Struggling de Jonge surprised by 'out-of-nowhere' 65

By Randall MellSeptember 4, 2015, 11:30 pm

NORTON, Mass. – Brendon de Jonge didn’t see this coming.

With a 6-under-par 65, de Jonge seized the first-round lead Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

“It came completely out of nowhere,” de Jonge said. “It’s out of left field.”

De Jonge missed the cut in his last two starts. He has five missed cuts in his last 10 starts and hasn’t finished among the top 30 in a PGA Tour event since May.

“Very, very frustrating,” de Jonge said. “I haven't been able to put my finger on what I've really been struggling with, just as I said, not doing anything great. It's been difficult to put a score up. It’s definitely frustrating. I feel like I've been working hard, so, hopefully this is reaping up a few of the benefits of that.”

De Jonge made the Presidents Cup International team as a captain’s pick two years ago. He’s 30th on the International points list this year. He says he’s so far down the list, he can’t see a victory this week even giving himself a chance as a captain’s pick.

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“I don't think so,” de Jonge said. “I think that ship has probably sailed. There are so many guys that are playing such good golf on the International team right now. One great week wouldn't warrant a pick for me.”

De Jonge finished 26th on the FedEx Cup points list in 2013, the year he made the International team. He slipped to 91st last year and is 56th in FedEx Cup points this week.

“Obviously, I was looking to build on the Presidents Cup,” de Jonge said. “I felt like I really played nicely for that entire week. To have the season I had last season, following up the Presidents Cup, wasn't what I wanted by any means. And then I start off this season great. I lost in the playoff (at the McGladrey Classic) early in the year and had a couple of really good chances to win, which is what I was looking for.

“But, obviously, two years later, the big thing was to get that first win, which I haven't. That's still the glaring omission. I need to get back to playing the sort of golf that I have for a long time, where I've been consistent, and been in contention a lot, which is what's been lacking recently.”

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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.