2013 champ Johnson 2 shots off HSBC lead

By Al TaysNovember 5, 2015, 8:38 am

Sheshan International GC offered little resistance Thursday, as 59 players broke par (under lift, clean and place conditions) in the opening round of the WGC-HSBC Champions, led by Branden Grace's 9-under 63. Here's how things stand going into the second round in Shanghai.

Leaderboard: Branden Grace (-9), Kevin Kisner (-8), Steven Bowditch (-8), Thorbjorn Olesen (-8), Danny Willett (-7), Patrick Reed (-7), Dustin Johnson (-7)

What it means: Grace continued his stellar play this year, which has seen him finish T-4 in the U.S. Open, third in the PGA and T-20 in the Open Championship - all career bests - and go 5-0-0 for the International team in the Presidents Cup. Twenty-nine players are within five shots of him, however, including Reed and 2013 champion Johnson, both at 7 under, and 15 players at 4 under, including Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

Round of the day: Grace was flawless, with nine birdies and nary a dropped shot. He started on the back nine, turned in 5 under, and added four more circles on his second nine.

Best of the rest: Kisner, Bowditch and Olesen all shot 8-under 64. Kisner's round was bogey-free, while Bowditch and Olesen each dropped a shot.

Biggest disappointment: Adam Scott made the turn in 2 under par, but double-bogeyed the par-5 second hole, bogeyed No. 3 and doubled the par-3 sixth on his way to a 75.

Main storyline heading into Round 2: With such a big pack on his heels, Grace is going to have to keep the pedal to the metal to stay in the lead. The most intriguing contender is Johnson, who won this event in 2013 (he didn't play in 2014) and is 31 under par in his last five rounds on this course. His only dropped shot Thursday came on the drivable par-4 16th hole, where he made bogey.

Quote of the day: "Barely had a breath of wind out there and the golf course is playing probably as easy as it could be playing." - Grace

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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.