Adam Scott says he might stick to US tour

By Doug FergusonNovember 11, 2009, 7:22 pm
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MELBOURNE, Australia – Adam Scott will consider giving up his European Tour membership next year if players are forced to play designated events.

“I believe it’s becoming harder and harder to play multiple tours,” Scott said Wednesday at the Australian Masters. “My playing poorly this year doesn’t help. But those years of Ernie Els running second in the U.S. and winning the Order of Merit … I don’t think you’re going to see too much of that.”

Scott already has played 22 times this year on the European Tour and the PGA Tour, and he now embarks on the Australasian Tour schedule at the Australian Masters, followed by the Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship in December.

Next week is the Dubai World Championship to cap off the European Tour schedule. Scott is No. 44 in the Race to Dubai.

European Tour chief executive George O’Grady said last week it would be announced in Dubai whether the tour will act on a proposal that players compete in four out of six designated events, which could require playing more tournaments in Europe and could force players to alter an already busy schedule.

Scott said he doesn’t blame Europe for considering the stronger membership requirements, saying it needs to protect its sponsors and deliver a strong field. It just might not be for him.

“I think Europe is doing the right thing,” he said. “But if that’s the case, and with where I am with my game, I’m going to have to focus on one or the other and give it 100 percent. Because you run the risk of potentially not playing well on either tour. If you want to compete in the FedEx Cup, you’ve got to spot Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh seven to 10 events. These are not exactly lightweights.”

On the European Tour, he said it is getting tougher to compete against the likes of Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. McIlroy has played 23 times on the European Tour, compared with 11 tournaments for Scott.

“With the depth of talent on both tours, it’s going to be hard for me to play two tours next year,” he said. “If you finish 20th on one and 15th on another, you don’t know how good that is.”

He said he felt the games of Ian Poulter and Justin Rose also were suffering by trying to play two tours.

Poulter did not reach the FedEx Cup final event on the PGA Tour, and only climbed into the top 10 on Europe two weeks ago by winning in Singapore, his first victory anywhere in three years. Rose only qualified for two FedEx Cup playoff events, and is No. 47 in Europe.

Els has been this generation’s pied piper when it comes to global travel. He won the Order of Merit in 2004 and finished a distant second on the PGA Tour money list in 2004, when he won five times and had a chance to win all four majors.

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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.


No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.


No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.


No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.


No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.


And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.


Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.


Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:05 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a 5-under 66 in the third round of The Open. We're tracking him as he vies for major No. 15.


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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.


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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 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:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.


Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


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