(British) Open Championship TV Schedule

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, July 17th, 2014
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British Open ChampionshipDVR ALERT! Below is the TV schedule for the Open Championship, know to some less informed as the “British” Open.

JULY 17 First Round 4 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN
JULY 18 Second Round 4 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN
JULY 19 Third Round 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN
JULY 20 Final Round 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN

All times eastern.


Will Tiger Woods Make the Cut at the Open Championship?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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British Open ChampionshipI just found the odds to win the (British) Open Championship.  No surprise that Rory McIlory and now Justin Rose (after the Scottish Open win last week) are the top favorites.  Tiger Woods is an 18-1 to win.  The bookies know people will bet on him regardless.  But I wonder, and please comment in your opinion on this, if Tiger Woods will make the cut at The Open.

Do you think Woods will make the cut?

Odds to win the Open Championship

Rory McIlroy: 14-1
Justin Rose: 14-1
Adam Scott: 16-1
Henrik Stenson: 16-1
Tiger Woods: 18-1
Martin Kaymer: 20-1
Phil Mickelson: 20-1
Graham McDowell: 25-1
Sergio Garcia: 25-1
Dustin Johnson: 33-1
Jason Day: 33-1
Rickie Fowler: 33-1
Jordan Spieth: 33-1
Bubba Watson: 40-1
Luke Donald: 40-1
Matt Kuchar: 40-1
Lee Westwood: 40-1
Angel Cabrera: 50-1
Brandt Snedeker: 50-1
Hideki Matsuyama: 50-1
Ian Poulter: 50-1
Paul Casey: 50-1
Thomas Bjorn: 50-1
Zach Johnson: 50-1


Open Championship Final Thoughts

British Open ChampionshipOn this Monday I’m once again watching the final round of the (British) Open Championship.  Great background media for golf blogging.

Congrats to Darren Clarke

This week’s Open was fantastic, and I’m so thrilled that I was wrong in my prediction that Clarke wouldn’t hold on and win.  Very happy for Darren Clarke, especially with the heartbreaks he’s gone through both on and off the course.  Well done and congratulations.  I really hope some day I run into Clarke in a pub somewhere.

Phil Mickelson

Perhaps Phil Mickelson has quieted the critics who say he can’t play links golf, myself included.  Looks like he may have finally figured it out after that super low 30 on the front nine yesterday and the T2 finish.  Strangely enough, Phil’s play actually improved as the conditions worsened.  Not sure he’ll ever win an Open, but it would be quite a story if he finally did.  He needs to do it soon though.  Not sure how many really good year’s he’ll have left with age and his physical condition with the psoriatic arthritis.

Dustin Johnson

For the 3rd time in what, the last six majors, Dustin Johnson is in the final group?  You’d have to think it is only a matter of time before DJ notches a win in a major.

Rory McIlroy

Despite being the favorite coming in to this Open, I wasn’t surprised that Rory McIlroy didn’t quite have it this past week.  This year has been huge, and I think he may have been a bit burned out.  I do think he’ll be fresh for the PGA Championship.

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Here’s another guy I’d love to hang out with in a pub somewhere.  Jimenez was in the mix for much of the week and you have to love this guy’s flare.  It almost seems like golf gives Miguel something to do during the day to kill time before he enjoys a fine wine and a cigar in the evening.  Jimenez got a ton of air time with his warm up routine.  Between his not so flat-belly body shape, his long hair and his cigar, the moves in his warmup were more entertaining than a Lady Gaga video.  His description of the routine included, “that’s me on the dance floor.”  Love it.

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler is building up a wealth of experience in pressure situations and major championships.  Though he has yet to win a tournament as a PGA pro, hanging out in the top few spots on major championship leader boards will pay dividends in the future.

Fowler’s T5 this past week is his first top-5 in a major.

Tom Watson

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…  If all major championships were played on links courses, Tom Watson would have won about 3x as many majors as Jack Nicklaus.  It was fantastic to watch Watson’s ace on the par-3 6th hole in the 2nd round.  Even more fantastic and amazing that Watson made the cut in the Open at the ripe young age of 61.  Final position for Watson, T22.

Bubba Watson

Speaking of Watsons… Bubba Watson’s (T30 at +9) skill level is sick.  He is an amazing talent who curves the ball more than anyone in golf right now.  But those high spin shots could make playing in windy “Open” conditions could make it more difficult to control the ball.  Bubba has the power for sure, but he’ll need to master low spin shots to contend in the Open in the future.

Top 10’s who missed the cut

It was quite amazing that though the Open was played in England, the top two ranked players in the world who happened to be English, missed the cut.  Perhaps #1 Luke Donald emptied his gun in winning the Scottish Open the week before?  And one of my picks to win this Open, Lee Westwood (#2 in the world) missed the cut too.  Very surprising.

Add to those two a pair of other top 10 players who missed the cut, Graeme McDowell and Matt Kuchar.

One major to go – Which Irishman will win the PGA Championship?

With the conclusion of the Open, the PGA Championship is coming up next.  Based on the fact that an Irish player has won three of the last six majors, which Irishman will win the PGA Champonship?  Perhaps Padraig Harrington?  His game hasn’t been at its best lately.  He has won it before.


2011 British Open Championship Final Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, July 17th, 2011
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POS Name Country R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 Total To Par
1 CLARKE, Darren NIR 68 68 69 70 275 -5
T2 MICKELSON , Phil USA 70 69 71 68 278 -2
T2 JOHNSON, Dustin USA 70 68 68 72 278 -2
4 BJORN, Thomas DEN 65 72 71 71 279 -1
T5 CAMPBELL, Chad USA 69 68 74 69 280 Par
T5 KIM, Anthony USA 72 68 70 70 280 Par
T5 FOWLER, Rickie USA 70 70 68 72 280 Par
8 JACQUELIN, Raphael FRA 74 67 71 69 281 +1
T9 GARCIA, Sergio ESP 70 70 74 68 282 +2
T9 DYSON, Simon ENG 68 72 72 70 282 +2
T9 LOVE III, Davis USA 70 68 72 72 282 +2
T12 STRICKER, Steve USA 69 71 72 71 283 +3
T12 KAYMER, Martin GER 68 69 73 73 283 +3
T12 GLOVER, Lucas USA 66 70 73 74 283 +3
15 COETZEE, George RSA 69 69 72 74 284 +4
T16 GREEN, Richard AUS 70 71 73 71 285 +5
T16 SCHWARTZEL, Charl RSA 71 67 75 72 285 +5
T16 YANG, YE KOR 71 69 73 72 285 +5
T16 JACOBSON, Fredrik SWE 70 70 73 72 285 +5
T16 SIMPSON, Webb USA 66 74 72 73 285 +5
T16 JOHNSON, Zach USA 72 68 71 74 285 +5
T22 WATSON, Tom USA 72 70 72 72 286 +6
T22 LEHMAN, Tom USA 71 67 73 75 286 +6
T22 HANSEN, Anders DEN 69 69 72 76 286 +6
T25 MCILROY, Rory NIR 71 69 74 73 287 +7
T25 SCOTT, Adam AUS 69 70 73 75 287 +7
T25 JIMENEZ, Miguel Angel ESP 66 71 72 78 287 +7
T28 MOORE, Ryan USA 69 74 76 69 288 +8
T28 HOWELL III, Charles USA 71 70 73 74 288 +8
T30 CINK, Stewart USA 70 71 77 71 289 +9
T30 DAY, Jason AUS 71 70 76 72 289 +9
T30 WOODLAND, Gary USA 75 68 74 72 289 +9
T30 NOH, Seung-Yul KOR 69 72 75 73 289 +9
T30 LEWIS, Tom (A) ENG 65 74 76 74 289 +9
T30 WATSON, Bubba USA 69 72 74 74 289 +9
T30 LARRAZABAL, Pablo ESP 68 70 76 75 289 +9
T30 PALMER, Ryan USA 68 71 72 78 289 +9
T38 KHAN, Simon ENG 71 72 77 70 290 +10
T38 OVERTON, Jeff USA 68 71 78 73 290 +10
T38 BOYD, Gary ENG 71 70 76 73 290 +10
T38 IKEDA, Yuta JPN 69 71 75 75 290 +10
T38 ROCK, Robert ENG 69 71 74 76 290 +10
T38 IMMELMAN, Trevor RSA 70 72 72 76 290 +10
T44 LEVIN, Spencer USA 72 69 81 69 291 +11
T44 ROSE, Justin ENG 72 70 79 70 291 +11
T44 CHOI, KJ KOR 71 72 75 73 291 +11
T44 STANLEY, Kyle USA 68 72 77 74 291 +11
T48 BOURDY, Gregory FRA 73 70 77 72 292 +12
T48 DE VRIES, Floris NED 70 73 76 73 292 +12
T48 FURYK, Jim USA 72 70 76 74 292 +12
T48 UIHLEIN, Peter (A) USA 71 71 75 75 292 +12
T48 ALLENBY , Robert AUS 69 72 75 76 292 +12
T48 MCEVOY, Richard ENG 69 72 75 76 292 +12
T54 CASEY, Paul ENG 74 69 78 72 293 +13
T54 SABBATINI, Rory RSA 71 70 77 75 293 +13
T54 OOSTHUIZEN, Louis RSA 72 70 74 77 293 +13
T57 HAAS, Bill USA 72 70 79 73 294 +14
T57 HAVRET, Gregory FRA 72 71 78 73 294 +14
T57 BARNES , Ricky USA 68 74 78 74 294 +14
T57 ANDERSSON HED, Fredrik SWE 68 75 77 74 294 +14
T57 GALLACHER , Stephen SCO 70 71 77 76 294 +14
T57 VAN PELT, Bo USA 73 69 73 79 294 +14
T63 MILLAR, Matthew AUS 71 72 80 73 296 +16
T63 LUITEN, Joost NED 73 69 79 75 296 +16
T63 WILSON, Mark USA 74 68 75 79 296 +16
T66 LAWRIE, Paul SCO 73 70 81 73 297 +17
T66 MOLINARI , Edoardo ITA 69 74 76 78 297 +17
68 STENSON, Henrik SWE 72 71 75 80 298 +18
69 FRAZAR, Harrison USA 72 70 77 80 299 +19
70 FERRIE, Kenneth ENG 71 71 76 83 301 +21
71 HWANG, Jung-Gon KOR 68 74 83 79 304 +24

Open Championship round three underway

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, July 16th, 2011
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British Open ChampionshipThe first two days of the Open Championship have been terrific.  I watched round two nearly three times yesterday.  There are some very interesting stories, both good and bad.

The Bad

Amazing that several top 10 players have missed the cut.  Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar all went home early.  Very surprising for me that the first three of that list missed the cut, being that they should have tons of experience at links golf, all from the UK.  Kuchar wasn’t as big of a surprise, since his game is so “American.”

It was surprising also that FedEx Cup leading Nick Watney missed the cut as well as Padraig Harrington.

Too bad one of my favorite players Angel Cabrera didn’t make it either.  Really like that guy.

The Good

Two aces in the first two days.  One by Dustin Johnson (who made the cut and is playing fairly well) and the other by the ever amazing Tom Watson.  If all four majors were links style, Watson would have racked up about 50 major championships.  Watson has made the cut and also is in the clubhouse in round three with one of the lowest rounds of the day.  Pretty damn good for 61 years old!

Surprisingly Phil Mickelson came into today only three shots back.  Has he finally figured out links golf?  The more I analyze Phil’s game, the more I think that perhaps it isn’t his “high ball style” which causes him problems.  It is his errant driving and smooth putting stroke.  The greens over there are much slower, and I think that gives Phil trouble.

I’m amazed that Darren Clarke managed to put himself in the lead after day two.  How cool would it be if he could hold on and win?  I have my doubts that he can last, but I’d love to see it.

Both Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler finished round two at even par, only four shots off the lead.  They’re right there.

Weather On The Weekend

There are many players within striking distance coming into round three, as there were 30 players between even par and the leading number of -4.  With the weather today turning to rain and more wind, anyone could come out of the pack and win this thing.

I’d love to chat more, but the DVR is working on today’s coverage and I’m off to play in my City Amateur.  Wish me luck.


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