Lehman Looks to Ends Drought

By Sports NetworkOctober 9, 2004, 4:00 pm
Michelin Championship at Las VegasLAS VEGAS -- Tom Lehman fired a 6-under 66 Saturday on Bear's Best to move one shot clear of the field through three rounds of the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. Lehman completed 54 holes at 17-under-par 198.
 
Andre Stolz posted a 7-under 65 on the TPC at Summerlin to move into a share of second place at 16-under-par 199. Dicky Pride, who also played Summerlin, joined Stolz in second place with a 66.
 
Lehman began his day on the 10th tee at Bear's Best and dropped his second shot within 4 feet to setup birdie on his first hole. He got up-and-down for birdie from a greenside bunker at the par-5 12th to move to minus-13.
 
The 45-year-old stumbled to a three-putt bogey at the 14th. Lehman came right back with an 8-foot birdie putt at 15. He made it two in a row as his second to the 16th came to rest 3 feet from the hole.
 
Lehman, whose last win came at the 2000 Phoenix Open, two-putted for birdie on No. 17 to make it three straight, which got him to 15 under.
 
Around the turn, Lehman rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt at the first. At the next, he stuck his third shot to the par-5 within a foot of the hole to make it two in a row.
 
The 1996 British Open champion tripped to a bogey at the fourth. He atoned for that mistake and grabbed the overnight lead with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 eighth.
 
'I hit the ball extremely well,' said Lehman, who owns five PGA Tour titles. 'I drove it well so I reached the par-5s easily. Winning would help me renew the belief in myself. If you don't take advantage of your good shots, you're beating your head against the wall.'
 
Stolz, like Pride, started on the 10th tee at Summerlin. He dropped in a 6-footer for birdie at the 11th and came back with a 20-foot birdie putt at the next. The 34-year-old Stolz made it three straight as he two-putted for birdie from 40 feet out at the 13th.
 
The Australian birdied the 15th, but stumbled to a bogey at 17 to slip back to minus-12. Stolz ran in a 30-foot eagle putt at the third. He closed with birdies on seven and nine to share second place.
 
'It was a pretty awesome start. I hit some good shots,' said Stolz. 'When I play well, I play really well and when I play bad, I really play bad.'
 
Pride was steady out of the gate with five straight pars. He drove the green at the 15th and two-putted for birdie. He again two-putt for birdie at the next to move to 12 under.
 
The 1994 FedEx St. Jude Classic winner dropped a 9-iron 4 feet from the cup at the 18th, his ninth, for his third birdie. At the fourth, Pride ran home a 30-footer for birdie, but faltered to a three-putt bogey at the next.
 
Pride sank a 15-foot birdie try at the sixth. He closed with birdies at eight and nine to get within one shot of Lehman.
 
'I was really pleased finishing with two birdies,' Pride said. 'I actually had a lot of birdie putts that just didn't go in.'
 
Second-round leader J.L. Lewis managed a 1-under 70 at TPC at The Canyons, the third of the three courses being used for the opening three rounds. He stands alongside Bob Estes (68), Olin Browne (69), Tim Petrovic (68), Duffy Waldorf (69), Greg Chalmers (64) and Harrison Frazar (68) in fourth place at 15-under-par 200.
 
Phil Mickelson withdrew before Saturday's third round, citing illness. Mickelson shot 68-66 his first two rounds.
 
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    The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 16, 2018, 9:30 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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    John Deere purse payout: Kim wins a million

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 16, 2018, 9:07 am

    Michael Kim won his first PGA Tour event, and with it, over $1 million. Here's how the purse was paid out at the John Deere Classic.

    1 Michael Kim -27 $1,044,000
    T2 Francesco Molinari -19 $382,800
    T2 Joel Dahmen -19 $382,800
    T2 Sam Ryder -19 $382,800
    T2 Bronson Burgoon -19 $382,800
    6 Harold Varner, III -18 $208,800
    T7 Kevin Streelman -16 $168,780
    T7 John Huh -16 $168,780
    T7 Chad Campbell -16 $168,780
    T7 Keith Mitchell -16 $168,780
    T7 Andres Romero -16 $168,780
    T12 Scott Brown -15 $117,450
    T12 Steve Wheatcroft -15 $117,450
    T12 Tyler Duncan -15 $117,450
    T12 Matt Jones -15 $117,450
    T16 Zach Johnson -14 $81,366
    T16 Mackenzie Hughes -14 $81,366
    T16 Whee Kim -14 $81,366
    T16 Parker McLachlin -14 $81,366
    T16 Seamus Power -14 $81,366
    T16 David Hearn -14 $81,366
    T16 Johnson Wagner -14 $81,366
    T23 Dominic Bozzelli -13 $48,886
    T23 Joaquin Niemann -13 $48,886
    T23 John Merrick -13 $48,886
    T23 Chris Kirk -13 $48,886
    T23 Richy Werenski -13 $48,886
    T23 Derek Fathauer -13 $48,886
    T23 Fabian Gomez -13 $48,886
    T30 Patton Kizzire -12 $36,830
    T30 Jason Bohn -12 $36,830
    T30 Chris Stroud -12 $36,830
    T30 Robert Garrigus -12 $36,830
    T34 Hunter Mahan -11 $27,453
    T34 C.T. Pan -11 $27,453
    T34 John Senden -11 $27,453
    T34 Vaughn Taylor -11 $27,453
    T34 Austin Cook -11 $27,453
    T34 J.J. Henry -11 $27,453
    T34 Nick Taylor -11 $27,453
    T34 Cody Gribble -11 $27,453
    T34 Denny McCarthy -11 $27,453
    T43 Nick Hardy -10 $18,096
    T43 Dylan Meyer -10 $18,096
    T43 Troy Merritt -10 $18,096
    T43 Steve Stricker -10 $18,096
    T43 Patrick Rodgers -10 $18,096
    T43 Ricky Barnes -10 $18,096
    T43 Blayne Barber -10 $18,096
    T50 Tom Lovelady -9 $13,990
    T50 Kevin Tway -9 $13,990
    T50 Hudson Swafford -9 $13,990
    T50 Stuart Appleby -9 $13,990
    T50 Corey Conners -9 $13,990
    T55 Conrad Shindler -8 $13,108
    T55 Ryan Moore -8 $13,108
    T55 Ryan Blaum -8 $13,108
    T55 Andrew Landry -8 $13,108
    T55 Matt Atkins -8 $13,108
    T60 Nick Watney -7 $12,644
    T60 Lanto Griffin -7 $12,644
    T60 Sam Saunders -7 $12,644
    T63 Mark Wilson -6 $12,354
    T63 Kelly Kraft -6 $12,354
    T65 Benjamin Silverman -4 $12,006
    T65 Arjun Atwal -4 $12,006
    T65 Brett Stegmaier -4 $12,006
    T65 J.T. Poston -4 $12,006
    T69 Nicholas Lindheim -3 $11,658
    T69 Tommy Gainey -3 $11,658
    71 Kris Blanks -2 $11,484
    MDF Chesson Hadley -3 $11,136
    MDF Bill Haas -3 $11,136
    MDF David Lingmerth -3 $11,136
    MDF George McNeill -3 $11,136
    MDF Martin Flores -3 $11,136
    MDF Ryan Palmer -2 $10,730
    MDF Sean McCarty -2 $10,730
    MDF Andrew Putnam -1 $10,556
    MDF D.J. Trahan E $10,440
    MDF Brian Stuard 1 $10,324
    MDF Brendon de Jonge 3 $10,208
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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 16, 2018, 9:00 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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    Davies wins by 10 on 'best ball-striking round'

    By Associated PressJuly 16, 2018, 1:53 am

    WHEATON, Ill. - Laura Davies immediately recognized the significance of having her name inscribed on the first U.S. Senior Women's Open trophy.

    It might be a long time before anyone secures the title as emphatically as Davies did.

    Davies went virtually unchallenged in Sunday's final round of the inaugural USGA championship for women 50 and older, claiming the title by 10 strokes over Juli Inkster.

    ''It's great seeing this (trophy) paraded down for the very first time and I get my name on it first, you know?'' Davies said. ''This championship will be played for many years and there will only be one first winner - obviously a proud moment for me to win that.''

    The 54-year-old Davies shot a 5-under 68 to finish at 16-under 276 at Chicago Golf Club.

    It was the English player's 85th career win, and she felt the pressure even though her lead was rarely in danger.

    ''I haven't won for eight years - my last win was India, 2010,'' Davies said. ''So that's the pressure you're playing under, when you're trying to do something for yourself, prove to yourself you can still win.

    ''So this ranks highly up there. And obviously it's a USGA event. It's hard comparing tournaments, but this is very high on my list of achievements.''

    A 7-under 66 Saturday provided Davies with a five-shot lead over Inkster and what she said would be a sleepless night worrying about the pressure.


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    The World Golf Hall of Famer widened her advantage early Sunday when she birdied the par-5 second hole and Inkster made bogey. Davies said a par she salvaged at the 10th was another turning point.

    ''It wasn't the greatest hole I ever played, but I think that, to me, was when I really started to think I might have one hand on the trophy and just had to get the other one in there.''

    Inkster shot an even-par 73. England's Trish Johnson also shot 73 to finish third, 12 shots back.

    ''I mean, she was absolutely spectacular this week,'' Johnson said about Davies. ''I've played against her for 35 years. Yesterday was the best I have ever seen her play in her entire career.

    ''She just said walking down 18 it was best ball-striking round she ever had. Considering she's won 85 tournaments, that's quite some feat.''

    Danielle Ammaccapane was fourth and Yuko Saito finished fifth. Martha Leach was the top amateur, tying for 10th at 6-over 298.

    Davies plans to play in the Women's British Open next month, and called this win a confidence-booster as she continues to compete against the younger generation. She finished tied for second at the LPGA's Bank of Hope Founders Cup earlier this year.

    ''You build up a little bit of momentum, and a golf course is a golf course,'' Davies said. ''Sometimes the field strength is a little bit different, but in your own mind if you've done something like this, 16 under for four rounds around a proper championship course, it can't do anything but fill you full of confidence.''