Woods barely makes cut at Royal Liverpool

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2014, 8:31 pm

HOYLAKE, England – The fans seated in the horseshoe grandstand behind the 18th hole gave Tiger Woods a hearty applause as he approached the final green Friday – just in case they were saying goodbye.

Turns out they’ll get two more days of the former world No. 1.


Hank Haney made news recently by questioning his former student’s desire, but on that final hole, on that final green, there was little doubt where Woods’ mind was. He stalked the 8-foot putt, and then picked a heck of a time to record his only birdie of the day.

The good news: He had a weekend tee time.

The bad: He spotted the hottest player in golf a two-touchdown lead.

Woods’ second-round, 5-over 77 matched his second-worst score in a major as a pro, and his 2-over 146 left him 14 shots behind Rory McIlroy.

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Even in the better end of the draw, Woods was still blown away Friday at Royal Liverpool.

“Well, it gives me a chance,” he said of his cut-making birdie, but Woods should know better than most that this wind-blasted round sealed his fate for the weekend.

Seventy-one players separate Woods and the lead. After a promising 69 on Day 1, it’s clear that his major drought will continue, soon to be 19 and counting.

Woods’ start was ominous, from his shirt (he constantly tugged at his sleeves) to his back (he twisted and rotated his torso) to his opening tee ball (he snapped it onto the adjacent hole).

“Just bad starts, period,” said Woods of his double bogey-bogey start.

After his bad start, Woods made 14 consecutive pars. Meanwhile, the rest of the afternoon-wavers pushed deeper and deeper into red figures, none more audaciously than McIlroy, who continued to bash driver en route to another 66.

Two groups ahead, Woods could only listen to the roars.

He missed an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 4. He raced a putt 35 feet past on No. 5. Soon, the frustration began to boil over.

A 3-wood drive gave him a chance from the middle of the fairway on the par-5 10th. On an upslope, with a long iron, from 234 yards, into a 15-mph crosswind, Woods spun out of his iron shot, his ball riding the wind and crashing into the long, gnarly rough right of the green.

The tall stuff swallowed his ball, and his shoes, and all he could do was chop out to 50 feet and feel fortunate to walk away with a two-putt par.

On 16, he cut a driver into the wind and found more thick rough down the right side. He slashed out with a wedge, but even his layup was off-line. He flipped over the club and took two angry swipes at the fescue. When he found where his second shot had settled, he barked an expletive into his towel and tossed it at caddie Joe LaCava.

Then came 17, and Woods’ biggest miscue in a round full of them. Playing 458 yards, but straight downwind, he opted for driver to carry the bunkers down the left. Instead, he blocked it right, and he was more than halfway down the fairway when he finally spotted a marshal signaling that his ball had come to rest out of bounds. Woods raised his hands in disbelief.

“You could have told me earlier,” he grumbled, and with his ball only 2 feet O.B., he was forced to head back to the tee for a reload. Taking driver again, he hit a quick hook that dove into the left rough on the 16th. After muscling his fourth shot to the back out of the green, he flubbed his pitch and took little time to line up his 35-footer.

“His head is detached from the shoulder blades!” someone howled on BBC Radio. “He’s being silly here!”

Two putts later he was down for a 7, the first time since the 2000 Masters that he carded both a double and triple bogey in a major round.

On the home hole, and needing a birdie to make the cut, Woods hit 3-wood to the left side of the fairway, belted an iron short and right of the green, and nipped his pitch shot off a tight lie to 8 feet. Faced with a make-or-break putt, Woods rammed it home for a closing birdie, his only one of the day.

“Not very good,” he said of his day. “I had some opportunities to make a few birdies along the way to get back to even par for the day, and I just never did. I just never made anything.”

When Woods won here in ’06, it was heralded as a ball-striking masterpiece. That week he hit driver only once, and he avoided all of the fairway bunkers, and he won by two shots for his third (and last) claret jug. Woods hit driver twice here in the opening round, but the forecast for a steady, 25-mph wind forced his hand. At least he planned accordingly, working on the range for 40 minutes on Thursday afternoon, the first time he had hit balls post-round since the start of the year.

The extra work didn’t help much, though. Woods hit driver six times (and on five holes) in the second round. Each time he missed the fairway. He was far more effective hitting the fairway with 3-wood, finding the burned-out turf on all three occasions, but by that point he had drifted out of touch with the lead.

“I didn’t hit the driver very good today,” he said. “I figured today would be a chance to go out there and be aggressive and take some of the bunkers out of play, but I just didn’t drive it well.”

Torrential rains and fierce winds await players on Saturday, but at least Woods is still playing.

The spectators on 18 figured they were saying goodbye.

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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.

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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.”