Open Championship tracker: Day 2 at St. Andrews

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2015, 10:30 am

The 144th Open Championship takes place this week at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. GolfChannel.com is tracking the men's third major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional Open coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for our Tiger Tracker. If you want to view the action we tracked from the opening round, you can find that here. All-times for the Open Championship tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


4:59PM: Tom Watson says goodbye, and we will, too. That's it for today. We'll be back bright and early tomorrow.


4:45PM: Tom Watson crosses the Swilcan Bridge one last time.


4:42PM: So, technically, Tiger makes the weekend!


4:35PM: Despite two closing bogeys, Luke Donald is in the mix heading into the weekend.


4:15PM: Two straight bogeys for Matsuyama, and he's back at 5 under. Getting dark out there, play likely to be called soon. Tom Watson on 16.


4:01PM: Looks like Mother Nature is saying, "That's enough with the birdies!" Wind is howling, and DJ and Matsuyama miss short par putts on 11. DJ leads by one over Willett.


3:56PM: Good news ...

Bad news ...


3:44PM: The birdies keep coming. Day birdies 9 and Donald makes another bomb at 15, and they're both at 8 under, three behind DJ.


3:40PM: What he said ...


3:37PM: This is getting ridiculous! Matsuyama holes a birdie putt from off the green at 10 to get to 7 under. DJ makes a birdie as well to push his lead to two over Willett.


3:33PM: Not pretty ...


3:29PM: Somehow Luke Donald doubled No. 1, but he's played nicely since then and he's only three back after a birdie at 14.


3:22PM: Spieth bounces back with a birdie on 9, he's at 6 under and four behind DJ after he fails to convert another good look at birdie. Matsuyama birdies 9 to shoot 6-under 30 on the front.


3:08PM: Schwartzel birdies 10 and he's at 8 under, two off the lead.


3:03PM: Spieth gives his birdie right back with a three-putt bogey on No. 8. He's back to 5 under, five behind DJ.


2:52PM: You get a birdie! You get a birdie! You get birdie! Birdies all around for the DJ-Spieth-Matsuyama group at No. 7. DJ takes the solo lead at 10 under.


2:47PM: In case you were wondering ... that's 2 a.m. EDT. Set your alarm clocks accordingly.


2:41PM: So good, in fact that it only took him one hole to get that stroke back.


2:34PM: So Spieth has been pretty, pretty good at the majors this year.


2:30PM: Luke Donald quietly climbing the leaderboard with birdies on two of his last three.


2:21PM: Tiger now 14 off the pace.


2:15PM: Spieth on No. 5 had to punch out of a fairway bunker and then putt from on the green through some rough and back onto the green. Makes bogey. Welcome to the Old Course. Meanwhile, DJ makes another birdie to tie for the lead.


2:02PM: Spieth and Matsuyama both miss the fairway in the same spot at the par-5 fifth hole. Spieth's finds the bunker and he has no shot at the green, Matsuyama's ball ends up just between the two bunkers in short grass. Just been that kind of day so far.


1:52PM: DJ drops in a tough birdie putt on No. 4, using a little body English to get it in the right side of the hole. The first birdie of the day in the group, you know, except for Matsuyama, who just made his fourth straight.


1:40PM: Not that you would see it if you are watching on TV, but the third player in the Dustin Johnson-Jordan Spieth group, Hideki Matsyama, is stealing the show early after starting with three straight birdies.


1:43PM: Plenty of exciting action on the course right now. And Danny Willett is watching it from the top of the leadeboard.


1:32PM: Tiger yells at wind to "hit it!" after crushing his second shot at No. 2 long and left. The wind doesn't listen.


1:30PM: And just when you think DJ has the advantage, Spieth throws a dart at the pin on 3, but misses the birdie putt. Another couple of routine pars.


1:24PM: DJ absolutely rips one down the third fairway. Two pars a piece so far for him and Spieth. Tiger also makes par on No. 1


1:13PM: And ... he's off. Which way will The Needle move on Day 2?


1:11PM: Rickie Fowler also wraps up a 71. One of the Open favorites after his Scottish Open win last week is well off the pace at 1-under par.


1:10PM: Faldo rebounds with 71 after 83 on Day 1. And, as the European Tour points out, he id it in the same sweater as the first time he won the Open.


1:01PM: Lee Westwood off to an inspiring start:


12:58PM: Sir Nick Faldo getting an emotional send off from the St. Andrews crowd. Won his second of three claret jugs at the Old Course 25 years ago.


12:55PM: If you think Adam Scott's resurgence has something to do with Stevie William's return to his bag, you're not alone:


12:50PM: And they're off ... Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson (and Hideki Matsuyama) have started their second rounds.


12:46PM: Jaco Van Zyl shot 69 Friday despite what Mark Calcavecchia describes here:


12:41PM: Matt Kuchar just made triple bogey at the 17th to drop to even par. The projected cut line is currently 1 under, but that is likely to go higher.


12:37PM: In case you missed it, here's Tom Watson's first shot in his final Open round.


12:28PM: Twenty minutes and counting until Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama tee off in Round 2.


12:24PM: Adam Scott is looking for his first claret jug, but his caddie ...


12:20PM: Adam Scott birdies the 18th and finishes 36 holes at 7 under par. His 5-under 67 is the second lowest score (Russell Henley, 66) so far today.


12:08PM: Ba-dum-bum ...


12:01PM: Crossing the noon hour on the East Coast, here's where things stand at the 144th Open Championship:


11:54AM: Yesterday was Adam Scott's 35th birthday. He just parred the 16th to remain at 6 under, just three off the lead.


11:50AM: Ivor Robson announces Tom Watson for - again, likely - the final time on the first tee. Watson splits the fairway.


11:42AM: Tom Watson gets set to tee off for, likely, his 128th and final round in the Open Championship.


11:32AM: If Willett can maintain his lead ...


11:24AM: Phil Mickelson responds with a birdie at the 13th hole. He's back to 4 under, five off the lead.


11:22AM: Meanwhile, the projected cut line is at even par ... for the moment. The top 70 and ties qualify for the final two rounds. John Daly, the 1995 champion at St. Andrews, shot 74 Friday to finish two rounds at 1 over par.


11:17AM: Will Willett's leading total hold up? Golf Channel analyst Arron Oberholser thinks so.


11:11AM: Danny Willett is in the house and in the lead. He birdies the 18th to shoot 69 and finish at 9 under par.


11:04AM: A pair of players who start the day at 6 under are now in action. Robert Streb parred his first two holes while Retief Goosen is teeing off on No. 1.


11AM: Danny Willett keeps sliding back to the field. He bogeys the 17th to drop to 8 under, one in front of Z. and D. Johnson and Marc Warren.


10:58AM: Zach Johnson makes birdie on 18 to join Marc Warren in the clubhouse at 7 under, two shots back of Willett. A second-round 71 for Johnson and 3-under 69 for Warren, both of whom share second place with overnight leader Dustin Johnson.


10:55AM: A disastrous double bogey at No. 11 for Phil Mickelson, who needed two to get out of the bunker and then nearly three-putted for triple. Lefty goes from four to now six shots back.


10:50AM: Although players have been back on the course for six hours, it's long-since stopped raining, the sun is out, and the ball is bouncing, there remains standing water on parts of the golf course.


10:42AM: Adam Scott is making a move up the leaderboard, after playing his first four holes 4 under. Now in a tie for fourth at minus-6, just three shots behind leader Danny Willett. Scott, who should already have an Open win to his credit, is in search of his second major and his first worldwide win since the Crowne Plaza at Colonial last May.


10:35AM: This afternoon figures to be the final round of Tom Watson's Open Championship career. The five-time champion will tee off at 4:48 local time (11:48 ET) and may just squeeze in his round before the sun finally sets on St. Andrews. A look back at Watson's outstanding Open history right here.


10:24AM: Two strong front nines from Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson. Stenson birdied four of his first five holes to go out in 31 while Mickelson turned in a bogey-free 33. Iceman to minus-3 and Lefty to minus-4.


10:14AM: A little ingenuity from Graeme McDowell, who's watching the coverage on the BBC and taking notes on the breaks around today's hole locations. McDowell turned in an even-par 72 Thursday and tees off this afternoon at 4:37 local time (11:37 a.m. EDT).


10:05AM: Latest look at the leaderboard shows that just three of the top 14 players are currently on the golf course. Everyone else, who had the benefit of playing in the morning wave on Thursday, will face some stiff winds this afternoon.


9:54AM: And a great Scot he was.

Even more eye opening:


9:46AM: It's so windy, Phil just opted to putt with his hat off. Thoughts go out to @MickelsonHat. Hang in there, folks.


9:40AM: A little background here on Mr. Willett for those of you who might not be as familiar with him. The 27-year-old Englishman cracked this year's field via his finish in the Race to Dubai last year and his top-50 position in the Official World Golf Ranking back in May. Willett has two European Tour victories to his credit, the last coming at the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa in December. American fans may best and most recently know him for his third-place finish at this year's WGC-Match Play.


9:30AM: At the end of play last night, we expected two things in Round 2 - a downpour in the morning and wild winds in the afternoon. We got the rain this morning, and now it sounds like the rest is coming:


9:23AM: Speaking of Faldo, neat little nugget from earlier:


9:15AM: Danny Willett has opened up a three-shot lead thanks a birdie at 10 and two Zach Johnson bogeys at 11 and 12. The last Englishman to win the Open? Nick Faldo in 1992.


9:05AM: And in the event you require moving pictures:


9:01AM: In case you are just settling in at work on the East Coast or just waking up on the West Coast, these photos will give you a pretty good idea of what you missed overnight during a three-hour delay at St. Andrews.


8:55AM: Six birdies. That's the number of birdies made by Jaco Van Zyl who was in the first group out on Friday. He shot 79-69 over the first two rounds.


8:50AM: Let's hope you didn't jinx him.


8:42AM: If you're fortunate enough to be at St. Andrews this week, you know there's no such thing as a bad seat. But, some are better than others. Our own Bailey Mosier found the prime perch for watching this week. To view the article, click here.


8:38AM: And just a few minutes later ... Danny Willett makes birdie at the ninth and is your solo Open leader at 9 under.


8:30AM: Leaderboard update at half past the 8 o'clock hour:


8:16AM: On a roll. A Zach Johnson nugget for you:


8:07AM: Our favorite part of the Open coverage.


8:03AM: He came prepared.


8:00AM: Fowler, Faldo and Rose are now off and running in their second rounds at St. Andrews.


7:57AM: That's two birdies in a row for Zach Johnson after opening with four straight pars. ZJ is now tied for the lead with Danny Willett at 8 under.


7:47AM: So you're saying there's a chance? Is the world ready for a Danny Willett win?


7:41AM: The Willett to win! Danny Willett made birdie at No. 5 and is now the solo leader at 8 under. Meanwhile, Zach Johnson also made birdie at 5 and is tied for second at 7 under.


7:32AM: Let's get this party started. Scott, Kaymer, Walker teed off mere minutes ago.


7:23AM: In case you're wondering ... DJ and Jordan Spieth tee off at 12:48 p.m. Tiger Woods tees off at 1:10 p.m. Phil Mickelson is out at 7:47 a.m. (roughly 20 minutes from now).


7:20AM: There are now 6 guys at 6 under par. With birdies on his last two holes, Marc Warren joins the bunch.


7:13AM: The afternoon forecast calls for winds around 20 mph.


7:05AM: Hole locations for Friday's round:


7:01AM: It's sunny in St. Andrews now, but here's a look at the crew cleaning up the rain Friday morning.


6:55AM: And just like that, we have a new co-leader. Danny Willett is now tied with Dustin Johnson for the lead. DJ tees off at 12:48 p.m. ET.


6:50AM: Slow and steady wins the race. We don't know if it wins the 144th Open Championship, but Zach Johnson begins his Friday round with two pars after opening in 6-under 66 on Thursday.


6:42AM: Torrential rain flooded St. Andrews Friday morning, delaying play for more than three hours. For the full story, click here. To see images of the weather delay, click here.


6:30AM: Good morning from St. Andrews! Day 2 of the 144th Open Championship is underway.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 16, 2018, 9:00 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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Davies wins by 10 on 'best ball-striking round'

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2018, 1:53 am

WHEATON, Ill. - Laura Davies immediately recognized the significance of having her name inscribed on the first U.S. Senior Women's Open trophy.

It might be a long time before anyone secures the title as emphatically as Davies did.

Davies went virtually unchallenged in Sunday's final round of the inaugural USGA championship for women 50 and older, claiming the title by 10 strokes over Juli Inkster.

''It's great seeing this (trophy) paraded down for the very first time and I get my name on it first, you know?'' Davies said. ''This championship will be played for many years and there will only be one first winner - obviously a proud moment for me to win that.''

The 54-year-old Davies shot a 5-under 68 to finish at 16-under 276 at Chicago Golf Club.

It was the English player's 85th career win, and she felt the pressure even though her lead was rarely in danger.

''I haven't won for eight years - my last win was India, 2010,'' Davies said. ''So that's the pressure you're playing under, when you're trying to do something for yourself, prove to yourself you can still win.

''So this ranks highly up there. And obviously it's a USGA event. It's hard comparing tournaments, but this is very high on my list of achievements.''

A 7-under 66 Saturday provided Davies with a five-shot lead over Inkster and what she said would be a sleepless night worrying about the pressure.


Full-field scores from the U.S. Senior Women’s Open


The World Golf Hall of Famer widened her advantage early Sunday when she birdied the par-5 second hole and Inkster made bogey. Davies said a par she salvaged at the 10th was another turning point.

''It wasn't the greatest hole I ever played, but I think that, to me, was when I really started to think I might have one hand on the trophy and just had to get the other one in there.''

Inkster shot an even-par 73. England's Trish Johnson also shot 73 to finish third, 12 shots back.

''I mean, she was absolutely spectacular this week,'' Johnson said about Davies. ''I've played against her for 35 years. Yesterday was the best I have ever seen her play in her entire career.

''She just said walking down 18 it was best ball-striking round she ever had. Considering she's won 85 tournaments, that's quite some feat.''

Danielle Ammaccapane was fourth and Yuko Saito finished fifth. Martha Leach was the top amateur, tying for 10th at 6-over 298.

Davies plans to play in the Women's British Open next month, and called this win a confidence-booster as she continues to compete against the younger generation. She finished tied for second at the LPGA's Bank of Hope Founders Cup earlier this year.

''You build up a little bit of momentum, and a golf course is a golf course,'' Davies said. ''Sometimes the field strength is a little bit different, but in your own mind if you've done something like this, 16 under for four rounds around a proper championship course, it can't do anything but fill you full of confidence.''

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Romo rallies to win American Century Championship

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2018, 12:42 am

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo rallied from four points back to win his first American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe on Sunday.

Romo, who retired after the 2016 NFL season and is now an NFL analyst, had 27 points on the day to beat three-time defending champion Mark Mulder and San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, the the leader after the first two rounds.

''It's a special win,'' said Romo, who had finished second three times in seven previous trips to the annual celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. ''It feels like you're playing a tournament back home here. The day felt good for a lot of reasons.''

Romo tapped in for par, worth one point, on the 18th hole to finish with 71 points, three ahead of Mulder, the former major league pitcher. He then caught a flight to Berlin, Wis., where he was to compete in a 36-hole U.S. Amateur qualifying tournament on Monday.

The American Century Championship uses a modified Stableford scoring system which rewards points for eagles (six), birdies (three) and pars (one) and deducts points (two) for double bogeys or worse. Bogeys are worth zero points.

Pavelski had a 7-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th that could have tied Romo, but it slid by. He finished with 66 points, tied for third with Ray Allen, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 7.


Full-field scores from the American Century Championship


''It feels like nothing went in for me today,'' Pavelski said. ''But I couldn't ask for more than to have that putt to tie on the last hole.''

Romo plays as an amateur, so his $125,000 first-place check from the $600,000 purse will go to local charities and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, the primary charitable arm of title sponsor American Century Investments.

Rounding out the top five were Trent Dilfer, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, and former tennis player Mardy Fish. Each had 62 points.

Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, who fell out of contention with a mediocre round Saturday, jumped into Lake Tahoe amidst much fanfare after losing a bet to his father, Dell. The elder Curry jumped into the lake last year, so he negotiated a 20-point handicap and won by two points.

Other notable players in the 92-player field included John Smoltz, the MLB hall of Fame pitcher who two weeks ago competed in the U.S. Senior Open and finished 10th here with 53 points; Steph Curry, who finished tied for 11th with retired Marine and wounded war hero Andrew Bachelder (50); actor Jack Wagner (16th, 47 points); Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (tied for 18th, 44 points); actor Ray Romano (tied for 71st, minus-26 points); comedian Larry the Cable Guy (tied for 77th, minus-33 points); and former NBA great Charles Barkley, who finished alone in last with minus-93 points.

The tournament drew 57,097 fans for the week, setting an attendance record for the fourth straight year.

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Singh tops Maggert in playoff for first senior major

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2018, 12:10 am

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. - Vijay Singh hit a perfect approach to set up the winning playoff birdie. His celebration as the ball rolled into the cup was nowhere near as spectacular.

Singh closed the door on Jeff Maggert on the second playoff hole to win the Constellation Senior Players Championship on Sunday, giving an understated fist pump as his birdie putt dropped from about 2 feet. It was the first major title on the PGA Tour Champions for the 55-year-old Fijian, a past winner of the Masters and two PGA Championships.

''It's a little different,'' Singh said. ''It's a senior major, you know, so it's - any time you win a tournament no matter what it is, you feel accomplishment, and that's what I feel. I feel like I played well, and it's a win. A win is a win.''

Singh (67) and Maggert (68) finished at 20-under 268 at Exmoor Country Club. Brandt Jobe (66) was two strokes behind, while Jerry Kelly (64) and defending champion Scott McCarron (71) finished at 17 under.

Maggert began the day tied with McCarron and Bart Bryant for the lead. Singh was one shot back, but a crowd at the top of the leaderboard thinned out, turning it into a two-man race.

''I wasn't really watching the scoreboard or Vijay,'' Maggert said. ''Like I said, I thought I needed to shoot 5-, 6-, 7-under today to really kind of ice it. So I was really focused in on making seven or eight birdies today. ... You know, I thought some other scores would come into play there toward the end, but the last two or three groups looked like they were struggling, other than me and Vijay.''

Singh and Maggert posted identical scores through the first 15 holes. But Maggert bogeyed 16, and then missed chances to win in regulation and on the first playoff hole.

His 15-footer on the 72nd hole rolled wide, forcing the playoff, and a downhill 12-footer on the same green went just past the edge.

''We played toe-to-toe all day,'' Maggert said. ''He hit a nice shot on 18, and I had a chance to make a few putts throughout the day, but they just didn't go in.''


Full-field scores from the Constellation Energy Senior Players


Singh made just one bogey this week, and that came in the third round. He had five birdies Sunday and made some neat par saves to get into the playoff.

His tee shot on 17 landed near the trees to the right of the fairway, and his approach on 18 wound up in a bunker. But Singh blasted to within a few feet to match Maggert's par and send a senior major to a playoff for the first time since the 2015 Regions Tradition.

Singh played sporadically on the over-50 tour during his first few years of eligibility but is playing more often against men his age these days.

''To win the first major on this tour, I'm really excited about that,'' Singh said. ''Winning my first tournament at the beginning of the year was big, and now I've won this one, so I look forward to winning a lot more now. I always say, the first one, you get the first one out of the way, you can win a lot more after that.''

McCarron was trying to join Arnold Palmer and Bernhard Langer as the only back-to-back winners of this major. He came back from a six-shot deficit to win at Caves Valley near Baltimore last year and got off to a good start on Sunday.

He birdied the first two holes to reach 18 under. But bogeys on the par-4 seventh and ninth holes knocked him off the lead. His tee shot on No. 7 rolled into a hole at the base of a tree and forced him to take an unplayable lie.

Bryant (72) and Kenny Perry (68) finished in a pack at 16 under. Illinois golf coach Mike Small (71) finished one shot behind them, while three-time champion Bernhard Langer closed with a 74 to finish at 12 under after starting the day two strokes back.