Open 2012: Tee Times, Date and TV Schedule

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2012

SAN MARTIN, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Ernie Els of South Africa makes a tee shot on the ninth hole during the final round of the Open at the CordeValle Golf Club on October 9, 2011 in San Martin, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Open is set to begin Thursday from CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California, where some of the sport's best, including Ernie Els and Davis Love III, will tee off looking to claim a PGA tournament victory before the season comes to a close this fall.

The tournament has been around since 2007 and has never produced a repeat champion. Bryce Molder won last year's event but hasn't been announced to play in 2012, guaranteeing there will be a new winner this weekend. 

Here is everything you need to know for this October's Open from beautiful San Martin.

Where: CordeValle Golf Club, San Martin, CA

When: Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14

Watch: Golf Channel

Top Contenders

Rocco Mediate

The 2010 Open champion, Rocco Mediate will be one golfer to keep an eye on this weekend in San Martin. The 49-year-old finished 15-under at this tournament two years ago to walk away with the $900,000 in winnings awarded to the champ.

Mediate has just one Top 10 finish on the PGA Tour this season, however, and will need something to spark his game in order to win his first tournament in two years and the 11th of his professional career.

Mediate is probably best known for his epic 2008 U.S. Open battle with Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines. Mediate lost on the first sudden-death playoff hole after tying Woods through the 18-hole playoff. 

Ernie Els

All eyes will be on 2012 British Open champion Ernie Els this weekend at CordeValle. The South African has not won since shocking the world at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, but does boast five Top 10 finishes on Tour this year.

If anyone in this year's field of players can handle some late round pressure heading into the weekend it's Els, who has four major tournament wins to show for his calm approach. 

Els will tee off along with fellow South Africans Rory Sabbatini and Trevor Immelman on Thursday morning at CordeValle. 

Nicolas Colsaerts

The 29-year-old Belgian is fresh off a 2012 Ryder Cup win at Medinah two weeks ago, playing a significant role on the European team that overcame a mighty 10-6 deficit heading into the final day.

In eight PGA Tour appearances this season, Colsaerts has two Top 10 finishes, including a seventh place finish at last summer's British Open at Royal Lytham. He also has four Top Five finishes on the European Tour in 2012, which has many believing he'll win this weekend in San Martin. 

Win or lose, Colsaerts is an emerging talent in the sport, and will only improve with more experience on the PGA Tour in the years to come.

Davis Love III

The United States captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup, Davis Love III has two Top 10 finishes in 17 PGA Tour events this year, and has 20 career Tour victories to his name. The 1997 PGA Championship winner has plenty of game and will be a top contender to watch this weekend.

Love was a force in the sport during the late 1990s, but has since taken a backseat. He earned 13 Top 10 finishes in major tournaments from 1995 to 2000, cementing himself as one of the game's most talented and consistent players. 

Love is scheduled to tee off around 10:50 a.m. ET on Thursday, along with fellow major winner Vijay Singh. Open 2012 Notable Tee Times

Player Tee Time (ET)  
Ernie Els 10:40 a.m.  
Trevor Immelman 10:40 a.m.  
Vijay Singh 10:50 a.m.  
Davis Love III 10:50 a.m.  
Boo Weekley 11:00 a.m.  
John Daly 2:50 p.m.  
Nicolas Colsaerts 3:00 p.m.  
Stuart Appleby 3:10 p.m.  
Rocco Mediate 3:10 p.m.  
Angel Cabrera  3:20 p.m.  
J.B. Holmes 3:50 p.m.  

*Click here for full tournament field and tee times. Open 2012 TV Schedule

Date Thursday, Oct. 11 Friday, Oct. 12 Saturday, Oct. 13 Sunday, Oct. 14
Round 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round 4th Round
Coverage 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.  1 p.m. - 7 p.m. 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Channel Golf Channel Golf Channel Golf Channel Golf Channel

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