Overcome With Emotion after Overcoming Adversity
This is a young Californian who played collegiately at San Jose State, and nearly earned a PGA Tour card at the Qualifying Tournament finals two years ago in the California desert. If not for a misplaced tee shot at the 107th hole in the six-round affair that cost him a spot with the very best, Aaron might not be so overwhelmed with emotion at the thought of winning on the Buy.Com Tour.
But that's how golf works. At least that's the way Oberholser sees it these days. And he appears just fine with that. Nothing will again be taken for granted it seems. And as we saw, nothing is more appreciated than a 'victory speech' on his way to the PGA Tour via the minor leagues.
The young Oberholser is a joy to be around. He seems to find the positive in everything, which is sometimes tough after injuring his wrist last year during a warm-up at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and fighting off illness, all of which cost him valuable time competing in spot duty on the PGA Tour and in full-time work on the Buy.com Tour.
His struggles to find the right answers to Jerry's questions on Sunday at Diamondback Golf Club in Richmond Hill, Ontario were very real. 'Bad question,' Aaron said when asked about how much support he's received from those who've stuck with him during his struggles. That answer only came because Oberholser couldn't find the words that would say it best. OK, perhaps he just couldn't contain the emotion. Nothing wrong with that.
Between the ropes we're quickly finding out that, if healthy, Aaron Oberholser is a real competitor as well. After barely making the cut, all he did on the weekend was go 14-under-par with just one bogey over the final 36 holes to win by two shots. He said the win came much because of his ability to 'focus,' and much because of his ability to learn from a recent playoff loss at Virginia Beach where Cliff Kresge holed one from the rough to knock him out.
Oberholser is now No. 1 on the money list and inching closer to the goal he'd set out for himself a few years ago.
We all know that sometimes things don't happen when we think they're supposed to. Oberholser is finding that out. His mishap at Q-School is behind him, and hopefully so to are his injuries.
For now its full-steam ahead, with focus on the course and a good dose of emotion as well. I like that.
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.