Gillespie Hopes Second-Place Finish Sign Of Things To Come

By Marty HenwoodApril 15, 2002, 4:00 pm
The early stages of Derek Gillespie's 2001 and 2002 seasons closely mirror one another.
Gillespie is hoping that is where the similarities end.
One year ago, the 23-year-old Oshawa, Ontario, native kicked off his Canadian Tour career in grand style, winding up tied for second at the season-opening Myrtle Beach Open. It would turn out to be the highlight in what at times was a frustrating rookie campaign. While there would be no other top-10 results, Gillespie still managed some impressive numbers - 37th on the Tour's money list, Canadian Rookie of the Year accolades, a 71.33 stroke average, eight of 14 cuts made and a berth in the Bell Canadian Open.
But after starting on such a positive note, he admits the letdown of not being able to build on it got inside his head.
'After the good start in Myrtle Beach, the rest of the year didn't go how I had planned,' concedes the former Arizona State star. 'But it was my first year, the travel, the new courses, it was new to me and took some getting used to. But I know I can win - I just have to relax a bit more out there.'
Gillespie certainly looked relaxed at the Scottsdale Swing at Eagle Mountain, firing a final round 64 to finish second to Texan Jimmy Walker. The way he was rolling the pill Sunday, it may have been a case of Gillespie simply running out of holes. Walker didn't crack under the pressure as he nailed down his first pro win.
'Right from the start Sunday, I was thinking this could be the day,' says Gillespie of the final round. 'I was thinking 62, and that was the number in my head. But I am happy for Jimmy. To be honest, I had never heard of him before last weekend, but he deserved the win. I played with him on the Saturday and he wasn't missing anything.'
It's been said that nobody remembers who finished second, but in this game, that isn't the case. Golf is a game that revolves around confidence and momentum and right now, Derek Gillespie seems to be riding an abundance of both.
'I think this may be a breakthrough season for me. I've matured both on and off the course. I can't wait to get to Mexico and try again. Now I am going to go in with the attitude of winning the tournament every week. If I don't play how I can, I just have to pull myself out of it. We all go through it.'
His runner-up result in Scottsdale was the best showing by a Canadian so far in 2002. As one of Canada's rising stars, Gillespie is appreciative of the support he has received in his native land, but he will not put himself on anyone else's timetable. His is the only schedule that matters.
'A Canadian winning on the Canadian Tour is rare, but I don't think about it,' he stresses. 'I have to worry about my game. There are a lot of great players on this Tour, and I have to stay focused. The way this year has gone, you shoot 1 or 2-under and you're not even close.'
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 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  

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 (