Burns Makes a Name for Himself
The problem is, his name is Bob. Bob Burns is often mistaken for Rich Beem, the man who received international acclaim with his PGA Championship victory.
But perhaps now, with a win of his own, Burns will have his own identity.
Rich told me the other day, ever since he won the PGA (Championship) and the International, people, they know him now. They quit calling him Burnsy. They call him Beemer. I doubt anyone will start calling me Beemer again.
Burns lists beer brewing as one of his special interests in the PGA Tour media guide. But, as he said, an interest doesnt necessarily equate to an activity.
I actually never have (brewed his own beer), but it is an interest. It just says interest. I doesnt say I have to do it, Burns pointed out.
I have a kit. With all this time on the road I dont have that much time to do it. Read the media guide, it says interests.
With only two full-field events remaining, a couple of players made huge strides in retaining their PGA Tour cards for the upcoming season.
South African Tim Clark tied for sixth to move from 126th to 106th on the money list. Paraguayan Carlos Franco went from 128 to 119 after his tie for 10th. Craig Barlow moved off the money line and into 123rd place, while David Frost, who missed the cut this week, is now at the precarious position of 125.
On the Tour Championship front, John Rollins went from 31st to 27th on the money list thanks to his tie for sixth. He was the only new player to crack the top 30. With Rollins moving in, Kenny Perry moved out, from 30th to 31st place.
Chris DiMarco will host his own charity tournament Monday at Heathrow Country Club, his home course near Orlando.
I host the American Cancer Tournament. Its the second annual one. Last year I think we raised $80,000, and I think were looking this year to raise $160,000, DiMarco said.
I lost three grandparents to cancer and its something dear to my heart.
The PGA Tour raised over $50 million in charitable contributions a year ago, and will surpass that mark in 2002. DiMarco said individuals do their parts as well.
I know just about every player out here has their own charity tournament, he said. You have to put things in reality. Its a great game, I love playing it, if we make money and try to help other people, its great, too.
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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:
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.
Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.
Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.
“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”
It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.
Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.
“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”
It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.
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Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.
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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.
McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.
But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.
“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.
“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.
“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”
McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.
“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”
McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.