A Year to Remember
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Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix, AZ was no match for Sorenstams steely drive and golf acumen. She tore up the course, making birdie on the first eight holes of the day. When all was said and done, she had recorded 13 birdies and a dumbfounding score of 13-under 59. Not only did she go on to win with a final score of 27-under-par, she also rewrote the books for the 18-, 36- and 72-hole records in the process.
No one questioned whether Sorenstam had rededicated herself to the game. Especially after the physically fit Swede recorded back-to-back second place finishes in the first two events she played. Yet no one could have foreseen that she would go on to win the next four tournaments (Welch's/Circle K Championship, Standard Register PING, Nabisco Championship and The Office Depot).
She won every LPGA Tournament held in March, won her first major title ' the Nabisco Championship - since 1996, and made up a 10-stroke deficit on the final day of The Office Depot to take home the trophy. Unbelievably, there were four more victories in her future (Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, Bank of Montreal Canadian Women's Open, Cisco World Ladies Challenge and Mizuno Classic).
In all, Sorenstam recorded 20 top-10 finishes - eight of which were victories. With her final victory of the year she became the first player since Nancy Lopez in 1979 to win eight tournament titles in a single season.
Sorenstam was named Rolex Player of the Year, captured the money title and became the first woman to break $2 million in earnings in a single season. She also took home her fourth Vare Trophy after setting a record scoring average of 69.42.
Her year was historical. And because of her astounding performances, it will forever go down in the annals as one of the greatest years in womens golf. Arguably there were other memorable highlights during the 2001 season, although not one as spectacular as Sorenstams 59.
Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open
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.
Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship
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
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.