Taking Stock of 2010

By Rich LernerJuly 28, 2010, 10:57 pm
I choked my guts out on a 4-footer on the last hole to lose 1 down to my 12-year-old son in mini golf Monday. It’s 107 degrees in the sun, I’m sluggish and there seems to be no end in sight to the 2010 season. If these are summer’s dog days, the pup’s pantin’ with his tongue hangin’.  

Fret not, though, because we’re about to turn the corner for home with some bounce in our step. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson return at Firestone in two weeks to share the stage with Louis Oosthuizen, then it’s the season’s final major followed by the playoffs and then the Ryder Cup.  

With the finish looming, it’s a good time to address a few topics starting with Player of the Year. Barring a late run, it won’t be Tiger for a change. Instead, it’s wide open.

Eight guys could jump to the front with a win at the PGA Championship: Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, Tim Clark, Mickelson, Graeme McDowell and Oosthuizen.

Mickelson, McDowell and Oosthuizen all have the chance to become double major winners in 2010, and that usually seals a Player of the Year honor.

Els, Stricker, Rose and Furyk could be three-time winners, perhaps even four-time winners, depending on what happens at the Bridgestone, with a major included. Clark could come out of the fray with more meaningful victories than anyone else were he to win the PGA Championship on top of his Players title.

The top choices for Most Improved appear to be Ricky Barnes and Jeff Overton. Barnes’ only top-10 or top-25, for that matter, a year ago was his improbable runner-up at the U.S. Open. This year he’s posted six top-10s and nine top-25s. Barnes attributes the better play to patience.
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Tiger Woods has his work cut out for him to win his 11th PGA Tour Player of the Year award. (Getty Images)


Meanwhile, Overton’s racked up two second-place finishes and two thirds, jumping from 67th in the FedEx standings to 12th. Both Barnes and Overton are threats to make the Ryder Cup team.

There’s no award for most disappointing, but there are plenty of candidates. Woods is glaring. And Sergio Garcia hasn’t put up a single top-3 finish in 29 starts over the last two years. That’s unacceptable given his talent level.  

Geoff Ogilvy owns a win in 2010, but hasn’t done a thing since that season opener at Kapalua. He missed cuts at The Players, U.S. Open and British Open and his best finish since the SBS in early January is a T-13 at Colonial.

Sean O’Hair recorded a win and nine top-10s in 2009. This year he’s without a top-3 and owns just two top-10s. He continues to struggle with his putting and as a result he’s dropped from 21st to 105th in birdie average.

Y.E. Yang hasn’t backed up his big 2009, nor has Lucas Glover.

Padraig Harrington, Mike Weir, Henrik Stenson and Michael Sim have all fallen short of reasonable expectations as well.

The shot of the year belongs to Mickelson. His 6-iron from the pine straw on 13 at Augusta on Sunday qualifies to be at least discussed in the “25 best shots ever” debate.

McIlroy’s 5-iron to set up eagle on the 15th at Quail Hollow on his way to a Sunday, game-winning 62 still lingers, as does Tiger’s ocean-bending bullet on the 18th at Pebble in Round 3 of the U.S. Open.

There have been memorable rounds, too, like Mickelson's Sunday 67 at the Masters, Tom Watson’s opening 67 that same week, Anthony Kim’s final-round 65 at Augusta, McIlroy going 5 under the last five holes to shoot 62 in Charlotte, Els' last-round 66 at Doral, Clark’s final-round 67 at The Players, Rose’s Sunday 66 at the Memorial, and Paul Goydos’ 59 at the John Deere Classic.

In 32 events, including those opposite the majors, we’ve seen 17 American winners, six from Great Britain and Ireland, four South Africans, three Aussies, a Colombian and a Swede.

Of course, it’s not over.  And that reminds me. I have a rematch with my kid this afternoon. It’s only 102 degrees.
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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 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 22, 2018, 8:30 am

Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.


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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.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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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.”