Curtain Closes In On Tour Card After 54 Holes In Kamloops

By Marty HenwoodMay 22, 2002, 4:00 pm
KAMLOOPS, BC - Michael Curtain of Australia fired a 3-under 69 Wednesday to lead after the third round of the Canadian Tours Spring Qualifying School.
The 23-year-old sits at under 6-under 210 with 36 holes to play, one shot in front of American Bryan Omelia. Robert Hamilton is three shots back. Chad Belbin and Kyle Stinson are the top Canadians at 3-over 219.
Curtain, a member of the Asias Davidoff Tour, dropped an eagle putt from off the green on the par-5 11th Wednesday to move him into top spot. Despite lingering near the top of the leaderboard through the first two rounds, Curtain admitted to having problems with his swing all week. As Q-school passed the midway point Wednesday, he seems to have corrected those problems and is in putting himself in position to book a flight to Michigan for next weeks Bay Mills Open.
I hit the ball a little better today, and I was able to hole a few putts, said Curtain. It feels like everything is finally starting to come together, and I hope I can keep it through Friday.
Teamed with Hamilton and Omelia Wednesday, Curtain said the trio elevated each others play, and looked forward to hooking up with them again Thursday.
It definitely helps playing with guys like that, we seem to feed off one another. There were the holes we all struggled, but there were others where we picked each other up.
The field will be reduced to the low sixty scores plus ties after Thursdays fourth round. Those remaining will play Friday in the hopes of landing one of 15 exempt or 10 non-exempt cards to be awarded for the remainder of the 2002 Canadian Tour season.
Third Round Scores:
Curtain, MichaelAustralia70-71-69 - 210-6
Omelia, BryanVan Nuys, CA72-69-70 - 211-5
Hamilton, RobertCarmichael, CA73-71-69 - 213-3
Forsman, JohanDenver, CO74-70-70 - 214-2
Yamanaka, MotoNorwalk, CA73-71-71 - 215-1
Correa, LarrySan Diego, CA73-75-69 - 2171
Belbin, ChadKamloops, BC77-72-70 - 2193
Stinson, KyleEdmonton, AB72-75-72 - 2193
Davey, SteveTallahassee, FL78-69-73 - 2204
Gentry, BrianTahoe City, CA75-73-72 - 2204
Gibbs, JonathonBoise, ID72-73-75 - 2204
Wood, JeffFortuna, CA69-76-75 - 2204
Serna, AntonioMexico75-71-75 - 2215
Brunson, DanielGreenville, SC73-72-77 - 2226
Flugstad, BrianKenmore, WA72-78-72 - 2226
Havens, DavidCharlottesville, VA78-74-70 - 2226
Scaletta, PaulRichmond, VA73-77-72 - 2226
Snelling, JustinBoise, ID74-75-73 - 2226
Burns, GordToronto, ON74-77-72 - 2237
Jacques, RyanDexter, MO74-78-71 - 2237
Valentin, JeromeMission Viejo, CA73-74-76 - 2237
Bykowski, ColinKelowna, B.C.73-78-73 - 2248
Carr, DaveSacremento, CA71-75-78 - 2248
Corrigan, MarkCornwall, PEI72-73-79 - 2248
Dawson, PhilipShinyle Springs, CA75-73-76 - 2248
Knowles, RaganAurora, CO72-77-75 - 2248
Risdon, DustinStrathmore, AB72-77-75 - 2248
Yoshitake, MasaVictoria, B.C.73-74-77 - 2248
Bensel, KenBelligham, WA74-74-77 - 2259
Brown, MichaelGrenelefe, FL81-73-71 - 2259
Buttar, BlairLeduc, AB76-79-70 - 2259
Fukushima, KentGrande Prairie, AB72-73-80 - 2259
Petryk, LarrySmoky Lake, AB74-73-78 - 2259
Aga, MattLoveland, CO76-79-71 - 22610
Fisher, JasonBakersfield, CA77-75-74 - 22610
Kureluk, JamieCalgary, AB73-75-79 - 22711
Williams, MikeAntelope, CA76-73-78 - 22711
Burke, JimHemnet, CA79-76-73 - 22812
Hayashi, NoryJapan77-75-76 - 22812
Nelson, BirkPhilomath, OR77-74-77 - 22812
Goma, ShinichiCoquitlam, B.C.75-74-80 - 22913
Moore, MichaelMississauga, ON78-77-74 - 22913
Wright, SteveNanaimo, B.C.81-72-76 - 22913
Arps, JarrodAustralia78-75-77 - 23014
Hong, ChangKorea75-77-78 - 23014
Chubb, MatthewToronto, ON76-78-78 - 23216
Karr, JimJupiter, FL76-77-79 - 23216
Nitta, DaisukeJapan75-77-80 - 23216
Bach, TedSundre, AB77-80-76 - 23317
Hall, RichardEngland78-79-76 - 23317
Takase, AtsushiNorthridge, CA77-78-78 - 23317
Park, PedroNew Zealand79-77-78 - 23418
Hague, RyanVernon, B.C.80-78-77 - 23519
Reid, ScottConover, NC84-75-76 - 23519
Yoo, RichardKorea79-75-82 - 23620
Hogan, PatIndianopolis, IN80-74-84 - 23822
Berthiaume, Marc-AndreMontreal, QC80-76-84 - 24024
Douglas, RobStratford, ON84-79-77 - 24024
Kubo, ShoheiNew Zealand82-78-80 - 24024
Webb, MikeEagle, ID81-81-78 - 24024
Michals, JayHouston, TX81-80-82 - 24327
Patrick, DarylCalgary, AB84-82-79 - 24529
McGarry, MikeLyndhurst, OH86-80-80 - 24630
Wammer, PaulWestbank, B.C.82-83-81 - 24630
Duru, PaschalNigeria82-83-82 - 24731
Mignone, MarkMission Viejo, CA85-85-78 - 24832
Crumb, JeffOliver, B.C.84-81-87 - 25236
Harding, TySanta Clara, CA88-80-85 - 25337
Douglas, DarriekBermuda87-88-79 - 25438
Danbom, JeffMilford, IA86-85-84 - 25539

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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  

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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First-, second-round tee times for the 147th Open

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

Three-time champion Tiger Woods is playing in The Open for the first time since he missed the cut in 2015 at St. Andrews. Woods will begin his first round Thursday in the 147th edition at Carnoustie at 10:21 a.m. ET, playing alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth delivered the claret jug to the R&A on Monday at Carnoustie. He will begin his title defense at 4:58 a.m. ET on Thursday, playing with world No. 2 Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Other notable groupings:

  • Rory McIlroy will look to capture his second claret jug at 7:53 a.m. Thursday. He goes off with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen.
  • World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is playing with Alex Noren and Charley Hoffman. They will play at 8:04 a.m. ET in the first round.
  • World No. 2 Justin Thomas goes at 8:26 a.m. with Francesco Molinari and Branden Grace.
  • Masters champion Patrick Reed will play with Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey at 5:20 a.m. ET.
  • U.S. Open champion and world No. 4 Brooks Koepka is grouped with Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith (9:59 a.m. ET).
  • Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion, will begin at 3:03 a.m. ET with Satoshi Kodaira and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Here's a look at the full list of times for Rounds 1 and 2 (all times ET):

1:35AM/6:36AM: Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer, Andy Sulliva

1:46AM/6:47AM: Erik Van Rooyen, Brady Schnell, Matthew Southgate

1:57AM/6:58AM: Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo, Luke List

2:08AM/7:09AM: Mark Calcavecchia, Danthai Boonma, Shaun Nooris

2:19AM/7:20AM: Kevin Chappell, Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

2:30AM/7:31AM: Ross Fisher, Paul Dunne, Austin Cook

2:41AM/7:42AM: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

2:52AM/7:53AM: Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner, Marcus Kinhult

3:03AM/8:04AM: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

3:14AM/8:15AM: Brian Harman, Yuta Ikeda, Andrew Landry

3:25AM/8:26AM: Si Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Nicolai Hojgaard (a)

3:36AM/8:37AM: Stewart Cink, Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara

3:47AM/8:48AM: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Sung Kang

4:03AM/9:04AM: Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, Chesson Hadley

4:14AM/9:15AM: Pat Perez, Julian Suri, George Coetzee

4:25AM/9:26AM: David Duval, Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na

4:36AM/9:37AM: Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen

4:47AM/9:48AM: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

4:58AM/9:59AM: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

5:09AM/10:10AM: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

5:20AM/10:21AM: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

5:31AM/10:32AM: Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jhonattan Vegas

5:42AM/10:43AM: Yuxin Lin (a), Alexander Bjork, Sang Hyun Park

5:53AM/10:54AM: James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus, Zander Lombard

6:04AM/11:05AM: Kodai Ichihara, Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

6:15AM/11:16AM: Sean Crocker, Gavin Green, Ash Turner

6:36AM/1:35AM: Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis

6:47AM/1:46AM: Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III

6:58AM/1:57AM: Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis

7:09AM/2:08AM: Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An

7:20AM/2:19AM: Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood

7:31AM/2:30AM: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

7:42AM/2:41AM: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

7:53AM/2:52AM: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

8:04AM/3:03AM: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

8:15AM/3:14AM: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

8:26AM/3:25AM: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

8:37AM/3:36AM: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

8:48AM/3:47AM: Todd Hamilton, Beau Hossler, Jorge Campillo

9:04AM/4:03AM: Ryuko Tokimatsu, Chez Reavie, Michael Kim

9:15AM/4:14AM: Kyle Stanley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jens Dantorp

9:26AM/4:25AM: Tom Lehman, Dylan Frittelli, Grant Forrest

9:37AM/4:36AM: Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi, Jason Kokrak

9:48AM/4:47AM: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

9:59AM/4:58AM: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

10:10AM/5:09AM: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

10:21AM/5:20AM: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

10:32AM/5:31AM: Jason Dufner, Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley

10:43AM/5:42AM: Ryan Armour, Abraham Ander, Masahiro Kawamura

10:54AM/5:53AM: Jazz Janewattananond, Fabrizio Zanotti, Jordan Smith

11:05AM/6:04AM: Brett Rumford, Masanori Kobayashi, Jack Senior

11:16AM/6:15AM: Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon

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

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 5:25 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.