Harrington Blitzes Ahead at BMW

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 1, 2001, 4:00 pm
Padraig Harrington followed in Jose Maria Olazabal's footsteps Saturday, firing a spectacular 10-under-par 62 to vault past American John Daly and into the lead at the BMW International Open.
While Olazabal celebrated his score on Day 2, it was Harrington who did so in the third round, and he moved to 22-under for the tournament in the process.
The Irishman, who turned 30 just a day ago, opened his round in the grandest of fashions, and was 7-under through his first eight holes, with five birdies and an eagle.
A sting of pars mid-round calmed his torrid pace slightly, but he ended in more good form, rattling home three late birdies over his final four holes.
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As a result, Harrington leads by a stroke over Daly, who went around the Golfclub Munchen Nord-Eichenried in 68, and he is three ahead of defending champion Thomas Bjorn (65).
Meanwhile, Thomas Levet appears to be the best contender to make a push into the Ryder Cup.
At 20th on the European team points list, Levet must win this week to make the automatically-qualifying top-10.
While it may be a long shot, he gave ample help to his cause, as the Frenchman shot 64 on Saturday to reach the 16-under mark and a tie for fourth with Raymond Russell (66).
However, at six shots off Harringtons pace, it will certainly require a bit of magic on Sunday.
Levet feels it could be possible though.
My only goal when I came here was the No. 1 spot in the tournament, and if it happens, it happens, he said. Its possible and now that I am in the hunt, maybe I can do it tomorrow.
Others who will be trying to work miracles on Day 4 will be Olazabal, who followed up his fabulous Saturday score with a slightly disappointing 70.
At 14-under, both he and Scotlands Dean Robertson are eight shots back and seemingly out of the picture for victory.
Even worse is Sergio Garcia.
Garcia sits at 13-under entering the last day, but may take refuge in the fact that captain Sam Torrance has already made public his intentions to select the young Spaniard to the team regardless of how he finishes this week.
In reality, only American Daly is in true position to challenge Harrington.
The long bombers round on Saturday was just fine, with an eagle and two birdies, but not good enough to hold off the Irishmans out-of-this-world 62.
For the week, however, the 95 Open champion has only made two bogies through 54 holes.
Certainly good, but not great ' Harrington has carded just one.
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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.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.