Molder Parel Tied in Utah

By Sports NetworkSeptember 7, 2006, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourSANDY, Utah -- Bryce Molder and Scott Parel each fired rounds of 8-under-par 64 on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Utah Classic at Willow Creek Country Club.
Ken Duke and Craig Lile are knotted in third place at minus-7. Aaron Barber, Michael Putnam and former U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney share fifth place at 6-under-par 66.
Molder began on the 10th hole Thursday and promptly chipped his third shot to 3 feet to set up birdie at the par-5 hole. Two holes later, at the next par-5, he pitched inside a foot for his second birdie.
At the par-3 15th, Molder hit an 8-iron to eight to set up birdie. The former Georgia Tech standout closed his opening nine with a 12-foot birdie putt at 17 and an 8-footer at the par-4 closing hole.
Molder kept the strong play going on his second nine. He collected his third birdie in a row with a 5-footer at the par-5 first, giving him birdies at all three par-5s.
Molder had one more 500-yarder to go and of course, he tapped in for his fourth birdie on a par-5.
His final birdie of the round came at the par-3 fifth. Molder drained a 20-footer to move to minus-8 and claim his share of the top spot on the leaderboard.
'Today was a once in a year round in that I didn't hit it spectacularly well, but I scored well,' said Molder, who only needed 21 putts on Thursday. 'I've been putting well, but nothing is going in. Today, they all went in.'
Parel also started on the second nine Thursday and sputtered out of the gate with a three-putt par at the 10th. He made up for it with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 11th and a two-putt birdie at No. 12. Parel added a third birdie in a four-hole span with a 12-footer at 14.
Much like his fellow co-leader, Parel played great late on the back nine. He ran home an 8-foot birdie putt at 17, then sank a 40-footer for birdie at the 18th to make the turn at 5-under 32.
Parel also played great golf after the turn with a two-putt birdie at one. He also birdied his fourth and final par-5, the third, and holed a 20-foot birdie putt at four.
He parred out to join Molder in the lead.
'I played very solid,' said Parel. 'I hit shots like I wanted today. I'm hoping this week I'll play well every day. I've played fairly consistent this year, but haven't had that really, really good week.'
Kevin Stadler, Will Moore, Scott Petersen, Chris Baryla, Hunter Haas and Jamie Broce are knotted in eighth place at 5-under-par 67.
Defending champion Garrett Willis struggled on Thursday. He posted a 2-over-par 74 and is part of a group tied for 126th place.
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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  

    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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    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

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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