Capricious Winds Blow Lietzkes Way Again

By George WhiteOctober 27, 2001, 4:00 pm
With scores bobbing up and down like a kite in the stiff breezes in Oklahoma City Saturday, Bruce Lietzke clung to his narrow lead at Gaillardia Country Club in the Senior Tour Championship.
 
Lietzke battled the tricky zephyrs for a 3-under-par 69, giving him a 13-under score for the tournament at 204. He leads by one stroke over Bob Gilder at 11-under and by four over Gil Morgan at 8-under. At 7-under are Tom Kite, Doug Tewell and Walter Hall.
 
Today was a little different golf course, said Gilder. There was a little more wind coming from a different direction, and the holes play different from what we have seen this week. It was a whole new look. Some of them played real tough.
 
Lietzke started at 10-under and quickly got to 12-under with birdies at Nos. 2 and 4. He eventually bogeyed his way back to 10-under with a couple of miscues in the hard-to-fathom winds, but righted himself with three more birdies over the last five holes.
 
He felt that 69 was a bad score, though, compared to what he should have shot. But the fact remains that only three players shot a lower score Saturday.
 
More than anything, Im disappointed at some of the greens I missed, said Lietzke. Especially because I was coming out of the fairways most of the times. I still think I could have scored pretty well today if I had hit my irons better. I think I should have been hitting it in not only on the green, but a lot closer.
 
I think 5-under was a realistic score today. With the good start that I got off to (two birdies on the first four holes), that was certainly within reason. But also I didnt quite have my putting touch today. I missed three or four of my putts when they lost their speed as they got close to the hole and broke away.
 
Lietzke did birdie the difficult 16th when he smoked a 3-iron to within three feet and sank the putt. He then birdied the par-5 18th by hitting the green in two shots and then two-putting.
 
Gilder refused to go away for the third consecutive day, eventually pulling to within one shot of the lead when he birded 17 and wound up with an eagle on the par-5 No. 18.
 
I hit a real good shot and a real good putt on 17, he said. And then I figured I could close the gap on 18 a little more, if he (Lietzke) didnt go nuts the way he did on 16, knocking that 3-iron in there stiff.
 
Gilder hit driver and a 5-iron on the par-5 final hole. He had 232 yards on the shot, but, I thought it might fly, so I didnt want to hit a 4. If it came up a little short, that would be okay. And if it caught the bunker, that would be okay. But it got on the green and rolled all the way up to 12 feet behind the hole.
 
A one-putt would give him the eagle and leave him just one behind Lietke.
 
Lietzkes lead makes it more-or-less a two-man race between him and Gilder, with Morgan still hanging around in case either stumbles.
 
He (Lietzke) has been a pretty good player for a long time, said Morgan. He doesnt try to do things that he cant do.
 
But maybe the winds will blow again tomorrow and the long putter (of Lietzkes) will wear him out.
 
Gilder faces the prospect, too, of making up a shot.
 
I just wanted to give Bruce a little competition tomorrow, he said. I wanted to make him work a little bit. Whoever wins will have to work really hard.
 
Full-field scores from the Senior Tour Championship
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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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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.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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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 golfodds.com.


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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