What’s next after wild Open Championship


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Wandering away from the Old Course with the echoes of Monday’s frenzied finale still ringing across the links, thoughts inevitably turn to what’s next.

With the PGA Tour firmly headed into the closing loop of this season, there are still plenty of questions that remain.

From the couch to contention?

Rory McIlroy watched the claret jug, his claret jug after last year’s victory at Royal Liverpool, passed to Zach Johnson from the confines of his Northern Ireland home after being recently sidelined by an ankle injury.

McIlroy, who did retain the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, answered the call earlier this season when Jordan Spieth won the Masters with triumphs of his own at the WGC-Match Play andWells Fargo Championship.

A member of McIlroy’s management team said last week that there is still no timetable for his return to competition, with the PGA Championship looking more and more doubtful. Whenever that comeback commences, the pressure will be on to fend off an increasingly impressive challenge from the 21-year-old would-be king.

More history to be made?

As Spieth’s birdie attempt at the 72nd hole on Monday slipped past the hole, the gravity of the moment still hadn’t seemed to sink in.

Vying to become just the second player to win the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship in the same season, Spieth finished a stroke out of the playoff that was won by Johnson, yet even in defeat young Jordan was impressive.

“None of the historical element came into my head whatsoever,” he said.

With the hunt for the single-season Grand Slam now over, Spieth can turn his attention to another slice of history at the PGA Championship where he will be looking to become just the third player to win three majors in the same season.

Will the troubling trend continue?

In the messy aftermath of the 2010 PGA Championship, an embarrassment of mistakes that was defined by Dustin Johnson’s misadventure on the 72nd hole, Whistling Straits owner Herb Kohler bristled at the notion that things didn’t go the way they should have.

“It’s what should have happened,” he said of the penalty Johnson endured on the last hole after grounding his club in a hazard that looked nothing like a hazard.

One can only imagine what will happen in three weeks when the golf world descends on Wisconsin for the year’s final major considering what has already been an eventful major championship season.

From the crusty “browns” at Chambers Bay that made putting a lottery to the meteorological nightmare that was last week’s Open Championship, there is every chance the PGA is an adventure both on and off the golf course.


What is the price of progress?

Following his second consecutive missed cut at a major Tiger Woods talked of missed opportunities and spin rates, of all things.

“I’m just not scoring,” Woods said on Saturday at St. Andrews. “Every opportunity I have to make a key putt or hit an iron shot in there stiff with a short iron and get some momentum going, I haven’t done that.”

It was a familiar refrain for Woods, who talked of progress and being more than the sum of his scorecard, but cautious optimism does little to mitigate the fact that he is quickly closing in on another lost season.

At 258th in the world, Woods has just two events remaining, next week’s Quicken Loans Nationaland the PGA Championship, to turn things around (he’s currently not qualified for the FedEx Cup Playoffs). Otherwise it will be time to offer a new narrative – wait until next season.

How thick could the Teflon be?

Following Dustin Johnson’s high-wire loss to Spieth at last month’s U.S. Open, the collective thought became, “how much can one man endure?”

The bomber appeared to offer a spirited answer when he opened his week on the Old Course with rounds of 65-69, but just as quickly, he backtracked with closing cards of 75.

This one, more so than his misadventure on the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay and at the 2010 U.S. Open and PGA, was a genuine surprise. Sunday pressure is understandable, expected even. But when Sunday is little more than a bridge to the final round like it was at St. Andrews we’ve come to expect more from DJ.

Closing the gap?

There have been plenty of missed opportunities for Jason Day but this one seemed to sting more than the others.

After beginning the final round at the Open tied for the lead, the Australian launched his bid to get off the major schneid with birdies on two of his first six holes on Monday. But he played the rest of the way in even par and watched his playoff bid come up painfully short at the last.

“I’ve been working very hard to try and accomplish my first major, and you know, it’s a little frustrating with how it finished,” he said. “I don’t know, it’s just something that I really want to do. I really want to have that shot at immortality. It’ll soon come my way.”

If winning majors were easy we wouldn’t assign so much importance to them, but for Day it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier.

What will Phil do next?

Like Woods, Phil Mickelson’s season has been a study in frustration born from Lefty’s inability to score. At St. Andrews there were glimpses of progress, highlighted by an early Monday run up the leaderboard.

“I got rid of one of the areas of weakness, which was a big slice off the tee,” Mickelson said.

Of course, the big hook didn’t work all that well on Monday when he deposited his tee shot at the 17th hole onto an Old Course Hotel balcony to close with a 69 and tie for 20th place.

Mickelson still has time. He finished 12th at Whistling Straits in the 2010 PGA, sixth in ’04 and he saved his season with a runner-up showing last year at the PGA. But as it always is with the southpaw, past performances and good intentions do little to focus the looking glass.

Can the transition be made from Presidential pushovers to Cup contenders?

Presidents Cup captain Nick Price has tried, however unsuccessfully, to tinker with the format to create what he and other Internationals consider a more level playing field, but the Tour has largely balked leaving many to wonder if October’s matches will be another boat race for the U.S. side.

The Internationals are 1-1-8 in the biennial event and in danger of becoming the Generals to the American Globetrotters.

Day and Hideki Matsuyama would appear to be the new anchors for Price’s team, but without a dramatic makeover the event seems poised to be another exhibition.

Who will be this year’s FedEx Cup spoiler?

As brilliant as Spieth has been this year, it’s time to start thinking about who will clip him at the wire in September at East Lake for the FedEx Cup.

Last year, fresh off his own back-to-back major victories, McIlroy began the post-season with a commanding lead in the season-long race only to watch the $10 million payout go to Billy Horschel. In 2013, it was Henrik Stenson who caught fire at the right time to beat Woods, who would go on to win the Player of the Year Award.

Spieth’s FedEx Cup lead is commanding, he’s over 1,800 points clear of No. 2 Jimmy Walker, but as we’ve learned, the Tour’s playoff experiment rarely goes according to plan.

2023 NFL Playoffs AFC, NFC Championship Round Schedule: Dates, start times, how to watch/live stream info for today’s games


The 2023 NFL Playoffs have been filled with nothing short of excitement! The action continues this week with the Championship Round on Sunday, January 29. First, at 3:00 PM ET Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers will head to Lincoln Financial Field to take on Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles. Then at 6:30 PM ET Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

See below for the full AFC, NFC Championship Round schedule as well as additional information on how to watch each game.

Click here for the full 2023 NFL Playoffs Schedule

Conference Championship Round Schedule:

Sunday, January 29

NFC Championship Game:

San Francisco 49ers vs Philadelphia Eagles – 3:00 p.m. ET on Fox

  • Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

AFC Championship Game:

Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs – 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS

  • Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri

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2023 Divisional Round Scores and Recap:

Jaguars (4) vs Chiefs (1)

Giants (6) vs Eagles (1)

Bengals (3) vs Bills (2

Cowboys (5) vs 49ers (2)

What 4 teams are in the NFL playoffs?

The San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Which teams have been eliminated from the 2023 NFL Playoffs?

The Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys have all been eliminated from the 2023 NFL playoffs.

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Alcaraz, Fritz, Andreescu advance to Miami Open 3rd round

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Carlos Alcaraz picked up a straight-set win at the Miami Open on Friday to keep his world No. 1 ranking over idle Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic is not participating in the Miami Open because he still cannot travel to the United States as a foreign citizen who is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Alcaraz, who beat Casper Ruud in the 2022 U.S. Open final for his first No. 1 ranking, defeated Facundo Bagnis 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the third round in Miami.

Rafael Nadal dropped out of the top 10 on Monday for the first time in 18 years. Alcaraz, a 19-year-old from Spain, rose into that spot a day after ending Daniil Medvedev’s 19-match winning streak by beating him in straight sets in the final at Indian Wells, California.

Ruud, who’s ranked No. 4, won his match against Ilya Ivashka 6-2, 6-3. He’ll face No. 26 Botic van de Zandschulp on Sunday in the third round.

No. 1 American and No. 9 seed Taylor Fritz began his tournament campaign with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Emilio Nava. Fritz is 17-1 in his opening rounds of hard court tournaments since the start of 2022, with his only loss coming at the 2022 U.S. Open to No. 303 Brandon Holt.

Fritz will next face No. 24 Denis Shapovalov, who defeated Guido Pella on Friday.

On the women’s side, Bianca Andreescu – the 2019 U.S. Open champion – came from a set down to oust No. 7 seed Maria Sakkari 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Andreescu improved to 2-1 over Sakkari, with both wins coming in Miami.

Andreescu will face Sofia Kenin in the third round.

No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka beat Shelby Rogers 6-4, 6-3 and extended her record to 4-0 versus Rogers. Sabalenka will face No. 31 Marie Bouzková in the third round.

No. 5 Caroline Garcia lost to Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-3. Cirstea beat Garcia 10 days ago in the fourth round at Indian Wells, and will face Karolína Muchová next.

In other action, Varvara Gracheva defeated No. 4 Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-2; and Jannik Sinner beat Laslo Đere 6-4, 6-2.

Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula reach Miami Open 3rd round

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Sixth-seeded Coco Gauff opened her 2023 Miami Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Rebecca Marino and advanced to the third round where she will face 27th-seeded Anastasia Potapova.

After her victory, Gauff, coming off a quarterfinals appearance at Indian Wells, said in a television interview that it wasn’t her best outing, despite converting five of her nine break points.

“It was a shaky performances honestly,” Gauff said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be a straight forward match, even if I was up a break sometimes.”

Gauff came back from a break down twice in the second set to claim her second career win versus Marino. Gauff defeated Marino in the first round at Roland Garros in 2022.

Gauff said she was a bit nervous playing in her hometown – she’s a native of Delray Beach, Florida, a small city about 40 miles north of Hard Rock Stadium, where the tournament is played. Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat was among those in attendance Thursday.

“Jimmy Butler is here so I was a little bit nervous when I saw him,” Gauff said with a laugh in her post-match interview. “Playing home is something I look forward to, but it’s also a little bit of extra pressure because everyone wants you to do well here.”

Gauff’s doubles teammate, world No. 3 Jessica Pegula beat Katherine Sebov 6-3, 6-1 and advanced to the third round. She will face fellow American and No. 30 Danielle Collins next. Collins defeated Viktoriya Tomova on Thursday.

Pegula made the Miami Open semifinals in 2022 and is among the favorites to win the tournament this year after No. 1-ranked and defending champion Iga Swiatek pulled out of the tournament because of a rib injury.

No. 21 Paula Badosa won 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2 against Laura Siegemund in a match that lasted two hours and 51 minutes. Badosa will face either Elena Rybakina, who defeated Badosa en route to the Indian Wells title, or Anna Kalinskaya.

Badosa hit with a ball kid during the match to stay warm after Siegemund called for a medical timeout and left the court for treatment, which took nearly 15 minutes.

In other action, Elise Mertens eliminated No. 8 seed Daria Kasatkina 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to advance and face No. 29 Petra Martic next; No. 23 Qinwen Zheng picked up a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Irina-Camelia Begu; and No. 13 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia defeated Tereza Martincová 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-0.