Another Week Another Win for Sorenstam

By Sports NetworkJune 30, 2002, 4:00 pm
GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam fired a 5-under 66 to erase a three-shot deficit Sunday and win the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Her 54-hole total of 12-under-par 201 was three better than Carin Koch, Kate Golden and overnight leader Juli Inkster.
 
Sorenstam won for the second time in as many starts, the fourth time in her last six events and the sixth time in 12 appearances this season on the LPGA Tour. The victory was No. 37 in her illustrious LPGA career, good for 10th place on the tour's all-time win list.

'I knew the way I played the last two days that today I needed to have a great start and I made the three birdies on the front nine and then after that I saw my name on the leader board, I was steady from there,' said the 31-year-old Swede, who collected $180,000 for the win. 'I cannot say it enough, I am very thankful and I know how it feels now and I want it to last. I love it.'

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'She is really focused...she has tunnel vision all the time,' said Golden, who played poorly down the stretch for the second consecutive day. 'She knows what she wants to do, and does it.'
 
Golden, coming off back-to-back 10-foot birdie putts at 12 and 13, began to squander her two-shot lead over Sorenstam late on the back nine Sunday. Golden dropped a shot at the par-three 14th and then failed to get up and down for par at the 15th when she knocked her approach over the green.
 
Tied with Sorenstam for the lead at the par-5 16th, Golden bogeyed her third consecutive hole while Sorenstam calmly two-putted for birdie. Now with a two-shot lead, Sorenstam was able to par her remaining holes, while Golden dropped another shot at 18 to fall into the group at 9-under-par.
 
'I got a little greedy sometimes,' said the 35-year-old Texan, who shot a final-round 71. 'I bogeyed four of the last five holes, if I par those then I win it. I don't think we gave it on a platter, but I wish I had played well down the stretch.'
 
Golden's lone victory came in last year's State Farm Classic, where she posted a career-low 63 in the final round to beat Sorenstam by one stroke.
 
Koch tallied one eagle, three birdies and a bogey on Sunday for a 4-under 67. The tie for second was Koch's best finish on tour in 2002.
 
Inkster had won the last six tournaments where she owned the lead heading into the final round, but this Sunday was not her day. Holding steady at even par through eight holes, Inkster missed the green at nine and bogeyed the hole to drop out of the lead for good.
 
'I would have like to make a few more putts to gain momentum out there, but Annika played steady just like she always does,' said Inkster, who carded a one-over 72 Sunday. 'Every time I would look up there she was right down the middle of the fairway and on this golf course you have to play it right down the middle and that is what I did not do today.'
 
Sorenstam wasted little time in erasing Inkster's three-shot lead. Sorenstam birdied three in a row, starting at the third, to grab a piece of the lead forth
 
'To start the day in the position that I was in, it was where I wanted to be, to have the chance to win,' said Sorenstam. 'What can you say. This is why I work hard and this is what I want and everything is all going my way.'
 
Full-field scores from the ShopRite LPGA Classic

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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.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1