Levi Breaks Through for Win No 1

By Sports NetworkAugust 10, 2003, 4:00 pm
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Wayne Levi birdied the 72nd hole Sunday to break a logjam atop the leaderboard and win the 3M Championship by one stroke. Levi, who picked up his first Champions Tour title, finished the event at 11-under-par 205.
Morris Hatalsky and Gil Morgan each shot rounds of 4-under 68 to finish in a tie for second place at 10-under-par 206. Ben Crenshaw posted his best finish on the Champions Tour ending at 9-under-par 207. He was joined there by Graham Marsh and Bob Murphy.
Levi entered the final round at the TPC of the Twin Cities tied for second and playing in the next to last group. He rolled home a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-5 third and followed that with a chip-in birdie at the next.
After a string of pars, Levi dropped a shot at the par-4 ninth. He recovered that stroke around the turn with a birdie at the 11th.
He again stumbled to a bogey at the par-4 14th after his second shot found a greenside bunker. The 12-time winner on the PGA Tour responded with a birdie at the 16th. This moved him to 10 under and into a tie for the lead with three other golfers.
Levi calmly sank a four-foot birdie on the 18th hole for a round of 69. When no one else could birdie the last to tie him, the crown was Levi's.
'It took me longer than I figured it would to win again,' said Levi, who becomes the 20th winner in 21 Champions Tour events this season and picks up $262,500 for the win. 'I never doubted that I would. It's just a matter of time.'
Morgan, playing with Levi, could only manage a par on the final hole. He had opened with back-to-back birdies from the first and also birdied the sixth and 12th to move to minus-10. However, he could only par out.
'I couldn't make any birdies down the stretch,' said Morgan. 'I had several good putts on the back nine, but they just wouldn't go in.'
Hatalsky had problems on the back nine, but still had a chance to force a playoff. He notched four birdies on the front nine to move to 10 under.
However, he began the back nine with a double bogey at the 10th. He climbed back to 10 under with birdies at the 11th and 12th. Hatalsky again dropped a shot when he bogeyed the 14th but moved back to 10 under with a birdie at the 16th. He only managed to par the final two holes for a second place finish.
Crenshaw, whose last win came at the 1995 Masters, had taken the lead at 12 under but struggled down the stretch. He bogeyed the par-5 12th to drop into a share of the lead.
His problems continued as he double bogeyed the par-4 14th, which he had triple bogeyed on Saturday. He recovered one stroke with a birdie at the 15th to move back into a share of the lead, but he bogeyed the 16th to fall into a tie for fourth.
'I just had to execute on 14,' Crenshaw said. 'Its been a while since I had that feeling inside.'
Des Smyth vaulted up the leaderboard with a final-round, 6-under 66. He finished in a tie for seventh at 8-under-par 208 alongside Eamonn Darcy and Bill Rogers.
Don Pooley and overnight leader Tom Purtzer each had a chance to win, but late struggles cost them. Pooley bogeyed two of his last three holes, while Purtzer quadruple bogeyed the 17th to fall off the pace. They shared 10th place with Hugh Baiocchi, Dana Quigley, Jim Thorpe and D.A. Weibring at 7-under-par 209.
Hale Irwin, the 2002 champion, managed a 1-under 71 Sunday to finish the tournament at 2-under-par 214, in a tie for 40th.
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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

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

    Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.

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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.

    Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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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.”

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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1