Punch Shot: Top Open contenders by age group

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 16, 2014, 5:30 pm

The Open Championship gets underway Thursday at Royal Liverpool, where Tiger Woods won in 2006 by only hitting one driver off the tee all week. That’s not likely to happen this time around, as the course is no longer crispy and wind and rain are heavily expected. Who will be the top contender in his 20s, 30s and 40s? Our team in Hoylake weighs in.

By JAY COFFIN

My picks were easy, all though each of the three have an element that makes them risky.

20s: Rory McIlroy. Sure, he doesn’t particularly like this type of golf - he said Tuesday that he hasn’t evolved as a links player since his junior golf days and he hates wind and rain, which both are forecast here for the week. But he’s still Rory McIlroy, and he’s good enough to win any major no matter his form or focus. He’ll likely win the career Grand Slam and come to terms with this style of golf. If he can eliminate a nine-hole score of over 40 this week, he’s got a shot.

30s: Sergio Garcia. I know, I know, majors hate him. But this is the major that hates him the least. In 17 career Opens, Garcia has seven top-10 finishes, including a T-5 here at Royal Liverpool in 2006. He’s in good form now after a second-place tie at the Travelers Championship and a 12th-place tie at the BMW International, his last start. El Nino could be dangerous.

40s: Angel Cabrera. My 40-something that will contend can either, well, contend, or miss the cut. Cabrera has a terrible Open record, but he did just win The Greenbrier two weeks ago and he did finish 11th last year at Muirfield. If his heart’s in it, he can play well and make as many birdies as anyone in the field. If it gets going sideways at any point – potential poor weather makes it a distinct possibility – then he can pack it in quickly and not qualify for the weekend. Cabrera is a true risk-reward pick.


By REX HOGGARD

20s: Jordan Spieth. Among the 20-something set, Spieth – who turns 21 next week – is the perennial favorite. His tie for second earlier this year at Augusta National has all the markings of a precursor to something special.

30s: Adam Scott. The newly turned 34-year-old is the easy pick for players in this age group and has proven he can contend at an Open – for 68 holes in 2012 at Lytham he was on cruise control – and win a major (see Masters, 2013).

40s: Ernie Els. The 44-year-old may be easy to overlook, but the South African is just two years removed from his last Open triumph and proved earlier this year with his fourth-place finish at the WGC-Match Play Championship that he still has the game to compete against the world’s best.


By RYAN LAVNER

20s: Martin Kaymer. Somehow, after two more big-time victories, this guy is still underrated and underappreciated. Following his blowout win at the U.S. Open, which came a month after his impressive display at The Players, the Germanator came through with a T-12 in Paris in his final tuneup. His Open record isn’t too shabby, with a pair of top-12s since 2010, but more important than his past history is his current form. The guy’s swing is in a serious groove at the moment.

30s: Henrik Stenson. It finally feels like his time to break through in the Big Ones. He’s in top form, having finished in the top 7 in five of his last six starts, and he’s been knocking on the door in this championship in two of the past three years. As solid of a bet as it gets.

40s: Phil Mickelson. It’s been a pretty miserable season for Lefty, but he’s never been more confident playing links golf. His T-11 last week at Royal Aberdeen should give him confidence that things are finally turning in the right direction, and if his putter cooperates, it wouldn’t surprise at all to see him in the hunt for another claret jug.  

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 2:30 pm

Tiger Woods is under par in the final round of the 147th Open Championship and stalking the lead. We're tracking him on Sunday at Carnoustie.


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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

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)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.


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 22, 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)

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”