World Golf Glance

By Associated PressNovember 18, 2009, 1:12 am


Dubai World Championship

Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course (7,675 yards, 7,018 meters, par72).

Purse: $7.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.25 million.

Last year: Inaugural event.

Last week: Tiger Woods won the Australian Masters for his seventh victory ofthe year, closing with a 4-under 68 at Kingston Heath. Paid a $3 millionappearance fee to make his first Australian start in 11 years, Woods has 82official worldwide victories. Greg Chalmers finished second, two strokes back.… France’s Gregory Bourdy won the Hong Kong Open for his third European Tourtitle, beating Rory McIlroy by two strokes. Bourdy jumped to 47th on the moneylist to earn a spot in Dubai.

Notes: The top 60 on The Race to Dubai money list qualified for theseason-ending event, with only Paul Casey (rib injury) and Anthony Kim missing.The 20-year-old McIlroy tops the standings with $3,778,016. Second-place LeeWestwood ($3,587,256), third-place Martin Kaymer ($3,471,564) and fourth-placeRoss Fisher ($3,132,976) are the only player in contention for the $1.5 milliontop prize from the $7.5 million bonus pool. McIlroy, Westwood or Kaymer wouldwin with a tournament victory, regardless of where the others finished. The Raceto Dubai money winner also will receive a seven-year European tour exemption.The tournament winner will get a five-year exemption. … Citing the economicdownturn, the event purse and bonus pool were cut 25 percent in September—from$20 million to $15 million. … Padraig Harrington , Geoff Ogilvy , Ernie Els ,Retief Goosen , Camilo Villegas and Sergio Garcia are in the field. … The OmegaMission Hills World Cup is next week in China.

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LPGA Tour Championship

Site: Richmond, Texas.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: The Houstonian Golf and Country Club (6,650 yards, 6,080 meters, par72).

Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.

Last year: Inaugural event.

Last week: Michelle Wie won her first US LPGA Tour title, beating PaulaCreamer by two strokes in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. The 20-year-old Wieshot 70-66-70-69 at Guadalajara Country Club, Ochoa’s home course. Wie wasmaking her 65th US LPGA Tour start.

Notes: The top 120 on the money list after the Mizuno Classic two weeks agoqualified for the season-ending tournament. The event replaced the ADTChampionship, the limited-field Trump International finale that had a $1 milliontop prize. Jiyai Shin won that event last year, beating Karrie Webb by a strokein the eight-player Sunday shootout. … Wie is making her 19th US LPGA Tourstart of the season. She also will play the European Tour’s Dubai Ladies Mastersin December. … Shin has an eight-point lead over Ochoa in the player of theyear race. Cristie Kerr is third, 29 points behind Shin. Points are awarded tothe top 10 finishers, with the tournament winner getting 30, second place 12 andthird nine. If Shin ends Ochoa’s three-year reign, the 21-year-old South Koreanwill sweep the rookie and player awards. Nancy Lopez is the only player to winboth in the same season, accomplishing the feat in 1978. Tied with Ochoa for thetour victory lead with three, Shin wrapped up the money title last week. She hasmade $1,775,104—$279,292 more than second-place Kerr. … Ochoa leads Shin inthe Vare Trophy scoring average race, 70.2250 to 70.2674.

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PEBBLE BEACH RESORTS: Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational,Thursday-Sunday, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and DelMonte Golf Course, Pebble Beach, California. On the Net:

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Dunlop Phoenix, Thursday-Sunday, Phoenix Country Club,Miyazaki, Japan. On the Net:

PGA TOUR AUSTRALASIA: NSW PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Wollongong GolfClub, Wollongong, Australia. On the Net:

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament,Tuesday-Friday, TPC Scottsdale, Champions Course, Scottsdale, Arizona. On theNet:

ASIAN TOUR: Cambodian Open, Thursday-Sunday, Phokeethra Country Club, SiemReap, Cambodia. On the Net:

TOUR OF THE AMERICAS: Roberto de Vicenzo Classic, Thursday-Sunday, SanEliseo Golf and Country Club, San Eliseo, Argentina. On the Net:


JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Daio Paper Open, Friday-Sunday, Elleair Golf Club, Ehime,Japan. On the Net:

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 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:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

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.

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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.