Jul 16, 2013 | 03:08 PM

Open Championship TV Times

Get comfortable, load up the refrigerator, and get some sleep now because while there will be 26 hours of live Open Championship coverage from Muirfield, it’s on live so it’s on very early. Here’s the schedule. And for opening-round tee times and pairings, go to the official Open website. Enjoy!

First round: Thursday, July 18. 4 a.m.-3 p.m., ESPN

Second round: Friday, July 19, 4 a.m.-3 p.m., ESPN

Third round: Saturday, July 20, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., ESPN

Final round: Sunday, July 21, 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ESPN

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Jul 16, 2013 | 08:55 AM

Grudge Match

Tiger Woods bears grudges. Just ask the players (Stephen Ames, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Rory Sabbatini, Fuzzy Zoeller), pundits (Nick Faldo, Peter Kostis, Tom Watson), caddies (Fluff Cowan, Paul Tesori, Steve Williams), teachers (Butch Harmon, Hank Haney), writers (John Feinstein, Alex Micelli), magazines (GQ, Men’s Fitness, Vanity Fair), would-be business partners (Christensen Shipyards, Ltd., The Franklin Mint), and numberless nameless others. Publicly, he usually comes to terms (albeit frostily) with his tormenters, but the truth is, Tiger neither forgives nor forgets. This week, however, he has a score to settle with a pair of nemeses who couldn’t care less how he feels about them—Mother Nature and Muirfield. The last time Tiger took them on, in 2002, he held the Masters and U.S. Open titles and seemed en route to the Grand Slam. Instead he got grandly slammed, when in round three a ferocious squall blew in from the North Sea and wrought havoc with the entire second half of the draw. Double-teamed by the dynamic duo, Tiger blew to an 81, his worst score as a professional. He has not forgotten that humiliation, and we’re about to see whether he can get even. This year the course is playing firm and fast, and the forecast is for four warm, sunny days with little wind—the same conditions as prevailed at the Opens of 2000, 2005, and 2006, all three of them won by Woods.

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Jul 15, 2013 | 06:32 AM

Thoroughly Modern Muirfield

The 142nd Open Championship begins in a few days at 120-year-old Muirfield in Scotland. And while images like the one above look classic and placid, don’t think of the Open as old and stodgy. Just the opposite, as the R&A has become quite technologically savvy. In fact, according to, the Open website can handle 10,000 web-page requests a second from five million user sites, and feature real-time scoring, player performance stats, mobile feeds, a live course view (with GPS mapping of groups and scores), plus maps, an interactive course guide, and social media. On-site spectators will be able to use their mobile devices, and also see LED scoreboards with stats, scores, player details, video highlights, and more. Sounds as if the R&A should change its name from Royal and Ancient to Ready and Accessible.

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Jul 12, 2013 | 07:52 AM

Swing Milka Swing

To golf fans, Jeev Milka Singh is presently best known as the defending champion of the Scottish Open, being held this weekend at Castle Stuart in northeastern Scotland, not far from Dornoch. But Singh has a distinguished sports pedigree away from golf. His father, Milkha Singh, is a sports hero in his own right, a track star who remains the only Indian male to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. The elder Singh, known as “The Flying Sikh,” also competed in the Summer Olympics in both 1960 and ’64, but never medaled. A movie called Run Milka Run just opened in India, but Jeev had to miss the premiere to defend his title at Castle Stuart, where he opened with a 67. While his father was a sprinter, the son knows how to run the long race: He has four wins since becoming the first Indian to qualify for the European Tour in 1994.

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