Gilder Beats Irwin in Playoff

By Sports NetworkJuly 21, 2002, 4:00 pm
CHICAGO, IL -- Bob Gilder defeated Hale Irwin on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday to win the SBC Senior Open. The victory was the third on the 50-and-over circuit for Gilder, who won twice last year en route to the Senior Tour's 2001 Rookie of the Year award.
He earned the $217,500 first prize with a stress-free two-putt par at the par-5 18th. The pressure was off because Irwin, who closed with a flawless 66 to tie Gilder in regulation, made a mess of the extra hole to drop his playoff record to 0-4 on the Senior Tour.
Both players started the playoff by driving into the same bunker right of the 18th fairway. After Gilder knocked his second shot out onto a grassy slope, Irwin chose a more lofted club in order to clear the bunker lip.
But the wind caught Irwin's ball and blew it right, and he watched as it bounced high off a cart path and landed in very high grass.
It was all downhill from there for Irwin, who slid his club underneath the ball with his third shot, advancing it just a couple of feet forward. A frustrated Irwin then slashed his fourth shot out of the grass and his ball ran the full width of the fairway before diving into the water guarding the left side.
He dropped his fifth, then hit his sixth shot fairly close to the pin. Gilder played his third shot from a side hill lie onto the green and two-putted from across the putting surface to seal the win.
'Hale got a bad bounce in the playoff and got it up in the hay,' said a sympathetic Gilder. 'I had something like that happen to me in the Western Open. You hate to have that happen in a playoff.'
Irwin, the Senior Tour's all-time victory leader with 34 wins, including three in this event, posted his fourth runner-up finish of the season. He has also won twice in 2002 and remained high atop the season money list with $1,683,306. Doug Tewell is currently second in earnings with $1,235,322.
Sunday's was the first playoff in the 14-year history of the SBC Senior Open.
Irwin was five shots back of Gilder heading into the day but birdied four of the first 11 holes to tie for the lead at 10-under. Gilder, playing in the final pairing four groups behind Irwin, three-putted from 18 feet for bogey at the seventh and was one-over for the day at the turn.
Birdies at the 13th and 17th gave Irwin the clubhouse lead at 12-under 204. Gilder, who got up and down out of a bunker for birdie at the par-five 11th, drained a 15-foot birdie putt at the 16th to draw even with Irwin.
With a chance to avoid extra holes with a birdie at 18 in regulation, Gilder lipped out his 10-foot attempt.
'Best putt I hit all day,' said Gilder, who shot a final-round 71. He seized the lead with a course-record 63 in Saturday's second round.
Gilder moved to 2-0 in career playoffs. The last of his six PGA Tour victories came at the 1983 Phoenix Open after an eight-hole playoff with Johnny Miller, Mark O'Meara and Rex Caldwell.
'I feel pretty good in playoffs,' Gilder admitted. 'I guess I get lucky.'
Bruce Fleisher, a SBC Senior Open runner-up in 1999 and 2000, carded a six- under 66 to grab third place at 10-under-par 206. Australian Rodger Davis (70) finished alone in fourth at minus-nine.
Terry Mauney (71), John Mahaffey (72), Tom Wargo (72) and Dick Mast (72) shared fifth place at eight-under par. First-round leader Ted Goin (70) wound up in a five-way tie for ninth at seven-under 209.
This tournament, a fixture in the Chicago area for 12 years, was hosted for the first time this year by the Port Course at Harborside International, a links-like facility just 15 minutes from downtown. Stonebridge Country Club was the site from 1991 until 1995, followed by Kemper Lakes Golf Club from 1996 to 2001.
Full field scores from the SBC Senior Open
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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.