Field Shaping Up For Open Championship

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 15, 2002, 4:00 pm
The field for this year's British Open is led by defending champion David Duval who will be trying to become the first man since Tom Watson in 1983 to defend the Claret Jug.
 
Most eyes, however, will be on world No.1 Tiger Woods and his quest to win the third leg of golf's modern Grand Slam. Woods won the Masters in April and followed it up with a wire-to-wire win at the U.S Open at Bethpage Black.
 
Here is the current field for the 2002 British Open:




Robert Allenby
 
Stephen Ames
 
Fredrik Andersson
 
Billy Andrade
 
Stuart Appleby
 
Peter Baker
 
Benn Barham
 
Warren Bennett
 
John Bickerton
 
Thomas Bjrn
 
Richard Bland
 
Angel Cabrera
 
Mark Calcavecchia
 
Michael Campbell
 
Jim Carter
 
Paul Casey
 
Alexander Cejka
 
Roger Chapman
 
K.J. Choi
 
Stewart Cink
 
Tim Clark
 
Darren Clarke
 
Jos Coceres
 
Andrew Coltart
 
John Cook
 
Matthew Cort
 
John Daly
 
Chris Dimarco
 
Luke Donald
 
Bradley Dredge
 
Joe Durant
 
David Duval
 
Mattias Eliasson
 
Steve Elkington
 
Ernie Els
 
Gary Emerson
 
Bob Estes
 
Gary Evans
 
Nick Faldo
 
Marc Farry
 
Niclas Fasth
 
Brad Faxon
 
Darren Fichardt
 
Pierre Fulke
 
Jim Furyk
 
Ian Garbutt
 
Sergio Garcia
 
Ricardo Gonzalez
 
Retief Goosen
 
Mathias Grnberg
 
Anders Hansen
 
Soren Hansen
 
Padraig Harrington
 
Dudley Hart
 
Scott Henderson
 
Scott Hoch
 
David Howell
 
Mikko Ilonen
 
Trevor Immelman
 
Toshimitsu Izawa
 
Raphal Jacquelin
 
Fredrik Jacobson
 
Thongchai Jaidee
 
Lee Janzen
 
Miguel Angel Jimnez
 
Brandt Jobe
 
Steve Jones
 
Robert Karlsson
 
Shingo Katayama
 
Jonathan Kaye
 
Jerry Kelly
 
John Kemp
 
James Kingston
 
Matt Kuchar
 
Neal Lancaster
 
Barry Lane
 
Bernhard Langer
 
Alejandro Larrazabal (a)
 
Paul Lawrie
 
Scott Laycock
 
Stephen Leaney
 
Tom Lehman
 
Justin Leonard
 
Thomas Levet
 
Frank Lickliter
 
Peter Lonard
 
Davis Love III
 
Sandy Lyle
 
Malcolm Mackenzie
 
Jeff Maggert
 
Shigeki Maruyama
 
Len Mattiace
 
Billy Mayfair
 
Paul Mayoh
 
Scott McCarron
 
Paul McGinley
 
Rocco Mediate
 
Adam Mednick
 
Phil Mickelson
 
Colin Montgomerie
 
Greg Norman
 
Jos Maria Olazabal
 
Andrew Oldcorn
 
Peter O'Malley
 
Mark O'Meara
 
Greg Owen
 
David Park
 
Jesper Parnevik
 
Craig Parry
 
Corey Pavin
 
Craig Perks
 
Kenny Perry
 
Tim Petrovic
 
Carl Pettersson
 
Ian Poulter
 
Nick Price
 
Phillip Price
 
Jean-Francois Remesy
 
Chris Riley

John Riegger
 
Loren Roberts
 
Eduardo Romero
 
Justin Rose
 
Raymond Russell
 
Adam Scott
 
John Senden
 
Vijay Singh
 
Patrik Sjoland
 
Chris Smith
 
Des Smyth
 
Jamie Spence
 
Ian Stanley
 
Steve Stricker
 
Kevin Sutherland
 
Hal Sutton
 
Taichi Teshima
 
Esteban Toledo
 
David Toms
 
Bob Tway
 
Scott Verplank
 
Duffy Waldorf
 
Tom Watson
 
Mike Weir
 
Roger Wessels
 
Lee Westwood
 
Dean Wilson
 
Tiger Woods
 
Ian Woosnam
 
Simon Young (a)
 
Full coverage of the 2002 British Open
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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 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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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.