Masters Tracker: Day 4 at Augusta National

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 10, 2016, 3:00 pm

The 80th Masters Tournament is this week in Augusta, Ga. GolfChannel.com is tracking the first major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional Masters coverage, click here for full-field scores. All-times for the Masters tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).



7:14PM: The final leaderboard. And that's all folks. Another incredible finish at the Masters.

7:06PM: Spieth finishes with a par. That's a second-nine 41 and a 1-over 73 total. Spieth ties for second with Westwood.


7:01PM: Spieth bogeys 17 and that's it. Danny Willett is the 2016 Masters champion.


6:51PM: Spieth finds a bunker on 17 from the fairway. Things are looking good for Willett ...


6:44PM: Spieth stuffs his approach on 16, but he misses the tricky birdie putt. Two behind Willett with two to play.


6:40PM: Incredible round by Willett.


6:36PM: Spieth birdies 15 to get back to 3 under. He's two behind Willett with three to play.


6:34PM: Ummm .... about DJ .... Makes double bogey on the par-4 17th, drops back to 1 under par. Now it's all down to Spieth.


6:29PM: Willett leaves birdie putt short on 18. Knocks in his par for a 5-under 67, and he currently leads DJ by two, and Spieth and Westwood by three. Spieth is in close for birdie on 15.


6:24PM: Willett in total control. Finds the fairway on 18, then sticks his approach to about 15 feet.


6:21PM: Spieth juuuuust misses his birdie on 14. Stays at 2 under, three behind Willett.


6:13PM: Willett goes long left on 17, but he hits an incredible chip shot and saves par to remain at 5 under par, two ahead of DJ, who makes par at 16.


6:05PM: Spieth bounces back with birdie at 13. He gets back to 2 under, three behind Willett.


6:02PM: DJ misses eagle putt on 15. Another birdie, though, and he's at 3 under, two behind Willett.


5:59PM: Another birdie for Willett. Stuffs his tee shot on the par-3 16th and makes the birdie putt. He's now 5 under par, three ahead of Westwood and DJ. Spieth is 1 under.


5:57PM: Spieth's nightmare quad at the 12th:


5:53PM: What a crazy turn of events:


5:49PM: Spieth makes a quad on No. 12. He's now 1 under par. Un ... real.


5:44PM: This is insane. Spieth chunks his third shot on 12 into the water. His fifth shot flies long into the back bunker.


5:40PM: Spieth finds the water on the par-3 12th. Unreal turn of events. And now we have ourselves a wide-open tournament.


5:36PM: Hooooooo boy. Spieth bogeys par-4 11th, he's back to 5 under par. Spieth started the second nine with a five-shot lead, and now it's only one over Willett.


5:34PM: DJ leaves eagle putt short on 13. But he makes birdie to reach 2 under par.


5:32PM: Willett (-4) birdies par-4 14th. That's two birdies in a row, and he's trimmed Spieth's lead to two strokes.


5:30PM: More trouble for Spieth. Has to punch out from trees on the par-4 11th. Meanwhile, Willett is in tight for birdie on 14.


5:26PM: DJ (-1) hits par-5 13th in two. Great look at eagle coming up.


5:22PM: Willett birdies par-5 13th. He's now 3 under, three behind Spieth.


5:21PM: Rose making a late run. Birdies 13, 15 and 16 to reach 1 under par.


5:20PM: Spieth bogeys par-4 10th. Can't get up-and-down from a bunker, and his lead is back to four over Willett.


5:17PM: DJ starts second nine with three straight pars. 1 under par, six back heading to the first of two par 5s.


5:12PM: Welp, this is incredible ...


5:10PM: Here's where we stand heading to the second nine.


5:03PM: Spieth birdies par-4 9th. Closes out the front nine with four straight birdies, and his lead is now five over Willett.


4:57PM: Spieth currently leads by four.


4:55PM: DJ misses a good look at birdie on 10. He remains at 1 under. Kjeldsen birdies par-3 12th to reach 1 under.


4:50PM: Spieth birdies the par-5 8th to reach 6 under. That's three birdies in a row, and the defending champ leads Willett by four.


4:47PM: Poulter weighs in ...


4:41PM: Westwood bogeys No. 10. Back to even par. He's five back ... for now. Spieth is in great shape at the par-5 eighth.


4:35PM: DJ birdies No. 9 He's in red numbers at 1 under, four off the pace.


4:28PM: Spieth makes his second consecutive birdie, at No. 7, to get to 5 under. His lead is now three shots over Willett. Kaufman is five back after another bogey.


4:27PM: Bryson DeChambeau will be low amateur. He closed in even-par 72 to finish at 5 over. DeChambeau will make his pro debut next week at the RBC Heritage.


4:24PM: Lee Westwood birdies three of his final four holes on the first nine to shoot 34 and reach 1 under par. He's three back. Playing alongside Westwood, countryman Willett makes a gutsy par at No. 9 to make the turn at 2 under.


4:18PM: Dustin Johnson had 11 feet for eagle at the par-5 eighth, cut couldn't convert. He made birdie. Day made birdie. Both are four back, at even par.


4:13PM: Putter. On. Fire. Spieth makes huge birdie at par-3 sixth, following that bogey on No. 5. He back to two up on Willett. Kaufman pars the fifth and is three back.


4:08PM: Willett taps in for birdie at the par-5 eighth. He's now one off the lead.


4:04PM: Spieth drops a shot. Jordan bogeys No. 5 to drop to 3 under. His lead is two, over Kaufman, Kjeldsen and Willett.


4:01PM: None of the big-name pursuers are doing any actual pursuing. Matsuyama just made a double at No. 6 to fall off the map.


3:53PM: Westwood birdies No. 7, his second straight birdie, to get back to even par. Matsuyama bogeys No. 5 to drop to 1 over.


3:47PM: Spieth's putter is on fire. Despite a poor tee shot, Spieth makes a 12-footer for par at the fourth to remain at 4 under. Meanwhile, Kaufman makes his second consecutive bogey and falls to 1 under. Spieth's lead is now 3.


3:46PM: McIlroy update: After a birdie at No. 7, Rory had a 10-footer for eagle at the eighth ... but he missed it. The birdie gets him back to 2 over, six back.


3:40PM: Major disappointments early on Sunday: Day bogeys No. 5 to fall to 1 over. DJ makes double and drops to 2 over.


3:36PM: Danny Willett joins red figures with a birdie at the sixth. As it stands now: Spieth (-4), Kaufman (-2), Kjeldsen (-1), Matsuyama (-1), Willett (-1)


3:34PM: Kaufman bogeys the third to drop to 2 under. Spieth saves par. Spieth is two up.


3:30PM: After four years without a Masters ace, we have two today. Davis Love III holed out with a 7-iron. Coincidentally, both Love and Lowry shot 41 on the first nine today.


3:23PM: Langer makes double bogey at the third He's dropped three shots in three holes and is down to 2 over, six back.


3:22PM: Expert analysis from 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman.


3:20PM: Soren Kjeldsen makes a huge putt at the fifth hole for birdie. He's at 1 under.


3:18PM: Spieth hits a crazy good curler at the par-5 second and eventually converts a 3-footer for birdie. Kaufman hit a great approach shot to 5 feet and made it for birdie. Spieth remains one up, at 4 under.


3:14PM: McIlroy update. There may not be another one for a long while (like when he putts out on 18).


3:12PM: Check out this shot from Billy Horschel. Wind can't blow the ball off the green if it's in the hole.


3:11PM: DJ drove through the green at No. 3 and hit a brilliant pitch to within 4 feet of the hole. But he missed the birdie putt. He and playing competitor Jason Day remain at even par.


3:08PM: Matsuyama birdies the second. He moves to 1 under, two off the lead.


3:04PM: Shane Lowry just aced the par-3 16th with an 8-iron.


3:01PM: Day and DJ both parred the par-5 second. They are part of a six-man group at even par.


2:57PM: Kaufman misses a 4-footer for birdie at the first. A little too far left, little too much speed. He makes a 3-footer for par to remain one back of Spieth, who also parred the first.


2:54PM: McIlroy finds his original ball in the right trees on No. 4. He hits an amazing pitch out of the jungle and onto the green, but misses the par putt and drops back to 3 over.


2:52PM: Oh, Smylie! Kaufman nearly jars his approach shot at the first. He's got a few feet left for birdie.


2:51PM: Langer and Matsuyama bogey the first. Spieth and Kaufman are currently the only players under par.


2:46PM: Spieth finds the fairway and Kaufman's tee shot lands just outside the right fairway bunker, but may not give him much of a stance.


2:42PM: McIlroy hit a provisional on the par-3 fourth. Those aren't good.


2:39PM: Rut-roh


2:37PM: Langer and Matsuyama are off. Just one group remains.


2:32PM: McIlroy settles for a two-putt birdie at the third and is five back.


2:32PM: Does this make Jordan Spieth David Sims?


2:30PM: After a par at the par-5 second, McIlroy drives the green at the par-4 third. He's got 16 feet for eagle.


2:28PM: It's a bogey at the first for Lee Westwood, too He drops to 2 over par and is now five back.


2:20PM: Check out this Tiger-esque chip-in.


2:12PM: The 1-overs are now on the course. That group includes Soren Kjeldsen, Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood. Then we have the even-par players, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Danny Willett.


2:07PM: McIlroy's Sunday Masters run may have ended right out of the gates. He bogeyed the first and is now six back.


2:03PM: For three days, Bernhard Langer has looked like he was wearing a Little League hat from Target. That blank space on the front will be filled on Masters Sunday, though.


2:01PM: And don't forget! The top 12 and ties earn an invite back next year. Bryson DeChambeau is currently tied for 18th, two shots off that cut line.


1:51PM: Lots of red on the board compared to yesterday. Ten players are currently under par for the day. Matthew Fitzpatrick is two under through three, 3 over for the event.


1:42PM: Rory McIlroy is about to tee off. He starts the day at 2 over par, three off the lead. A victory today would secure the career Grand Slam.


1:31PM: Two amateurs made the cut. France's Romain Langasque followed his third-round 83 with a closing 68. He finished at 10 over par. The other amateur, Bryson DeChambeau, is currently at 4 over par through four holes.


1:24PM: The first player to post a final score is Kevin Na. Na shot even-par 72 to finish at 15 over par. That's 13 strokes better than his Saturday 85.


1:19PM: If this doesn't get you jacked up for what may lie ahead, nothing will.


1:09PM: The 4-overs are now teeing off. That group includes Casey, Grillo, Horschel, Kuchar, Oosthuizen, Wood and Walker.


1:02PM: Some more Langer facts:


12:51PM: Call off the Adam Scott watch. He made bogey at No. 4 and is only 1 under today, now nine back of Spieth.


12:47PM: Mouth. Watering.


12:37PM: Of the 31 players on-course right now, eight players are under par on the day,


12:34PM: MA! The meatloaf!


12:30PM: Where would a Bernhard Langer win rank?


12:23PM: Is that why it's called tWITter?


12:16PM: 2 under through 2 holes. Look out, Adam Scott is on the move and now only(!) eight shots back.


12:09PM: Trouble in paradise? Brandel Chamblee is a believer of self-correcting.


12:04PM: Your 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott makes birdie at No. 1 today. He's one of only four players under par on the course Sunday (others: Henrik Stenson, Kevin Na, Cameron Smith).


11:59AM: For more on the ageless wonder that is Bernhard Langer, check out GolfChannel.com senior writer Ryan Lavner's column from Saturday night.


11:55AM: Wonder who she's rooting for.


11:52AM: Fact.


11:44AM: Calmer winds means low numbers are out there. Kevin Na is finding them early on Sunday.


11:34AM: Past and present. No, I'm not talking about Bernhard Langer and Jordan Spieth. Here's a look at Sunday hole locations at Augusta this year and last,


11:25AM: Don't mind if we do.


11:21AM: Something to nibble on this morning. Ya know, in addition to your pimento cheese sandwich.


11:12AM: Doesn't quite have the same ring to it as "Arnie's Army," but we appreciate the enthusiasm.


11:07AM: Snedeker begins the day four shots back, and on Twitter, apparently.


11:04AM: Some players going low already, including Kevin Na.


11:00AM: Hello, friends. Welcome to the Sunday Masters tracker. First, a look at the leaderboard through 54 holes.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 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:

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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Knox relishes round with 'mythical figure' Woods

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Russell Knox was expecting the worst and hoping for the best Thursday at The Open.

Playing with Tiger Woods tends to have that effect.

The native Scot received a treat earlier this week when he saw his name on the tee sheet alongside his boyhood idol, Woods.

“Felt good out there, but obviously my swing, it was just like I had too much tension,” Knox said after an opening 73. “I just wasn’t letting it go as normal. First round with Tiger, I expected to feel a little bit different. The way I felt was better than the way I swung.”

Knox said that he was nervous playing alongside Woods, a player he’d only encountered on the range. “He’s almost like a mythical figure,” he said.

But after a while, he settled into the rhythm of the round at Carnoustie.


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“I thought it would be worse,” he said, “I feel like I should know what I’m doing. It’s cool playing with Tiger, but I’ve got to get over that. I’m here to win, not just enjoy my walk around the course.”

Knox probably had more interaction with Woods than he anticipated, if only because the third member of the group, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, keeps to himself because of the language barrier.

“It’s kind of a blur,” Knox said. “It’s like, Oh, I’m chatting away with Tiger here like normal. I don’t even remember what I was saying.”

There have been countless stories from this year as the next generation of players – guys who grew up watching Woods dominate the sport – get paired with Woods for the first time.

It was no less special for Knox on Thursday.

“It’s nice for him to say things like that,” Woods said, “and we enjoyed playing with each other. Hopefully we’ll play a little bit better tomorrow.”

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Rain expected to shower Carnoustie Friday morning

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:43 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – By the end of the day Friday, we’ll be able to determine which side of The Open draw ended the first two rounds at Carnoustie with more favorable conditions. With rain expected for most of Friday morning, it seems those who played early/late may be more pleased.

According to Weather.com, there is a 75 percent chance of rain beginning at 2 a.m. local time Friday here in Scotland. That percentage vaults up to 95 percent by 7 a.m., with the first tee time scheduled for 6:35. At 11, the number drops to 55 percent. After 2 p.m., the percentage chances of rain are 25 percent and below for the remainder of the day.

Temperatures during the day are expected to be from the low 50s to the low 60s and winds will vary between 14-18 mph, again per Weather.com.


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This is The Open’s official weather report for the weekend:

Saturday: A dull start with some drizzle possible. Staying cloudy for much of the day but gradually becoming brighter with a chance of some sunny intervals during the afternoon and evening. Winds light and variable in direction but should predominantly settle in to a SSE 8-12mph during the afternoon. Max temp 20C (68F).

Sunday: Often cloudy but mainly dry. A better chance of some decent sunny spells compared to Saturday. Most likely the windiest day of the Championship; SW 12-18mph with gusts 20-25mph. Feeling warm, especially in any sunshine with a max temp of 23C (73F).

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Bandaged Woods 5 back after even-par 71

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:38 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods arrived Thursday with therapeutic tape on the back of his neck.

Carnoustie’s back nine inflicted even more pain.

Playing in the most difficult conditions of the day, Woods’ progress was stalled by two late bogeys as he settled for an even-par 71 that left him five shots off the lead at The Open.

“I played better than what the score indicates,” he said. “It certainly could have been a little bit better.”

Woods created a stir when he showed up with black kinesiology tape on his neck. Afterward, he said that his neck has been bugging him “for a while” and that Thursday was merely the first time that the tape was visible.

“Everyone acts like this is the first time I’ve been bandaged up,” he said, smiling. “I’ve been doing this for years.”

Woods said that the discomfort didn’t really affect his swing, other than a few shots “here and there.” It didn’t seem to affect his score, either, as he went out in 2 under before a few stumbles on the back nine.

On the fast, baked-out turf, he played conservatively off the tee, using driver only once and 3-wood just twice. Apparently he didn’t need the added distance, not with his 6-iron traveling 240 yards. He tried to play to his spots, even if it routinely left him more than 200 yards for his approach.


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That’s the strategy he employed at Hoylake in 2006, where he hit driver just once and captured the third of his Open titles. Despite some of the similarities in firmness, Woods said that Carnoustie presents a different challenge off the tee.

“These fairways are very small,” he said. “They’re hard to hit right now. They’re so fast, and they’re so moundy.”

Finding the fairway wasn’t the chief problem for Woods on Day 1, however. He missed just four fairways but found only 11 greens.

More damaging to his score was his play on the par 5s. Despite having only an 8-iron in, he failed to birdie each of the two par 5s and then bogeyed Nos. 10, 13 and 15 to squander his early momentum.

Though the draw here won’t be a significant factor – or at least not like in recent years, with a wide range in scores from morning to afternoon – it’s clear that Woods (in game 47 of 52) encountered the most difficult of the conditions Thursday, with the wind gusting to 20 mph and the fairways running even faster after another sun-splashed afternoon.

Still, his opening 71 was one of the better scores in the late wave.

“He hit it good,” said playing partner Russell Knox. “He plotted his way around, which I expected him to do, and he was very conservative off the tee. It’s kind of fun to watch him do that, to be honest.”

Even more fun would be a major with Woods in contention.

He hasn’t broken par in the opening round of his last eight majors. Indeed, for Woods, these slow starts have been the real pain in the neck.