Sergio right at home leading in Spain - COPIED

By Sports NetworkOctober 29, 2008, 4:00 pm
Castello Masters CASTELLON, Spain ' Playing on his home course and acting as tournament host, Sergio Garcia carded a 6-under 65 Friday to gain a share of the lead after two rounds of the inaugural Castello Masters Costa Azahar.
Garcia completed 36 holes at 11-under-par 131, where he was joined by Richard Finch (66) and first-round leader Soren Kjeldsen (67). Both Finch and Kjeldsen bogeyed the 18th hole to fall into a share of the lead with Garcia.
Last week's winner Alvaro Quiros also posted a 66 Friday to move into a tie for fourth place at minus-9. He stands alongside Simon Dyson (67), Peter Hedblom (65), Francois Delamontagne (67) and David Lynn (66).
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Sergio Garcia reacts to his approach on 18 Friday, which led to a birdie. (Getty Images)
Garcia started the day two shots behind Kjeldsen, and tripped to a bogey on the par-3 second. He parred four in a row from the third.
The Spaniard started his climb up the leaderboard with a birdie on the seventh. He came right back with birdies at eight and nine to make the turn at minus-7.
Garcia birdied the par-5 13th for the second day in a row. He collected back-to-back birdies from the 15th to get to 10 under. After hitting a remarkable shot through a tree, Garcia birdied the last to finish at minus-11.
'It was a good shot to finish with. I've been there many times so I knew what to do,' Garcia stated. 'I didn't expect it to come out that great. I knew what I had to do...It was good to see I was able to do it.'
Finch, for the second day in a row, was on fire on the front nine. He birdied the third, then birdied Nos. 5 and 6 to move to 9 under.
The Englishman birdied seven and eight, both for the second straight day. He continued his hot play with a 20-foot birdie putt on the ninth at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo.
Around the turn, Finch kicked in a short birdie putt on the 10th to cap a run of six straight birdies that gave him the lead at 13 under. However, he stumbled to a bogey on the par-4 11th, then bogeyed the 18th as well to slide into a share of the lead.
'I didn't realize until I was going down the 10th that I had five in a row,' Finch admitted. 'Then I hit my second really close at the 10th and was keen to keep that run going. Thought I hit a good shot on the 11th, but just it hit too hard and it went to the back of the green. All in all it was a disappointing bogey.'
Kjeldsen faltered to a bogey on the second, but atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the par-4 third. For the second day in a row, he birdied the seventh and eighth.
On the back nine, Kjeldsen collected birdies on 11 and 13. He moved into a share of the lead at 12 under with a birdie on the par-3 17th.
Kjeldsen, who played one group behind Finch, then bogeyed the last creating the three-way tie.
'I played brilliantly today, I really did,' said Kjeldsen. 'I controlled the game beautifully. I got off to a slow start, then really got into it.'
Thomas Levet carded a 3-under 68 and is alone at 8-under-par 134. Ignacio Garrido, Mikael Lundberg, Phillip Archer and Rory McIlroy are tied for 10th at minus-7.
The cut line fell at even-par 142 with 66 players advancing to the weekend.
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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  

    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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    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.”

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    “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

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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