Europe Dominates Foursomes Again

By Sports NetworkSeptember 13, 2003, 4:00 pm
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Europe claimed three of four points in Saturday's foursomes matches to extend their lead at the Solheim Cup. The European side owns a 7 1/2 - 4 1/2 advantage at Barsebck Golf & Country Club.
Annika Sorenstam and Carin Koch avenged their loss Friday afternoon by beating Heather Bowie and Wendy Ward, 3 and 2, on Saturday.
The Swedish duo lost 1-up in a Friday fourball match against Juli Inkster and Beth Daniel for their first loss as a team in two Solheim Cups, but the hometown favorites claimed their revenge Saturday morning.
The match was close through the front nine but the Europeans won three holes out of four around the turn. The Americans got one back at 14 thanks to a European bogey but the match ended when Sorenstam and Koch parred No. 16.
'I think our game really fits this type of format,' said Sorenstam. 'Carin and I get along so well. If I didn't hit it good, then she would hit it good. It was fun to win.'
Sorenstam and Koch might have benefited from the huge crowds that have gathered at Barsebck. There are 30,000 tickets sold for Saturday's action and aside from cheering on their countrywomen, the galleries were treated to some exciting golf Saturday morning, which was enhanced by strong winds kicking up around the course.
The young European tandem of Elisabeth Esterl and Iben Tinning halved their match with Solheim Cup rookie and U.S. Women's Open runner-up Angela Stanford and Michele Redman.
In the anchor match, Meg Mallon and Kelly Robbins went the full 18 holes with the Scottish duo of Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie. The teams halved their match as neither could cash in on birdie tries at the last.
The first match of the day went to the Europeans. Suzann Pettersen ran her record in this year's competition to 3-0 as she and Sophie Gustafson bested the American pair of Cristie Kerr and Kelli Kuehne, 2 and 1.
Esterl and Tinning took a 1-up lead when the rookie Stanford missed a two- footer to halve the 14th but Tinning missed a slightly longer putt at 15 that squared the match.
Stanford atoned for the mishap at 14 when she sank a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole to reclaim a 1-up advantage but that was quick lived. Esterl, a 27-year-old German, knocked the team's approach to inches at the 17th. The U.S. conceded her birdie then missed their putt to see the match evened up on 18.
Tinning left the team's second shot 45 feet short of the hole at 18 while Stanford hit her's 15 feet below the cup. Esterl blew the birdie try four feet past while Redman lagged her birdie putt close enough the Europeans gave the Americans their par. Tinning stroked home the tester and earned the half point.
'It was great match,' said Redman. 'We both played great, the Europeans played great. We had a tough match out there today.'
Saturday morning's final match saw the U.S. pull even at the par-5 12th when the Europeans made a mess of the hole. Europe reclaimed a 1-up lead at the next hole when Moodie converted on a three-footer for birdie.
Moodie missed a 15-footer for par at the 15th and Robbins ran home a four-footer to square the match. Matthew knocked the team's third shot at the par-5 16th to five feet to set up birdie but before Moodie holed the putt, Robbins knocked in an 18-footer to halve the hole and move to No. 17.
The Americans looked to be in trouble at 17 when Mallon missed the green right with the team's approach. Robbins' chip hit the stick and settled inches from the cup for the conceded par. Matthew sank a three-footer for par of their own and it was on to 18 with the match all-square.
Neither Robbins nor Moodie hit spectacular approaches to No. 18, with Robbins 35 feet short of the hole and Moodie about 10 feet closer. Mallon struck a good putt and was conceded par while Matthew left around two feet for their team's par.
Robbins and Mallon conceded the tricky putt and each team left with a half point.
'We would have liked to get a full point out of this but that was a tough match,' said Mallon. 'We know what happens here. It's important this afternoon to get some points on the board and then it's all about tomorrow.'
Pettersen and Gustafson went 3-up after a birdie at 12 but Kerr and Kuehne clawed back into the match. Kuehne and Kerr each holed birdie putts at 13 and 14 to get 1-down but Pettersen shut the door on the match with an eight-foot birdie putt at the 15th.
'You have to stay in there and take it shot by shot,' said Pettersen. 'Every putt is important.'
There are four fourball matches Saturday afternoon then 12 singles matches on Sunday. The U.S., as defending champions, need 14 points to retain the Solheim Cup while Europe needs 14 1/2 to win it.
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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  

    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; or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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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.

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    Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

    According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

    Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.

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    Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

    Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

    And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

    Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.