On-Form Els Allenby Headline Australian Open
Baddeley made history last year when he followed up his 1999 win as an amateur (the first at the event since Bruce Devlin in 1960) with a win as a professional.
In the 100 years the event had been contested, only a select few had won the prestigious Stonehaven Cup in two consecutive years: Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Greg Norman.
This year, however, Baddeley has elected to pass on the homeland Open, as he is determined to earn his way onto the 2002 PGA Tour in America through Qualifying School, which wraps up at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 28-Dec. 3.
In the 20-year-olds absence, though, Allenby and Els should provide ample relief.
Allenby demonstrated why he is currently Australias No. 1 golfer last week with a successful defense of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland.
Meanwhile, Els teamed with reigning U.S. Open champ and fellow countryman Retief Goosen for a South African victory at the WGC-EMC World Cup.
If the prospect of those two powerhouses isnt enough, factor in the presence of another young gun from Australia, Adam Scott, and Danish star Thomas Bjorn.
Plus, 17-year-old Ty Tryon is set to compete, fresh off several strong showings as an amateur on the PGA Tour, as well as a thus-far successful run in the early stages of PGA Tour Qualifying School.
While the abundance of young talent will be apparent this week on the Gold Coast, Australias most famous golfer wont.
Norman will be in America during the Thanksgiving holiday and is set to compete with World No. 1 Tiger Woods in the Skins Game over the weekend.
However, in his wake is one of The Sharks creations in The Grand. Norman recently finished work on the course and not long ago added some 1,000 grape vines for the purpose of producing its own wine label.
Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open
Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.
Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.
No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.
No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.
No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.
No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.
And No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
At 5 under for the day, and 5 under for the championship, he was one off the lead at this point.
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.
Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.
Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.
After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.
“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”
Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).
It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
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:
Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.
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 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 marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.