Sutton Looks to Come Out of Shell in Houston
Sutton is the defending champion of this weeks $4-million event. It was 24 starts ago that he claimed his 14th career tour title ' 24 very long starts ago.
Sutton hasnt earned a top-10 since winning at The Woodlands. This year has been particularly painful, as he has missed six cuts in nine starts ' two of those events (Mercedes and WGC-Match Play) had no cut.
The two-time Houston runner-up finally made good last year. He shot 3-under-par 69 on a windy Sunday to best Joe Durant (74) and Lee Janzen (73) by three strokes, and finish with a 10-under 278 total.
'This is one that I wanted more than anything,' Sutton said after victory. 'I've been close here so many times, so close and yet so far, so this is really good. I knew it would be tough. Today, it helped to be packed with patience.'
Sutton started the final round two shots back of Durant, who was trying to win his third event of the season. The wind troubled players Sunday. Sutton ' impeded by the wind ' hit his approach shot into the water at the seventh, but made a long-range putt to save bogey.
'That (bogey) was the turning point for me,' he said. 'I could have come away with my confidence damaged but I felt great.'
Sutton went on to birdie eight and 10 to move two up on Durant. A bogey, however, at the 15th cut his lead to a single stroke. Unable to capitalize on Suttons slip, Durant bogeyed 16, while Sutton birdied 17 to seal the victory.
This will be the final time the 7,018-yard TPC at The Woodlands will host this event. The venue will shift to the 7,350-yard Red Stone Golf Club in 2003. The Woodlands has been the site of the Shell Houston Open for 28 years. The Tournament Players Club has been in rotation since 1985; before that, they played The Woodlands Country Club.
This is the penultimate event leading to the Masters. The BellSouth Classic will take place next week in Atlanta.
1998 champion David Duval headlines the field, competing for the $720,000 first-place check. Scott Hoch, Chris DiMarco, John Daly and Jim Furyk are among the American participants. There is also a strong international contingent. Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Adam Scott, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn are working their ways to Augusta this week.
Full field and tee times for 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.