Palmer To Play With Grandson in FatherSon

By Sports NetworkDecember 5, 2003, 5:00 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The well-behaved yet eager pack of fans surrounding Arnold Palmer as he walked off the 18th green thrust hats, photos and balls for signing. The autographs proved that even with his last victory far in the past, the 74-year-old Palmer remains one of golf's biggest draws.
That's why fellow golf great Lee Trevino thought it was a shame Palmer couldn't take part in one of the pros' most cherished events - the yearly tournament pairing fathers and sons. Palmer has two daughters but no male offspring, so he couldn't compete despite fans clamoring to re-enlist in Arnie's Army.
But as Trevino told the event's organizers last year, Palmer has a grandson who's good at golf. Can't that count? he asked.
Apparently so. Sixteen-year-old Sam Saunders will join his grandfather at the ninth annual Father/Son Challenge, which begins Saturday at ChampionsGate Golf Resort near Orlando.
'I guess the powers that be took Trevino's nudging to heart, and here we are,' Palmer said shortly after being mobbed by well-wishers when he finished a pro-am round. 'We're both happy to be here.'
The Palmer/Saunders pairing is one of 16 in a field where the fathers have combined for 60 major championships. Other competitors for the $1 million purse include Trevino and son Tony, and Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II. Palmer is the oldest player while the youngest is 13-year-old Javier Ballesteros, son of Seve.
Saunders already has proved himself as a golfer to be reckoned with. Next month, he will defend his junior and senior club championships at Bay Hill Country Club in Orlando. At his high school, Trinity Prep in Winter Park, Saunders took first place in the state regionals as a freshman last year.
'I think it should be a good team effort, and we always have fun when we play together,' said Saunders, the oldest male of Palmer's seven grandchildren. 'I'm looking forward to it.'
During Thursday's pro-am event, Saunders used his head to pay homage to his grandfather. He wore a black-and-gold ballcap from Wake Forest - Palmer's alma mater.
Saunders has another 2 1/2 years of high school remaining and said Wake was one of the colleges he's considering. When asked what other schools are among his choices, Palmer, ever the attentive alum, responded with a fake coughing fit.
'I definitely want to be a pro golfer,' Saunders said. 'I love it. It's what I do every day and I never get tired of it - I think that means something.'
The event will be televised nationally, but this isn't Saunders' first time in the spotlight.
In March 2002, Saunders played as a marker with Peter Jacobsen at the Bay Hill Invitational. Judging by the cheers he received on the first tee, the grandson was just as popular as the grandfather.
That popularity has people excited about Palmer's debut in the event.
'I think it's wonderful to have Palmer anywhere,' said Craig Stadler, who will be defending his 2002 Challenge title with son Kevin. 'He adds such an amount of charm to a golf tournament, any tournament.'
Added Roy Saunders, Sam's father and caddy: 'It is amazing to see the warm reception he gets everywhere he goes. He's definitely one of the favorites.'
Although grown men react with exuberant fist-pumps and joyful skipping when a hat is signed for them, Palmer - the winner of 92 tournaments worldwide, including seven majors - remains modest in the face of such adulation.
'The people are why I'm here.'
The Father/Son Challenge is sponsored by Office Depot.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 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 (