Dufner leads as Canadian Open heads to Monday

By Associated PressJuly 26, 2009, 4:00 pm
RBC Canadian OpenOAKVILLE, Canada ' Mike Weir had the best shot ' and one-liners ' on another rainy day at the 100th Canadian Open.
 
Instead of reading the grain, you have to read the current out there, the Canadian star quipped after third-round play was suspended Sunday, forcing the tournament to at least a fifth day at saturated Glen Abbey.
 
Trying to become the first Canadian winner since Pat Fletcher in 1954, Weir had a hole-in-one and was caught up in a confusing rules situation.
 
Its been a crazy week, Weir said. Look at all this. I mean, this is bizarre.
 
Weir was 9 under ' including a penalty stroke for the rules infraction at the end of the second round ' with seven holes left in the third round. Jason Dufner had the lead at 14 under, playing six holes in 1 under Sunday.
 
The ruling involved Weirs second shot on the 18th hole Saturday.
 
Weirs ball moved before he played the shot, but he was unsure whether he had addressed the ball or caused it to move. After calling for a ruling, he replaced the ball in its original location and took a one-stroke penalty.
 
Before Weir signed his scorecard, the penalty stroke was rescinded after he and the rules committee reviewed video and determined it was inconclusive whether he caused the ball to move. On Sunday, additional video was reviewed, and Weir again assessed himself a one-stroke penalty for causing the ball to move, even though it was still inconclusive whether he addressed the ball.
 
Even though I dont think I did, I guess theres that gray-area possibility I could have, Weir said. So with that, I didnt feel comfortable myself not taking it.
 
Weir wasnt disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard because it was right when he signed it. If a committee makes a decision or an error we can certainly correct it, said Dean Ryan, a Royal Canadian Golf Association rules official.
 
Dufner, the second-round leader after rounds of 68 and 63 on the soggy Glen Abbey course, had a one-stroke lead over Anthony Kim and Jerry Kelly. Kim was 4 under after nine holes, and Kelly was 1 under through six.
 
None of the players can control whats going on, Dufner said. I think everybody wants to get out there and play and compete and try to win this golf tournament.
 
The players were scheduled to resume play at 7:30 a.m. Monday, the first time the tournament has gone past the weekend since 1988. PGA Tour officials still hope to complete four rounds in the event drenched by about 5 inches of rain in four days.
 
(The Golf Channel will showcase Monday action beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.)
 
The tournament would go past Monday if play was suspended after more than half the field finished the fourth round, forcing the tour to complete the round rather than revert to the 54-hole scores. A playoff also could spill into Tuesday.
 
The regulations prohibit us from going beyond Monday, except for the situation where we would have more than half the field finish the final round, PGA Tour tournament director Steve Carman said.
 
Play began Sunday morning in sunny conditions, but lightning forced the players off the course at 10:15 a.m. After another round of lightning and heavy rain and hours trying to get the layout in shape to resume, play was called for the day at 4:25 p.m.
 
Weve had some good times in the locker room, Kelly said. I get up in the kitchen a lot, which I love. Have a good time with all those guys in the kitchen.
 
This way you get to know a lot of the players, too. Its time that youre really not grouped together just passing each other, saying hello or eating. Youre actually hanging out for hour upon hour. So its actually a pretty good time in that respect. But its tough on the golf. Its tough stopping and starting.
 
Scott Verplank was two strokes back at 12 under along with Retief Goosen, Bob Estes, Peter Tomasulo and Michael Letzig. Verplank, the 2001 winner at Royal Montreal, tied for second behind Ken Green in the 1988 Monday finish at Glen Abbey.
 
Weir holed a 4-iron shot on the 200-yard fourth hole. The ace was the seventh of the week, the most since the tour began keeping extensive records in 1971. There were five in the 2004 John Deere Classic.
 
Did he buy a round of drinks for the guys in the locker room?
 
I was told that today by a lot of players, Weir said. So OK. Its good drinking weather right now.
 
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    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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    With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

    While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

    Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

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    Kevin Kisner: 12/1

    Xander Schauffele: 16/1

    Tony Finau: 16/1

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    Pat Perez: 25/1

    Brooks Koepka: 25/1

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    Alex Noren: 50/1

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    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 7:34 pm

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    It’s strange, however, that his status atop The Open leaderboard through two rounds doesn’t seem out of character. The 42-year-old admits he doesn’t hit it long enough to contend at most major stops and also concedes he doesn’t exactly have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the game’s biggest events, but something about The Open works for him.


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    “I didn't like it the first time I came over. When I went to St. Andrews in '05, I didn't like it because it was cold and terrible and this and that,” he said. “Over the years, I've really learned to like to come over here. Plus the fans are so awesome here. They know a good shot. They don't laugh at you if you hit a bad shot.”

    Perez gave the fans plenty to cheer on Friday at Carnoustie, playing 17 flawless holes to move into a share of the lead before a closing bogey dropped him into a tie for third place after a second-round 68.

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    “It's hard enough that I don't feel like I have to hit perfect shots. That's the best,” he said. “Greens, you can kind of miss a shot, and it won't run off and go off the green 40 yards. You're still kind of on the green. You can have a 60-footer and actually think about making it because of the speed.”