Els Ousts Singh Bjorn Gets Revenge

By Sports NetworkOctober 18, 2003, 4:00 pm
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Top-seeded Ernie Els was relentless in the afternoon on Saturday and coasted to a 5-and-4 victory over Vijay Singh to advance to the final match of the HSBC World Match Play Championship.
 
Els will face Thomas Bjorn, his neighbor in the area, in the final on Sunday after the Dane disposed of British Open champion Ben Curtis, 2-up.
 
'It's great to play in the final again,' said Els. 'I think it's my sixth final now, and I'm looking forward to it.'
 
Els, who will try to join Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros as the only five-time winners of this event, looked to be in trouble during the morning session at Wentworth and found himself 4-down after a bogey at the 13th.
 
Singh bogeyed the very next hole but Els relinquished that win with a bogey of his own at the 15th.
 
'Vijay was totally dominating me this morning,' said Els. 'I was really, really not playing good. I wasn't feeling comfortable this morning.'
 
Despite the struggles, Els shifted the momentum in the match with a win at the par-4 16th after his approach from a bunker stopped within two feet of the cup for a birdie.
 
Els then won the 17th and the 18th with birdies to go 1-down after the first 18.
 
Singh squared the match with a bogey at the first hole in the afternoon and Els took his first lead of the day with a birdie at the second. Singh then lost the third with a bogey and Els took a 3-up lead with a birdie at the fourth.
 
The 40-year-old fell 4-down with a bogey at the fifth and 5-down with a bogey at the seventh.
 
'Vijay gave me a nice, gentle start to the second round,' said Els, who won his eighth consecutive hole when Singh bogeyed the fifth. 'I was just trying to play and stay focused and hit the next shot. I don't know what he had for lunch, but he just didn't quite hit the ball the same.'
 
Singh responded with a win at the eighth after his second shot stopped six feet from the cup. Singh looked to continue his comeback at the par-3 10th but he missed the green off the tee.
 
While Els found the putting surface, Singh persisted and chipped in for a spectacular birdie. Moments later, Els, who had upwards of 40 feet to the hole, ran home the putt for the halve.
 
'Luckily I made that putt on 10,' said Els. 'That was a long putt and I just gave it a whack and it went in.'
 
Singh picked up another birdie at the 11th to win the hole and get to 3-down and he looked to capture another at the following hole. At the par-5 12th, Singh, with the sun in his eyes, hit his second shot within four feet of the cup.
 
Els did him one better.
 
The defending champion landed his approach inside Singh's, and both players converted their eagle putts to halve the hole.
 
'I started to come back but Ernie was also playing well and he didn't make too many mistakes,' said Singh.
 
Els increased his lead to 4-up with a birdie at the 13th and converted a six-foot putt for a par at the 14th to put the pressure on Singh.
 
Singh, who defeated Els in the final to win this event in 1997, had the same distance for a par of his own but he failed to convert, handing the match to Els.
 
The other semifinal match was much closer as Bjorn carried a 1-up lead heading to the par-5 18th.
 
Curtis, who won his first major title at the hands of Bjorn's late collapse at Royal St. George's this summer, never led on Saturday but Bjorn could not shake the American.
 
'Ben is a good player,' said Bjorn. 'He's got a great career ahead of him.'
 
Curtis hit his second shot to 12 feet at the 16th and Bjorn conceded the hole after an errant drive nestled against a fence.
 
Both players parred the 17th but Curtis could not keep up with Bjorn at the par-5 last.
 
Bjorn reached the green in two while Curtis played his second shot over the putting surface. Rather than trying to chip in and test Bjorn's putter, Curtis conceded the match allowing Bjorn to advance for a final showdown with Els on Sunday.
 
'Tomorrow will be a strange day for us in the sense that we are good friends and we see each other a lot outside the golf course,' said Bjorn. 'But I think we are going to put that aside and go out and do the best we can.'
 
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 2:30 pm

    Tiger Woods is under par in the final round of the 147th Open Championship and stalking the lead. We're tracking him on Sunday at Carnoustie.


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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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    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.”