Appleby Wins Australian Open

By Sports NetworkNovember 25, 2001, 5:00 pm
Stuart Appleby captured the Australian Open Sunday, firing a final-round 65 to win by three shots over Scott Laycock at The Grand Golf Club on Australia's Gold Coast. The victory was Appleby's second Down Under and his fifth worldwide.
 
'That that was hard work is an understatement,' said Appleby, who started the day tied atop the leaderboard with Laycock at 7-under. 'I knew Scotty was going to push me all the way, he was swinging it so smooth, and we were really fighting it hard.'
 
Still knotted with Appleby after seven holes, Laycock failed to get up and down out of a bunker at the par-3 eighth and fell one shot off the pace.
 
After the pair finished an amazing four-hole run that saw them match birdies on the ninth through the 12th, Laycock sank a 12-foot birdie putt at the 14th to draw even to Appleby at 12-under-par.
 
Appleby, meanwhile, managed to walk off No. 14 with a share of the lead after rolling in a 10-footer to save par.
 
But Laycock found bunker trouble again at the 15th, then blasted out to four feet and lipped out his par putt. He went on to bogey No. 16 as well, this time missing a six-footer for par to drop to minus-10.
 
Appleby moved three strokes ahead by making his six-foot birdie at the 16th. He hit the green in two at the par-5 17th and two-putted for his eighth birdie of the day, pushing four shots clear at 14-under.
 
Although a missed fairway and a bunkered approach at the 18th led to a closing bogey, the 30-year-old Aussie finished on top with a winning total of 13-under-par 271.
 
'To have Scotty stall at the end was fortunate on my behalf, I really thought it was going to go down to the last hole,' Appleby said. 'It was nerve-wracking all day. I was taking deep breaths from hole one.'
 
Four shots behind Laycock heading into Saturday's third round, Appleby charged into contention with a bogey-free 67 in difficult, windy conditions that had the rest of the field just trying to hang on.
 
His Sunday 65 was the best of the day and equaled the course record at The Grand.
 
Appleby has posted three victories on the PGA Tour in the U.S. - the 1997 Honda Classic, '98 Kemper Open and '99 Shell Houston Open. His first win on his home circuit came at the 1998 Coolum Classic.
 
Laycock, a regular in Japan and on the Asian PGA Tour the last few years, shot a 3-under 68 for sole possession of second place at 274.
 
Ernie Els, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 4 in the world, made eight pars and a bogey on the front nine Sunday but played the inward half in 31 for a 67 and third place at 8-under 276. His back-side surge included three birdies and an eagle at the 17th.
 
Rod Pampling finished fourth at 6-under and Peter Lonard took fifth place at minus-four. They each had 67s.
 
Geoff Ogilvy, just one shot off the lead at the turn, staggered home with a 40 that featured a double bogey and a triple bogey. He carded an even-par 71 to tie for sixth with Brett Rumford at 3-under par.
 
American Charles Howell III tied for ninth at one-under, one stroke ahead of Adam Scott. Denmark's Thomas Bjorn finished at 2-over, while Robert Allenby, the winner of last week's Australian PGA Championship, finished alongside amateurs Chris Campbell and James Nitties at 3-over.
 
Full-Field Scores From the Holden Australian Open
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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