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Woods grouped with Spieth, Stenson at Valspar

By Will GrayMarch 6, 2018, 5:21 pm

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Tiger Woods will make his Valspar Championship debut alongside the two most recent Open champions.

Woods is returning to Innisbrook Resort for the first time since he paired with Kelli Kuehne in a team event back in 1996, as this will serve as the first of two straight starts in the Sunshine State. Here’s a look at the marquee early-round groupings outside Tampa (all times ET):

7:45 a.m. Thursday, 12:35 p.m. Friday: Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Gary Woodland

Like Woods, McIlroy is making his tournament debut as he continues a busy run-up to the Masters. He’ll be joined for the first two rounds by Rose, a former Ryder Cup teammate who has four top-15s in his last six trips around the Copperhead Course, and Woodland, who earned his first career win at this event back in 2011.

7:56 a.m. Thursday, 12:46 p.m. Friday: Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar

Garcia is playing this event for the first time since 2013, and he enters off a T-7 finish last week in Mexico. Scott is still in search of some momentum as his world ranking continues to slide, while Kuchar will round out the trio having finished T-14 or better three times in the last six years at Innisbrook.

12:35 p.m. Thursday, 7:45 a.m. Friday: Adam Hadwin, Tony Finau, Charl Schwartzel

This group will include a trio of combatants from last year, as Finau’s final-round rally wasn’t enough to catch Hadwin en route to the  Canadian’s first career PGA Tour victory. He’s back to defend his title while Finau hopes to build on the momentum of a runner-up finish last month at Riviera. Schwartzel, the 2016 winner here, also tied for sixth last year.

12:46 p.m. Thursday, 7:56 a.m. Friday: Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson

This group is sure to receive plenty of attention over the first two days, as Woods looks to continue the solid play he flashed during a 12th-place finish at PGA National two weeks ago. Spieth won this event in 2015 in a dramatic playoff over Patrick Reed, while Stenson missed last week’s WGC event but has finished T-11 or better here each of the last three years.

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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.