Singh Leads Clarke in Houston
Singh shot 7-under-par 65 to grab a two-shot lead over Darren Clarke midway through the Shell Houston Open. Singh stands at 12-under 132. Clarke also shot 65 to move to minus 10.
J.P. Hayes shot 68 and is three back at 9-under. Geoff Ogilvy (65) and Brandt Jobe (66) are four off the pace.
Singh got off to a great start Friday, birdieing the first and fifth holes. He then reeled off three straight birdies starting at the eighth. At the par-3 16th, Singh hit his tee shot on the 175-yard hole into the greenside bunker, some 50 feet from the cup. He holed the sand shot to move one shot ahead of Clarke, and then moved two clear with a 12-foot birdie at the last.
I just tried to get it close to the hole and it went in, Singh said of the hole out. Just one of those things.
Clarke fired his career best round in the States Friday. The burly Northern Irishman is technically a winner on the PGA Tour, having defeated Tiger Woods in the 2000 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. But its been quite a while since a full-time European Tour player won a regular event in the U.S.
Over the past five seasons, Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal and Jesper Parnevik have entered the Stateside winners circle; though, they were PGA Tour members at the times of their victories. Others, such as Retief Goosen and Paul Lawrie, won major championships.
But no full-time European Tour player, since Lee Westwood in 1998, has won a regular PGA Tour stop.
Westwood ' Clarkes good friend and stablemate ' captured the 98 Compaq Classic. Coincidentally, he did so just prior to the Masters Tournament (which is two weeks away).
Clarke, an eight-time winner in Europe, hasnt fared well on this side of the pond in 2002. He missed the cut in the Nissan Open and at last weeks Players Championship. He also lost in the first round, 2-and-1 to Matt Gogel, in the Match Play Championship.
Friday was an entirely different story. Under relatively benign conditions, the 33-year-old made eight birdies and one bogey at the TPC at The Woodlands. The score was, by a shot, his lowest round on the PGA Tour; however, he has twice shot 60 on his native tour.
Full-field scores from the Shell Houston Open
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.
And No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
At 5 under for the day, and 5 under for the championship, he was one off the lead at this point.
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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.