Official: Woods disputed 2-shot penalty

By Will GraySeptember 13, 2013, 10:30 pm

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – A day that already wasn’t going according to plan got worse for Tiger Woods when he stepped into the scoring trailer Friday at Conway Farms Golf Club.

After shooting what he believed to be a 1-under 70 during the second round of the BMW Championship, Woods was assessed a two-shot penalty to drop his total to 72, leaving him at 4-under 138 through 36 holes, seven shots off the lead.

The issue occurred on the first hole, where Woods’ double-bogey 6 was turned into a quadruple-bogey 8.

“Tiger evidently hit it over the green and was moving some loose impediments,” PGA Tour rules official Slugger White said. “There was a little stick of some sort ... next to his ball, and when he rolled that, the ball in fact moved.

“So in that situation, had he put the ball back it would have been a one-stroke penalty. He didn't, so he gets a two-stroke penalty.”


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According to White, Tour officials were notified of a possible infraction while Woods’ group was still completing the front nine. He indicated that Woods was “adamant” that the ball simply oscillated in place, rather than changing position, but White reviewed the video evidence with what he called a “little disbelieving” Woods while in the scoring trailer.

“I had him look before he signed – he signed his card, but I told him not to turn it in until I talked to him,” added White. “He looked at it, and clearly felt like the ball just oscillated. It’s pretty clear that the ball did move.”

Woods did not speak to reporters when he left the scoring trailer. Just before he walked out the door, a loud bang was heard, as if someone had punched or kicked a wall. 

White told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis that a freelance videographer noticed the ball possibly moving, told his boss, and his boss contacted Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour's chief of operations.

A Tour media official later said that a camera crew from PGA Tour Entertainment captured the video during their “normal process” of filming the round.

On a day when Jim Furyk surged up the leaderboard with a 59, Woods struggled to get anything going despite carding six birdies. After faltering on the opening hole, he reeled off three straight birdies on holes 7-9 to turn in 1 under, but his progress was immediately erased by bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11, including a three-putt at 10 that was highlighted by yet another missed putt from inside 4 feet.

Woods bounced back with a birdie at the par-5 14th and rolled in a lengthy birdie putt at the 16th hole to get back under par for the day, but was unable to birdie the par-5 home hole and the penalty meant Woods finished the day over par. While the group of players at 6 under sits in a tie for fourth after two rounds, five shots behind co-leaders Furyk and Brandt Snedeker, Woods now finds himself in a tie for 13th alongside Sergio Garcia, who he will play with Saturday during the third round.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


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“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

“Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.


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After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

“It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”