Paddy Better Off Playing

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 13, 2003, 4:00 pm
2003 PGA ChampionshipROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Padraig Harrington didn't see the birth of his first child as a reason to skip the PGA Championship.
His wife's doctor agreed.
'As the doctor said, I wouldn't be much help in the delivery room,' Harrington said, smiling, on Tuesday. 'Hopefully, everything will be all right, regardless if I'm there or not.'
Ninth in the current world rankings, Harrington left his wife, Caroline, behind at their home in Dublin, Ireland, to travel compete at Oak Hill this week.
While his wife's due date is Monday, the day after the tournament's scheduled final round, Harrington noted that the doctor had informed the couple that the baby's arrival is expected to be late.
Calling it a difficult decision, Harrington elected to take the chance and travel across the Atlantic Ocean.
'I decided the worst thing was if I was sitting at home all the way through the PGA and nothing happened,' Harrington said. 'We are taking a slight chance, obviously, but that's got to be the way.'
While Harrington will keep tabs with any developments, he's not sure if he would rush home should his wife goes into labor during the tournament.
'It's not guaranteed,' Harrington said. 'Obviously, if I get the call on Saturday and I'm doing well in the tournament, I'm going to hang around on Sunday. So I really can't make the decision until it happens.'
Harrington's decision to potentially continue competing near the birth of his child is a bit of a departure from what others have considered.
Defending champion Rich Beem was intending to drop out before his wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, on July 25.
Phil Mickelson planned to do the same during the 1999 U.S. Open. Mickelson finished second to the late Payne Stewart, a day before his first daughter was born.
Tiger Woods doesn't mind discussing how comfortable he is going back to using his old driver. It's a stretch to ask him whether it's made life easier.
'Oh,' Woods said, breaking into a wide grin and leaning forward in the direction of the person who asked the question. 'It's sooooo much easier.'
After pausing for the laughter to subside, Woods acknowledged experiencing some sentiment after switching from his Nike-made driver, which he used for 18 months, to his old Titleist 975D, which he used for about four years.
'It's like going back to an old putter that you feel good with,' Woods said. 'It's just hard to explain that when you go back to something that you are familiar with, and you've had success with - you feel kind of nostalgic a little bit.'
The switch came after Woods finished fourth at last month's British Open. With his old driver back in his bag, Woods finished second at this past month's Buick Open.
It wasn't an easy decision, considering Woods has a lucrative contract with Nike, and won nine events, including the Masters and U.S. Open last year, with its club.
'It's not something I found easy to do,' Woods said. 'I've tried numerous drivers to try to feel comfortable. The common denominator is sometimes you just need to change it up a little bit.'
Davis Love III has Sergio Garcia's vote in the tightly contested race to determine this year's player of the year.
After listing Mike Weir, Kenny Perry and Tiger Woods, Garcia said: 'They're all good. But, I don't know, if I could pick one, I'll probably pick Davis.'
Garcia is particularly impressed by how Love has played, winning four events, including last weekend's International, while also overcoming some personal troubles.
Besides dealing with recent questions of having marital problems, Love and his family have endured the suicide of his wife's brother-in-law this year.
'He's gone through some hard moments, as we all know, and that makes it tougher,' Garcia said. 'To come over those moments and play the level of game that he's played, that's pretty impressive.'
Love has denied he's having marital problems and, following last weekend's victory, dedicated it to his wife Robin.
The odds are against Davis Love III winning this week. No one has won the week prior to a major championship and then won the major since Sandy Lyle in 1988 when he won the Greater Greensboro Open and the Masters in consecutive weeks.
John Jacobs will move over to the PGA TOUR this week to compete in the PGA Championship. It will be his first PGA Tour event since the 1989 Las Vegas Invitational.
Don't think U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk is at a disadvantage because this is his first time playing Oak Hill. Furyk's edge might be caddie Mike Cowan, who will be making the rounds for the fourth time on the course. Cowan spent 19 years working for Peter Jacobsen, who played at Oak Hill in the 1980 PGA Championship, the 1989 U.S. Open and the 1995 Ryder Cup.
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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.

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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.”

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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

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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