Three Bright Stars Look Towards the Future

By Martha BrendleSeptember 20, 2001, 4:00 pm
Every year since 1999 - the year the SBC Futures Golf Tour became the official developmental tour of the LPGA - three special golfers have played their way out of one tour and into the big league. The Futures Tour must award these exemptions prior to the LPGA qualifying school's sectionals and so use the last event in August as the finishing line.
The reward for being in the top three of the Futures Tour money list is full exempt playing status on the LPGA Tour for the following season. Three players, three stories. In the end, three dreams come true.
This year is no different. As the last Futures Tour event in August wrapped up, three names came into view.
It's graduation time for the Futures Tour's finest and the positions of summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude have been filled. Taking home this years' respective honors are Beth Bauer, Angela Buzminski and Jung Yeon Lee.
They have made a place for themselves on the LPGA Tour and we will undoubtedly be hearing more about them in the 2002 season.
First on the money list out of the 300-plus Futures Tour competitors is Florida native Beth Bauer. Bauer wanted nothing more than to become a professional golfer.
In the spring of 2000, the Duke University sophomore was reveling in a prominent amateur career in which she recorded 17 AJGA Victories in addition to the six All-America titles and two Player of the Year titles. At the top of her amateur career, Bauer made the pivotal decision to leave Duke upon the conclusion of her second year and turn professional.
She felt she was ready for the pro circuit and there was no doubt in her mind that making her LPGA Tour card for the 2001 season would be a breeze. Bauer was headed for LPGA Qualifying School and what lay ahead was anything but easy.
Reality set in quickly when Bauer shot a stomach-wrenching 76 at Q-school finals. There would be no card for her.
At the time it was the unthinkable. The 20-year-old had not even contemplated missing the cut.

The former Duke superstar faced the biggest stumbling block of her life. No longer part of a team and unable to play her way into the organization of her choice, Bauer felt she had no home in competitive golf. Where would she play?
The Futures Tour answered that question. In January of 2001 Beth redirected her golf game. She and her mother then took to the roads to compete in the 20 Futures Tour tournaments held in 15 states. Not even a year later Bauer had racked up four wins, $76,487 and the No. 1 spot on the money list.
'Playing the SBC Furtures Tour has been a blessing in disguise,' Bauer said shortly after receiving word that she was a member of the LPGA Tour. 'It has been a great year for me as far as building my confidence by winning out here. Hopefully I can take this momentum into next year on the LGPA Tour.'
Then there is Angela Buzminski. As a graduate of Indiana University, Buzminski joined the Futures Tour in 1995. A native of Oshwa, Ontario, the left-handed golfer has won a total of four times on the Futures Tour - three of those wins came during the 2001 season.
Prior to this year, the long-time Futures Tour veteran's best year was in 2000 when she finished 15th on the money list after recording the first of those four wins. To look at this 30-year-old Canadian's record is to know that she is ready to graduate. 'I'm relieved that it is over and that I am going to the LPGA.' Buzminski said.
Fellow Futures Tour rookie, Jung Yeon Lee of Seoul, Korea, rounded out the threesome by winning twice, recording nine top-10 finishes and earning $48,272.
Lee, who edged out fellow countrywoman Ju Yun Kim by $211, was packing her bags when she heard the good news. 'I thought I was going to finish in fourth place so I went back to the hotel to pack to go back to Korea,' Lee said. 'I had no idea that I had passed Kim this week.' Lee returned to her homeland shortly after receiving the good news.
What lies ahead is yet unknown but one thing is sure - the future is now for these three young and very talented 2002 LPGA Tour rookies.
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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.

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Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.

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Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.