GBI Closes Gap at Seve Trophy

By Sports NetworkSeptember 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourBILLINGHAM, England -- After his team fell behind 4-1 at the Seve Trophy on Thursday, Great Britain & Ireland captain Colin Montgomerie held a closed-door meeting.
It may have been what they needed, although the Scotsman probably would have liked an even better result.
Montgomerie's team won three of its five second-round fourball matches against Continental Europe on Friday -- and kept it close in a fourth -- to pull within 6-4 heading into the weekend.
'I gave them a bit of a rollicking last night and they came out and wanted to do well,' Montgomerie said, adding that his goal was to be tied after the morning greensomes on Saturday.
'I'll come up with some sort of idea about how to get back to level with them by Sunday,' he said.
Montgomerie and Graeme McDowell suffered a 3 and 2 loss against Thomas Bjorn and Henrik Stenson on Friday, one day after they finished with the only win for GB&I in the first round of fourball matches.
Continental Europe's other point came from Maarten Lafeber and Emanuele Canonica, who held on for a 2-up win over Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge in the last match to finish.
The other matches belonged to GB&I: Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington defeated Niclas Fasth and Peter Hanson 3 and 1; Paul Casey and David Howell rolled to a 5 and 4 win over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Continental Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal; and Ian Poulter and Nick Dougherty beat Jean-Francois Remesy and Thomas Levet, also by a 5 and 4 score.
'Those boys must have listened very carefully to what Monty said yesterday,' Olazabal said. 'They played really well.'
In the second group to tee off, Casey and Howell jumped out to a 5-up advantage over Jimenez and Olazabal after six holes. Their lead never fell below 4-up, and that foursome was the first to finish when they halved the 14th hole.
McGinley and Harrington closed out their 3 and 1 win moments later to temporarily knot things at 4-4. The duo needed only a two-putt from 25 feet at the par-three 17th, but Harrington finished things off with his fifth winning birdie of the day.
Bjorn and Stenson were the next to close things out when Bjorn birdied 16 to put them 3-up against Montgomerie and McDowell.
Earlier in that match, while the GB&I team played catch-up, Stenson literally caught up with the foursome ahead of his when he drove the green at the par- 4 13th hole. Jimenez needed to step over Stenson's line on the way to his own ball
The Swede's length was a problem for Montgomerie and McDowell all day.
'It's surprising -- for someone with that length, he's leading our stats in driving accuracy,' Montgomerie said. 'It's ridiculous. If his short game was tighter...he'd win every second event. I haven't seen anyone hit the ball as well and as long as that for many, many years.'
Poulter and Dougherty pulled the GB&I team within 5-4 when they closed out their 5 and 4 win over Remesy and Levet with a halve at the 14th hole.
That match got off to an exciting start at No. 1 when Remesy's 30-foot eagle putt was matched by Dougherty's own eagle putt for a halve. Poulter and Dougherty went on to win four of the next eight holes to make the turn 4-up.
Dodd and Dredge fell 1-down in their match with a forfeit at No. 1 when Dredge was found to have too many clubs in his bag. He removed an extra driver and went on to birdie two straight holes for a 1-up lead.
The match was even after 14, but the Continental Europeans went 1-up when Canonica chipped in for eagle at the par-4 15th. Needing a win at 18 for a halve, the GB&I duo both missed the green with their approach shots before Lafeber clinched the 2-up win with a birdie.
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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  

    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.