Els Two Back of Karlsson

By Sports NetworkSeptember 5, 2003, 4:00 pm
European TourCRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Defending champion Robert Karlsson carded a 4-under 67 on Friday to take the lead midway through the European Masters. He stands at 10-under-par 132 and owns a one-stroke lead over 2000 European Masters champion Eduardo Romero.
 
Ernie Els, who shared the first-round lead with Karlsson, posted a 2-under 69 in the second round and is tied for third place with Michael Campbell (67) and Trevor Immelman (66). The trio is knotted at 8-under-par 134 at the Alpine Course at Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre.
 
Karlsson trailed Els, Campbell and Immelman by two strokes when he teed off Friday but quickly matched the threesome in first. Karlsson birdied his first two holes to get into a tie for the lead but the Swede ran into problems later in his front nine.
 
Karlsson double bogeyed the par-3 third hole and bogeyed the fifth to fall well off the pace but the 34-year-old knew the course well enough to know that he was far from out of the tournament.
 
'I made a double-bogey-5 at the third hole but didn't let it worry me,' said Karlsson. 'You know there are plenty of birdie chances out there so you have to be patient and wait for things to happen.'
 
Karlsson collected birdies at seven and nine to get within one shot of the lead but assumed the top spot on the second nine. He birdied three holes in a row from the par-4 12th to sit atop the leaderboard after six consecutive rounds of this tournament.
 
'I haven't really thought about it,' said Karlsson, who went wire-to-wire last year. 'I have just gone out and played and enjoyed the course. It's easy to drop shots here so you have to take things as they come.'
 
Karlsson could have ridden a hot streak into the European Masters but struggled in the final round last week at the BMW International Open. He squandered the final-round lead in Germany but said on Friday that he would gladly give up his streak atop the leaderboard on Saturday to visit the winner's circle on Sunday.
 
'Frankly, I would be happy to lose the lead tomorrow just as long as I reclaimed it on Sunday night,' said Karlsson.
 
Romero, the 49-year-old Argentinean, did not look like someone getting ready to join the Champions Tour next summer. He mixed five birdies and a bogey on Friday to post a 4-under 67.
 
'I played fantastic, better than yesterday,' said Romero, who opened with a 66 on Thursday. 'I am hitting the ball very solidly and have a lot of confidence in what I am doing. I am playing better each day and I like my position for the weekend.'
 
Els tallied five birdies and three bogeys but is in solid position for his fourth win on the European Tour in 2003.
 
'I am still in it. I feel quite happy with the way things have gone and I am looking forward to the weekend.,' said Els, the second-ranked golfer in the world.
 
Campbell and Immelman are both carrying extra motivation into this week. Both missed out on automatic spots on the International Presidents Cup team and captain Gary Player did not select either to round out his squad.
 
'It is part of my motivation,' acknowledged Campbell. 'I want to try to win every tournament between now and the Presidents Cup to try to prove a point, not only to Gary but myself as well. That's the most important thing.'
 
Immelman, who grew up less than three hours from Fancourt, the site of the Presidents Cup, echoed Campbell's sentiments on Friday.
 
'Absolutely, I do feel I have a point to prove but more to myself,' said Immelman. 'The Presidents Cup was probably one of my biggest goals of the year. That was a bitter pill to swallow.'
 
Paul Eales (69), Peter Hedblom (68), Patrik Sjoland (68) and Richard Sterne (64) share sixth place at 7-under-par 135 followed by Brian Davis (66), Nathan Fritz (66) and Raphael Jacquelin (67), who are tied for 10th place at minus-6.
 
Sergio Garcia is in the hunt at 5 under par, while Colin Montgomerie is a shot behind Garcia at minus-4.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at even-par 142 and among the notable players who failed to advance to the weekend were 1999 European Ryder Cup captain Mark James and 2003 Volvo PGA Championship winner Ignacio Garrido.
 
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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.”