Hughes Holds On For Michelob Lead

By Mercer BaggsOctober 7, 2000, 4:00 pm
Bradley Hughes couldn't have started any worse, or finished much better than he did on Saturday. Leading by three strokes as the day began, Hughes bogeyed his first four holes, but birdied four of his last five to maintain a one-shot lead over three others at the Michelob Championship.
At 10-under, Hughes holds the slightest of advantages over David Duval, Frank Lickliter and Chris Riley. Four others, including Loren Roberts, are two shots off the lead at 8-under-par.
'I wanted to be leading, but not that way,' Hughes said following his 1-over-par 72. 'It was a horrible start, but it wasn't the end of the day.'
Beginning the day with a three-shot cushion over David Sutherland, Hughes bogeyed the par-4 1st. He then bogeyed the par-3 2nd; then the par-5 3rd; then the par-4 4th.
Hughes finally stopped the bleeding with a par 3 at the 5th. He even managed to reclaim a stroke before making the turn by birdying the 7th. But just as the Australian was beginning to settle down, he double-bogeyed the par-4 10th. Now at 6-under-par, Hughes had gone from three up to three down on the leaderboard.
While Hughes was once again hemorrhaging, others took turns sharing the top spot at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., though no one was able to pull away.
Duval birdied the 11th and 12th holes to temporarily take the outright lead, but bogeyed the 14th to fall to 9-under-par.
Lickliter birdied the 16th to tie Duval at 9-under, and then grabbed the lead by his lonesome with a second-straight birdie at the par-3 17th. However, a bogey at the home hole dropped him back into a tie with Duval at 9-under.
Riley joined the fray by birdying three consecutive holes beginning at the 15th. That trio of birdies was good enough for a round of 3-under-par 68, and a 9-under-par total through 54 holes.
Once again, Duval moved in front by two-putting for birdie at the par-5 15th. But three putts at the par-4 16th dropped him back to 9-under with Riley and Lickliter; where he finished the day.
Playing alongside Hughes, Sutherland quietly leapfrogged the pack by birdying the 14th and 16th holes. He was now at 10-under-par and in sole possession of the lead, but it was Hughes who was making all the noise.
The 33-year-old Aussie birdied the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes to reclaim a share of the lead.
Playing in the final group, Sutherland and Hughes entered the 18th deadlocked at 10-under, one shot clear of the field. Hughes found the fairway off the tee, while Sutherland found trouble. The 34-year-old Californian pushed his tee shot way right. From there he was forced to pitch back into the fairway; however, another poor shot ensued. Three putts later, Sutherland carded a double-bogey 6 to drop to 8-under-par.
Hughes was also in danger of dropping at least one shot. The five-time winner in Australia came up woefully short of the green on his approach shot, and was faced with an 18-foot putt to save par - which he did.
'It's probably good (I made that putt) in that now I am in the last group,' said Hughes, who is 126th on the money list. 'If I had missed that, I would have been second or third to the last group, I guess. It is nice. Everyone has to catch up on me.'
Putting was Hughes' primary problem early in the round. It was also his savior down the stretch.
'I just had no touch early on with my short putts and they were all left-to-right putts and I just started outside the hole. Then I would overcompensate and pushed a couple. And then 14, 15, 16 and 17 were all right-to-left putts and I put them in. So I have to try and remember that tomorrow.'
After his round, Duval made a trip to the fitness trailer. In just his second event following a 10-week layoff due to an ailing back, Duval said his back muscles became fatigued on Saturday.
'It is not a problem,' stated Duval, who shot 2-under-par 69 in the third round. 'It shouldn't be a problem tomorrow.'
Duval is coming off his first victory in over a year at last week's Buick Challenge. He is also a two-time winner of this event (1997, 98).
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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 TaylorMade got him 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  

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.