Appleby Hend share lead at Australian Open

By Associated PressDecember 3, 2009, 5:08 pm

SYDNEY – Stuart Appleby and Scott Hend each shot 6-under 66 Thursday to share the lead at the Australian Open.

Hend, who played in ideal morning conditions Thursday at the oceanside links-style New South Wales Golf Club, had eight birdies and two bogeys.

Appleby, playing in the more difficult and windy afternoon field, could have taken the outright lead but had a three-putt bogey on the 18th.

Fellow Australians James Nitties and Peter Wilson were tied for third with 67s. Australians Adam Scott and Stephen Allan and American David Oh shot 68 each and tied for fifth.

Appleby had a poor season on the PGA Tour, finishing 137th on the money list and sinking to No. 150 in world rankings.

“I started a lot of rounds of golf really excited about what was going on and finished the day just going, ‘What happened?’,” he said. “All year I wasn’t able to get that final bit of confidence.

“I like the way I’m playing, I like the way I’m putting and I haven’t had enough of that this year.”

Hend, who has spent time in the U.S., Europe and Asia, was pleased with his early tee time.

“It’s just great to get out there when there’s hardly any wind at all and you can just play your shots,” Hend said.

Scott, attempting to win his first tournament on home soil, birdied four of his last six holes, also in the morning.

“The wind was down and it was beautiful early,” he said. “It’s nice to play this sort of course with no wind.

“I hung in there and played solid and scrambled a little bit and managed to make a score which looks pretty good to me.”

John Daly, with his weight loss at 115 pounds following a stomach-stapling procedure last year, shot 72.

American Bryce Molder shot 70 while Geoff Ogilvy and former two-time winner Aaron Baddeley had 73s.

Daly had six bogeys, four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 eighth and looked set to make the cut after failing to qualify for the weekend in all three Australian tournaments in 2008 – the Open, Masters and PGA.

Daly, who now weighs 185 pounds, impressed tournament promoter Tony Roosenburg.

“The great thing is in the olden days, or even last year, he would’ve thought, ‘Oh well, that’s another round of golf.’ Then he would’ve got into his car, gone to his room, watched television and had another hamburger,” said Roosenburg.

“What did he do now? He had some food in the players’ lounge, went to the practice fairway and is still putting as we speak.”

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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.

No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.

No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.

No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.

No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.

And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.

Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:05 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a 5-under 66 in the third round of The Open. We're tracking him as he vies for major No. 15.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.