Day pads No. 1 lead as OWGR cutoff looms

By Will GrayMay 16, 2016, 12:57 pm

Jason Day began last week at No. 1 in the world, and after a wire-to-wire victory at The Players Championship it looks like he'll hold that distinction for a while.

Day padded his lead atop the Official World Golf Ranking, as his seventh win in his last 17 starts now has him 2.47 points ahead of world No. 2 Jordan Spieth. It's a wide enough gap that, even if Spieth should win both the AT&T Byron Nelson and Dean & Deluca Invitational in the next two weeks, Day would still be No. 1 when the pair tee it up next month at the Memorial Tournament.

While Day's win meant there wasn't much movement atop the world rankings, there were plenty of moves a bit further down the standings. Colt Knost reached a career-best No. 114 with his T-3 finish, while Ken Duke surged 267 spots to No. 228 after his first top-10 finish in nearly a year.

Kevin Chappell's third runner-up finish of the season moved him to No. 33 in the world, also a career best, while Justin Thomas jumped 11 spots to No. 27 after tying for third alongside Duke, Knost and Matt Kuchar, who moved up seven spots to No. 23.

This week's events in Texas and Ireland mark the final tournaments before an important OWGR cutoff. The top 50 in the world next week will earn exemptions into the Open Championship, while the top 60 on May 23 will be exempt into the U.S. Open.

World No. 50 Thongchai Jaidee has already qualified for Royal Troon and will be playing this week at the DDF Irish Open, while No. 60 Fabian Gomez isn't in either event and is taking the week off.

Notable names near the bubble include No. 54 James Hahn, No. 74 Ryan Palmer and No. 76 Ian Poulter, all of whom are playing in Dallas and haven't qualified for either event, while Nos. 61-63, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson and Thomas Pieters, are already exempt for the Open but will look for a strong result to punch their tickets to Oakmont next month.

The top 10 in the world rankings stayed the same this week, with Day and Spieth followed by Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Danny Willett and Justin Rose.

Still out since August because of multiple back surgeries, Tiger Woods dropped another nine spots to No. 524 in the world.

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Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 2:44 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.

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

At 5 under for the day, and 5 under for the championship, he was one off the lead at this point.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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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.