Parry Bites Back Wins at Doral

By Sports NetworkMarch 7, 2004, 5:00 pm
MIAMI -- Craig Parry holed out a 6-iron on the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Scott Verplank and win the Ford Championship at Doral.
Parry found the fairway off the tee at the 18th, the first hole of the playoff. In regulation, Parry hammered a drive over 300 yards at the lengthened 'Blue Monster' but in the playoff he did not go as far off the tee.
Verplank was in trouble at 18 as his drive landed in the right rough. He had a shot at the green and aimed right, getting a good bounce that ran his ball 30 feet from the hole.
Parry had 176 yards to the flag and with a 6-iron, landed the ball 15 feet short and right of the hole. Then the Australian watched as the ball rolled in for an eagle, giving him his second win on the PGA Tour.
'It was amazing,' said Parry, whose other victory came at the 2002 WGC-NEC Invitational. 'I wasn't aiming at the flag, I can assure you. I was aiming a couple yards right.'
Parry earned $900,000 for the win in his first start on the PGA Tour in 2004. He almost didn't make it to the tournament as he overslept on Thursday and barely made his 7:54 AM (ET) tee time.
Verplank probably wished Parry would have stayed asleep Thursday morning.
'I guess he was supposed to win,' said Verplank. 'Obviously it was a great shot. To go in the hole, there's always a bit of luck. I was pretty proud of my shot until his ball got up there.'
Parry, the third-round leader, posted a 4-under 68 on Sunday to join Verplank at 17-under-par 271. Verplank fired a 5-under 67 in the final round.
Retief Goosen carded a 6-under 66 and finished alone in third place at 16-under-par 272. Joe Durant, the 2001 winner at Doral, shot a 68 on Sunday and took fourth at minus-15.
Parry and Verplank both did most of their scoring early in their rounds. Parry tallied five birdies through his first 10 holes while Verplank recorded four birdies through 11 holes.
Parry dropped a shot at the 13th and Verplank, playing in the group ahead of Parry, was now only one shot behind. Parry seemed to play tentatively after his margin fell to one, especially on the putting surfaces. He missed birdie tries at 15 and 16 but the swing hole in regulation came at No. 17.
Verplank drove into bunkers on the right side but hit an amazing 9-iron to two feet. He kicked in the birdie try to tie for first place. Parry drove into the thick rough near a tree and played his approach 40 feet right of the hole. He was able to two-putt for the par save but both players had to deal with the 'Blue Monster.'
Verplank found the fairway at 18 and hit his approach to 35 feet. He ran his birdie try six feet past the hole but calmly sank the par putt to remain tied with Parry.
Parry nailed his drive down the fairway and had only 155 yards to the hole. He hit his second to 20 feet but missed the birdie try that would have won in regulation.
For Verplank, the loss ran his playoff record to 2-3. He hasn't visited the winner's circle since the 2001 Canadian Open, a few weeks after being named to his first Ryder Cup team.
'I was a little bit behind all day long,' said Verplank. 'Fortunately I somehow made a birdie on 17. At least I still had a chance. It was an all or nothing deal.'
European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer fired a 7-under 65 and tied for fifth with K.J. Choi (69), David Toms (69) and Gene Sauers (70). That group finished at 14-under-par 274.
Mark Calcavecchia (68) and Danny Ellis (70) tied for ninth place at minus-13.
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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 was able to cobble together 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.