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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Teenager Im wins season opener

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 10:23 pm

South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Tour.

Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.

Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Tour event at age 20.

Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.

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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.

1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.