Yellow Jackets Capture Gary Koch Invite

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 21, 2003, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
College CentralTAMPA, Fla. -- TAMPA, Fla. - Georgia Tech freshman golfer Roberto Castro's final-round score of 2-under-par, 70, led a trio of Yellow Jackets in the top 10 to help pace Tech to its first team title since 2002 at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate in Tampa, Fla. The 54-hole tournament was contested at the par-72, 7,036-yard Old Memorial Golf Club.
The Jackets dominated from the opening round, finishing as the only team in the field to record three sub-par rounds, including a final-round score of 1-under-par, 287. That was part of a 54-hole total of 22-under-par, 272-283-287-842, which was 15 shots better than top-ranked Florida, which finished alone in second place at 7-under-par, 276-292-289-857. Tech's tournament score of 842 ties the 10th-best 54-hole score in school history and gave the Jackets their first team crown since a tie for first at the NCAA East Regional in 2002.
Castro was the top individual performer for the Yellow Jackets, as he carded three sub-par rounds of his own, including the final-round 70, to finish play in the event at 8-under-par, 68-70-70-208. That score was three shots behind individual medalist Matt Every of Florida, who notched a closing-round score of 6-under-par, 66, to finish at 11-under-par, 69-70-66-205.
Junior Nicholas Thompson was the next Tech player in the top 10, as he finished in a tie for sixth place at 5-under-par, 67-69-75-211. Rookie Kevin Larsen was the third member of the Yellow Jacket trio in the top 10, as he recorded the first top-10 finish of his career with a tie for ninth place at 3-under-par, 67-70-76-213.
The top round of the day for the Tech came from junior Chan Wongluekiet, who carded a 3-under-par, 69, on Tuesday to finish tied for 16th with an even-par score of 70-77-69-216. Sophomore Thomas Jordan was the final member of the Yellow Jacket contingent, finishing among four players in 23rd place at 3-over-par, 72-74-73-219.
Georgia Tech will now have two weeks off before returning to action on Nov. 7-9 at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

1 Georgia Tech 272 283 287 842
2 Florida276 292 289 857
3 TCU 281 289 290 860
4 Arkansas282 285 296 863
5 Kentucky 285 291 291 867
6 Georgia State289 285 298 872
7 Louisiana State 283 287 307 877
8 UCF 294 294 298 886
9 Florida State 292 291 304 887
10 NC State 293 289 307 889
11 North Florida299 293 298 890
12 So. Florida 296 290 309 895
Alabama, U 295 298 302 895
14 Coll. of Charleston283 304 309 896
15 Mississippi 295 297 306 898
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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 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:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

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.

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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.