Ishii Wins Second Title of Season

By Futures Tour MediaJuly 22, 2002, 4:00 pm
After many delays and suspensions due to severe weather Friday, the Lincoln Futures Golf Classic finally crowned a champion, second-year Futures Tour player Linda Ishii of Los Angeles, Calif.
This two-time winner of the season shot a 1-under-par 70 for a 208 (-5) total and beat out first-round leader Nicole Materne of Spokane, Wash., and second-round leader and LPGA non-exempt member Michele Vinieratos of Altamonte Springs, Fla., by one shot. In fourth alone was another LPGA non-exempt member, Sue Ginter-Brooker of Appleton, Wis., who shot 73 (+2) and ended with a 210 (-3) total at the 6,143-yard par 71 Blue Fox Run Golf Course in Avon, Conn.
Starting the day, Ishii, playing in the second to last group, was four shots behind Vinieratos, who was at 8-under-par for the tournament. During the entire round it was Ishii who kept herself on the radar screen, just hanging around the leaders until the very end.
'I just came out today to play my very best,' said the 25-year-old Japanese native, who had to complete two holes of her second round earlier in the morning. 'I was not thinking about winning because I was so far behind. However, the course did play tougher today because the wind blew from a different direction so it gave me a chance.'
Vinieratos, who had a two-shot lead going into the day, bogeyed Nos. 1 and 7 and birdied 8 to make the turn at 7-under-par, three strokes better than Materne and Ginter-Brooker. Ishii turned at 1-over for the day and 3-under for the tournament after a bogey on the fifth hole and eight pars.
On the back, things got interesting, as Vinieratos started to struggle and Ishii just kept playing steady, making pars. On 11 and 13, Vinieratos bogeyed slipping down two, to 5-under. Then on the par-5 526-yard 14th hole, Ishii hit her wedge to four feet and made the putt for birdie. That got her to within one along with Ginter-Brooker, who had made three bogeys and two birdies up to that point. Ginter-Brookers bogey on 16 made it a two-player race between Ishii and Vinieratos.
The turnaround hole of the day was the par-5 514-yard 17th hole. Ishii hit her gap wedge from 93 yards to one foot and made the putt for birdie to put her into a tie with Vinieratos. As Ishii walked up to the 18th tee, she saw the leaderboard for the very first time and realized that she was tied for the lead. She proceeded to hit her 4 iron from 176 yards to 60 feet from the cup on the par-3 178-yard 18th hole. She hit her first putt to seven feet and then watched her second putt go right in for par.
'I didnt know where I stood until I got to the 18th tee and looked at the leaderboard,' said Ishii, who was the winner of the Isleta Casino & Resort Futures Golf Classic in Albuquerque, N.M., this past May. 'This was just like my first win. I had no idea until the very end. In both cases, the leaders backed up to me. I just played my game and ended up the winner.'
Behind her was Vinieratos playing the 17th hole. She hit her tee shot in the right trees, punched out, left her third shot short of the green and failed to get it up and down for par. Vinieratos for the first time since her 24th hole of the tournament gave up the lead. She set herself up to make birdie on 18 by hitting it to within 18 feet of the cup. However, her try did not go in, giving Ishii her second win.
Vinieratos said, 'I was disappointed in how I played today. However, I will not dwell on it. I will look back, learn and move on. I am just going to keep playing one shot at a time and one hole at a time and see what happens.'
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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.

Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 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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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 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.