Reynolds Advances in Senior Amateur
Reynolds, 55, of Grand Blanc, Mich., had advanced to the third round with a 2-up victory over Mike Riley of San Diego in Tuesday's morning round.
Clagett, 55, of Austin, Texas, extended his hopes of being the first medalist to win the title since 1987 with a 6-and-5 victory over Robert Blomberg of Alameda, Calif., in the second round.
Also advancing to Wednesday's quarterfinals were: Vinny Giles, of Richmond, Va., the 1972 U.S. Amateur champion, who beat Mike Rice, of Houston, 2 up; Bill Baloh, of Herminie, Pa., a 1-up winner over 2003 USA Walker Cup captain Bob Lewis Jr., of Pepper Pike, Ohio; and Alex Tarumianz, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., who beat Bruce Walters, of Pikeville, Ky., 1 up.
Two 61-year-olds advanced to the quarterfinals ' Bill Heldmar, of Tulsa, Okla., and Curt Madson, of Mount Dora, Fla. ' as well as Mark Bemowski, of Mukwonago, Wis., and Gary Koprivica, of Missoula, Mont., who advanced to match play via a playoff.
The semifinals and 18-hole final are Thursday.
Reynolds, who made the field as an alternate four days before the championship began, lost the first hole to Clagett but came back to win the next four, two with birdies and two with pars.
'Billy starts out with a birdie on the first hole, so I thought, 'Well, maybe we're going to need to make some birdies here today,''' Reynolds said. 'The first couple of matches, you can win some holes by just making pars but by the time you get around to the third or fourth match, you've got to make some birdies too.''
After Reynolds birdied the par-5 12th to go 4 up, Clagett won the par-4 14th and par-5 15th to cut the deficit in half. They halved the par-3 16th with pars and both birdied the par-4 17th, giving Reynolds the victory.
Clagett had not three-putted in the championship before doing so twice against Reynolds.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
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)
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.
Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2
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.”
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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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism
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.
“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.
“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.