Lowery Bullish at BC Open

By Sports NetworkJuly 19, 2003, 4:00 pm
ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Steve Lowery carded a 4-under 68 Saturday to grab a five-stroke lead after three rounds of the B.C. Open. Lowery has completed 54 holes at 20-under-par 196.
 
Alex Cejka (69) and John E. Morgan (68) share second place at 15-under-par 201. John Maginnes fired a 5-under 67 to grab a share of fourth place alongside David Gossett and Brett Quigley at 14-under-par 202.
 
Most of the field finished their second round earlier Saturday after five hours worth of weather delays on Friday. Action was also delayed Saturday at the outset due to fog.
 
Lowery, who tied Joey Sindelar's 36-hole scoring mark of 16-under-par 128, also matched the 54-hole scoring record of 196 set by Calvin Peete in 1982. Lowery will try to match Sindelar as the only wire-to-wire winners of this event.
 
The University of Alabama alum started slowly in the third round. He opened with seven consecutive pars before two-putting for birdie at the par-5 eighth.
 
'After back-to-back 64s, I just tried to stay patient on the front nine,' said Lowery. 'I made a good up-and-down on No. 9 to keep my momentum.'
 
Around the turn, Lowery began to heat up. He sank a six-foot birdie putt at the 11th and converted another birdie on 12 to make it two straight. He could not sustain that momentum, however, as he bogeyed the par-4 13th.
 
Lowery again sank back-to-back birdies from the 15th to climb to 20-under and extend his lead to five strokes.
 
'I'm going to come out very focused tomorrow and just play my game,' said Lowery, whose last win came at the 2000 Southern Farm Bureau Classic. 'I've been in this position before.'
 
Cejka began the third round four strokes behind Lowery and would have stayed in that position if not for a late bogey. He birdied the second before running off nine straight pars.
 
The 32-year-old matched Lowery's hot streak with his own birdies on 12 and 13. He climbed to 16-under with a birdie at No. 16. However, he bogeyed the final hole to drop five behind the leader.
 
'I am pleased with how I played,' Cejka said. 'I didn't putt well early on. I was hitting some good shots, but couldn't make a putt. I am five shots back, but tomorrow is the last day and anything could happen.'
 
Morgan also climbed to minus-16, but could not stay there. He ran off three straight birdies from the par-5 third, but the run was halted by a bogey at No. 6.
 
He again sank three birdies in a row from the eighth to get to minus-16. However, Morgan stumbled to a double-bogey at the 15th to drop off the pace. He did manage to birdie the final hole to get back within five shots.
 
Brian Henninger and Rod Pampling share seventh place at 13-under-par 203. Champions Tour player Craig Stadler heads a group one stroke further back at minus-12. Also in that group is Stephen Allan, Joel Edwards, David Frost and Robert Gamez.
 
Chris Downes, a Monday qualifier who posted the round of the afternoon at 8-under 64, and defending champion Spike McRoy are tied at 11-under-par 205. Five other players - Guy Boros, Glen Day, Carlos Franco, Per-Ulrik Johansson and Hank Kuehne - are also tied at minus-11.
 
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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.


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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