Euros take lead on a crazy Day 1 of Solheim Cup

By Randall MellAugust 17, 2013, 2:17 am

PARKER, Colo. – Hold on to your breakfast.

That should have been the warning attached to the Solheim Cup tickets issued for Friday’s wild start to the biennial matches.

This day took so many dizzying twists and turns from start to finish before finally ending with Europe in command, 5-3.

It was one volatile ride for the Americans, who are looking to re-group and keep the Euros from winning these matches for the first time on American soil.

The day started with American Jessica Korda excusing herself at the first tee to barf up breakfast.

It started with fellow American Lizette Salas wiping away tears walking through the tunnel to the first tee with “USA” chants echoing across Colorado Golf Club. The joy and the pride Salas felt just being here on the American team burst through her after she hugged her parents, Mexican immigrants who sacrificed so much so she could chase her dreams here.

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It ended with Americans Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie flabbergasted when a shoving match broke out between a cameraman and a photographer as they were being interviewed after teaming brilliantly to win their afternoon fourballs to keep the Euros from racing too far ahead.

“It was bizarre,” Kerr said of the scuffle. “There was cursing, and some shoving, and the police coming over.”

This day ended with Stacy Lewis fuming, marching red-faced to the clubhouse angered by the drop Europe’s Carlota Ciganda got at the 15th hole after bombing her approach into a hazard. Ciganda’s remarkable save there helped her and Suzann Pettersen defeat Lewis and Lexi Thompson, 1 up. Lewis sternly made her case against the drop to a rules official after the match and then waved off a reporter’s questions as she marched to the clubhouse to cool off.

Lewis wore the frustrated face of this American team at day’s end. She embodied the exasperation of a struggling team in a harder spot now in its quest to win back the Solheim Cup after losing it two years ago in Ireland.

Lewis, No. 2 in the Rolex world rankings, was inexplicably shut out Friday, losing in both her morning foursomes and afternoon fourball matches. It was inexplicable because Lewis was so out of sorts most of the day, spraying shots and missing putts just 12 days after winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Now 1-5 in Solheim Cups, Lewis will be looking to regroup and find the form that has made her the best American in the game today.

“Stacy was upset about the day, because she was starting to turn her game around at that time,” U.S. captain Meg Mallon said. “She started playing well and to make some birdies. That’s my job now, to go back and get her refocused for tomorrow, which I’m sure she’s already there. She's a very bright person.” 

Lewis said the 25 minutes it took to make the ruling killed the American momentum in that match. 

'As far as moving on, the good thing is we are only two points down, and, if anything, this just gives everyone more motivation,' Lewis said.

The United States was wobbled early, with the Euros seizing three of the first four morning foursomes matches.

The Euros sent a message thumping the top three Americans in the world with Lewis, Paula Creamer and Kerr all getting shut out in the morning.

Europe’s Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher were the morning MVPs, taking down the formidable American pairing of Kerr and Creamer, 2 and 1. It only counted for one point, but it felt like more. It was the first time Kerr and Creamer lost in their four pairings together in Solheim Cups.

Kerr was asked if the first day’s outcome staggered the Americans.

“I don’t think so,” said Kerr, who got red hot making seven birdies in afternoon fourballs. “We have seen it before. We have to have a really strong day tomorrow to give us the momentum to go into singles. We are prepared to do it, no matter what it takes.”

Europe’s Pettersen reprised her role as this team’s spirited leader. She was 2-0 on the day. She teamed with Beatriz Recari in morning foursomes to defeat Angela Stanford and Brittany Lang, 2 and 1. She teamed with Ciganda in beating Lewis and Thompson in that afternoon fourballs that so infuriated Lewis.

“It just never gets old,” Pettersen said.

Caroline Hedwall was another force on the European side. She stiffed iron shots close and made a bushel basket full of putts in going 2-0.

The Americans' bright spots included the team of Morgan Pressel and Korda. They won the only American point in the morning, defeating Catriona Matthew and Jodi Ewart Shadoff, 3 and 2.

In the afternoon, Kerr and Wie were dominant, defeating Matthew and Charley Hull, 2 and 1. Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang won the other American point in fourballs, defeating Anna Nordqvist and Giulia Sergas, 4 and 3.

“I think, obviously, everyone is pretty disappointed,” Lang said. “A lot of girls are going to be fired up and ready to go tomorrow.”

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 2:30 pm

Tiger Woods is under par in the final round of the 147th Open Championship and stalking the lead. We're tracking him on Sunday at Carnoustie.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

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)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

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 22, 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 (

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”