European Perspective

By Tom AbbottMarch 18, 2010, 1:42 am

The European Tour returns to North Africa this week with the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. The geographic location is significant, for it was on the northern portion of the African continent that in 1982, then Executive Director and now Golf Channel analyst, Ken Schofield took the tour outside of European territory for the very first time with the Tunisian Open. Twenty-eight years later, the European Tour schedule plays 22 of its 50 events outside of Europe.

I was chatting with Schofield about the decision recently, and he told me he encountered a slight resistance, mainly from the purists for moving off “home soil.” But because the tournament was played a week earlier than the usual kick-off, no existing events were jeopardized and the tour members had an additional opportunity to earn their living, it went ahead without incident.

Many players already traveled to Africa to play the South African Sunshine Tour in those days, but restrictions stemming from Apartheid prohibited them from playing elsewhere in the continent, however the tour managed to avoid that loop-hole because the event was sanctioned by a British based organization. Sunshine Tour regular, Mark James took the title in the tournaments second playing.

The European Tour began traveling to Morocco later that decade, visiting this week’s venue, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in the capital Rabat, and the late King’s (for whom this week’s tournament is named) course in Agadir. The story goes that when the tour made its second visit to the latter in 1994, such was the privacy and therefore rare play of the course, that when the staging team arrived for a survey and to ready it for tournament play, the tee markers and pin positions were in the exact same spots they’d placed them in the year before.

A rarity this week in European golf, both the men and women will be playing in the same country at the same time in concurrent pro-ams. The men will be in Rabat, the women down the road in Casablanca.

Among the men in the field is Paul McGinley, who returns to action following a sixth operation on his left knee in November. The former Ryder Cup player and four-time tour winner has been recuperating in California but is now ready to return to action.

On the women’s side, Scottish teenager Carly Booth is making her professional debut. Booth has huge potential both in sporting and marketing circles and could provide a much needed boost to British women’s golf. Despite recent major victories from Karen Stupples and Catriona Matthew, the sport has failed to capture the public interest. Success from Carly and 22-year-old Melissa Reid from England, who’s also in the field this week having been on the tour for the past two seasons, will provide a much needed spark.

We’ve just passed the “200 days to go” marker in the run-up to the Ryder Cup. I know it seems a long way off, and indeed it is with all the hullabaloo that will occur between now and then for obvious reasons, but work continues on the Twenty-Ten course to ready it for the big occasion on the first three days of October.

Estate Manager, Jim McKenzie, has been implementing the changes authorized by European captain Colin Montgomerie, which involve tweaks to holes on the back-nine despite the awful weather the region has experienced. Snow blanketed the course for much of January and February.

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But remember, and I can say this because I have Welsh heritage and family living in South Wales, in the words of Nick Faldo’s closing speech at the 2008 Ryder Cup, don’t forget to bring your rain gear.

And finally, fans of Peter Alliss will be pleased to know the legendary commentator and Ryder Cup player will be touring later this year. Peter will be conducting “An Evening with Peter Alliss” at various theatres across the UK.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:45 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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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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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  

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 (