Teske Geared Up for Title Defense

By Lpga Tour MediaJuly 12, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Giant Eagle LPGA ClassicVIENNA, Ohio -- When Australia's Rachel Teske returns to the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic's Squaw Creek Country Club this week, she will no doubt have fond memories from a year ago. For it's there where she survived a four-way, three-hole sudden-death playoff to claim her eighth career title.
 
Teske's win was even more impressive considering she had to birdie the final two holes of regulation just to earn a spot in the playoff, which she won over top-ranked Annika Sorenstam, Jennifer Rosales and Lorie Kane after drilling an 18-foot birdie putt on the third hole. The win was her first of back-to-back triumphs in 2003 (Wegmans Rochester LPGA), which improved her career playoff record to 4-1 and helped propel her to the best financial season of her career.
 
This year, the Aussie has been a model of consistency, making all 12 cuts and notching a pair of top-10 finishes. In fact, Teske comes into this week having made the cut in her last 32 events, so chances are she'll be teeing it up on the weekend with a chance to successfully defend a title for the first time in her career.
 
Teske's title defense will have to go through some stiff competition, as the 144-player field includes 43 players who have tasted victory on the LPGA Tour a combined 193 times. Heading that list is LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member JoAnne Carner and her 43 career titles, followed by Dottie Pepper with 17 and Sally Little with 15. This will be one of Pepper's final six events, as she recently announced 2004 will be her last season on Tour.
 
Other LPGA stars teeing it up in the $1 million 54-hole event include Laura Diaz, local favorite Tammie Green, Natalie Gulbis, Pat Hurst, Christina Kim and Michelle McGann. Both Green (1994, 1997) and McGann (1995-96) are past champions of the event, and 1999 champion Jackie Gallagher-Smith is also competing this week.
 
A host of 2004 LPGA rookies, 25 of the 29 total first-timers, in fact, will be battling for a chance to earn their first career LPGA titles. In addition, LPGA T&CP member Suzy Whaley, who made headlines in 2003 by qualifying for and competing in the PGA Tour's Greater Hartford Open, is participating. Whaley, who played on the LPGA Tour in 1990 and 1993, is playing in her eighth LPGA event in the last two years.
 
The 54-hole event features a tournament within a tournament, as the first 36 holes will serve as the LPGA's U.S.-based qualifier for the Weetabix Women's British Open, the Tour's final major of the 2004 season. Five players who have not otherwise qualified for the major championship and who express their wish to compete in the qualifier can earn a spot in the Weetabix Women's British Open field via the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic.
 
The top five scores from the eligible players at the conclusion of the first 36 holes of play at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic will determine the players who earn spots in the Weetabix Women's British Open. The five players from the U.S.-based qualifier will join the top-70 LPGA players from the 2004 ADT Official Money List after the conclusion of the U.S. Women's Open on July 4 and the top-35 Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET) players from the 2004 LET Order of Merit as of July 5 who are already exempt for the event.
 
All other players who entered and are not already qualified will have a chance to participate in the final qualifier being held at North Hants Golf Club in Fleet, Hampshire, England, on Monday, July 26. The Giant Eagle LPGA Classic was also the U.S.-based qualifier for the Weetabix Women's British Open in 2002.
 
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

    Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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    McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

    McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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    How The Open cut line is determined

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

    Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

    The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


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    • After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

    • There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

    • There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

    The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 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)