Moore Wins North and South Amateur

By Associated PressAugust 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
Sean Moore is 20-year-old golf traditionalist who follows the history of the game. For the final of the North & South Amateur, he donned a pair of plus-fours along with a white tam-o'-shanter cap, much like the outfit preferred by the late Payne Stewart.
Then Moore went out and joined Stewart as a winner at Pinehurst's famed No. 2 course.
After falling 3-down in the morning round, Moore rallied and eventually beat Ryan Posey on the first extra hole of their 36-hole match Sunday. The winning putt came from about 5 feet on the first hole, which set off a raucous celebration by Moore and his family and friends in the gallery.
He added his name to the list of previous winners from Wake Forest, including Curtis Strange, Billy Joe Patton and Billy Andrade. Posey lost in the final for the second consecutive year.
'It's just unbelievable,' said Moore, who will be a junior when classes start. 'Every time I walk through that hallway, I see those names on that plaque, and now I'm going to be on it, too. I really can't put that into words.'
Although the final birdie gave Moore the title, he enjoyed a brilliant four-hole stretch in the middle of the afternoon round to take the lead for the first time in about five hours. He played a nifty chip from the left of the green on the par-3 ninth and knocked in the putt for par, while Posey missed his effort from a couple of feet farther.
The 10th hole was halved with pars before Moore made consecutive birdies on 11 and 12 to go 1-up, then won the 15th hole with a par. But an errant drive at No. 16, a reachable par-5, forced Moore to lay up, while Posey was able to get to a greenside bunker with his second shot.
A delicate explosion out of the sand left Posey with an easy birdie, while the best Moore could do was par. The lead was down to 1-up.
'It's a long day out there, a lot of golf,' Moore said. 'Momentum can change hole-to-hole. It's tough to get it going, and it's tough to change.'
Moore held his lead to the 18th, where both players found the rough. Posey played first and left his approach about 25 feet below the hole, with an uphill putt. He seemingly had the advantage until Moore hit an even better shot: pin-high, about 5 feet left of the hole.
'I figured he already had his birdie,' Posey said.
With that knowledge, Posey had a free run at his birdie, and it went right in the center of the hole, leading to his emphatic fist-pump. Still, Moore had a great chance to end the match, and his putt looked as if it was in the whole way before spinning out.
They were heading to extra holes.
'I hit it right where I wanted to,' Moore said. 'In my mind, that means I made it, even if it didn't go in.'
Both found the green in regulation when the playoff started on No. 1, a relatively easy par-4, with Moore again only 5 feet away. Posey missed from about 20 feet before Moore stepped up for the win.
After taking his time with the read - he decided it was just outside the left of the hole - Moore calmly stroked it in for the victory.
'I had to play it outside the hole, which is saying something on a 5-footer,' Moore said. 'You just have to trust yourself to play it out there.'
For Posey, he was left with perhaps an even more heartbreaking defeat than a year ago. He carded a 5-under 66 on the first 18 to go 3-up, then struggled a bit in the afternoon. That he was able to birdie two of the final three holes to force a playoff gave him a bit of a consolation.
'I guess I feel like I had a better shot to win, so it's a little more disappointing,' Posey said. 'Do I feel like I should have won? Definitely. Had we kept playing this morning, things might have been different. I just couldn't stop it.'
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”