Tiger Leaves Field in a Fog
Woods was one of 81 players who finished their first rounds before officials called it a day. The 75 others will complete their opening rounds beginning at 6:45am PT. The second round is expected to begin at 8:00am.
So, while Woods doesn't officially have the opening-round lead, he is the man to catch after Day One. Woods' round began in picture-perfect postcard weather. However, by the time Woods made his way down the stretch in the early afternoon, a shroud began to cover the course.
Tiger seemed to pick-up where he left off at Pebble Beach. Four months ago, Woods played his final seven holes at five-under to capture the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. This time, he took care of business a little earlier.
Woods shot a six-birdie, no-bogey 65, capping off his round by blasting a sand shot to 18 inches on the par-5 18th for a gimme birdie. It marks the fourth time in his professional career Tiger's shot 65 or better on the Pebble Beach Golf Course.
'I played well today,' said Woods, who hit 11/14 fairways, 12/18 greens and took 24 putts on Thursday. 'I drove the ball beautifully, and I made a lot of putts.
'I think this is just typical Monterey Peninsula weather,' said Woods, who was born in Cypress, California and played collegially at Stanford. 'This time of the year, I've always called it 'June Gloom.''
Jimenez finished his round in the 'gloom' as well. The Spaniard, who lost to Woods in a playoff at the 1999 WGC-American Express Championship at Valderrama, carded five birdies on his first seven holes to kick-start his 5-under-par 66.
Jimenez is one shot clear of John Huston and Nick Faldo. Out early, Huston got off to his best start ever at an Open by shooting a 4-under-par 67.
'When I saw the tee times, I thought it was going to be a big advantage, and I wanted to go ahead and take advantage of it. Fortunately, I did,' said Huston, who teed-off at 6:40am PT. 'This morning was perfect. There was no wind, and the sun was out.'
That changed as the day went on. Fog rolled around leaving many with blind shots from fairway to green. One of those whose round was affected by the changing elements was Faldo. He was standing on the tee box at the par-5 14th when play was stopped.
Ironically, it was the 14th that brought Faldo his most notoriety at the '92 Open at Pebble Beach. It was there where the Brit climbed and shook a tree in search of his lost ball. 'Where the hell is Jane!' Faldo shouted. Unfortunately neither Jane, nor the ball could be found. He took a triple-bogey-8 on the hole.
Playing alongside Faldo is Corey Pavin. The 1995 Open champion is at 3-under-par through 13 holes, tied with of all people, Bobby Clampett. Clampett, a CBS broadcaster and Monterey native who qualified via sectionals, posted a four-birdie, one-bogey 68.
'I can't explain it,' said Clampett. 'Words just can't describe my feelings. I had to hold back the tears about a half-dozen times today, but I was really at peace all day on the course.'
There are four players at 2-under-par, including Hal Sutton. This year's PLAYERS champion holed an 8-iron from 136 yards for eagle on the very first hole. 'Only 71 more to go,' yelled one fan.
Sutton followed that with a birdie on the newly-changed 484-yard, par-4 2nd to go to 3-under-par through three holes. Through 13 holes, Sutton stood alone at the top at 6-under-par. Then the course struck back. A double bogey at the par-5 14th was the beginning of a five-hole stretch that Sutton played at 4-over-par. He closed his first round by bogeying the 18th to shoot a very respectful, if though disappointing, 2-under-par 69.
'What a weird day,' Sutton said. 'The weather was kind of good and kind of bad. My round was kind of good and kind of bad. What do you say?'
NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS
*Last year's runner-up, Phil Mickelson, was three-over through 12 holes, but birdied the 13th, 14th and 18th holes to finish the day at even-par 71.
*2000 Masters champion Vijay Singh is even par through seven holes.
*David Duval began the day birdie-bogey-bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie en route a front-9 even-par 35. His roller-coaster round continued on the back-9 with one birdie, three bogeys and one double-bogey for a 4-over-par 75.
*Sergio Garcia also shot 75 on Thursday. He did so wearing knickers in tribute to 1999 U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart.
*John Daly withdrew after shooting a 12-over-par 83. His first round ended with a 14 on the par-5 18th.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.
Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.
Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.
Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.
4:15AM ET: Gavin Green
4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed
4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose
4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton
4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley
5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner
5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson
5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)
5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood
5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello
6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford
6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma
6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele
6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood
6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na
6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin
7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim
7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira
7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters
7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li
7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker
7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink
8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook
8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris
8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim
8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari
8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson
8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell
9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka
9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott
9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren
9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone
9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett
10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler
10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell
10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau
10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen
10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood
11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.
He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.
“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.
At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.
Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.
“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?
Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.
Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.
“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”
Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.
Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.
“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.
More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.
“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”
After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood
With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.
While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.
Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.
Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2
Zach Johnson: 13/2
Rory McIlroy: 7/1
Jordan Spieth: 8/1
Rickie Fowler: 9/1
Kevin Kisner: 12/1
Xander Schauffele: 16/1
Tony Finau: 16/1
Matt Kuchar: 18/1
Pat Perez: 25/1
Brooks Koepka: 25/1
Erik van Rooyen: 50/1
Alex Noren: 50/1
Tiger Woods: 50/1
Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1
Danny Willett: 60/1
Francesco Molinari: 60/1