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Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Major and a Half

The major, of course, is the Senior Open Championship at Turnberry. Tom Watson is playing. Those two facts alone should be enough to get you to watch!

Here in the States, the broadcast is on ESPN2 from noon ET until 2pm ET. If you go to either the Champions Tour site's TV page or the European Tour site's TV page (they're the same page), you can find a listing of times for a lot of countries... and neither lists the US times, so I don't know how much help it will be. It shows the Australia listings by default, so you'll have to choose your country from the list.

In either case, here's the live leaderboard. Watson is playing in a threesome with Greg Norman and Roger Chapman (the English player who's won two majors so far this year). Russ Cochran is the defending champion.

The "half major" is the Evian Masters, which will be a major on the LPGA starting next year. I still think that move was initially conceived as part of a plan to ensure there would still be four majors should Kraft Nabisco not renew their contract past 2014. (Whan originally said the tournament would go on regardless, even if it didn't continue to be a major.) While the situation appears to have changed -- KNC's new owners seem to be warming to the tournament's value, and other "suitors" have made it clear that they would be interested if KNC wasn't -- I suspect the alternative "five majors" plan was also developed as an expansion of the LPGA's new "world leader" status.

If you haven't read any of my past posts about the idea, I'm guessing the LPGA will have the Kraft Nabisco and the U.S. Women's Open in North America, the LET-co-sponsored Women's Open Championship and Evian Masters in Europe, and then move a co-sponsored LPGA/LET Championship around to different continents. That would give them a major that could be played in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and -- if the popularity of the game keeps expanding -- South America and Africa.

Anyway, the 2012 not-a-major-quite-yet Evian Masters will be broadcast-delayed here in the States until 6:30pm ET through 8:30pm ET. Tony Jesselli has already posted a preview over at Mostly Harmless, so I'm just linking you to that article. And, if you want to know how the scoring goes before the broadcast airs late in the day, the LPGA live leaderboard is here. Ai Miyazato is the defending champ.

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