Pedal to the Metal at Chrysler

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 23, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Chrysler ChampionshipAnd then there was one.
 
One full-field event remains on the 2006 PGA TOUR schedule, this weeks Chrysler Championship in Tampa Bay, Fla.
 
The par-71, 7,340-yard Copperhead course at Innisbrook will either prove to be a field of dreams for some or a nightmarish end to the season.
 
Ernie Els
Ernie Els is trying to avoid missing out on the TOUR Championship for the second straight season.
There are those who are vying for spots inside the top 125 on the money list, in order to secure full playing status for next year. There are others who are hoping to just get inside the top 150, in order to retain partial playing privileges for 07. And, there are those trying to crack the top 30, in order to play for some guaranteed cash in next weeks $6.5 million TOUR Championship.
 
Count Ernie Els among those in the last group.
 
Els is currently 30th in earnings. He is trying to avoid missing out on the season finale for the second straight year, and for just the third time over the last 13 seasons.
 
Els missed the latter part of the 05 campaign due to a knee injury. He finished that year 47th in earnings, and without a win. He doesnt yet have a victory this year either, but hes hoping to get one this week ' or at least give himself a chance to do so next week.
 
Els, whose last event in the U.S. was the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational nine weeks ago, has played this tournament only once, tying for 34th in 2003.
 
While Els might consider going winless on TOUR for the second straight year a huge disappointment, others in the field have a much bigger plight to fight.
 
For many in attendance, a victory this week would be a huge, but they would be more than willing to settle for a fist full of dollars.
 
Of course, as every TOUR player likes to say, Winning takes care of everything else. A win this week will net someone $954,000 as well as a two-year exemption.
 
Here are our five favorites for the Chrysler Championship ' and it starts with a South African not named Ernie Els.
 
Retief Goosen
Goosen has two more opportunities to avoid his first winless season on the PGA TOUR since 2000. The last time he went this deep in the season without a victory was in 2003. He came to the Chrysler Championship having earned four top-5 finishes in 17 starts, but no titles. He then went on to capture the event. Goosen hopes for a similar scenario this time around, as he has four top-5 finishes in 16 starts, but no titles.
 
Vijay Singh
Singh is once again among the favorites this week, but based primarily on his past performances in this particular event. Despite a missed cut at Innisbrook a year ago, Singh won in 2004 and was runner-up in 2003. He is trying to keep alive a streak of four straight multiple-win seasons. His lone title this year came in June at the Barclays Classic. He tied for fifth last week at the Funai Classic.
 
Chad Campbell
Many believe Campbell is a future star on the PGA TOUR. But to get there, he needs to win on a more consistent basis. If he should prevail this week, it would be the first multiple-win season of his career. Campbell won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in January and would love to (pretty much) bookend his season with another Chrysler title. Campbell was runner-up to Carl Pettersson last year and tied for fourth in 2003.
 
Bo Van Pelt
In 2003, Singh was runner-up here and then won the following year. In 2004, Pettersson tied for eighth and then went on to win the next year. If there is a trend here, were going to go with Bo Van Pelt, who tied for third a year ago. Van Pelt is seeking that elusive first win on TOUR. He can take comfort in the fact that there have been three first-time winners over the last six weeks.
 
Paul Azinger
Its likely that Azinger wont contend for the title. But, as stated above, this week is more than just about winning. Two years ago at this event, Azinger was knocked out of the top 125 to lose his card. He played in 2005 on partial status, but finished that year 187th in earnings, forcing him to take a one-time, one-year exemption for being among the top 50 on the TOURs career money list. Now his only option, if he wants to play full-time next season, is to finish inside the top 125 for the first time since 2002. Azinger has been slipping over recent weeks. He missed the cut last week at Disney and is currently 122nd in money. Were betting on him this week to do just enough to earn his card for 2007.
 
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    'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

    Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

    “Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

    Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.


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    Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

    With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

    “The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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    Tiger Woods is stalking his 15th career major championship trophy. Follow the action with our tracker to see if he can get it done at Carnoustie.


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    Pros melting down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 3:42 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

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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.