Stretch Run Starts in Greensboro

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 27, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Chrysler Classic of GreensboroGlancing at the 2005 PGA Tour schedule it would appear that there are but a couple of big events remaining on the calendar.
Theres the WGC-American Express Championship as well as the Tour Championship. Aside from those two, there are just a handful of run-of-the-mill tournaments to be contested.
Brent Geiberger
Brent Geiberger is trying to become the first player to repeat as champion in nearly 50 years.
But its these tournaments ' like this weeks Chrysler Classic of Greensboro ' that are the biggest of the season for so many players.
There are only five full-field events left to play this year. That means only five chances to crack the top 150 on the money list to earn conditional status for 2006, and only five chances left to break into the top 125 and earn full exempt status for next season.
There are also a few other things to play for, such as spots in next years Masters (top 40 on year-end money list), U.S. Open (top 30), British Open (top 20) and invitational tournaments like Bay Hill and the Memorial (top 70).
Also, the Tour Championship is on offer to only the top 30 in earnings after the Chrysler Championship.
A year ago, Brent Geiberger salvaged his season in Greensboro. He entered the week 144th on the money list and secured his card for not only 2005, but 2006 as well.
Geiberger shot rounds of 66-67-71-66 at the Forest Oaks Country Club for an 18-under total and a two-stroke victory over Michael Allen.
Geiberger will be looking to become the first repeat champion since Sam Snead. Snead won the tournament a tour record eight times and is the only repeat winner, doing so in 1949-50 and 1955-56.
Geiberger may be the defending champion, but hes certainly not the favorite.
Five for the Title:
Sergio Garcia
Unlike many in the field, Garcia will have little if any pressure on his shoulders this week. Hes already won once on tour this year, and is now seeking his third career multiple-win season. Garcia technically has two victories in 05, having captured an event on the European Tour. He has never played this event, but that shouldnt be much of a factor, as Geiberger hadnt competed at Forest Oaks since 2000 before prevailing a year ago. Garcia should also be refreshed. His last start was four weeks ago, when he won the Omega Masters. He decided to skip both the HSBC World Match Play Championship and the Seve Trophy.
Adam Scott
Adam Scott has at least one 'official' win each of the last two years on the PGA Tour.
Adam Scott
While Sergio was kicking up his heels, Scott was going 3-1-1 for the Internationals in the Presidents Cup. Scott, like Garcia, is making his debut in this event. He is still in search of his first official tour victory of the season. He did win the Nissan Open in playoff in February, but it was deemed unofficial since it was weather-reduced to only 36 holes. Scott hasnt had a top-25 on tour since his runner-up finish at the Booz Allen Classic, the week before the U.S. Open. But the 25-year-old Aussie is a streaky player and it's about time to turn up the heat again. And he won three weeks ago in Singapore.
Chad Campbell
Instead of representing the U.S. last week in Virginia, Campbell was in his native Texas for the Valero Texas Open. After a sluggish start, he shot 65-65-68 to earn a tie for 19th. Campbell lost to Scott in that sudden-death playoff at Riviera. He tied for third in this event in 2002.
Chris Smith
Smith missed the cut for the 17th time this season in last weeks Valero Texas Open. But, believe it or not, Smith has been playing much better of late. He had made three straight cuts prior to his hiccup in San Antonio. And just prior to that stretch, he earned his best finish of the year, a tie for fifth in the U.S. Bank Championship. This was the site of his only top-10 of 2004, a solo third-place finish.
Tim Clark
Clarks name is right near the top of the list of Best Player Yet to Win on Tour. He has a second- a third- and a four-place finish this year. The South African, who missed the cut in this tournament last year and tied for 38th in 02, should be buoyed this week by his solid performance in the Presidents Cup. Clark went 2-2-1.
Playing Out the Front Nine
Four more to keep an eye on
*Jay Haas, who is trying to avoid the inevitable ' the Champions Tour. The Wake Forest Demon Deacon is currently outside the top 125 on the money list. He has only finished outside that number once in his 28 years on tour.
*Brent Geiberger, who is trying to retain his title. Geiberger is lucky to have a two-year exemption from his victory a year ago. He missed four months this season due to a back injury. Hes hoping to earn just his second top-10 of the year this week.
*Tom Lehman, who tied for fourth last year. Lehman talked earlier this year about being a playing-captain in next years Ryder Cup. But without a top-10 since The Players Championship, his focus may be solely on his leadership role. He should be pumped up after watching first-hand the U.S. win the Presidents Cup.
*Hank Kuehne, who tied for 19th last year. Forest Oaks measures over 7,300 yards and benefits the bomber. Kuehne is certainly one of those.
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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 (

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

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 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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    Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

    According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

    Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.

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    Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

    Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

    And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

    Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.