Oldcorn Tastes Victory Again

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 28, 2001, 4:00 pm
Andrew Oldcorn held on Monday at the Wentworth Club in England to win the biggest event of his career, the Volvo PGA Championship.
The 41-year-old Scottish veteran posted a final round 71 to end at 16-under-par for the tournament, one stroke better than long-hitting Angel Cabrera (68) and two in front of four-time Volvo PGA champion Nick Faldo (67).
Prior to this week, Oldcorn ' a two-time winner on the European tour ' had not tasted victory since the 95 DHL Jersey Open, and in the last few years had begun to doubt his abilities.
Yet, all week, he displayed the kind of golf that is required of winning at Wentworth, and the victory came as the most pleasant of surprises for him.
It may sound a bit nave or corny, said Oldcorn, but this was the one championship that I always wanted to win on this tour. I first played on this golf course when I was 14 and I just fell in love with it immediately.
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That love was apparent over the first few days, as Oldcorn opened a record-setting five-shot lead over the field through 54 holes.
On Monday, however, he struggled early, making two bogies through his first nine holes and opening the door for Faldo and Michael Campbell (70), who got to within two shots of his lead.
I struggled over the front nine, and then I saw Nick was storming up the board and Michael was getting closer, but it actually made me play better, Oldcorn claimed. It changed my focus and I played really good on the back nine.
It must have indeed changed his mental take, as he went on to make a quick birdie at the par-5 12th to get back to minus-14.
Meanwhile, Campbell faltered with two late bogies in his round to fall back and end in a tie for fourth at 11-under, while Faldo was unable to birdie the finishing par-5 18th to tie the score.
In the end, it was Cabrera who put on a late charge, posting an eagle at No. 12, a birdie at the 17th, and yet another eagle on No. 18 to get within a single stroke at 14-under.
Oldcorn responded, however, with a birdie of his own at the 17th and then another from six feet on the last to seal the deal in style.
I wasnt nervous, he stated proudly. I was really quite composed. And that makes me more happy than anything.
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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.