Hansen Moves Out Front

By Sports NetworkOctober 11, 2003, 4:00 pm
HILVERSUM, Netherlands -- Soren Hansen posted a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take the 54-hole lead of the Dutch Open. He stands at 11-under-par 199 and owns a one-shot lead over Marten Lafeber, who matched the lowest round of the tournament with a third-round 64.
 
Jamie Donaldson and Gary Murphy each carded rounds of 3-under 67 on Saturday to share third place at 9-under-par 201.
 
Hansen did nothing on the front nine but collect his second bogey in three rounds at the par-4 fourth hole. It was his play on the back nine that sent the Denmark native to the top of the leaderboard.
 
He birdied the 10th and 12th holes to get within two shots of Lafeber, who was already in the clubhouse at 10 under par. Hansen drained a 25-footer for birdie at the 14th and added another long birdie putt at the next hole to match Lafeber in first.
 
Hansen used an iron off the tee at the short par-4 17th and knocked his approach to inches. He tapped in for birdie and went to the par-5 closing hole at Hilversumsche Golf Club with a chance at a two-shot lead and a 29 on the back side.
 
At the 18th, Hansen found the fairway off the tee and had a good chance of reaching the green with his second. That approach sailed right and found a greenside bunker. Hansen had very little green to work with and blasted out to 10 feet. The putt was never on line and instead Hansen settled for a one-shot lead.
 
'The putts were dropping on the back nine and they weren't on the front nine, and that was the difference really,' said Hansen. 'Today, driving was so easy for me. If you do that around here on this course, you're doing fine.'
 
Hansen broke through with his first victory at last year's Irish Open and it looked like bigger things were ahead. But in 2003, Hansen has only collected two top-10s, but is in a good position for his first trip to the winner's circle this year.
 
'It has been a strange year as I have put myself in contention a lot of times and then dropped back,' admitted Hansen. 'It has been painful sometimes but you learn from your mistakes and I am a little closer to where I was last year in the summer. My game is slowly turning around and the second win will be lovely. If it doesn't happen tomorrow I am sure it will in the future.'
 
Lafeber had the opposite round of Hansen on Saturday as he flew out of the gate with back-to-back birdies at one and two. He added four birdies in a five-hole span from the sixth but fell from there.
 
Lafeber squandered chances for birdie at the par-5 12th and a short putt at the 15th. He did not take advantage of the par-5 closing hole but matched the lowest round of the tournament with a 6-under 64.
 
'I parred the last eight holes but I hoped to pick one or two shots, especially on the 12th and 18th,' said Lafeber, who has a chance to become the first home winner of the Dutch Open since Joop Ruhl in 1947.
 
Lafeber is still in search of his first win on the European Tour and where better than his home country.
 
'It would be huge to win tomorrow especially as it would be my first win and as a pro you want to win your home tournament,' said Lafeber. 'But it will be a long day tomorrow and there are a lot of guys behind me so it will be an interesting day. What I wanted today was to give myself a chance for tomorrow, which I have done.'
 
Fredrik Andersson eagled the last hole to shoot a 1-under 69 and is tied for fifth with Steen Tinning (69), Nicolas Colsaerts (66) and David Park (67) at minus-8.
 
Fredrik Widmark, the overnight leader, was 7 over par after his first 11 holes but collected two birdies on the way into the clubhouse. He shot a 5-over 75 and is part of a group tied for 25th place at 4-under-par 206.
 
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 2:30 pm

    Tiger Woods is under par in the final round of the 147th Open Championship and stalking the lead. We're tracking him on Sunday at Carnoustie.


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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.


    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 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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    Schauffele just fine being the underdog

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

    Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

    Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


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    “Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

    Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

    “All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”