Annika Outright Leader in California

By Sports NetworkOctober 14, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Samsung World ChampionshipPALM DESERT, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam posted the lowest round of the tournament on Saturday with a 6-under 66. That was good enough to vault the two-time defending champion into sole possession of the lead at 12-under- par 204 through three rounds of the Samsung World Championship at Bighorn.
Annika Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam is in search of her sixth Samsung World Championship title.
Lorena Ochoa, who leads Sorenstam on the LPGA Tour money and the points race for Player of the Year, played beautifully down the stretch en route to a 5-under 67. She is alone in second place at minus-nine.
Sophie Gustafson, who shared the second-round lead with Sorenstam and Paula Creamer, managed a 2-under 70 and is alone in third place at 8-under-par 208.
Stacy Prammanasudh posted a 5-under 67 on Saturday to move into fourth place at minus-seven.
Michelle Wie, who was disqualified after last year's final round in her professional debut, birdied her closing hole for an even-par 72. She is tied for 13th place at plus-2.
The Swede flew out of the gate on Saturday with a pair of birdies at two and three, a feat she has accomplished in each of the first two rounds. She parred four and five, but assumed the top spot on the leaderboard thanks to back-to-back birdies at six and seven.
Sorenstam bogeyed the ninth hole, which was an improvement from Friday's second round when she double bogeyed the par-4 hole. She recovered the lost stroke at 10 and was one ahead of the field.
At the par-5 12th, Sorenstam seemed poised to cash in from 6 feet, but missed the putt left. Gustafson sank a 35-foot eagle putt at the 12th to get one behind, but Sorenstam drained a 40-foot birdie putt at 13 to move to 11 under par, two clear of Gustafson.
Sorenstam was strong with the irons at 14 and 15, but missed birdie putts inside 10 feet at both holes. Gustafson took a big gamble going for the green in two at 15 and her second landed in the water. She made bogey and Sorenstam was three in front.
Then Ochoa, a four-time winner this season, made her move up the leaderboard. She tallied three birdies on her front nine, but parred eight consecutive holes around the turn.
Ochoa, who won last week in her native Mexico, birdied the par-5 15th to get to three back. She sank a long birdie putt at the 18th to close the gap to two, but unfortunately for Ochoa, Sorenstam was still on the course.
At the par-4 closing hole, Sorenstam knocked her approach 12 feet over the flag. The Swede ran home the birdie putt to extend her margin to three over Ochoa.
'I was a lot more settled today. I felt a lot more comfortable,' said Sorenstam. 'I was figuring out a few key thoughts to have today and it seemed they worked.'
Sorenstam can reach a few milestones if she is to hang on Sunday afternoon.
A win would be her 70th on the LPGA Tour and put her 18 behind the all-time record. If she visits the winner's circle, Sorenstam will become the first player in tour history to win the same event six times. Sorenstam has another chance at win No. 6 in an event when she goes to the Mizuno Classic next month, an event she won five times in a row, which is already an LPGA Tour record for most consecutive wins in the same event.
If she is to win another money title of Player of the Year honor, she will have to stare down her playing partner in Sunday's final round.
'I'm looking forward to the day,' said Sorenstam. 'I've always enjoyed Lorena. She's having a super year. I think it's going to be exciting tomorrow and I'm in good position.'
For Ochoa, she may need to finally topple Sorenstam in the final round to eliminate any doubts. In Ochoa's four wins on tour this season, Sorenstam was in the field for only one.
'I like to be paired with her in the last group,' said Ochoa. 'I'm going to come tomorrow, be aggressive, be very positive. I know I can do this. I'm going to give her a hard time.'
Creamer only shot an even-par 72 and is tied for fifth place with Cristie Kerr (68) and reigning Women's British Open champion Sherri Steinhauer (71). The trio is knotted at 6-under-par 210.
Seon-Hwa Lee, who has already clinched Rookie of the Year honors, and Pat Hurst both shot rounds of 1-under 71 and are tied for eighth place at minus- 3.
Nabisco Champion Karrie Webb struggled to a 3-over 75 and is alone in 10th at 1-under-par 215.
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    More sun, dry conditions expected early at Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 9:14 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – An atypically dry Scottish summer is expected to continue this week at The Open.

    There’s a possibility of a few showers Thursday and Friday, but otherwise conditions are expected to remain dry with temperatures around 70 degrees and winds in the 15-20 mph range.

    The forecast for the opening round at Carnoustie is sunshine with clouds developing later in the day. The high is expected to be around 70 degrees, with winds increasing throughout the day, maxing out at 18 mph.

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    There’s a chance of rain overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, but it’s not expected to slow down the fiery conditions.

    It’s been one of the driest summers in recent memory, leading to fairways that are baked out and fescue rough that is lighter and thinner than in previous years.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 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  

    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 (

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

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 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.