Pressel gets slow play penalty, loses match

By May 20, 2012, 8:26 pm

Morgan Pressel said she was surprised to receive a slow-play penalty Sunday in her Sybase Match Play Championship semifinal against Azahara Munoz.

'I didn't think that was actually what was going to happen on that tee box,' Pressel told Golf Channel, holding back tears. 'It was a blow. It was a big turning point in the match where I went 3 up. It's very disheartening.'

Pressel received the news of a loss-of-hole penalty on the 13th tee at Hamilton Farm Golf Club. She thought she had gone 3 up against Munoz by making a par to her opponent’s bogey on No. 12, a par 3. Instead, she found herself only 1 up in a match she eventually lost, 2 and 1.

'It's been a really weird match,' Munoz tearfully told Golf Channel after she advanced to the final against Candie Kung.

After Munoz and Pressel fell eight minutes behind pace on the 11th hole, LPGA rules officials placed the match on the clock at the 12th tee.

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'I know I'm slow, too, but when they were timing us, she was the slow one,' Munoz said.

Once on the clock, a player has 30 seconds for each shot on the hole and an additional 10 seconds as a cushion. Pressel took a combined 129 seconds to play her three shots for par at No. 12, including 57 seconds for the tee shot. Since she exceeded the allotted time by 29 seconds, Pressel was penalized. In match play, the penalty is loss of hole. It would be a two-shot penalty in a stroke-play event.

The slow-play penalty wasn’t the only controversy of the match. On the 15th green, Pressel accused Munoz of grounding her club in the line of her birdie putt while rehearsing her stroke. After consultation with LPGA rules officials and a review of television footage, there was no proof to confirm the accusation and no penalty was assessed.

'I had actually seen her do it earlier in the day and I wasn't sure,' Pressel explained. 'I asked my caddie Rock if she touched the line of her putt, and he wasn't paying attention. So I wasn't really watching for it but she put her putter right in the line of her putt. That's a rules infraction as well.'

Munoz did not believe she had broken the rule.

'Maybe I did, but I really don't think (I did) because that's my routine and I never ground it,' she said.

After a long delay, Munoz made her birdie putt, winning the hole as part of a three-hole flurry to eventually win the match.

Despite the overtone of tension in the final six holes of the match, Munoz does not believe the friendship between the two players will need any time to repair.

'It's just kinda weird because we're really good friends,' she said. 'I wish things like this didn't happen.'

Pressel, who said Munoz sent her a text message afterward, agreed the friendship will not change. She said she would root  for her friend in the final.

'I hope she wins because I don't like losing to losers,' she said. 'I hope she pulls through for her first victory.'

Last season, the LPGA issued five slow-play penalties. The last time the PGA Tour is believed to have issued a penalty stroke for slow play was in 1995. Glen Day was penalized a shot after the third round of the Honda Classic.

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Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 3:20 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.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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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.