Rose 1 back in Scotland as McIlroy, Mickelson falter

By Bailey MosierJuly 11, 2014, 7:40 pm

One day after posting a record-setting 64 at Royal Aberdeen and leading the Scottish Open by one, Rory McIlroy imploded in 78 on Friday to fall six shots off the pace. Defending champ Phil Mickelson (73) also stumbled coming down the stretch Friday. Here’s how things look through two rounds in Scotland:

Leaderboard: Kristoffer Broberg (-6), Marc Warren (-6), Ricardo Gonzalez (-6), Justin Rose (-5), David Howell (-4), Lucas Bjerregaard (-3), Mikko Ilonen (-3)

What it means: Unfortunately, anyone could have seen McIlroy’s Friday stumble coming from a mile away. In 13 worldwide stroke-play starts this year, McIlroy is 51 under on Thursdays and 9 over on Fridays. Why he continues to play Jekyl and Hyde in the first two rounds is a mystery.

Round of the day: Englishman Paul Waring’s 5-under 66 was the best round of the day by two shots. His round included four birdies, an eagle at the par-5 12th and just one bogey. Four players posted rounds of 3 under, including 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.

Biggest disappointment: Sure, McIlroy’s freaky Fridays is a trend, but knowing that doesn’t make it any easier to stomach. McIlroy already secured a 'W' this season on the European Tour (BMW PGA Championship) and looked poised and prepared to tackle the year's third major next week after the 64 Thursday. We know he's capable of going low, now it's a matter of figuring out how to make his bad days better.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Thanks to a double bogey on Ricardo Gonzalez's last hole of the day that dropped him back to 6 under, there are 49 players within six shots of the lead including Luke Donald (-2), Mickelson (1 under) and McIlroy (even par). This thing is far from over, and wind direction and conditions could play a large role in how this tihng shakes out over the weekend.

Shot of the day: Luke Donald chipped in for eagle from the right rough about 30 yards shy of the pin on the par-4 fifth hole. The ball landed high and soft, rolled out and dropped into the cup, getting him to 5 under for the tournament and in the mix. Donald would follow that eagle with four bogeys to just one birdie, and ultimately settled on 2-over 73 for the day and into a tie for eighth.

Quote of the day: "I'd be much happier standing here after shooting a couple of 71s, but that's not the case and hasn't been the case all year. I've gotten off to great starts and just fell away." - McIlroy

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.