Davies Opens in 78 in Asia

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 9, 2003, 4:00 pm
CHEONAN, South Korea (AP) -- Competing against men on the Asian PGA Tour, Laura Davies made one birdie and put two shots in the water en route to a 6-over 78 Thursday, tying for 87th place after the Korean Open's first round.
'I am disappointed,' Davies said. 'I putted very well, and I drove it OK. But I hit two drivers into the water, which was a shame.'
The first sign of trouble came on the 424-yard, par-4 14th -- the fifth hole of her round -- when she drove her tee shot into a water hazard and had a double bogey.
But the four-time LPGA Tour major winner put a 4-iron within 15 feet of the pin on the 226-yard, par-3 16th, then sank the downhill putt for her lone birdie.
'The most difficult thing is the pin position,' she said. 'The golf course ... I didn't find too long, but the pin positions were impossible.'
Davies again found the water on the eighth hole with her 280-yard drive on the 538-yard, par-5 hole.
'I must have been aiming about 5 yards too far left, and it never came back,' she said. 'Maybe just a bad alignment, but it was a good play.'
Ted Oh of South Korea, who has two wins on the Korean circuit this year, fired a 5-under 67 to take the overnight lead.
With 14 players unable to finish the opening round because of fading light, Davies tied for 87th among 127 players who did play 18 holes.
She was confident of a big improvement in the second round.
'I feel I could shoot a good round because I putted very well, and that's usually the worst part for me,' she said. 'If can hit all the fairways ... and hit some good irons and make a few putts, then who knows?'
With 64 wins around the world, Davies is the fifth longest-hitter on the LPGA Tour with an average driving distance of 267.2 yards.
Annika Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour when she missed the cut at the Colonial. Connecticut club pro Suzy Whaley (also PGA Tour) and 13-year-old amateur Michelle Wie (Nationwide Tour) also played against men this year.
Davies has plenty of support.
'She hung in there, and I hope both of us score better tomorrow,' said 1995 British Open champion John Daly, who shot a 73 playing with Davies and South Korea's S.K. Ho (75).
'It's difficult for her, because she's not used to playing where we played from,' Daly added. 'Usually they play their ladies' tees.'
Justin Rose expressed a bit more optimism for Davies.
'I think the cut would be ... maybe 5, 6 over or something like that,' he said. 'So she has a chance, I think.'
Rose carded a 76.
'I've never seen pin placements like that before. It was amazing,' he said.
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”