Pointed in the Right Direction

By Sports NetworkOctober 13, 2006, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)LAS VEGAS - D.A. Points fired an 8-under 64 on Friday at the TPC at Summerlin Course to cruise into the lead during the second round of the Frys.com Open. He stands at 14-under-par 129 and is two ahead of the field.
 
The second round was suspended due to darkness after a rain delay during the round knocked the schedule back. The players will return at 10:16 a.m. ET Saturday to complete the second round with the third round scheduled to begin 90 minutes later.
 
D.A. Points
D.A. Points is seeking his first PGA TOUR win.
The par-72 Summerlin Course and the par-71 TPC at Canyons were used for the first two rounds before the TPC at Summerlin takes over on the weekend.
 
Todd Fischer and Tom Pernice, Jr. both shot 65s at Summerlin on Friday and are tied for second place with Aaron Baddeley. The young Australian, who earned his first PGA TOUR victory earlier this year at The Heritage, was tied for the lead with Points until a disastrous double-bogey at 18. He carded a 6-under 65 at The Canyons and joined Fischer and Pernice at minus-12.
 
Points flew out of the gate with a 26-foot birdie putt at the second and an 8-foot eagle putt at No. 3. He hit his approach stiff at the seventh and tapped in the short birdie putt.
 
At the par-5 ninth, Points rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt to make the turn at 4-under-par 31.
 
He continued his strong play on the second nine as he parred his first three holes on the back side. At the par-5 13th, Points tapped in a short birdie putt, then sank a 6-footer at the 14th to reach 13 under par for the championship.
 
Points' first and only mistake of the round came at the par-5 16th. He hammered a drive down the fairway, but was between clubs and hit a poor second that nearly fell into the water. Points was close enough to the pond he took off his shoes and socks, but did not hit his chip hard enough. Points chipped again, nearly holed it out, but missed a 4-footer for par.
 
Points overcame the miscue at 16 with 6-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th and a 2-footer for birdie at the last to grab first place.
 
'My iron game has been pretty solid,' said Points, who is a three-time winner on the Nationwide Tour. 'These courses set up well for me, they're really appealing to my eye and there are a lot of opportunities if you can hit a good shot.'
 
Points is in serious jeopardy of losing his PGA TOUR card unless he turns it on down the stretch. He stands 164th on the tour's money list and needs a push to crack the top-125.
 
'If I was 124th on the money list, I'd be feeling pretty pressured to keep my card,' admitted Points. 'I have a long way to go before I have it. It's much more important for me to look at it as I'm having fun.'
 
What has been fun for Points is his play of late. He started the season making only five cuts in 21 starts with a tie for 10th at The Honda Classic. In his last five tournaments, Points has made the cut in all five and tied for 15th at the Texas Open.
 
'I've been playing well for the last two-and-a-half months,' said Points. 'When I look at where I was six weeks ago and where I am today, I've got to be proud of myself from going through one of the worst slumps I've had as a professional, to having the potential of having a great couple of months.'
 
Troy Matteson (65), Brent Geiberger (64), Charley Hoffman (66) and Shigeki Maruyama (64) are tied for fifth place at 11-under-par 132.
 
Bo Van Pelt (64), Bill Haas (65), Bubba Watson (66), first-round co-leader Bob Tway (70), Duffy Waldorf (68) and defending champion Wes Short, Jr. (65) share ninth at minus-10.
 
Steve Flesch, who shared the lead with Tway after Thursday's first round, struggled to a 3-over 74 at the TPC at Canyons and fell into a tie for 70th at minus-5.
 
Jim Furyk, a three-time winner and the second-ranked player in the world, shot a 4-under 68 and is tied for 36th place at 7-under-par 136.
 
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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 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 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 22, 2018, 8:30 am

    Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.


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    Schauffele just fine being the underdog

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

    Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

    Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


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    “Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

    Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

    “All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1