Woods We were playing the ladies tees

By Associated PressAugust 29, 2009, 4:00 pm
The Barclays JERSEY CITY, N.J. ' Tiger Woods was surprised that players were allowed to use some forward tees at Liberty National on Saturday in The Barclays.
 
Where the tees are, they are playing the ladies tees most of the day, Woods said after shooting a 4-under 67 to reach 4 under overall on the rain-softened course.
 
He was tied for seventh, five strokes behind leaders Paul Goydos and Steve Marino.
 
The links-style layout played at 7,064 yards in the third round, 355 short of the 7,417 listed on the scorecard. The par-5 13th, listed at 563 yards, checked in at only 509, and the par-4 18th was cut from 508 to 453. Along with the forward tees, players were allowed to use preferred lies because of the wet conditions.
 
The tees are way up, I mean, geez, they are so far up there, Woods said. Its just unbelievable how short the golf course is playing.
 
I was telling (caddie) Stevie (Williams), 'This is a day where if youre playing a good round, we can get up there in that lead. Because I thought if anything, today would be the day they play it back because we have ball in hand, who cares. But they played even further up today.
 
Marino thought the course was still plenty long.
 
I definitely didnt feel like I was playing off the ladies tees, Marino said. They made it a little bit easier on us and I think they did that because I think they expected the worst with the weather, and we got real lucky that, I guess, it missed us. But I think you can expect to see the tee boxes moved back tomorrow.
 

 
POPULAR YANG: Y.E. Yang is getting a lot more fan attention after his PGA Championship victory over Tiger Woods two weeks ago at Hazeltine.
 
Im focused, but when I sometimes hear my name being called out, it does give sort of a moral boost, Yang said through his interpreter.
 
Its a feel-good situation, especially when I finish up and everybody is calling me. Some people actually are calling me Yeah Yang. I dont know if they are doing it on purpose or their own convenience, but I dont mind.
 
He stood at 2 under after a 3-under 68.
 
For a while Saturday it looked as if Yang might end up in another Sunday pairing with Woods, a possibility the South Korean didnt relish.
 
Id rather avoid him than play with him the next round, Yang said.
 

 
SPONSORS DREAM: While player reviews of Liberty National have been mixed, title sponsor Barclays is thrilled with the waterfront course near the Statue of Liberty.
 
I think probably No. 1 is the New Yorkness of it, if I can say that, Barclays PLC president Bob Diamond said. I think the skyline, the Statue of Liberty, the location and many, many different ways, from a branding point of view.
 
I think for the players and the fans, getting to stay in Manhattan. Phil Mickelson has talked a lot about it, but a bunch of players have moved from hotels here over to the Ritz in Battery City. You take a boat right past the Statue of Liberty, takes you 7 1/2 minutes and youre at the clubhouse.
 
The event has worked well logistically.
 
Better than we thought, Diamond said. I think when we made a decision on this, the logistics in terms of getting people here we resolved very quickly. Theres massive areas to park nearby and the buses and the ferry.
 
The biggest challenge we face is a small footprint, so would you be able to get the hospitality tents in areas for the viewers, and Im amazed how well its come out.
 

 
PHILS BIRDIE: One thing Mickelson likes about Liberty National is the variety of shots that can be played from around the green.
 
In his case, that includes ON the green.
 
Mickelson hit driver onto the front edge of the 16th green Saturday, leaving an 80-foot putt for birdie through a series of ridges. Lefty chose to chip from the putting surface, a steep swing to get the ball in the air until the back portion of the green. He got it within 5 feet and holed the putt for birdie ' but not before repairing a divot the size of a credit card.
 
It was his only birdie in the third round and he shot a 74. Mickelson came undone on the par-5 eighth, when he got tangled up in the rough and took a triple bogey. He was 6 over for the tournament.
 

 
ABSENT-MINDED: Jim Furyk cost himself four penalty strokes ' and probably a chance to win ' when he inadvertently left an extra 60-degree wedge in his bag.
 
Furyk discovered the 15th club on the second hole and had to take two penalty strokes for each hole, turning his two opening pars into double bogeys. He finished with a 70 and was 1 under overall, seven strokes out of the lead.
 
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    Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

    Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

    Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

    “Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

    The problem was an expired visa.

    Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

    No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.


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    Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

    His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

    One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

    His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

    “Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

    He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

    “It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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    'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

    Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

    “The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”


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    Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

    The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

    “That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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    Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

    “They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”


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    Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

    “The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”