Micheel Continues to Roll at Match Play

By Sports NetworkSeptember 15, 2006, 4:00 pm
HSBC World Mach Play ChampionshipsVIRGINIA WATER, England -- One day after ending Tiger Woods' winning streak, Shaun Micheel played spoiler again when he knocked off Luke Donald on Friday to reach the semifinals at the HSBC World Match Play Championship.
Seeded 15th in the tournament, Micheel opened up a huge advantage on the seventh-ranked Donald, the highest-seeded player remaining, and held off a late charge to win 4 and 2.
Thursday, he did the field a favor by offing Woods to end the world No. 1's winning streak at five tournaments. In the quarterfinals on Friday, he led by as much as 7-up on Donald.
Donald's exit leaves No. 9 Colin Montgomerie the highest-seeded player remaining in the field. Montgomerie, who is also the only former Match Play champion left, knocked off defending champion Michael Campbell, 1-up, with a birdie on the 36th hole.
Montgomerie also beat David Howell in the first round with a birdie on the last hole. On Saturday he will face Paul Casey, who was a 5 and 3 winner over Mike Weir.
Micheel will play Robert Karlsson, who was an easy 4 and 3 winner over Angel Cabrera in the quarters.
With Ryder Cup teammates Woods and Jim Furyk making early exits this week, Micheel is the lone American remaining with a chance to become the first U.S. winner since Mark O'Meara bested Woods in 1998.
He took a 5-up lead on Donald after 18 holes, mostly due to Donald's inability to make many birdies early.
Micheel made eight birdies and one bogey on the first 18 holes, consistently knocking approach shots close on the way to a 65 at the Wentworth Club's par-72 layout. Donald didn't drop any shots, but he made just two birdies for a 70.
'Early in the round he just didn't make any putts,' Micheel said.
Micheel extended his lead to 7-up after 20 holes when he birdied the par-3 second. His momentum slowed towards the end of the match, however, and Donald made a 6-foot par putt at the 15th to trim Micheel's lead to 3-up after 33 holes.
But Micheel was able to clinch the match with a birdie on the next hole, the par-3 16th, where Donald could only make par from the rough.
'I played well,' Micheel said. 'I think it's difficult when you have such a big lead. It wasn't that I played differently (down the stretch), I just played a little more conservatively, particularly with my club selection.
'Short of making a few more birdies on the back nine, I'm really pleased with my round.'
Montgomerie fell 4-down early in his match after the top-seeded Campbell rolled in a 40-foot eagle putt at the par-4 fourth.
But the 1999 champion made birdie putts of 15 feet at the eighth and 3 feet at the ninth to pull within 2-down around the turn. He then added birdies at 14 and 16 to square the match after 18 holes.
Campbell bogeyed the par-3 second to give Montgomerie a 1-up lead after 20 holes, and the match was close after that. Campbell was able to even it three times without taking the lead, the last time coming when Montgomerie missed a long birdie putt at the 17th.
At the 36th and final hole -- the par-5 18th -- both players landed in the same greenside bunker, just inches from each other.
Campbell's next shot hit the rim of the bunker and fell back in, while Montgomerie knocked his within 10 feet to set up a birdie for the win and the match.
'If I had missed (the putt), he would have had his 5-footer for a half and we could well have been on our way to the 37th hole,' said Montgomerie. 'I had to get mine in and I did. It was a good victory but I'm very tired.'
Casey, the 12th seed, had a close match with the 13th-seeded Weir until taking the lead for good when Weir bogeyed their 22nd hole, the par-5 fourth.
Weir struggled with back pain, was visited by medical personnel at the 15th hole, then missed an 18-foot par putt there to give Casey the win after 33 holes -- sending Casey to a meeting with Montgomerie.
'He should be the favorite as he knows this place very well,' Casey said of Montgomerie.
Karlsson, a Ryder Cup rookie, trailed Cabrera for only one hole early in their match. Cabrera made two double-bogeys in three holes at the end, finally missing a left-to-right, 6-foot bogey putt at the par-4 15th to give Karlsson the match after 33 holes.
'My short game has been good and has been the key to my success so far,' said Karlsson, who knocked off Furyk on Thursday. 'I holed a few fantastic putts today and chipped in once yesterday...overall my chipping and short game have been good.'
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    More sun, dry conditions expected early at Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 9:14 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – An atypically dry Scottish summer is expected to continue this week at The Open.

    There’s a possibility of a few showers Thursday and Friday, but otherwise conditions are expected to remain dry with temperatures around 70 degrees and winds in the 15-20 mph range.

    The forecast for the opening round at Carnoustie is sunshine with clouds developing later in the day. The high is expected to be around 70 degrees, with winds increasing throughout the day, maxing out at 18 mph.

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    There’s a chance of rain overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, but it’s not expected to slow down the fiery conditions.

    It’s been one of the driest summers in recent memory, leading to fairways that are baked out and fescue rough that is lighter and thinner than in previous years.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 8:40 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 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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    The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 8:30 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.