Trio Tied for the Lead

By Futures Tour MediaJuly 11, 2003, 4:00 pm
Futures TourAVON, Connecticut -- Its a stretch to call the first round of the Lincoln Financial Futures Golf Classic relaxing. But for several players in the tournament field, the fairways of Blue Fox Run Golf Course were a welcome change from what they faced at last weeks U.S. Womens Open Championship at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
 
After the Open, these fairways look like theyre the size of Texas, said Stacy Prammanasudh of Enid, Okla., who fired an opening round of 4-under-par 67 to tie for the lead with Seol-An Jeon of Seoul, Korea and Michelle Fuller of Jupiter, Fla.
 
Prammanasudh, who missed the 36-hole cut at the Open, rebounded Friday in the seasons 12th tournament, presented by Mohegan Sun. She got a quick start by holing out from a bunker from 20 yards on the first hole, then rattled in a seven-foot birdie putt on the fourth. By days end on the 6,156-yard, par-71 course, she had added birdies from 10 feet at the 13th and from 15 feet at the 16th to hold the clubhouse lead after the morning rounds.
 
I didnt play well here last year, so I felt like the course kind of owed me something, said Prammanasudh, who recorded 29 putts and hit 15 greens and 12 fairways.
 
Jeon also played in last weeks Open and missed the cut, but returned to the Futures Tour with a new putter, new driver and an improved dose of confidence.
 
I watched many players at the Open and I believe I am not much different than them -- than the LPGA players, said Jeon, who has four top-10 finishes this season on the Futures Tour. This course is wide open and the greens are easier than last week.
 
Fuller, in her fifth full season on the Futures Tour, birdied two of her first three holes, made the turn at 3-under 33 and recorded a three on six straight holes ' holes 8 through 13 ' to put herself in position for a share of the lead. Her par putt spun out of the cup on No. 15 and she three-putted for bogey from 20 feet on the 17th, but Fuller saved par on the last hole with a bunker shot to nine feet for her 67.
 
This course has some holes where you really have to place it well to have an opportunity at the pin, said Fuller, who hit 14 greens and used 28 putts in her round. Its a course where you have to play smart.
 
Kristy McPherson of Conway, S.C., Ju Kim of Seoul, Korea and Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, Korea finished one shot back at 68 (-3). Kim, the Futures Tour leading money winner, recorded five birdies and two bogeys for the day.
 
I dont have a house here [in the United States] and I didnt try to qualify for the U.S. Womens Open, so I just came here [to Connecticut] for two weeks and practiced, watched movies and went shopping, said Kim, who has one tournament win this year.
 
McPherson, a former All-American from the University of South Carolina who turned pro in early June, is playing in her fourth professional event and sees progress in her game this week.
 
The first round has been my struggle, so far, said McPherson of her young professional career. Its nice to finally start around the top. Now, I just have to stay there.
 
Tammy Lohren of Dandridge, Tenn., Yvonne Cox of Charleston, W. Va., and Kim Augusta of Rumford, R.I., all carded first-round scores of 69. Seven players tied at 1-under 70. Twenty-seven players finished the first round at par 71 or better.
 
Blue Fox Run teaching professional Suzy Whaley, who is preparing for her PGA Tour debut in the Greater Hartford Open (G.H.O), also is in the Futures Tour tournament field this week. Whaley opened with a 73 (+2), but said a mental lapse early in the round made her focus.
 
I bogeyed holes three, four and five and that ticked me off, said Whaley of Farmington, Conn., who is tied for 43rd. I started thinking about the G.H.O. and I think thats why I faltered. I know its got to be one day at a time. Sometimes I just forget to focus for the moment, but I got it back and Im proud of that.
 
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 2:30 pm

    Tiger Woods is under par in the final round of the 147th Open Championship and stalking the lead. We're tracking him on Sunday at Carnoustie.


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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    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)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.


    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 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 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)

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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.”