Allenby Joins Wi in Top Spot at Honda

By Associated PressMarch 2, 2007, 5:00 pm
2006 Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Robert Allenby finished his round around lunchtime, and left PGA National thinking he'd be within two of three shots of the lead by day's end.
 
He ultimately was wrong, and probably thrilled.
 
Allenby shot a 2-under 68 Friday, getting him to 5 under after two rounds of the Honda Classic and into a tie atop the leaderboard with first-round leader Charlie Wi -- who shot a wild round of even-par 70.
 
Charlie Wi
Charlie Wi shares the 36-hole lead with Aussie Robert Allenby. (WireImages)
Allenby is winless in his last 139 PGA TOUR events, yet came here this week insisting that it's only a matter of time before that streak ends -- and his play is backing up that assertion.
 
'I think 5 under is a pretty good score after two days,' the Australian said. 'This golf course is only going to get tougher from this moment on.'
 
It's plenty tough already.
 
While the wind was down a bit from Thursday, the breezes did pick up a bit as the second round went along -- and par remained a very solid score. The cut was 4-over and only 30 broke par, with 71.9 being the average score for the round.
 
Will MacKenzie and Steve Stricker were tied or third at 3 under after 69s, and Daniel Copra, Joe Ogilvie, Mathias Gronberg, Camilo Villegas and Mark Wilson were another shot back. Wilson and Gronberg shot 66s, the best round of the day.
 
'These pin positions aren't as tough as they would be at a major, but tee-to-green, it's set up like a U.S. PGA,' said 2005 winner Padraig Harrington, who was among a group another shot back at 1 under.
 
Fortunately for Allenby, his game is in good-enough shape to handle the demands of PGA National.
 
He put together four consecutive top-10s earlier this season, leads the tour in birdies per round and ranks second in scoring average.
 
'At the start of the week, I thought 10 under, 11 under would probably win this tournament,' Allenby said. 'I'm 5 under at the moment. I can definitely shoot 5 under on the weekend, even if it blows like this, if I'm on my game and if I can play the way I know I can play.'
 
His round was relatively problem-free.
 
Wi could hardly say the same.
 
He fell out of the lead by making triple bogey on No. 11, his second hole, after balls found hazards and bunkers with such regularity that he actually thought he made an 8 instead of a 7.
 
'Got a stroke back there,' Wi said.
 
A run of three straight birdies -- starting with a chip-in from just off the green at 12 -- immediately undid the damage caused by the triple, but by round's end, it almost seemed as if Wi was alternating birdies and bogeys. He made back-to-back birdies to pass Allenby with two holes left, but dropped another shot on the par-4 ninth, his last of the day.
 
In all, he had eight pars, six birdies, three bogeys and one triple-bogey -- not to mention six consecutive 3's at one point.
 
'The way I hung in there today, I'm really happy,' Wi said. 'But I'm really disappointed in the middle of the round, where I kind of lost focus out there. I think I probably could have done a little better. But to shoot 70 after the way I started, I'm really pleased.'
 
Defending champion Luke Donald made the cut -- barely.
 
Donald was 7 over after 14 holes, but made three consecutive birdies to rally and avoid what would have been his third consecutive missed cut in a stroke-play event. He shot a 67, 10 shots better than what he managed Thursday.
 
Bernhard Langer, though, went in the opposite direction, adding nine strokes to his Thursday score.
 
Langer started the day one shot behind Wi, and took the outright lead with two birdies in his first four holes. But he was 6 over on the back nine and wound up shooting a 75, falling to 1 over for the tournament into a tie for 25th.
 
'Today I started off just like yesterday. I was hitting the ball fairly good and made some good putts early on,' Langer said. 'And then the last seven holes or so, I made nothing, basically. Left putts short, drove it into the rough, missed fairways, missed greens ... that's a bad combination.'
 
DIVOTS
Only four players -- Bubba Dickerson, Nick O'Hern, Kevin Stadler and Bo Van Pelt -- birdied the 11th in each of the first two rounds. ... The par-4 10th hole, which measures 525 yards on the card, had some players, including Langer, opting to lay up with hopes of one-putting. 'I couldn't get there with a 3-wood,' said Langer, who bogeyed it for the second straight day. ... Pat Perez was one of four players to make triple-bogey at the 11th. He wound up missing the cut by one shot.
 
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    Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

    The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

    The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.


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    This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

    After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

    “I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.

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    DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

    Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

    Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.


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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

    It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

    With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

    Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery

     


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.