We made it to The Open by the weekend. It took 29 hours of coverage, a few times the whole night marathon and lots of coffee, but we are here. The weekend at the Open could be the best two days in the Gulf. The schedule is much more manageable. You can wake up at a reasonably reasonable time compared to the first two days, get breakfast and coffee, schedule the day and still have the afternoon to do real life things.
A total of 79 players made the cut this year from 3 years. The spread is nine shots and on Saturday, Carnoustie seems to be playable deep down the leaderboard for these pursuers. There is absolutely no wind and it is a bit softer from the beginning of the week after a good rainy day on Friday. So it could be a moving day, especially for some of the superstar names that have to go low. This includes Tiger Woods, who has six shots back in the middle of the field and has shown this on Saturdays this year.
Tiger Woods leads the PGA Tour this season in the third round, averaging 68.44.
̵1; Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) July 21, 2018
We will spend 11 hours connecting to pursue a moving day full of opportunities. Updates and screws for the day below:
4:30 pm – We're on! The coffee is served and we feel refreshed after a good night's sleep compared to the last two days. There is no wind in Carnoustie and we hear it in the third round. Golf Channel begins reporting until NBC takes over at 7am. So I start my day with Terry Gannon and Nick Faldo.
5:20 – Bryson DeChambeau takes the first tea with Henrik Stenson. He's in his weather gear and his Hogan hat. He looks like an older mafia boss in a monochrome jump suit with all white shoes and the old man's cap. He just does it. I am sure that this is state-of-the-art Puma gear, but from a distance this is the look.
5:45 – Minimal action in the early stages. The biggest names on the course are Pat Reed, Justin Rose, Stenson and DeChambeau. The current Masters champion is the biggest early mover who has three birdies in his first seven holes to win even for the championship. He was my favorite before the championship, so I do not mind seeing this move. He jumped 36 points on the board.
6:15 pm – The amateur Sam Locke, who works at Paul Lawrie's Golf Center, is 3-under through his first four holes . It's a great story, and the locals in Scotland move here on the move. Locke will not win, but he's one of those great side-stories you get in a 156-person field, especially now that he trains here this weekend. The champion of 1999 in Carnoustie, Lawrie, could not play because of an injury.
7 pm – We now live on NBC. David Feherty and Justin Leonard are in the tower. Tiger Woods has arrived and he will be refueled!
7:30 am – Chris Wood lights up in the early wave and shows the later players that there's a number out there. Wood went into 31, the lowest number of the week, and then promptly started his back nine with a birdie on the 10th hole.
Wood has pushed up 46 points in the ranking and is now tied for 6th place. We hope that Woods can copy this run in about an hour.
The tee-shirt with 79 players starts shortly after nine in the morning in Scotland. You will roll from No. 1 all day long, with the anchor pairing at 11 o'clock ET (or at 16 o'clock in Scotland). Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play in successive groups right in the middle of the tee, so expect to see many of their recordings early on the NBC. It should take four hours on Saturday. Here are some of your tee times:
- 4:25: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed
- 4:35: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose
- 5:15 pm: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson
- 8:05: Phil Mickelson, Austin Cook
- 8:15: Shaun Norris, Tiger Woods
- 9:05: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka
- 10 am: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler
- 10:10 am: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell
- 10:40 am: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
- 10:50: Pat Pérez, Tommy Fleetwood
- 11:00 am: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson
Saturday Media Plan
The first two marathon days at the Open are always fun, but we have one on Saturday much manageable schedule. After two 14.5-hour transmissions, it starts well three hours later in the third round and should end at 15.00. ET. NBC joins in the weekend coverage after its Comcast sister Golf Channel took over the reins for the first 29 hours of two-day coverage. You also have the usual range of streaming options if you need them on Saturday when traveling:
4:30 am to 7:00 pm – Golf Channel
7:00 am to 3:00 pm Watch – NBC
4:30 to 3:00 pm – Golf Channel / NBC simulcast stream
4:30 to 3:00 pm – Spotlight Coverage
5:00 to 3:00 pm – 3 hole stream focusing on numbers 8 to 10
5:00 to 3:00 pm – Marquee Group Stream
4 pm to 3 pm – Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio (Ch. 92/208)
This could be the best day to score points so we could see many British Open Leaderboard moves. Anyone who makes the cut can do a dramatic chasedown – the spread was nine shots and that's about 36 holes when it gets hot. Keep up with the movement with this live board: