Thompson takes ANA lead; Ko one back

By Associated PressApril 3, 2016, 2:27 am

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Lexi Thompson rallied Saturday to put herself in position for a run at another victory leap into Poppie's Pond. For most of the warm afternoon at Mission Hills, it looked as if her new big-headed putter might end up in the drink - or in a twisted heap in the nearest garbage can.

Overcoming her struggles on the greens, Thompson made two late birdies and curled in a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the ANA Inspiration.

''It was definitely a bit frustrating,'' Thompson said. ''I just tried to stay positive. I did get frustrated. I'm not going to lie. But I just tried to remind myself the putts I did make the last two days, and remember those strokes and getting that feeling, and basically telling myself to just put a more confident stroke on it, put some more speed on it.''

Her putting problems started on the par-3 fifth when she missed a 4-foot birdie try. She three-putted for bogeys on the par-3 eighth and par-4 10th, missing from 5 feet on eight and 6 feet in 10.

''I was hitting it well, just couldn't get the putts to drop,'' Thompson said.

Trying to win the major championship for the second time in three years, the 21-year-old American shot a 3-under 69 to reach 10 under. A day after making a 30-foot birdie putt on 18, she hit a 207-yard, 5-iron approach that settled pin-high to the left to set up the left-to-right breaking putt.

''To knock it in on 18 is always the most amazing feeling here,'' Thompson said. ''To finish like that definitely turns around my confidence. I feel really good going into tomorrow. ... I do know what it takes to win on this golf course. I mean, I absolutely love this golf course.''

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The long-hitting Thompson took the flat stick out of the equation with short irons to 2 feet for birdies on the par-4 15th and 16th. She nearly had a third straight birdie, but couldn't get a 6-footer to fall on the par-3 17th.

''I was just putting a little timid and then hit a few good shots coming in, so I had a few short birdie putts,'' said Thompson, the winner in Thailand in February for her seventh tour title.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko, In Gee Chun and Ariya Jutanugarn were tied for second, and fifteen players were within four strokes of each at the top of the leaderboard.

Ko shot a 69, a day after fighting allergies that led to vision problems. On Friday, she repeatedly changed her contact lenses, irritating her left eye to the point that she said she was ''one-eye blind.''

''I was a little worried about my eye, but it was great today,'' Ko said.

The 18-year-old New Zealander won the final major last season, the Evian Championship in September in France, and is coming off her 11th LPGA title last week in Carlsbad.

''I felt like I struck the ball much better today and I hit a few more fairways, so the less time you're spending in the rough, the better,'' Ko said. ''I feel like today I was able to control my shots and kind of have an idea where the ball was going to go.''

Chun got up and down for birdie on 18 for her third straight 69. The 21-year-old South Korean player is returning from a back injury that sidelined her for a month. She was hurt when she was struck by a hard-case suitcase that rival player Ha Na Jang's father dropped down an escalator at the Singapore airport.

''Tomorrow, I'm just going to focus on my game again,'' Chun said. ''The only thing I can control is my mindset, my mental game, myself.''

Jutanugarn had a 67. The 20-year-old Thai player is winless in the LPGA. At age 17 in the 2013 LPGA Thailand, she closed with a triple bogey to blow a two-stroke lead.

''Whatever it is, I'm going to take it and have fun and enjoy tomorrow,'' Jutanugarn said.

Miyazato and Charley Hull were 8 under. Miyazato birdied the 18th for a 71, and Hull birdied the final four holes for a 69.

''I was kind of in the zone,'' Hull said.

Michelle Wie topped the group at 7 under after a bogey-free 70.

Wie is winless since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open and hasn't had a top-10 finish in 30 events since the last tournament that year. In her last two starts, she missed the cut in Phoenix and tied for 60th in Carlsbad.

''You kind of have to grind it out when you're not hitting the ball as well,'' Wie said. ''But I'm very proud of what I did today. I hung in there, had some good birdies. Hopefully, I'll give myself more opportunities tomorrow and take advantage of them.''

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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 (