Nari Kim Takes Day 1 Futures Tour Lead

By Futures Tour MediaApril 4, 2008, 4:00 pm
Duramed FUTURES TourDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Duramed FUTURES Tour rookie and former LPGA and Korea LPGA (KLPGA) member Nari Kim parlayed five birdies into a first-round lead at the inaugural $100,000 AMERICAN SYSTEMS Invitational on Friday at the LPGA International Legends Course. Kim shot a 67 and carries a one-stroke advantage over non-exempt LPGA member and University of Virginia grad Leah Wigger, who fired a 4-under-par 68. Kristen Samp of Moberly, Mo., is in third with a 69 (-2).
'It was steady golf on the front nine but somehow on the back nine I ran into more trouble, so it was kind of a strange way to do it,' Kim said. 'I actually had more birdie chances on the front nine than the back nine.'
While Kim might be a rookie on paper with the Duramed FUTURES Tour, some background research on the first-year player reveals an experienced veteran who has put her time in with the LPGA and KLPGA. Last season, she recorded a career-best tie for 17th at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay on the LPGA Tour. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Kim blazed through the morning sun to carve out five birdies on the scorecard and take an early lead heading into Saturday's second-round action.
Coming off of a 16th-place tie in the season-opening Bright House Networks Open in Lakeland, Fla., Wigger had her sights set on bigger things in Daytona Beach. The former four-time Academic All-American at Virginia stormed through the back nine with four birdies including back-to-back birdies on No. 17 and 18 to head into the clubhouse.
'I played pretty well, I putted awesome,' said Wigger, of Louisville, Ky. 'I had 24 putts on the day. I just had one really bad hole and ended up doubling No. 7. It was just a great round with solid ball-streaking and solid play.'
Wigger could tell the momentum was on her side on the 13th hole when she hit a drive that caromed near the trees, but received a lucky bounce. On her ensuing provisional shot, Wigger stuck the ball three feet from the pin to set up her birdie streak. As a senior at UVA, Wigger tied for second at the 2006 NCAA Fall Preview at the LPGA International Golf Course and has played the course on numerous occasions, prompting her to call it a home course.
Two-Time 2007 Tournament Champion Leon Finds Red Numbers in Season Debut
Two-time Duramed FUTURES Tour winner Taylor Leon made her anticipated season debut in Daytona Beach and finished at 1-under par with a 71 in her first round of the year. The top individual at the CIGNA Golf Classic in Bloomfield, Conn., and the Betty Puskar Golf Classic in Morgantown, W.Va., as a rookie, Leon captained the winning pro-am team earlier in the week and battled back from a bogey on her first hole today to rattle in three birdies on the front nine.
'I definitely played better than what I have been playing,' said Leon of Dallas. 'I hit the ball well and made some good putts, but I feel like I could have played better. I don't know why that first hole always gets me, but I just stayed focused, made a birdie (on No. 5) and calmed down.'
Leon is no stranger to the LPGA International Course, finishing at 2-under par in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament last fall to earn conditional status and tying for fourth at the 2006 NCAA Fall Preview in Daytona Beach with the University of Georgia. She also tied for 33rd at the 2004 Rolex Junior Girls Championship.
A non-exempt member of the LPGA Tour and two time first-team NGCA All-American in Athens, Ga., Leon was ninth on the Duramed FUTURES Tour money list as a rookie despite playing only eight events.
AMERICAN SYSTEMS Makes Corporate History
The second tournament on the calendar of the Duramed FUTURES Tour schedule signified the first sports-sponsored event for the Chantilly, Virginia-based AMERICAN SYSTEMS. Founded in 1975, the company provides systems engineering, technical and managed services to government and private sector customers. Executive Vice President Bobby Christian was on hand with Duramed FUTURES Tour CEO Zayra Calderon in Daytona Beach to present awards following the pro-am tournament and was on a team led by second-year Duramed FUTURES Tour player Caroline Larsson of Stockholm, Sweden.
March Madness Extends to the Links
With the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament coming to a close in San Antonio, Texas, the college rivalries continue to heat up on the course - just ask former UCLA Bruin Mo Martin and former North Carolina Tar Heel Ashley Prange. The pair set up a bet for dinner between Martin's Bruins and Prange's Tar Heels if they meet in the title game. UCLA would have to knock off Memphis and UNC would have to down Kansas for the showdown to take place. Martin's former teammate at UCLA, Bridget Dwyer, helped her pro-am to a second-place finish. The Jayhawks are represented on the Duramed FUTURES Tour roster by rookie and 2007 Big 12 champion Amanda Costner, who is not in the tournament field this week.
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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.