GBI Dominates Singles Wins Seve Trophy

By Sports NetworkSeptember 25, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourBILLINGHAM, England -- Great Britain & Ireland won the Seve Trophy for a third straight time by taking six of the 10 singles matches from Continental Europe on Sunday and halving two more.
The win was secured before three pairings had even finished their matches when Thomas Levet conceded Bradley Dredge's par at the 17th hole to give GB&I a 15-10 lead.
Only 14 1/2 points are needed to win, and captain Colin Montgomerie's team ended with a 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 victory.
'I'm delighted, especially coming back the way we did,' said Montgomerie, whose team trailed 4-1 after the first day of four-ball on Thursday. 'To win the singles 7-3 was a real team effort.'
Montgomerie lost his match to Continental Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal, 2 and 1, in the first match play meeting between the pair since Olazabal beat the Scotsman in the final of the 1984 British Amateur.
Olazabal was happy with his win, which he clinched with a birdie at the 17th.
'I have to say it felt good,' he admitted.
But the Spaniard probably can't help but think his team squandered a chance for its first Seve Trophy since winning the inaugural event in 2000.
'It's something that doesn't feel good in the system,' said Olazabal, who assumed captain duties from injured countryman and trophy namesake Seve Ballesteros.
'But obviously I have to congratulate the Great Britain & Ireland team. They played better than we did.'
The captains were the third group to finish Sunday. But despite Olazabal's spirited win, the GB&I side only needed three more points to win at that point with seven pairings left on the course.
David Howell had already rolled to a 6 and 5 victory over Thomas Bjorn, while Paul Casey had already beaten Niclas Fasth 4 and 3. Montgomerie's side also scored points from Graeme McDowell's 5 and 4 win over Maarten Lafeber, Stephen Dodd's 2 and 1 victory against Jean-Francois Remesy and Paul McGinley's 1-up win over Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Continental Europe picked up its second singles win -- after the fact -- with Emanuele Canonica's 2 and 1 victory over Padraig Harrington.
The other two matches were halved: Englishman Ian Poulter parred 17 to square his match with Peter Hanson; and the final match of the day between Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Nick Dougherty ended when both players conceded birdies at 18.
Dredge was the only player in the field without a point entering the singles matches on Sunday. His clinching 2 and 1 victory over Levet should go a long way in helping him forget the penalty he incurred for having too many clubs in his bag during the second round of fourball matches on Friday.
The Welshman stepped up his game on Sunday, and Friday's mistake was more of an afterthought than anything else once GB&I wrapped things up.
'I practiced a bit and counted the clubs, things like that,' Dredge joked when asked what he did to improve his play after the first three days. 'You know, the basics.'
Levet had fallen 3-down to Dredge after missing a five-foot par putt at 13, but he won two of the next three holes to pull within 1-down. However, he pulled his tee shot into the left rough at the par-3 17th and didn't make the green until his third shot.
Dredge landed his tee shot within 22 feet, and after lipping out a birdie putt, he was conceded par for the win.
With his team needing just five points to win at the beginning of the day, Howell made a statement for GB&I by dominating Bjorn. He opened with an eagle at the par-5 first, made the turn at 2-up and moved 5-up with winning birdies at 10 and 12 and a winning par at 11.
The match was all but over at that point, but for good measure Howell rolled in a 4-foot putt at the 13th to clinch the 6 and 5 victory and give the GB&I team a 10 1/2 - 8 1/2 lead.
Casey took control of his match with Fasth by moving 4-up with a winning par at the 11th and a 3-foot birdie putt at the 12th. McDowell clinched his victory over Lafeber with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 14th.
Hanson and Poulter halved their match moments later to make the score 13-10, and Dodd and Remesy were the next to finish when Dodd rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at 17 for the win.
Remesy needed to make a tricky right-to-left putt to halve the hole, but he missed, leaving GB&I within just one-half point of winning.
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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.