Is Spieth even better than we think?

By Jay CoffinJanuary 9, 2016, 4:03 am

KAPALUA, Hawaii – What if the Jordan Spieth train keeps moving forward with the greatest of ease? What if, as Spieth suggested earlier in the week, this is just a continuation of 2015 and he collects another five-plus PGA Tour victories and a major or two? Or three?

What if we haven’t seen Spieth’s best?

Sure, that’s a lot of ifs, and if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas. Or something ridiculous like that.

The calendar year is only two competitive days old and we’ve seen nothing to suggest Spieth is going to do anything other than what he’s been doing.

We’re quick to compare Spieth with Tiger Woods, and often it seems unfair, yet we continue to see Tiger-like things from the 22-year-old Texan. We’re witnessing a man who is seemingly in contention after every round, is the ultimate grinder, drives it great, hits it close and makes every putt he needs to make. He has no weakness.

Spieth followed a first-round 66 with a 9-under-par 64 Friday at Kapalua to take a four-shot lead into the weekend at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He hasn’t made a bogey, hasn’t recorded a three-putt and the last two men to reach 16 under par after 36 holes (David Duval 1999, Ernie Els 2003) both won.


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“I am extremely pleased with where it’s at to start the season,” Spieth said of his form.

Spieth has played six rounds at Kapalua and has been either first or second after all six. All six career rounds at Kapalua have been under par. If he wins this week it would be his seventh PGA Tour title, which would tie Woods for most Tour wins before age 23 in the modern era. (Horton Smith collected his 14th win in 1930, when he was 22.)

Remember when the collective “we” were nervous when Spieth missed consecutive cuts at The Barclays and Deutsche Bank last fall and believed he was tired from the rigors of such a long, draining season? Yeah, me neither.

Since that point Spieth has played 22 competitive rounds, his highest score is 72, his lowest is 63 and his scoring average is a touch below 68 (67.82). 

The second round here at the Tournament of Champions was another clinical execution. Spieth was 3 under after eight holes then chipped in for eagle from 40 feet on the par-5 ninth hole. He nearly holed out his approach on the 13th hole and followed that birdie with two more on 14 and 15. Spieth made par saves from 5 and 7 feet respectively on the next two holes, then made a birdie from 14 feet on the final hole when his ball sat on the edge of the cup for a second before dropping in for a 64.

“He led the Tour in putts made from 20-25 feet [in 2015],” Butch Harmon said on Golf Channel’s telecast. “At one time he was making 33 percent of his putts from 20-25 feet. Even Nicklaus and Tiger, the two greatest pressure putters we’ve ever seen, weren’t doing that.

“This guy makes a lot of birdies everywhere. He’s unbelievable.”

Kevin Kisner, who along with Fabian Gomez is in second place, will play alongside Spieth in Saturday’s third round. Kisner said he really tried to work on only one thing during the short offseason.

“Putt like Jordan.”

If Kisner putts like Spieth over the next 36 holes, it’s likely Kisner still won’t catch him. Spieth is at 16 under par, meaning 32 under par is absolutely doable around this behemoth that he says has produced the slowest greens he’s ever putted on in his brief Tour career.

“I mean, it would be a great goal to try and achieve [32 under] and I think if I got there, it would make for a stress-free finish,” Spieth said.

If. There’s that word again.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.


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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:45 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.


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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

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)

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.


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 21, 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)