Perez Nicklaus Make Big Moves in Round Three

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 30, 2001, 5:00 pm
Unlike many of the players in the field of this weeks PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, Pat Perez has never hit a single tee shot in a PGA Tour event.
That could change very quickly.
Perez fired a 9-under-par 63 at the Bear Lakes Country Club to take the lead midway through the six-round slugfest. He stands at 18-under-par 198 in West Palm Beach, Fla., two shots removed from Tommy Armour III (67).
Things are going real well, Perez said. Everything seems to click - confidence is up.
Perez and Armour are polar opposites professionally. Armour turned professional in 1981; Perez in 1997. Armour is the grandson of the Silver Scot, who was the winner of the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship; Perez claim to fame was winning the 1993 Junior World title at Torrey Pines, where Tiger Woods finished fourth, eight strokes back.
Armour has spent 12 of the past 13 seasons on the PGA Tour; Perez was a rookie on the 2000 Buy.Com Tour.
But this week, they both have the same goal ' earning their 2002 PGA Tour cards.
The same can be said for a quartet of players tied for third place. Ben Crane (67), Kevin Durkin (68), Shaun Micheel (69) and overnight leader Hidemichi Tanaka (70) are all at 14-under with three rounds remaining.
Perez, winner of the 2000 Buy.Com Ozarks Open, finished 32nd on the tours money list this past season. This is his second attempt at Q-School, having finished tied for 132nd in 1999.
Friday, the 25-year-old former Arizona State Sun Devil recorded five birdies and two eagles. He notched a pair of 3s on both the par-5 second and the par-5 17th. His eagle at the second came courtesy of a hole-out from the fairway.
Armours round was a bit more routine, complete with four birdies, one eagle and a bogey.
The 1990 Phoenix Open winner is making his fourth Q-School appearance, and his first since 1996. Armour struggled throughout 2001, making only 14 cuts in 32 starts, and failing to post a top-10. He ended the season 161st on the money list.
Gary Nicklaus, who also didn't earn a top 10 this year, shot 65 to climb into a tie for seventh place at 12-under.
I played real solid from the start, birdied the first three holes and never looked back, said Nicklaus, who is making his 10th appearance in the Qualifying Tournament.
You want to get far enough ahead going into the last couple of rounds that it makes the last round ' the last couple of rounds easier. Thats my plan this week.
Perezs brother, Mike, is in the field. He is at 4-over after rounds of 75-75-70. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Ty Tryon made four birdies and three bogeys for a 1-under 71. Tryon slipped from a tie for 33rd, as the day began, into a tie for 61st.
I played really well, just didnt put the ball in the hole, said Tryon. I had so many chances, just kind of didnt execute.
The top 35 players and ties upon Mondays conclusion will receive their 2002 PGA Tour playing privileges.
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By Grill Room TeamJuly 16, 2018, 10:36 pm
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”