Past Champions Advance in Senior Amateur

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 12, 2001, 4:00 pm
Two past champions, O. Gordon Brewer and Bill Ploeger have advanced to Thursdays semifinals at the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, MO.
Brewer, 64, of Pine Valley, N.J., the winner in 1994 and 1996, won his Wednesday quarterfinal match over Bill Baloh of Herminie, Pa., in 20 holes. Ploeger, 61, of Columbus, Ga., the 1999 champion, beat Cliff Cunningham of Monroe, N.C., 3-and-2.
E. Thomas Jung, 56, of Chicago, a semifinalist from 2000, outlasted John Lindholm of Grand Blanc, Mich., in 19 holes. And Kemp Richardson, 55, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., defeated Robert Kulp of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3-and-2.
Play continues Thursday with the semifinal and final rounds of the championship.
Brewer is hoping to become the second player to win three Senior Amateurs. But he feels fortunate to be playing at all after six weeks of radiation to treat a brain tumor that was found to be benign. His last treatment was just 10 days before this championship.
There was no question I was going to play, said Brewer, who is playing in his 39th USGA championship. I played golf through the radiation treatments, but I was fatigued. Im just fortunate that (the tumor) is benign. Its been treated, and Im told the prognosis is very good.
Brewer, a retired vice president of finance, will face Ploeger, an insurance executive, who won the first two holes and never trailed in his quarterfinal match.
I feel good and Im playing great, said Ploeger, who suffered a mild heart attack shortly before last years championship, where he lost in the first round of match play. Ive made a lot of 5-foot putts this week. The greens here are perfect, so if you miss a putt, you know its your own fault.
Richardson, a stockbroker, is trying to follow in his fathers footsteps. His father, John, won the 1987 Senior Amateur. Kemp, however, has his own credentials. He was low amateur at the 1999 and 2000 U.S. Senior Opens and missed the cut at this years Senior Open by just one stroke.
I still play with the kids at tournaments, and I can hit it right with them, said Richardson, who has not been extended to the 18th hole in any of his four matches here. I dont feel that old, but I guess I am.
Jung, a 56-year-old retired stockbroker, lost his semifinal match in extra holes last year. Wednesday, he won with a par-4 on the first extra hole.
The USGA Senior Amateur, for golfers age 55-and-older, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Quarterfinal Results
O. Gordon Brewer, Pine Valley, N.J. (156) def. Bill Baloh, Herminie, Pa. (152), 20 holes.
Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga. (147) def. Cliff Cunningham, Monroe, N.C. (152), 3-and-2.
E. Thomas Jung, Chicago, Ill. (156) def. John Lindholm, Grand Blanc, Mich. (151), 19 holes.
Kemp Richardson (145), Laguna Niguel, Calif. def. Robert Kulp, Winston-Salem, N.C. (147), 3-and-2.
Semifinal Pairings
8:00 a.m. ' O. Gordon Brewer, Pine Valley, N.J. (156) vs. Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga. (147).
8:15 a.m. ' E. Thomas Jung, Chicago, Ill. (156) vs. Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (145)
Championship final is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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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.

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.”

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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