Open Championship tracker: Day 4 at St. Andrews

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2015, 9:50 am

The 144th Open Championship takes place this week at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. GolfChannel.com 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 three days, you can find Thursday's action here, Friday's action here and Saturday content here. All-times for the Open Championship tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


2:15PM: That'll close the book on Day 4 at St. Andrews. One final look at the leaderboard heading into the Monday finish:


2:10PM: Dustin Johnson, post-round:

• "The course played easy. I had plenty of chances. I just couldn't get it in the hole."

• "I'm going to have to shoot pretty low tomorrow - 8, 9, 10 under - to have any shot."


2:04PM: DJ's 3-over 75 was the worst score of the day by any player in the top 70. It was the second-worst score of anyone still in the field. Ryan Fox shot shot a 4-over 76.


2:02PM: An illuminating note - Dustin Johnson's score to par in Rounds 1 and 2 of his last five major championships: 31 under. Dustin Johnson's score to par in Rounds 3 and 4 of his last five major championships: 3 over.


2:00PM: Dustin Johnson's Round 3 finish: bogey-bogey-bogey. That's a 3-over 75 for DJ, who started the day one shot ahead and ended it five shots back.


1:57PM: Who let him out of his box?


1:48PM: Make that back-to-back bogeys for Dustin Johnson, who found the Road Hole bunker and burned the edge with his par putt. Now 2 over today and 8 under for the championship. Four shots back of the lead. With his power and talent, on this golf course - just stunning.


1:44PM: Lost in the shuffle around Dunne and Day is Dunne's playing partner:


1:41PM: Dunne, on what he'll be thinking on the first tee tomorrow: "Make contact with the ball."


1:40PM: Paul Dunne on his walk up 18 Sunday: "This is as about as much fun as any golfer can have."


1:36PM: Dustin Johnson follows up his first birdie with his second bogey. Back to 1 over today and 9 under total. Major weekend struggles continue.


1:33PM: Jason Day walks off the 18th green and we now have a three-way 12 under: Day, Dunne, Oosthuizen.


1:25PM: A little relevant history here related to amateur Paul Dunne and what he could do Monday. The last amateur to win a ...

• European Tour event: Shane Lowry, 2009 Irish Open

• PGA Tour event: Phil Mickelson, 1991 Northern Telecom Open

• A major: Johnny Goodman, 1933 U.S. Open

• An Open Championship: Bobby Jones, 1930

Couple more notes:


1:22PM: It took him 15 holes, but Dustin Johnson finally made his first birdie of the day, jarring an uphill putt from off the green. At 10 under, shockingly, after being the last player in the field to make a birdie today, he's just two back.


1:20PM: Paul Dunne enters the clubhouse tied for the lead at 12 under thanks to a Sunday 66. His 54-hole total of 204 is the lowest ever by an amateur in an Open at St. Andrews.


1:12PM: Per Mike Tirico on the telecast, Paul Dunne's lowest round for UAB this year in competition was a 67. In the fairway at 18, he needs a par for a 66 in the third round of the Open Championship at St. Andrews.


1:07PM: And that, odd as it is to say on this kind of day at St. Andrews, is a great bogey save at the par-5 14th for Danny Willett, who went O.B. off the tee. That said, he's back to 10 under after back-to-back bogeys. Willett and Dustin Johnson, the final twosome, are a combined even par today.


1:05PM: How nice to be unafraid:


12:55PM: Run and hide, folks. Run and hide.


12:53PM: Fighter of the Nightman. Jason Day now tied for the lead at 12 under thanks to a birdie at 16. Walking to the Road Hole. Spieth the lowest in the clubhouse right now at minus-11.


12:52PM: The wheels may be coming off for Danny Willett, who made bogey at 13 and just blew one out of bounds off the tee at 14.


12:50PM: Per the telecast, Paul Dunne nearly missed his tee time for his qualifying round to get into the Open. Probably off being awesome somewhere beforehand.


12:46PM: Dr. Tom Morris is neither young nor old. More of a middle-aged medical professional.


12:41PM: Paul Dunne once again tied for the lead, this time with Willett and this time at 12 under, thanks to an uphill birdie make at the 15th.


12:35PM: Jordan "N.B.D." Spieth - "You know right now I feel even more calm than the [U.S.] Open. ... I'm going to sleep fine tonight."


12:33PM: Of the men on this list, only Hogan went on to win. Palmer and Nicklaus finished runner-up.


12:30PM: Dunne ended up finding that ball and actually had a good look at birdie after two hacks from the messy stuff on the left. Putt misses left. Momentum slowing a bit with four straight pars, which today at St. Andrews means you're losing ground. Still just one back, though.


12:24PM: And next to Spieth, Sergio Garcia misses an attempt for birdie at 18 by the slimmest of margins and taps in for a 4-under 68. Now 9 under through 54.


12:22PM: That's a Sunday 66 for Jordan Spieth, who couldn't keep his ball on the green with his second from roughly 50 yards but two-putted for par. He's in at 11 under.


12:20PM: Your new leader at 12 under, Danny Willett just flagged one at the par-3 11th and is now looking at an opportunity to get to minus-13.


12:18PM: Reload? Paul Dunne marking another golf ball and preparing to put it in play off 14 tee after his first ball sailed left.


12:16PM: Would have preferred some Montel Jordan:


12:10PM: Jordan Spieth, Road Warrior. Misses fairway left at 17, plays to the front of the green, and two-putts from the other side of the British Empire. Holding at 11 heading into 18.


12:08PM: Folks at Chambers Bay considering plan to build one on every hole, just to have 'em:


12:05PM: Padraig Harrington, three-time major champion and author of the "Little Book of Irish Wit and Wisdom."


12:03PM: Dunne's putt comes up short in a bid to move to 12 under. Part of him has to be thinking: "I can turn pro overnight, right? Yeah, $1.8 million? Overnight, right?"


12:00PM: Dunne getting all the attention - rightly so since he's, you know, co-leading the Open - but fellow amateur Jordan Niebrugge just got into the house at 9 under thanks to a third-round 67. Two shots back of Dunne and Spieth.


11:57AM: FYI ...


11:54AM: If you're not familiar with Dunne (a), here's his bio courtesy opengolf.com.


11:52AM: Jason Day is one back. He birdies the 11th and gets to 10 under.


11:50AM: Dunne (a) leaves an 8-foot birdie putt on the right lip. He taps in for par at 12 and remains at 11 under.


11:48AM: Dustin Johnson ends his par streak, but it's with a bogey at No. 7. He's back to 9 under, now two off the lead.


11:44AM: Harrington misses a birdie putt at 18 and taps in for par and a 65. He's in the house at 10 under.


11:42AM: Spieth makes his seventh birdie of the round at 15 and he's tied with Dunne (a) for the lead.


11:30AM: Paul Dunne leads the Open. The amateur birdies the 10th, his fifth birdie of the day, to reach 11 under par.


11:26AM: Dustin Johnson and Paul Lawrie are the only players currently inside the top 20 who are not under par today.


11:16AM: Six-way tie for the lead. Dunne (a), Willett and Harrington all make birdie within minutes of each other to reach 10 under.


11:16AM: Six-way tie for the lead. Dunne (a), Willett and Harrington all make birdie within minutes of each other to reach 10 under.


11:13AM: Regarding the pair of amateurs currently one off the lead:


11:10AM: Four consecutive birdies for Charl Schwartzel. He's tied for the lead at 10 under. Everyone is making birdies ... except the final group of Johnson and Willett.


11:05AM: Make it 10 players at 9 under as Jordan Niebrugge (a) joins the group.


11:02AM: Fast and furious scoring as Louis Oosthuizen birdies No. 7 to get to 10 under, tied for the lead with Spieth and Johnson.


11:01AM: In non-Spieth news, Paul Dunne (a) rolls in one from off the green at No. 7. He's one of nine players at 9 under.


10:58AM: Make it three straight for Spieth. He rolls in another at the 12th to get to 10 under par and tie for the lead.


10:51AM: Following bogey - and the official talking-to - Spieth birdies 10 and 11. He's just one back at 9 under. Johnson, meanwhile, has parred his first four holes.


10:48AM: Garcia and Spieth have been asked twice to speed it up. Next occasion they will receive an official "warning." If that doesn't scare you ...


10:43AM: Sergio Garcia gets to 8 under. Amateur Jordan Niebrugge gets to 8 under. Fifteen players are 8 under or lower.


10:38AM: Retief Goosen eagles the fifth and birdies the sixth. He's among those one back, at 9 under.


10:33AM: Spieth makes a terrible bogey at the par-4 ninth and drops to 7 under. Spieth missed the green from 85 yards with his approach shot and then missed a 3-footer for par.


10:26AM: Two-time Open champion Padraig Harrington makes his sixth birdie in 12 holes to get to 9 under, one off the lead. Paul Lawrie, the 1999 champion, is also one back after a birdie at No. 3.


10:24AM: Another missed birdie putt inside of 15 feet for Dustin Johnson. He remains at 10 under.


10:22AM: Meanwhile, Eddie Pepperell parred his final hole, following the dreadful double bogey at 17, to finish at 8 under. Here's a snapshot of the leaderboard:


10:16AM: Amateur Paul Dunne birdies the fourth hole and gets to 8 under. Fellow amateur Ashley Chesters is in the house at 6 under after a 67.


10:13AM: DJ leaves a 10-footer for birdie on the first hole short. He remains at 10 under. There are currently 21 players within three shots of his lead.


10:08AM: Here comes Jordan! Spieth has three birdies in seven holes and is at 8 under, two off the lead.


10:01AM: Dustin Johnson and Danny Willett are off and running on the Old Course. Fifty-eight of the 80 players who made the cut are currently under par in the third round.


9:49AM: Blast from the past. In case you missed it, '01 Open champ David Duval got in the mix on Moving Day.


9:40AM: Spieth and Garcia with another couple of birdies at 5. Leaders teeing off shortly. Will the trend continue all the way up the leaderboard?


9:35AM: First time for everything?


9:19AM: Eddie Pepperell grabs a share of the lead and promptly blasts one OB into the hotel.


9:09AM: The problem for everyone is that Dustin Johnson has yet to tee off on this beautiful Moving Day. And DJ has history on his side.


9:06AM: Fowler coming in hot!


9:00AM: Spieth and Garcia all square through two.


8:44AM: Leishman in the clubhouse with a 64. Not history, but still the round of the tournament.


8:41AM: And ... mark down a couple of circles on No. 1 for Jordan Spieth and playing partner Sergio Garcia


8:38AM: Speaking of eagles, this happened just a short time ago:


8:31AM: As one man chasing history (Jordan Spieth) tees off, another (Marc Leishman) makes par on 17, still has a slim chance at the lowest score in a major championship.


8:25AM: Another birdie for Rickie Fowler. Now T-6 at 7 under, 6 under on the day.


8:18AM: History still in play for Leishman.


8:08AM: Marc-y Marc and The Funky Bunch ... of birdies.


7:55AM: Nothing overrated about this storyline:


7:53AM: If you need some light, Sunday morning reading, here's the latest on Tiger Woods from Ryan Lavner.


7:48AM: That's seven birdies through 13 holes for Marc Leishman. He's 8 under, two off the lead.


7:40AM: These guys are good. Much different story on Sunday.


7:37AM: Pin positions are the only defense on Sunday at St. Andrews. Benign conditions (even the rain at the moment). Here's a look at Sunday's pin positions:


7:35AM: Waterproofs on and umbrellas up! It's beginning to rain at the Open.


7:29AM: Rickie Fowler is trying to do his best Phil Mickelson impression. He's 4 under through 11 holes in Round 3 and is moving into contention, trying to win the Scottish Open and the Open in back-to-back weeks like Mickelson did in 2013.


7:24AM: Good on you, St. Andrews. You owed us this.


7:21AM: Better late than never we suppose.


7:13AM: Call it whatever you want, David. We'll call that some darn good golf.


7:04AM: We're thinking Doug is speaking metaphorically. Marc Leishman currently in a tie for 10th place.


7:00AM: The race for the Silver Medal is on!


6:53AM: That's a 5-under 67 for David Duval in the third round of the 144th Open Championship. That's his lowest round at the Open since winning the claret jug in 2001.


6:50AM: With the good ... comes the bad. G-Mac records his second double bogey of the day.


6:45AM: It's a beautiful day in Scotland.


6:30AM: Phil Mickelson just teed off ... and hit his ball into the burn short of the first green. Has anyone ever done that before?


6:29AM: We knew it was too good to be true. Duval drops a shot after bogey at 16 and is now 5 under, in a tie for 14th.


6:5AM: Another player making big moves Sunday morning is Graeme McDowell. Through 13 holes, he's made eight birdies. EIGHT BIRDIES.


6:22AM: It's been awhile:


6:16AM: Here's a look at Duval's scorecard so far on Sunday:


6:06AM: And oh by the way ... David Duval has 7 birdies across his first 14 holes on Sunday and is now in the top 10.


6:04AM: For those of you at home wondering ... here are the duds Sergio Garcia will be wearing for the Monday finish to the Open.


6:01AM: Oh what a difference a day makes.


5:50AM: Happy Sunday! Round 3 (yes, you read that correctly) of the 144th Open Championship is underway from St. Andrews.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."