Kite Surprising Leader at Booz Allen

By Sports NetworkJune 11, 2005, 4:00 pm
BETHESDA, Md. -- Tom Kite fired a 5-under 66 Saturday to move into the lead after three rounds of the Booz Allen Classic. Kite completed 54 holes at 10-under-par 203.
 
Tom Kite
Tom Kite, 55, has put himself in position to become the oldest winner ever on the PGA Tour.
Defending champion Adam Scott carded a 2-under 69, as did Lee Westwood and Steve Elkington, to move into a tie for second place at 9-under-par 204. They were joined there by Stuart Appleby (65), Luke Donald (67) and Ernie Els, who won the 1997 U.S. Open on Congressional Country Club's Blue Course.
 
Kite, who won the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, opened with a birdie on the third. He faltered to a bogey at the next however. The 19-time winner on the PGA Tour atoned for that error with a birdie on the par-4 fifth.
 
The 55-year-old Texan moved to 7 under with a birdie on the par-4 eighth at Congressional. Kite ran off three straight pars from the ninth.
 
Kite, who owns seven wins on the Champions Tour, birdied the par-5 15th to get to minus-8. He joined the leaders at 9 under with a birdie on 16. Kite birdied the par-3 closing hole to move one stroke clear of the field after 54 holes.
 
'Obviously, I'm just pleased to be making some putts and getting into contention,' said Kite. 'This is the only reason that I took this little challenge to come back and play the tour was to challenge myself and put myself in a position to see what I could do, to see if I had what it takes to contend, to have what it takes to possibly win a tournament.'
 
This is the last year Kite could use a one-year exemption for being in the top-50 on the PGA's all-time money list. His last win on the PGA came at the 1993 Los Angeles Open. The last time he held the 54-hole lead was at the 1997 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, where he tied for seventh.
 
'If I had not acted on the exemption, it's gone, so I decided to act on it,' Kite said. 'I truthfully did not know how many tournaments I would play on the PGA Tour versus the Champions Tour. I was shooting for about a 50/50 split or close to that.'
 
Scott played the front side in 1 over after a birdie on the sixth and bogeys at four and eight. The Australian moved back to 7 under with a birdie on the 10th. He closed with birdies on 15 and 18 to share second place.
 
Appleby, who owns six PGA Tour wins, got off to a fast start with birdies at one and two to move to minus-5. The Australian birdied the two front nine par-5s, Nos. 6 and 9, to get 7 under. The 34-year-old finished with birdies on 16 and 18 to end at minus-9.
 
Donald ran off three consecutive birdies from the par-4 fourth to jump to 8 under. He moved into a tie for the lead at minus-9 with a birdie on the ninth. The Englishman bogeyed the 13th, but ended with a birdie on 18 to finish at 9 under.
 
Westwood wrapped birdies at one and three around a bogey at the second. The Englishman birdied the par-3 seventh to get to 9 under. The 32-year-old tripped to a bogey at nine. Around the turn, he birdied the 13th before parring his final five holes.
 
Els, who owns 15 PGA Tour titles, had a hot front nine. He birdied the first, then carded back-to-back birdies from five to get to minus-9. The South African moved into a tie for the lead with a birdie on the ninth.
 
The 35-year-old stumbled to bogeys on 11 and 14 to slide back to 8 under. Els got one stroke back with a birdie on the par-5 15th to close a round of 3-under 68.
 
'I'm in a nice position. I played pretty well the front nine, and then on the back nine I got myself out of position a couple of times,' said Els. 'It cost me a couple of bogeys here and there, but I feel like I'm still swinging well. The putter is coming around nicely, so that's a good sign.'
 
Elkington, who won the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club, cruised out of the gate with four straight pars. He rolled in his first birdie putt at the fifth to get to 8 under.
 
The Australian posted seven consecutive pars around the turn. Elkington drained his second birdie attempt at the par-4 13th to get to 9 under. He parred his final five holes to close a bogey-free round.
 
Robert Allenby, the second-round leader, struggled to a 1-over 72. He shares eighth place at 8-under-par 205 with Alex Cejka, Ben Crane, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Rory Sabbatini, Brett Wetterich, Sergio Garcia and first-round leader Matt Gogel.
 
World No. 1 Vijay Singh posted a 3-under 68. He stands in a tie for 30th at 5-under-par 208.
 
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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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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

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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.”