Norman Makes Field for Bethpage

By Sports NetworkJune 4, 2002, 4:00 pm
Greg Norman, a two-time U.S. Open runner-up who hasn't made a cut in the event since tying for 10th in 1996, grabbed a spot in the field for next week's U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park.
The charismatic Australian shot 68-71 on Tuesday for a 5-under-par total of 139 to join John Huston and amateur Kevin Warrick as the sectional qualifiers from Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla.
Norman captured a pair of British Open titles but fell short in the other majors despite putting himself in position to win on a number of occasions. Although he may be best remembered for his final-round collapse at the 1996 Masters, Norman also suffered heartbreaking losses in past U.S. Opens.
In 1984, Norman lost to Fuzzy Zoeller in a 18-hole playoff at Winged Foot, with Zoeller shooting a 67 in the extra round to Norman's 75. Two years later at Shinnecock Hills, Norman took the lead into the final round but closed with a 75 to tie for 12th. He was also a 54-hole leader at Shinnecock Hills in 1995 but carded 73 on Sunday to finish second.
Norman missed the U.S. Open cut in 1997, 1999 and 2000 and didn't qualify for the championship in 1998 and 2001.
See who earned a spot through Sectional Qualifying
Jean Van de Velde, who surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole of the 1999 British Open then lost to Paul Lawrie in a four-hole playoff, was among 22 players who qualified in Purchase, N.Y.
The Frenchman finished two shots back of Tom Byrum, who at five-under 138 was the medalist in Purchase. Others who made it through the 36-hole qualifier in New York were Jeff Maggert, Jay Haas, Paul Stankowski, Craig Stadler, Bob Tway, David Frost, Scott Dunlap and K.J. Choi, whose victory at last month's Compaq Classic made him the first South Korean to win on the PGA Tour.
Wayne Grady, Harrison Frazar and Per-Ulrik Johansson needed extra holes to earn their spots in New York, where the qualifying shifted between Brae Burn and Century Country Clubs.
Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange, 1995 PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington and 2000 U.S. Amateur runner-up James Driscoll failed to qualify in Purchase.
A 12-man playoff for one spot took place Tuesday morning at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., with Michael Muehr emerging as the qualifier. David Peoples and 1998 U.S. Amateur champion Hank Kuehne earned alternate status while such notables as Duffy Waldorf, Dennis Paulson, Cameron Beckman and Bob May failed to qualify.
May is remembered for giving Tiger Woods all he could handle at the 2000 PGA Championship before losing to the superstar in a playoff.
Trevor Dodds, who has posted victories on the PGA, Buy.Com and Canadian Tours, qualified alongside Bill Lunde and Canadian Tour winner Mario Tiziani at Boone Valley Golf Club in St. Louis. Jeff Julian, who is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, opened with a 78 then withdrew after nine holes of the second round.
Charles Raulerson, Jr., was the lone player to advance from Westmoreland Country Club in Export, Pa. Jimmy Walker and Andy Sanders were the two qualifiers from Shadow Hawk Club in Houston, while European Tour winner Thomas Levet was one of three who moved on from Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta.
Heavy rains forced the suspension of sectional qualifying at Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington, Ill., for a second day. The first round is scheduled to resume at 9:30 AM ET with the second round set to begin at 10:00 AM.
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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.

Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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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.