Things Going Right for Lefty

By Sports NetworkAugust 14, 2003, 4:00 pm
2003 PGA ChampionshipROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Phil Mickelson and Rod Pampling posted rounds of 4-under-par 66 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the 85th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. The pair stands one shot ahead of Billy Andrade, who was an alternate when the week started.
 
Masters champion Mike Weir and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen opened with 2-under-par 68s and share fourth place.
 
Tiger Woods, who is majorless coming into the PGA Championship for the first time since 1999 when he went on to win at Medinah, posted his highest opening round in a PGA Championship with a 4-over 74.
 
Woods, the winner in both 1999 and 2000, holed a 25-foot, left-to-right birdie putt at the 13th but found trouble at the next two holes. He left a chip on the fringe at 14 and hit such a poor chip at 15 that he threw his wedge at the bag and walked to his ball before it stopped. Those holes resulted in bogeys and things did not get better for the No. 1 player in the world.
 
Woods bogeyed three and seven and did well enough to make par from the rough at No. 8. At the ninth, Woods drove into the right rough and muscled his second short of the green on the left side. His third stopped three feet from the hole but Woods missed his par save on the right side and left with another bogey.
 
He is tied for 58th place with among others Davis Love III and Fred Couples.
 
'I just didn't drive very well and put myself under a lot of pressure because of it,' said Woods, through a PGA media official as he did not speak to reporters. 'It didn't matter what club I hit off the tee. I couldn't keep it in play.'
 
Woods was not the only top-notch player to struggle on Thursday. Defending champion Rich Beem posted the highest score in the first round by a returning champion since the tournament moved to stroke play in 1958 with a 12-over-par 82. He was joined at that number by Brad Faxon and Colin Montgomerie, who finished second last week at the Nordic Open on the European Tour.
 
Darren Clarke and Justin Leonard shot 79s, Thomas Bjorn a 78, Retief Goosen posted a 77 and 2001 winner David Toms, Kenny Perry and British Open champion Ben Curtis all shot rounds of 75.
 
But Mickelson outplayed almost everyone on Thursday. He teed off on 10 and birdied his opening hole as well as the 12th. He sank a curving 15-footer for birdie at the 13th to go 3-under par over his first four holes.
 
Mickelson dropped his first shot of the tournament at the 495-yard 17th but answered one hole later with a 12-footer at Oak Hill's demanding closing hole.
 
The left-hander birdied the second hole and nearly holed out for eagle at the fourth when his chip skimmed past the hole. Mickelson parred the next four holes but found trouble at the ninth, when his seven-footer for par missed the hole to drop Mickelson out of sole possession of first place.
 
'I felt like I played well and shot 4-under on a very difficult course,' said Mickelson, who finished second to Toms in 2001. 'I did a number of things well today. I felt like I putted well and drove it pretty good off the tee.'
 
Mickelson's history in major championships is well-documented. He is 0-45 in majors and this year, Mickelson is winless on tour and only 26th on the money list. Mickelson tied for sixth last week at The International but downplayed his early lead.
 
'It's Thursday, there's a lot of golf left,' said Mickelson. 'Everybody wants to get off to a good start. It's tough to play catch-up in a major championship.'
 
Pampling began on No. 10 and hit several good shots into the first three greens but got no putts to fall. Pampling knocked his approach to three feet at 13 and sank the putt for birdie. He made it back-to-back birdies at 14 when he holed a 30-footer.
 
On the first, Pampling drained a 10-foot birdie putt and ran one home from the same distance at No. 8. He drove into a bunker at nine but was able to get up and down and save his spot atop the leaderboard as the only player in the field to post a bogey-free round.
 
'It was just nice all day. I drove the ball really well,' said Pampling, who is in his second full season on tour. 'I had two tee shots that went into the rough so I really didn't have to deal with the rough all that much, which obviously made it a little bit easier. I hit some nice shots and made some putts. It was pretty boring but I'm happy with it.'
 
Pampling is participating in his third major championship and the memories of one of his previous starts may haunt the Aussie Thursday night. At Carnoustie in 1999, Pampling shot an opening-round 71 for the first-round lead but carded an 86 in the second round and missed the cut.
 
'Obviously, it's the first day and there's still three more to go, but it's a nice position to be in, that's for sure,' said Pampling, whose clubs were stolen from his garage in mid-April.
 
Vijay Singh, the 1998 PGA Champion, Chad Campbell, Fred Funk, Aaron Baddeley, Tim Herron, Shaun Micheel and Kevin Sutherland share sixth place at 1-under-par 69.
 
Robert Allenby recorded the first ace in a PGA Championship since 2001 when he holed a 4-iron at No. 11. He shot an even-par 70 and is tied for 13th with notable players like Jay Haas, Hank Kuehne, who won the U.S. Amateur title at Oak Hill in 1998, and Charles Howell III.
 

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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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    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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    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