Back to the Beginning

By Mercer BaggsOctober 20, 2000, 4:00 pm
So much for the concept that Americans can't play as a team. After sweeping the Internationals in Thursday's Foursome matches, the U.S. nearly did it again on Friday. The Americans won four of the five Friday Foursomes to take a 10-5 lead into Day Three of the 4th Presidents Cup.
Fortunately for the International teams, there are no more Foursomes to be played. Saturday, the two teams will play five Four-Ball (better ball) matches, which the Internationals won 4-1 Friday morning.
After a spirited run in the A.M. session, the Internationals find themselves where they started the day - five points back of the Americans.
Entering the afternoon Foursomes, the International team had cut an overnight deficit of 5-0 to 6-4. But just as they had done the day prior, the Americans routed the defending champions in the alternate-shot format.
Woods/Begay III vs. Els/Singh
International captain Peter Thomson must have figured sooner or later Vijay Singh and Ernie Els had to click.
He figured wrong.
Els and Singh lost to Woods and Begay 1-up in Thursday Foursomes, and then fell to Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III 2-and-1 in Saturday's morning Four-Ball match. Nonetheless, the two were paired together again Saturday afternoon.
After losing to Shigeki Maruyama and Carlos Franco 3-and-2 in the better-ball format, Woods and Begay hit the range before teeing it up in the afternoon.
Whatever they were looking for, they found.
The former Stanford teammates played the first six holes in 5-under-par, en route to a front-nine 31. Meanwhile, Els and Singh carded an outward half of 4-over-par 39. The Americans won the first six holes, and made the turn 6-up.
From there, the college buddies rolled to a 6-and-5 victory by birdying each of the final two holes of their match.
Roberts/Azinger vs. Franco/Maruyama
Franco and Maruyama weren't able to continue the momentum they gathered after beating Woods and Begay in the morning.
Loren Roberts put on a dazzling putting display, and Paul Azinger more than held his own, as the Americans won easily 5-and-4.
Just 1-up through eight holes, Roberts and `Zinger carded five birdies in a six-hole stretch beginning at the par-3 9th to pull away from the overmatched International team.
The victory was Azinger's first as a Presidents Cup rookie. The loss was Maruyama's first in seven overall matches.
Sutton/Lehman vs. Campbell/Goosen
Tom Lehman and Hal Sutton got off to a tremendous start by birdying five of their first seven holes Friday afternoon. As did Begay and Woods, Sutton and Lehman went out in 5-under-par 31 to take a 3-up advantage into the back nine.
Lehman gave the team a 4-up lead by nearly acing the par-3 11th. And despite a loss at the par-5 14th, the Americans parred their final five holes to win the match 3-and-2.
Sutton got a bit of revenge on Campbell and Goosen. The Kiwi and the South African defeated Sutton and Azinger 4-and-3 in the morning Four-Ball match.
Duval/Mickelson vs. Price/Weir David Duval had a day he would certainly like to forget; and he can thank one man for that - Nick Price. Friday morning Price and Greg Norman defeated Duval and Jim Furyk 6-and-5. Friday afternoon, Price teamed with Mike Weir to once again soundly defeat a Duval-led team.
Price and Weir birdied five of their first 11 holes in the afternoon, while Duval and Phil Mickelson carded nothing but pars. Price and Weir complemented each other perfectly on Friday to the tune of six birdies and no bogeys. The tandem won handily 6-and-4.
Cink/Triplett vs. Allenby/Appleby
It was the most tightly contested Foursome match of the day; and one that the Internationals desperately needed to win.
Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby led by as many as 2-up early in the match, but a Kirk Triplett birdie at the 13th pulled the Americans level with the Internationals with five holes remaining.
The U.S. took a 1-up advantage with their third-consecutive birdie at the 15th; and when the Internationals bogeyed the par-4 17th, the match, and the day's activities, came to a rest.
Cink and Triplett, both Presidents Cup rookies, won for the second-straight time together in Foursomes. This time it was a 2-and-1 victory.
Saturday, the Internationals will try, once again, to use the better-ball format to climb back into the match.
Saturday Four-Ball Matches
Sutton/Furyk vs. Norman/Campbell
Lehman/Mickelson vs. Weir/Elkington
Duval/Love III vs. Els/Price
Triplett/Cink vs. Allenby/Franco
Woods/Begay III vs. Goosen/Singh
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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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:45 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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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 (