Huskies Cruising in OPUS Invitational

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 30, 2003, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of Washington Huskies
College CentralBREMERTON, Wash. -- The Washington men's golf team owns a nine-stroke lead after the first 36 holes of play at its Opus NW Husky Invitational. Washington turned in rounds of 365 and 366 to complete the first-day of play at 11-over 731 at Gold Mountain's Olympic Course. The tournament features six-man teams with the top five scores counting toward the team total.
The Huskies were led by senior All-American Brock Mackenzie, who carded back-to-back rounds of 70 to finsh at 4-under 140. Trailing him by one shot on the leaderboard is Oregon State's Brad Simpson, who turned in rounds of 70 and 71. UCLA's John Merrick and California's Scott Carlyle are tied for third at 1-under 143.
Oregon State trails the Huskies at 740 followed by BYU at 744 and San Diego State at 745. UCLA, ranked third in the nation, and California, ranked fourth, are tied for fifth at 747, 16 strokes behind the Huskies.
'We played well, but we could have played better,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'But, I think that is they way most of the teams felt today. We expected a pleasant day and instead it was overcast and the winds picked up in the afternoon. Our plan is to go out and be aggressive Tuesday. There are obviously some very talented teams in this field and a nine-stoke lead does not really mean that much, especially with this scoring format.'
Mackenzie is playing in his first match for Washington after missing the Topy Cup while competing for the United States Walker Cup Team in England.
'I was really impressed by his overall game today,' Thurmond said. 'He was really solid and took advantage of the opportunities to score. I think this is the beginning of a great senior season for Brock.'
Washington's Erik Olson shot 146 to tie for 10th while senior Dan Potter is tied for 13th at 147. Freshman Alex Prugh is 20th at 149, Cody Upham is 48th at 156 and Corey Purgh is 55th at 160.
BYU held the tournament lead after the fist round with a 4-over 364 thanks to Oscar Alvarez's 69 that included a 32 on the back nine. He shared the first round lead with Carlyle.
The third round of the tournament starts at 7:30 AM at Gold Mountain's Olympic Course. Washington and Oregon State will tee off at 9:06 AM.
2003 Opus NW Husky Invitational
Gold Mountain-Olympic Course
Par 72, 7,059 yards
Bremerton, WA
Team Standings Through Two Rounds

1 Washington, U. of 365 366 731 +11
2 Oregon State U. 373 367 740 +20
3 Brigham Young Univ. 364 380 744 +24
4 San Diego State U. 372 373 745 +25
5 California, U. of 367 380 747 +27
UCLA 371 376 747 +27
7 Washington State U. 376 374 750 +30
8 Oregon, U. of 382 371 753 +33
9 Fresno State Univ. 383 375 758 +38
Tohoku Fukushi 381 377 758 +38

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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.