Notes Annika Kang Davies Set Slew of Records

By Lpga Tour MediaJune 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
LPGA logo for LeaderboardsSorenstam ties record for consecutive rounds in the 60s
Annika Sorenstam has now played her last 11 rounds in the 60s, tying her own LPGA record, which she set in 2002. Sorenstam's current streak includes the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez (67-64-67-67), the LPGA Corning Classic (69-68-69-69) and the ShopRite LPGA Classic (67-65-64).
She won both the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez and the ShopRite LPGA Classic, while finishing tied for second at the LPGA Corning Classic. Her scoring average during the 11 rounds is an impressive 66.91.
Sorenstam lowers scoring average
After shooting 17-under-par 196 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Annika Sorenstam lowered her season scoring average to 68.5. Sorenstam came into this week's tournament with a 68.91 average. Her 68.69696 scoring average last year set an LPGA record.
Sorenstam adds ShopRite LPGA Classic to impressive list
Annika Sorenstam has won 61 tournaments during her LPGA career and has a history of winning the same tournament multiple times. This was the case at last week's ShopRite LPGA Classic, as it was the third time Sorenstam has won that event. She has won 17 tournaments at least twice, but has also won eight tournaments at least three times. This year, in addition to the ShopRite LPGA Classic, she added the Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola and the Kraft Nabisco Championship to the list of tournaments she has won three times.
Sorenstam knows what to do with final-round lead
In her 11-year career, Annika Sorenstam has carried the lead into the final round 61 times. She has won 41 of those tournaments, including the last six. Since the beginning of 2004, Sorenstam has had the final-round lead 10 times, winning nine of those events.
Kang follows up win with top-10 finish, sets LPGA record
Fresh off becoming a Rolex First-Time Winner and earning a spot in The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions, Jimin Kang turned in an encore performance for the record books. She tied for seventh at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, but played her final nine holes of the final round at a staggering 8-under-par 27, setting an LPGA record for lowest nine-hole raw score. Ten players had previously shot 28 with the most recent being Shi Hyun Ahn at the 2004 Welch's/Fry's Championship. Kang's 8-under-par 27 also tied an LPGA record for lowest nine-hole score in relation to par, but hers is the first to happen on a par 35.
Davies, Kang set 18-hole tournament record
Laura Davies and Jimin Kang each shot 9-under-par 62 to set a tournament record at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The old record of 63 was previously held by Se Ri Pak (1999), Maria Hjorth (2000), Pat Hurst (2001) and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (2003).
Davies recorded her 62 in the second round and did it by logging an eagle, seven birdies and 10 pars. Kang's 62 came in the final round and she had to work a bit harder than Davies, as she bogeyed two of her first three holes.
From there she caught fire registering an eagle, nine birdies and five pars over her last 15 holes. Kang ended her round going birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie.
Three is lucky number for Matthew
Catriona Matthew tied for third place for the fourth time this season with a 12-under-par 201 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Earlier this year, Matthew tied for third three-straight weeks at the Corona Morelia Championship, Franklin American Mortgage Championship and the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill. It also marks the fourth time in her last six tournaments that she tied for third. Matthew tied for 58th at the Chick-Fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez and did not make the cut at the LPGA Corning Classic.
Sorenstam regains lead in State Farm LPGA Series standings
With her win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Annika Sorenstam moved from second to first in the State Farm LPGA Series standings with 318 points. Cristie Kerr is second with 306 points, while Catriona Matthew is third with 180 points.
The State Farm LPGA Series bonus pool features a $250,000 purse, with players earning bonus pool points at the 10 State Farm LPGA Series events on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. The next event in the series is the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, July 7-10.
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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 (

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.