Simpson leads Casey, Lee by two at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 27, 2017, 10:10 pm

Webb Simpson is on the verge of snapping his four-year winless drought. He leads the Dean & DeLuca Invitational by two shots through 54 holes. Here’s where things stand heading into Sunday at Colonial:

Leaderboard: Simpson (-9), Paul Casey (-7), Danny Lee (-7), Stewart Cink (-6), Kevin Kisner (-6), Jon Rahm (-5), Sean O’Hair (-5)

What it means: The 2012 U.S. Open champ, Simpson is seeking his fifth PGA Tour title and his first win since 2013. Simpson almost snapped that drought earlier this year at TPC Scottsdale but couldn’t overcome a red-hot Hideki Matsuyama in a playoff. Currently 65th in the world, Simpson is enjoying the final year of his five-year exemption into the Masters, The Open and the PGA Championship. He will be chased on Sunday by Casey, who remains in search of a follow-up to his lone U.S. win at the Shell Houston Open in 2009. Since committing to the PGA Tour full-time in 2015, he’s registered 12 top-five finishes and has been four times a runner-up. Last year, Casey played the final three FedExCup events and the season-opening Safeway Open 2-2-4-T3. Tied with Casey at 7 under, Lee was T-5 last week at the Nelson and is also looking for a follow-up to his lone Tour win.

Round of the day: One over through 36 holes, Emiliano Grillo made five birdies in a bogey-free 65 to move into a tie for eighth, five shots back. He’s made 13 of 14 cuts this season, with his best result coming in the form of a T-7 at Bay Hill.

Best of the rest: Cink, who hasn’t won since the 2009 Open, worked himself into the mix with a third-round 66. The 44-year-old is playing this season on a career-earnings exemption after finishing outside the top 125 last year.

Biggest disappointment: Tied for the lead with Simpson at 8 under, Scott Piercy found the water at the par-3 13th en route to double bogey. He’d drop shots at 14 and 18 to post 4-over 39 on the back nine and 2-over 72 for the day. He’ll start the final round five behind.

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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.