The Lake Mannassas Massacre

By Mercer BaggsOctober 22, 2000, 4:00 pm
You can't always judge the competitiveness of an event by the final score. Sometimes the end result belies the true competition.
 
Not in the case of the 4th biennial Presidents Cup.
 
The United States regained the Cup they lost last two years ago in Australia by routing the International team 21 to 10 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Va. And, in this case, the Americans were as dominant as the score would indicate.
 
Needing just 2 points on Sunday, the U.S. won eight of the 12 singles matches to avenge their 20 to 11 defeat two years ago. The U.S. led 5-0 following Thursday's Foursome matches, and then led 10-5 after both Foursomes and Four-Ball were contested on Friday. The Americans then increased their overall lead to 14-6 after winning four of five Four-Ball matches on Saturday.
 
Sunday, The Internationals were unable to pull off an American-esque comeback. Last year at Brookline, Mass., the U.S. overcame a four-point deficit on the final day to win the Ryder Cup. They did so by sending out their top-form players first on Sunday to put some pressure on the Europeans. They did just that. The U.S. won the first six matches en route to a one-point triumph.
 
International captain Peter Thomson ignored the strategy used by Ben Crenshaw in '99. Instead, three of the first five players representing the International team in singles play had a combined 0-9 record.
 
Needless to say, the 4th biennial Presidents Cup was officially decided in those first five matches.
 
The Americans won three of the first five matches to clinch the cup. Appropriately enough, the deciding match featured Davis Love III and Ernie Els. Love defeated the world's No.2-ranked player 4-and-3. Love finished the event with a perfect 4-0 record. Els ended with a dismal 0-5 mark.
 
For the record, Robert Allenby (1-3 for the week) defeated Paul Azinger (1-2) 2-and-1. David Duval (3-2) defeated Nick Price (2-3) 2-and-1. Duval and Price faced each other in all five 2000 Presidents Cup matches.
 
Loren Roberts (2-1) defeated Stuart Appleby (0-3) 3-and-2. In the battle of lefties, Mike Weir (3-2) defeated Phil Mickelson (3-2) 4-and-3. Weir was the only International player to produce a winning record this week.
 
Davis Love III (4-0) defeated Ernie Els (0-5) 4-and-3. Steve Elkington (2-2) defeated Tom Lehman (3-2) 1-up. Elkington was 5-up through 13 holes, but bogeyed holes 14-17 to lead by just one with one to play. Both men parred the home hole to give the Aussie the win.
 
Tiger Woods (3-2) defeated Vijay Singh (1-4) 2-and-1. This was, by far, the most intriguing match of the day. Singh teamed with Retief Goosen to better Woods and Notah Begay in Saturday's Four-Ball match. In fact, Woods and Singh faced each other in four of the five matches.
 
There's always been an unspoken rivalry between this year's Masters champion and the man who won the three other majors in 2000, and Sunday's match finally gave that rivalry a voice.
 
There was more tension in the air surrounding Tiger and Vijay than in a Middle East peace talk. Most of that stemmed, not from harsh words, but from a simple question stitched in the back of a caddie's hat.
 
Vijay's looper, former professional golfer Paul Tesori, had 'Tiger Who?' etched on the back of his form-fitting cap.
 
'Tiger Who?' is not the question. The question is - Vijay, Why?
 
The match was closely contested throughout, with few putts conceded by either man. After making a 35-foot birdie at the 3rd to halve the hole, Singh had a two-foot par putt on the 4th to win the hole and go 1-up. Tiger forced a perplexed Singh to make the putt. The incident was awkward, and almost uncomfortable, yet Woods stood stone-faced, with arms crossed, as Singh tapped in for par.
 
By the turn, Woods had flipped a 1-down deficit into a 1-up advantage. He then made another statement by driving the par-4 10th and converting the eagle putt. Tiger went 2-up at that point, and went on to win his match 2-and-1.
 
Afterwards, when asked if he was intentionally matched with Singh on Sunday, Woods responded: 'Oh yeah. I wanted him and I know he wanted me.'
 
In a more-amicable match, Stewart Cink (4-0) defeated Greg Norman (1-3) 2-and-1. Carlos Franco (2-3) defeated Hal Sutton (3-2) 6-and-5. The Paraguayan's round included a double-eagle at the par-5 12th. Franco holed a 5-iron from 205 yards. He only played 13 holes on Sunday, but did so in an astounding 10-under-par.
 
Jim Furyk (3-1) defeated Shigeki Maruyama (1-2) 5-and-4. Furyk is now 4-0 in singles play in both the Presidents and Ryder Cups. Kirk Triplett (3-0-1) halved his match with fellow Presidents Cup rookie Michael Campbell (1-2-1). This was the only halved match over the 32 that were contested.
 
The 32nd, and final match also went to the Americans, as Begay (3-2) defeated Goosen (2-3) 1-up.
 
'This may be the one of the happiest days of my life,' said U.S. captain Ken Venturi. 'I'm so proud of my team. I couldn't think of 12 finer people.'
 
Said a graceful Thomson: 'We've had this taste of victory not so long ago. I bow to the superiority of the U.S. team. It is a very, very powerful team.'
 
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem officially announced on Sunday that the 5th Presidents Cup will be played Nov. 7-10, 2002, at The Links Golf Course in George, South Africa.
 
That's good news to the International side. They are 1-0 when playing on their own turf, but 0-3 on American soil. All three losses have come at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.
 
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 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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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 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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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:55 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:

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.