You Oughta Know: Wyndham Championship

By Randall MellAugust 18, 2012, 11:14 pm

Sergio Garcia desperately wants to return to the Ryder Cup.

He is showing just how much he misses playing in the international team event in his run at this weekend’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

With a 6-under-par 66 Saturday, Garcia seized the third-round lead.

Garcia can play his way back on to the European Ryder Cup team as an automatic qualifier with no worse than a three-way tie for third place Sunday. After making five consecutive Ryder Cup teams, Garcia did not qualify for the matches in Wales two years ago.

“You don’t want to get ahead of yourself,” Garcia said after Saturday’s round. “You just want to get on the team, and once you are on the team, you can start thinking about it.”

While Garcia is a favorite to win a spot as one of Jose Maria Olazabal’s two captain’s picks, he doesn’t want to leave anything to chance. Garcia held the last spot on the Euro Ryder Cup world points list until Ian Poulter bumped him at the PGA Championship last weekend. With Garcia playing The Barclays next week instead of the European Tour’s Johnnie Walker Championship, this marks his last chance to make the European team on points. The Barclays doesn’t count toward the world points list but the Johnnie Walker does.

Garcia is 14-6-4 in Ryder Cup play. He has never been beaten in foursomes (alternate shot), the event’s most difficult partnered format. He’s 8-0-1. He has proven a fabulous partner with a 13-2-4 overall record in foursomes and four balls.

Some notes and nuggets to whet your appetite going into the Wyndham Championship’s final round:

• Garcia is vying for his eighth PGA Tour title, his first in more than four years, since he won The Players Championship in 2008. He won back-to-back European Tour events last October, the Castello Masters and Andalucia Masters.

• The last time Garcia had the 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event? The Wyndham Championship. Garcia led going into the final round in ’09 but finished fourth, missing out on a playoff by a shot. Ryan Moore won that year.

• The last five times Garcia has taken a 54-hole lead into a final round on the PGA Tour, he failed to close the deal and win. He is 2-5 with 54-hole leads on the PGA Tour.

• Garcia has closed out 54-hole leads the last three times he has had them on the European Tour. He is 6-3 with a 54-hole lead on that tour.

• Jason Dufner is poised to be the man to beat in the PGA Tour playoffs. With a 7-under-par 63 to move into a tie for fourth Saturday at the Wyndham Championship, Dufner is in position to overtake Tiger Woods as the FedEx Cup points leader going into next week’s start of the playoffs at The Barclays. Dufner can take the lead with a victory Sunday at Wyndham, or with no worse than a two-way tie for second. Dufner could use the advantage with his announcement this week that he is skipping the first week of the playoffs at The Barclays next week to rest. 

• In the five-year history of the FedEx Cup, the regular-season points leader has gone on to win the playoffs just twice. Tiger Woods did it in 2007 and ’09.

• Heath Slocum looks as if he may be the only player to move up and crack into the top 125 of the FedEx Cup points list Sunday to qualify for next week’s start to the playoffs. Slocum entered this week 128th in FedEx Cup points. With his 67 Saturday, he is projected to move up to No. 122. Jhonattan Vegas, No. 124 in FedEx Cup points, put himself in danger of failing to qualify by missing the cut.

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Van Rooyen continues links run with impressive 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:27 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For Erik van Rooyen familiarity has not bred contempt.

The South African, like many European Tour players, has been on a links golf odyssey the last three weeks, playing the Irish Open, Scottish Open and this week’s Open Championship in consecutive weeks, and the crash course paid off on Day 1 at Carnoustie when he opened with a 4-under 67 to assure himself a spot among the early leaders.

Although van Rooyen missed the cut last week just down the coast at Gullane Golf Club, he entered the final round in Ireland with a four-stroke lead.

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“I didn't pull it off the final day,” said van Rooyen, who closed with a 74 to tie for fourth place. “I still think I played pretty well. I was nervous. That's completely normal, and I'll learn how to deal with that. I'll take that experience into tournaments like this.”

Van Rooyen, who was alone in second place when he completed his round, began his round with back-to-back birdies and was bogey-free until the last hole. It was just what one would expect from a player who has immersed himself in links golf for the better part of a month.

“We've been playing nice golf now the last three weeks, so definitely used to the way this course is playing, definitely used to handling the wind,” he said. “So I'll be ready.”

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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.

Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 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 (