Hurst Blunder Gives Alfredsson Title

By Sports NetworkOctober 5, 2003, 4:00 pm
LINCOLN, Calif. -- Helen Alfredsson posted a 2-under 70 Sunday to win the Longs Drugs Challenge by one stroke. Alfredsson, who was able to win when Pat Hurst double-bogeyed the final hole, finished the event at 13-under-par 275.
Hurst's late double bogey cost her the win and dropped her into a tie for second. She shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 12-under-par 276 alongside Jung Yeon Lee (70), Se Ri Pak (70), Grace Park (69) and Rachel Teske (70).
The leaderboard was crowded all day at Lincoln Hills Club. Teske, Lee and Hurst all had the lead at one time or another.
Alfredsson was able to survive thanks to her bogey-free back nine. On the front side, she birdied the par-5 second from 12 feet out, but dropped shots at the fifth and ninth.
She was at 10 under heading to the back nine, trailing several players. The Swede began to make her move with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 11th. She came right back to convert consecutive short birdie putts from the 13th to move to minus-13. She had a chance for birdie at the last, but could not convert.
'I had a decent chance of making that putt, but I didn't hit it hard enough and it broke on me,' said Alfredsson.
At that point she held the lead, but Hurst would climb past her.
Hurst began the day at 10 under, one shot behind Alfredsson, her playing partner. Hurst birdied the second and fourth to grab share of the lead with Alfredsson.
Hurst, like Alfredsson, bogeyed the fifth. Hurst came back with a birdie at the eighth to get back to 12 under. She birdied the 10th and later birdied the 15th to get to 14 under, where she held a one-shot lead.
Hurst needed to par in to win. She was able to par Nos. 16 and 17, but the 18th was her downfall. She knocked a wedge onto the front of the green with her second, but four-putted to a double bogey.
'The first three putts were all downhill, so I thought they would be faster than what they were,' Hurst said. 'I had been missing some putts coming in, and it would have been good to have a cushion. I was hitting it close and nothing would fall. That kind of hurt more than 18.'
The double bogey gave Alfredsson her first win since the 1998 Welch's/Circle K Championship.
'When you haven't been playing well, you want it so much,' said Alfredsson, who picked up $150,000 for the win. 'If this is a dream, don't wake me up.'
Alfredsson, despite the win, had mixed emotions about the finish.
'I have mixed emotions, not for me but for somebody else,' said Alfredsson. 'I don't like to see the way Pat finished because she played so well. You wish you could win it outright, but not by someone missing like that.'
Karrie Webb fired a 4-under 68 to move into a tie for seventh. She was joined at 10-under-par 278 by Catriona Matthew (70) and Lorena Ochoa (69). Gloria Park finished one stroke further back at minus-9.
Ochoa made 19 of 20 cuts this season and with that earned the 2003 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award, beating out Young Kim and Suzann Pettersen.
'I'm very excited. This was one of my goals at the beginning of the year and it's nice to achieve your goals and be recognized for your efforts,' said Ochoa, the first rookie of the year from Mexico. 'It's been a hard year for me in many ways, but I'm super happy with the results.'
Cristie Kerr, the 2002 champion, stumbled to a 3-over 75. She finished at 1-under-par 287 in a tie for 35th.
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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  

    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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    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.”