Match-by-match results: WGC Match Play, Day 3

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 25, 2016, 6:23 pm

It's the final day of pool play with several win-or-go-home matches at the WGC-Dell Match Play. Follow along here to see who advances to the Round of 16: 

Group 1: (1) Jordan Spieth def. (31) Justin Thomas, 3 and 2. Spieth (3-0-0) won the second hole and never trailed thereafter against his longtime friend, easily advancing to the Round of 16. Thomas (0-3-0) didn't win his first hole until No. 10.

Group 1: (51) Jamie Donaldson def. (39) Victor Dubuisson, 1 up. Donaldson (2-1-0) had the lead for every hole but the nith, when Dubuisson (1-2-0) got the match back to all square. Donaldson won the next three holes, however, and hung on for the win. 

Group 2: (2) Jason Day def. (25) Paul Casey, WD: Casey (0-2-1) had been battling a stomach virus all week, and after six holes he couldn't continue. Casey won the first two holes, but then Day (3-0-0) was able to level the match at No. 6. That's when Casey decided to withdraw and get ready for the Masters. Meanwhile, Day became the first player to make the Round of 16.

Group 2: (36) Thongchai Jaidee and (62) Graeme McDowell halved. Jaidee (1-1-1) had a one- or two-hole lead through 11 holes, but McDowell (0-1-2) won the 12th with an eagle and the 13th with a par to pull even. They traded wins at 14 and 15, then halved the next three holes for the tie. 

Group 3: (3) Rory McIlroy and (26) Kevin Na halved. Na (2-0-1) held the biggest lead in the match, 2 up after six holes. But McIlroy (2-0-1) squared it through nine, and the two battled to a draw on the back. In their playoff, Na hooked his drive into a hazard on the second hole, then hit his third shot into a greenside bunker. McIlroy, with less than a full wedge, missed the green to the right, but managed to get up and down for the win.

Group 3: (64) Thorbjorn Olesen def. (46) Smylie Kaufman, 2 and 1. Neither player could pull more than one hole ahead until Kaufman (0-3-0) bogeyed the 13th to go 2 down. That was enough of a margin for Olesen (1-2-0).

Group 4: (63) Patton Kizzire def. (33) Emiliano Grillo, 2 up. Kizzire (1-0-2) took a 1-up lead by chipping in from 73 feet for eagle at the 16th hole, then birdied the 18th for the win and a spot in the Round of 16. Grillo finished 1-2-0 in pool play.

Group 4: (21) J.B. Holmes def. (4) Bubba Watson, 1 up. Watson (1-1-1) was 2 up through seven holes, but Holmes fought back to all square through 14 when Watson (1-1-1) bogeyed. Another Bubba bogey at 15 gave Holmes a 1-up lead, and both players parred in. 

Group 5: (47) Scott Piercy def. (58) Jason Dufner, 1 up. Dufner (1-2-0) led by one or two holes the entire match until No. 16, when Piercy (1-0-2) chipped in for eagle on the par 5. On 18, a wayward drive by Dufner led to a concession and the win for Piercy. Piercy lost a playoff to Byeong-Hun An for a spot in the Round of 16.

Group 5: (5) Rickie Fowler and (27) Byeong-Hun An halved. An (1-0-2) took the biggest lead of the match, 2 up, with a 94-yard hole-out eagle on the 13th and a birdie on the 14th. But Fowler (0-1-2) birdied the short par-4 18th to square the match. An beat Piercy in their playoff for a spot in the Round of 16.

Group 6: (30) Bill Haas def. (6) Adam Scott, 1 up: Haas (3-0-0) just needed a halve to move on, but the match came down to the 18th hole, where Haas made a birdie on the short par 4 to beat Scott (1-1-1) and advance.

Group 6: (55) Thomas Pieters def. (41) Chris Wood, 3 and 2: Pieters (1-1-1) was already 2 up on the par-4 15th, and he went three ahead with a birdie on his way to winning his first match. Wood ended the week 0-3-0.

Group 7: (28) Matt Kuchar def. (7) Justin Rose, 3 and 2. One up at the turn, Kuchar (2-0-1) made four birdies on the back nine to upset Rose (1-1-1) and advance.

Group 7: (48) Anirban Lahiri def. (57) Fabian Gomez, 4 and 2. Gomez (0-2-1) won the second hole to go 1 up, but won only one other hole. A Gomez bogey at the 15th gave Lahiri (1-1-1) a 3-up lead, and the winner stretched the margin to 4 up with a birdie at the 16th.

Group 8: (8) Dustin Johnson def. (22) Jimmy Walker, 2 and 1. DJ (2-1-0) took the lead on the fourth hole and never surrendered it. Two up at the turn, he won by the same margin as Walker (1-2-0) never came within one hole. DJ played off against Kiradech Aphibarnrat for a spot in the Round of 16, winning with an opening-hole birdie.

Group 8: (37) Kiradech Aphibarnrat def. (49) Robert Streb, 1 up. An extremely tight match, this one alternated between Aphibarnrat (2-1-0) being 1 up and the match being all square. Streb (1-2-0) never led. Aphibarnrat took his final lead with a birdie on the 13th, and the two matched pars the rest of the way. Aphibarnrat then lost a playoff to Dustin Johnson for a spot in the Round of 16.

Group 9: (42) Matthew Fitzpatrick def. (53) Daniel Berger, WD: This one never got started as Berger (0-3-0) withdrew due to an injured wrist. Berger hit a rock Thursday in his match against Phil Mickelson, and he decided to withdraw and rest up for the Masters. Fitzpatrick finished the week 1-2-0.

Group 9: (9) Patrick Reed def. (17) Phil Mickelson, 5 and 4. Reed (3-0-0) led by 7 up through 10 holes, thanks to two eagles (one a hole-out) and two birdies. Mickelson (2-1-0) cut the lead to 5 up through 13, but Reed closed him out on the next hole, sailing into the Round of 16. 

Group 10: (50) Jaco Van Zyl def. (40) Billy Horschel, 2 and 1. One up through 15 holes, Van Zyl (1-1-1) eagled the par-5 16th to beat Horschel's birdie, then matched biries on the par-3 17th to close out the match. Horschel finished 1-2-0.

Group 10: (10) Danny Willett def. (18) Brooks Koepka, 4 and 3. Willett (1-1-1) probably got a clue that it was his day when he won the second hole with a bogey to Koepka's double. Willett was 5 up at the turn, and though Koepka (2-1-0) won the next two holes, it was too little, too late. Koepka advanced to the Round of 16, though.

Group 11: (11) Branden Grace def. (32) Russell Knox, 5 and 4: Knox (1-1-1) controlled his own destiny, but he was never in this match against Grace (2-1-0). Grace birdied Nos. 5 and 6 to take a 2-up lead, and then he just needed a par on 7 to go 3 up. Knox's chances pretty much ended when he found the water on the par-3 11th and conceded the hole. Grace lost a playoff to Chris Kirk for a spot in the Round of 16.

Group 11: (56) Chris Kirk def. (38) David Lingmerth, 3 and 2: Kirk (2-1-0) was 2 up after two holes, and he never looked back against Lingmerth (0-2-1). Kirk defeated Grace in a playoff for a spot in the Round of 16.

Group 12: (43) Soren Kjeldsen and (52) Rafa Cabrera Bello halved. Kjeldsen (0-2-1) led 1 up at the turn as Cabrera Bello (2-0-1) made only one birdie on the front side. Kjeldsen was 1 up through 17, but Cabrera Bello birdied the par-4 18th to earn the half-point and advance.

Group 12: (12) Hideki Matsuyama def. (20) Kevin Kisner, 3 and 2. After the two halved the first seven holes, Kisner (1-2-0) bogeyed No. 8, giving Matsuyama (2-1-0) a lead he would never relinquish. Kisner didn't win a hole until No. 14, his only win of the day.

Group 13: (13) Sergio Garcia def. (25) Marc Leishman (25), 5 and 4. Garcia (2-1-0) quickly went 3 up as Leishman (0-2-1) bogeyed three of the first four holes. Garcia put the match away by winning Nos. 10, 13 and 14.

Group 13: (45) Ryan Moore def. (59) Lee Westwood, 3 and 1. With the match all square through 14 holes, Moore (2-0-1) won the next three holes with birdies to close out Westwood (1-2-0) and advance.

Group 14: (14) Zach Johnson def. (24) Shane Lowry, 4 and 3: Johnson (3-0-0) dominated this group and advanced to the Round of 16. Lowry (0-2-1) was 5 down after 10 holes and was never able to recover.

Group 14: (44) Martin Kaymer def. (60) Marcus Fraser, 4 and 3: This one was also a route, with Kaymer winning the opening four holes. Fraser dropped to 0-2-1.

Group 15: (15) Brandt Snedeker def. (19) Charl Schwartzel, 5 and 3. Schwartzel (2-1-0) actually led, 1 up, through seven holes, but bogeyed the eighth and ninth to give Snedeker (2-0-1) a 1-up lead.  Schwartzel drew even with a birdie on No. 10, but Snedeker then won the next five holes and advanced.

Group 15: (56) Charley Hoffman def. (34) Danny Lee, 4 and 2. Hoffman (1-2-0) won the first hole and led the entire match, including winning the par-3 11th with a double bogey to Lee's triple. Lee finished 0-2-1.

Group 16: (16) Louis Oosthuizen def. (29) Andy Sullivan, 4 and 2. A one-hole match through 13 holes, Oosthuizen (3-0-0) won the next three holes to advance. Sullivan finished 2-1-0.

Group 16: (35) Bernd Weisberger and (61) Matt Jones halved. Weisberger (0-2-1) led from the second hole through the 17th. He was 3 up after 15, but Jones (0-2-1) birdied the last three holes in a meaningless match

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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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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

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

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.

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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  

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 (

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First-, second-round tee times for the 147th Open

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

Three-time champion Tiger Woods is playing in The Open for the first time since he missed the cut in 2015 at St. Andrews. Woods will begin his first round Thursday in the 147th edition at Carnoustie at 10:21 a.m. ET, playing alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth delivered the claret jug to the R&A on Monday at Carnoustie. He will begin his title defense at 4:58 a.m. ET on Thursday, playing with world No. 2 Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Other notable groupings:

  • Rory McIlroy will look to capture his second claret jug at 7:53 a.m. Thursday. He goes off with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen.
  • World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is playing with Alex Noren and Charley Hoffman. They will play at 8:04 a.m. ET in the first round.
  • World No. 2 Justin Thomas goes at 8:26 a.m. with Francesco Molinari and Branden Grace.
  • Masters champion Patrick Reed will play with Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey at 5:20 a.m. ET.
  • U.S. Open champion and world No. 4 Brooks Koepka is grouped with Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith (9:59 a.m. ET).
  • Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion, will begin at 3:03 a.m. ET with Satoshi Kodaira and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Here's a look at the full list of times for Rounds 1 and 2 (all times ET):

1:35AM/6:36AM: Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer, Andy Sulliva

1:46AM/6:47AM: Erik Van Rooyen, Brady Schnell, Matthew Southgate

1:57AM/6:58AM: Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo, Luke List

2:08AM/7:09AM: Mark Calcavecchia, Danthai Boonma, Shaun Nooris

2:19AM/7:20AM: Kevin Chappell, Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

2:30AM/7:31AM: Ross Fisher, Paul Dunne, Austin Cook

2:41AM/7:42AM: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

2:52AM/7:53AM: Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner, Marcus Kinhult

3:03AM/8:04AM: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

3:14AM/8:15AM: Brian Harman, Yuta Ikeda, Andrew Landry

3:25AM/8:26AM: Si Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Nicolai Hojgaard (a)

3:36AM/8:37AM: Stewart Cink, Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara

3:47AM/8:48AM: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Sung Kang

4:03AM/9:04AM: Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, Chesson Hadley

4:14AM/9:15AM: Pat Perez, Julian Suri, George Coetzee

4:25AM/9:26AM: David Duval, Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na

4:36AM/9:37AM: Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen

4:47AM/9:48AM: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

4:58AM/9:59AM: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

5:09AM/10:10AM: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

5:20AM/10:21AM: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

5:31AM/10:32AM: Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jhonattan Vegas

5:42AM/10:43AM: Yuxin Lin (a), Alexander Bjork, Sang Hyun Park

5:53AM/10:54AM: James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus, Zander Lombard

6:04AM/11:05AM: Kodai Ichihara, Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

6:15AM/11:16AM: Sean Crocker, Gavin Green, Ash Turner

6:36AM/1:35AM: Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis

6:47AM/1:46AM: Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III

6:58AM/1:57AM: Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis

7:09AM/2:08AM: Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An

7:20AM/2:19AM: Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood

7:31AM/2:30AM: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

7:42AM/2:41AM: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

7:53AM/2:52AM: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

8:04AM/3:03AM: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

8:15AM/3:14AM: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

8:26AM/3:25AM: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

8:37AM/3:36AM: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

8:48AM/3:47AM: Todd Hamilton, Beau Hossler, Jorge Campillo

9:04AM/4:03AM: Ryuko Tokimatsu, Chez Reavie, Michael Kim

9:15AM/4:14AM: Kyle Stanley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jens Dantorp

9:26AM/4:25AM: Tom Lehman, Dylan Frittelli, Grant Forrest

9:37AM/4:36AM: Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi, Jason Kokrak

9:48AM/4:47AM: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

9:59AM/4:58AM: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

10:10AM/5:09AM: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

10:21AM/5:20AM: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

10:32AM/5:31AM: Jason Dufner, Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley

10:43AM/5:42AM: Ryan Armour, Abraham Ander, Masahiro Kawamura

10:54AM/5:53AM: Jazz Janewattananond, Fabrizio Zanotti, Jordan Smith

11:05AM/6:04AM: Brett Rumford, Masanori Kobayashi, Jack Senior

11:16AM/6:15AM: Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon