McIlroy, McDowell among notables to miss BMW cut

By Will GrayMay 24, 2013, 6:10 pm

A star-studded field at this week's BMW PGA Championship has been thinned considerably after multiple top-ranked players missed Friday's 36-hole cut, notably world No. 2 Rory McIlroy.

With cold and rainy conditions once again a dominant force at the European Tour's flagship event, the Ulsterman had a tumultuous round Friday that included five bogeys on the front nine. Needing a strong finish to make the weekend, McIlroy instead took a double bogey on the par-5 17th hole, ultimately carding a 3-over 75. At 5-over 149, the reigning PGA champion was projected to miss the cut by three shots upon conclusion of his round.

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McIlroy was far from the only player to struggle Friday, though, and was not even the lone notable Ulsterman to miss the cut. Countryman and fellow U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell will also sit out the weekend, having matched McIlroy's total of 5-over 149 for the first two rounds. McDowell entered with momentum on his side, just one week removed from a win at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria, but managed just two total birdies across 36 holes at Wentworth. After the round, he tweeted that Friday was 'one of the coldest, toughest days I've had on the course in a long time.'

Like McIlroy and McDowell, two-time defending champion Luke Donald missed the cut after ballooning to a 78 in Thursday's opening round, playing the first 36 holes in 6-over 150. It marks just the second missed cut all-time on the European Tour for Donald, who was also a runner-up at this event in 2010 in addition to his wins in both 2011 and 2012.

Ian Poulter rounds out the foursome of notable names that made an early exit from one of the biggest events in Europe, shooting a pair of 76s. After a surprising match play elimination last week in Bulgaria, the Englishman vowed to 'get back to England and go win at Wentworth.' Instead, Poulter made just one birdie in Friday's second round and finished at 8 over, six shots off the projected cut line.

Not all hope is lost, though, for golf fans looking to see some of the game's best this weekend at Wentworth. Both Lee Westwood and Ernie Els will begin the third round at 3 under, three shots off the lead currently held by Francesco Molinari.

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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.