The Champ Is Emotional But Shes Just Juli

By George WhiteJuly 8, 2002, 4:00 pm
Juli Inkster was obviously out of control. She couldnt help it. Her emotions were running on overdrive, and after every birdie, she balled up her hand into a fist, swung her arm, and well, emoted. Then, after every such demonstration, she turned to her playing partner and apologized.
Her playing partner was Shani Waugh. Waugh knows that Inkster isnt a rub-it-in-your-face type. So she just laughed, realizing the energy that must be flowing through this woman Juli Inkster who was making a Sunday charge at the U.S. Womens Open.
Yeah, shes a world champion fist-pumper, Waugh said. She kept apologizing to me for her first pumps, and I was just getting a lesson. Im going to go home and practice a few myself.
Inkster is as energetic, as full of life, as any 42-year-old on the planet. She whooped and danced and laughed. She grimaced when the putts didnt go in. She was ecstatic when they did. She was playing exceptional golf, but more than that, she was having a great time.
I can see how she won so many tournaments, Waugh said. I think for a normal tournament she gets pretty pumped up, and today I wish I had half her intensity. I think I might be a better player.
Inkster couldnt help it. She shot a 66 on a very difficult course, and that was four shots better than the No. 1 player in the world. She won by a couple. You think she wasnt stoked?
And, of course, it was the Fourth of July weekend. It was apple pie, mom and a teenage girl cruising in a 10-year-old car on a Saturday night. Annika Sorenstam, the world No. 1, is a wonderful player. Se Ri Pak is enormously gifted. Karrie Webb can be awfully impressive. All three live in the States now after having spent childhoods around the globe. But this was the July 4th, and it was about a gal from California who was feeling as patriotic red-white-and-blue as a golfer can be, having just won this countrys national Open.
Its great, said Inkster. I am very much an American, and you know, Americans havent won the U.S. Open in awhile To be able to walk up 18 and them (the gallery) chanting, USA, USA ' that was pretty impressive.
After winning the McDonalds LPGA Championship in 1999, she talked about how difficult it is to be so wired up. Feelings run high for her, she was saying. She would like to remain on a steady line, she thinks it is an advantage to be more like the unflappable Sorenstam, but doggone it, she just cant.
I dont know ' I play with emotion, said Inkster. What you see is what you get.
I think the hardest thing for me is to stay calm, because Im kind of a fiery player, an aggressive player. I get down on myself. I just kind of learned to maybe stay a little more even-keeled out there, but I think Ive learned to enjoy it more, you know? Im enjoying it more.
Inkster is that kind of woman. She wears her emotions out where you can see them, and the other women on the LPGA love it. Waugh had a front-row seat, and what she was seeing made her a little jealous at the talent she was seeing.
It had everything, she said. She played great, she putted great, her passion for the game and for this tournament gave me a lesson today, and I found myself rooting for her. The passion she showed for the game at this tournament ' I really wanted her to win. . Anyone who shows that much passion deserves to win.
Frenetic Juli was about settled down by now. She loves golf, loves hubby, loves the children, and loves being the U.S. Womens Open champion. July 4th made her realize all over again just how lucky she is.
You know what? I think I just appreciate what I have out here, Inkster said. I think I appreciate the opportunity to play golf and to make a living and to do what I love to do.
If I would have done this in my rookie year or my first three, four years out here, I wouldnt have appreciated it the way I appreciate it now. Its like when I won two majors in my rookie year. They were just tournaments to me.
I think I dont put as much emphasis on my golf game as I used to. Believe me, I am very competitive out there. But if I dont play good, at least I work hard. I do the best that I can, and I go home.
For one wonderful day, she was the queen bee. Her best was good enough. When she went home, she might have been just Juli. But on this day, she was The Champ.
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By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

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)

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.

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 21, 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 (