Woods Faldo Paired at British Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2006, 4:00 pm
135th Open Championship World No. 1 and defending champion Tiger Woods will play with three-time Open champion Nick Faldo in the opening round of the 135th British Open Championship that tees off Thursday at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
 
Woods, whose two British Open crowns have come at St. Andrews, will be playing for just the third time since the Masters and the death of his father, Earl, earlier this spring.
 
Faldo and Woods will be joined in their group by Japan's Shingo Katayama when they tee off Thursday at 9:09 a.m. (et).
 
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Tiger Woods hopes to keep hold of his claret jug.
Sweden's Peter Hedblom will have the honor of hitting the first tee shot at 6:30 a.m. local time.
 
There are some stellar groups in the early session on Thursday. Former Masters champion Fred Couples is paired with Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia. They will tee off at 2:36 a.m. (et) Thursday. Another former Masters winner, Mike Weir, headlines the following group.
 
Ernie Els, the 2002 Open champion, will play with Luke Donald and U.S. Amateur champion Edoardo Molinari at 2:58 a.m. Former U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk will follow Els and is grouped with Rod Pampling and Greg Owen.
 
Two-time major winner Vijay Singh is paired with Zach Johnson and European Tour Order of Merit leader David Howell in the group behind Furyk at 3:20 a.m.
 
Eight-time Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie, who finished second to Woods at St. Andrews last year, is grouped with Stuart Appleby and former Open champion John Daly.
 
Two groups later, reigning Masters and PGA champion Phil Mickelson will play with Yasuharu Imano and Darren Clarke.
 
Newly crowned U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy will be joined on the first tee at 8:20 a.m. Thursday by Carl Pettersson and Chris DiMarco. Two groups later, world No. 6 Adam Scott will play with British Amateur winner Julien Guerrier and world No. 13 Henrik Stenson.
 
Following Woods' group will be Hideto Tanihara, Paul McGinley and David Duval. Duval, who is having a solid season, is still looking for his first win since claiming the 2001 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
 
World No. 4 Retief Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open winner, tees off three groups after Woods on Thursday at 9:42 a.m. Goosen will play with reigning European Tour Rookie of the Year Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and five-time British Open champion Tom Watson, who claimed his second Senior British Open crown last year.
 
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    Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

    The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

    The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.

    This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

    After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

    “I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.

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    DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

    Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

    Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.


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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

    It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

    With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

    Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery

     


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.