Hot Seat: Waste Management Phoenix Open

By Randall MellJanuary 31, 2012, 2:28 pm

Watch where you are sitting at TPC Scottsdale, especially around the 16th hole, there are an awful lot of Hot Seats there.

Here is our special heat index with the PGA Tour moving to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the European Tour to the Commercialbank Qatar Masters and a lot of LPGA pros teeing it up at the Golf Coast RACV Australian Ladies Masters.

Valley Fever – Anyone teeing it up at the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale

The entire field at the Waste Management Phoenix Open is on the Hot Seat this week.

That’s because the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale may not be the most exciting hole in golf, or the most dramatic, or the most fun, but it’s without a doubt the most obnoxious.

Players are mere pawns there in one of the largest drinking games in the world.

It’s a little bit like Mardi Gras in the desert. If you can tolerate a little bit of beer being spilled on you, there is some crazy fun to be had, or endured.

Love it or loathe it, the 16th hole feels like it belongs because it naturally evolved there, like the cactus in the region.

Ian Poutler

Blistering heat rash – Ian Poulter

The last time Poulter played the TPC Scottsdale’s infamous 16th hole, he made a controversial exit.

That was back in 2010, when he got booed for missing a 7-foot birdie putt. The Englishman also was taunted with chants of “USA.” Poulter left the green scratching his nose with a finger fully extended from the middle of his hand, a digit normally used to deliver a not-so friendly message. Poulter later said he was merely scratching his nose and reserves the right to do so with any finger he pleases.

Poulter didn’t return to the Waste Management Phoenix Open last year.

Phil Mickelson

Sonoran scorch – Phil Mickelson

With Mickelson off to a sluggish start, he will be scrutinized in Scottsdale to see if he’s just working off some rust, or if this is a downward spiral. He has now slipped to No. 16 in the world rankings.

After shooting 74 to open the season at the Humana Challenge, Mickelson scrambled to make the cut, eventually tying for 49th. Last week, he opened with a 77 at the Farmers Insurance Open, but his second-round rally wasn’t good enough. He missed the cut. Another poor showing will inspire a lot more questions.

Lefty’s beloved in the Phoenix area, where he attended Arizona State. He’s a two-time winner of the Phoenix Open with nine top-10 finishes.

Kyle Stanley

San Diego sunburn – Kyle Stanley

A week after collapsing at the end of the Farmers Insurance Open, Stanley gets right back on the horse. He’s teeing it up at TPC Scottsdale, where he’ll be looking to build on what he did for 71 holes at Torrey Pines.

Stanley was quite emotional after the loss Sunday, a tough defeat to take when his first PGA Tour victory seemed in hand. A lot of us will be curious to see how he responds. Memories of the triple-bogey finish will linger until he trumps it with a better finish. The quicker he can do that, the better.

Stanley is making his first start at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Peter Uihlein

Klieg light heat – Peter Uihlein

The 2010 U.S. Amateur champ and former No. 1 amateur in the world is playing the Qatar Masters on a special invite, his first European Tour start as a professional. Given Uihlein has taken such an unconventional route to the start of his pro career – a top American on the European Challenge Tour – a lot of other young Americans will be watching how he fares, how the foreign road meets his feet. Uihlein finished 12th in his Challenge Tour debut last week at the Gujarat Kensville Challenge.

Lexi Thompson

Aussie heat wave – Lexi Thompson

Thompson is still just 16, but the expectations are high for the promising young American pro as she prepares to begin her rookie LPGA season.

Though Thompson won’t make her first LPGA start as a tour member until next week’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne, she is making her 2012 debut at this week’s Gold Coast RACV Australian Ladies Masters in Queensland. Thompson won the Navistar LPGA Classic in September, then won the Dubai Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour in December. The victories have ramped up excitement around the young star.

The Australian Ladies Masters is co-sanctioned by the LET and features some top players. Kraft Nabisco champ Stacy Lewis and Christina Kim are among Americans in the field. Katherine Hull leads the Aussie contingent. European Solheim Cup players Melissa Reid, Laura Davies, Caroline Hedwall and Christel Boeljon also are scheduled to play.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 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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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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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 (