Beem Leads Pack at Disney World

By Sports NetworkOctober 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World ResortLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA Champion, fired a 9-under 63 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead late in the third round of the FUNAI Classic. Beem completed 54 holes at 19-under-par 197.
 
Weather was an issue for the second straight day. Inclement weather pushed the end of the second round to Saturday morning. More bad weather Saturday afternoon forced the suspension of play with 25 players remaining on the course.
 
The third round will resume at 7:30 a.m. (ET) Sunday. With Hurricane Wilma on the horizon, there is some question as to whether the event will be called after 54 holes or can squeeze in all 72 scheduled holes. Tournament officials hope to begin the final round at 9:00 a.m.
 
The leaderboard is tight behind Beem. Mark Wilson also shot 63, while Mark Calcavecchia carded a 7-under 65 to share second place at 18-under-par 198.
 
They were joined there by Tim Clark (16 holes), Geoff Ogilvy (15), Tom Pernice, Jr. (15) and Carl Pettersson (15). There are seven more players within three strokes of the leader.
 
The big story earlier Saturday was World No. 1 Tiger Woods missing his second cut of the season, and third of his career. He needed to finish birdie-birdie and instead closed bogey-par to miss the cut by three strokes at minus-3.
 
Woods ended on the Magnolia Course at Walt Disney World Resort. Meanwhile, world No. 2 Vijay Singh ended his second round on the Palm Course. Singh beat Woods by a stroke, finishing at minus-4, but will also have the weekend off.
 
Despite the top-two players in the world missing the cut, the remainder of the field matched a PGA record for lowest cut in relation to par at 6 under. It was the fourth time there was a 6 under cut in tour history, and second of the season.
 
Beem opened the third round on the Magnolia Course with a par on the first. He quickly got hot as his birdie putt on the second fell into the cup. The PGA Champion made it two straight with a birdie on the third.
 
The 35-year-old moved to 13 under as he birdied the par-five fourth. Beem parred his next five holes and took advantage of the par-5 10th by posting a birdie there.
 
Beem made it two in a row as he drained a birdie putt on the par-4 11th. After a pair of pars, he birdied the par-5 14th. He came right back with a birdie on the 15th.
 
The three-time winner on the PGA Tour got within one of Calcavecchia with a birdie at the 16th. Beem then took over the lead at minus-19 as he birdied No. 17 and Calcavecchia bogeyed the last.
 
Calcavecchia, like Beem, opened with a birdie on No. 2. He then eagled the fourth and birdied the fifth to move to 15 under.
 
The 45-year-old, who won the Canadian Open earlier this season, birdied each of the next two par-5s, Nos. 8 and 10, to grab a share of the lead at 17 under alongside Pettersson.
 
Calcavecchia was the first to get to 19 under as he birdied 13 and 15 to move one clear of the field. However, the 12-time winner lost his drive right off the 18th tee and was unable to save par to end one back.
 
'I chunked it out of the wood chips there on 18, but I feel like I'm swinging good and I sure hope we get to play tomorrow,' said Calcavecchia. 'Confidence is a wonderful thing and I've got some again and it feels great.'
 
Wilson birdied every other hole from the second on the front nine to turn at 13 under. He birdied the 10th, then ran off four consecutive birdies from the 12th to move 18 under. The 28-year-old bogeyed the 16th, but bounced right back with a birdie on 17 to share second.
 
'I started out and didn't hit the greatest shot, but made about a 10-footer for par,' Wilson said. 'In the back of my mind, I hadn't made a bogey all week so I was thinking about that all day. I thought if I can miss one of these par putts it would be actually good. Then I missed about a 10-footer for par on 16. The birdies were falling. I hit a lot close.'
 
Clark wrapped birdies on the second and fourth around a bogey on the third. He picked up another birdie on the eighth. Around the turn, the South African eagled the 10th. He birdied the 14th and parred his next two holes before play was called for the day.
 
Pettersson, who led after the second round thanks to a 61, started by bogeying the first. He got that stroke back with a birdie on four. The Swede parred five straight before a birdie at the 10th. He parred the next five before play was halted.
 
Pernice, who shot 62 in round two, was minus-3 through 15 holes thanks to four birdies and a bogey.
 
Ogilvy had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. On the back nine, The Australian birdied the 10th. He dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 14th before players were pulled off the course.
 
Justin Rose (64) and Harrison Frazar (66) share eighth place at 17-under-par 199. They were tied there by Kent Jones, who is through 16 holes. Lucas Glover is done his round one stroke further back at minus-16. Dudley Hart is alongside Glover with one hole to play, while Stephen Leaney and Steve Lowery have two holes remaining and are at minus-16.
 
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    Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

    Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

    Everything before that, however, was far from routine.



    Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

    He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

    "I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 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 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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    The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 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.