Futures Tour rookie Kristy McPherson of Conway, S.C., all carding 68s in the morning rounds. Prammanasudh recorded a bogey-free, three-birdie round in which she sunk three 15-foot putts.

There are some crucial driving holes and there are some holes out here where you have to put it in the right spot, said Prammanasudh, a two-time winner this season.

Hannemann, ranked 10th on the money list, used her driver eight times in the first round and hit 15 greens in what she hopes will be a winning week that will help move her into the top five. McPherson, who just graduated from the University of South Carolina and is playing in her sixth Futures Tour event, hopes to improve on her season-best tie for seventh three weeks ago in Connecticut.

This course requires patience for me because I dont like leaving the driver in the bag and I only hit it four or five times today, said the two-time collegiate All-American. I did nothing exciting and nothing terrible.

Wright, last weeks champion, and Lisa Hall of Stoke-on-Trent, England, runner-up to Wright, again went nose-to-nose and turned in respective scores of 2-under 69 in the same pairing. They were joined at 69 in the first round by Tara Bateman of Phoenix, Reilley Rankin of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Janell Howland of Beaumont, Texas and Tiffany Faucette of Ormond Beach, Fla.

Twelve players recorded scores of 1-under 70, while nine finished at even-par 71.
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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  

    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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    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.”

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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1