'Gimmegate' rivals Lee, Pettersen grouped at Coates

By Randall MellFebruary 2, 2016, 7:46 pm

OCALA, Fla. – Alison Lee will be paired with Suzann Pettersen for the first time since they were at the heart of the controversy at the Solheim Cup last fall.

Lee is scheduled to play the first two rounds of the Coates Golf Championship Wednesday and Thursday with Pettersen and Stacy Lewis at Golden Ocala.

Lee is getting her share of “phantom concession” reunion pairings to start the new season. Lee was grouped with Charley Hull in the first two rounds of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic last week. Hull was also part of the Solheim Cup controversy that ensued after the American Lee scooped up a putt in a fourballs match thinking the Europeans conceded the putt. With Pettersen holding Lee to the letter of the Rules of Golf, despite confusion that may have led to Lee mistakenly believe that the putt was conceded, a furor over sportsmanship followed.

“I think it’s good for Alison, because they’re probably going to play each other at Solheim,” Lewis said. “They’re probably going to play together on tour, maybe even in a final round. Why not just get it out of the way and get it over with? I think they’re both ready to move on. It’s just every time they’re paired together it’s going to be brought up.”

The LPGA said the pairings were randomly generated by its pairings program.

“That computer, it’s amazing how it spits things out,” cracked Juli Inkster, the American Solheim Cup captain. “It’s incredible. It’s impressive.”

Lee told GolfChannel.com at the CME Group Tour Championship at year’s end that she spoke with Pettersen about their Solheim Cup differences in Malaysia, three weeks after the Solheim Cup. It was their first conversation since the controversy first erupted.

“Our talk was really personal,” Lee said. “I don’t want to share what went on.”

Below are four groups to watch in the first two rounds of the Coates Golf Championship:


Suzann Pettersen, Alison Lee, Stacy Lewis: 12:25 p.m., Wednesday; 8:10 a.m., Thursday

A Solheim Cup reunion. This isn’t Pettersen’s first time on American soil since the Solheim Cup. She played the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples last November.


Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel: 12:15 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m., Thursday.

Lydia Ko is making her 2016 debut. She finished second at the Coates Golf Championship last year but got a great consolation prize. She moved up to Rolex No. 1 for the first time after the event, becoming the youngest No. 1 in the history of men’s or women’s golf.  Creamer is coming off a T-5 at the Pure Silk Bahamas last week. Pressel is looking to follow up a resurgent 2015 season with another good year.


Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Anna Nordqvist: 12:35 p.m., Wednesday; 8:20 a.m., Friday

Dynamic pairing of young, big hitters in Thompson, who turns 21 on Feb. 10, and Henderson, 18. They are birdie machines who should be fun to watch. Nordqvist is not a big hitter, but she’s underrated as a five-time tour champion, a formidable ball striker.


Michelle Wie, Annie Park and Megan Khang: 12:55 p.m., Wednesday; 8:40 a.m., Thursday.

Khang, the 18-year-old American who won a lot of fans making a run at winning the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic in her rookie debut last week, gets a dream pairing with Michelle Wie, who will be looking to shake off last week’s sluggish start with a missed cut in the Bahamas. Park won the NCAA individual championship at USC two years ago and tore up the Symetra Tour with three victories after joining that tour late.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:45 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.


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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 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)