Storms welcome major champions to Bermuda

By Associated PressOctober 20, 2009, 2:22 am

PGA of America (150x150)SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda – Some reward for winning a major.

Y.E. Yang slept on a pullout couch in the locker room. Lucas Glover read a book. Stewart Cink twittered. Angel Cabrera scowled.

The four major champions spent Monday dodging thunder and lightning that interrupted the pro-am for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course.

Yang, who took down Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship, spent several hours asleep on a hastily supplied bed after a journey that began in South Korea at 7 a.m. Sunday and didn’t end until 5:30 a.m. Monday. His slumber was captured by Cink on camera and immediately posted on Twitter. Cink has more than 1 million followers after his British Open victory.

“I thought this was just an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up,” Cink said. “When you only have four in the field, and one of them takes a nap, and there is a fold-out bed in the locker room, that’s pretty impressive. And he slept with all the commotion going on, as well. When the rain would come, we would all rush back into the locker room, and there would be lots of noise. And he never moved.

“It was pretty impressive, but he had a long night. I was intentionally vague about it being a long night. Most people will think that he was partying.”

The incident added some comic relief to a pro-am where the players were each able to finish just six holes due to weather Glover described as the “worst I have ever played in.”

Glover is opting to trust the yardage book to guide him around the rest of the course during the first round Tuesday, while Cabrera, the Masters champion, may look at the rest of the course in the morning.

“It was tough out there obviously,” said Glover, whose won his U.S. Open in five days of rain and muck at Bethpage Black. “I think that’s the worst conditions I’ve ever played golf in. I’m not going back out. There is probably a good chance that I’ll get even wetter. I think I’ll just go with the yardage book.”

The only one to brave the rain was Cink, who took a cart around the parts of the course he didn’t see. Yang sent his caddie.

“I got to play six entire holes,” Cink said. “And I don’t think you could say I played those holes, because the weather was absolutely atrocious. But it seems like a nice course, a good course for wind because it’s not that long. There are holes that will play very difficult in the wind. It looks to be a course that is in great shape.”

The quartet of major champions start the opening round Tuesday round at 9:30 a.m. EDT. All expect the wind to play a big part.

“The wind is going to play the biggest part, rain or not,” said Glover, who hammered one drive at No. 14 all of 215 yards into the wind. “The greens are still very firm, but the wind will be the big issue. It’ll be tough and it’ll be a good test, regardless. If it was dead calm, it would be a good test, because the course is so good. But the wind is going to be the main defense.”

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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.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:05 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a 5-under 66 in the third round of The Open. We're tracking him as he vies for major No. 15.

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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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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.