Tiger Records Triple Crown

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 10, 2000, 4:00 pm
You've probably heard this one before. An unheralded player takes Tiger Woods to the limit. Yet, Tiger prevails. It happened at the PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky. Three weeks later, the scenario played itself out again. This time in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
 
Woods staked a brilliant fairway bunker shot on the 72nd hole en route to a birdie 4, and a one-shot victory over a valiant Grant Waite. It's Tiger's third win in as many starts on the PGA Tour, and his ninth of the season.
 
Woods and Waite began the final round at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in a tie for the lead at 15-under-par. Sunday, both men carded 3-under-par 33s on the front nine to remain in a share of first with nine holes to play.
 
The two stayed deadlocked at 18-under entering the par-5 13th. It was the first of three par-5s over the final six holes.
 
Advantage Tiger.
 
But, Waite had battled Woods shot-for shot on Sunday. And the Kiwi wasn't going to just lie down for the champ.
 
Waite, who finished runner-up a week ago at the Air Canada Championship, drained a 12-foot birdie putt at the 13th to take the lead at 19-under. It was only momentary, however, as Woods rolled in a 3-footer on top of him.
 
As they did on 13, both men carded matching birdies at the par-4 14th. The two were now at 20-under for the tournament - seven shots lower than the tournament's 72-hole scoring record at Glen Abbey.
 
To the par-3 15th they traversed - a special hole for Woods. Friday, Tiger began a four-hole stretch of 6-under-par at the 150-yard hole. Saturday, he birdied the par-3 again, just before eagling the par-5 16th.
 
It appeared as if Sunday would prove no different. Woods was 12 feet from taking sole possession of the lead. But this time, he missed. He didn't miss by much, but he did miss.
 
Three holes to play. Two par-5s remaining. Advantage Tiger.
 
At the 16th, a crowd distraction led to a pushed tee shot by Waite. Grant was forced to lay-up from the right trees, and eventually made par.
 
Woods, on the other hand, found the fairway with his driver. He then found the green with a 7-iron. Again he was 12 feet from taking the solo lead. This time, he made it.
 
At 21-under, Tiger led by one with two to play.
 
In a reversal of fortune, Tiger found trouble off the tee at the par-4 17th. His drive nestled into an awful lie in the right rough. Playing for the left greenside bunker, Woods successfully found the beach. He then proceeded to get up and down to save par - the same score Waite posted.
 
At the par-5 18th, Tiger once more found some sand. But it wasn't on purpose. Woods' tee shot 'flared to the right,' into a fairway bunker. Meanwhile, Waite was nicely positioned in the fairway.
 
Waite's second shot to the par-5 landed softly onto the green - 30 feet from the pin.
 
Advantage Waite.
 
That's when Tiger showed why he's not just the best golfer in the world, but also, arguably the greatest athlete in any sport.
 
Two-hundred-and-16 yards to the pin, Woods pulled a 6-iron. A gutsy play. There was nothing, save water, awaiting a miss-hit. But Tiger doesn't miss when he needs to make. Woods flew a perfect shot, right over the flagstick, into the back fringe, behind the hole ten feet.
 
Advantage Tiger.
 
Waite needed to eagle the home hole in order to keep alive any chance he had of winning his first PGA Tour event since the 1993 Kemper Open. He did so on Friday, yet he couldn't recall the magic on Sunday. Waite tapped in for birdie, leaving Tiger with a routine up and down for his 24th career Tour triumph. After opening in even-par 72, Woods carded rounds of 65-64-65 for a 22-under-par performance.
 
'Tiger comes up with the shots when he needs them,' said Waite, who carded a six birdie, no bogey 66 in the final round. 'I'm very happy.obviously, I'm disappointed I didn't win either of the tournaments in Canada. But I played well and I have to carry that with me.'
 
'It was wonderful to be able to play toe-to-toe,' said Woods, who added another $558,000 to his bank account. 'It was very similar to the PGA. We never made a mistake.'
 
Sunday's spectacular play north of the border was reminiscent to that of what took place in the Bluegrass state exactly three weeks ago. It was then, and there, that little known Bob May fired a bogey-free 66 to force Woods into a playoff at the PGA Championship - a playoff in which Woods would prevail.
 
With this victory, Tiger adds another 'Triple' to his resume. He won three consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur titles. He won three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles. He won three majors this year. And now, he's won three National Opens in the same season.
 
Tiger joins Lee Trevino (1971) as the only men to win the U.S. Open, British Open and Canadian Opens in the same calendar year.
 
'It's a (big win),' said Woods. 'To be in that elite company - it's very humbling.'
 
The rest of the Tour can now rest easy, as Tiger takes a break from the game. Woods will get a little rest of his own over the next five weeks, returning to competition for the Presidents Cup at Lake Manassas, Virginia in mid-October.
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"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

  • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
  • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
  • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.

 

“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange

 

“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico

 

Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.


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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:30 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.