Kite Soaring in Windy Hawaii

By Sports NetworkOctober 11, 2003, 4:00 pm
KAHUKU, Hawaii -- Tom Kite fired a 5-under 67 Saturday in windy conditions to take the lead through two rounds of the Turtle Bay Championship. Kite finished 36 holes at 6-under-par 138, two shots clear of Rex Caldwell.
 
'It was a little bit of a guessing game with the wind,' said Kite whose last win came one year ago at the Napa Valley Championship. 'It has blown every day since I've been here though. I don't think we'll see it calm down tomorrow either.'
 
Hale Irwin, the three-time defending champion, struggled to a 1-over 73. He shares third place with Dana Quigley at 3-under-par 141. Joe Inman is one stroke further back at minus-2.
 
Kite opened his round on the Palmer Course at the Turtle Bay Resort three shots behind Irwin, Caldwell and Quigley, who shared the first round lead. Kite fell farther off the pace as he three-putted for bogey at the par-4 second.
 
He rebounded with a tap-in birdie at the next hole and came back to birdie the par-4 fifth from 20 feet out. Kite closed out his opening nine with a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth.
 
Kite made his move on the back nine. He chipped in for birdie on the 11th to grab the outright lead and followed with another birdie on No. 12 to extend his lead. The 54-year-old moved to 6-under with a 10-foot birdie putt at the 14th.
 
However, he dropped a shot on the par-3 15th when his tee shot carried over the green. He stretched his lead back to two shots as he birdied the par-5 closing hole from 15 feet out.
 
'I've been playing well and I'm starting to make some putts,' said Kite, who owns six Champions Tour wins. 'I really feel like my putting stroke is very, very good, very solid. I know exactly what I'm trying to do. There's just a question of whether I do it or not.'
 
Caldwell stumbled out of the gate with a bogey at the first. He came back with a birdie on No. 3, but followed with a bogey at the next when his tee ball found water. He remained in the lead at that point at minus-3 with several other players.
 
As Kite was taking charge, Caldwell rolled off six straight pars. He dropped a stroke at the 11th to fall back to minus-2. Caldwell was able to climb back into a share of second place with birdies on the 14th and 18th to close out an even-par round of 72.
 
'It was tough out there as you can see by the scores,' Caldwell said. 'You try to play the best you can out there with the conditions. The wind blew a lot harder today than it did yesterday.'
 
Ed Fiori, Bob Gilder, James Mason and Tom Purtzer share sixth place at 1-under-par 143. D.A. Weibring, Butch Sheehan, Jim Colbert, Dick Mast and Lonnie Nielson are one stroke further back at even-par.
 
Graham Marsh, who is tied for 20th at 2-over-par 146, made tournament history on Saturday. He recorded the first hole-in-one in tournament history at the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay on the 140-yard eighth hole. It was the ninth of his career.
 
Marsh gained some company later in the day when Bob Murphy aced the fourth hole with a 6-iron. This marked the fourth time this season that there have been two holes-in-one in one round.
 
Jan Stephenson, a member of the LPGA Tour playing on a sponsor's exemption, had more trouble on Saturday. She stumbled to a 12-over 84 and is 20-over par for the tournament. She carded six bogeys and two double-bogeys on Saturday.
 

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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.”