US Amateur Stars Shine After Opening Round In Texas
Playing in his initial tour event after gaining an exempt card at last months Winter Qualifying School in Florida, the 2000 U.S. Amateur champion fired a Kingwood Country Club record 8-under 64. He holds a two-shot lead over fellow Americans Roger Tambellini, Brian Payne and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Bubba Dickerson.
Having not yet turned pro, Dickerson was exempted into the Canadian Tours first official event of the season as an amateur.
Texan Chris Wall is three strokes off the pace, while Bryan Parry, Andrew Smeeth and Brett Bingham are the top Canadians at 3-under.
Spectators and viewers watching live on The Golf Channel were treated to a rare opportunity of seeing three U.S. Amateur champions playing in the same group when 1998 champion Hank Kuehne was teamed with Quinney and Dickerson. Kuehne shot an even-par 72 and is tied for 57th spot.
Quinney, who won his U.S. Amateur title over fellow Canadian Tour member James Driscoll, played a bogey-free round Thursday, carding an identical 4-under 32 over both the front and back nine.
Yeah, it was a pretty good start for me on this Tour, smiled Quinney, a member of the 2001 U.S. Walker Cup Team. It was a great group for me to play in, and I was hitting it close to the pin all day. You can make a lot more birdies when your putts are from four feet instead of fifteen.
Quinner, a three-time All-American at Arizona State, took full advantage of the unique chance to play with Driscoll and Dickerson Thursday. He hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation and needed just 26 putts for the round.
It was a lot of fun, we just laughed and shared some of our experiences,' he said. 'You just have to go in and play your own gameI know I cant hit the ball as far as Hank off the tee, not many people can, but its what happens after that that counts. I had a chance to play with Hank a lot at Q-school last month, but this was the first time I have been paired with Bubba.
It feels good to start strong, but there is still 54 holes left and a lot can happen between now and then. I just wanted to show everyone I have improved my game and I am here to try and win this thing.
Wall, who hails from Dallas, finished his round a few minutes before Quinney and was actually the clubhouse leader for a short time. As Quinney signed his card, Wall must have had a sense of deja-vu - at last years season-ending Bayer Championship in Sarnia, Ontario, the 27-year-old fired a Huron Oaks course record 10-under 61 during the final round. A few hours later, Atlantas Jason Bohn put the final touches on a 13-under 58, winning the tournament and erasing Walls benchmark along the way.
Theres no doubt about it, getting a start like this is just what I was looking for, said Wall, who chipped in for par on the final hole, salvaging his own bogey-free round. That shot on 18 was key. If you look at the guys who grabbed cards at Q-school, plus the guys who have played this Tour in the past, you know that out here one shot is going to mean so much.
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.
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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.