Rose, Haas share Bay Hill lead after 36 holes

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2013, 10:40 pm

Low scores remained available Friday at Bay Hill, where Justin Rose and Bill Haas have set themselves apart from the field after 36 holes. Here's a recap of where things stand heading into the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational:

The leaderboard: Justin Rose (-9), Bill Haas (-9), John Huh (-8), Ken Duke (-6), Jimmy Walker (-6), J.J. Henry (-6), Tiger Woods (-5)

What it means: After Haas set the pace in the morning, Rose was able to match him in the afternoon wave and the pair will begin the weekend tied at 9 under. Woods appeared in position to challenge the co-leaders, but three closing bogeys ultimately dropped him four shots off the pace.

Round of the day: Beginning his round on the 10th hole, Haas got a pair of quick birdies at holes 12 and 13 before an eagle at the par-5 16th. He added two more birdies on his second nine, hitting 15 of 18 greens in regulation en route to a bogey-free 66 Friday.

Best of the rest: Of the four players to shoot 5-under 67 in the second round, Chad Campbell’s round was the most adventurous. The Texan birdied three of his first four holes Friday, ultimately making six birdies and an eagle to more than balance out three bogeys. After opening with a 5-over 77 Thursday, Campbell was 10 shots better Friday to bring him back to even par overall, improbably making the cut with room to spare.

Biggest disappointment: After a four-putt from inside five feet, Phil Mickelson left the 13th green with a triple bogey, one of three 7s he made during his second-round 79. Despite seven birdies and an eagle across his first two rounds, at 8-over 152 Mickelson missed the cut by a wide margin and will sit out the weekend at Bay Hill for the first time since 1996.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: With the defending champ just four shots back, can the leaders maintain their advantage? After playing the first two rounds alongside Woods, Rose appears poised to keep his foot planted firmly on the gas this weekend as advantageous scoring conditions are expected to remain in place.

Shot of the day: Heading to the 14th hole at 6 over, Kevin Chappell was in need of a spark. That's just what he found when his tee shot at the 217-yard par-3 landed in the middle of the green and rolled straight into the hole. The ace gave Chappell hope of making the cut, but he gave those shots back with a double bogey on the home hole, ultimately shooting an even-par 72 to finish at 7 over, four shots off the cut line.

Quote of the day: 'The good news is we've got 36 holes to go. We've got a long way to go, and certainly four shots can be made up.' – Tiger Woods 

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.