Byrd Soars to Victory at the Cliffs

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 29, 2001, 4:00 pm
Jonathan Byrd, playing in just his third career Buy.Com event, fired a final-round 6-under-par 66 to win the Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs in Greenville, SC.
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The 23-year-old rookie bettered Brenden Pappas (67) by one shot. Sonny Skinner (65) and overnight leader Matt Peterson (71) finished tied for third at 16-under, two shots back of Byrd.
'I was trying to make birdies out there, I was trying make birdie at 18,' said Byrd. 'You can't let up out here. There are so many good players out here that if you try to make pars, you're going to get left in the dust.'
Byrd comments on his win in Greenville
Byrd entered the day trailing Peterson by three shots, but played his first six holes in 4-under to play himself into contention. Byrd birdied the 1st and 3rd holes, and then eagled the par-5 6th.
Meanwhile, Peterson was struggling early, posting a pair of bogeys on the 2nd and 3rd holes.
The nine-year tour veteran never recaptured the lead. He finished his day with four birdies and three bogeys.
At the 10th, Byrd caught a bit of luck. He drove into a fairway bunker and pushed his approach left, however it kicked off a hill and rolled down onto the green, five feet away. Byrd converted that birdie but bogeyed the par-3 11th when he three-putted from 35 feet.
Byrd rebounded from the putting mistake at 11 with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13. He played his approach at 12 over the pin but the ball spun back to four feet. At 13, Byrd got on in two at the par-5 hole and two-putted from 45 feet.
Still riding the back-nine roller coaster, Byrd bogeyed the 15th, only to again notch consecutive birdies on the 16th and 17th holes.
Leading by two with one to play, the former Clemson All-American flew his approach shot over the green on the par-4 finishing hole.
Following a free drop near the spectator stands, Byrd salvaged a bogey, and his first professional victory.
Byrd collected $90,000 for his maiden triumph and moved from 71st to fourth on the 2001 money list.
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs
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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 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:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

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.

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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.