Viking Classic postponed until at least Sunday

By Associated PressOctober 30, 2009, 8:40 pm

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MADISON, Miss. – PGA Tour officials have postponed the Viking Classic until at least Sunday and will evaluate the course Saturday before making a decision on when or if the tournament will be held.

Heavy rain this week has left standing water and tracts of mud all over the course. Officials said in a late afternoon news conference that they didn’t want to speculate on what could be done with the tournament.

Earlier in the day, though, they said possibilities include postponing the full event until next week or weekend, shortening it to 36 holes and starting it midweek, or outright cancellation.

That final choice seemed to grow more likely as a fresh round of thunderstorms drenched central Mississippi on Friday.

“It’s just a mess,” said Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice president for rules and competition. “If we get this rain (today), I don’t know when this place will dry.”

Shortly after White spoke Friday morning, temperatures dropped 15 degrees and heavy rain began to fall as a cold front moved through the area. It is supposed to start clearing Saturday, but that doesn’t mean Annandale Golf Club will have a course that’s ready to play.

It’s already saturated after two months of steady rain, and players reported standing water and large areas of mud.

Weather hasn’t forced the cancellation of a PGA Tour event since April 1991 in Houston. And officials haven’t had to postpone consecutive rounds since the first two days of the 2005 BellSouth Classic, which was scaled back to 54 holes.

The fairways at Annandale are so waterlogged, White said six to seven holes would have to be shortened from par 4s to par 3s because of fairway conditions.

The tournament could be moved to next weekend or rescheduled, White said, but that ruling would have to come from commissioner Tim Finchem.

It’s an important event for several players fighting to get inside the top 125 on the money list and keep their exempt status for next year. There’s only one more Fall Series tournament left after the Viking Classic.

Among those is Rickie Fowler, the 20-year-old who lost in a three-man playoff in Arizona last week at the Frys.com Open and is trying to earn enough money to avoid going to Q-School. Fowler got into the Viking Classic based on his top-10 finish last week.

White said Friday night that if the Viking Classic were canceled or rescheduled, Fowler and Jamie Lovemark – who also was part of the playoff last week – would be able to use their top 10 to get into Disney, the final Fall Series event.

Lovemark could not use his exemption this week because he had to go through the first stage of Q-School, where he easily advanced on Friday in North Carolina.

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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.