You Oughta Know: Kisner eyes maiden win in China

By Will GrayNovember 7, 2015, 3:47 pm

Kevin Kisner is in the midst of the best year of his career, but he has yet to reach the winner's circle. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions, where Kisner hopes to break through:

• Kisner leads by one shot over three players, including Russell Knox who has one hole left in his third round. This will be the first time in Kisner's career that he holds at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

• Kisner lost in three sudden-death playoffs this year: to Jim Furyk at the RBC Heritage, to Rickie Fowler at The Players Championship and to Danny Lee at The Greenbrier Classic.

• Kisner tweaked his back during the final round of last week's CIMB Classic, preventing him from playing a practice round in China. He shot a 64 in the opening round and led by two shots at the halfway point.

• Dustin Johnson is among the group one shot behind Kisner. A winner here in 2013, Johnson did not defend his title because of a personal leave of absence. He is 39 under across his last seven competitive rounds at Sheshan International.

• A win would extend Johnson's streak of having at least one victory every season since 2008, the longest such active streak on Tour. He would also join Tiger Woods as the only other player to win a WGC event in three straight seasons.

• Knox will complete his third round Sunday morning and he, like Kisner, is in search of his first win. Knox's best prior result came at the 2014 Honda Classic, where he lost in a playoff to Russell Henley.

• Haotong Li is alongside Johnson and Knox at 15 under in just his third PGA Tour start. Li, 20, won the PGA Tour China Order of Merit in 2014 and played on the Tour this past season.

• Li is in position to notch the best finish ever by a Chinese player on the PGA Tour. That mark currently belongs to Wenchong Liang, who finished T-8 at the 2010 PGA Championship.

• Jordan Spieth moved into contention with a third-round 63, and he trails Kisner by three shots. Spieth is making his first start of the new season, but has taken 25 putts or fewer in each of his first three rounds.

• Patrick Reed is tied for fifth alongside Spieth, contending for the third straight week in the third different Asian country. Reed finished T-3 at the UBS Hong Kong Open last month, then followed last week with a T-10 finish at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 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.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.

Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:05 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a 5-under 66 in the third round of The Open. We're tracking him as he vies for major No. 15.

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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.