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TT postscript: All over, but under par on tough Day 1

By Tiger TrackerMarch 8, 2018, 11:23 pm

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – The temps were chilly and the wind was brisk, but Tiger Woods still managed to break par in the opening round of the Valspar Championship. Here are a few thoughts and observations from walking another loop with Woods on the Copperhead Course as he made his tournament debut:

• Tiger described it as a “tough” day at Innisbrook, but that seemingly played right into his hand. While playing partners Henrik Stenson (74) and Jordan Spieth (76) both struggled with the swirling winds, Woods kept it together and managed to roll in five birdies en route to a 1-under 70. “I enjoy it when par is a good score,” he said.

• Only a few players were able to break par in the opening round, and Woods’ score left him in a tie for eighth. He trails leader Corey Conners by three shots heading into the second round.

• Woods had a harrowing moment on the 16th hole, when his punch shot from out of the pine straw caused him to hit his left arm on a tree after impact and release the club. After a few winces walking up the fairway, he managed to save par and maintain the positive momentum.

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• There were two ball-striking highlights during the round: an approach on the seventh hole that hit the flagstick and nearly went in for an eagle, and his tee shot on the par-3 17th that rolled to within 2 feet of the hole and served as the best shot of the day.

• There were also a few miscues, as Woods endured a six-hole stretch in the middle of his round where he didn’t make a single par. He did little to hide his frustration after errant approaches on Nos. 9 and 14, among others, and got up and down on just five of nine scrambling opportunities.

• Only 11 rounds into his latest comeback, Woods said this was the single hardest test he has faced thus far because of the windy conditions. “I’m pleased with every aspect of my game,” he said afterwards.

Woods will have a quick turnaround, as he’ll be back at it with Spieth and Stenson at 7:56 a.m. ET Friday with an eye on not only making the cut, but making a charge up the leaderboard where three of the top four players have yet to win on the PGA Tour.

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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.