Josh Teater wins first pro event at Utah Championship

By Associated PressSeptember 13, 2009, 5:18 pm
Nationwide TourSANDY, Utah – Josh Teater shot a final-round 3-under 68 to finish at 20 under and win the Utah Championship on Sunday for his first victory as a professional.

Tyler Aldridge was second after shooting a 66. Andrew Buckle (68), Matt Jones (68), Steve Wheatcroft (69) and John Kimbell (72) were tied another shot back.

Teater moved to eighth place on the Nationwide earnings list. He is certain to finish in the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card for 2010 after the Nationwide Championship next month.

“It’s a great feeling,” Teater said. “But you have to keep playing well to finish as high as possible in ‘The 25’ to get in as many tournaments as possible next year, so I’m going to keep my foot down and try to keep making birdies.”

Teater, a 30-year-old from Lexington, Ky., is playing his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour. The former Morehead State standout turned professional in 2002, but has played primarily on the mini-tour circuit. Teater made the cut for the 13th time in 21 events he previously had just two top-10 finishes.

After leading by one stroke following the third round, Teater quickly built on his advantage on Sunday. He had an eagle, a par and a birdie on the first three holes to extend his lead to four shots. However he then had bogeys on Nos. 6, 8 and 9.

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“The weather played a factor on the front nine,” Teater said. “The wind was blowing a bit, which we hadn’t seen all week. I might have been a little greedy with my tee shot on eight that ended in the water. But I took my medicine and made a good bogey there.”

Aldridge, playing five groups ahead of Teater, birdied three in a row to take a share of the lead at 17 under. Just as he did in the third round, Teater got back on track with birdies on Nos. 10, 12 and 13 to get back to 20 under.

“When I got to the back nine my thought was to give myself a chance at nine birdies and I did a pretty good job at that,” he said.

Teater then had par on the next three holes before getting an eagle on the par-5 17th hole.

Aldridge faltered with bogeys on his final two holes, giving Teater a six-stroke lead heading into No. 18. After his tee shot landed in the water, Teater finished up with a double-bogey to earn his first pro win.

Teater became the fourth rookie to win a Nationwide Tour event this year, joining Alistair Presnell, Derek Lamely and Troy Merritt.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 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:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

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.


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.

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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.