Oakley Up at Senior British Open

By Sports NetworkJuly 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Senior British OpenPORTRUSH, Northern Ireland. -- Pete Oakley posted a 1-over 73 Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Senior British Open. Oakley completed 54 holes at 2-under-par 214.
 
Don Pooley, the 2002 U.S. Senior Open Champion, stumbled to a 2-over 74. He shares second place at 1-under-par 215 with Mark McNulty, who also shot a third-round 74. Mark James, the Ford Senior Players Championship winner, and 1992 U.S. Open Champion Tom Kite share fourth place at even-par 216.
 
Oakley opened the round in a share of the lead and remained there with a birdie at the par-5 second. He dropped back to minus-2 after bogeys at the fourth and sixth.
 
The 55-year-old picked up a pair of birdies at the ninth and 11th at Royal Portrush Golf Club to move back into the lead at 4 under.
 
Oakley, however, faltered to consecutive bogeys from the 12th to slide back to minus-2. He parred his final five holes to remain atop the leaderboard.
 
'Today I was a little bit antsy getting ready to tee it up with Tom Kite and Mark James, who are names I've heard of and watched on television and have admired for so long,' Oakley said. 'I felt comfortable and fairly relaxed and I played fairly well.'
 
Oakley, the 1999 PGA Senior Club Professional Champion, is a club professional who is the director of golf at the Rookery in Delaware.
 
'I won the 1999 American PGA Seniors Club Professional Championship and I finished second the next year,' said Oakley, who has played in 16 major championships. 'Those are basically my credentials, as far as playing is concerned. I tied for 29th at the U.S. Senior Open last year, that's about the best I've done.'
 
McNulty shared the lead entering round three with Oakley, Pooley and Carl Mason. McNulty opened with a bogey at the first and a birdie at the second. He faltered to a bogey at the third and a double bogey at the fourth to fall to even par.
 
The Irishman came back to birdie the fifth before he dropped another shot at the eighth. McNulty settled in with three straight pars, then dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 11th.
 
McNulty bogeyed the 14th and 16th to again drop to even par. He moved into a share of second place with a birdie at the last, one of just seven on the day at the 18th.
 
'I would certainly put it down as one of the toughest days I have had in my career,' said McNulty, who is playing his first event in Northern Ireland as a Irish citizen. 'I had some silly mistakes and in the beginning of my round, I just lost my swing and didn't feel comfortable.'
 
Pooley birdied the second for the third straight round before dropping a shot at the sixth. He birdied the ninth for his final birdie of the day. He closed with three bogeys over his final four holes to drop into a tie for second place.
 
'I played solidly for 14 holes and hit a good drive on 15. Then I hit a bad 4-iron into a bunker on my second shot and didn't get it up-and-down and made bogey,' Pooley said. 'I'm happy being right where I am, but man, I'm not happy with my finish.'
 
Eduardo Romero, who shared the lead after Round 1, carded a 2-over 74. He shares sixth place with Bill Longmuir (76) at 2-over-par 218. John Grace and Bobby Lincoln are two strokes behind that duo.
 
Mason struggled to a 9-over 81 to fall to 6-over-par 222. Mason is joined there by Graham Marsh, who made some history on Saturday.
 
Marsh aced the par-3 11th for the second time in three days making him the first player to have a hole-in-one on the same hole in a top flight tournament. It is the first time in PGA, European PGA, European Seniors and Champions Tour history that this feat has been achieved.
 
'There's no better prize I could have been given, being a wine connoisseur,' said Marsh, who received one bottle of wine per yard (170) as Hardys Wine is the hole-in-one sponsor. 'This could about take me out of professional golf. It's a freaky situation.'
 
Tom Watson, the 2003 champion, posted his second straight 74 to slide into a tie for 20th at 7-over-par 223. Watson has been battling injuries that nearly held him out of this event.
 
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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 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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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

    Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.


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

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 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.

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    Thirty players have drivers tested by R&A

    By Tim RosaforteJuly 17, 2018, 1:00 am

    Thirty players, including seven major champions, arrived at the 147th Open and received a letter from the R&A notifying them to bring their respective drivers to the equipment standards office located on Carnoustie’s practice ground by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Keegan Bradley, Brendan Steele and Brooks Koepka all confirmed that their drivers all passed the COR test (coefficient of restitution, or spring-like effect) administered by the R&A.


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    This was the first time the R&A took measures that were not part of the distance insight project being done in conjunction with the USGA.

    The PGA Tour has been testing club for approximately five years but has not done random testing to this point.  The Tour’s rules department works in conjunction with manufacturers and tests clubs from manufacturer fans at tournaments on a voluntary basis. The USGA assists the PGA Tour in this process.