Arruti Leads Rain-Delayed Madiera Open

By Sports NetworkMarch 20, 2003, 5:00 pm
European TourSANTA CRUZ, Madiera -- Jesus Maria Arruti fired a 6-under- par 66 on Thursday to take the lead during the first round of the Madiera Island Open, which was suspended due to darkness.
 
Opening-round action was delayed for over three hours at the outset due to heavy rains. Players will return to the course this morning to complete the first round.
 
Robert-Jan Derksen is alone in second place at 5-under-par 67 with Andrew Sherborne, Julien Van Hauwe and Julien Clement tied for third one stroke back.
 
Arruti began his round in the second group off the front nine and birdied the second to get into red numbers. The Spaniard bogeyed the par-4 fifth to drop back to even-par but recovered that stroke with a birdie at the next.
 
The former Spanish Open Amateur champion caught fire on the back side and rolled in a birdie at the ninth to get to minus-2. Around the turn, Arruti birdied the 10th and 11th to continue his roll but found trouble again with a bogey at the par-4 12th.
 
Arruti spread three birdies over his final six holes to claim first place. He notched birdies at Nos. 14, 16 and 18.
 
'I played well from tee to green and was able to see the lines on the greens,' said Arruti. 'I holed some long putts and also had some short opportunities. I think I can still do good things and have confidence in my game so hopefully last year will be the last time I have to go to the (qualifying) school.'
 
Derksen, who knocked off Ernie Els to win the Dubai Desert Classic two weeks ago, continued his strong play this week. He got off to a hot start on the back side by sinking an eight-foot eagle putt at the par-5 11th. After a string of pars, Derksen rolled in a birdie at the par-3 17th to make the turn at minus-3.
 
On the front side Derksen faltered with a bogey at the par-3 fourth. He quickly recovered that stroke with a birdie at the next and later sank a birdie putt at the seventh before capping his round with a birdie on No. 9.
 
'I was eager to go out this week and play,' said Derksen. 'A lot of people asked why I didn't take another week off but I like the course and thought it was better to get playing again as soon as possible. I didn't have any expectations at all and it went my way today. It is nice to continue the form I had in Dubai.'
 
Clement, who won the last card at last year's Qualifying school, birdied the 11th and 12th holes, his second and third, to get off to a quick start. After three straight pars, Clement birdied the par-5 16th to make the turn at minus-3.
 
Clement rolled in his final birdie at the second to help complete a bogey-free round.
 
'I had a good start, three-under after seven, and after that I was just trying not to make any bogeys, hit the greens and make some putts,' said Clement. 'It is different playing on Tour compared to amateur game. Now it is my job. I still enjoy golf, love golf but now it is more difficult to play for winning. It is a different level.'
 
Van Hauwe had two birdies on the front nine, before mixing four birdies and two bogeys over his final nine holes.
 
Sherborne traded a birdie and a bogey on the third and fourth holes. On the back nine, he carded four birdies over a six-hole stretch, Nos. 11-16, to climb into a share of third place.
 
Carlos Rodiles is alone in sixth place at 3-under par through nine holes. A group of eight players is tied one stroke further back at minus-2.
 
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    Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

    Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

    Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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    “I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

    “Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

    Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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    Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

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

    His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

    We compiled some of their missives below:

    Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.

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    Woods shares emotional embrace with his kids

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:21 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would’ve vaulted him into a tie for second place at The Open. It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful week for the 14-time major champion, who is just happy to playing majors again.

    Then he walked off the 18th, saw his two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie, and they all took a moment for a long embrace. Turns out, that was the perfect way to end the week.

    “I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,'” Woods said Sunday after putting the finishing touches on an even-par 71 to end at 5 under for the week.


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    “It’s pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again.”

    In 2008, when Woods won his last major, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Sam was a year old and Charlie was not yet born. They don’t know how much their father used to dominate this game, especially majors. The last time Woods won a PGA Tour event was five full years ago. Woods has joked in the past that they only know him as a YouTube sensation.

    “So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career,” he said. “The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. Man, it’s just such a great feeling.”

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    TT postscript: Not a win, but an amazing week

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 6:04 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods had a chance to win his 15th major Sunday at The Open at Carnousite:

    • Tiger shot 71-71-66-71 to finish at 5 under par and tie for sixth place.

    • When Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele both bogeyed the fifth hole Tiger was in the solo lead. Amazing to think that only last September he said he never knew if he’d ever play golf again. Here he was, nine months later with a chance to win a fourth claret jug. Amazing.

    • For 10 holes, Tiger was the calmest, coolest, most composed player on the golf course. Birdies at Nos. 4 and 6 looked easy, while most everyone else was struggling to make par.

    • To me, the biggest mistake of the week, and certainly of the final round, was Tiger’s decision to get cute and hit a flop shot up and over a bunker into the 11th hole. It checked up and rolled back down and off the green. He failed to get up and down and made double bogey. If he’d have pitched the ball 12-15 past the hole he’d had have a chance to save par and would’ve made no worse than bogey.

    • The double bogey felt worse when Tiger made bogey on the 12th hole. This two-hole stretch cost him three shots and he finished three shots off the lead.


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    • Tiger moved to 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking, which qualifies him for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which he has won eight times.

    • One of the best moments of the week came after Tiger’s round when he gave his kids, daughter Sam and son Charlie, long hugs. Tiger said it was especially emotional because both kids knew how much this week meant to their old man. They had only seen Tiger struggle; it was great for them to see his success.

    • Tiger: “Today I did everything the way I thought I needed to do it to win the championship. This entire week, I felt like I needed to keep building my way into this championship. It's one of those where, as I said earlier in the week, it's going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win it on Sunday because we're all driving the same areas. Kind of turned out that way. There are a bunch of guys packed, a bunch of guys with a chance to win, and I was one of them.”

    • Overall, an amazing week. Truly tremendous to watch.