Old Man Irwin Leads Young Mans Open

By George WhiteJune 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
TULSA, OKLA. - The young guys all came to the U.S. Open brandishing their various tour cards ' U.S., European, Japanese, etc. Hale Irwin came brandishing something he thinks is just as important ' his AARP card.

Irwin shot a 3-under-par 67 in the first round at Southern Hills before play was suspended late Thursday. He's tied with the European Tours Retief Goosen, who was 3-under through just seven holes when the downpours began.
 
Irwin, playing his round in the morning, finished with a magnificent 2-iron to the 18th green that rolled to inside of three feet. The 56-year-old sank the birdie putt, then gave a little warning to his younger rivals. Watch out for the old folks, sonny.

Its not how far you hit the ball, but how do you control what you have and manage what you have? Irwin said.
 
And Im not looking at the statistics and saying, Yes, Im leading in driving. Its more important to me to ask, What did you shoot? And by doing that, I think it keeps things in perspective. Rather than getting hung up on all the hype and glitter, lets just get out there and play golf.
 
Defending champion Tiger Woods suffered a double bogey on No. 9 to drop his score to 3-over-par on the difficult Southern Hills course. He faces a six-footer for par on the 10th when play resumes at 7 a.m. Central time. Japans Toshimitsu Izawa is one off the pace at 2-under after four holes, standing alone in third place.
 
Loren Roberts, a youngster in comparison at almost 46, played beside Irwin and carded a 1-under 69. Irwin is great, he said, because he never puts himself in spots that he cant get out of.
 
Hes a control player, and this course lends itself to someone who keeps the ball in control, said Roberts. He putted extremely well today. I would say thats what youve got to do. But he had some great iron shots.
 
Irwin, after great years on the Senior Tour in 1997, 98 and 99, has tailed off somewhat the last couple of years. But he always has been an effective player in the Open, making the cut and finishing in a tie for 27th last year. He made the field this year by virtue of his U.S. Senior Open win last year.
 
He began by making bogey on the first two holes. But he birdied No. 3 with a 20-foot putt after hitting the approach shot out of the first cut of the rough. He then got back to even par after hitting a punch 7-iron to within two feet, and he was off and running.
 
Age, said Irwin, doesnt mean a whole lot in golf. I think we try to make it something thats bigger than we will let it be, he said. And I guess what Im saying is, if you keep your thoughts in a positive manner, if you dont accept the words, I cant do it, then you certainly can extend your career.
 
Just because you turn 40 or 45 or 50, thats a number. If youve taken care of yourself, you still have your skills, your nerves havent gone, you still can do this ' if you work at it. But it does not come without some sacrifice. It does not come without some effort. Its just not an automatic, like it might have been when youre 20 years old.
 
Roberts said the conditions Thursday definitely favored players who can control the flight of the ball.
 
Obviously, youve got to put the ball in the fairway here, he said. I think this is a golf course that is fair for everybody in the field. You can be a shorter control player or a longer player, and still be able to play this course.
 
The worlds No. 2 player, Phil Mickelson, was one of those who finished in the morning. He shot even-par 70 and said he did nothing that stood out.
 
Theres nothing in particular that I did exceptionally today, he said. Ive played well and Ive been playing well. I kept the ball in play and havent made too many mistakes. Ive been able to feel very comfortable on the greens. Ive been putting well.
 
Second-round play will not finish for everyone until Saturday morning. The cut will be made and then the third round will resume. Good weather is forecasted Friday and for the remainder of the week, with the championship back on schedule Saturday afternoon.
 
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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