Wetterich Clark Lead Tiger Still in the Hunt

By Associated PressApril 6, 2007, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For every overcooked approach shot, every tee ball that landed in the pine straw, every drop in the drink at Rae's Creek, Tiger Woods would come up with another shot to remind everyone why he can never be counted out.
 
Woods may not win this year's Masters, but he'll certainly be in the mix after delivering a clinic Friday on how to get into, and out of, lots and lots of trouble at Augusta National.
 
Tiger Woods carded six bogeys and four birdies in his see-saw round of 74 on Friday.
 
Brett Wetterich
Brett Wetterich posted a 1-over 73 to hold on to a share of th lead at Augusta. (WireImage)
He shot 2-over-par 74 in the second round to finish at 3 over, five strokes behind leaders Brett Wetterich and Tim Clark.
 
'I turned basically a 90 into a 74 today, which was nice,' Woods said. 'Yesterday, I threw away a good round. Today, I salvaged a bad one.
 
'I'm right there in the ballgame.'
 
Maybe not for defending champion Phil Mickelson.
 
He was optimistic after a 76 in the opening round, saying a 68 could get him right back in there. But that was out of the cards as he made the turn and started hacking his way around the back nine.
 
Mickelson was at 5 over through 15 holes. It could have been worse had he not saved bogey after driving deep into the left woods on No. 11.
 
Tiger was all over the place on this day, too. But he just kept grinding. More than grinding, really. More like hitting some spectacular shots to stay well in contention at a dry, windy version of Augusta National that was not giving up good scores.
 
After playing this tournament in lots of rain over the past few years, maybe this is what the course bosses had in mind when they began an expansion project that has lengthened the course to 7,445 yards over the last eight years.
 
'They're not going anywhere. Not under these conditions,' Woods said of his competition. 'They're not going low today.'
 
Woods said he had his infamous 'two-way miss' working Friday, leaving him capable of hitting it left or right and never really knowing which was coming when.
 
He could also hit it left-handed, as he did on No. 9, after missing into the pine straw on the left and getting stymied up against a tree. He saved bogey there.
 
And he could hit it short, as he did on No. 12, when his shot landed shy of the green and rolled back into Rae's Creek, leaving him staring at the tee box in disbelief. He had just made bogey on No. 11 to balloon to 4 over, and at that time, it looked like another big number could put him in danger of missing the cut.
 
He didn't panic, though. Instead of going for the pin after his drop -- 'If you put it short, you could be there forever,' he said -- he hit his third shot about 20 feet past the hole. And rattled in the putt to keep double bogey off the card.
 
'The whole idea is you don't make double at this place,' Woods said.
 
He was in position for double again on No. 13, when he dropped his second shot into Rae's Creek. Instead of a big number, though, he chipped to 4 feet and saved par.
 
On No. 15, he blasted his second shot over the green, bending down, putting his hands on his knees and flipping his club aside as he watched the shot sail. He wound up precariously close to the stands and the water -- but not in the water. A delicate chip, a putt, a birdie. Problem solved. Again.
 
'You can go ahead, plod along, try to put the ball in the right spot if you can,' Woods said. 'If you can't, try not to have any wrecks.'
 
Sounds more like a formula for the U.S. Open. This year, it's working at the Masters, too.
 
Among the very few who messed with the formula, and did it successfully, were Padraig Harrington and Paul Casey. Both shot 4-under 68. Casey, who missed the fourth hole-in-one in history at No. 12 by about two inches, finished the day at 3 over. Harrington, who opened with three straight birdies, was 1 over.
 
'I don't think 1 over is going to win the tournament,' Harrington said. 'I've got to move forward again, but I think I got a foothold and it gave me some momentum.'
 
The few others with scores under par: Vaughn Taylor, who shot 72 to head into the weekend at 1 under, and first-day co-leader Justin Rose, who was 1 under through 12 holes.
 
That was it, and a big part of the reason Augusta National remained quiet for most of Friday. There just wasn't much to cheer about.
 
'I wanted to make a lot of pars,' Wetterich said. 'You always hear great players say pars are great in majors.'
 
Most majors, perhaps, though the Masters has always been known as a place for big comebacks and low scores on the back nine. Maybe not this time.
 
'Every shot takes a lot of attention,' Harrington said. 'You don't want to be slacking anything out there. You've got to give it your full attention.'
 
Scores were so high, it appeared the 10-shot cut rule would take effect and bring a big group at 8 over back for the weekend. That was big for Fred Couples, who was on the number after 14 holes and trying to tie Gary Player's record by making his 23rd straight cut.
 
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”