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Reed T-2 after unfortunate bogey at 72nd hole

By Will GrayMarch 11, 2018, 10:56 pm

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Patrick Reed’s chances of winning the Valspar Championship died in the tier bisecting the middle of the 18th green at Innisbrook Resort.

Reed started the final round three shots off the lead, but a chip-in eagle on the opening hole quickly thrust him into contention. He grabbed a share of the lead with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 14th hole, and he remained tied with Paul Casey heading to the final hole.

But Reed’s approach to the 18th came up short, leaving a lengthy and awkward putt where he had to go through a small amount of fringe before climbing a tier to reach the hole. The putt never had enough pace, and Reed watched helplessly as the ball rolled back to his feet.

“Hit a good drive, and I thought I hit a good wedge shot into the green,” Reed said. “When I saw people kind of waving back, I knew it was kind of coming down the hill. It happened to be unfortunate, it got around the corner of the green where I was on the green, had to go over the fringe through about 7 feet of fringe and back on the green.”

According to Shotlink, only 3 inches separated his third shot from his fourth, and when his chip attempt for par missed the target, he walked off with a closing bogey and ended the week tied for second alongside Tiger Woods at 9 under after a final-round 68.


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“I just didn’t hit it hard enough, obviously,” Reed said. “Absolutely killed it and the ball rolled back down to where it was. I knew there was no way I could putt it. It had to be a chip. I chipped and ended up there to 6 inches and a tap in.”

This marks the second time Reed has gotten within reach of the trophy on the Copperhead Course, having lost a playoff to Jordan Spieth here in 2015 that also included Sean O’Hair.

Reed’s result was his best since a T-2 finish at the PGA Championship in August, and it was his first top-15 finish in seven starts this year. But his last win remains The Barclays in August 2016, and thanks in large part to an ill-timed bogey that drought did not end on the Copperhead Course.

“I felt like I played solid today. I really didn’t feel like I did anything wrong on the last when I walked off with a 5,” he said. “It’s disappointing. At the end of the day, back in contention. Having a chance to win a golf tournament is always fun.”

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'Hung over' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

“Honestly, I was a little hung over. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.


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Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

“The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

Tiger Woods is stalking his 15th career major championship trophy. Follow the action with our tracker to see if he can get it done at Carnoustie.


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Pros melting down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 3:42 pm

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

His fellow pros have been watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We're compiling their missives below:

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

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)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.


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.