The Golf Channel to Showcase Walker Cup
The cable networks coverage from the Chicago Golf Club will tee off Saturday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. ET, and continues Sunday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. ET, when the network picks up coverage of the final day of play. In addition to live match-play coverage, The Golf Channels Live From team will provide Walker Cup highlights, analysis and commentary during the cable networks Live From the PGA Championship, on-location at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.
In cooperation with NBC Sports, host Dan Hicks and analyst Roger Maltbie will man the booth. The Golf Channels Mark Rolfing and NBC Sports Gary Koch will join the on-air team as on-course reporters, while The Golf Channels David Marr III will conduct player interviews.
The Walker Cup is a match-play event pitting a team from the United States of America against a team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of 10 male amateur players and a captain. The match is played every two years, with the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland alternating as hosts.
Despite holding a 31-7-1 advantage overall, the U.S. team, captained by four-time Walker Cup winner Bob Lewis, will be looking to snap a three-match losing slide. The Great Britain/Ireland team won the 1999, 2001 and 2003 matches, putting the pressure on Lewis team.
Lewis, 61, from Pepper Pike, Ohio, will lead a U.S. squad consisting of three amateurs who played in the 2005 U.S. Open ' Matthew Every, 22, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; Michael Putnam, 22, of Tacoma, Wash.; and Lee Williams, 23, of Alexander City, Ala.
Rounding out the U.S. team are Anthony Kim, 20, of La Quinta, Calif.; Brian Harman, 18, of Savannah, Ga.; John Holmes, 23, of Campbellsville, Ky.; Billy Hurley, 23, of Leesburg, Va.; Jeff Overton, 22, of Evansville, Ind.; Kyle Reifers, 21, of Dublin, Ohio; and Nicholas Thompson, 22, of Coral Springs, Fla.
Through an unprecedented agreement with the USGA, The Golf Channel will provide coverage of all USGA major championships and team events in 2005, including tournament coverage of the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Womens Amateur, Walker Cup and U.S. Junior Amateur, titled the National Championship Season. Coverage of the National Championship Season began with a two-hour, final-round replay of the U.S. Open Championship from Pinehurst.
Walker Cup facts and figures:
WHAT IS THE WALKER CUP MATCH? -- The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY -- On Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, there will be four foursomes matches (18 holes each) each morning and eight singles matches (18 holes each) each afternoon.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. for foursomes, 12:30p.m. for singles
Sunday: 7:30 a.m. for foursomes, 12:30p.m. for singles
FOURSOMES -- Foursomes is a match where two players compete against two other players in alternate shot format, with each side playing just one ball.
SCORING -- A victory in each match scores one point. In the event a match goes 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.
COURSE SET-UP -- The golf course will include green speeds of between 11-feet-6 inches and 12 feet. The rough will be grown to three inches.
Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3
Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.
Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.
No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.
No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.
No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.
No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.
No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.
Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.
Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.
Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.
Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.
After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.
“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”
Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).
It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
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)
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.