British Open 2017 live stream: How to watch Friday online

The second round gets underway at Royal Birkdale.

The Open Championship moves to the second round on Friday at Royal Birkdale. It’ll be a long day on the links on the English coast, with some players jockeying for position atop the leaderboard and others scrambling not to miss the cut.

British Open TV schedule 2017

Golf Channel will broadcast the action starting at 1:30 a.m. ET and running until 4 p.m.

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The Golf Channel app and official website will carry live coverage.


At The Open, the top 70 players in the field (plus ties) survive to play beyond the 36 holes. How many shots a player sits off the lead doesn’t matter, as long as he’s within 70 leaderboard places of the guy leading the pack. That makes for some interesting head-to-head competition in the middle of the pack, because the players on the fringe are the ones who set the cut. It’s different from tournaments where the cut is determined by a specific deficit. In some ways, it can make Fridays more fun.

Birkdale isn’t all that long, a par-70 course that’s playing this week at 7,156 yards. But high winds can and do visit the grounds, and the fairways are as narrow as they are flat. It’s not an easy place to play. When Padraig Harrington won The Open there nine years ago, he did it with a score of 3-over.

What players appreciate about Birkdale more than anything is its fairness.

“You get much more consistent bounces, so the well-struck shots are rewarded and typically end up about where you would anticipate,” Phil Mickelson says.

Online streams:

1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Golf Channel broadcast simulcast stream

1:30-11:30 a.m. — “First Tee” stream

4 a.m.-3 p.m. — Featured holes stream

Marquee group stream

Spotlight stream

Friday British Open tee times

These times are Eastern, with players teeing off in groups of three for just about as long as there’s daylight on the grounds:

  • 1:35 a.m.: Andrew Johnston, Adam Hadwin, Todd Hamilton
  • 1:46 a.m.: John Daly, Adam Bland, a-Connor Syme
  • 1:57 a.m.: William McGirt, Toby Tree, Jamie Lovemark
  • 2:08 a.m.: Matthew Griffin, Austin Connelly, Matthew Southgate
  • 2:19 a.m.: Cameron Smith, Bill Haas, Callum Shinkwin
  • 2:30 a.m.: Michael Hendry, Brian Harman, Martin Laird
  • 2:41 a.m.: Ernie Els, Ross Fisher, Bernd Wiesberger
  • 2:52 a.m.: Tyrrell Hatton, Martin Kaymer, Aaron Baddeley
  • 3:03 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia
  • 3:14 a.m.: Andy Sullivan, Joost Luiten, David Lipsky
  • 3:25 a.m.: Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Paul Casey
  • 3:36 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Richie Ramsay, Ryan Fox
  • 3:47 a.m.: Kevin Kisner, Charley Hoffman, David Drysdale
  • 4:03 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Hideto Tanihara, Thorbjorn Olesen
  • 4:14 a.m.: Jhonattan Vegas, Brandon Stone, Sean O’Hair
  • 4:25 a.m.: Daniel Berger, Pablo Larrazabal, Yuta Ikeda
  • 4:36 a.m.: Paul Lawrie, Kevin Chappell, Yusaku Miyazato
  • 4:47 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel
  • 4:58 a.m.: Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood
  • 5:09 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Marc Leishman
  • 5:20 a.m.: Scott Hend, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Bubba Watson
  • 5:31 a.m.: Paul Waring, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Na
  • 5:42 a.m.: Giwhan Kim, Xander Schauffele, Andrew Dodt
  • 5:53 a.m.: Haotong Li, Kent Bulle, Haydn McCullen
  • 6:04 a.m.: Jbe Kruger, Nick McCarthy, Ashley Hall
  • 6:15 a.m.: Ryan McCarthy, Laurie Canter, Sebastian Munoz
  • 6:36 a.m.: Mark O’Meara, Chris Wood, Ryan Moore
  • 6:47 a.m.: Phachara Khongwatmai, a-Maverick McNealy, Stuart Manley
  • 6:58 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Sandy Lyle, Jeunghun Wang
  • 7:09 a.m.: Paul Broadhurst, Thongchai Jaidee, Roberto Castro
  • 7:20 a.m.: Tom Lehman, Ben An, Darren Fichardt
  • 7:31 a.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Billy Horschel, Danny Willett
  • 7:42 a.m.: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Steve Stricker, Emiliano Grillo
  • 7:53 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Branden Grace, Bryson DeChambeau
  • 8:04 a.m.: Alex Noren, Russell Knox, Ian Poulter
  • 8:15 a.m.: David Duval, Prayad Marksaeng, K.T. Kim
  • 8:26 a.m.: Younghan Song, David Horsey, Dylan Frittelli
  • 8:37 a.m.: Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Charles Howell III, Shiv Kapur
  • 8:48 a.m.: Russell Henley, Fabrizio Zanotti, Peter Uihlein
  • 9:04 a.m.: Alexander Levy, Brendan Steele, Webb Simpson
  • 9:15 a.m.: Wesley Bryan, Anirban Lahiri, a-Alfie Plant
  • 9:26 a.m.: Darren Clarke, Gary Woodland, a-Harry Ellis
  • 9:37 a.m.: Padraig Harrington, Pat Perez, Thomas Pieters
  • 9:48 a.m.: Henrik Stenson, Si Woo Kim, Jordan Spieth
  • 9:59 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas
  • 10:10 a.m.: Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 10:21 a.m.: J.B. Holmes, Brandt Snedeker, Shane Lowry
  • 10:32 a.m.: Richard Bland, Shaun Norris, a-Luca Cianchetti
  • 10:43 a.m.: Yikeun Chang, Chan Kim, Mark Foster
  • 10:54 a.m.: Sung-Hoon Kang, Tony Finau, Matthieu Pavon
  • 11:05 a.m.: Alexander Bjork, Joe Dean, Robert Streb
  • 11:16 a.m.: Robert Dinwiddie, Julian Suri, Adam Hodkinson
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British Open TV schedule 2017: Coverage of Round 2 at Royal Birkdale

With the cut looming, several stars need to make a move in England.

With Thursday’s opening-round jitters — and any concerns of lingering jet lag — in the rear view, the field at the 2017 British Open is beginning to jell.

On Friday, the stage will be set for the championship rounds.

The second round of the Open will be the last for approximately half the field, and we’ve seen big names fail to advance to the weekend in 2017’s other majors. The cut at the Masters claimed names like Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, and Alex Noren. Favorites like Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, and Jon Rahm all failed to last four rounds at this year’s U.S. Open.

More big names are slated to fall Friday on one of the PGA Tour’s most unforgiving courses. The Royal Birkdale is hosting its 10th British Open, and its links are a perfect encapsulation of the sport’s history on the isle. The course takes advantage of the rolling valleys of England’s west coast, dropping wide greens into a pastoral backdrop.

At 7,200 yards, the course isn’t especially long, and a lack of trees and water hazards gives the impression that golfers can take big drives off the tee with little risk. However, a minefield of deep bunkers nestled throughout Birkdale’s fairways are designed to steal shots and stop progress. Once these pros get to the green, a long, undulating path stands between them and the hole.

The challenge there is real. Padraig Harrington won the Open at the Royal Birkdale with a +3 final score. He finished four strokes ahead of the next closest competitor. Only four golfers could claim a score of +9 or lower that weekend. In 1998, the only thing that got champion Mark O’Meara under par for the event was a four-hole playoff with Brian Watts.

That increased difficulty will soften the curve by which the cut is set, but expect to see some big names leaving Southport early on Friday evening. This year’s Open is host to a stacked field that includes all the the world’s top 25 golfers along with veteran stars like Harrington, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, and the always-entertaining John Daly.

Here’s how you can catch all of Friday’s action live, whether it’s on television, on the radio, or streaming over the internet.

Friday’s second round coverage (all times ET)

Television:

1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Golf Channel

Online streams:

1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Golf Channel broadcast simulcast stream

1:30-11:30 a.m. — “First Tee” stream

4 a.m.-3 p.m. — Featured holes stream

Marquee group stream

Spotlight stream

Radio:

3 a.m.-1 p.m. — Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio (Ch. 92/208)

Friday’s tee times and groupings (all times Eastern)

  • 1:35 a.m.: Andrew Johnston, Adam Hadwin, Todd Hamilton
  • 1:46 a.m.: John Daly, Adam Bland, a-Connor Syme
  • 1:57 a.m.: William McGirt, Toby Tree, Jamie Lovemark
  • 2:08 a.m.: Matthew Griffin, Austin Connelly, Matthew Southgate
  • 2:19 a.m.: Cameron Smith, Bill Haas, Callum Shinkwin
  • 2:30 a.m.: Michael Hendry, Brian Harman, Martin Laird
  • 2:41 a.m.: Ernie Els, Ross Fisher, Bernd Wiesberger
  • 2:52 a.m.: Tyrrell Hatton, Martin Kaymer, Aaron Baddeley
  • 3:03 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia
  • 3:14 a.m.: Andy Sullivan, Joost Luiten, David Lipsky
  • 3:25 a.m.: Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Paul Casey
  • 3:36 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Richie Ramsay, Ryan Fox
  • 3:47 a.m.: Kevin Kisner, Charley Hoffman, David Drysdale
  • 4:03 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Hideto Tanihara, Thorbjorn Olesen
  • 4:14 a.m.: Jhonattan Vegas, Brandon Stone, Sean O’Hair
  • 4:25 a.m.: Daniel Berger, Pablo Larrazabal, Yuta Ikeda
  • 4:36 a.m.: Paul Lawrie, Kevin Chappell, Yusaku Miyazato
  • 4:47 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel
  • 4:58 a.m.: Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood
  • 5:09 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Marc Leishman
  • 5:20 a.m.: Scott Hend, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Bubba Watson
  • 5:31 a.m.: Paul Waring, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Na
  • 5:42 a.m.: Giwhan Kim, Xander Schauffele, Andrew Dodt
  • 5:53 a.m.: Haotong Li, Kent Bulle, Haydn McCullen
  • 6:04 a.m.: Jbe Kruger, Nick McCarthy, Ashley Hall
  • 6:15 a.m.: Ryan McCarthy, Laurie Canter, Sebastian Munoz
  • 6:36 a.m.: Mark O’Meara, Chris Wood, Ryan Moore
  • 6:47 a.m.: Phachara Khongwatmai, a-Maverick McNealy, Stuart Manley
  • 6:58 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Sandy Lyle, Jeunghun Wang
  • 7:09 a.m.: Paul Broadhurst, Thongchai Jaidee, Roberto Castro
  • 7:20 a.m.: Tom Lehman, Ben An, Darren Fichardt
  • 7:31 a.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Billy Horschel, Danny Willett
  • 7:42 a.m.: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Steve Stricker, Emiliano Grillo
  • 7:53 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Branden Grace, Bryson DeChambeau
  • 8:04 a.m.: Alex Noren, Russell Knox, Ian Poulter
  • 8:15 a.m.: David Duval, Prayad Marksaeng, K.T. Kim
  • 8:26 a.m.: Younghan Song, David Horsey, Dylan Frittelli
  • 8:37 a.m.: Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Charles Howell III, Shiv Kapur
  • 8:48 a.m.: Russell Henley, Fabrizio Zanotti, Peter Uihlein
  • 9:04 a.m.: Alexander Levy, Brendan Steele, Webb Simpson
  • 9:15 a.m.: Wesley Bryan, Anirban Lahiri, a-Alfie Plant
  • 9:26 a.m.: Darren Clarke, Gary Woodland, a-Harry Ellis
  • 9:37 a.m.: Padraig Harrington, Pat Perez, Thomas Pieters
  • 9:48 a.m.: Henrik Stenson, Si Woo Kim, Jordan Spieth
  • 9:59 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas
  • 10:10 a.m.: Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 10:21 a.m.: J.B. Holmes, Brandt Snedeker, Shane Lowry
  • 10:32 a.m.: Richard Bland, Shaun Norris, a-Luca Cianchetti
  • 10:43 a.m.: Yikeun Chang, Chan Kim, Mark Foster
  • 10:54 a.m.: Sung-Hoon Kang, Tony Finau, Matthieu Pavon
  • 11:05 a.m.: Alexander Bjork, Joe Dean, Robert Streb
  • 11:16 a.m.: Robert Dinwiddie, Julian Suri, Adam Hodkinson
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MLB trade rumors roundup: Justin Verlander, Justin Wilson, and more

Trade rumors keeps on turnin’, rumor roundup keeps on burnin’.

A few big names are being bandied about in advance of the trade deadline, but until they actually get the call to say they’re going to another team they are technically only rumors in the rumor mill. So once again, we’ve rounded up all of the day’s hottest (or not so hot) trade rumors in one easy place for you to consume.

  • Zack Cozart is probably not going to sign an extension in Cincinnati, so the Reds will look to get a return on him before the season is out. How much they could get back in this market remains to be seen, as does whether his love of donkeys will be a selling point.
  • The Cubs are still in need of a backup catcher, and one of their targets remains Alex Avila. Chicago is looking for veteran help, and while he’s not the only person on their list it’s looking likely that a prospect could change hands to boost the Cubs in their playoff push.
  • Of everyone the Mets are listening to offers on, Addison Reed seems to be eliciting the most interest from around the league. Where he’ll go, nobody knows … yet.
  • The Rays are showing interest in Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos. Miami shipped David Phelps out of town this week, but they clearly aren’t done getting rid of some pitching talent just yet.
  • Milwaukee’s interest in pitchers isn’t stopping at Verlander as they are also making some calls about the Mets’ Addison Reed. New York has established itself as a seller already and the Brewers have established themselves as really needing to fix their pitching staff. So this could actually work!
  • Seeing as Detroit just acquired a trio of middle infielders, Jose Iglesias is probably not long for that world. In this case, not long might mean as soon as before this trade deadline if Detroit can find a buyer.
  • Even with all of the talk around Sonny Gray leaving Oakland and the many teams interested in his services, the Cubs haven’t been included in those conversations. Until now, as it looks like they are dipping their toes in the Sonny Gray bidding pool even though they just got a top-of-the-line starter from across town in Jose Quintana.
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Hugh Freeze fired: New Ole Miss HC Matt Luke steps into a brutal situation

The Mississippi native and Ole Miss alum will take over for Hugh Freeze.

Hugh Freeze is out as Ole Miss’ head football coach, with multiple outlets reporting the university found at least one call to an escort service on his university phone.

His replacement, the school announced Thursday evening, is offensive line coach Matt Luke, who takes the job just a month and a half before Ole Miss’ first game.

Luke, an Ole Miss alum who hails from Gulfport, Miss., is entering his sixth season on the Rebels’ staff.

He’d been serving as co-offensive coordinator in addition to his duties with the team’s offensive line. Luke was a four-year letterman on the line from 1995 to 1998. He worked as a student assistant for the Rebels after that, and he returned to coach their tight ends after a spell coaching offensive linemen at Murray State.

Luke entertained an offer from South Carolina to take its vacant offensive line coaching position in the offseason, multiple sources told SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey.

Ole Miss retained Luke with an aggressive offer, specifically as a fallback interim coach if Freeze didn’t survive an ongoing NCAA scandal, those sources said.

Freeze’s predecessor at Ole Miss, Houston Nutt, recently filed a complaint against the school’s athletic department in a U.S. district court in Mississippi. Nutt’s lawyer turned over information about the call to Ole Miss, Yahoo’s Pat Forde reported on Thursday.

Nutt alleges Ole Miss manipulated members of the media into pinning a series of NCAA violations on his administration. As it’s turned out, most of the NCAA’s allegations against Ole Miss fall under Freeze’s watch.

Luke is stepping into a challenging situation in Oxford.

July is an extraordinarily late time to step into a head coaching role. The Rebels’ 2017 opener is Sept. 2 against South Alabama. Luke has familiarity with what Ole Miss does from his years coaching in the program, but the timeline here is nonetheless short.

No matter what Luke does in his first year at Ole Miss, he won’t reach the postseason. Ole Miss self-imposed a bowl ban in February, after it made public a batch of NCAA allegations in addition to ones that had come to light in May 2016. Self-imposed sanctions like bowl bans are a common tactic for schools who want NCAA mercy.

Sources told SB Nation’s Godfrey that there are no new developments into the NCAA’s investigation, which is now about a half-decade old.

Until his resignation, Ole Miss appeared prepared to back Freeze against a torrent of NCAA charges. Firing him over its NCAA troubles would’ve been a risky play for the school.

Freeze’s departure doesn’t mean Ole Miss isn’t facing more NCAA problems. The school has yet to go before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, and the NCAA has yet to render a formal punishment for anything it believes the football program did. Luke inherits this dark cloud from his former boss.

Ole Miss’ 2017 team might not be bad.

Freeze’s departure could lead to transfers, so nothing’s for sure, but Ole Miss still has former five-star quarterback Shea Patterson and a host of potent skill players on offense. An SEC schedule is hard, and Ole Miss missed a bowl game last year. But the Rebels still have more high-end offensive talent than most of the country.

There’s still talent on the defense, too, from when Freeze went on a brilliant recruiting run that’s now been called into question. If Ole Miss won some games this year, nobody would be surprised.

But on the whole, the program has miles to go to dig out of its current hole.

Luke is the man charged with grabbing the shovel.

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Twins reportedly close to acquiring Jaime Garcia from Braves

Multiple teams were reportedly interested before this trade partnership crystalized.

The Twins are reportedly close to acquiring Jaime Garcia from the Braves, As Ken Rosenthal reports. Other pieces in a potential trade package have not yet been revealed. Multiple teams supposedly made inquiries to Atlanta about their veteran starter, including the Yankees and the Royals who have both been looking for pitching help.

Contributing to the probability that this trade goes through soon, the Braves scratched AAA pitcher Aaron Blair from a planned start, presumably so he could slot in for Garcia’s next start once the deal is done.

Garcia is a free agent after this season and currently sports a 3-7 record in 17 starts with a 4.33 ERA. Not incredible, but enough that he could help a team in the hunt like the Twins who are currently a half a game back of Cleveland for the division lead.

His statistics are also not too far off from what he was putting up last year, so teams know what they’re getting in this trade and aren’t necessarily buying low and hoping for a miraculous turnaround. Garcia is who he says he is.

At this stage in his career, he can definitely make for a useful starter in the back end of a rotation, which is what the Royals were hoping for and something the Twins could definitely use seeing as they are currently relying on Adalberto Mejía and Bartolo Colon as their fourth and fifth starters.

Not the worst option in the world, but not people who are at the stage in their careers where relying on them in what Minnesota is hoping will be a deep playoff run is in anyone’s best interest.

One worry with Garcia is his history with injuries, despite not dealing with any yet this year. It looks like that’s a risk Minnesota is willing to take if it means getting some pitching support at a price they can afford.

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Michael Oher released by Panthers due to failed physical

The inspiration for The Blind Side was released after lingering concussion issues.

The Carolina Panthers have released offensive tackle Michael Oher after just two seasons with the team, they announced Thursday afternoon. Tom Pelissero reported that Oher had failed a physical.

Oher spent the last nine months going through concussion protocol, and had yet to be cleared to return to team activities. He tweeted about how fragile the brain is after his release, and followed it up with an Instagram post.

The brain is a scary thing. You have to be careful with it!

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Ron Rivera spoke on Oher after his release, and expressed a similar concern for the health of his now former player.

This has been a tough offseason for the eight-year veteran. He was arrested for allegedly assaulting an Uber driver back in April, and in early June posted — and then quickly deleted — a picture on Instagram showing 10 pill bottles, with the caption, “All for the brain smh.”

Oher received a visit to his Tennessee home from then-GM Dave Gettleman, even before the April incident, and football wasn’t at the forefront of the conversation.

“We talked about a lot of things – nothing about football. It was about him, how he was doing and the issues he was dealing with,” Gettleman said, according to the team site. “It started and ended well. And after we met, Michael did follow up for a few days. However, the communication has stopped.”

He may not have spoken to Gettleman since, but Oher hasn’t stayed quiet on social media. Many of his recent posts include quotes about healing and some cryptic messages about a state of mind or being unable to remember things. He also took to Instagram to defend and support Gettleman following the news that the Panthers had let him go after just four seasons.

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Michael Oher became a household name back in 2009 when Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw helped recreate some version of his life story in The Blind Side, but his success with the Baltimore Ravens early in his career wasn’t even a storyline yet.

The OT was picked by the Ravens 23rd overall in the 2009 NFL draft out of Ole Miss. He went on to compete in every single game for the first five years of his career. While in Baltimore, Oher never missed a game due to injury, and walked away with a Super Bowl ring for the 2012 season.

It wasn’t until he signed with the Titans in 2014 that things started to change. Oher initially signed a four-year contract with the team, worth $20 million. Oher had his first incomplete season in Tennessee, only suiting up for 11 games that year. He finished the year on IR thanks to a lingering toe injury.

After a short stint with the Titans — who released him in early 2016 — Oher made his way to the Carolina Panthers. There, he once again played a full 16-game season in 2015, and earned a new three-year, $21.6 million deal because of it. The Panthers protected their investment, with a potential out in 2018 that would turn his latest deal into a two-year contract worth $12.25 million.

That option seemed more and more likely after a 2016 season that resulted in only three starts for Oher before eventually being placed on IR. The left tackle developed concussion-like symptoms ahead of the Panthers’ Week 4 contest against Atlanta. He never returned to the practice field, and after his return timetable wasn’t predictable, the team decided they needed to fill his roster spot.

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