U.S. blanked on Day 1 of International Crown

By Randall MellJuly 24, 2014, 8:54 pm

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng led the upset of the day at the International Crown.

Burying a 13-foot birdie at the last, she secured Chinese Taipei’s sweep of the No. 1-seeded Americans on Thursday at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Tseng teamed with Phoebe Yao to defeat Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson, 1 up, in their fourballs match. Earlier, Chinese Taipei’s Teresa Lu and Candie Kung teamed to rout USA’s Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer.

Those victories catapulted Chinese Taipei to the top of the Pool B standings with a 2-0 mark, which was worth four points, a point better than Spain. A victory is worth two points in these matches with a half worth a point.

The Americans weren’t just shut out. They never held a lead on Day 1.

Japan is in control of Pool B after a victory and a half in their matches with Sweden.

Fourballs play will continue Friday with teams trying to position themselves to make it to Sunday singles. The top two teams from each pool advance to Sunday along with a fifth wild-card The teams finishing third in each pool will meet in a sudden-death playoff Saturday evening with the winner advancing as the wild card.

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Chinese Taipei 4 2-0-0 Japan 3 1-0-1
Spain 3 1-0-1 Australia 2 1-1-0
Thailand 1 0-1-1 Korea 2 1-1-0
U.S. 0 0-2-0 Sweden 1 0-1-1


Match 1

Spain’s Belen Mozo/Beatriz Recari halved with Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn/Ariya Jutanugarn.

The lowdown: Trailing 1 down with two holes to go, the Spaniards salvaged a half after Mozo made her fourth birdie of the day at the 17th and then secured a point with a final par.

Match 2

Spain’s Azahara Munoz/Carlota Ciganda def. Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum/Onnarin Sattayabanphot, 3 and 2. The lowdown: Channeling her inner Seve Ballesteros, Ciganda birdied the first hole and the Spaniards never looked back. They led the entire match.

Match 3

Japan’s Mamiko Higa/Mika Miyazato halved with Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist/Caroline Hedwall.

The lowdown: The Swedes fought back after falling 2 down with six holes to go but lost a chance to win the match when Nordqvist’s 5-footer for birdie at the last hole slid right of the cup.

Match 4

Japan’s Ai Miyazato/Sakura Yokomine def. Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg/Mikaela Parmlid, 2 up.

The lowdown: Yokomine was the star of this match, converting five birdies, including one at the last to take any doubt out of the final outcome.

Match 5

South Korea’s Inbee Park/So Yeon Ryu def. Australia’s Katherine Kirk/Lindsey Wright, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: The best team on Day 1, Park and Ryu combined for five birdies and an eagle over the first 12 holes. Ryu was especially hot, going 6 under over the first 12 holes.

Match 6

Australia’s Karrie Webb/Minjee Lee def. South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi/I.K. Kim, 2 up.

The lowdown: Lee, the 18-year-old amateur, was brilliant alongside Hall of Famer Webb. She made all four of Australia’s birdies in this match.

Match 7

Chinese Taipei’s Teresa Lu/Candie Kung def. USA’s Cristie Kerr/Paula Creamer, 4 and 3.

The lowdown: Lu (44) and Kung (118) have a combined world-ranking total of 162, but they made easy work of the much higher-ranked Kerr (10) and Creamer (12). Creamer managed one birdie on the day, with Kerr making the lone American birdie on the back nine.

Match 8

Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng/Phoebe Yao def. USA’s Stacy Lewis/Lexi Thompson, 1 up.

The lowdown: Tseng stuffed her approach at the 18th to 13 feet and buried the birdie putt to win the match.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 9:20 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

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“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 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)