Bolli Watney Tied at Tour Champ

By Sports NetworkOctober 30, 2004, 4:00 pm
Nationwide Tour ChampionshipPRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Overnight leader Justin Bolli only managed a 1-over 73 on Saturday, but it was enough to share the 54-hole lead of the Nationwide Tour Championship with Nick Watney, who shot a 71 in the third round.
 
The duo is knotted at 12-under-par 204 and leads by one over Kevin Stadler, who posted a 2-under 70. If Stadler wins on Sunday, he will graduate to the PGA Tour due to a 'battlefield promotion' for players who win three times in one season.
 
This is the final event of the 2004 season and is reserved for the top 60 on the money list. The top-20 on the money list after Sunday's final round advance to the PGA Tour for the 2005 PGA Tour campaign.
 
Bolli, who held a one-shot lead heading into the final round, struggled with one birdie and a pair of bogeys over his first nine holes. He fell further down the leaderboard with back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th holes, but rebounded late in his round.
 
He birdied the par-5 17th, then added another birdie at the last to join Watney in a share of first.
 
Watney, a Nationwide Tour rookie, started out poorly like his co-leader. He was 1 over after the opening nine, thanks to a pair of birdies, a bogey and a double bogey at the par-3 seventh.
 
But Watney, a 23-year-old who finished second last week at the Miccosukee Championship to move to 19th on the money list, rebounded from the mediocre front nine.
 
He hit a 3-wood for his second shot at the par-5 10th and got a great bounce in front of the green. Watney's ball rolled to the back of the green some 18 feet from the flag, where he two-putted for birdie.
 
Watney hit a poor tee ball at the par-3 16th that came up 55 feet short of the hole. He drained the improbable birdie putt to reach 12 under par, where Bolli joined him.
 
'I'm trying to do my best and add them up at the end,' said Watney, who is winless in his rookie season. 'I was playing well coming in, but part of that is I've learned a lot this year. I'm trying to ride it out.'
 
Nathan Green (69), Ryuji Imada (70), Brett Wetterich (71) and D.J. Trahan (70) are tied for fourth place at 10-under-par 206 at The Senator Course at Capitol Hill.
 
Kyle Thompson carded an even-par 72 and is alone in eighth place at minus-9, followed by Mathew Goggin, who fired a 4-under 68 and has sole possession of ninth place at 8-under-par 208.
 
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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.

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    DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

    Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

    Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.


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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

    It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

    With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

    Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery

     


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.

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    Woods fires shot into crowd: 'I kept moving them back'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:14 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It added up to another even-par round, but Tiger Woods had an eventful Friday at The Open.

    His adventure started on the second hole, when he wiped a drive into the right rough. Standing awkwardly on the side of a mound, he prepared for a quick hook but instead fired one into the crowd that was hovering near the rope line.

    “I kept moving them back,” he said. “I moved them back about 40 yards. I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left, and I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could. It grabbed the shaft and smothered it.


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    “I was very, very fortunate that I got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green.”

    Woods bogeyed the hole, one of four on the day, and carded four birdies in his round of 71 at Carnoustie. When he walked off the course, he was in a tie for 30th, six shots off the clubhouse lead.

    It’s the first time in five years – since the 2013 Open – that Woods has opened a major with consecutive rounds of par or better. He went on to tie for sixth that year at Muirfield.