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Thomas up to world No. 2 despite playoff loss

By Will GrayMarch 5, 2018, 2:06 pm

While he was denied another trophy, Justin Thomas still climbed another rung in the Official World Golf Ranking for the second straight week.

Thomas reached world No. 3 following his Honda Classic victory, then followed it up with a playoff loss to Phil Mickelson Sunday at the WGC-Mexico Championship. That result was enough to push Thomas past Jon Rahm to world No. 2, a new career best that leaves him behind only Dustin Johnson in the latest rankings.

Rahm fell a spot after a T-20 finish in Mexico City, while Brooks Koepka rose one spot to world No. 8 despite not playing last week as he nurses a wrist injury. Tommy Fleetwood finished T-14 at Chapultepec and jumped past Sergio Garcia as a result, up to No. 10 and inside the top 10 for the first time in his career.

Mickelson was in danger of dropping out of the world top 50 a few weeks ago, but after his fourth straight top-6 finish and first victory since 2013 he is up to No. 18 in the latest rankings, a jump of 16 spots. England's Tyrrell Hatton went from 16th to 13th with his T-3 finish, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat went from 40th to 36th after a T-5 finish.

Other notable moves after the year's first WGC event included Adam Hadwin (T-9) going from 49th to 44th and Bubba Watson (T-9) going from 41st to 38th. Shubankhar Sharma, who held the 36- and 54-hole leads before fading to a tie for ninth, jumped from No. 75 to No. 66.

The rankings following this week's tournaments will be used to decide the 64-man field for the WGC-Dell Technologies Championship later this month. Ian Poulter and Charles Howell III currently sit at Nos. 63 and 64, respectively, followed by Kevin Na, Sharma, Joost Luiten and Ryan Moore.

With Johnson holding on to the top spot for another week, he's now followed in the top five by Thomas, Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose. Hideki Matsuyama remains at No. 6, with Rickie Fowler, Koepka, Jason Day and Fleetwood rounding out the new top 10.

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Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 3:20 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.

No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.

No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.

No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.

No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.

And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

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)

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.

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.