Tewell Shopping for Kroger Title

By Sports NetworkSeptember 11, 2004, 4:00 pm
Kroger ClassicMAINEVILLE, Ohio -- Doug Tewell fired a 7-under 65 Saturday to assume the top spot on the leaderboard at the Kroger Classic. He stands at 13-under-par 131 and leads by one over Ireland's Des Smyth at the TPC at River's Bend.
 
Smyth, a first-round co-leader, posted a 5-under 67, while Gary McCord, who shared the lead on Friday with Smyth, only managed a 3-under 69 for sole possession of third at minus-10.
 
Tewell did not get off to a great start on Saturday and he even found trouble before he teed off. His left elbow gave him problems on the putting green and he could not get any medical attention. On the first fairway, Tewell was given an air cast, but he bogeyed the hole.
 
'The first hole was not very pretty,' said Tewell. 'I got the cast in the middle of the fairway and I stuck it on my arm. It still hurts, but it's working so I'm not going to mess with it.'
 
Tewell rebounded with birdies at the second and fourth to get back it, but his play at the end of the front nine is what got him into first. Tewell made a 12-foot birdie putt at the seventh, then collected back-to-back birdies when he holed a 9-footer at the eighth. He tallied his third birdie in a row at No. 9 to make the turn at 4-under 32.
 
Things stayed hot for Tewell on the second nine. He parred the 10th, but left himself with 20 feet for eagle at the par-5 11th. Tewell missed the eagle putt, but tapped in for birdie. At the par-3 12th, Tewell stuck his tee ball inside 2 feet and kicked in his birdie putt.
 
Tewell missed the green at the par-4 15th, but got up-and-down for par. His tee ball at the par-3 16th came up 60 feet short and Tewell ran his birdie putt 8 feet past the hole. Tewell converted that par save as well to keep the lead.
 
At the 17th, Tewell knocked his second shot to 17 feet. The 55-year-old sank the birdie putt and looked to extend his lead at the TPC at River's Bend's closing hole.
 
Tewell laid up short of the putting surface with his second shot as the hole could not be reached thanks to the wind. He hit a solid wedge shot 8 feet beyond the hole and his putt did everything, but fall into the hole.
 
Tewell settled for par and his first second-round lead since the season-opening MasterCard Championship, where he tied for third.
 
'You had to keep going low,' said Tewell. 'If I get the putter working, that seems to be my Achilles heel. I felt good about the putts I hit all day. I hit a good putt at 18. I really thought I made it.'
 
Tewell picked up his first win of the season a few weeks back at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn thanks to a Sunday 64. Since the trip to the winner's circle, Tewell tied for fourth place at the Tradition and shared ninth last week at Pebble Beach.
 
'I'm very comfortable with my game right now,' said Tewell, an eight-time winner on the elder circuit. 'I feel very confident. I'm excited to get out there tomorrow and get after it.'
 
Smyth, a two-time Ryder Cupper from Ireland, recorded birdies at the fourth and sixth holes. He had a 20-foot look at eagle at the eight, but came up 3 feet short. Smyth converted the birdie putt to hang with Tewell near the top of the leaderboard.
 
Smyth made five consecutive pars around the turn before a birdie at the 14th. He was two down to Tewell when Smyth played 17, and Smyth followed Tewell in with birdie.
 
He missed his first fairway at 18 and laid up in a fairway bunker. Smyth's pitching-wedge approach from the sand hit the green, but spun back to the fringe. He two-putted for par as he looks for Champions Tour victory No. 1.
 
Fred Gibson fired a 65 on Saturday and is alone in fourth place at minus-7. Defending champion Gil Morgan (67), Hale Irwin (67), Jim Thorpe (68) and Bob Murphy (69) are knotted in fifth place at 8-under-par 136.
 
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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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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 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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    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 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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    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

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