OMeara Its Going to be Exciting

By Associated PressFebruary 15, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007 Outback Steakhouse Pro-AmLUTZ, Florida -- Mark O'Meara will make his Champions Tour debut Friday in the chilly Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
 
'It's going to be exciting,' O'Meara said Thursday. 'I have played golf now for 26 years on the PGA TOUR and now I have the opportunity to move over to the Champions Tour. I get to compete with a lot of great players that I grew up admiring and certainly played with when I first joined the tour. I haven't been too excited about my game the last three years or so, but my juices are flowing right now.'
 
O'Meara, who turned 50 on Jan. 13, has 16 PGA TOUR titles, including the 1998 Masters and British Open.
 
Wind and 40-degree temperatures were expected Friday on the TPC Tampa Bay.
 
'The wind is a big factor,' said Tom Watson, coming off a 19th-place finish Sunday in the PGA TOUR's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
 
'If you have major winds it brings in a big element of doubt. And your club selection, your putting, every club in the bag. We play in enough wind, but when it is this strong, it really throws some curves at you.'
 
Scott Simpson, paired with Bill Murray in the pro-am competition, said it's a matter of simply ignoring the weather.
 
'It is bleak in many ways,' Simpson said. 'It's going to be cold, we know that. I just hope it warms up a little bit.'
 
Jerry Pate won the 2006 tournament, birdieing the final hole for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke victory over Hale Irwin, Mark James and Morris Hatalsky. Last week, James won the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton.
 
Nick Price is making his second Champions Tour start. He tied for 20th last week.
 
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    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

    McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

    That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

    “I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”


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    “I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

    “So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

    McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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    Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

    Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

    His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

    Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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    Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

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    “I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

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    Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

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    We compiled some of their missives below:

    Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.