Immelman wins Tour Finals opener

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 1, 2013, 9:26 pm

Trevor Immelman sure picked an ideal time for his first victory in more than five years.

In danger of losing his playing privileges on the PGA Tour, the South African fired a final-round 66 Sunday to win the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first of four events in the new Tour Finals.

Patrick Cantlay, the former No. 1 amateur in the world, missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff. The 21-year-old was 25th on the money list entering last week’s event, despite missing more than three months with a back injury. He missed the cut at the Cox Classic and needs to go this route in order to earn a Tour card.

Immelman had only five top 10s since his major breakthrough at the 2008 Masters. By finishing 143rd on the FedEx Cup points standings, the 33-year-old was sent back to Triple-A to try to regain his status on the PGA Tour.

This past season, he missed as many cuts as he made (12), recorded just one top 10 (a T-9 at Hilton Head), and endured a late-season stretch in which he failed to earn a paycheck in eight of nine starts.

No matter. Immelman shot 67-66-69 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., and was five shots back to start the final round. After an eagle on the par-5 second, he tacked on birdies on Nos. 5, 6, 12 and 13 before his lone bogey on the par-5 15th.

Needing a birdie to create some separation from third-round co-leader Cantlay and Kevin Kisner, Immelman buried a 25-foot birdie putt on the final green to post 20-under 268.

This was the first of four events that will help determine which players graduate to the PGA Tour for the 2013-14 season. The top 25 cumulative money earners after these four tournaments will receive Tour cards, joining the previous 25 players who finished atop the Tour money list.

These Finals bring together the top 75 on the money list, as well as Nos. 126-200 on the FedEx Cup points, the non-members who were inside the top 200, and those who were playing on special medical exemptions.

It was an encouraging start for many.

Bud Cauley was in contention for the 2012 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award before following it up with a disappointing sophomore campaign. He shot all four rounds in the 60s this week, but squandered a chance to win when he double-bogeyed the 15th hole. He finished T-5, three shots behind.

Also in a tie for fifth was John Peterson, who narrowly missed out on his Tour card at last week’s regular-season finale. He rebounded with a final-round 64 to head into the second event in good position.

Michael Putnam has already secured full status on Tour after winning the money title, but he opted for competition instead of rest and finished T-7 in Fort Wayne.

Those with work to do in the Finals include Chad Campbell (T-55), Robert Karlsson (T-55), Kevin Na (T-65) and Colt Knost (68). Ryo Ishikawa, Chris DiMarco, Heath Slocum, Vaughn Taylor and Ricky Barnes were among those who missed the cut in the opener.

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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

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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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