McIlroy tops Woodland to win WGC-Match Play

By Nick MentaMay 3, 2015, 8:50 pm

Despite playing this week with less than his best, Rory McIlroy fought his way to the final and then topped Gary Woodland, 4 and 2, to win the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. Here’s how the final two matches finished up Sunday in San Francisco:

Championship match

The victory is McIlroy's first in the United States since last year's PGA Championship and his second worldwide in 2015, after his win at the Omega Dubai Classic on the European Tour in February.

After taking the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last summer, the world No. 1 is now the ninth man to win multiple World Golf Championships, joining Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Darren Clarke, Geoff Ogilivy (three), and Tiger Woods (18). He is only the second world No. 1 to win the Match Play, joining Woods, who did it in 2002, 2003 and 2008. The almost-birthday boy, who turns 26 tomorrow, also gets in just under the wire, joining Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win 10 Tour events before the age of 26.

McIlroy, who lost in the final to Mahan in 2012, advanced to the championship match after playing his final three holes in the semifinals 4 under and rolling in a 44-foot eagle putt on the 18th green to put away Jim Furyk.

Woodland, No. 50 in the world, entered the final a combined 11 under on his previous 35 holes at TPC Harding Park, but stumbled out the gates against McIlroy before falling far behind. Woodland and McIlroy halved the first three holes with birdie-bogey-bogey before McIlroy took the fourth hole with a par and extended his lead to 4 up at the turn with the help of three straight birdies.

Woodland cut his deficit in half with wins on Nos. 11 and 12 but let a struggling McIlroy off the hook with back-to-back three-putts on 13 and 14. Rather than finding himself just 1 down through 13, when he missed a 4-footer for par and halved the hole with a bogey, Woodland one hole later fell back to 3 down with four to play.

The match finally reached its end when Woodland conceded on the 16th green.

In his last six majors and World Golf Championships, McIlroy’s record looks like this: 1, 1, 1, 9, 4, 1.

Consolation match

Playing ahead of McIlroy and Woodland, Danny Willett bounced back from his semifinals loss to beat Jim Furyk, 3 and 2, and earn special temporary status on the PGA Tour for the remainder of the season.

Willett, 48th in the world, earns the exemption by virtue of earning an amount of points greater than or equal to the amount won last season by the 150th finisher on the FedExCup points list (Johnson Wagner - 323). The third-place finish is the 27-year-old Englishman’s best result in the United States in 13 career starts and follows up a T-12 at another WGC earlier this year at Doral.

All square through 11 holes, Willett seized control with birdies on 12 and 13 to go 2 up in the match and take a lead he’d never relinquish.

Still 2 down three holes later, Furyk conceded the match on the 16th hole after losing his ball in a tree.

In addition to his newly acquired status, Willett earned an extra $126,000 for winning the consolation match.

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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.