Maruyama Moves to the Front

By Sports NetworkOctober 17, 2003, 4:00 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Shigeki Maruyama fired an 8-under 64 on Friday to take a commanding lead midway through the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. He stands at 15-under-par 129 and is five ahead of Brad Faxon at Forest Oaks Country Club.
Stephen Ames (71) and Paul Gow (69) share third place at 9-under-par 135, followed by Jonathan Byrd (70), Dicky Pride (70), Tom Carter (66) and Tom Byrum (68), who are tied for fifth place at minus-8.
Maruyama started on the back nine Friday and parred his first three holes. After that Maruyama went on a birdie tear, starting at the 13th when he drained a 12-footer.
He added an eight-foot birdie at the 14th, a tap-in birdie at 15 and completed four birdies in a row with an amazing second shot at the par-4 16th. Maruyama nailed a 4-iron into the wind from 204 yards to three feet to set up birdie.
Maruyama dropped his first shot of the tournament at the 18th but his play on the front nine extended his lead. At the first, Maruyama hit a sand-wedge that spun to 20 feet but he canned the putt for his fifth birdie of the round. He made it two in a row at the par-five second when his second missed the green short but his chip stopped a foot from the cup.
Maruyama once again used fine wedge play to make birdie. At the fifth, his sand-wedge from 95 yards stopped three feet from the hole to set up birdie. He birdied the seventh and knocked his third to two feet at the par-5 ninth to miss Jesper Parnevik's 1999 36-hole record by a shot.
'I knew I was leading and I was just trying to get another stroke lead,' said Maruyama, referring to his play at No. 9. 'I was happy and excited to finish the round that way.'
Maruyama has struggled since a neck injury hampered his play the last two years. He hasn't won since the Byron Nelson Classic last season but a change in clubs has brought him back to his old form.
'I changed to a lighter club, a lighter shaft, actually,' said Maruyama. 'Tiger Woods, the big players, they are using the same shaft as I used to use, so I got a lighter shaft for my swing.'
Faxon was 1 under par after a bogey at No. 10 but his play after the hiccup propelled him into second place. He knocked an 8-iron to 10 feet to set up birdie at the 11th, then made it back-to-back birdies with an 18-footer.
At the 14th, Faxon hit a 7-iron to seven feet for birdie and closed his round of 5-under 67 with a tap-in birdie at the par-5 15th.
Faxon was philosophic about his chance of catching Maruyama.
'If he shoots 15 more under I don't think he can be caught,' admitted Faxon, a Red Sox fan who donned their cap during Friday's round. 'Who knows? Certainly five shots is a big lead after two days, but we're only halfway.'
Peter Jacobsen, the overnight leader, struggled to a 2-over 74 on Friday. He is tied for ninth place with Geoff Ogilvy (69), Dave Stockton, Jr. (69), K.J. Choi (69), Per-Ulrik Johansson (66), Jay Haas (68), Matt Gogel (67) and David Sutherland (66). That group stands at 7-under-par 137.
David Toms, a two-time winner this season on tour, was tied for third place after Thursday's opening round but, like Jacobsen, played poorly on Friday. He shot a 2-over 74 and is part of a group tied for 24th place at 5-under-par 139.
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-under-par 143 and the biggest player to miss the cut was Davis Love III. Love, a four-time winner in 2003, shot a 2-over 74 on Friday and missed the cut at even-par 144.
What makes Love's missed cut even worse is that Love did re-design work on Forest Oaks Country Club this winter, including significant work on all 18 greens.
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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 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  

    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; or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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    The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 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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    Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

    According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

    Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.

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    Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

    Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

    And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

    Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.