Tornado Cuts Short Ladies European Event

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
Ladies European TourHELSINKI, Finland -- Lisa Holm Sorensen of Denmark claimed her maiden professional victory at the Ladies Finnish Masters today after it was ended after 36 holes.
After two rounds of 70, the 22-year-old rookie finished at a total 2-under-par 140, one shot clear of four others at one under par.
They were: Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Cecilia Ekelundh (Sweden), amateur Caroline Westrup (Sweden) and Ursula Wikstrom (Finland).
An unexpected mini tornado caused severe damage at Helsinki GC, Finland. Players were evacuated from the course after a tornado swirled over the course and lifted people and tented structures from the ground.
Two spectators and a competitor were taken to hospital with injuries after a large hospitality tent was completely lifted from its location in between the 4th and 7th greens and fifth and eighth tees.
Kirsty S. Taylor from England, who is in her fourth year as a professional on the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour (LET), suffered a minor head injury after she was struck on the back of the head by a pole while taking refuge inside the structure.
Eye witnesses said that, after being hit, a rope fell around Taylors neck, which she managed to release before it whipped backwards with force as the tent was blown down the fairway.
Several other players were shaken after being involved in the incident. Linda Wessberg from Sweden was struck on the arm by a flying tent pole after turning a corner on the fifth fairway.
She said: The whole tent was coming straight at me.
Tournament officials were given no warning as to the severe weather conditions and only rain showers were expected. However, forecasters later predicted more severe weather for the afternoon and hence the tournament was cancelled after 36 holes, with the final results those at the end of the second round of the tournament.
Sorensen, the surprise winner, who was previously 108th on the LET Money list, was somewhat confused after the incident, which shook up many players.
Im not really sure how to react, Sorensen said. Im happy to win but sorry that it had to happen this way.
Yvonne Cassidy, the Tournament Director, made the decision to evacuate the course at the first opportunity.
She said: I was on the third tee when all of a sudden, just out of nowhere, the tornado whipped up in the trees and started moving fast towards the Piccadilly. Thats when I started screaming in the radios to evacuate the course because it was wicked. It was not a pretty sight.
One eye witness said: The temperature just dropped and then you suddenly saw the clouds whirling around above you and everything started getting sucked up.
Local player Minea Blomqvist, who was playing the first hole at the time, said: 'Im just glad that more people werent injured. Its not the sort of thing that ever happens in Finland.
Sorensen, the eventual champion, had not yet teed off in the third round when the course was evacuated.
Having been struggling to keep playing privileges in 2006, Sorensen can now relax in the knowledge that she will be exempt for three years on the LET and will be included in the fields of some of the Tours most prestigious tournaments, such as the Weetabix Womens British Open and the Evian Masters.
The most important thing is that I get to keep my card, said the Dane, who admitted she had been nervous and had taken some advice from fellow country woman Iben Tinning the night before. I never expected to have a victory this year.
When I saw Kirsty coming in I was shaken and I felt very sorry for her and for all the other players who were crying.
Sorensen heads to the Nykredit Masters in her home country of Denmark as a champion next week, where her win may just begin to hit home.
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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

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.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.

Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:05 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a 5-under 66 in the third round of The Open. We're tracking him as he vies for major No. 15.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

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.

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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.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

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)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

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.