Pooley Prevails in Open Playoff

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 30, 2002, 4:00 pm
Don Pooley outlasted Tom Watson in a sterling five-hole playoff to capture the U.S. Senior Open.
 
The 50-year-old Pooley birdied the 77th hole of the championship to become the sixth player to win the event in his maiden appearance. He also became the first qualifier to win the tournament.
 
The two finished regulation at 10-under-par 274 to enter a three-hole cumulative playoff ' the first such playoff in Open history.
 
Both men parred each of the three extra holes to force sudden death. They then matched birdies on the fourth extra hole. Pooley ended the suspense with his second straight birdie one hole later.

The victory was Pooley's first in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since his triumph in the 1987 Memorial Tournament.
 
'This is my first win on the Senior Tour, and to win the best tournament on the tour, it's just huge,' said Pooley. 'I mean, it's amazing.'
 
Pooley talks more about his win.
 
Pooley won twice on the PGA Tour, creating a David vs. Goliath scenario Sunday against the eight-time major champion Watson.
 
The two combatants started the additional session with 4s on the par-4 16th. Both men missed the fairway and the green. Watson rolled home his eight-footer for par, while Pooley did the same from six feet.
 
They again posted pars at the par-4 17th, with Watson two-putting after playing his tee ball into a fairway bunker, and Pooley getting up and down from 40 yards.
 
Pooley finally hit a fairway at the par-4 18th, and took advantage of his accuracy by knocking his approach shot to seven feet. Watson, however, found another fairway bunker and was forced to try and save par from 50-plus feet.
 
Watson lagged his first putt 12 feet short of the hole, but made the save to force Pooley to putt out to win.
 
He missed on the low side.
 
For the third time Sunday, the two played the uphill, 455-yard 18th. Pooley hit his second shot 15 feet left of the hole; Watson stuck his to 12 feet on the opposite side.
 
Pooley made his birdie effort - his first birdie in 18 holes, returning the pressure to Watson's shoulders.
 
He responded, drilling his putt dead-center.
 
Again they played the 18th. Watson's approach flew the green and landed in the deep rough. He pitched out to seven feet, but it proved irrelevant, as Pooley, after backing away once, made his 12-footer to earn the $450,000 first-place prize.
 
'I thought I was having a heart attack out there,' he joked.
 
Watson earned his fourth runner-up finish in his last 10 starts.
 
'I'm finishing second way too many times,' he said. 'I feel like Phil Mickelson to Tiger Woods. It's not a lot of fun to finish second.'
 
The playoff was the fifth in Senior Open history, and the first since Jack Nicklaus defeated Chi Chi Rodriguez in an 18-hole Monday endeavor in 1991.
 
Pooley almost didn't make this week's field. He was one of 116 players vying for five qualifying spots. He birdied the final hole to enter a playoff, and then birdied the first playoff hole to punch his ticket.
 
Pooley, who shot a tournament-record 63 in round 3, began the day with a three-stroke lead and birdied the first and third holes. Watson matched the birdie at 3, but still found his deficit increasing as the remaining holes were decreasing.
 
Pooley maintained a four-shot advantage entering the back nine, with Watson, Tom Kite (68) and Ed Dougherty (70) all tied for second.
 
The latter two were unable to challenge coming home, but Watson was a different story.
 
He stuffed his approach shot at the 10th inside of three feet. And despite a putting stroke that would have made Billy Mayfair cringe, he sliced in the birdie to move within three of the lead.
 
Throughout the week, only Watsons flatstick had kept him from running away with the title. He led the field in greens hit in regulation and was tied for second in driving accuracy. However, he was tied for 30th in putting.
 
Nonetheless, the putter proved to be his biggest asset en route to forcing the extra session.
 
Watson rolled in a seven-footer at the 13th to get within one, and then holed a 20-foot curler at 15 to tie Pooley at 10-under.
 
While Watson continued to split fairways, hit greens and make putts, Pooleys nerves started to show.
 
He pulled a metal wood on the 227-yard, par-3 15th, but got a reprieve when his ball caromed off the embankment onto the green. He two-putted for par, only to find the right rough off the tee at 16.
 
With the ball well above his feet, Pooley slapped his second shot out of the weeds, through the fairway and onto the green.
 
Watson was only 119 yards out, but missed the green with his pitching wedge. His pitch third shot then checked up 15 feet short of the hole, from where he failed to get down.
 
Pooley, on the other hand, two-putted for par to reclaim sole possession of the lead, and then scrambled for another save at 17.
 
Watson continued to apply the pressure, sticking his approach shot at the penultimate hole to 10 feet, and coaxing in the delicate downhiller.
 
Tied at 10-under, both men were neck and neck off the tee at 18. Pooley hit first, pushing his approach into the right bunker. Watson followed suit by hitting his second shot 35 feet beyond the hole.
 
Pooley blasted out to 2 feet, the same distance to where Watson lagged his birdie effort.
 
Both made their putts to force the three-hole playoff.
 
Full-field scores from the U.S. Senior Open

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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.”

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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 golfodds.com.


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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