Spain Australia tied US eight back at World Cup

By Associated PressNovember 29, 2008, 5:00 pm
Omega Mission Hills World CupSHENZHEN, China ' Brendan Jones made a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday, giving Australia a 9-under 63 and a share of the lead with Spain after the third round of the World Cup.
 
Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain, who held a four-stroke lead after two rounds, settled for a 67. Jimenez missed a 6-foot putt for birdie on the final hole, which would have kept Spain in the outright lead.
 
Both teams were 22-under 194.
 
Jones and teammate Richard Green have thrived in the fourball style of play. On Thursday they also shot a 63 in fourball. Sundays final, however, will be played in foursomes (alternate shot). Spain shot a blistering 63 on Friday playing that format.
 
In foursomes, teams play one ball and alternate the shots. Fourball is easier because each golfer plays his own ball, but the team only counts the best of the two scores on each hole.
 
In foursomes, teams play one ball and alternate the shots. Four ball is easier because each golfer plays his own ball, but the team only counts the best of the two scores on each hole.
 
Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson of Sweden, the two highest ranked players in the event, shot 66 and are four strokes off the lead. Germany was another stroke back after a 68. Ireland (68) trailed by seven and the United States (69) and Japan (68) were eight behind.
 
Australia pulled even with Spain on the 15th with an eagle. Jones landed his 180-yard approach ' using a 9-iron ' and then holed his 5-foot putt.
 
I actually got some chills up the back of my spine when the crowd sort of thought it was a pretty decent shot and they all cheered, said Jones, who plays primarily on the Japan tour. I would have been very, very disappointed to have missed that putt.
 
Playing in the same group, Jimenez found water on the hole and settled for a bogey ' Larrazabal also bogeyed ' to level the two teams at 21 under.
 
Spain also had a bogey on the hole on Friday, the only blemish on a great round.
 
Tomorrow we wont play that hole, Jimenez joked. From 14 well go to 16.
 
Spain went to 22-under with a birdie on 16.
 
The Spaniards had their own eagle when Jimenez holed a 50-yard wedge on No. 7, which gave them a three-stroke cushion over Australia after a slow start.
 
We are still leading, Jimenez said. So we know if we play like yesterday we are going to win the tournament. So thats all.
 
Jones said the tournament was getting little coverage in Australia with John Daly and the Australian Masters hogging the headlines. He said one report back home identified his family name as James instead of Jones.
 
Australia has five players ranked in the top 50 ' led by No. 14 Geoff Ogilvy and No. 17 Adam Scott. They all passed on the event, with No. 59 Green and No. 64 Jones taking the invitation.
 
You know, we have got something to prove to the press back home, Jones said. We might not be the most famous of the Australian players, but we are backing our ability.
 
Spain has won the World Cup four times ' the last in 1984 with Jose Maria Canizares and Jose Rivero. Australia has also won four, the last in 1989 with Peter Fowler and Wayne Grady.
 

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    Tiger putts way into contention at The Open

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 5:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – When Tiger Woods benched his trusty Scotty Cameron blade putter last month at the Quicken Loans National for a new TaylorMade mallet-headed version some saw it as a sign of desperation, but if his performance on Carnoustie’s greens on Saturday were any indication it could end up being a calculated success.

    Woods stormed into contention on Day 3 with a 5-under 66 to move to within shouting distance of the lead at The Open, thanks in large part to his vastly improved putting.

    “I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I've had really good feels,” said Woods, whose 29 putts on Saturday belies his performance on Carnoustie’s greens. “Even as this golf course was changing and evolving, I've maintained my feels with the putter. I've made a couple of putts from about 40 to 60 feet, which is nice. I just feel like I've been able to roll the ball.”


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    The highlight of Woods’ round came at the par-4 ninth hole when he charged in a 40-footer for birdie from the front edge of the green to begin a run of three consecutive birdies. Perhaps more impressive, he didn’t have a three-putt, and has only had two all week, which is always a bonus on links courses.

    Woods temporarily took a share of the lead with a lengthy birdie putt at the 14th hole and scrambled for a par save at the last after his drive nearly found the Barry Burn.

    “I hit a few putts that I think should have gone in from 20, 30 feet today," he said. "So that's always a good sign.”

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    TT postscript: A 66, he's in contention - awesome

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:58 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods went berserk Saturday and shot 5-under 66 to vault up the leaderboard at The Open at Carnoustie:

    • THAT WAS AWESOME!

    At 4:13PM here in Scotland, when Tiger two-putted for birdie on the par-5 14th hole, he held a share of the lead in a major championship. It was once unthinkable, but it happened. I saw it with my own eyes.

    • Tiger’s last two weekend rounds in the 60s in The Open both happened at Carnoustie and both happened on July 21. In 2007, Woods shot 69 here. On Saturday, that score was clipped by three shots. Tiger shot 65 in the second round of The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006. He won his third claret jug that week. Tiger last shoot 66 in a major during the second round of the 2011 Masters.

    • This is the sixth time that Tiger has recorded three consecutive rounds of par of better to start The Open. He went on to win three of the previous five times.

    • One bad swing, the only bad swing of the day according to Tiger, produced the luckiest of breaks. Standing on the 18th tee with an iron in hand, Tiger pulled his tee shot that hit on the top of the Barry Burn and very easily could’ve ended in a watery grave. Instead it ended in thick rough, some 250 yards from the pin. Tiger punted it up the fairway, but got up and down from 83 yards to save par and shoot 66. “I hit my number,” he quipped about hitting wedge to 2 feet.

    • On the other hand, the lone bogey came from one poor putt. On the par-3 16th hole, with half of Scotland screaming his name, Tiger missed a 7-footer for par. It was deflating at the time because the last three holes are so difficult. Pars on the last two holes were stellar.


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    • Final stats: 12 of 15 fairways, 14 of 18 greens and 29 total putts. Tiger hit six drivers and one 3-wood, proving that he was way more aggressive. He hit four drivers on Friday and only one on Thursday.

    • One of the aforementioned drivers that he hit on the ninth hole was well left and in some thick round, 170 yards from the hole. A safe approach to 40 feet set him up for and easy two-putt par. But he slammed the putt home and made an improbable birdie. “I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I’ve had really good feels,” he said.

    • In his own words about his chances of winning: “It certainly is possible. I’ve shown that I’ve been there close enough with a chance to win this year. Given what happened the last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It’s going to fun.”

    Yes, yes it is.

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    Watch: Guy sleeps next to many beers at Open

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 21, 2018, 4:55 pm

    It's Moving Day at The Open Championship for all but one sedentary fan.

    Cameras caught this potentially browned-out man having himself a Saturday snooze on the browned-out grasses of Carnoustie:

    Browned out. That's a great term. Glad it's in the public domain. We've been using it all weekend. I imagine we'll continue to use it. A lot.

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    Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

    Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

    Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

    No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.


    No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.


    No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.


    No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.


    No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.


    And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.


    Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.


    Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.