Stanford Had Eerie Feeling About Lunkes Putt

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 8, 2003, 4:00 pm
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Angela Stanford thought the 18th hole at the U.S. Women's Open might hold another day of magic for her. Reality struck when she glanced over at Hilary Lunke.

'I know the kind of line she had,' Stanford said. 'I didn't get my hopes up too high.'
Stanford was 1-over heading to the par-5 closing hole at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on Monday, in a three-way playoff for the title. Lunke was at even par, and Kelly Robbins was 2 over.
After a well-placed third shot, Stanford made an impossible 30-foot putt for a birdie. On the same hole a day earlier, she also made a birdie putt to join the playoff.
'I hit the best shot that I could and I felt, well, maybe there's still some magic left in this hole for me,' she said. 'Once it went in, I thought, I can't believe this is happening to me.'
But there was some magic there for Lunke, too. She made a 15-footer -- after easily draining putts all day -- for the victory.
Lunke finished with a 1-under 71, while Stanford was even. Robbins also birdied the final hole to wrap up with a 73.
Just a little more than two weeks ago, Stanford missed the cut at the Wegmans Rochester International. But she rebounded with her first ever LPGA Tour win in the ShopRite LPGA Classic last weekend.
Even though she didn't pull off a miracle on the 18th, Stanford left the course smiling.
'I think when I show up at events now, I can walk a little taller,' the third-year tour pro said of her recent success.
But Stanford admittedly sealed her fate with a poor front nine. She opened with consecutive bogeys and added another on No. 8 in a 3-over 39.
A run on the back nine, with three birdies in four holes, pulled Stanford even with Lunke -- until a bogey on No. 17 dropped her a shot back and set up the final hole.
'For as bad as I hit it on the front nine, maybe this is the way it should be,' Stanford said.
In the end, Robbins was nearly forgotten. But an amazing shot from a deep collection area on the No. 18 nearly went in for an eagle.
Lunke made the winning putt before Robbins' final putt.
'I didn't know if I needed to play anymore,' she said. 'I thought I was done.'
Robbins, the veteran of the group with 12 years on the tour, was thinking of giving up the game just a few years back. She has not won an event since 1999.
But the Open has given her new energy.
'Last week if you would have told me I was going to be in the playoff, I would have said, `Yeah, right. Sure,'' she said.
Robbins' unlucky number Monday was No. 13, where she double bogeyed. She also bogeyed three of the first four holes.
'I was just happy to be here,' she said. 'I thought maybe I could pull it off.'
The three-way playoff was set up Sunday when all three players came in with 1-under 283s.
Robbins birdied two of the last three holes Sunday to close with a 2-under 69.
Lunke made six bogeys in a 75, but kept her composure and had a chance to win with a 15-foot birdie putt that was right on line but came up short.
The surprise was Stanford, who made a slick, downhill birdie putt from 20 feet that fell in the center of the cup on the 18 at Witch Hollow.
It was the first playoff in the U.S. Women's Open since Se Ri Pak won at Blackwolf Run in 1998, and the first involving three women since Laura Davies beat JoAnne Carner and Ayako Okamoto in 1987.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 2:30 pm

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

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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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.”