Holmes increases lead to 5 shots at Doral

By Will GrayMarch 7, 2015, 11:02 pm

J.B. Holmes had a turbulent round, but thanks to an ace and a back-nine birdie run he remains comfortably ahead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Here's how things look heading into the final round at Trump National Doral, where Holmes leads by five shots:

Leaderboard: J.B. Holmes (-11), Dustin Johnson (-6), Bubba Watson (-6), Ryan Moore (-5), Henrik Stenson (-4), Bill Haas (-4), Louis Oosthuizen (-4)

What it means: Holmes began with a two-shot lead and was briefly caught by Moore before pulling ahead once again with his ace on No. 4. He appeared ready to fall back to the pack again until he reeled off four straight birdies on Nos. 14-17, reinstating his cushion as he looks to win his first WGC title.

Round of the day: Haas began the day 12 shots off the lead, but he made a big move with a 7-under 65 in the third round. A winner earlier this season at the Humana Challenge, Haas made eight birdies against just one bogey, including four birdies on the back nine, and at 4 under he will begin the final round inside the top five.

Best of the rest: Oosthuizen shot a 5-under 67 in the third round, an effort that was highlighted by three birdies in a row on Nos. 6-8 and an eagle on No. 16 after holing a shot from the greenside bunker. At 4 under, the South African is alongside Haas in a tie for seventh.

Biggest disappointment: Adam Scott began the day in third place, but he spent much of the afternoon on the beach. Scott found nine different bunkers, and after a closing double bogey he carded a 3-over 75 that dropped him to 3 under, eight shots behind Holmes.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Holmes has shown moments of weakness since his opening-round 62, but each time he has found a way to steady the ship. With the distance to overpower the Blue Monster, Holmes appears in great position to go wire-to-wire and notch the biggest win of his career.

Shot of the day: Holmes and Johnson matched aces on No. 4 just 24 minutes apart, each holing a 7-iron from 207 yards. It was the first time that two players made holes-in-one on the same hole at a PGA Tour event since The Barclays in 2013 at Liberty National.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 5:30 pm

Tiger Woods held sole possession of the lead Sunday afternoon, but settled with an even-par 71 and finished three shots behind the champion.

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'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

“Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.

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Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

“The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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Pros melting down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 3:42 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros have been watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We're compiling their missives below:

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

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)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

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.