Oops Oops and Oops - Brooks Goosen in Playoff

By George WhiteJune 17, 2001, 4:00 pm
And after four days of play, it all came down to the 18th green. And one by one by one, they fired and fell back.

First Mark Brooks misfired with a long three-putt for bogey, leaving him one stroke behind Retief Goosen and Stewart Cink one hole behind. Then Cink landed in the greenside rough on 18, while Goosen hit a gorgeous approach shot 10 feet behind the hole.
 
Cink got his chip from the rough on the green, but 15 feet away. Then he collapsed in a three-putt stunner, the last being from two feet. Goosen was the winner if he could just two-putt from short range. He ran the first try three feet past. Then came another shocker ' he missed the comebacker.
 
The result ' the 101st U.S. Open goes to a fifth day with Goosen and Brooks the combatants. They will play 18 holes Monday, starting at 11 a.m. local time.
 

Free Video - Registration Required Retief Goosen can't explain his 3-putt on the 18th hole
 
Free Video - Registration Required Mark Brooks comments on his unexpected playoff berth
 
Its the saddest things Ive ever seen watching sports, said Paul Azinger.
 
I was sick to my stomach to see them both do that, said Rocco Mediate. Its almost not fair since they played better than anyone else. But thats golf.
 
Cink tried to explain what happened. I was playing not against the hole, but I was also playing against the situation that I needed to at least tie Retief on the hole or beat him, he said.
 
I thought that was a pretty crucial putt, because Retief had a gimmie two-putt. So after I hit my first putt and it didnt go in, it was really hard to concentrate on the next one, because I didnt think it meant that much.
 
Free Video - Registration Required Stewart Cink on his 3-putt
 

In fairness to those who suffered nightmares on the 18th, that green is slower than the other 17. The USGA had to allow it to grow longer so that balls would hold up on the putting surface. The result is, there is a little more grain in the grass and it has less speed.
 
You never see any grain on the greens, but there it is, said Brooks, who won the PGA Championship in a playoff in 1996. That pin was cut closer to the front than it was all week. It must have flattened out more than everyone was reading.
 
Goosen was baffled at his misses. Putting up the hill there, I just hit it too hard, he said. I hit right through the break.
 
'Then seeing what happened to Stewarts third putt breaking so much right, I saw my putt coming back just off center right ' and it went right on me.
 
Brooks three-putted from long range, a much more legitimate distance for a first miss, though the second putt of eight feet was a bit more disturbing.

I really misjudged the first one, said Brooks. I hit it on a perfect line and if Id had the right speed ' but thats the way it goes. My putt was probably 50-50. I probably overplayed the break, but its a little slower than the rest of the greens.
 
He was watching a locker room television when the twin fiascos occurred. A disbelieving Brooks came out in the sunshine to discover he still had life.
 
It was shocking ' it was shocking enough to see Stewart do his thing, and so I feel bad for both of them, he said.
 
And you hate to say it, but its like once a guy does it, all of a sudden its the power of suggestion, then thats miserable.
 
Brooks has had a tough time since winning the PGA. He changed club manufacturers immediately thereafter and went through some lean seasons. This year, hes tied for seventh at the Worldcom, but that is his only top ten.
 
Goosen has been a bit more successful in Europe. Since the Masters he has missed two cuts in five tries, but in the other three hes tied for seventh twice and in his last outing, at the Compass Group English Open, he tied for fifth.
 
The other Open contenders had a rough day Sunday. Mediate shot a 2-over 72. Sergio Garcia ballooned to a 77. Phil Mickelson self-destructed on the final 10 holes, shooting 5-over-par and a 75. Cink shot 72 and Azinger had a 1-over 71. Suddenly Tiger Woods didnt look nearly so bad for his 3-over 283 total, good for a tie for 12th.
 
I dont know exactly what I learned today, said a perplexed Mickelson. I think it was a difficult day for me, in that I didnt play the way I would have liked. I didnt have the same feeling that I did the first three rounds, where I really felt I could get to this golf course, make some birdies.
 
Brooks, though, is a surprise playoff participant. The pity is that someone couldnt three-putt and still get the victory. The 18th is still getting them, 24 years after Hubert Green bogeyed to win the U.S. Open in 1977.
 
They say its a lot harder to two-putt to win than it is to make a 15-footer for the win, said Brooks. I dont know, they say there is some kind of ghost around here. Nobody has ever parred 18 on Sunday to win a major.
 
Full-field scores from the 101st U.S. Open
Getty Images

Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 9:00 am

Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.


Getty Images

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 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)

Getty Images

Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

Getty Images

Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson