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Stock Watch: Holmes a bad influence on others

By Ryan LavnerJune 26, 2018, 2:15 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Bubba (+9%): And to think, four months ago, Watson was lost and slumping and ranked 117th in the world. Now he has a chance – if he can play this closing stretch of the season better than he has historically – to become Player of the Year.

Nasa Hataoka (+5%): She’s the latest teen sensation to hit it big on the LPGA, ripping off four consecutive top-10s before running away from a strong field in Arkansas.

Beau (+3%): For a player who was ranked 169th in final-round scoring average, it’s worth recognizing Hossler’s closing 66 to earn a second runner-up finish in his first year on Tour. Despite many poor Sundays, he’s 31st in FedExCup points.

Stewart Cink (+2%): With his game and family life in order – his wife, Lisa, was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2016 – Cink is back to playing some good golf. His share of second place marks the first time since 2008 that he’s posted consecutive top-5s on Tour.

Tiger (+1%): From a strength-of-field perspective, the Quicken Loans is by far the weakest event that Woods has played this year. Which means it’s by far his best chance to win.


Martin Kaymer (-1%): Winless since the 2014 U.S. Open, the former world No. 1 had a chance to triumph in his home country but skulled a wedge shot and made bogey on the 71st hole to lose by one.

Tour crackdowns (-2%): Bryson DeChambeau is once again under investigation by the PGA Tour for his use of a compass during competition, which he says he uses to double-check the Tour-issued pin location sheets. Let the kid live!

J.B. Holmes (-3%): Once again he played too big of a role in determining the winner, grinding to a halt while in the penultimate group and slow-playing Travelers leader Paul Casey and Russell Henley. Something must be done about slowpokes like Holmes, whose dawdling should constitute unsportsmanlike conduct.

Tiger-Phil Ryder Cup pairing (-5%): Captain Jim Furyk dashed those dreams, saying that it wouldn’t be a “good idea” to team up golf’s two biggest stars after their Oakland Hills debacle. Except now, 14 years later, they’d probably bring out the best (and not the worst) in each other.

Rory’s putting (-6%): Seems his quick fix with Brad Faxon was a little too quick. After torching the greens at Bay Hill, McIlroy has had negative strokes-gained weeks on the greens in every Tour start since – including a field-worst performance at the Travelers. Sigh.

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Van Rooyen continues links run with impressive 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:27 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For Erik van Rooyen familiarity has not bred contempt.

The South African, like many European Tour players, has been on a links golf odyssey the last three weeks, playing the Irish Open, Scottish Open and this week’s Open Championship in consecutive weeks, and the crash course paid off on Day 1 at Carnoustie when he opened with a 4-under 67 to assure himself a spot among the early leaders.

Although van Rooyen missed the cut last week just down the coast at Gullane Golf Club, he entered the final round in Ireland with a four-stroke lead.

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“I didn't pull it off the final day,” said van Rooyen, who closed with a 74 to tie for fourth place. “I still think I played pretty well. I was nervous. That's completely normal, and I'll learn how to deal with that. I'll take that experience into tournaments like this.”

Van Rooyen, who was alone in second place when he completed his round, began his round with back-to-back birdies and was bogey-free until the last hole. It was just what one would expect from a player who has immersed himself in links golf for the better part of a month.

“We've been playing nice golf now the last three weeks, so definitely used to the way this course is playing, definitely used to handling the wind,” he said. “So I'll be ready.”

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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.

Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 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 (