Mickelson Firing on All Cylinders

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 4, 2002, 5:00 pm
Phil Mickelson wanted one last start to fine-tune his game before he attempts to break his major jinx at Augusta National. And he seems to have everything in working order.
 
Mickelson shot 7-under-par 65 to finish one shot behind Steve Elkington after 18 holes of the BellSouth Classic near Atlanta.
 
'It's a tournament we're all trying to gear up for,' Mickelson said about the Masters. 'I'm just working hard on my game here. I think that's the best way to prepare for next week.'
 
Thomas Bjorn, Frank Nobilo, Dudley Hart, Ian Leggatt, Jesper Parnevik and John Rollins are all two back after shooting 66s.
 
Elkington, winless on the tour since the 1999 Genuity Championship, didnt post a par until his eighth hole at the TPC at Sugarloaf Thursday. He birdied the first two holes, but gave both shots back with a double-bogey-6 at the third. He then reeled off four straight birdies, and added another at the ninth.
 
The 1995 PGA champion tallied 10 birdies on the day to more than offset his lone hiccup.
 
Mickelson has won twice as many times on tour (20 to 10) as Elkington. However, the Aussie has one thing Lefty doesnt ' a major championship.
 
He's come under fire recently for his aggressive nature. But his play produced seven birdies and nary a bogey Thursday.
 
Bjorn is trying to do what hasnt been done on the PGA Tour since 1998. Over the past four seasons, Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal and Parnevik have entered the Stateside winners circle, though they were PGA Tour members at the times of their victories. Others, such as Retief Goosen and Paul Lawrie, won major championships.
 
But not since Lee Westwood in 1998 has a full-time European Tour player won a regular PGA Tour event. The Englishman captured the Compaq Classic that season. Coincidentally, he did so the week prior to the Masters Tournament.
 
Thursday, Bjorn made six birdies and no bogeys in tying his career best round in the U.S. The Danes best tour finish came in a tie for second in Tiger Woods runaway victory in the 2000 British Open. He is best known, however, as the conqueror of the world's No. 1 player in last years Dubai Desert Classic.
 
While Bjorn is seeking his first PGA Tour victory, Nobilo and Hart are trying to regain entry into the winners circle.
 
Nobilo was on the fast track to stardom before his train derailed following his 1997 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic triumph.
 
The Kiwi slipped to 108th on the money list in 1998, and fell outside the top 150 in both 99 and 2000. Last year, he managed to avoid Q-School by once again ending the season No. 108 in earnings.
 
Harts descent hasnt been as drastic, though the same cant be said about his personal life.
 
The 33-year-old and his wife, Suzanne, had triplets in December. Since the additions, Hart has yet to record a top-25 finish. His last victory on tour came in the 2000 Honda Classic. He has, however, finished inside the top 60 on the money list each of the past six seasons.
 
This is the final tune-up before the seasons first major. Several top-ranked players are in the field. Defending champion Scott McCarron opened in 5-under 67. Goosen shot 68. Last weeks winner, Vijay Singh, bogeyed his final two hole to shoot 69. Colin Montgomerie, playing in his third consecutive tour event, also carded a 69.
 
Davis Love III has the roller-coaster round of the day. He went out in 42 and came home in 30 for an even-par 72.
 
Full-field scores from the BellSouth Classic
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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 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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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

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“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.”