Stenson Takes Early Lead Over Ogilvy

By Associated PressFebruary 25, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007- WGC-AccentureMARANA, Ariz. -- Henrik Stenson withstood a furious four-hole stretch by Geoff Ogilvy to build a 2-up lead through the first 18 holes of their 36-hole final Sunday in the Accenture Match Play Championship.
Stenson, trying to become only the second European to win this fickle tournament, played his best golf on the first two holes, then took advantage of some sloppy play by the defending champion on the back nine to take a lead into lunch.
The match was so wild in the early going that a hole wasn't halved until the par-3 eighth.
The desert air was frosty again, causing a 30-minute delay, and the wind came out of the opposite direction so that the first seven holes played into the chilly breeze. Stenson hit his second shot to the par-5 opening hole to 8 feet, and needing two putts for the win, made it for eagle. With a wedge in hand on No. 2, he hit his approach to 5 feet and was conceded the birdie when Ogilvy failed to get up-and-down.
But the match changed quickly, and heavily in the Australian's favor.
Stenson three-putted from 70 feet to lose the third, then Ogilvy holed a 10-foot birdie on the fourth to square the match.
Ogilvy took his first lead with as fine a 3-wood as can be struck.
Downwind on a 639-yard hole, he hit his approach from 296 yards onto the green, the ball stopping a yard beyond the hole. He never had to putt, because Stenson found the desert and had to chip out left-handed. Ogilvy then won his fourth straight hole for a 2-up lead by driving through the fairway, then hitting a wedge that one-hopped off the flag and settled 8 feet away.
Stenson won the seventh, hitting a driver through the green and down a slope, pitching delicately up the hill to 3 feet.
It set the tone for a wonderful championship match of brilliant shots and key putts, but after they finished out the front nine by halving the last two holes, it turned slightly sloppy.
Stenson won the 10th with an up-and-down from the bunker for birdie, but Ogilvy was in prime position to regain the lead at No. 11, when he found the fairway with a 3-wood, while Stenson hit into a bunker and couldn't reach the green.
Ogilvy played 30 feet left of the cup, and ran his putt down the side of a ridge some 6 feet by the hole. Stenson chipped nicely to 5 feet, and looked like he might win the hole when Ogilvy missed his par putt. But the Swede yanked his putt, too.
Stenson pulled in front with another swift change on the reachable par-4 12th. Ogilvy had the better angle into the green and pitched to 6 feet. Stenson had a far more difficult shot, and his semi-flop shot spun back against the collar, 25 feet away. Using the blade of his sand wedge, he knocked it in for birdie, and Ogilvy missed.
Ogilvy made so many putts in winning last year at La Costa and reaching the finals this year. But he began to struggle, losing another chance to square the match when he lipped out a 6-foot par putt on the 13th.
Stenson took a 2-up lead on the 15th with a 12-foot birdie putt. They halved the final three holes.
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    Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

    Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

    Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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    After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

    “I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

    Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

    It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:45 pm

    Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

    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:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

    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 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 marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

    Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

    (All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (