D. Johnson's brother jumps in water to save two shots

By Will GrayMay 13, 2016, 6:46 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Johnson went above and beyond the call of duty to save his brother, Dustin, from a penalty at The Players Championship – and he has the wet shoes to prove it.

Austin caddies for his older brother on Tour, and the two ran into an unusual rules situation on the fourth hole Friday at TPC Sawgrass.

Dustin’s approach had found the far left edge of the green, and after marking he gave his ball to Austin to clean it. During the subsequent exchange, the ball slipped out of Dustin’s hand and rolled into the lake that guards the green.

Under Rule 15-2, a player “must complete play of the hole with the ball with which he began the hole unless he is proceeding under a rule that permits him to substitute a ball.” After calling in a rules official, the brothers Johnson were informed that they would incur a two-shot penalty if they couldn’t retrieve the original ball from the water.

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Without much hesitation, Austin jumped into the lake and quickly came up with the ball. Johnson avoided a penalty, made par and ultimately went on to card his second straight round of 2-under 70.

“I told him I would at least go look for it. I didn’t want to take the penalty,” Austin said. “We could see a couple balls, but we didn’t know which one it was. I kind of just put my hand down there and it was the first one I picked up, luckily.”

Johnson was already hobbled by a cast on his right hand resulting from a fractured thumb, and he opted to keep his shoes on for the quick dip. While it left him with some soggy socks for the final five holes of the round, it wasn’t a decision he regretted.

“I thought about it, but then I looked down there and it was all kinds of sharp shells and stuff,” he said. “I’d take wet feet over a cut foot anytime.”

It was an unusual scenario for a brotherly combo, but once it was clear that two shots were at stake, both player and caddie knew how it would be resolved.

“I didn’t know what the deal was, if you had to go get it,” Dustin added. “But it was going to be a penalty, so there was no doubt that he was going in.”

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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.