Scott WDs Wagner Leads After 36

By Associated PressApril 5, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 Shell Houston OpenHOUSTON -- Defending champion Adam Scott withdrew from the Houston Open on Saturday because of fever and swollen glands.
 
He shared the first-round lead with Johnson Wagner after they shot course-record, 9-under 63s Thursday. But Scott, who has been ailing all week, struggled to a 76 Friday.
 
Wagner shot a 3-under 69 early Friday to take the outright lead at 12 under.
 
While Scott faltered, another Australian moved into contention. Mathew Goggin shot a 64 to move within three shots of Wagner before an afternoon storm delayed play for 1 hour, 45 minutes on Friday. More rain came later and the second round was suspended with 36 players still on the course.
 
Nicholas Thompson wrapped up a second-round 70 on Saturday morning to join Ben Crane and Jose Maria Olazabal at 5 under. The third round was to begin about 11 a.m. EDT and sunshine was forecast for the rest of the weekend.
 
Scott played 14 holes after Fridays rain and finished with five bogeys and a double bogey
 
Goggin picked up the slack for the boys from Down Under, kick-starting his round with two eagles on the front nine. Charley Hoffman joined Goggin at 9 under after a 70.
 
Six Aussies have won eight Houston Opens, including Scott last year and Stuart Appleby in 2006. Appleby was the runner-up to Scott in 2007.
 
Goggin joked about why Australians have had so much success in this tournament.
 
Maybe were just better on courses you dont have to think around, he said. You just smash it and go find it. You dumb it down for us and we do all right.
 
Goggin blames erratic putting for his up-and-down year'two top-20 finishes and two missed cuts in eight starts. He finished tied for 50th in New Orleans last week and came to Houston ranked 136th in putts per round (29.62).
 
He solved that issue on the fifth hole Friday by holing an 8-iron shot from the fairway and a bunker shot for another eagle on the par-5 eighth.
 
All of a sudden, I didnt hit a bad shot for the rest of the day, he said.
 
Goggin added birdies on Nos. 10, 12, 13 and 15 and wrapped up his round with only 25 putts.
 
Scott bogeyed No. 2, his first at the Tournament Course at Redstone in 56 holes dating to last years second round. He was playing the fifth hole when play was halted just before 2 p.m.
 
The round resumed at 3:34 p.m., with the course softened, but the temperature more than 20 degrees cooler. Scott missed the green with his tee shot on the par-3 ninth, then drove into the water on the 11th to slip to 6 under. He birdied 15 and 16 before finishing bogey-double bogey.
 
Phil Mickelson beat the bad weather and shot a 68 on Friday, but he was eighth behind the leader, whos looking for his first victory in 45 career starts.
 
The 28-year-old Wagner admits hell have to control his emotions over the weekend as he tries to win a trip to next weeks Masters.
 
You have to use it to your advantage, Wagner said. Nerves dont have to be a bad thing. They can always be a good thing.
 
Wagner was in the second group to tee off Friday and he moved to 12 under on his opening nine. He got up and down from a greenside bunker on the par-5 fourth, sank a 6-footer for birdie on the 5th and added another birdie on the par-5 eighth, the third-easiest hole during the first round.
 
He sliced his drive into the water on the par-4 11th and bogeyed, then got the stroke back with a birdie on 13.
 
Wagner was born in Amarillo and that gives him an edge'Texans have won six Houston Opens. Thats also good news for Chad Campbell of Andrews, Texas. He matched Goggins 64 and sits five off the lead.
 
Campbell hit a 3-wood within 10 feet on the par-5 4th, then reeled off four straight birdies early on the back nine to climb up the leaderboard. Campbell has won in Houston before, beating Charles Howell III by three shots at the 2003 Tour Championship.
 
Anytime you can win, especially in your home state, its great, he said. Got a lot of fans, family and friends out here this week, so it would be great.
 

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    Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

    The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

    The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.


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    This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

    After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

    “I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.

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    DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

    Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

    Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.


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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

    It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

    With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

    Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery

     


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.