Woods Furyk Fall at Match Play

By Sports NetworkSeptember 14, 2006, 4:00 pm
HSBC World Mach Play ChampionshipsVIRGINIA WATER, England -- Tiger Woods had his winning streak snapped at five tournaments on Thursday when he was ousted by Shaun Micheel in the first round at the HSBC World Match Play Championship.
 
Woods fell 3-down after the first 18 holes, then could only trim his deficit to 1-down on the way to a 4-and-3 loss to the 2003 PGA champion.
 
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Tiger Woods' five-tournament winning streak ended in his loss Thursday to Shaun Micheel.
'Sometimes it's easier to play as the underdog,' said Micheel, who went 5 under through 33 holes. 'Tiger is so strong mentally, which makes him difficult to play in match play.'
 
Looking nothing like the dominant player who has had fields battling for second place, Woods led for the first two holes of the match after Micheel bogeyed No. 1.
 
Micheel, who finished as runner-up to Woods at this year's PGA Championship, birdied the third hole to square the match, and Woods never led again.
 
'He did what he had to do today,' said Woods, who was 2 under. 'He kept the ball in play and kept putting the pressure on me. I didn't make any putts today and it was very frustrating and I couldn't put the pressure back on him.'
 
Micheel won three more holes in a row after No. 3, taking a 3-up lead when Woods missed a 5-foot par putt at the sixth.
 
Woods got within 2-down when Micheel bogeyed the seventh, but fell back to 3-down with a three-putt bogey at the ninth. He dropped as many as 4-down, but was able to keep it within three when he birdied the 18th and Micheel made bogey from a pair of bunkers.
 
A par at the 19th hole and a birdie at the 20th -- on a 15-foot putt at the Wentworth Club's par-3 second -- got Woods within 1-down. But Micheel made two birdies in a four-hole stretch to go 3-up.
 
Woods was still 3-down headed to the 30th hole -- the par-5 12th. He made his first birdie in 10 holes, but Micheel went 4-up when he made eagle.
 
Both players parred the next three to give Micheel the win.
 
'He beats most of us more times than we get a chance to beat him,' Micheel said. 'I finish second to him more times than he finishes second to me, but he didn't play his best today.'
 
Micheel was able to do what the rest of the field needed him to do -- knock off the player who was favored to walk away with the $1.86 million first-place prize.
 
The player who, in a six-week span, had won the British Open, the Buick Open, the PGA Championship, the Bridgestone Invitational and the Deutsche Bank Championship.
 
'This certainly wasn't expected,' Micheel said. 'I just was out trying to have a good day, play my game, hit the ball in the fairway and make my putts.
 
'We each had our share of bogeys and mishaps, but it feels really special to beat him. He played pretty well but did not make the putts he usually does.'
 
Also a surprise loser, Jim Furyk was knocked out when he dropped a 4-and-3 decision to European Ryder Cup rookie Robert Karlsson of Sweden.
 
Expected to anchor the U.S. Ryder Cup team with Woods and Phil Mickelson, Furyk entered the tournament ranked No. 2 in the world -- his highest ranking ever -- after winning the Canadian Open last week.
 
He didn't have a bogey until the 25th hole, but his steadiness wasn't enough. Karlsson shot a 64 to go 5-up after the first 18 holes and was never ahead by less than 3-up the rest of the way.
 
'This is just a fantastic bonus,' said Karlsson. 'Going against the second player in the world, you expect a pretty rapid exit.'
 
In three other matches involving players who will be at the K Club next week, Colin Montgomerie defeated David Howell, 1-up, in a match between Ryder Cup teammates; Paul Casey routed Retief Goosen, 6 and 4; and Luke Donald made it four victories for European Ryder Cuppers with a 1-up win over Tim Clark.
 
The European side was also encouraged by the news that teammate Darren Clarke, playing for the first time since the death of his wife, Heather, from cancer last month, shot a 4 under in the Madrid Open.
 
'It's nice to see him doing well. I wish him all the best this week,' Donald said. 'To play well this week and get a few competitive rounds under his belt, especially some rounds under par, will do him a lot of good.'
 
Not that all the players saw this week as a precursor to the Ryder Cup.
 
'This is one of the biggest tournaments I've ever played in, but it's definitely not a rehearsal for next week's Ryder Cup,' said Karlsson. 'It is a fantastic opportunity to practice some match play and an extra bonus that I get more than one game here.'
 
In the other matches Thursday, defending champion Michael Campbell opened with a 3-and-1 victory over Simon Khan; Mike Weir was a 3-and-2 winner over Adam Scott; and six-time Match Play champion Ernie Els was ousted by Angel Cabrera, 2 and 1.
 
Cabrera clinched that match when Els hooked his drive badly at the 35th hole, knocking into some trees and out of bounds.
 
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    More sun, dry conditions expected early at Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 9:14 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – An atypically dry Scottish summer is expected to continue this week at The Open.

    There’s a possibility of a few showers Thursday and Friday, but otherwise conditions are expected to remain dry with temperatures around 70 degrees and winds in the 15-20 mph range.

    The forecast for the opening round at Carnoustie is sunshine with clouds developing later in the day. The high is expected to be around 70 degrees, with winds increasing throughout the day, maxing out at 18 mph.


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    There’s a chance of rain overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, but it’s not expected to slow down the fiery conditions.

    It’s been one of the driest summers in recent memory, leading to fairways that are baked out and fescue rough that is lighter and thinner than in previous years.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 8:40 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 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 Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 8:30 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.