Open Championship tracker: Day 5 at St. Andrews

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2015, 8:49 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, Saturday content here and Sunday here. All-times for the Open Championship tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


3:00PM: Two-time major champion Zach Johnson at a loss for words and crying: "I'm grateful, humbled. i'm thankful. i'm honored. this is the birthplace of the game."


2:57PM: Touches the lip of the cup but doesn't fall. Ladies and gentleman, your Champion Golfer of the Year is Zach Johnson.


2:56PM: Slides by right. Now Louis with the putt to send it in to sudden death.


2:52PM: And he responds. ZJ now putting for the win.


2:49PM: Pressure's on Louis on 18. Again.


2:42PM: Leishman essentially done after three-putting for bogey. Louis misses par putt from even closer. Johnson saves his bogey. Huge missed opportunity there for Oosthuizen. Here's where we stand going into 18:


2:35PM: ZJ flies it over the green. Still faces a tough up and down, but now for bogey.


2:32PM: Louis (-1) and Leishman (+1) reach the very front of the green. Will have very long putts for birdie. Johnson (-2) looking at a very tough up and down from in front of the greenside bunker.


2:25PM: Par. Par ... Birdie. Zach Johnson takes the lead. On to the Road Hole.


2:25PM: Par. Par ... Birdie. Zach Johnson takes the lead. On to the Road Hole.


2:20PM: All three on the green with their approaches.


2:10PM: Oosthuizen with the hot hand, drains a long birdie putt on No. 1. ZJ, who hit the best approach of the group, follows with one of his own. Leishman misses short par putt and starts with bogey.


2:05PM: A clearly disappointed Jordan Spieth talking after his round, "We gave it a good run."


2:00PM: After being re-introduced on the first tee, all three find the fairway on hole No. 1, because you know ... they're still playing the Old Course.


1:56PM: And ... 72 holes over five days was not enough. We're headed to a three-man playoff between Marc Leishman, Louis Oosthuizen and Zach Johnson.


1:50PM: He made it! This is what it sounds like at the Old Course right now.


1:47PM: Louis! Throws a dart on his approach to a few feet. Birdie putt to get in the playoff coming up.


1:43PM: Day's putt to tie the lead comes up short. Pressure's on Louis as he tees off on 18.


1:41PM: And that will do it. Spieth nearly holes putt from off the green but it was not meant to be.


1:36PM: Spieth gets interrupted during his backswing by fan, steps off, regroups, hits his approach on the green but spins back off the front. Day on the green, but long putt to tie the lead.


1:32PM: Spieth and Day both walk off their approach distances to the green. Well ... we're waiting.


1:27PM: Spieth misses. Day makes. Both one off lead. Bummer.


1:23PM: Spieth facing a 7-footer for par after a nice wedge shot. Day putts one from 30 feet off the green to about five feet.


1:18PM: Spieth now facing a tough up and down on 17. Louis saves par on 16 to stay one back. Leishman makes par at the last and is also in the clubhouse at 15 under. Tied with ZJ.


1:05PM: Was there any doubt? Spieth drains his birdie on 16. Heads to the Road Hole tied for the lead.


1:07PM: Leishman nearly makes a long birdie putt on 17, settles for par.


1:04PM: Louis comes an inch from rolling in his birdie putt on 15. Still one back.


12:57PM: Think Leishman is feeling the nerves?


12:54PM: Spieth and Day make their pars on 15 to stay one back. Oosthuizen on 15 down one shot as well.


12:48PM: Leishman with the one-handed follow through after approach shot on 16. Finds the greenside bunker. Misses 4-footer for par. Just like that he's tied with ZJ with two holes to play.


12:37PM: Huge birdie on 18 for Zach Johnson. His caddie celebrates with a dance on the green. In the clubhouse with a 66 at 15 under. Only Leishman ahead of him.


12:33PM: Live look at the leaderboard, which will probably be irrelevant in a few minutes.


12:23PM: Spieth alert! Jordan's chip clangs off the flagstick on 13. Somehow doesn't drop for birdie. Settles for par.


12:23PM: Spieth alert! Jordan's chip clangs off the flagstick on 13. Somehow doesn't drop for birdie. Settles for par.


12:18PM: And ... Louis birdies to get back to within one of Leishman.


12:15PM: Zach Johnson (-15) slips on approach shot on 17. Should be noted that he is wearing soft spikes, in the rain, at St. Andrews, on Sunday of the Open.


12:07PM: Adam Scott also doing his best Sergio Garcia impression with back-to-back bogeys. All the cool kids are doing it.


12:05PM: Meanwhile ... Sergio Garcia doing his best Sergio Garcia impression.


12:00PM: As this day of craziness rolls past noon on the East Coast, Marc Leishman is your outright leader.


11:57AM: Say what you will about Steve Williams, but he certainly makes Adam Scott a better player on the biggest stages.


11:55AM: We'll get this out of the way now, but probably remind you later. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, the Open moves to a four-hole aggregate playoff on Nos. 1, 2, 17 and 18.


11:51AM: Just as soon as you got excited about Sergio, he found a fairway bunker at 12 and made bogey. Two back.


11:47AM: Maybe we motivated Louis Oosthuizen? Just after we said he wasn't making a move, he birdied No. 9, and now he's driven the ball in front of the par-4 10th green, eyeing a birdie that could tie him for the lead.


11:45AM: Jordan Spieth needed two holes to erase his double bogey. Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 9 and 10 return him to 14 under. That's the good news. Here's the bad news - had he just two-putted at No. 8, he'd be leading by himself right now.


11:35AM: The final group is hanging around but doing little to move forward. Dunne back to even par today after his disastrous start. Louis at minus-1 and 13 under after a bogey at eight.


11:32AM: That's a bounce-back birdie at No. 9 for Spieth, who has a habit of doing that. That's a 2-under 34 on the front. He's two back of the lead held by ZJ, Scott and Marc Leishman. Double bogey hasn't left him out of it, but he can ill-afford any more dropped shots.


11:30AM: Still got it:


11:28AM: If anyone's wondering what happened to Dustin Johnson:


11:26AM: If we want to get technical, his second putt was actually from off the green, so it wasn't really a four-putt. But yeah ... yeah:


11:24AM: It's official. We're all going to do this again. Sergio Garcia is one shot off the lead on the back nine in the final round of the British Open.


11:21AM: Spieth's bid for the Slam just took a big hit. That's a double bogey at the par-3 eighth after he hit his first putt off the green and needed three more shots. Spieth now three back. Can he win on a day like this with a double?


11:18AM: Zach Johnson's first bogey of the day comes at 13 and drops him back to 15 under. That's only his second bogey in his last 34 holes.


11:13AM: Update:


11:12AM: Regarding Jordan Spieth's putting prowess:


11:08AM: Don't want to jinx anybody, but Zach Johnson (now leading at -16) is 7 under through 12. Adam Scott is 6 under through 11. In fairness, this isn't Oakmont, nor is it 1973.


11:05AM: Nice summation of just what we're dealing with here.


11:01AM: Adam Scott has joined Zach Johnson at 15 under, but ZJ just flagged one at No. 12.


10:52AM: Meanwhile, that Jordan Spieth guy, maybe you've heard of him, has moved to 14 under and just one back. Spieth is 3 under through six holes and coming off back-to-back birdies.


10:51AM: He's not Dunne yet! (Sorry.) Paul Dunne gets it back to even par today with a birdie at No. 5.


10:47AM: Sergio Garcia is 4 under through seven holes and two shots back:


10:45AM: And Zach Johnson has no interest in sharing. Pushes the lead to 15 under with a birdie on No. 10. He's 6 under today through 10 holes.


10:42AM: Come on, Aussies, 2.0? Adam Scott, like Zach Johnson, gets to 14 under thanks a front-nine 31.


10:36AM: Paul Azinger, as fans look for Padraig Harrington's ball in the bushes on No. 6: "You could draw blood in there."


10:30AM: An eagle try for Spieth at No. 5 comes up short but the short birdie putt drops. Spieth one back of the lead, but only one up in this unusual race:


10:30AM: And forget that altogether now that Zach Johnson leads by himself (for the next 45 seconds, at this rate) at 14 under par thanks to a front-nine 31.


10:27AM: Add Marc Leishman and Padraig Harrington to the now-five-way tie at 13 under.


10:21AM: This is going to be a bit of a busy afternoon. Adam Scott joins the tie for the lead with Oosthuizen and Johnson at 13 under. Then there's this crowded list at minus-12: Anthony Wall, Sergio Garcia, Marc Leishman, Padraig Harrington, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day.


10:17AM: After some - a lot? - of nerves on his first two holes, Dunne rights the ship with a birdie at No. 3. Gets it back to 11 under, sitting two shots off the lead.


10:14AM: Zach Johnson now tied for the lead with Oosthuizen at 13 under thanks to a birdie at No. 6. ZJ off to a red-hot start, with four birdies in his first six holes. (Maybe more guys should play the John Deere?) Johnson has two previous top-10 finishes in an Open, a T-9 in 2012 and T-6 in 2013.


10:09AM: A look at Paul Dunne on No. 2 tee:


10:05AM: After playing what could have been his fifth shot off the tee, Paul Dunne ends up making only bogey at No. 2. A bogey-bogey start for the amateur and overnight leader. Louis taps in for par and keeps his lead at 13 under.


9:55AM: Dunne's first tee shot at No. 2 is on a practice chipping green. He will be able to play it after a drop.


9:50AM: More problems for Dunne. He blasts his tee shot at No. 2 way right. Has to hit provisional. Hits that shot right and hits a second provisional.


9:45AM: Dunne, meanwhile, bogeys the first. After chunking his approach shot short of the Swilcan Burn, he can't get up and down for par.


9:44AM: We've got a solo leader! Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion at St. Andrews, birdies the first to become the first player to reach 13 under.


9:41AM: Sergio Garcia is in the group at 11 under. As is Hideki Matsuyama.


9:38AM: Nerves for amateur Dunne?


9:36AM: Make it five tied at the top. Padraig Harrington rolls in a birdie at No. 2 to reach 12 under.


9:34AM: Jordan Spieth birdies the first. He's tied for the lead at 12 under.


9:31AM: Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Dunne are announced off No. 1. That's the end of the Open career for legendary first-tee announcer Ivor Robson.


9:29AM: Fast and furious scoring..


9:26AM: Paul Dunne may be co-leading the Open at the moment. But he still might not finish low amateur. Ashley Chesters is on a birdie bonanza today. He's 5 under through 10 to reach 11 under.


9:22AM: Jordan Spieth and Jason Day have started their final rounds.


9:16AM: Padraig Harrington birdies the first. He's at 11 under, along with Spieth and Anthony Wall. Wall is 4 under through seven today.


9:16AM: And in case you were wondering ...


9:14AM: Ten players are currently tied at 10 under, to go along with Spieth at 11 under and the trio of leaders at 12 under. That's not to mention the 13 players at 9 under.


9:08AM: Speaking of Scott, he makes an early birdie to get within two at 10 under.


9:06AM: A note regarding Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott.


9:01AM: Schniederjans birdies the last to shoot 67 and finish at 9 under. Currently at T-12, it's unlikely he'll finish among the top 10.


8:54AM: Like Mickelson before him, Ollie Schniederjans butchers the 17th. A terrible smother-hook off the tee eventually leads to double bogey. He drops from T-5 to T-29, with one hole to play. That likely costs him a chance to automatically qualify for next year's Open, with the top 10 in '15 getting an exemption into '16.


8:48AM: Mickelson pars the last for a 69 and a 7-under 281.


8:40AM: How far is too far back? The players at 9 under, three back to start the day, are now teeing off.


8:32AM: That's a triple bogey for Phil Mickelson on the 17th. He drops from 10 under to 7 under, from T-5 to T-32 in one hole.


8:24AM: Oh, dear. Phil Mickelson just hit his tee shot on the 17th hole onto a balcony at the Old Course Hotel.


8:20AM: Remember Dustin Johnson? Going back to Sunday, he's bogeyed six of his last seven holes. The one-time co-leader is now seven off the pace.


8:16AM: Luke Donald joins the mix at 10 under with three consecutive birdies to begin his back nine. A third-round, 1-over 73 set him back.


8:13AM: This from Ryan Lavner:


8:06AM: Phil Mickelson makes another birdie. That's six birdies in 15 holes. He's at 10 under, two back.


8:02AM: Branden Grace is the current cluhouse leader at 7 under. Probably not going to hold up.


7:55AM: A historical nugget to chew on. Padraig Harrington trails by two entering the final round.


7:45AM: Know thy selfie. Also, know thy Top Photos of the Week by clicking on the link below:


7:42AM: Scores on the road hole so far today:


7:39AM: Dustin Johnson's final round is underway. He opens with birdie. Where was that yesterday?


7:29AM: For those of you wondering at home what happens to the first-place prize money if an amateur wins:


7:21AM: For more on the amateur who might win the 144th Open (no, not Paul Dunne), check out Ryan Lavner's piece from earlier this year on Ollie Schniederjans:


7:15AM: Phil Mickelson wants to get in on the fun.


7:13AM: It's raining! Amateurs playing well, that is. Not actual precipitation.


7:06AM: Another amateur in the field this week who's already on the course for his final round is Oliver Schiederjans. He's 4 under through eight holes and is currently tied for sixth.


7:00AM: 'Am' you trying to tell us something, Brandel?


6:55AM: Low round of the day so far belongs to Scott Arnold - a 6-under 66.


6:52AM: Leaders are off in a little more than 2 1/2 hours. Here are the pins they'll be facing in the final round of the 144th Open Championship:


6:49AM: Soooo ... we should have seen this coming?


6:42AM: Everyone's an Adam Scott fan!


6:37AM: By the Grace of ... Branden. We have someone making a big move early on Monday.


6:27AM: I'm not a numbers person ... so I'll take your word for it.


6:24AM: The leaders tee off at 9:30 a.m. Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer finished up his final-round 72 just moments ago.


6:12AM: David Duval getting in some prep before his final round. The 2001 champ is 5 under through 54 holes and tees off at 6:45 a.m. Is he onto something?


6:08AM: Donaldson dropped a shot at the 12th and is now only (yes, only!) 5 under through 12.


6:05AM: If someone's going to stop the Spieth Slam, who do you think it will be? Our writers weighed in with their thoughts:


5:52AM: Guys going the lowest early on the day are: Francesco Molinari (7 under through 14), Scott Arnold (6 under through 15), Branden Grace (6 under through 12) and Jamie Donaldson (6 under through 11).


5:43AM: And those mundane weather conditions mean low numbers are possible. Branden Grace is already 6 under through 10 holes on Monday.


5:40AM: Pretty mundane weather conditions in St. Andrews today. Temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s, winds averaging 7 mph and a few showers.


5:34AM: Just as a reminder, if you're still in St. Andrews today, you can view the final round of the Open Championship for just £10.


5:28AM: The hardest holes at St. Andrews this week? We're glad you asked...


5:15AM: Jordan Spieth is chasing history today at St. Andrews. Here's a look at some of the stats and facts:


5:05AM: Here's a look at the leaderboard at the conclusion of 54 holes:


5:00AM: Happy Monday! Round 4 (yes, you read that correctly) of the 144th Open Championship is underway from St. Andrews.

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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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.