Weir Home Alone -- in First

By Associated PressSeptember 11, 2004, 4:00 pm
OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Mike Weir closed out a dream round at the Canadian Open on Friday with a 5-iron from 196 yards to 3 feet for a 5-under 66 and a one-shot lead over Vijay Singh, making it likely they will be in the same group in the third round. It will be Canada's best against the best in the world.
'I'm really looking forward to it,' Singh said. 'I like Mike, and I'm a friend of his. I know the crowds are going to be a little biased, but it won't be any worse than what it was last week. I'm used to it.'
Having Weir and Singh atop the leaderboard turned out to be the perfect gift for a Canadian Open that is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Weir was at 9-under 133, the first time he has ever been in the lead at his national championship. Singh, who broke the Canadian Open record with a 28 on the front nine to finish off his first round at 68, came back with four birdies in his final six holes for a 66 that left him one shot behind.

Craig Barlow, Weir's best friend from their mini-tour days, had a 69 and was at 6-under 136.
Because of a five-hour rain delay at the start of the tournament, 73 players had to return Saturday morning to finish the second round. Jesper Parnevik finished off a 66 Saturday morning and was at 7-under 135. He will join Weir and Singh in the final threesome.
Pat Perez shot 68 and was at 136, along with Barlow.
'He's playing the best of anyone. He's No. 1 in the world for a reason,' Weir said of Singh. 'Hopefully, I'll be able to find the magic tomorrow.'

It already was plenty loud Friday.
Weir made Glen Abbey sound like Sunday at Augusta National.
The crowd stood eight rows deep behind some of the greens, some standing on coolers in the back, all of them giving him rousing ovations every time he walked to the green.
The most electrifying moment came on the par-5 fifth, when Weir laced a 3-iron that barely climbed over a bunker and rolled up a ridge on the green to about 3 feet for an easy eagle. Anyone but Weir, any place but Canada, and someone would have thought he had holed the shot for double eagle.
'I could tell it was a good shot, but it wasn't quite the 'made it' roar,' Weir said.
He tapped in the putt and could barely contain a smile. There is no sweeter feeling that playing good golf before the hometown crowd, something that until this week has been a foreign sensation for Weir.
He missed the cut in his first nine trips to the Bell Canadian Open. He has never liked the Jack Nicklaus design at Glen Abbey - in fact, he only had one round in the 60s until his 68-65 on Friday while playing 30 holes.
'It's only halfway through, but I'm still excited about it,' Weir said. 'I haven't been in this position in the tournament before. I haven't played this golf course very well, so that's two good things.'
The challenge will be to control his emotions.
This is the treatment Colin Montgomerie gets at Royal Troon when he's playing well (Weir knows that because he was paired with Monty this year in the final two rounds). And it's not much different that how the crowd responds to Woods when he's on top of his game.
'Pretty much the same,' said Joel Edwards, who played the first two rounds with Woods at Royal Montreal in 2001, and spent the last two days with Weir at the Abbey. 'They're rooting hard for him, and they should. He's a great champion, he's at home, and he's playing good.'
It's hard not to cheer for Singh with his stunning array of shots.
The 41-year-old Fijian returned Friday morning and hit a 6-iron into the water on the par-5 18th, sending him to 4 over for the tournament. All that did was upset him, and he answered in style.
Singh had five birdies inside 6 feet, and rolled in a 40-foot eagle putt on No. 5. He broke the nine-hole tournament record of 29 previously held by Mike McCullough in 1984 and Andy Bean in 1983, both at Glen Abbey.
'I just started hitting it close, and all of a sudden I noticed it was 28,' Singh said. 'I was just trying to get it back as close to par as possible.'
And despite running into some trouble in the middle of his round, Singh got his game on track quickly with three straight birdies starting on No. 12. He finished with a bunker shot to 5 feet for birdie on the final hole.
That puts him in a familiar spot - near the lead, and with the crowd squarely against him.
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    Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

    The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

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    “To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

    To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

    “You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

    For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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    Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

    “I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

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    Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

    “Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

    That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

    “You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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    "Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

    Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

    Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

    To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

    “It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

    Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

    • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
    • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
    • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


    “This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

    that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


    “I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


    Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 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 (