Arnie Loses Seven-Shot Lead Casper Wins

By George WhiteMay 16, 2001, 4:00 pm
Arnold Palmer had it won. Period. Nuff said.
 
Or did he? The year was 1966, the site was the Olympic Club. It was the final round and Arnie had a commanding seven-shot lead nine holes from the end.
 
When Palmer bogeyed No. 10, no one thought much about it. He was still six shots ahead in this runaway with only eight holes to go. Billy Casper was back there winning the battle for second place. Palmer already had the title in the real battle.
 
Both parred the 11th and both birdied the 12th, so Palmers edge was six shots with now just six holes to go. No reason for anyone to get upset, Arnie was certainly going to win.
 
There still wasnt much worry when Palmer bogeyed the 13th, shooting for the flag as he always did. Casper made a par, hanging on to second, playing safe to defeat the rest of the field. Both parred the 14th, leaving Palmer ahead by four just four holes remaining.
 
Suddenly, at the 15th, Palmer was again going for the flag and again making bogey. And at the same time Casper was sinking a 20-footer for birdie. Hmmm. Well, this might get close, everyone thought. Casper would probably still finish second, since he was now three shots behind with just three holes left to play. But there was going to be a better match than it showed when Palmer was ahead by seven midway though the round.
 
I started to feel I could win when I was walking to the 16th tee, revealed Casper. Hey, I thought, I can win this tournament.
 
On the 604-yard 16th, Casper was his same dependable self, finding the fairway with his drive. Palmers drive wasnt so lucky, nailing a tree and finding rough. Instead of just advancing it down the fairway, Arnie tried to lash at it with a 3-iron and moved it only about 30 yards.
 
He had to hit a 9-iron next, leaving himself 270 yards away for his fourth shot. Meanwhile, Casper had taken out his 2-iron to position himself nicely, needing a 5-iron to land on the green within 15 feet of the hole.
 
Palmer played a wonderful shot for his fourth, but it wound up in a greenside bunker. His fifth-shot explosion landed near the pin, but Casper holed his putt for birdie. When Palmer saved his bogey, he now led by only one shot.
 
It was all gone at the next hole, 17. Palmer bogeyed yet again, while steady Billy made par. Casper had made up an unbelievable seven shots in just eight holes. What was once an afterthought was now a reality.
 
They both parred 18, Palmer with a four-foot putt, and they were destined to an 18-hole Monday playoff.
 
Monday Arnie led at the turn by two, but once again, the final nine did him in. By days end he shot 73 while Casper had a 69. The greatest collapse in the history of the U.S. Open was complete.
 
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Tiger putts way into contention at The Open

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 5:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – When Tiger Woods benched his trusty Scotty Cameron blade putter last month at the Quicken Loans National for a new TaylorMade mallet-headed version some saw it as a sign of desperation, but if his performance on Carnoustie’s greens on Saturday were any indication it could end up being a calculated success.

Woods stormed into contention on Day 3 with a 5-under 66 to move to within shouting distance of the lead at The Open, thanks in large part to his vastly improved putting.

“I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I've had really good feels,” said Woods, whose 29 putts on Saturday belies his performance on Carnoustie’s greens. “Even as this golf course was changing and evolving, I've maintained my feels with the putter. I've made a couple of putts from about 40 to 60 feet, which is nice. I just feel like I've been able to roll the ball.”


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The highlight of Woods’ round came at the par-4 ninth hole when he charged in a 40-footer for birdie from the front edge of the green to begin a run of three consecutive birdies. Perhaps more impressive, he didn’t have a three-putt, and has only had two all week, which is always a bonus on links courses.

Woods temporarily took a share of the lead with a lengthy birdie putt at the 14th hole and scrambled for a par save at the last after his drive nearly found the Barry Burn.

“I hit a few putts that I think should have gone in from 20, 30 feet today," he said. "So that's always a good sign.”

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TT postscript: A 66, he's in contention - awesome

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:58 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods went berserk Saturday and shot 5-under 66 to vault up the leaderboard at The Open at Carnoustie:

• THAT WAS AWESOME!

At 4:13PM here in Scotland, when Tiger two-putted for birdie on the par-5 14th hole, he held a share of the lead in a major championship. It was once unthinkable, but it happened. I saw it with my own eyes.

• Tiger’s last two weekend rounds in the 60s in The Open both happened at Carnoustie and both happened on July 21. In 2007, Woods shot 69 here. On Saturday, that score was clipped by three shots. Tiger shot 65 in the second round of The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006. He won his third claret jug that week. Tiger last shoot 66 in a major during the second round of the 2011 Masters.

• This is the sixth time that Tiger has recorded three consecutive rounds of par of better to start The Open. He went on to win three of the previous five times.

• One bad swing, the only bad swing of the day according to Tiger, produced the luckiest of breaks. Standing on the 18th tee with an iron in hand, Tiger pulled his tee shot that hit on the top of the Barry Burn and very easily could’ve ended in a watery grave. Instead it ended in thick rough, some 250 yards from the pin. Tiger punted it up the fairway, but got up and down from 83 yards to save par and shoot 66. “I hit my number,” he quipped about hitting wedge to 2 feet.

• On the other hand, the lone bogey came from one poor putt. On the par-3 16th hole, with half of Scotland screaming his name, Tiger missed a 7-footer for par. It was deflating at the time because the last three holes are so difficult. Pars on the last two holes were stellar.


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• Final stats: 12 of 15 fairways, 14 of 18 greens and 29 total putts. Tiger hit six drivers and one 3-wood, proving that he was way more aggressive. He hit four drivers on Friday and only one on Thursday.

• One of the aforementioned drivers that he hit on the ninth hole was well left and in some thick round, 170 yards from the hole. A safe approach to 40 feet set him up for and easy two-putt par. But he slammed the putt home and made an improbable birdie. “I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I’ve had really good feels,” he said.

• In his own words about his chances of winning: “It certainly is possible. I’ve shown that I’ve been there close enough with a chance to win this year. Given what happened the last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It’s going to fun.”

Yes, yes it is.

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Watch: Guy sleeps next to many beers at Open

By Grill Room TeamJuly 21, 2018, 4:55 pm

It's Moving Day at The Open Championship for all but one sedentary fan.

Cameras caught this potentially browned-out man having himself a Saturday snooze on the browned-out grasses of Carnoustie:

Browned out. That's a great term. Glad it's in the public domain. We've been using it all weekend. I imagine we'll continue to use it. A lot.

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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.