Americans Dominating in Canada
All three sit at 7-under 133 through 36 holes, one shot in front of defending champion Paul Devenport, Aaron Barber, Mark Johnson and Mario Tiziani. Seven others, including Doug McGuigan of Langley, BC, are two shots back.
A total of 68 players shot 1-over-par or better to make the cut.
Standing on the par-3 17th tee at 5-under, Massey made up some ground in a hurry when he used a 7-iron to ace the hole from 163 yards out. Masseys group was playing in front of the trio of Bohn, Tiziani and Hank Kuehne, which had a boisterous gallery following them around Uplands Golf Club for the second straight day. The crowd was just moving towards the 17th green when Massey hit his shot.
I saw it bounce, but then I heard Kuehnes gallery going aahhhhhhhhhhhh, and then the big cheer, said Massey, who lost a playoff to Californian Derek Gilchrist at last summers Grant Forest Products/NRCS Classic. It was a tricky pin placement today, but there was a left to right wind so I tried to hit a bit of a draw. Its nice when a plan comes together.
Bohn, a two-time Canadian Tour champion, seemed to revel in playing with good friends Kuehne and Tiziani in front of the large crowds Friday. With the threesome all plodding their way through up-and-down rounds, the 29-year-old decided to lay down a wager with three holes to play.
I bet Hank and Mario a Dairy Queen Blizzard on who could shoot lowest coming in, laughed Bohn, who birdied two of the final three holes to win. And I have every intention of collecting on it. But both those guys are great to play with, and weve had a lot of fun.
In recent years, Bohn has had his fair share of good fortune, beginning it 1992 when he pocketed a cool $1,000,000 for a hole-in-one while at the University of Alabama. He also won money for another pair of aces and grabbed headlines around the world with a final-round 13-under 58 at the Bayer Championship in Sarnia, ON last September. But for the most part, 2002 has been a year a frustration for Bohn, despite making seven of nine cuts. He wound up tied for second at the Texas Challenge in March, but couldnt manage another top-10 until last week in Vancouver.
Ive been trying to motivate myself these last few weeks, and it might be starting to come around, he added. Golf is a funny game- when you are down, youve got to tough it out until you get it turned around.
Wright shot a 5-under 65 Friday, three shots better than his opening round, but conceded he hit the ball much better Thursday. Last weekend in Vancouver, the 27-year-old shot 9-under on the weekend to finish tied for 12th.
Actually, (Friday) was ugly compared to Thursday, said Wright. My ball striking just wasnt there, but I scratched it out. Everything has carried over since last weekend, so Ill just let it ride.
After an opening-round 77, Tour rookie Justin Snelling of Boise, ID bounced back with a tournament-low 63 Friday to make the cut.
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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.
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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.