Choi Leads After Second Round in New Orleans

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 3, 2002, 4:00 pm
In a town best known for its nightlife, its been the early worm getting the best of English Turn as Korean-born K.J. Choi carded the best score of the day to take the second round lead at the Compaq Classic of New Orleans. Its the first time Choi has led at the end of any round in his three years on the PGA Tour. Choi took advantage of the benign scoring conditions afforded him by his morning tee time missing only three greens and played his final 13 holes in 7 under par. Tying his career low, it was the fourth time Choi has shot 65 on the PGA Tour, twice this year and twice in 2001.
'The course is nice,' said Choi's translator. 'He says the greens are in good condition so the course is helping his game today.'
Thursday saw four-time PGA Tour winner Dan Forsman use an early start to springboard into the lead. Playing his second round in the afternoon Forsman took sole possession of second by following up his opening round 65 with a 3 under-par 69 on Friday. Bryce Molder and Billy Andrade are tied for third, three strokes behind Choi. Twenty-five players are within four shots of 3rd place.
Choi joined the PGA Tour in 2000 and had a successful year last season with five top ten finishes. In 11 events this year Choi has finished in the top 10 three times, including each of his last two starts.
'He's never led in the United States, so it is a new experience,' Choi's interpreter said. 'But, if everything goes as today, he keeps the pace up and gets a better feel for the conditions, he thinks he has a very good shot this weekend.'

A medium to long driver, not known for his accuracy off the tee or with his irons, Choi has proven to be a capable putter. Hes 7th in the field in putts per green this week. The fifteenth hole has been particularly kind to Choi, who has eagled the par-5 each of the first two rounds.
Choi hasnt had much previous success in New Orleans. Hes broken 70 in the first round each of the three years he has played at the Compaq Classic, but hadnt broken par in round after the first until today. Choi, the first Korean golfer to earn a PGA Tour card, was in second place at the end of the first round in 2000 before settling for in a tie for 74th He missed the cut last year.
Forsman, 43, is in his best position at the midway point in four years. The veteran began and ended his opening nine with bogeys, but birdied two in between. He settled down after the turn and birdied his last hole of the day to close with a bogey-free 33. Still precise with his scoring clubs, Forsman is tied for second in putting this week and tied for eighth in greens in regulation.
'It's been a while,' said Forsman. 'I think I have a good
chance to play well this weekend because I'm putting well and striking the ball well.'
The pair at minus-8 are an interesting duo. Bryce Molder is the college sensation hoping to play his way on to the PGA Tour this year. Hes tied for third in greens in regulation this week and birdied four in a row before parring his final hole of the day. Andrade had tremendous acclaim as a young player more than a decade ago after winning his first two titles in consecutive weeks. He has recently overhauled his swing under the guidance of Billy Harmon and won a career best $1,313,047 last year. He has two top-5 finishes already in 2002.
Choi and Forsman will be unable to explore the early conditions in round three. A happy byproduct of their morning work over the past two days is a date in the final group Saturday afternoon.
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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  

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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.

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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.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“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.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1