Golf Major Brings Windfall to Homeowners

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 12, 2003, 4:00 pm
2003 PGA ChampionshipPITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- A golf circus is rolling into town, and William and Carol Ruby are rolling out.
For upward of $1,000 a day, the couple decided it was worth the disruption to rent their home during the PGA Championship in this upscale Rochester suburb. The four-bedroom colonial, with pool and hot tub, is a 3-wood shot from the fifth hole at Oak Hill Country Club.
Ruby, an attorney, and son, Brett, 16, will move in with friends. The 14-year-old twins, Alyse and Alexis, are booked into a YMCA camp in the Adirondacks. And his wife is staying with a former college roommate in Syracuse, 75 miles away.
The windfall will buy a few luxuries, although it is $5,000 less than the family took in during the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill.
'We're very fortunate this has happened a second time,' Carol Ruby said. 'It's not as big as the Ryder Cup but it's a fun experience. It's like an adventure.'
The golf calendar's last big tournament -- and Tiger Woods' final chance to win a major this year -- will bring an estimated $30 million to $40 million to this metropolitan region of 1 million people along Lake Ontario's southern shore.
A good chunk will flow directly, and tax-free, to scores of temporarily displaced homeowners, many of whom live within walking distance of Oak Hill.
Not everyone is cashing in.
Steve and Jackie Braverman, who picked up $25,000 eight years ago for their Cape Cod-style house along the 14th fairway, sniffed at the $6,000 dangled by a real-estate agent.
'Who needs that aggravation?' said Braverman, who owns a money-management firm. 'By the time you clean the whole place out and take the risk of them breaking something or burning a hole in the couch, it just doesn't seem like it's worth it.'
Others would jump at any offer -- if only one came their way.
'I was geared up for it. I just can't believe there's not a demand,' lamented Clark Pratt of Royal Real Estate. 'I've got probably 40 listings on my Web site and rented one.
He added: 'To me this is bigger than the Ryder Cup.'
The 85th PGA Championship, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, is expected to draw some 35,000 spectators a day -- up to one-third of them out-of-town visitors.
Most of the 6,400 hotel rooms in the city and surrounding Monroe County are booked, some since last summer, and hotel chains as far as an hour's drive away are filling up.
Visitors who opt for home rentals are splurging anywhere from $2,000 for an apartment to at least $20,000 for a six-story mansion. The ranch and colonial-style homes bordering the course have mostly been snapped up by corporations entertaining clients.
Some neighbors also are renting their driveways or allowing sponsors to erect hospitality tents on the lawn.
Dozens of locals picked up $1,000 or more on rentals during the 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill. With the pot so much heftier in 1995 -- for the matchup of America's and Europe's top golfers -- as many as 500 homeowners took advantage.
Retired Hallmark Cards salesman Dick Reddington and his wife, Ann, didn't think twice about turning over their five-bedroom house to a corporate customer. They own a second home in the Bristol Hills 30 miles away.
'It's not a big hassle for us,' Reddington said.
They're giving back their time at the PGA Championship -- working as unpaid volunteers.
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

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    Tiger Woods is under par in the final round of the 147th Open Championship and stalking the lead. We're tracking him on Sunday at Carnoustie.

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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.

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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

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    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 (

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    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 (

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    Schauffele just fine being the underdog

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

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    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.

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