Pak Still Leads Longs Drugs Challenge

By Sports NetworkApril 21, 2001, 4:00 pm
Se Ri Pak rode three late birdies back to the top of the leaderboard Saturday and has the edge heading into the final round of the Longs Drugs Challenge. Pak, who led by two after Thursday's opening round, shot a 1-under 71 for a 36-hole total of 7-under-par 137.
Michele Redman stands one stroke back at 6-under after a 70, while Denise Killeen, Karen Weiss and Rachel Teske are another three shots off the pace at minus three.
Because Friday's play was washed away due to rain, Annika Sorenstam will have just one more round to fight for her fifth straight win of the season. She was seven strokes back to begin the day but lost ground with an even-par 72.
Things weren't smooth sailing early for Pak, who drove left into a bad lie at the par-4 1st hole and had to punch out with her second shot. Although it looked as if she recovered well with a wedge to eight feet, Pak missed the par-saving putt and posted her first bogey of the tournament.
Pak dropped to 4-under after playing the par-3 4th, where she hit a 7-iron to the green then three-putted from 25 feet.
After being stuck in neutral with pars over the next 10 holes, Pak broke out of her scoring slump at the 15th with a 6-iron to six feet for a birdie. She birdied the next two holes as well, rolling in an eight-footer at No. 16 followed by a four-footer at No. 17.
'I had almost a bad day, but had a strong finish,' said Pak, who is seeking her second victory of the year after winning the season-opening event in Orlando. 'So I'm in pretty good shape. I just missed one green today and missed one fairway.'
Redman, who with a win this week would become the first American-born player to triumph on the tour this season, experienced an up-and-down start to her round Saturday with a birdie and two bogeys over the first five holes.
She birdied the first two holes of the back nine with putts of six and 12 feet, respectively, then knocked a 9-iron to eight feet for her last birdie of the day.
'The day off yesterday really helped me,' said Redman, the winner of last year's Betsy King Classic. 'The pins were difficult today, but I stayed relaxed and continued to hit the ball well.'
Killeen, whose best finish in 10 years on the LPGA Tour was a tie for sixth at the 1996 ShopRite Classic, collected seven birdies and four bogeys for a 69. Also looking for her first title is Weiss, who had a 71, while Teske, a three-time winner, shot 72 on Saturday.
Rosie Jones and two-time defending champion Juli Inkster each shot 68s to share the honor of low round of the day. Jones is tied for sixth at 2-under, while Inkster improved on her opening 79 to climb from 130th into a tie for 38th at 3-over par.
Sorenstam, who came from an LPGA record-setting 10 strokes back to win last week's event in Los Angeles, will need to make up a mere eight shots this Sunday. She is one of nine players at 1-over 145.
'I just need to get off to a good start and keep it going through the entire round,' Sorenstam said. 'Maybe then I can put pressure on the leaders. But I know Michele is up there and she is hungry for a win. And Se Ri, shes already won this season, so maybe she wont feel that much pressure.'
Sorenstam's sister, Charlotta, aced the 137-yard 4th hole with a 6-iron. She finished round two with a 71 and a share of 27th at plus-two.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

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“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 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 (