Some new rules for golf
Anyway, he played three different golf courses and each course used a different color designator on the flagstick to indicate the hole location: red for front, blue for back, white for middle. Each course used a different configuration and my buddy quickly became confused. His tone was quite distraught in the e-mail describing his conundrum. He even suggested a system that could be easily remembered by all golfers: yellow for front, white for middle, brown for back. He described his system as ARBS: After Round Brief Status.
I found the whole exercise interesting because he has no idea where he is gonna hit the golf ball. His first priority on the golf course should be to not hurt himself or others. The hole location should be the last thing on his mind. Him worrying about hole locations would be like me being afraid of going outdoors at night for fear of bumping my head on the moon. But his e-mail did have some merit. Standardization could help golf in several areas.
Along with using the same color designators for hole locations across the country here are a few of my suggestions. Feel free to add on or shoot my ideas down.
1) Prohibit the use of sand on golf carts to fill in divots (I’d rather play out of a divot than a sand-filled divot and many golfers use way too much)
2) Prohibit starters from the first tee (the smugness drives me crazy)
3) Any player not repairing a ball mark is subject to live sniper fire
4) Any group taking more than four hours to play 18 holes is subject to live sniper fire
5) Prohibit the pacing of yardage in the fairway (if you are that precise buy a laser or GPS)
6) Walking should be allowed on any course at any time (if revenue is a problem then charge a cart fee to walkers)
7) Don’t ban cell phones at golf facilities, ban loud cell phone talkers
8) Prep golf courses so that they are ready for play at first light on weekends (dads like me can play on Saturday morning and still make their kid’s noon baseball game)
9) Golfers taking this game too seriously are subject to live sniper fire
10) Every golf course should be required to have at least one of those hot dog machines with the wire cages that go round and round, the hot light in the middle, AND the bun steamer on top (condiments can very according to the prevailing local customs)
Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3
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.
Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
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.
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.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
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)
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.