Lefty new betting favorite after 63 on Day 1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 14, 2016, 9:25 pm

Phil Mickelson stole the show on Thursday at The Open, settling for a 63 to grab a three-shot lead after his putt for 62 just lipped out.

The 63 also made Lefty the odds-on favorite to win the tournament at 4/1, up from the start of the week where he was listed at 30/1.

Two-time major champ Martin Kaymer (66) and world No. 4 Rory McIlroy (69) are next at 12/1.

Other notables include Dustin Johnson at 16/1; Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson at 18/1; Jordan Spieth at 22/1; Rickie Fowler at 28/1 and Jason Day at 45/1. Day started the week as the betting favorite at 8/1.

Here's the full list of odds after the first round of The Open, courtesy of Bovada:

Phil Mickelson: 4/1  

Martin Kaymer: 12/1   

Rory McIlroy: 12/1  

Dustin Johnson16/1  

Sergio Garcia18/1 

Zach Johnson18/1 

Patrick Reed18/1  

Adam Scott18/1  

Henrik Stenson18/1 

Justin Rose22/1 

Jordan Spieth22/1  

Rickie Fowler28/1  

Branden Grace35/1  

Andy Sullivan40/1

Jason Day45/1  

Rafael Cabrera Bello50/1

Soren Kjeldsen50/1

Justin Thomas50/1  

Tony Finau55/1

Billy Horschel55/1

Steve Stricker60/1 

Keegan Bradley85/1

Bubba Watson90/1 

Padraig Harrington100/1

Francesco Molinari100/1

Lee Westwood100/1 

Bill Haas125/1

J.B. Holmes125/1

Matt Kuchar125/1  

Louis Oosthuizen125/1 

Daniel Willett125/1 

Gary Woodland125/1

Jason Dufner150/1 

Ernie Els150/1

Tyrell Hatton150/1

Andrew Johnston150/1

Richard Sterne150/1

Nicolas Colsaerts175/1

Harris English175/1

Emiliano Grillo175/1

Thongchai Jaidee175/1

Matt Jones175/1 

Kevin Na175/1

Alex Noren175/1

Thomas Pieters175/1

Robert Rock175/1

Callum Shinkwin175/1 

Webb Simpson175/1

Vijah Singh175/1

Brandt Snedeker175/1  

Kevin Kisner200/1

Joost Luiten200/1

Matteo Manassero200/1

Hideki Matsuyama200/1 

Charl Schwartzel200/1  

Brendan Steele200/1

Daniel Summerhays200/1       

Charley Hoffman225/1

Jimmy Walker200/1  

Bernd Wiesberger200/1  

Jamie Donaldson225/1

Charley Hoffman225/1

Yuta Ikeda225/1

Colt Knost225/1

Russell Knox225/1

Colin Montgomerie225/1

Haydn Porteous225/1

Victor Dubuisson250/1

Byeong Hun-An250/1

Shugo Imahira250/1

Chris Kirk250/1

Anirban Lahiri250/1

Zander Lombard250/1

Ryan Moore250/1

Thorbjorn Olesen250/1

Ryan Palmer250/1

Kevin Chappell300/1

Scott Hend300/1

Jim Furyk300/1  

Kyung Tae Kim300/1

Justin Leonard300/1

Shane Lowry300/1 

Graeme McDowell300/1  

Matthew Southgate300/1

Brandon Stone300/1

Harold Varner300/1

Marc Warren300/1    

Paul Casey350/1  

Luke Donald350/1  

Matthew Fitzpatrick350/1  

Ross Fisher350/1

Kodai Ichihara350/1

David Lingmerth350/1

Kristoffer Broberg400/1

Greg Chalmers400/1

James Hahn400/1

Smylie Kaufman400/1

Soo Min Lee400/1

Marc Leishman400/1  

William McGirt400/1

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”