Gore Caps Off Wild Week With Victory

By Sports NetworkAugust 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourOMAHA, Neb. -- If fans of the PGA Tour didn't know Jason Gore's name already, they will now.
Gore rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to edge Roger Tambellini for the Cox Classic title, winning his third straight start and earning a 'battlefield promotion' to the PGA Tour.
Jason Gore
With his third win of the season, Jason Gore earned the PGA Tour's coveted Battlefield Promotion.
'It's pretty cool, pretty cool,' said a teary-eyed Gore, who shot an 8-under 63 Sunday to end the tournament at 23-under-par 261. 'Six months ago I was ready to hang it up...shows you that golf is a great game.'
Gore, who made a name for himself by playing in the final group on Sunday during this year's U.S. Open, added to his growing 'underdog' legend by firing a 59 in the second round Friday.
It was only the third 59 shot on the Nationwide Tour -- and just the seventh in the history of the four major United States professional golf tours. Fans tend to notice that kind of thing, and from the start of Sunday's final round it was clear Gore, who began the round four strokes behind overnight leader Scott Peterson, was a fan-favorite.
'I felt like I was at the U.S. Open,' Gore said of the response. 'It was incredible.'
The battlefield promotion goes to a Nationwide Tour player who wins three times in a single season. The last player to earn the battlefield was Tom Carter in 2003. Gore was the third player to earn the battlefield by winning the Cox Classic. Chris Smith, in 1997, and Heath Slocum, in 2001, were the first two players to earn the battlefield with a win here.
Tambellini fired a 7-under 64 in his final round to tie Gore at 23-under-par. But after making par from the rough on the first playoff hole, he could only muster par again from 12 feet on the second.
And that wasn't good enough, because Gore had landed inside Tambellini and five feet from the cup after a clutch iron shot from the rough. The crowd roared when he drained his birdie putt, and the 31-year-old was off to the PGA Tour.
'Let's go see what we can do,' said Gore, who earned $112,500 with the win.
John Mallinger, Jon Mills and Peterson finished four strokes off the pace at 19-under-par 265. Peterson shot even-par 71 Sunday and watched his overnight lead slip away to Gore early in the day.
Gore put together a string of eight consecutive birdies from the third to the 10th to quickly take over the final round lead at minus-23.
The streak ended at the par-4 11th, where he left himself with a long birdie putt after flying an 8-iron 20 feet past the hole.
Gore was still 8 under on the day when he arrived at No. 15 needing to go minus-four on his last four holes to shoot 59 again. But he missed a birdie putt there before converting his fifth straight par to remain at 23 under for the tournament.
Things began to change at the 16th, a long par-3 that Gore had played 1-over during the first three rounds. His tee shot found the left side of the green -- a good distance from which to make par, at least -- but Gore missed his birdie putt to the right and then lipped his par putt out to end with a bogey and drop to minus-22.
'One didn't break, and the other broke too much,' said Gore.
Meanwhile, Tambellini was right on the leader's heels.
As Gore found the middle of the fairway with a long drive at the par-5 17th and then pushed a 9-iron right of the green, Tambellini quietly made birdie at the 16th to move into a tie at 22 under.
Gore missed another birdie putt at the 17th after chipping up nicely from the rough. That left him with the tough 440-yard, par-4 18th as another chance to gain some breathing room on Tambellini again.
Players weren't making many birdies at No. 18, including Gore. He collected pars there in his first three rounds.
But after Tambellini reached the 17th green in two and came up short on an eagle putt, Gore lined up for a birdie putt at 18 with a chance to take a brief lead.
He rolled the putt home with momentum to spare, pumping his right fist in the air as the crowd cheered his 23 under score.
Back at the 17th, Tambellini heard the roar. But he showed his composure by sinking a birdie putt to tie Gore heading to the last. Then, at the 18th, he left himself with work for a par, but showed composure again by making the knee-knocker to force the playoff.
Steve LeBrun finished alone in sixth place at 18-under-par 266, while Bill Haas ended one stroke further back for seventh. LeBrun was minus-1 in his final round, one day after holing out from the fairway for eagle at Nos. 17 and 18 to climb into second place.
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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 GolfChannel.com.  

    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; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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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.