Loren Roberts leads at Pebble Beach

By Associated PressSeptember 5, 2009, 4:00 pm
Champions TourPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. –  Loren Roberts closed on his second straight Champions Tour title, shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday at Pebble Beach to take a two-stroke lead over Mark O’Meara in the Walmart First Tee Open.

Roberts, coming off a one-stroke victory over O’Meara last week in the Boeing Classic in Washington, had seven birdies and a bogey to finish at 12-under 132. He opened with a 66 on Friday at Del Monte.

“I hit some close putts, but the key for me was salvaging par on the 10th hole,” said Roberts, also The ACE Group Classic and Senior British Open winner. “I took a month off in June for the first time my career and any time I can spend time working on my game, it really helps.”

Robert was 5 under and had only 11 putts on the front nine.

“Putting is what my game is really all about,” Roberts said. “If I can make some putts that’s the key for me and good scoring.”

O’Meara, playing at Del Monte, shot his second straight 67.

“I didn’t hit it quite as good as I did yesterday,” said O’Meara, a five-time winner of the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “I hit it on one side, then the other, but never in a lot of trouble. I gave back a few shots.”

O’Meara bolstered his sporadic round by chipping in from 65 yards for an eagle on the fifth hole, his 14th hole of the second. He also had six birdies and three bogeys.

O’Meara, a 16-time winner on the PGA Tour, is winless since joining the Champions Tour in 2007. He has eight runner-up finishes, four this season.

“It’s been a good year,” said O’Meara, the two-time major winner who won the last of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am titles in 1997. “But we’ll have too what happens. There’s still a lot of golf hand, but it looks like another opportunity, so sooner or later I’ll have a breakthrough.”

Tom Lehman, playing in the event for the first time, equaled the tournament’s low round with a 65 at Del Monte to move into third place at 8 under.

Bob Gilder shot a 68 at Pebble Beach to reach 7 under.

Defending champion Jeff Sluman, who held a one-stroke lead over Roberts and Olin Browne after an opening 65 at Del Monte, shot a 73 at Pebble Beach. He was 6 under along with Mark McNulty (70), Gene Jones (70) and Tom Jenkins (66).

The Champions Tour event also features 78 junior players and 156 amateurs playing in two simultaneous two-player and four-player team competitions.

The final round will be played at Pebble Beach.

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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.”


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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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“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.