Adam Scott Wont Defend Dunhill Championship
The 21-year-old Australian withdrew because his father was in a boating accident. It is not yet know how serious the accident was.
Scott won last year's event with a 21-under-par total of 267, edging out then fellow 20-year-old Justin Rose.
Rose, 14 days younger than his counterpart, matched Scott's closing round of 69. But the Johannesburg-born Englishman, who reached international prominence by finishing tied fourth in the 1998 Open Championship as an amateur, could not quite force a play-off.
Three major champions are in a top class field at Houghton. Retief Goosen, the reigning U.S. Open champion and 2001 Volvo Order of Merit winner, attempts to win the title for the first time while Ernie Els, who collected the U.S. Open trophy in 1994 and 1997, aims to secure a second title following his 1999 success.
Also competing is 1999 British Open Champion, Paul Lawrie, and both he and Els have reason to recall their last close encounter in a event under the same sponsorship banner, the Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews last October.
On that occasion Els looked on as the Scot holed a 40-foot birdie putt from the 'Valley of Sin' on the Old Course to secure the title, an $800,000 first-prize and the prestigious European Tour Shot the Year Award.
Other past champions taking part are Germany's Sven Struver, successful over 54 holes in 1996, and Anthony Wall of England, who triumphed in the first European Tour event of the new millennium in January 2000 and finished a creditable fifth last year over a course he clearly enjoys.
Wall commented: 'It's a very good test. It's always in great condition too, even when it had the amount of rain we experienced when I won in 2000. It holds up excellently and shows how well the course is designed.'
Andrew Oldcorn, the Volvo PGA champion, returns to action following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury while the new season starts for another Scottish winner on the 2001 European Tour schedule, Andrew Coltart.
Also hoping to make an impression are the last three winners of the European Tour Qualifying School - Alastair Forsyth of Scotland, South African Desvonde Botes and the most recent recipient of the No. 1 card, Sweden's Johan Skold.
Houghton is one of the well-established Johannesburg courses which has hosted many tournaments over the years, including the South African Open. It is regarded as a demanding layout with a selection of interesting holes on an attractive track of land containing old trees and flowering shrubs.
McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”
McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.
That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.
“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”
McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.
Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.
“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.
“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”
McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.
Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter
Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.
His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.
Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.
No bogeys on the weekend!!— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 22, 2018
Is it a man or a machine???
No matter what happens
Amazing performance @F_Molinari
What a day— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 22, 2018
What a week
What a year
What a round by @F_Molinari. Played with him Thursday-Friday, not surprised! Guy is the hottest player on the planet currently. Bogey free out there today is a championship round— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) July 22, 2018
Viva Italia...— Gary Player (@garyplayer) July 22, 2018
How good has @F_Molinari been!!! Bogey free for the last 37 holes!— Cheyenne Woods (@Cheyenne_Woods) July 22, 2018
Wow just awesome So happy for @F_Molinari . What a fantastic player, a great person and super role model for aspiring golfers. What an achievement #championgolferoftheyear@TheOpen . So pleased for you and all the team. Enjoy the celebrations cos you deserve it— Ross Fisher (@RossFisher) July 22, 2018
Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.
Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.
Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.
“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.
“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”
Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.
Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger
Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.
His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.
We compiled some of their missives below:
Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.
Starting to wonder how many Tiggy is going to win by here........... #isheback— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 22, 2018
Tiger is leading the open pic.twitter.com/MbGnJIt1Jj— Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) July 22, 2018
That FW bunker shot by Tiger tho... pic.twitter.com/Fi3GY6AegO— Scott Langley (@Scott_Langley) July 22, 2018
Tiger back doing Tiger stuff.......— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 22, 2018
I love you https://t.co/JovVz2clm2— Braden Thornberry (@tberrygolf) July 22, 2018
Omg lesgo @TigerWoods— Willy Wilcox (@willwilcoxgolf) July 22, 2018
Right now, Tiger is like everyone’s ex who we’ve given way too many 2nd chances to, and he has the opportunity to rip your heart right out of your chest but we’re all ok with it because we tend to only remember the good times— max homa (@maxhoma23) July 22, 2018