Open Championship tracker: Day 5 at St. Andrews

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2015, 8:49 am

The 144th Open Championship takes place this week at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. is tracking the men's third major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional Open coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for our Tiger Tracker. If you want to view the action we tracked from the first three days, you can find Thursday's action here, Friday's action here, Saturday content here and Sunday here. All-times for the Open Championship tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

3:00PM: Two-time major champion Zach Johnson at a loss for words and crying: "I'm grateful, humbled. i'm thankful. i'm honored. this is the birthplace of the game."

2:57PM: Touches the lip of the cup but doesn't fall. Ladies and gentleman, your Champion Golfer of the Year is Zach Johnson.

2:56PM: Slides by right. Now Louis with the putt to send it in to sudden death.

2:52PM: And he responds. ZJ now putting for the win.

2:49PM: Pressure's on Louis on 18. Again.

2:42PM: Leishman essentially done after three-putting for bogey. Louis misses par putt from even closer. Johnson saves his bogey. Huge missed opportunity there for Oosthuizen. Here's where we stand going into 18:

2:35PM: ZJ flies it over the green. Still faces a tough up and down, but now for bogey.

2:32PM: Louis (-1) and Leishman (+1) reach the very front of the green. Will have very long putts for birdie. Johnson (-2) looking at a very tough up and down from in front of the greenside bunker.

2:25PM: Par. Par ... Birdie. Zach Johnson takes the lead. On to the Road Hole.

2:25PM: Par. Par ... Birdie. Zach Johnson takes the lead. On to the Road Hole.

2:20PM: All three on the green with their approaches.

2:10PM: Oosthuizen with the hot hand, drains a long birdie putt on No. 1. ZJ, who hit the best approach of the group, follows with one of his own. Leishman misses short par putt and starts with bogey.

2:05PM: A clearly disappointed Jordan Spieth talking after his round, "We gave it a good run."

2:00PM: After being re-introduced on the first tee, all three find the fairway on hole No. 1, because you know ... they're still playing the Old Course.

1:56PM: And ... 72 holes over five days was not enough. We're headed to a three-man playoff between Marc Leishman, Louis Oosthuizen and Zach Johnson.

1:50PM: He made it! This is what it sounds like at the Old Course right now.

1:47PM: Louis! Throws a dart on his approach to a few feet. Birdie putt to get in the playoff coming up.

1:43PM: Day's putt to tie the lead comes up short. Pressure's on Louis as he tees off on 18.

1:41PM: And that will do it. Spieth nearly holes putt from off the green but it was not meant to be.

1:36PM: Spieth gets interrupted during his backswing by fan, steps off, regroups, hits his approach on the green but spins back off the front. Day on the green, but long putt to tie the lead.

1:32PM: Spieth and Day both walk off their approach distances to the green. Well ... we're waiting.

1:27PM: Spieth misses. Day makes. Both one off lead. Bummer.

1:23PM: Spieth facing a 7-footer for par after a nice wedge shot. Day putts one from 30 feet off the green to about five feet.

1:18PM: Spieth now facing a tough up and down on 17. Louis saves par on 16 to stay one back. Leishman makes par at the last and is also in the clubhouse at 15 under. Tied with ZJ.

1:05PM: Was there any doubt? Spieth drains his birdie on 16. Heads to the Road Hole tied for the lead.

1:07PM: Leishman nearly makes a long birdie putt on 17, settles for par.

1:04PM: Louis comes an inch from rolling in his birdie putt on 15. Still one back.

12:57PM: Think Leishman is feeling the nerves?

12:54PM: Spieth and Day make their pars on 15 to stay one back. Oosthuizen on 15 down one shot as well.

12:48PM: Leishman with the one-handed follow through after approach shot on 16. Finds the greenside bunker. Misses 4-footer for par. Just like that he's tied with ZJ with two holes to play.

12:37PM: Huge birdie on 18 for Zach Johnson. His caddie celebrates with a dance on the green. In the clubhouse with a 66 at 15 under. Only Leishman ahead of him.

12:33PM: Live look at the leaderboard, which will probably be irrelevant in a few minutes.

12:23PM: Spieth alert! Jordan's chip clangs off the flagstick on 13. Somehow doesn't drop for birdie. Settles for par.

12:23PM: Spieth alert! Jordan's chip clangs off the flagstick on 13. Somehow doesn't drop for birdie. Settles for par.

12:18PM: And ... Louis birdies to get back to within one of Leishman.

12:15PM: Zach Johnson (-15) slips on approach shot on 17. Should be noted that he is wearing soft spikes, in the rain, at St. Andrews, on Sunday of the Open.

12:07PM: Adam Scott also doing his best Sergio Garcia impression with back-to-back bogeys. All the cool kids are doing it.

12:05PM: Meanwhile ... Sergio Garcia doing his best Sergio Garcia impression.

12:00PM: As this day of craziness rolls past noon on the East Coast, Marc Leishman is your outright leader.

11:57AM: Say what you will about Steve Williams, but he certainly makes Adam Scott a better player on the biggest stages.

11:55AM: We'll get this out of the way now, but probably remind you later. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, the Open moves to a four-hole aggregate playoff on Nos. 1, 2, 17 and 18.

11:51AM: Just as soon as you got excited about Sergio, he found a fairway bunker at 12 and made bogey. Two back.

11:47AM: Maybe we motivated Louis Oosthuizen? Just after we said he wasn't making a move, he birdied No. 9, and now he's driven the ball in front of the par-4 10th green, eyeing a birdie that could tie him for the lead.

11:45AM: Jordan Spieth needed two holes to erase his double bogey. Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 9 and 10 return him to 14 under. That's the good news. Here's the bad news - had he just two-putted at No. 8, he'd be leading by himself right now.

11:35AM: The final group is hanging around but doing little to move forward. Dunne back to even par today after his disastrous start. Louis at minus-1 and 13 under after a bogey at eight.

11:32AM: That's a bounce-back birdie at No. 9 for Spieth, who has a habit of doing that. That's a 2-under 34 on the front. He's two back of the lead held by ZJ, Scott and Marc Leishman. Double bogey hasn't left him out of it, but he can ill-afford any more dropped shots.

11:30AM: Still got it:

11:28AM: If anyone's wondering what happened to Dustin Johnson:

11:26AM: If we want to get technical, his second putt was actually from off the green, so it wasn't really a four-putt. But yeah ... yeah:

11:24AM: It's official. We're all going to do this again. Sergio Garcia is one shot off the lead on the back nine in the final round of the British Open.

11:21AM: Spieth's bid for the Slam just took a big hit. That's a double bogey at the par-3 eighth after he hit his first putt off the green and needed three more shots. Spieth now three back. Can he win on a day like this with a double?

11:18AM: Zach Johnson's first bogey of the day comes at 13 and drops him back to 15 under. That's only his second bogey in his last 34 holes.

11:13AM: Update:

11:12AM: Regarding Jordan Spieth's putting prowess:

11:08AM: Don't want to jinx anybody, but Zach Johnson (now leading at -16) is 7 under through 12. Adam Scott is 6 under through 11. In fairness, this isn't Oakmont, nor is it 1973.

11:05AM: Nice summation of just what we're dealing with here.

11:01AM: Adam Scott has joined Zach Johnson at 15 under, but ZJ just flagged one at No. 12.

10:52AM: Meanwhile, that Jordan Spieth guy, maybe you've heard of him, has moved to 14 under and just one back. Spieth is 3 under through six holes and coming off back-to-back birdies.

10:51AM: He's not Dunne yet! (Sorry.) Paul Dunne gets it back to even par today with a birdie at No. 5.

10:47AM: Sergio Garcia is 4 under through seven holes and two shots back:

10:45AM: And Zach Johnson has no interest in sharing. Pushes the lead to 15 under with a birdie on No. 10. He's 6 under today through 10 holes.

10:42AM: Come on, Aussies, 2.0? Adam Scott, like Zach Johnson, gets to 14 under thanks a front-nine 31.

10:36AM: Paul Azinger, as fans look for Padraig Harrington's ball in the bushes on No. 6: "You could draw blood in there."

10:30AM: An eagle try for Spieth at No. 5 comes up short but the short birdie putt drops. Spieth one back of the lead, but only one up in this unusual race:

10:30AM: And forget that altogether now that Zach Johnson leads by himself (for the next 45 seconds, at this rate) at 14 under par thanks to a front-nine 31.

10:27AM: Add Marc Leishman and Padraig Harrington to the now-five-way tie at 13 under.

10:21AM: This is going to be a bit of a busy afternoon. Adam Scott joins the tie for the lead with Oosthuizen and Johnson at 13 under. Then there's this crowded list at minus-12: Anthony Wall, Sergio Garcia, Marc Leishman, Padraig Harrington, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day.

10:17AM: After some - a lot? - of nerves on his first two holes, Dunne rights the ship with a birdie at No. 3. Gets it back to 11 under, sitting two shots off the lead.

10:14AM: Zach Johnson now tied for the lead with Oosthuizen at 13 under thanks to a birdie at No. 6. ZJ off to a red-hot start, with four birdies in his first six holes. (Maybe more guys should play the John Deere?) Johnson has two previous top-10 finishes in an Open, a T-9 in 2012 and T-6 in 2013.

10:09AM: A look at Paul Dunne on No. 2 tee:

10:05AM: After playing what could have been his fifth shot off the tee, Paul Dunne ends up making only bogey at No. 2. A bogey-bogey start for the amateur and overnight leader. Louis taps in for par and keeps his lead at 13 under.

9:55AM: Dunne's first tee shot at No. 2 is on a practice chipping green. He will be able to play it after a drop.

9:50AM: More problems for Dunne. He blasts his tee shot at No. 2 way right. Has to hit provisional. Hits that shot right and hits a second provisional.

9:45AM: Dunne, meanwhile, bogeys the first. After chunking his approach shot short of the Swilcan Burn, he can't get up and down for par.

9:44AM: We've got a solo leader! Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion at St. Andrews, birdies the first to become the first player to reach 13 under.

9:41AM: Sergio Garcia is in the group at 11 under. As is Hideki Matsuyama.

9:38AM: Nerves for amateur Dunne?

9:36AM: Make it five tied at the top. Padraig Harrington rolls in a birdie at No. 2 to reach 12 under.

9:34AM: Jordan Spieth birdies the first. He's tied for the lead at 12 under.

9:31AM: Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Dunne are announced off No. 1. That's the end of the Open career for legendary first-tee announcer Ivor Robson.

9:29AM: Fast and furious scoring..

9:26AM: Paul Dunne may be co-leading the Open at the moment. But he still might not finish low amateur. Ashley Chesters is on a birdie bonanza today. He's 5 under through 10 to reach 11 under.

9:22AM: Jordan Spieth and Jason Day have started their final rounds.

9:16AM: Padraig Harrington birdies the first. He's at 11 under, along with Spieth and Anthony Wall. Wall is 4 under through seven today.

9:16AM: And in case you were wondering ...

9:14AM: Ten players are currently tied at 10 under, to go along with Spieth at 11 under and the trio of leaders at 12 under. That's not to mention the 13 players at 9 under.

9:08AM: Speaking of Scott, he makes an early birdie to get within two at 10 under.

9:06AM: A note regarding Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott.

9:01AM: Schniederjans birdies the last to shoot 67 and finish at 9 under. Currently at T-12, it's unlikely he'll finish among the top 10.

8:54AM: Like Mickelson before him, Ollie Schniederjans butchers the 17th. A terrible smother-hook off the tee eventually leads to double bogey. He drops from T-5 to T-29, with one hole to play. That likely costs him a chance to automatically qualify for next year's Open, with the top 10 in '15 getting an exemption into '16.

8:48AM: Mickelson pars the last for a 69 and a 7-under 281.

8:40AM: How far is too far back? The players at 9 under, three back to start the day, are now teeing off.

8:32AM: That's a triple bogey for Phil Mickelson on the 17th. He drops from 10 under to 7 under, from T-5 to T-32 in one hole.

8:24AM: Oh, dear. Phil Mickelson just hit his tee shot on the 17th hole onto a balcony at the Old Course Hotel.

8:20AM: Remember Dustin Johnson? Going back to Sunday, he's bogeyed six of his last seven holes. The one-time co-leader is now seven off the pace.

8:16AM: Luke Donald joins the mix at 10 under with three consecutive birdies to begin his back nine. A third-round, 1-over 73 set him back.

8:13AM: This from Ryan Lavner:

8:06AM: Phil Mickelson makes another birdie. That's six birdies in 15 holes. He's at 10 under, two back.

8:02AM: Branden Grace is the current cluhouse leader at 7 under. Probably not going to hold up.

7:55AM: A historical nugget to chew on. Padraig Harrington trails by two entering the final round.

7:45AM: Know thy selfie. Also, know thy Top Photos of the Week by clicking on the link below:

7:42AM: Scores on the road hole so far today:

7:39AM: Dustin Johnson's final round is underway. He opens with birdie. Where was that yesterday?

7:29AM: For those of you wondering at home what happens to the first-place prize money if an amateur wins:

7:21AM: For more on the amateur who might win the 144th Open (no, not Paul Dunne), check out Ryan Lavner's piece from earlier this year on Ollie Schniederjans:

7:15AM: Phil Mickelson wants to get in on the fun.

7:13AM: It's raining! Amateurs playing well, that is. Not actual precipitation.

7:06AM: Another amateur in the field this week who's already on the course for his final round is Oliver Schiederjans. He's 4 under through eight holes and is currently tied for sixth.

7:00AM: 'Am' you trying to tell us something, Brandel?

6:55AM: Low round of the day so far belongs to Scott Arnold - a 6-under 66.

6:52AM: Leaders are off in a little more than 2 1/2 hours. Here are the pins they'll be facing in the final round of the 144th Open Championship:

6:49AM: Soooo ... we should have seen this coming?

6:42AM: Everyone's an Adam Scott fan!

6:37AM: By the Grace of ... Branden. We have someone making a big move early on Monday.

6:27AM: I'm not a numbers person ... so I'll take your word for it.

6:24AM: The leaders tee off at 9:30 a.m. Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer finished up his final-round 72 just moments ago.

6:12AM: David Duval getting in some prep before his final round. The 2001 champ is 5 under through 54 holes and tees off at 6:45 a.m. Is he onto something?

6:08AM: Donaldson dropped a shot at the 12th and is now only (yes, only!) 5 under through 12.

6:05AM: If someone's going to stop the Spieth Slam, who do you think it will be? Our writers weighed in with their thoughts:

5:52AM: Guys going the lowest early on the day are: Francesco Molinari (7 under through 14), Scott Arnold (6 under through 15), Branden Grace (6 under through 12) and Jamie Donaldson (6 under through 11).

5:43AM: And those mundane weather conditions mean low numbers are possible. Branden Grace is already 6 under through 10 holes on Monday.

5:40AM: Pretty mundane weather conditions in St. Andrews today. Temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s, winds averaging 7 mph and a few showers.

5:34AM: Just as a reminder, if you're still in St. Andrews today, you can view the final round of the Open Championship for just £10.

5:28AM: The hardest holes at St. Andrews this week? We're glad you asked...

5:15AM: Jordan Spieth is chasing history today at St. Andrews. Here's a look at some of the stats and facts:

5:05AM: Here's a look at the leaderboard at the conclusion of 54 holes:

5:00AM: Happy Monday! Round 4 (yes, you read that correctly) of the 144th Open Championship is underway from St. Andrews.

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Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

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“To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

“You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

“I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

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Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

“Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

“You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

  • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
  • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
  • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 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 (