Open Championship tracker: Day 3 at St. Andrews

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2015, 4:00 pm

The 144th Open Championship takes place this week at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. is tracking the men's third major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional Open coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for our Tiger Tracker. If you want to view the action we tracked from the first two days, you can find Thursday's action here and Friday's action here. All-times for the Open Championship tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

4:00PM: And we will end our Saturday coverage right here, with a look at the top at the top 10 through three days and two rounds at St. Andrews. Click here for a full leaderboard:

3:55PM: This isn't even close:

As for their for positions through 36 holes: Johnson leads at 10 under, Scott is three back at 7 under, and Garcia five back at 5 under.

3:50PM: Somebody carving "Brooks was here" somewhere in the clubhouse would be a nice gesture:

3:42PM: And yet, in spite of his play, Tiger Woods at St. Andrews remains an iconic image:

3:30PM: More from Tiger Woods, who ... well ... here:

The list of players with a worse score than Woods at St. Andrews:

3:24PM: A few guys on the outside looking in who remain on the course as Round 2 finally marches to its conclusion: amateur Paul Kinnear (+1), Mikko Ilonen (+2), Raphael Jacquelin (+2).

3:15PM: Duval makes the cut on the number with a closing birdie and two rounds of even-par 72. Played putter from in front of the green up the hill and stopped his ball just short of the hole. Cleaned up for his three. This is his first made cut at a major since the 2010 U.S. Open and his first at the British Open since 2008.

3:05PM: Former Open champion (and current Golf Channel analyst) David Duval needs to get up and down for birdie from in front of the 18th green to get back on the right side of the even-par cut line following a lip-out bogey on No. 17.

3:00PM: Of the players who remain on the golf course, no one is within seven shots of the lead. In the history of the Open Championship at St. Andrews, only two victors have ever been outside the top 3 after 36 holes. A look at the top of the leaderboard:

2:50PM: Post-round quotes from Mr. Woods:

That fatted wedge came in Round 1, on Hole No. 1. Translation: I felt like I could win, and then I started playing golf.

More from our Ryan Lavner:

2:37PM: Some additional, disheartening context explaining Tiger's week at St. Andrews:

This is the first time in Woods' career that he now as many missed cuts on the PGA Tour (14) as major victories (14). As for his future prospects:

2:30PM: Tiger Woods pars the 18th and it's over. Woods shoots 76-75 to finish at 7 over par. Five players in the field, among those who are currently finished, have a worse 36-hole total, including three players over 50 in Nick Faldo, Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Watson.

2:17PM: Paul Lawrie pars the 18th to cap a 2-under 70 and finish 36 holes at 8 under par. He's only two off the lead.

2:14PM: A note on Dustin Johnson as a 36-hole leader:

2:11PM: Here's a look at Daniel Brooks' ace on the par-3 11th.

2:04PM: Dustin Johnson birdies the 18th to take sole possession of the lead at the Open Championship. He's at 10 under par, one clear of Danny Willett. Jordan Spieth is five back after a birdie at 18 for an even-par 72.

2:01PM: Paul Lawrie, the '99 Open champion, pars the 17th to remain at 8 under, one shot off the lead.

1:55PM: Daniel Brooks aces the par-3 11th. Brooks made the Open field based on his Scottish Open performance last week. He's 4 over, four off the cut line.

1:48PM: It's another three-putt for Spieth, his fifth - FIFTH! - of the round. He bogeys the 17th and drops to 4 under, now five off the lead. DJ (-9) and Matsuyama (-6) make par.

1:42PM: Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion at St. Andrews, birdies the 15th to get to 7 under, two off the lead. Sergio Garcia finishes birdie-birdie for a 69 and a 36-hole total of 4 under par.

1:40PM: Meanwile, on the Tiger front:

1:36PM: Though not everyone agrees, this is the R&A's stance:

1:30PM: Sergio Garcia hits the flag stick at No. 17 and converts the birdie. It's just the sixth 3 on the hole this week.

1:27PM: Three pars at the 16th for the trio of Johnson, Spieth and Matsuyama.

1:23PM: If you're wondering about tomorrow's weather:

1:20PM: Good thing they didn't plan to play much golf today.

1:16PM: As Tiger Woods tries to wrap up a missed cut at the Open Championship, this from Golf Channel's Justin Ray:

1:08PM: A look at where things stand:

1:03PM: With play back underway, co-leader Dustin Johnson (-9), Jordan Spieth (-5) and Hideki Matsuyama (-6) are teeing off on No. 16. Or, at least, waiting to tee off.

12:50PM: Looks like we are in for some action.

12:50PM: Looks like we are in for some action.

12:35PM: As we await another update to see if play will resume at 1 p.m. ET, a reminder: Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are on the 16th hole. Tiger Woods, along with Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day, are on No. 13.

12:12PM: Not much of an update, but at least it's not another push back in projected start time.

11:46AM: And once again, the course is becoming the story at a major championship. Not the best look.

11:36AM: Let's go ahead and make that a 1:00 p.m. ET possible restart.

11:33AM: Never a bad time to quote "The Simpsons."

11:10AM: And ... the restart time has now been pushed to 12:30 p.m. ET.

11:04AM: Interesting.

10:45AM: The fans are back!

10:30AM: Players are milling around the practice areas, but still not even close to starting.

10:05AM: New plan is to start at 12 p.m. ET. Stay tuned.

9:55AM: Nobody beats the Wiz.

9:40AM: Now this is cool:

9:15AM: At least some fans are keeping their glasses (at least) half full.

8:58AM: A little déja vu for Buba Watson and Ted Scott:

8:43AM: Jordan Spieth after walking off the 15th hole today: “We should have never started in the first place.”

8:37AM: This week's Monday finish will be the first for the Open Championship since 1988.

8:28AM: Breaking: Monday finish at the Open Championship.

8:16AM: This just in ... it's windy at St. Andrews.

7:49AM: Gary Player is always looking on the bright side!

7:44AM: As the Scots would say ... "Lovely!" And it's lunchtime at St. Andrews.

6:53AM: We're not getting any younger as we wait for the action to start back up at the oldest major.

6:46AM: R&A says further word will come at 9 a.m. ET (2 p.m. local). Play will have been suspended for 6 1/2 hours at that time, as the horn blew Saturday morning at 2:32 a.m. ET (7:32 a.m. local).

6:44AM: No golf possible for another 3+ hours. (Tweet below references 3 p.m. local time, 10 a.m. ET).

6:41AM: He said it, not us.

6:32AM: Play at the 144th Open Championship has been suspended for four hours and at this point, still no update on when play will resume. For the full story from Golf Channel's own Ryan Lavner, click here.

6:26AM: This blows.

6:11AM: Another non-announcement announcement sent to Darren Clarke's phone:

6:07AM: We were told there would be an announcement at 6 a.m. (11 a.m. local) and no word yet from the R&A. Lee Westwood may be onto something:

5:40AM: Now that would just be cruel.

5:34AM: OK, now for an actual look at the wind at St. Andrews:

5:29AM: Everyone's a comedian. Keep 'em coming, boys.

5:21AM: The sad thing is ... is that this really isn't hyperbolic in the least.

5:20AM: We're almost afraid to find out.

5:17AM: The good news is that players seem in high spirits. And yes, the use of the word 'spirits' was intentional ... if you get our drift.

5:13AM: The next couple of days don't look great, either.

5:05AM: The latest update is that there is no update:

4:03AM: To the Dunvegan! Who's with us?

4:00AM: Official weather statement from the R&A:

3:36AM: Saturday morning in images:

3:34AM: You never want a Monday finish.

3:16AM: Oh to be a fly on that wall...

3:09AM: One of only three players to finish their second round on Saturday morning, Brendon Todd spoke on the severe wind:

3:01AM: A lot of wind with a side of Westwood. Stay tuned for further developments....

2:58AM: Weather update: Latest forecast for Saturday calls for this wind (30-35 mph sustained; gusts up to 40-45 mph) until about 10 a.m. (3 p.m. local). The forecast for Sunday is rain early.

2:58AM: Only three players completed their second rounds on Saturday morning. That was the Brendon Todd, J.B. Holmes, Shinji Tomimura group.

2:49AM: Dedication.

2:42AM: Winds right now are 30-35mph with gusts up to 40-45.

2:40AM: Early forecast is that these winds are supposed to sustain until about noon ET (5 p.m. local time). Stay tuned for updates.

2:37AM: Go back to sleep ... or grab fourth meal. The decision is yours.

2:34AM: The horn was blown at 2:32 a.m. and play has been suspended. Players were given the option to complete the hole they were on. Winds too severe.

2:32AM: Winds may cause another delay. Louis Oosthuizen had about a 2 1/2 footer at the 13th. As he was about to address it, it blew 1 1/2 feet. He marked it a second time, put his ball back down, and it blew away 3 yards.

2:25AM: Elsewhere on the course ... things aren't going the greatest for Tiger Tracker. Oh yeah, nor for Tiger.

2:18AM: That's a bogey for DJ, and he drops back into a share of the lead with Danny Willett at 9 under.

2:14AM: And let's admit it ... that would be entertaining to see.

2:010AM: There are 42 players who still need to finish their second rounds.

2:08AM: That's a chunked chip for DJ's third shot at the par-5 14th. Not ideal for the solo leader.

2:03AM: Sustained winds of 30-40 mphs this morning. Biting cold temperatures. Players are already having discussions about their balls getting blown around on the greens.

2:00AM: Happy Saturday from St. Andrews! The conclusion of the second round of the 144th Open Championship is now underway.

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Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''

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First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.