Fuhr DQd Fails to Earn Canadian Card

By Marty HenwoodMay 26, 2004, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeKAMLOOPS, BC -- For Aussie Craig Scott, Wednesdays final round of the Canadian Tours Spring Qualifying School will likely be a day he will always remember. For NHL Hall of Fame goaltender Grant Fuhr, it will be one he wants to forget.
Scott capped off an impressive week with a final-round 6-under 66 to take home medalist honors with a four-round total of 10-under 278. Brien Davis of Las Vegas, Nev. was two shots back, while Utah native Todd Tanner came in at 5-under 283.
Fifteen players from five countries -- Canada, U.S., Australia, Argentina and Norway -- nailed down tour playing cards Wednesday. Chris Wood of Chilliwack, BC will have exempt status for the rest of 2004 while fellow Chilliwack native Galen Johnston will be non-exempt after losing in a playoff for the final exempt card.
But the story of the day will belong to Fuhr, the five-time Stanley Cup champion and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. After several near-misses at tour qualifying schools since hanging up his skates, Fuhr seemed poised to join the Canadian Tour after his 72-hole score of 5-over 293 left him in 13th spot. Just when it seemed his bio could be posted on the tour website, Fuhr was disqualified after signing his scorecard for an incorrect score Wednesday.
Starting the day in eighth spot, Fuhr was fighting the ball for most his round but was still in an ideal spot late in the day. That is, until the par-3 17th. After just missing a long par putt, Fuhr tapped in for bogey but erroneously marked a 3 on his scorecard. After signing his name for a 76 instead of a 77 in the scoring tent after his round, Fuhr admitted his mistake to tour officials, knowing full well the consequences wound snuff out his dream for this season.
A 13th-place finish would have assured Fuhr one of the five non-exempt cards that were handed out.
Its one of those unfortunate situations when a player signs for a wrong score, said Tournament Director Ray Horne. Unfortunately, the penalty for that is disqualification. Grant brought it to our attention. Golf is an honorable game, and he did the right thing.
Those who gained playing privileges will not have to wait long to get a taste of Canadian Tour action. The third annual Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship, the seventh event of the season, is slated to be staged from June 10-13 in Wintergreen, Va.
Honestly, I dont know how you sleep that one off, said American Scott Miller, who finished in sixth spot, when asked of Fuhrs disqualification. That is going to take a couple of weeks to get over.
Canadian Tour officials had to make a last-minute change of venue for this week when The Dunes at Kamloops, the longtime host of Spring Q-School, was deemed unplayable. The tournament was moved across town to Rivershore Estates and Golf Links, which had served as co-host with The Dunes when the Tour split Q-school at two courses. This weeks location change meant play did not get underway until Monday afternoon before competitors played 36 holes Tuesday.
(x-in playoff)
Scott, Craig (Australia) 66-74-72-66_278 -10
Davis, Brien (Las Vegas, Nev.) 70-71-68-71_280 -8
Tanner, Todd (Salt Lake City, Utah) 70-70-74-69_283 -5
Johnson, Jay (Tucson, Ariz.) 71-73-71-71_286 -2
Karnow, Kyle (Elk Grove, Calif.) 76-69-71-71_287 -1
Brown, Michael (Cheltenham, Pa.) 76-71-71-72_290 +2
Miller, Scott (Salt Lake City, Utah) 70-70-75-75_290 +2
Seki, Jim (Palo Alto, Calif.) 73-70-72-75_290 +2
Wood, Chris (Chilliwack, B.C.) 68-75-75-73_291 +3
x-Pence, Todd (Cheney, Wash.) 74-75-71-72_292 +4
Dawson, Philip (Shingle Springs, Calif.) 70-74-74-74_292 +4
Johnston, Galen (Chilliwack, B.C.) 72-77-71-72_292 +4
Soria, Marcelo (Argentina) 74-68-79-73_294 +6
Davis, Marshall (Van Nuys, Calif.) 73-73-78-71_295 +7
Tommervik, Frank (Norway) 68-74-80-73_295 +7
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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 was able to cobble together 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 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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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.