Oklahoma remains in front at Women's NCAAs

By Will GrayMay 22, 2014, 1:11 am

The winds continued to blow Wednesday at Tulsa Country Club, and the University of Oklahoma remained in front at the Women's Division I NCAA Championship.

Oklahoma began the day with a three-shot lead and maintained that margin at day's end, as their total of 15-over 575 has them three shots clear of second-place Duke, ranked No. 3 nationally, and five shots ahead of No. 5 Arizona State.

The Sooners are paced by freshman Alexandra Kaui, who holds a three-shot lead in the individual competition after rounds of 68 and 67. The latter round included an eagle-2 when she holed a wedge from 118 yards on the par-4 15th hole.

"I try to think to myself that I'm still in the hunt and I have to keep pressing and keep playing and I try not to relax and think that I’m going to stay here," Kaui told the media. “I try to always believe that I have two more days to keep this streak. I have to work to keep it.”


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Duke started the day five shots back but trimmed their deficit to three after a 5-over 285 total. The team was led by Celine Boutier, who carded her second straight round of even-par 70 and remains tied for fifth in the individual competition through two rounds.

"I thought I played pretty well throughout the course," Boutier told reporters. "My putting was really good today, so that definitely helped me. I made a lot of birdies, I think I had five of them. That¹s pretty good with the conditions. Today was a pretty good day for me."

A trio of Pac-12 teams are tied for fourth, nine shots behind Oklahoma, including top-ranked and defending national champion USC. The Trojans are led by Doris Chen, who followed an opening 67 with a 72, and remain tied with conference foes UCLA and Arizona at 24-over 584.

The low total of the day was turned in by Michigan State, who trimmed 22 shots off their opening-round total with a 3-over 283 in Round 2. The Spartans moved into a tie for ninth alongside Washington as a result, 13 shots behind Oklahoma. Other top teams include Stanford, alone in seventh place, and Mississippi State, one shot further back in eighth.

Only four players are under par through two rounds: Kaui at 5 under, Allyssa Ferrell (Michigan State) and Lauren Kim (Stanford) at 2 under and Chen (USC) at 1 under.

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”