Ochoa Headlines in Native Mexico

By Lpga Tour MediaOctober 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Corona Morelia ChampionshipMORELIA, Michoacn, Mexico ' The Corona Morelia Championship returns to Morelia, Mexico, this week where Carin Koch will attempt to become just the second player this season to successfully defend her title.
 
This is also the last chance for players to make a move on the ADT Official Money List as the top-90 players after Sunday will be granted exempt status for the 2007 season and players ranked 91 st to 125 will receive non-exempt status. It is also the final Points Event in the LPGA Playoffs 2006 to gain entry into the $1 million-to-the-winner ADT Championship.
 
Koch claimed a six-stroke victory over Karine Icher at the 2005 inaugural tournament. The Swede was the only player to keep all four rounds under par as she recorded 68-69-71-71=279 (-9) to claim her first Tour win since 2001 and the $150,000 first-place check. Meanwhile, after a 1-over-par 73 first round, Icher steadily climbed the leaderboard, finishing at 3-under-par and in second place.
 
Located in the heart of Mexico, Morelia is the midway point between Mexico City heading northwest to Guadalajara. The par-73 course at the Tres Maras Residential Golf Club will challenge players with its mountainous terrain and high elevations, while playing to a difficult 6,600 yards.
 
Guadalajara-native Lorena Ochoa leads the field and will be the undeniable gallery favorite. As the only Mexican player on Tour, Ochoa has been a golf icon in Mexico since earning the 2003 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year title. Ochoa also has a chance this week to become only the second player in Tour history (after world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam) to earn more than $2 million in a season, as she has $1,974,122 to date. A good showing will also extend her nine-point lead over Karrie Webb in the race for Rolex Player of the Year. In 21 events this season, Ochoa has posted 16 top-10 finishes, which means it is very likely she will improve on her 5-over-par 293 tie for 16 th in 2005.
 
Sophia Sheridan, a 22-year-old sponsor exemption also from Guadalajara, will make her LPGA debut as a professional this week. Sheridan was a standout member of the University of California-Berkeley women's golf team and, on the Duramed Futures Tour, posted three top-10 finishes in 11 events this summer. The Corona Morelia Championship is Sheridan's third LPGA Tour event this year after finishing as the low amateur at the MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta in March with a tie for 27 th. She also played in the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA but did not make the cut.
 
While Mexico hones in on their homeland favorites, other players will be making moves to claim their share of the $1 million purse. Mi Hyun Kim has seven LPGA Tour victories, including two this season, to rank fifth on the ADT Official Money List. Standing barely over 5-feet tall, the diminutive Kim is 141 st on Tour with a 242-yard driving average, but owns a top-10 rank in 10 additional categories: Rolex Player of the Year (fifth, 123 points); scoring average (seventh, 70.7237); rounds under par (sixth, 60.5 percent); rounds in the 60s (fifth, 38.2 percent); birdies (ninth, 270); top-10 finishes (sixth, 12 of 23 events); driving accuracy (fifth, 79.8 percent); scoring average (seventh, 70.72); putting average (fifth, 28.83); and GIR putting average (sixth, 1.76).
 
American Natalie Gulbis was the first-round leader in 2005 after setting a tournament record with a 6-under-par 66, but a 3-over-par 75 in the second round followed by 72-74 on the weekend left her in a tie for fifth. Gulbis' best finish of this season has been a runner-up to Kim after a three-hole, sudden-death playoff at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger. Her strong start at the 2005 Corona Morelia Championship combined with another year of experience on Tour may be what it takes for Gulbis to make her winner's circle debut this week.
 
Sitting in 12 th and just ahead of Gulbis on the ADT Official Money List is Paula Creamer. Creamer has spent the majority of the season battling a wrist injury, but has still posted an impressive nine top-10 finishes in 22 starts. Although winless in her sophomore year on Tour, Creamer has earned more than $800,000 this season with nearly two more months to play.
 
The Corona Morelia Championship is the 20 th and final Points Event of the LPGA Playoffs 2006, which means the top-20 finishers this week will earn double points toward second-half qualifying for the ADT Championship in November. Of the players in the field this week, Morgan Pressel is third with 90 points and less than 20 points behind fellow Tour rookie Jee Young Lee (108 points). Stacy Prammanasudh is in fourth place (86 points) in the ADT Points race.
 
During the second half of the LPGA Playoffs 2006, Sherri Steinhauer has automatically qualified with her Major Event win at the Weetabix Women's British Open. Karrie Webb won the Evian Masters'a Winner Event'in which the winner also automatically qualifies for the ADT Championship. Webb initially qualified during the first half of the LPGA Playoffs 2006, so the spot will be filled by top-points earners after The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions, also a Winner Event, along with the Samsung World Championship. The top cumulative ADT Points earner from the three Global Group events'Honda LPGA Thailand 2006, Kolon Hanna Bank Classic and Mizuno Classic'will fill the last of the three automatic-entry spots that remain.
 
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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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    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 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