Scott in pursuit of second major in 2013

By Jason SobelAugust 9, 2013, 12:55 am

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – For a time on Thursday afternoon at Oak Hill Country Club, it appeared that Adam Scott was poised to break golf's most mysterious single-round record.

Since 1873, when major-championship rounds as we know them started being contested in their current 18-hole format, there have been 25 players who posted a score of 63. And a grand total of zero with 62.

It should serve as a paean to the golf gods that on these 25 separate occasions, the deities have allowed a player to come so close, only to put a wrench to his hopes, forever sealing them out of reach.


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Scott was on the verge of defying those deities through his first nine holes of the PGA Championship. He carded five consecutive birdies and played these nine holes in just 30 strokes on the par-70 course, meaning he needed a 3-under 32 on the easier back nine for the record. He was cool, calm, collected and composed – business as usual for one of the game's most unflappable talents. He was grooving his iron shots, rolling his putts. He added a par on the 10th hole, still keeping the mark well within reach.

And then … it rained.

Mother Nature's watery interlude caused a 71-minute delay. There are a few things that can happen upon such an interruption. One is that players who were cold before can take a breather, regroup and come back firing at softer greens. The other is that players who were hot can lose momentum, start contemplating the numbers on the scorecard rather than focusing on what yielded them.

Let’s count Scott in the latter group, a victim of his own circumstance. In the eight holes he had remaining after the weather delay, he posted just one birdie against six pars and a bogey. He wound up three strokes shy of that unattainable record, but there was a silver lining to the dark skies framing Oak Hill. His score of 65 netted him a share of the lead with Jim Furyk.



“I was hot when the rain came,” he later explained of his momentum loss. “To go and do the whole settling down thing again like teeing off at the first. I was scrambling and not quite in the same rhythm as I was in. I was going along nicely, I still felt. It's always tough with a rain delay like that when you're playing really well.”

One year and one month ago, Scott was in a similar situation. In fact, he came even closer to that impassible (if not impossible) number in the first round of the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

That day, he needed a birdie on the final hole to shoot the first-ever 62 in major history. He bogeyed instead. Not only did it keep him from the record books, if you’re so inclined to connect the dots it also kept him from winning the title, as three days later he would bogey the final four holes to lose by a single stroke.

On Thursday, he was reminded of that round.

“When you get something going for you in a major, sometimes you have got to be not afraid to get out of your own way and let go, and I did that at Lytham and I did that here for 10 or 11 holes,” he said. “It's a good feeling when you can swing freely like that.”

The heartbreak Scott felt that week was assuaged a bit four months ago, when he burst through the major-championship barrier by claiming the Masters title. Now he’s trying to become just the sixth player since 1990 to win multiple majors in a single year, joining Tiger Woods (four times), Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Mark O’Meara and Padraig Harrington.

But that Masters win was only one in a bevy of strong major results for him recently. Since the beginning of 2011, he’s finished in the top 25 in nine of 11 major starts. That comes on the heels of just 12 top 25s in his previous 39 major appearances since turning pro.

It’s no coincidence, either.

“I think the results are showing that I have got something figured out,” Scott boasted. “I don't know if you ever have it all figured out. I like what I'm doing, so I am just going to keep doing it.”

Asked what he’s figured out, Scott replied, “Just more about peaking for them and treating them a little bit differently and working a practice and playing schedule around peaking for four weeks a year.”

He certainly looks like he’s peaking once again this week. That unattainable 62 remained unattainable for another day, but a large silver trophy three days from now would leave Scott name’s in the record book for other reasons instead.


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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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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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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