GBI Continue to Roll in Spain

By Sports NetworkNovember 7, 2003, 5:00 pm
VALENCIA, Spain -- Lee Westwood and partner David Howell powered to a 5-and-3 victory over Thomas Bjorn and Sergio Garcia on Friday to lead the Great Britain & Ireland team to a 6 1/2 - 3 1/2 lead over Continental Europe after two days of the Seve Trophy.
Brian Davis and Paul Casey knocked off Continental Europe's Ignacio Garrido and Miguel Angel Jimenez for the second straight day, this time by the score of 2-up. Justin Rose and Ian Poulter got into the win column with a 3-and-1 conquest over Jose Maria Olazabal and Continental European captain Seve Ballesteros.
The Continental European team picked up a pair of wins on Friday. Raphael Jacquelin and Alex Cejka downed GB&I captain Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie. Fredrik Jacobson and Niclas Fasth overcame a strong back nine by Padraig Harrington to defeat he and partner Phillip Price, 1-up.
'Overall I am very satisfied with the way things are going,' said Montgomerie. 'My own personal results do not matter so much, just as they don't in the Ryder Cup. This is a team competition and the team winning is the main objective.
'I have a good set of lads here with me this week and I now have a problem because they are all buzzing and I will have to leave a couple out for tomorrow morning's greensomes matches and tomorrow afternoon's fourballs.'
Ballesteros knows his squad has not played their best, but still has three sets of matches to overcome their deficit.
'The day did not quite go as I had expected or hoped for but there are eight points to play for tomorrow,' said Ballesteros. 'These are important because I really think we need to get at least a couple of points back overall. I don't want to go into the singles on Sunday three points behind because I think that might be a little too much.'
Westwood birdied the first to grab a fast 1-up lead, but Garcia responded with a birdie on the par-5 third to square the match. Westwood, who also halved the second hole with a birdie, drained an eagle on No. 5 to regain a 1-up lead.
Howell then took over. He halved Garcia with a par on the sixth, then birdied the following two holes to give the English duo a 3-up lead. Westwood came back with birdies on the ninth and 11th to extend their lead to 5-up.
Garcia attempted to rally his duo from a 5-down disadvantage as he birdied the 14th. That was all he could do though, as Westwood sank his fifth birdie of the day on No. 15 to close out the 5-and-3 victory for the Englishmen. Bjorn has won just one hole over his first two matches.
'We have fitted well as a team, David has stepped in when I am not in the hole and vice versa, and as a result we are always going to be hard to beat playing like that,' said Westwood. 'We did the right things at the right time and that is what match play is all about.'
Montgomerie and Lawrie, who earned a 1/2 point on Thursday, grabbed a quick 2- up lead as Lawrie birdied the second before Monty birdie No. 3. Cejka closed the gap to 1-down with a birdie on the sixth.
The two teams each parred five consecutive holes around the turn. Jacquelin notched his first win of the day by birdieing the par-3 12th. Cejka then birdied each of the next two holes to give his duo a 2-up lead.
Two down with two holes to go, Monty and Lawrie both dropped their tee shots within 10 feet of the cup at the par-3 17th at Campo de Golf Parador El Saler. Lawrie's birdie try to extend the match did not fall and it was all up to Montgomerie.
His birdie effort lipped out giving the Continental European duo of Cejka and Jacquelin a 2-and-1 win.
'After yesterday's win, Seve asked us if we would like to play together again today and I told him we would,' Cejka said. 'We play well together, we get on well together and as a result we make a pretty good team.'
Davis and Casey took a 1-up lead on the second hole when Davis rolled in a birdie. The match then became a see-saw. Jimenez won the seventh to even the match, but Davis won the ninth to regain a 1-up lead.
Garrido evened the match again with a birdie on No. 10. Casey responded with a birdie at the very next hole and Jimenez squared the match with a birdie on the 13th.
Casey took over down the stretch. He halved the 15th with a birdie, then holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the 17th for a 1-up lead. Needing only to halve the final hole, Casey closed out the match in style with his sixth birdie of the day and a 2-up conquest.
'That shot at the 17th came just at the right time because I hadn't been putting the way I had wanted to, so to see the ball drop to go 1-up with one to play was very nice,' said Casey, a two-time winner this season. 'It was very tense out there. Ignacio and Miguel Angel have both played the Ryder Cup and they put up a tough fight yesterday and it was the same again today.'
The fourth match saw some of the best golf of the day. Jacobson won the second with a birdie, but Harrington squared the match with a birdie on No. 4. Fasth birdied two of the next three holes to give his duo a 2-up lead.
Price cut the deficit to 1-down with a birdie on No. 9. Jacobson however extended his team's lead to 2-up by birdieing the 11th.
From there, it was all Harrington but the Irishman's play was not enough to secure the win. He ran off three straight birdies from the 12th to give his duo a 1-up lead. Fasth evened the match with a birdie on the 14th and Jacobson moved his duo to 1-up with a win at the next.
Harrington extended the match with a par on 17. He then rolled in a birdie at the last in an attempt to gain a 1/2 point, but Fasth matched his birdie to give Fasth and Jacobson a 1-up win.
The English duo of Rose and Poulter jumped all over the Spaniards, Olazabal and Ballesteros. Poulter birdied No. 2 and Rose No. 3 for a quick 2-up lead. Rose made it 3-up when he birdied the fifth and Poulter stretched that lead to 4-up with a birdie at the eighth.
Rose gave the Englishmen a 5-up cushion when he birdied the 11th. The Spaniards would not quit though. Ballesteros won his first hole of the day, and just second of the event, with a par at the par-3 12th.
Olazabal birdied the next two holes to cut the deficit to 2-down. He maintained the 2-down deficit as he halved the following two holes with pars.
However, the Spaniards struggled on 17 and Poulter took advantage. He rolled in a birdie at the par-3 to secure a 3-and-1 victory.
'It was tough to come out and face those two after yesterday's thrashing but I thought we dove-tailed well together,' said Poulter. 'It is a long way back for anyone to come back from 5-down in an 18 hole match but I suppose if anyone is going to do it, it is Seve and Olly.'
Saturday's action will see morning greensomes and afternoon foursomes before the traditional 10 singles matches on Sunday. The greensomes have both players teeing off, they then choose the best drive and play alternate shot the remainder of the hole.
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    Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

    The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

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    “To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

    To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

    “You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

    For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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    Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

    “I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

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    Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

    “Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

    That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

    “You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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    "Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

    Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

    Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

    To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

    “It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

    Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

    • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
    • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
    • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


    “This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

    that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


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    Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 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 (