Sergio Surges into Lead at Byron Nelson

By Sports NetworkMay 15, 2004, 4:00 pm
IRVING, Texas -- Sergio Garcia fired a 5-under 65 on Saturday to surge into the lead after the third round of the Byron Nelson Championship. Garcia, who is looking for his first PGA Tour victory since the 2002 Mercedes Championships, finished 54 holes at 11-under-par 199.
Jerry Kelly posted a 3-under 67 to move into second place alone at 9-under-par 201.
Overnight leader Tiger Woods carded an even-par 70 to finish one shot further back at 8-under-par 202 along with Deane Pappas, who shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday.
Garcia, who displayed some of his old fiery form during the final round at the Masters last month, got off to a quick start on the TPC at Four Seasons with a birdie at the par-4 third.
He bogeyed the next, but Garcia came back with another birdie at the par-3 fifth. At the par-4 sixth, Garcia dropped his second shot inside 3 feet and converted the short birdie putt to reach 8 under.
Garcia first grabbed a share of the top spot at the par-4 12th when he played his approach within a few feet of the hole.
The young Spaniard, who was shooting for the flags all day, knocked his tee shot inside 5 feet for a birdie at the par-3 13th and ran home the putt to break away from the pack.
'I gave myself a lot of birdie chances,' said Garcia. 'I hit a lot of greens.'
Garcia then gave himself a bit of a cushion at the 17th as he hit his tee ball to 9 feet for his sixth birdie of the day.
The 23-year-old has only held the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour on one previous occasion and he took full advantage with a three-shot win at the 2001 Buick Classic.
'I haven't played as well as I did today, but I've been close to the way I played today,' said Garcia, who is seeking his fourth career victory on the PGA Tour. 'I feel good about it. I think that if I keep this momentum going into tomorrow and keep the same game plan it should be fun.'
Woods, who had an ominous start to his round that was reminiscent of the 75 he shot last Saturday at the Wachovia Championship, shook off a pair of early bogeys with birdies at the seventh and the ninth.
The 28-year-old grabbed a share of the lead briefly with a birdie at the par-4 11th after his approach stopped within 6 feet of the hole.
At the par-4 12th, Woods nearly broke his 9-iron in two hitting out from behind a tree and managed to reach the green 13 feet of the cup. He failed to make birdie, however, and dropped a shot with a bogey at the par-4 14th after an errant drive almost found the water.
Woods continued to struggle off the tee down the stretch but kept coming away with scoring opportunities thanks to some incredible iron play.
'I need to be in the fairway more,' said Woods.
The top player in the game was unable to pick up a birdie over his last four holes, but parred his way in to remain in contention.
'Going out there and being so close to putting it all together, it's frustrating because I feel like I'm only a few swings away,' said Woods, who won this event in 1997. 'It might be tomorrow.'
While the likes of Woods and Garcia were battling it out, Kelly used a quiet round to move into second place alone.
Kelly tallied his first birdie at the second and hit his second shot to 12 feet for a birdie at the eighth.
He added a birdie at the par-5 16th en route to a bogey-free round.
Defending champion Vijay Singh rocketed to the top of the leaderboard with four birdies on the front nine, including three straight from the sixth, but struggled coming home.
Singh bogeyed the 11th and the 12th and parred in for a round of 68. He was joined by Mark O'Meara, Dudley Hart, Briny Baird, Duffy Waldorf and Luke Donald in a tie for fifth at 7-under-par 203.
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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.