By the numbers: Key stats from Round 2 at Masters

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 8, 2017, 12:20 am

The leaderboard is packed with plenty of big names at the Masters. Here are the key stats from Round 2 at Augusta provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.

Sergio Garcia

• 71-68 (4 under); second career 36-hole lead in major (2007 Open, finished second)

• Eighth time inside top 3 after second round in major championship

• Played first 21 holes this week without bogey

• Longest streak to open a major since 1999 PGA (31, finished second)

• 22 top-10s in majors; second-most all-time without a victory

• Worst third round scoring average in Masters last 30 years (minimum 10 rounds)

• Combined score of 38 over par in third round of Masters in career

Rickie Fowler

• 73-67 (4 under); ties lowest career round in Masters

• Best score in a major since 66 in second round of 2015 Open

• First lead after any round in a major (100th career round played)

• MC last year; last to win year after missed cut was Tiger Woods in 1997

• Shot 80-73 last year to miss cut (9 over)

• 16 of last 22 PGA Tour rounds overall have been under par

Thomas Pieters

• 72-68 (4 under); 3 under on holes 11-18 today (was 5 over in first round)

• Friday was 10th career major championship round

• First career 36-hole lead in professional event in United States

• First player to hold 36-hole lead in debut since 2007 (Brett Wetterich)

• Making debut; last Masters rookie to win was Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979

• One bogey in second round (bogey or worse on four of last eight holes Thursday)

Charley Hoffman

• 65-75; played holes 6-11 in 5 over (par, five bogeys)

• Hit 10/18 GIR today (four fewer than in first round)

• 1 over par on par 3s in second round (birdied all four par 3s Thursday)

• Thursday was fifth round of career beating field by 7.5+ shots

• Combined 10 over in following round in each of those instances

• First 36-hole lead in major championship career

Fred Couples

• 73-70 (2 under); six birdies in second round (two in first round)

• Sixth time inside top 10 after 36 holes of Masters since 2010

• Most such instances inside top 10 of any player in span

• 29th made cut in Masters; one behind Gary Player for second-most all-time

• 10 under in rounds 1-2 of Masters since 2010 (6 over in rounds 3-4)

Justin Rose

• 71-72 (1 under); tied for sixth entering third round

• Par or better in 10 of his last 13 rounds in Masters

• 96 birdies/eagles in Masters since 2012 (most of any player in span)

Phil Mickelson

• 71-73 (Even); bogey on three of last five holes to finish round

• Fourth time in last 10 years inside top 10 entering third round of Masters

• 82nd worldwide start since last win (2013 Open)

• Would be oldest Masters champion all-time with win this week

Jordan Spieth

• 69 in second round; played last 11 holes of round in 4 under

• Snaps streak of four straight rounds over par in Masters

• Inside top 10 entering third round in all four Masters starts

• 12th or better following 13 of 14 career Masters rounds

• Was four or more shots back thru 36 in two of nine career PGA Tour wins

Rory McIlroy

• 72-73 (1 over); seven birdies and eight bogeys through two rounds this week

• Was at/within two of lead through 36 holes in all four major wins

• Hit 19/36 (52.8 percent) GIR through two rounds this week

• First time since 2010 did not break par in either of first two rounds

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Tiger putts way into contention at The Open

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 5:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – When Tiger Woods benched his trusty Scotty Cameron blade putter last month at the Quicken Loans National for a new TaylorMade mallet-headed version some saw it as a sign of desperation, but if his performance on Carnoustie’s greens on Saturday were any indication it could end up being a calculated success.

Woods stormed into contention on Day 3 with a 5-under 66 to move to within shouting distance of the lead at The Open, thanks in large part to his vastly improved putting.

“I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I've had really good feels,” said Woods, whose 29 putts on Saturday belies his performance on Carnoustie’s greens. “Even as this golf course was changing and evolving, I've maintained my feels with the putter. I've made a couple of putts from about 40 to 60 feet, which is nice. I just feel like I've been able to roll the ball.”

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The highlight of Woods’ round came at the par-4 ninth hole when he charged in a 40-footer for birdie from the front edge of the green to begin a run of three consecutive birdies. Perhaps more impressive, he didn’t have a three-putt, and has only had two all week, which is always a bonus on links courses.

Woods temporarily took a share of the lead with a lengthy birdie putt at the 14th hole and scrambled for a par save at the last after his drive nearly found the Barry Burn.

“I hit a few putts that I think should have gone in from 20, 30 feet today," he said. "So that's always a good sign.”

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TT postscript: A 66, he's in contention - awesome

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:58 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods went berserk Saturday and shot 5-under 66 to vault up the leaderboard at The Open at Carnoustie:


At 4:13PM here in Scotland, when Tiger two-putted for birdie on the par-5 14th hole, he held a share of the lead in a major championship. It was once unthinkable, but it happened. I saw it with my own eyes.

• Tiger’s last two weekend rounds in the 60s in The Open both happened at Carnoustie and both happened on July 21. In 2007, Woods shot 69 here. On Saturday, that score was clipped by three shots. Tiger shot 65 in the second round of The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006. He won his third claret jug that week. Tiger last shoot 66 in a major during the second round of the 2011 Masters.

• This is the sixth time that Tiger has recorded three consecutive rounds of par of better to start The Open. He went on to win three of the previous five times.

• One bad swing, the only bad swing of the day according to Tiger, produced the luckiest of breaks. Standing on the 18th tee with an iron in hand, Tiger pulled his tee shot that hit on the top of the Barry Burn and very easily could’ve ended in a watery grave. Instead it ended in thick rough, some 250 yards from the pin. Tiger punted it up the fairway, but got up and down from 83 yards to save par and shoot 66. “I hit my number,” he quipped about hitting wedge to 2 feet.

• On the other hand, the lone bogey came from one poor putt. On the par-3 16th hole, with half of Scotland screaming his name, Tiger missed a 7-footer for par. It was deflating at the time because the last three holes are so difficult. Pars on the last two holes were stellar.

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• Final stats: 12 of 15 fairways, 14 of 18 greens and 29 total putts. Tiger hit six drivers and one 3-wood, proving that he was way more aggressive. He hit four drivers on Friday and only one on Thursday.

• One of the aforementioned drivers that he hit on the ninth hole was well left and in some thick round, 170 yards from the hole. A safe approach to 40 feet set him up for and easy two-putt par. But he slammed the putt home and made an improbable birdie. “I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I’ve had really good feels,” he said.

• In his own words about his chances of winning: “It certainly is possible. I’ve shown that I’ve been there close enough with a chance to win this year. Given what happened the last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It’s going to fun.”

Yes, yes it is.

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Watch: Guy sleeps next to many beers at Open

By Grill Room TeamJuly 21, 2018, 4:55 pm

It's Moving Day at The Open Championship for all but one sedentary fan.

Cameras caught this potentially browned-out man having himself a Saturday snooze on the browned-out grasses of Carnoustie:

Browned out. That's a great term. Glad it's in the public domain. We've been using it all weekend. I imagine we'll continue to use it. A lot.

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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.