Lefty and Monty Make it Through a Tough Afternoon

By Associated PressJune 16, 2006, 4:00 pm
U.S. OpenMAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The morning of the second round of the U.S. Open was about Tiger trying to find a way to play on the weekend. The afternoon was about Lefty and Monty finding a way to hang around the lead.
 
Tiger Woods didn't come close and won't play on the weekend in a major for the first time as a professional.

Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie will be among the last golfers out on Saturday, both still in position to win the year's second major.
 
Montgomerie, who turns 43 next week and is still looking for his first major, led after the first round with a 1-under 69 and starts the third round one stroke behind Steve Stricker.
 
'Seventeen pars and a bogey. That's good. That's very good. I'm delighted with that,' Montgomerie said of his second-round 71 on Friday. 'One mistake is good, no birdies isn't, but at the same time it was very difficult to hit the ball close to the hole. The greens were very, very tricky.'
 
Mickelson, who is looking for his third straight major after winning the PGA Championship last year and the Masters in April, followed an opening 70 with a 3-over 73 that didn't start like a round that would keep someone in contention.
 
He bogeyed the first two holes and closed his front nine with another.
 
'I thought there was the potential out there, even after a couple of bogeys, to get it under par,' Mickelson said. 'I had a lot of birdie opportunities and nothing fell until 13.'
 
He made a 30-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 13th, and then strung together four pars until a closing bogey.
 
Mickelson pushed his drive left on the last hole behind trees, in an area where the grass was trampled by spectators. His second shot hit a tree and he wasn't much better off than before.
 
'I was just trying to get it over the trees just short right of the green so that I had an angle to pitch up the slope where my third shot ended up essentially. I just fatted it,' he said. 'Those things are going to happen as far as missing fairways and putting yourself in a bad spot and you just want to minimize the damage, and obviously that could have been a disastrous hole, but I walked away with a bogey and feel good about it.'
 
That's what a course like Winged Foot can do. This isn't a place where the leader's score is a number like winter temperatures up north.
 
'Guys are going to make bogeys. Bogeys are OK. I just had to prevent the double, prevent the really big mistake,' said Mickelson, who was tied for seventh. 'This is a very penalizing golf course and the scores are just going to get worse.'
 
Montgomerie's lone bogey came on the par-4 14th when his second shot hit a tree.
 
'I hit a great drive, 6-iron in and I just blocked it,' Montgomerie said. 'We all know how difficult it gets in the afternoon when a course dries out. I scrambled a couple of times to get pars. I'm glad I got in at 71.'
 
Mickelson and Montgomerie never had to worry about making the cut.
 
'My position is pretty good,' Mickelson said. 'Everyone wants to be in the lead, but I'm within four with two rounds to go, and I'm where I wanted to be in that I wanted to have a chance. It takes some really good golf to play well on such a tough course and I love the fact I have a chance.'
 
Montgomerie and Stricker, who had a second-round 69, will play together on Saturday.
 
'I'm delighted to get in and get in the last group in the U.S. Open,' Montgomerie said. 'It's been nine years since I was last at Congressional, so it's nice to achieve that goal and we'll see what happens over the weekend.'
 
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    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.”