NCAA semis set: Illinois-Oklahoma, Vandy-Oregon

By Will GrayMay 30, 2017, 5:34 pm

The semifinals are set at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship, and so far chalk has largely prevailed.

Top seeds Vanderbilt and Oklahoma staged late rallies during Tuesday's matches at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., while the lone upset came when No. 5-seeded and reigning national champ Oregon knocked off No. 4 Oklahoma State.

Vanderbilt was clearly the best team during 72 holes of stroke play, but the Commodores got out of the gates slowly against UNLV and didn't close things out until Theo Humphrey holed a 6-foot birdie on No. 18 to secure a 1-up win and give Vanderbilt a 3-2 margin of victory.

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They'll meet Oregon in Tuesday's semifinals, as the Ducks advanced when Sulman Raza, who holed last year's national title-clinching putt, beat Oklahoma State's Hayden Wood, 2 and 1, to give his team a 3-2 win.

The second semifinal will pit Oklahoma against Illinois, as the Fighting Illini reach the semifinals for the third straight year and fourth time since the men's format switched to match play in 2013. Illinois ousted top-ranked USC, 3.5 to 1.5, with Nick Hardy notching the clinching point with his 1-up win over Rico Hoey.

The Sooners had the day's most dramatic comeback, as they trailed Big XII rival Baylor in all five matches at one point on the back nine. But Rylee Reinertson and Grant Hirschman each rallied to win their match, 1 up, meaning the anchor match would decide who advanced. Baylor's Matthew Perrine forced extra holes with a chip-in birdie on No. 18, but Oklahoma's Brad Dalke won the match with a par on the first extra hole.

Oregon is looking to join Augusta State (2010-11) and Alabama (2013-14) as recent teams to win back-to-back national titles. Oklahoma's last title came in 1989, while neither Vanderbilt nor Illinois have won a team title in men's program history.

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

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

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.