49er/49erFX& Nacra 17 World Championship 2019

49er feature of the Nacra 17 fleet in Championships to date that the favourites rise to the challenge and begin the series strongly. None more so than the never-ending saga for British nomination to the Tokyo Olympics between Ben Saxton with Nicola Boniface and John Gimson with Anna Burnett. The two British teams fighting for the selection are lying first and second overall on the leaderboard, both with two dominant days to start the regatta. However there are four teams at the top, all within a point of each other. Along with the Brits are Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis (USA) in third overall, on the same points as Lin Cenholt and CP Lubeck (DEN). Best of the rest are the Italians, Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari in 5th overall. But those other Italians, the most dominant so far of this quad, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti find themselves back in 23rd overall.

49erFX – some surprises at the top


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On the other side, it has been a feature of the 49erFX fleet that the top guns stumble at least once carrying deep scores and setting up a high scoring championship in the women’s skiff. So far only two teams have scored top 10 finishes across all four races in the 49erFX and it is not a surprise to see Ida Nielsen with Marie Olsen (DEN) and Martine Grael with Kahena Kunze (BRA) showing consistent form so far. While Paris Henkin and Anna Tobias (USA) started their championship with a lowly 18th from their half of the qualifying draw, the Americans soon discovered their mojo, winning the next two heats and ending the day with a 5th. This places USA at the top of the scoreboard of a 49erFX World Championship for the first time in their careers. Denmark’s highly experienced team of Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen (DEN) kept all their scores in the top 10 and finished off the day with a race win. They’re tied on points with the Americans at the top of the scoreboard. There’s a three-way tie for third place, two of those teams being the arch rivals from Rio 2016 – the Olympic gold and silver medallists from Brazil and New Zealand respectively. However, placing ahead on countback ahead of Maloney/ Meech (NZL) and Grael/ Kunze (BRA) are the Singaporeans, Kimberley Lim/ Cecilia Low. Singapore won their third heat but finished the day with a 20th which they’re currently able to drop from their scores.

49er – Austria in the lead

In the 49er Men, Austria’s Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl have been knocking on the door of greatness for some time. Could Auckland be their week? Along with the Swiss team in fifth overall, the Austrians are the only crew to have kept all their qualifying race scores inside the top 10. Today’s stellar results of 1,5,2,2 launch Austria to the top of the rankings, a single point ahead of local heroes and reigning Olympic Champions, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.

We have one last day of qualifying to come. Each fleet will have another four races and for many sailors still aiming to qualify for the Olympic games, it will be the most critical sailing day of their careers. Qualifying for the Olympics will almost certainly require making the cut for gold fleet at the end of tomorrow’s racing. Saving their best for tomorrow will be vital. SeeMore:

Tour Championship 2019 | Watch Live Stream. In HD

Koepka, Thomas, Schauffele tied for lead at TOUR Championship

ATLANTA – There was a fear before the TOUR Championship debuted its new format that the FedExCup leader could run away with the tournament and create a weekend devoid of drama.

That wasn’t the case Thursday at East Lake Golf Club, though. The two-shot advantage that Justin Thomas held when he stepped on the first tee was gone by the 13th tee. After struggling to find fairways and hitting an iron into the water, Thomas finds himself in a three-way tie for the lead with 54 holes remaining.

The leading trio features some of the TOUR’s most successful players over the past two years. They’ve combined to win a FedExCup (Thomas), Rookie of the Year (Xander Schauffele) and two Player of the Year awards (Brooks Koepka, Thomas). Koepka also is the hands-down favorite to win this year’s Player of the Year trophy. All three co-leaders were among the eight automatic qualifiers for this year’s U.S. Presidents Cup team, as well.

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The leaders sit at 10 under par, one shot ahead of 2016 FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy. Patrick Cantlay and Georgia Tech alum Matt Kuchar are another shot back. Cantlay started the day in second place, while McIlroy and Kuchar both shot 66.

Entering Thursday, there were just five players within five shots of the lead. There are now 12.

Schauffele made the biggest move. His 64 was the low round of the day by two strokes. Schauffele won at East Lake two years ago to clinch the Rookie of the Year award, then finished seventh the following year. He’s been under par in eight of his nine rounds at East Lake. The exception was an even-par 70.

“For how important and how top-notch this tournament is, it’s a very surprisingly relaxed week. You don’t see a bunch of guys grinding on the range in 90 degrees,” Schauffele said. “I just think I’m comfortable, and it sort of feeds into my sort of California vibe surprisingly, just because it’s so laid back.”

Schauffele won twice this year, at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and Sentry Tournament of Champions. He’s shown a propensity for performing well at the game’s biggest events – he had two top-3s in majors this year – and now is trying to win his first FedExCup.

Thomas won the season-long title when Schauffele was victorious at the TOUR Championship. Thomas won eight times in the preceding two seasons, but last week’s win at the BMW Championship was the first win of his injury-interrupted 2019 season. He left Medinah discontent with his driver, and that feeling continued Thursday.

He hit less than half his fairways during his first-round 70.

“It was very, very close out there, but I definitely — that being said, that’s golf, and I just needed to hit the fairways,” Thomas said.

His most penal shot was with an iron, though. He hit his tee shot into the water at the 150-yard, par-3 15th. Only three players missed that green Thursday, and he was the only player to hit it in the water.

Thomas preceded his first round last week with what he coined the “worst warm-up I’ve ever had.” Koepka is hoping he can win this week after a frustrating range session.

Like Thomas two years ago, Brooks Koepka is trying to wrap up a Player of the Year campaign with a victory in the FedExCup. Koepka already has three wins this season, including a major (PGA Championship) and World Golf Championship (FedEx St. Jude Invitational).

Koepka was “freaking out a little bit” while trying to find his game on the range Tuesday.

“I never felt that uncomfortable over the putter or just hitting the ball,” Koepka said.

He described it as “full panic mode” after he made the turn Thursday and hit his tee shot well right of the fairway.

“I felt like the train was off the tracks there on 9 and 10,” he said. “I hit that ball on 10, 75 yards right. It started 70 right and cut 5, so that wasn’t very good.”

He regrouped to birdie three of the final four holes, though, and will join Schauffele in the final group.

“It’s funny about this game. When it’s going really well, you’re never thinking. And then all of a sudden, everything kind of abandons you, and you’re trying to figure out, what’s the answer? What’s the answer? How do I right the ship? How do I figure it out? And you start looking at ten different things, and odds are it’s one simple thing,” Koepka said.

The task ahead is straightforward, as well. Now that one round is in the books, there’s no more talk about starting positions or strokes. Fifty-four holes remain and the leaderboard is all that matters. See More:

British Open 2019 Live Stream TV Schedule,times | Golf Channel

British Open : Hello Northern Ireland, it’s been a while! For the first time since 1951, The Open is returning to Royal Portrush and Golf Central’s Live From The Open will be there every step of the way! Get all the latest news and notes from the year’s final major starting Monday.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to Golf Central’s Live From The Open keeping you up-to-date all week, Morning Drive (‘Midnight Drive’) will kick things off at midnight ET before The Open’s first round to lead into live coverage of the opening tee shot. In addition, special features and shows will be interspersed throughout the week to give you the complete Open Championship experience.

Live tournament coverage will air on Golf Channel over each of the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday, and across Golf Channel and NBC during the third and final rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

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The Open: Golf Channel and NBC Programming Schedule(all times ET)

9-11 a.m.: Golf Central Live From The Open
7-9 p.m.: Golf Central Live From The Open
9-10 p.m.: The Road to Royal Portrush

6-10 a.m. / Noon-2 p.m.: Golf Central Live From The Open
9-10 p.m.: Vantage Point with Mike Tirico

6-10 a.m. / Noon-2 p.m.: Golf Central’s Live From The Open

Midnight-1:30 a.m.: Midnight Drive
1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Open, first round
4 -5 p.m.: Golf Central’s Live From The Open

1:30-4 p.m.: The Open, second round
4-5 p.m.: Golf Central’s Live From The Open

5-7 a.m.: The Open, third round
7-11 a.m.: Golf Central’s Live From The Open
7 a.m.-3 p.m.: The Open, third round (NBC)
3-4 p.m.: Golf Central’s Live From The Open

4-7 a.m.: The Open, final round
7-9:45 a.m.: Golf Central’s Live From The Open
7 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Open, final round (NBC)
2-4 p.m.: Golf Central’s Live From The Open

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