French Connections - COPIED

By Tom AbbottJuly 27, 2009, 4:00 pm
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France - Sitting in the lounge on the top floor of our hotel with the lights of Lausanne shimmering in the distance on the far side of Lake Geneva, I'm reminded that Lausanne is the home of the Olympic organization. Next month, somewhere among those flickering lights the Olympic committee will announce whether golf will be included in the summer games of 2016.

Tom Traveler: On Monday, I flew from Glasgow to London on the same flight as Tom Watson. I first noticed him sitting in the lounge, reading a newspaper, which featured on the front page, a sizable photo of himself standing next to Stewart Cink.
Tom and his wife were some of the last passengers to board the aircraft. As they got to their seats, the entire plane erupted into applause. It was a hairs-standing-on-end' moment. Tom sat in business class, although the seats were exactly the same as coach ' knees touching the seat in front.
When we arrived at Heathrow, the baggage came off in two waves. Mine and the Watsons came off in the second wave and we stood waiting for about 30 minutes.
Guess even five-time British Open (and three-time Senior British Open) champions have to deal with the same travel inconveniences as everyone else.

Frightening Fire: Here in Evian on Thursday, talk centered around three things: The Solheim Cup (after next weeks Ricoh Womens British Open the teams will be finalized), the Armageddon- like-storm which was predicted but never came, and a fire in a hotel on Wednesday night which was nearly fatal.
Amy Yang and her father had relocated to the hotel for one night so as not to wake roommate Jee Young Lee with their 4 a.m. wake-up call. At about 10pm, Yangs father noticed a strange smell and realized it might be fire. He awoke his daughter and discovered their only route of escape was out of the second floor window. Yang's father threw the clubs out the window, chucked a couple of mattresses too, and both jumped to safety.
Catriona Matthew and her husband/caddie Graeme were also in the building. They ran out on foot, but Graeme returned to gather a few extra things. On his return he burnt his feet on burning embers. He is expected to be back to full strength in about ten days.
This morning, Jun Yang, Amys father went back to the hotel and managed to retrieve their passports. The documents had a little water damage but the all important US visas appeared intact.

Soccer Stars: The annual charity football match with golfers and celebrity athletes took place Thursday evening. France's Zinedine Zidane turned up as usual, but the Evian Masters side was beaten 10-5. The team included our very own producer Beth Hutter, who played soccer for the University of Virginia team and had participated in US Olympic team trials. Even she said she was still intimated by Zidane.
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    Van Rooyen continues links run with impressive 67

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:27 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For Erik van Rooyen familiarity has not bred contempt.

    The South African, like many European Tour players, has been on a links golf odyssey the last three weeks, playing the Irish Open, Scottish Open and this week’s Open Championship in consecutive weeks, and the crash course paid off on Day 1 at Carnoustie when he opened with a 4-under 67 to assure himself a spot among the early leaders.

    Although van Rooyen missed the cut last week just down the coast at Gullane Golf Club, he entered the final round in Ireland with a four-stroke lead.

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    “I didn't pull it off the final day,” said van Rooyen, who closed with a 74 to tie for fourth place. “I still think I played pretty well. I was nervous. That's completely normal, and I'll learn how to deal with that. I'll take that experience into tournaments like this.”

    Van Rooyen, who was alone in second place when he completed his round, began his round with back-to-back birdies and was bogey-free until the last hole. It was just what one would expect from a player who has immersed himself in links golf for the better part of a month.

    “We've been playing nice golf now the last three weeks, so definitely used to the way this course is playing, definitely used to handling the wind,” he said. “So I'll be ready.”

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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 TaylorMade got him 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 (