U.S. Open tracker: Day 3 at Chambers Bay

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 20, 2015, 5:45 pm

The 115th U.S. Open takes place this week at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. GolfChannel.com is tracking the men's second major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional U.S. Open coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for "Live From" air times. All-times for the U.S. Open tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). If you want to check out all the action we tracked on Day 1, you can find that here, and from Day 2, you can find that here

10:41PM: Leaderboard look at Saturday's conclusion:

10:36PM: Not a bad track record

10:31PM: Another failed birdie attempt by Spieth at the 18th. Would have given him the outright lead. Instead, he shares the 54-hole lead with Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Branden Grace.

10:28PM: Is there still time ... to buy one tomorrow?

10:21PM: Pars at the last for both Dustin Johnson (70) and Branden Grace (70). They remain at 4 under and share the lead with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.

10:10PM: "Oh, I thought I made that one for sure." - Jordan Spieth, after missing a 10-footer for birdie on 17. He tapped in for par, remains tied for the lead.

10:08PM: That says evergreen ... if you're having trouble reading it.

10:00PM: Failed attempt at the 16th for Jordan Spieth. He missed a 5-footer for birdie to take the outright lead. Remains at 4 under alongside Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace,

9:56PM: In that order?

9:53PM: Remember how in awe ... we all were when DJ drove through the green at the par-4 16th? He made par. #whompwhomp

9:52PM: Three times. That's how many times Jason Day considered quitting during the round on Saturday, according to his caddie. He didn't quit, shot 68, and is co-leading at 4 under.

9:48PM: Day after his third-round 68:

9:42PM: What? You mean you don't also routinely drive par 4s?

9:40PM: ICYMI ...

9:38PM: SNEAK PEEK at Sunday's pin locations at the 115th U.S. Open:

9:33PM: Fact. But also because he went to get checked out.

9:30PM: Because there's no such thing ... as too much Jean-Claude Van Damme. Or coverage of what's going on with Jason Day.

9:24PM: Day is your U.S. Open co-leader. We repeat. Your CO-LEADER after a 2-under 68 Saturday.

9:22PM: Need we say more?

9:17PM: Jason Day. Battling vertigo. Any questions?

9:15PM: Touché:

9:06PM: Remember this moment. Jason Day makes birdie at 17 to get to 3 under, while Dustin Johnson double bogeys the 13th to fall back to 4 under.

9:04PM: And only one mention in Golf Channel's U.S. Open tracker?

9:00PM: We're still trying ... to figure out what he just said.

8:53PM: Remember this guy? Three birdies and three bogeys through 15 holes has him just five back of DJ, who's now the solo leader (6 under) after a birdie at 12. Meanwhile, Branden Grace made bogey at 12 to drop to 4 under.

8:49PM: Why was Gary Player so critical of Chambers Bay on Saturday morning? His fellow countrymen apparently don't share the same disdain:

8:36PM: Three double bogeys in 10 holes for Patrick Reed, drops him to 1 over and six back of co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace.

8:32PM: Enough is enough:

T'was inevitable: the players have decided to torch Chambers Bay. #usopen

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8:25PM: Reed shoots 4 over on the front, and he's in trouble again on No. 10.

8:20PM: Spieth has a rollercoaster front nine, and and he's two back at the turn.

8:09PM: DJ birdies the par-3 9th, and Grace bogeys. Johnson now has a one-stroke lead over Spieth and Grace.

7:58PM: Ben Martin started the day in contention, but a 10-over front nine sent him out of the picture.

7:52PM: Grace birdies the par-5 8th to take a one shot lead over Spieth and DJ.

7:37PM: Spieth three-putts No. 7, and he's tied again with DJ and Grace at 5 under. Reed four-putts, makes his second double of the day, and he's four off the lead.

7:20PM: Spieth and Reed both birdie No. 6. Spieth leads DJ and Grace by one, Reed and Shane Lowry are three back.

7:09PM: Two straight bogeys for Spieth, two straight birdies for DJ, and they are tied for the lead with Grace at 5 under par.

6:49PM: Spieth drops his club after his tee shot on No. 5 and his ball lands way off the fairway, like an entire foot off the fairway.

6:46PM: About that whole "running away and hiding" thing ... Spieth bogeys the fourth hole and Grace and Johnson birdie the fifth. Lead back down to one.

6:35PM: And DJ's 2-footer for par on No. 4 lips out. Spieth threatening to run away and hide.

6:25PM: Spieth, who apparently has no issue with the greens, drains another long birdie putt to push the lead to three over DJ and Branden Grace.

6:23PM: We have a Kevin Kisner sighting! Makes birdie on No. 6 to get to 1 under. If you're unfamiliar with Kisner, all you need to know is that his caddie's calves are bigger than your head, and they have their own Twitter account:

6:17PM: Spieth seizes the opportunity and drains a 37-footer for birdie, while Reed makes double-bogey. It's a three-shot swing!

6:15PM: Reed in trouble on No. 2. Pulls approach into the greenside bunker, hits next shot into same greenside bunker. Spieth waits patiently on the green.

6:03PM: Just in case you thought these guys were nervous, Spieth and Reed both make knee-knocking par putts on the first hole. So they're even so far, but here's a little history:

5:51PM: Get your popcorn ready. Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth just teed off, both in the rough, but off the tee nonetheless.

5:45PM: With his fifth birdie of the round, Louis Oosthuizen is making a big move on Moving Day, not that we should be surprised considering his sponsor.

5:39PM: Dustin Johnson cranks one down the middle of the first fairway. Don't ask him to hit it any harder. He can't.

5:32PM: And this one from Rory:

5:30PM: This from McIlroy:

5:25PM: Twenty-five minutes and counting until the final paring of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed tees off.

5:20PM: Rory McIlroy is done for the day. The world No. 1 shoots even-par 70 and stays at 4 over par.

5:09PM: Jason Day misses a birdie putt on his first hole. He looks to be gingerly teeing his ball up and getting it out of the hole. And then a cell phone rings before he can tee off on No. 2. Doesn't he have enough to contend with?

5PM: Louis Oosthuizen is playing well in Round 3 but in could be much better. He's missed a couple of short putts and, despite the brilliant shot below, failed to convert birdie at the ninth. He's at even par, five back.

4:55PM: Jason Day has teed off in the third round. He collapsed on his final hole in the second round - only to finish with a 70 - and was diagnosed at a local hospital with Benign Positional Vertigo. Day starts the day at 2 under.

4:34PM: Meanwhile, after a strong start, Phil Mickelson is 5 over for the day and 8 over for the event.

4:25PM: Starting to see a little positive movement on the leaderboard. Hideki Matsuyama, Geoff Ogilvy and Paul Casey are under par early and have reached even par for the event.

4:15PM: Rory McIlroy's putting woes continue as he misses another birdie effort inside 15 feet. He's stuck at 3 over par for the tournament. Could easily be under par and in contention.

4:10PM: What they said:

4:04PM: The first crop of players who entered the weekend at even par is about to go out. That includes Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Cameron Smith and Andres Romero.

3:55PM: Another birdie for Louis Oosthuizen. He's low man on the course, 3 under for the day and even par for the tournament. Only five off the lead.

3:49PM: Sergio Garcia, um, clarifies his comments regarding Chambers Bay's greens after his third-round 70, telling TV: "To me, it's like playing the NBA Finals on a court with holes and slopes and no backboards."

3:41PM: Now that he's ditched Tiger and Rickie, Louis Oosthuizen is making birdies in Round 3 and closing in on even par for the tournament.

3:33PM: You've seen hole locations (scroll down). Here's a little more info on how the course will play.

3:30PM: Rory McIlroy three-putts the 11th for bogey. He drops back to 3 over for the event.

3:25PM: Jim Walker nearly cans one on the 13th. If you're not already playing the short-name game at home, this is your invitation to start. Reminder that Pat Reed is tied for the lead at 5 under.

3:11PM: See what he did there? That sly Swede:

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3:08PM: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy turns in 2 under. Bogey-free through nine holes. Early candidate for round of the day if he keeps it up and the golf course gets as firm as expected for the leaders:

2:57PM: Three back and in search of his first major, Jason Day taking precautions - and getting back out there:

2:45PM: That said, broccoli-putter Henrik Stenson, 1 under through 36 holes, has made up his mind:

2:38PM: As a counter to Mr. Player's strong comments, our travel and architectural guru Matt Ginella has been adamantly defending Chambers Bay all morning. Small sampling below. Plenty more on his timeline:

2:29PM: In case you missed the latest Jason Day news, our Todd Lewis reported Saturday morning that Day does intend to play his third round after collapsing on the course Friday and later being diagnosed with Benign Positional Vertigo. Day, three shots back of Spieth and Reed, goes off at 1:55 p.m. PT with Kevin Kisner. Scary scene yesterday on the ninth. Photo gallery below:

2:18PM: Top-5 player? Patrick Reed would be the fifth name on this impressive list. Jordan Spieth, it should be noted, has already won five times worldwide, but the Australian Open and Hero World Challenge don't count towards this total:

2:08PM: Speaking of Chambers Bay criticisms, Gary Player brought the thunder this morning, calling the course "a tragedy." Choice quote: "...this has been the most unpleasant golf tournament I've seen in my life. I mean the man who designed this golf course had to have one leg shorter than the other."

2:02PM: So, who wants to go tell Jordan Spieth? Spieth, you will remember, referred to the par-4 18th on Friday as the "dumbest hole [he's] ever played in [his] life." He later added: “I thought it was a dumb hole today, but I think we’re going to play it from there again, so I’ve got to get over that.” Yeah, Jordan, you will:

1:58PM: Rory readying to make a move? The players with early tee times should find it easier to score and the world No. 1 is on the board with an early birdie.

1:45PM: Hey, we're back! Round 3 is underway and we're back with Day 3 of our U.S. Open tracker. Follow along. Have fun. Comment. You get it by now. We'll start with the USGA's pin positions for Saturday at Chambers Bay:

Day 2 Tracker | Spieth shares lead | Tiger misses cut | Stenson putts on broccoli

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Merritt earns second win at rain-delayed Barbasol

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 5:44 pm

It took an extra day, but Troy Merritt found a way back to the winner's circle at the Barbasol Championship.

With much of the final round spilling into Monday because of inclement weather, Merritt shot a 5-under 67 to finish the week at 23 under par at Keene Trace Golf Club in Lexington, Ky. That total left him one shot clear of a group that included Billy Horschel, Tom Lovelady and Richy Werenski.

Merritt started the round in a four-way tie for the lead, and the highlight of his finale came on the par-4 eighth where he holed a 133-yard approach shot for an eagle. He didn't drop a shot over his final 13 holes, securing a narrow victory when Lovelady failed to make a lengthy birdie attempt on the final green.

Merritt broke through at the 2015 Quicken Loans National for his first career PGA Tour victory, but he struggled to maintain that form in the subsequent months. Merritt had only one top-10 finish in both 2016 and 2017 and had to return to Web.com Tour Finals last fall to keep his card.

His 2018 campaign wasn't much better, with a T-8 finish at Pebble Beach his lone top-10 result, and Merritt started the week ranked 131st in the season-long points race with his 2019 status very much in jeopardy. But after earning win No. 2, he's now exempt through August 2020 and has earned spots into the PGA Championship as well as the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions and Players Championship.

"You always ask yourself, 'Is this the time to move on?'" Merritt told reporters. "But to get a win like this, late in the season, and to move up to 65 on the points list and to secure a job for two more years, it's a pretty good feeling."

Tour veteran Brian Gay finished alone in sixth at 20 under, while Hunter Mahan tied for seventh. The Barbasol has been played opposite The Open every year since 2015, but this year marked the first time it was played in Kentucky after three years in Alabama.

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Monday Scramble: Flawless Francesco outlasts them all

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 2:00 pm

Francesco Molinari outlasts the rest, Tiger Woods inches closer to an earth-shattering victory, Jordan Spieth lets a successful title defense slip away, Eddie Pepperell toasts his success and more in this week’s Open edition of Monday Scramble:

Forza Italia.

Amid a wild and windy afternoon at Carnoustie, where seemingly no less than a dozen players had a viable shot at the claret jug, it was a steady performance from Francesco Molinari that translated into breakthrough.

Molinari is no stranger to the big stage, and five years ago he played the final round alongside Phil Mickelson as Lefty stormed from behind to win at Muirfield. But this time, this day, it was his turn to shine as he put forth a ball-striking and scrambling clinic that yielded 16 pars and two birdies while the other leaders struggled around him.

It's the cap of an impressive heater for Molinari, who is now the first Italian to ever win a major. He outlasted Rory McIlroy at the BMW PGA Championship in May, won the Quicken Loans National by eight shots last month and now has finished first or second in five of his last six worldwide starts.

The soft-spoken veteran played the final two rounds without making a bogey, and he is a worthy champion. Expect the jug to receive a few refills of wine - and perhaps a little coffee - over the next year.

1. For about a 90-minute stretch Sunday, it seemed like Tiger Woods would finally find a way to silence the critics once and for all.

Playing alongside Molinari, Woods displayed the same tactical brilliance on the opening nine, carding two birdies while others struggled out of the gates and, at one point, taking the lead alone. But an errant approach and a poor flop shot led to a double bogey on No. 11, and his bid for the jug was diverted soon thereafter.

But man, what a ride it was through that opening stretch. For months the questions have lingered about exactly how and when Tiger might put all the pieces together, and after an early exit at Shinnecock it was easy to write him off. But his inner tactician shined for much of the week on a toasty layout, and he was steady in all facets over the weekend.

Just as Woods' five-win season in 2013 has been used as a recent example of just how high his ceiling reaches, so too this performance will be viewed like manna from heaven for Tiger apologists. He didn't quite pull it off, but there's every reason to expect that he can do so the next time around.

2. While he came up three shots short of catching Molinari, even Woods appeared to savor the final leg of a T-6 finish that serves as his best result in a major in five years and becomes the new high water mark for an already impressive season.

"It was a blast," Woods told reporters. "I was saying earlier that I need to try and keep it in perspective because, beginning of the year, if they'd have said you're playing the Open Championship, I would have said I'd be very lucky to do that."

3. A bit more on Molinari, the newest Champion Golfer of the Year who has turned into a weekend assassin over the last three months. 

Between his stirring victory at Wentworth, his rout at TPC Potomac and his comeback at Carnoustie, Molinari has now played six weekend rounds while making only a single bogey. One!

That includes 36 bogey-free holes over the last two days in Scotland, as Molinari methodically took apart the demanding links layout while turning in the only bogey-free scorecard out of the entire field on Sunday.

"To go the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest," Molinari said. "But I felt really good this morning. When I came here, I felt ready for the challenge."

4 While many players would quiver at the thought of a final-round tee time alongside Woods with a major on the line, Molinari didn't blink. Perhaps because he's been in similar situations before.

In addition to his supporting role during Mickelson's win in 2013, Molinari has twice faced off with Woods in the Ryder Cup - including a 2012 singles' draw that remains Woods' most recent Ryder Cup match. So stepping to the tee Sunday, Molinari was fazed neither by his playing partner nor by the three co-leaders that sat three shots ahead of him.

"Clearly in my group, the attention wasn't really on me, let's put it that way," Molinari said. "If someone was expecting a charge, probably they weren't expecting it from me, but it's been the same the whole of my career."

5. How times change. Just a few weeks ago, Molinari opted to tee it up at the Quicken Loans National instead of the French Open at Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National. The reason? He was concerned about his FedExCup standing.

Molinari hadn't done much in the States this year, and he was 123rd in points with his 2019 status very much in limbo. Fast forward a few weeks - including two wins and a runner-up - and Molinari can safely book travel plans on both sides of the Atlantic for years to come.

6. It was a week of what might have been for Jordan Spieth.

Spieth started his stint in Scotland by handing back the claret jug in a ceremony he admitted was more bitter than sweet. But through 54 holes, he was the betting favorite as one of three co-leaders, equipped with a great chance to go back-to-back and end a victory drought that extended back to Royal Birkdale.

Amid a disappointing campaign, it was the first time he started the final round closer than four shots to the lead.

But Spieth apparently used up his magic last year in Southport, as he seemed out of sorts from the start and quickly faded. Spieth didn't make a birdie all day, and he found a gorse bush at an inopportune time en route to a double bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course.

It added up to a 76 and a tie for ninth, another disappointing finish in a year of mixed results. Now he'll have to wait another year for a potential reunion with the jug.

7. Of course, Spieth wasn't the only player who watched a share of the 54-hole lead slip away.

Kevin Kisner held at least a share of the lead after each of the first three days, but his bid for a maiden major went sideways in a bunker on the second hole Sunday. Xander Schauffele's bid lasted significantly longer, as he kept pace with Molinari until the 17th hole.

But in the end, it was a 3-over 74 and a share of second place for both men, who now find themselves firmly in the Ryder Cup mix heading into the homestretch of the selection process.

8. For the first time in his career, Rory McIlroy has a runner-up finish in a major championship. But good luck making sense of his week at Carnoustie years from now.

McIlroy was barely a factor over the weekend, having seemingly forfeited his shot at a second Open title during benign third-round conditions. But when his lengthy eagle putt fell on the 14th hole Sunday and sparked a celebration reminiscent of Hazeltine, hope was once again alive.

Ultimately, it was too little too late for the Ulsterman, who couldn't convert a lengthy birdie putt on the 72nd hole that could have putt pressure on the leaders behind him. He'll leave Scotland with a healthy check, but without the feeling that he ever got both feet planted in his quest for the claret jug.

"I just ran out of holes," McIlroy said.

9. If McIlroy's runner-up felt like somewhat of a disappointment, Justin Rose's T-2 finish was nothing short of found money.

Rose needed to birdie the difficult 18th on Friday simply to make the cut on the number, and he rebounded with a third-round 64. The Englishman added a Sunday 69 to lend credence to the notion that, despite only two top-10s in the tournament as a pro, Rose might still have an Open title in him after all.

"I just think having made the cut number, it's a great effort to be relevant on the leaderboard on Sunday," Rose said.

The weekend close continues a recent run of solid form for Rose, who won a few weeks back at Colonial and now has reached a career-best No. 2 in the world rankings.

So the Champion Golfer of the Year walks into a coffee shop...

Sadly, it seems we may not see these creative retirement plans come to fruition - at least not for a few years. But credit to Molinari for thinking outside the box, and credit to Wesley Bryan for a timely share.

This week's award winners ... 

Hair of the Dog: Eddie Pepperell. The 27-year-old Englishman admitted he was "a little hungover" during the final round, but he still put up the day's best score with a 4-under 67 that gave him a share of sixth and his first ever top-10 finish in a major. Drinks all around.

Paris Bound?: Webb Simpson. The Players champ tied for 12th to move past Bryson DeChambeau at No. 8 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically. Schauffele moved to 11th, while Kisner moved to 13th.

Quiet Consistency: Tony Finau. Finau tied for ninth at Carnoustie and has now cracked the top 10 in each of the three majors this year. In fact, six of his 10 career major starts have gone for T-18 or better. Perhaps something for Captain Furyk to consider.

Quietly Slumping: Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard is barely a year removed from his watershed win, but he has now missed the cut in four straight majors and has missed six of nine cuts overall dating back to the Masters.

Role Reversal: Molinari, who won The Open while playing alongside Tiger 12 years after he caddied for his brother, Edoardo, in a group with Woods at the 2006 Masters. Woods was the defending champ, and Edoardo was the reigning U.S. Amateur winner:

King of Yelp: To the Carnoustie barber that gave Spieth a trim before the third round that set social media ablaze. While Spieth admitted it was a little "high and tight," it became the most famous £9 haircut in years.

Make Your Own Bed: To the frat house of American stars that has become something of an Open annual tradition. While Spieth, Kisner and Zach Johnson fell short of winning the jug for the house, hopefully they all got a few good shots in on all-time goalie Jason Dufner during intra-squad soccer scrimmages.

Kick Him Out: To the obnoxious fan that nearly derailed Tiger's final tee shot. One-upsmanship has become somewhat of a plague among American crowds, but Sunday showed that even the revered Scottish faithful have a few bad eggs in the bunch.

Place Your Bets: With only 17 days until the opening round of the PGA Championship, the Westgate Las Vegas installed Dustin Johnson as a 12/1 co-favorite alongside Spieth and McIlroy. Woods headlines the group next in line at 16/1.

Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Justin Thomas. For the second year in a row, Thomas' Open chances fell apart during a rainy second round. It was 67-80 at Birkdale, and this time 69-77 to miss the cut by a shot at Carnoustie. Watching what Rose did after finishing only one shot better through 36 holes only adds salt to the wound.

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DJ, McIlroy, Spieth listed as PGA betting favorites

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 1:38 pm

Three majors are in the books, but there's still one more trophy up for grabs in two weeks' time.

While next year The Open will signal the end of the 2019 major season amid a revamped calendar, this is the final year that the PGA Championship will be held in August. The tournament returns next month to Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis, which last hosted the PGA when Nick Price won in 1992 and hasn't hosted a PGA Tour event since Camilo Villegas won the 2008 BMW Championship.

Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook published PGA betting odds shortly after the final putt dropped at Carnoustie and Francesco Molinari left with the claret jug. Topping the board are a trio of major champions: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, all listed at 12/1.

McIlroy won the PGA in both 2012 and 2014, while Spieth needs only the Wanamaker Trophy to round out the career Grand Slam. Johnson has recorded four top-10s in the PGA, notably a T-5 finish at Whistling Straits in 2010 when a few grains of sand kept him out of a playoff with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.

Fresh off a T-6 finish in Scotland, Tiger Woods headlines the group listed at 16/1, behind only the three co-favorites as he looks to win a 15th career major.

Here's a look at the betting odds for a number of contenders, with the opening round of the PGA just 17 days away:

12/1: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth

16/1: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

18/1: Justin Rose

20/1: Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Jason Day

30/1: Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama

40/1: Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Paul Casey

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar

60/1: Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson

80/1: Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner

100/1: Ian Poulter, Thomas Pieters, Tyrrell Hatton, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Daniel Berger, Kevin Chappell, Brian Harman, Brandt Snedeker, Charley Hoffman

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Molinari moves to No. 6 in world with Open win

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:31 pm

After breaking through for his first career major title, Francesco Molinari reached some rarified air in the latest installment of the Official World Golf Rankings.

The Italian's two-shot win at Carnoustie moved him up nine spots to No. 6 in the world, not surprisingly a new career high. But it's also a quick ascent for Molinari, who has now won three of his last six worldwide starts and was ranked No. 33 in the world after missing the cut at The Players Championship two months ago.

A share of second place helped Xander Schauffele jump from No. 24 to No. 18 in the updated standings, while the same result meant Kevin Kisner went from No. 33 to No. 25. Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy both went up one spot after T-2 finishes to No. 2 and No. 7, respectively - a new career high for Rose.

The drama in the rankings unfolded at No. 50, as Tiger Woods moved up 21 spots to exactly No. 50 following his T-6 finish. While some projections had him moving to 51st, Woods was able to sneak into the top 50 just in time to qualify for a return to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, as the top 50 in the rankings both this week and next qualify for Akron.

That includes Zach Johnson, last year's runner-up who was not yet qualified but moved from No. 52 to No. 49 this week. It also includes Kevin Chappell, who went from 61st to 47th with a T-6 finish in Scotland.

Despite missing the cut at Carnoustie, Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1 for another week followed by Rose, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Molinari is now at No. 6, with McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day rounding out the top 10.