Stenson wins Deutsche Bank in record-tying fashion

By Will GraySeptember 3, 2013, 1:13 am

NORTON, Mass. – For the past few years, Henrik Stenson was viewed as a once-elite player whose game, sadly, had largely deserted him.

Thanks to a torrid stretch of golf this summer that reached a zenith Monday under gray skies at TPC Boston, the Swede has officially ditched that label and once again taken his place among the world’s best.

Closing with a 5-under 66 amid soggy conditions, Stenson cruised to a two-shot victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship for his first PGA Tour title in more than four years, and moved to sixth in the world rankings.

“It feels great to get (a win) here this week,” said Stenson, who finished ahead of Steve Stricker while tying the tournament scoring record of 22-under 262. “There’s never a bad time to win a golf tournament, I know that much.”

Beginning the day two shots behind overnight leader Sergio Garcia, Stenson rebounded from a bogey at the second hole with a string of three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6 to take sole possession of the lead. As the Spaniard continued to struggle, Stenson increased his advantage to three shots with a birdie at No. 8 before rain temporarily stopped play, and would not relinquish his spot atop the leaderboard for the balance of the day.

“It was a tough start for all of us in the final group, we all dropped a couple shots early,” he noted. “I guess I was the one that bounced back the best.”

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Few players have as firm a grasp on both the highs and lows that the game has to offer as does Stenson, who moved to as high as No. 4 in the world following his win at The Players Championship in 2009. After a dry spell across the subsequent two years, though, Stenson slipped to as far as 230th in the rankings and questioned whether he could ever regain his old form.

“2011 was a really poor season by any standards,” explained Stenson, who was ranked 133rd in the world exactly one year ago.

His meteoric rise back up the rankings, however, has surprisingly been faster than his previous decline. Still in need of an invitation to the Masters this past March, the 37-year-old played his way into the top 50 in the world thanks to a runner-up finish at the Shell Houston Open, earning a trip down Magnolia Lane in the process.

Little did he know, that was only a precursor of what was to come.

Stenson fell just short of a playoff at the Scottish Open in July, tying for third behind Phil Mickelson, before again finishing behind Mickelson at the British Open the following week. That success was followed by another runner-up at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which led to a tie for third at last month’s PGA Championship.

Though the late-season stretch has been as taxing as it has been successful for the Swede, he explained after the final round that his string of high results has helped to fuel his game during a period where he has often felt physically drained.

“When you’re up in the hunt, you keep going. It’s the Duracell bunny style,” Stenson quipped. “You just keep on going, and when you have a chance to win you’re going to try your hardest.”

Among the best ball-strikers in the world, Stenson entered this week ranked first on the PGA Tour in GIR percentage – a position that was further bolstered by his effort at TPC Boston, where he reached a career-best 61 of 72 greens in regulation.

Despite his tee-to-green prowess this week, though, the title was essentially clinched on a hole where he failed to give himself a birdie putt.

Bunkered at the par-4 17th with a two-shot lead, Stenson deftly clipped the ball from soft sand and watched it trickle into the hole for an unexpected birdie, his sixth of the day.

“I had a good lie in the bunker; I thought I was going to leave a 4-6 footer for par,” said Stenson, whose two-shot margin of victory was secured despite a three-putt par at the home hole. “That made the walk up 18 a little bit easier.”

After spending the summer trying to chase down many of the world’s best players, Stenson will now head to the BMW Championship as the one being chased. With his first career trip to the Tour Championship secure, he will tee it up at Conway Farms’ in two weeks as the newest leader of the FedEx Cup standings.

According to Stenson, becoming the target of the other 69 players still in the running for the season-long title is a burden he’s more than willing to bear.

“I’ve always been a pretty good front runner; I always liked to think that the other guy is going to have to play better than I do,” added Stenson, whose advantage over world No. 1 Tiger Woods is a slim 14 points. “I’m just going to continue to try to play my best, and that’s gotten me a very long way.”

Despite his consistent appearances on leaderboards this summer, Stenson had previously been unable to hoist a trophy – a fact for which he claimed earlier this week he had no regrets.

That all changed Monday, erasing any lingering sense of disappointment and adding yet another highlight to his already impressive comeback season.

“I’ve been playing really well and they’ve been won by some great players in great ways,” he said of his recent close calls. “Today was my turn.”

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 2:30 pm

Tiger Woods is under par in the final round of the 147th Open Championship and stalking the lead. We're tracking him on Sunday at Carnoustie.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

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)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

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 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  

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 (

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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.”