McCarron Faxon Repeat at Shootout
Playing a scramble format, McCarron rolled in a 30-foot eagle putt at No. 17 and Faxon made a 25-foot birdie on No. 18, as the duo finished at 33-under-par; two strokes lower than John Daly and Frank Lickliter.
Faxon and McCarron started the day one shot back of Lickliter and Daly, but overcame the deficit with a superb 15-under 57 at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. ' two strokes higher than the 18-hole tournament record.
Each earned $225,000.
'It feels fantastic,' Faxon said. 'I can't think of a better way to end the year.'
The friendly competition wasnt without controversy. With the two teams tied at 30-under on the par-3 16th, both Lickliter and Daly missed the green long. The team chose Lickliters ball, which was sitting in the pine straw where fans had been standing. Under the rules, Lickliter and Daly were allowed a drop within one club length, but no closer to the hole.
As that was taking place, Faxon walked over to view the drop and was greeted by Lickliter shooing him away with his hand. Lickliter then used an expletive in telling Faxon to go back to his ball.
Laughs were quickly cast aside and both teams eventually made pars on the hole.
When the final putt fell on No. 18, both teams shook hands without much conversation.
'It was just the heat of the battle,' Faxon said.
Tournament host Greg Norman partnered with Steve Elkington to finish last in the 12-man team event. They ended at 16-under. Norman then flew to St. Augustine to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Full-field scores from Franklin Templeton Shootout
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.
No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.
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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.