Davies Misses Cut in Asian PGA Tour Event

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 10, 2003, 4:00 pm
CHEONAN, South Korea (AP) -- Laura Davies missed the cut at the Korean Open after a 5-over-par 77 Friday, ending her competition against men after two rounds.
Davies was at 11-over 155 and failed to make the cut by four strokes at the Asian PGA Tour event. She was the fourth woman to take on the men this year, following Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.
'Nothing was bad, but nothing was really good,' Davies said. 'It was just a little bit missing from everything.'
A four-time major winner on the LPGA Tour, Davies finished 15 strokes behind South Korea's Lee Sun-ho, who led at 4-under 140. England's Justin Rose also missed cut, with rounds of 76 and 77.
In the first round, Davies hit two drives into the water and carded a 78 on the 7,042-yard Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course. On Friday, she three-putted several holes.
'I had 35 putts today. It's too many, and you're going to miss every cut with 35 putts,' said Davies, who had six bogeys and one birdie in her second round. 'It's a complete contrast from yesterday, because yesterday I putted really well.'
Davies, a 40-year-old LPGA veteran with 60 wins around the world, said she would compete against men again if the right tournament came up.
'I know I'm good enough to make the cut,' she said. 'I think I could have done a lot better.'
Earlier this year, Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour when she missed the cut at the Colonial. Whaley, a Connecticut club pro, was unable to make the cut on a PGA Tour event and Wie, a 13-year-old amateur, failed to do so on the Nationwide Tour.
'I learned a lot ... about the way they play the game, so I enjoyed that aspect of it,' Davies said after playing two rounds with 1995 British Open champion John Daly and S.K. Ho of South Korea.
The Korean Open marked her second challenge against the men. Five years ago, Davies played in the Johnnie Walker Super Tour with eight men, an exhibition in which four rounds were played in four Asian cities. She fell 39 strokes behind winner Vijay Singh.
Davies, the fifth-longest hitter on the LPGA Tour with an average driving distance of 267.2 yards, says she must be be longer off the tee if she wants to succeed in a men's tournament.
'That's what I think the big difference is,' she said. 'It's very hard for me to use 5-irons, 4-irons and 3-irons to get the ball close to birdie.'
Daly showed how it's done. On the 561-yard par-5 18th, he had a good tee shot and then landed a 220-yard 5-iron less than 5 feet from the pin. But he missed the first putt and settled for a birdie, his sixth of the day.
Playing more aggressively, Daly fired a 3-under 69 to improve his score to 2 under to share fourth place.
'I love the way I'm hitting ball,' he said. 'And I love the way I'm putting it.'
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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.”

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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.

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“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.