Green Leads Norman Struggles at Australian Open

By Associated PressNovember 16, 2006, 5:00 pm
SYDNEY, Australia -- Nathan Green shot a 5-under-par 67 in cold, windy and rainy conditions at Royal Sydney on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open.
With heavy rain and gusting winds affecting most of the morning players, Green, starting from the 10th hole, had five straight pars before birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 and a bogey on the 18th. He had four birdies on his final nine.
Only six of the 143 starters finished under par Thursday, with more than 40 golfers shooting 80 or higher.
Off the tee was nothing impressive, but the rest of my game was OK today, Green said. My pace was pretty good, and I managed to hit a lot of greens.
Richard Green, who plays regularly on the European Tour, was tied for second with fellow Australian Jarrod Lyle at 69. Australians Peter Lonard, Andrew Martin and Ryan Haller were another two shots back. PGA Tour Championship winner Adam Scott had a 74 and defending champion Robert Allenby shot 77.
Although the rain held off for most of the afternoon players, the wind picked up, drying, hardening and speeding up the greens.
Morning starter Richard Green, no relation to Nathan, said the conditions were the most difficult hes seen all year.
At the Irish Open in May, the wind was coming sideways and we had lots of rain, he said. Today, it was the same thing but it was cold, very cold. Very surprising for this time of year.
U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy was at even-par 72, and counted himself lucky.
It was probably one of the toughest rounds Ive played all year, he said. I kind of hung in there. In the squalls, against the wind, I was hitting my 3-iron 160 or 170 yards. I usually hit it about 230.
It would be really easy today to put up a big number and be gone. It can only improve from here.
Greg Norman, who has won the Australian Open five times, had a horrendous day, shooting a 79 while playing in the same threesome as Nathan Green. Normans son, Greg Jr., caddied for his dad.
Sometimes I hit some good shots and sometimes I dont, the 51-year-old Norman said. If you dont play a lot of golf in these conditions, youre going to pay the price. Hopefully I can come back tomorrow and shoot in the 60s.
Other scores included 75s for two-time Australian Open champion Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby and American Kevin Stadler. American Bob Estes had a 77 and Australian Craig Parry 82.
Lyle, who earned his U.S. PGA Tour card for next year after his 18th-place finish on the Nationwide Tour, said he was playing without pressure for the first time in months.
The last three months on the Nationwide Tour I felt like I had a heap of pressure, Lyle said. Obviously you want to finish inside that top 20 and I was always around that 17 to 19, 20 mark.
Its just nice to come back to Australian soil, stand up on the tee and know that whatever happens this week Im still going to the PGA Tour next year.
Lyle was diagnosed with leukemia in 1999 and spent nine months in hospital. He made a complete recovery and turned professional in 2004.
Australian Open Scores
First Round

Nathan Green, Australia 32-35--67
Richard Green, Australia 35-34--69
Jarrod Lyle, Australia 35-34--69
Andrew Martin, Australia 34-37--71
Ryan Haller, Australia 38-33--71
Peter Lonard, Australia 35-36--71
Geoff Ogilvy, Australia 37-35--72
Luke Hickmott, Australia 36-36--72
Glen Dick, Australia 35-37--72
Steven Bowditch, Australia 35-37--72
Mitchell Tasker, Australia 37-36--73
Terry Price, Australia 36-37--73
Mathew Goggin, Australia 34-39--73
Peter O'Malley, Australia 35-38--73
Gavin Coles, Australia 37-36--73
Alex Simpson, Australia 38-35--73
Nick O'Hern, Australia 38-35--73
Cameron Percy, Australia 36-37--73
Neil Sarkies, Australia 35-38--73
Brett Rumford, Australia 38-36--74
Ewan Porter, Australia 36-38--74
a-Rory McIlroy, Ireland 37-37--74
Adam Scott, Australia 36-38--74
Will MacKenzie, United States 35-39--74
Paul Sheehan, Australia 40-34--74
Larry Austin, Australia 37-37--74
Ashley Hall, Australia 39-36--75
Aaron Baddeley, Australia 36-39--75
Aaron Black, Australia 37-38--75
Adam Bland, Australia 38-37--75
Stuart Appleby, Australia 39-36--75
Kevin Stadler, United States 41-34--75
Kurt Barnes, Australia 33-42--75
Jason Norris, Australia 37-38--75
Kevin Chun, New Zealand 39-36--75
a-Richie Gallichan, Australia 38-38--76
John Senden, Australia 37-39--76
Ricky Schmidt, Australia 39-37--76
Stuart Bouvier, Australia 40-36--76
a-Tim Stewart, Australia 37-39--76
Mitchell Brown, Australia 37-39--76
Anthony Painter, Australia 38-38--76
Tony Christie, New Zealand 37-39--76
Matthew Ecob, Australia 38-38--76
Marcus Fraser, Australia 37-39--76
Ben Bunny, Australia 39-37--76
Paul Gow, Australia 39-37--76
Bob Estes, United States 38-39--77
a-Matthew Giles, Australia 38-39--77
Pat Giles, Australia 36-41--77
a-Adam Stephens, Australia 42-35--77
Robert Allenby, Australia 39-38--77
Rod Pampling, Australia 38-39--77
Scott Draper, Australia 41-36--77
Bradley Iles, New Zealand 39-38--77
Martin Pettigrew, New Zealand 39-38--77
a-Stephen Dartnall, Australia 38-39--77
a-Andrew Dodt, Australia 37-40--77
Marcus Cain, Australia 42-35--77
Heath Reed, Australia 38-39--77
a-Bronson Lacassie, Australia 38-39--77
a-Adam Revai, Australia 38-39--77
Peter Wilson, Australia 39-38--77
Stephen Leaney, Australia 38-40--78
Wayne Grady, Australia 41-37--78
Dean Alaban, Australia 38-40--78
Shaun Piper, Australia 38-40--78
Ben Burge, Australia 42-36--78
Mark Brown, New Zealand 37-41--78
Nick Flanagan, Australia 39-39--78
Craig Scott, Australia 40-38--78
Anthony Summers, Australia 37-41--78
Jarrod Moseley, Australia 40-38--78
Michael Brennan, Australia 40-38--78
Michael Curtain, Australia 38-40--78
Matthew Ballard, Australia 41-38--79
Craig Carmichael, Australia 38-41--79
Greg Norman, Australia 41-38--79
a-Cheng Pan, Taiwan 37-42--79
Andrew Tschudin, Australia 41-38--79
a-Danny An, Australia 41-38--79
a-Michael Raseta, Australia 40-39--79
a-Rohan Blizard, Australia 39-40--79
David Walker, Australia 37-42--79
Adrian Percey, Australia 39-40--79
Joe Templar, England 39-40--79
Shane Baxter, Australia 41-38--79
a-Josh Younger, Australia 38-41--79
Tetsuya Watari, Japan 41-38--79
Peter Senior, Australia 40-39--79
Adam Wilcox, Australia 39-40--79
Michael Harwood, Australia 39-41--80
a-Rick Kulacz, Australia 38-42--80
Paul Marantz, Australia 38-42--80
Robin Hodgetts, Australia 41-39--80
Robert Curtis, Australia 41-39--80
Matthew Elliott, Australia 41-39--80
a-Kyu Sim, Australia 40-40--80
Aaron Townsend, Australia 39-41--80
a-Rudi Bezuidenhout, Australia 40-40--80
Peter Nolan, Australia 40-40--80
Martin Doyle, Australia 39-42--81
Ryan Haywood, Australia 41-40--81
Euan Walters, Australia 41-40--81
a-Boyd Watts, Australia 41-40--81
Tony McFadyean, Australia 40-41--81
Steven Myers, Australia 38-44--82
Craig Parry, Australia 42-40--82
a-Jamie Arnold, Australia 40-42--82
Andrew Johnson, Australia 43-39--82
a-Daniel Nisbet, Australia 43-39--82
Brett Partridge, Australia 42-40--82
Adam Crawford, Australia 39-43--82
Scott Fisher, Australia 42-40--82
Anthony Wall, England 39-43--82
a-Matt Jager, Australia 44-38--82
Anthony Brown, Australia 39-43--82
Ben Parker, England 43-39--82
Nigel Stivala, Australia 38-44--82
a-Matt Thomas, Australia 41-41--82
Darren Beck, Australia 41-41--82
a-Peter Cooke, Australia 39-44--83
Jason King, Australia 42-41--83
Leigh McKechnie, Australia 41-42--83
Rowan Beste, Australia 44-39--83
Dylan Taylor, Australia 40-43--83
Troy Kennedy, Australia 43-40--83
a-Daniel Popovic, Australia 39-44--83
a-Brett Rankin, Australia 42-41--83
a-Matthew Gleeson, Australia 39-44--83
Brady Sherwood, Australia 42-42--84
Andrew Pitt, Australia 40-44--84
Eric Egloff, United States 40-44--84
Anthony Still, Australia 40-44--84
Richard Kent, Australia 41-44--85
Scott Adland, Australia 42-43--85
Matthew Guyatt, Australia 39-46--85
a-Danny Lee, New Zealand 43-42--85
Jens Nilsson, Sweden 42-44--86
a-Brent McCullough, Australia 43-44--87
Tristan Lambert, Australia 45-42--87
Brad Andrews, Australia 46-41--87
Neil Speirs, Australia 46-42--88
Lucas Parsons, Australia WD
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American Junior Golf Association

Junior golfer's amazing run: ace, albatross, birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 11:03 pm

While most of the golf world had its attention focused on Scotland and The Open Championship at Carnoustie on Thursday, the REALLY remarkable performance of the day was taking place in Halifax, Mass.

There, in an American Junior Golf Association tournament, a 16-year-old Thai player made a hole-in-one and an albatross on consecutive holes.

According to the AJGA, Conor Kelly holed a 5-iron shot on the 198-yard, par-3 eighth hole. It was his first hole-in-one. He then holed a 4-iron second shot from 220 yards on the 480-yard ninth holer for the albatross. (We're gonna go out on a limb and say it was his first albatross.)

Certainly a nice way to make the turn - but Kelly wasn't finished. He birdied the par-4 10th for a 1-2-3 sequence on his scorecard. For the day, he shot a 5-under 67 in the AJGA Junior Golf Hub Championship at the Country Club of Halifax.

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McIlroy, Rahm betting co-favorites after Open Round 1

By Will GrayJuly 19, 2018, 10:10 pm

They're both three shots off the lead, but after starting The Open with rounds in the 60s Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are now betting co-favorites to lift the claret jug at Carnoustie.

McIlroy is four years removed from his Open triumph at Royal Liverpool, while Rahm remains in search of his first major title. Both carded rounds of 2-under 69 in Scotland to sit three shots off the lead of Kevin Kisner. While McIlroy started the tournament at 16/1 and Rahm at 20/1, they're now dead even at 10/1 in updated odds at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

Kisner started the week at 200/1, but after an opening-round 66 he's quickly been trimmed to 25/1. Tony Finau sits one shot behind Kisner and is now listed behind only McIlroy and Rahm at 12/1 after starting the tournament at 60/1.

On the other side of the coin, consensus pre-tournament betting favorite Dustin Johnson fell from 12/1 to 100/1 following an opening 76 while Masters champ Patrick Reed shot a 4-over 75 to plummet from 30/1 to 200/1. Trailing by five shots following an opening-round 71, Tiger Woods' odds remained unchanged at 25/1 as he seeks a 15th career major title.

Here's a look at the revised betting odds heading into the second round at Carnoustie:

10/1: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

12/1: Tony Finau

14/1: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

20/1: Francesco Molinari

25/1: Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner

30/1: Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka

40/1: Ryan Moore, Jason Day

50/1: Erik Van Rooyen, Brandon Stone, Matt Kuchar

60/1: Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Russell Henley, Matthew Southgate

80/1: Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na

100/1: Dustin Johnson, Zander Lombard, Sung Kang, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Chris Wood, Pat Perez, Luke List, Charley Hoffman

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Despite 78, Lincicome savors PGA Tour experience

By Randall MellJuly 19, 2018, 9:41 pm

Two bad holes derailed Brittany Lincicome in her historic start Thursday at the Barbasol Championship, but they couldn’t wipe the smile off her face afterward.

It might have been the most fun she ever had shooting a 78.

Lincicome joined Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to tee it up in a PGA Tour event when she striped her opening tee shot down the middle Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

A double bogey at her ninth hole and a triple at her 16th might have spoiled her chances at joining Zaharias as the only women to make a 36-hole cut in a PGA Tour event, but it didn’t spoil her experience.

“I did what I wanted to do, with having fun,” Lincicome said. “I think I nailed that part pretty well.

“I love playing with the guys. It's so much fun, being inside the ropes with them. Hopefully, I can get a good one tomorrow.”

Lincicome, 32, held her own for 16 holes, playing them in 1 over par, but those two big numbers left her tied for last place when she signed her scorecard, though other players remained on the course.

At 6 over, Lincicome is 13 shots behind the leader, probably seven or eight shots off the projected cut line, but she savored the experience. She arrived wanting to inspire young girls to dream big, and to bring some extra attention to a title sponsor who means so much to her. She represents Pure Silk, part of the Barbasol family.

Sam Ryder, who joined Conrad Shindler playing alongside Lincicome, was impressed with the way Lincicome carried herself.

“I would play with her every day if she wanted to,” said Ryder, who opened with a 68. “She's just a great person.

“Even though I know she's probably a little disappointed with her final score, she had a smile on her face all day.”

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, made her first birdie at her 12th hole, dropping a 30-foot putt, but she wasn’t happy with her putter much of the day. She missed three other good birdie chances, a 4-footer at her eighth hole, an 8-footer at her 10th and a 12-footer at the last.

“Pretty happy with my game overall,” Lincicome said. “I had two bad holes, but I drove it well. I did all the things I said I needed to do, but my putter let me down today.”

After piping her first drive, Lincicome opened with three consecutive pars.

“I was actually calmer than I thought I was going to be,” she said. “I thought I was going to be a nervous wreck. After the first tee shot, I was pretty happy that I found the fairway.”

Lincicome said Ryder and Shindler made her feel welcome. So did the crowds.

“It was great,” she said. “I could feel the energy of the crowd support me. Every time I hit a good driver or good shot, they would cheer for me, which was great.

“Conrad and Sam were so nice. I couldn't have asked for a better pairing. They were very welcoming, and we were interacting, they were asking me questions, and it was great.”

On Tuesday, Lincicome said a key to her play would be hitting fairways. She did that, hitting 10 of 14, but she was taking in longer clubs than she does in LPGA events, with Keene Trace set up at 7,168 yards. That’s 600 yards longer than she played last week at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic, where she finished second. She hit just 8 greens in regulation in this PGA Tour start.

Lincicome is nicknamed “Bam Bam.” She is one of the LPGA’s longest drivers, but she was typically 30 to 40 yards behind Ryder and Shindler after hitting her driver. She averaged 259 yards per drive, Ryder 289 yards.

“She had a couple birdie putts that she could have made,” Ryder said. “If she made a couple of those, might've been a little bit different, just to get a little bit of momentum. Who knows?”

Lincicome’s biggest challenges were the par 3s.

At the 18th, playing 195 yards, she mis-hit her tee shot, knocking it in the water, short of the green. She took a penalty, moved up to a forward tee, dropped and hit into a right greenside bunker. She got up and down from there for a 5.

At the seventh, playing 198 yards, she missed wild right and deep. From a tough spot in the rough, she left her pitch short of the green. She chipped her third past the hole and to the fringe, where she took three putts from 20 feet.

Afterward, Lincicome wasn’t dwelling on the bad shots. She was focused on going to sign autographs for all the fans waiting for her, including all the little girls who came out to see her.

“I need to go back over there and sign,” she said. “Any time I can influence a child, especially a girl, obviously I want to get them involved with the LPGA, as much as possible.”

Her overall assessment of her day?

“It was a great experience,” she said.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 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:

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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.