59-Year-Old Aoki Wins Instinet Classic

By Sports NetworkMay 19, 2002, 4:00 pm
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Japan's Isao Aoki collected four back-nine birdies en route to a bogey-free 7-under 65 Sunday and the title at The Instinet Classic. He became the third Asian player in as many weeks to win a PGA Tour-sanctioned event as he bettered John Jacobs by four shots.
Aoki took second at last year's U.S. Senior Open but it had been a long time since the 59-year-old visited the winner's circle. His most recent title came at the 1998 BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland and with the victory Sunday, he captured his ninth title on the elder circuit.
'I'm very happy,' said Aoki, who posted a tournament total of 15-under-par 201. 'I didn't expect this to happen. I knew if I putted well I would have a chance.'
Allen Doyle, the 2001 Senior Tour Player of the Year, and Mike Hill shared third at 9-under-par. For the 63-year-old Hill, this marked his third top-10 finish of the 2002 campaign, one shy of his 2001 total.
Jim Thorpe, the overnight leader, struggled Sunday with five bogeys and two birdies for a 75. He tied for eighth place with Bobby Wadkins at minus-7.
Aoki trailed Thorpe by two at the start of the round but quickly took the lead when he birdied Nos. 1, 3 and 4 and Thorpe took a bogey at the fourth hole.
Jacobs and Aoki shared first until the beginning of the second nine. Jacobs three-putted from 15 feet for a bogey at No. 10 to fall one behind Aoki's lead. Jacobs would not card another birdie the rest of the way until a two-putt birdie at the par-5 18th when the tournament was already decided.
Aoki pulled away from Jacobs and the field starting at the 12th when he drained a six-foot birdie. He made it two in a row with a 10-footer at the 425-yard hole.
Ahead by three, Aoki put the icing on the cake with a kick-in birdie at 16 and a 50-foot birdie at the par-3 17th.
'Every time I participate in a tournament, my aim is to win,' said Aoki, who pocketed $225,000 for the win. 'Any time I play, I try to win.'
'I played good enough to win, I just putted bad,' said Jacobs, who lost a playoff three weeks ago at the season's first major, The Tradition. 'You have to putt well to win a tournament. I could have shot a 5-, 6-under on the front if I putted well.'
Jacobs shot a 2-under 70 Sunday.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 5:30 pm

Tiger Woods held sole possession of the lead Sunday afternoon, but settled with an even-par 71 and finished three shots behind the champion.

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'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

“Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.

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Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

“The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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Pros melting down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 3:42 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros have been watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We're compiling their missives below:

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

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)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

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.