Bryant Wins as Watson Implodes at Sr Open

By Sports NetworkJuly 8, 2007, 4:00 pm
U.S. Senior OpenHAVEN, Wis. -- Brad Bryant fired a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the U.S. Senior Open as third-round leader Tom Watson collapsed on the back nine.
Bryant collected his first major championship win and fourth Champions Tour crown as he finished at 6-under-par 282.
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Brad Bryant celebrates his first major championship victory. (Getty Images)
The 52-year-old Bryant, who trailed by five strokes at the beginning of the round, notched the second biggest final-round comeback in U.S. Senior Open history. Allen Doyle closed with an 8-under 63 in 2005 to overtake D.A. Weibring and Loren Roberts for a one-stroke win.
'Dreams do come true. Thirty-five years ago standing on a practice putting green I dreamed about hitting that putt and winning the U.S. Open as a kid,' admitted Bryant, who collected $470,000 for the win. 'Miracles happen.'
Watson got to 9 under with a birdie on the par-4 10th, but dropped six strokes over the next five holes. Watson posted a 7-over 43 on the back nine en route to a 6-over 78 at Whistling Straits that left him alone in fourth at 1-under-par 287
'I hit the ball in the rough too many times, and I got my just reward hitting the ball in the rough,' stated Watson. 'I had to put the ball in the fairway and I didn't do it enough times, that was the killer for me.'
Ben Crenshaw, who hasn't won since the 1995 Masters, carded a 2-under 70 to end alone in second place at 3-under-par 285. Roberts was one shot back at minus-2 after closing with a 2-over 74.
Watson opened with a birdie at the first and was four strokes clear of the field.
He dropped a shot on the fourth, but consecutive birdies from the ninth got him to 9 under, three strokes clear of Bryant, who was playing three groups ahead of Watson.
The big swing came at the par-5 11th. Bryant played his third to two feet and kicked that in for birdie to move to 7 under.
Watson, the 1982 U.S. Open champion, found a fairway bunker of the tee and played down the fairway with his second. He came up short in the rough with his third, then chipped his fourth short off the putting surface.
He pitched his fifth within 5 feet, but two-putted for double-bogey to slip to minus-7. Watson still led by one as Bryant could not save par from a greenside bunker on the 12th.
Watson's slide continued with a three-putt bogey on 12 and a two-putt bogey from 5 feet at 13 dropped him to 5 under and into a share of the lead with Bryant, who got to that number when he could not save par from a bunker at 14.
'When I made double-bogey at 11, a reachable par-5, that was a real wake-up call right there that the golf course wasn't going to give in very easily,' Watson said. 'Bogeys on the next two holes, a lousy three-putt at 12 and not getting the ball up-and-down from the back at 13 was kind of a harbinger for the rest of the day.'
Bryant moved one stroke ahead of Watson with a two-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th. Watson continued to struggle as he double-bogeyed the 15th.
Bryant, who led the field in greens in regulation this week, knocked his tee shot to 6 feet at the 17th. He missed the birdie try, but tapped in for par. At the 18th, Bryant two-putted from about 30 feet to close out the win.
'I hit the ball solidly all week, which in the wind is good,' said Bryant, who hit 30 of 36 greens in regulation in the final two rounds. 'I got the ball close to the hole starting out today. The front nine I think I had six good birdie putts and made four of them, that got me more focused.'
Crenshaw got within two of the lead thanks to birdies on nine, 11 and 13. At that point, he was 4 under. However, he wrapped bogeys at 15 and 17 around a birdie on 16 to get end at 3 under.
'We had a heck of a test of golf this week,' said Crenshaw. 'I played well for the most part today, but had a little bobble at the finish. I just didn't play quite well enough.'
Jay Haas, the reigning Champions Tour player of the year, closed with an even- par 72. He ended in a tie for fifth at 1-over-par 289 and was joined there by Sam Torrance, Denis Watson, Tom Purtzer, D.A. Weibring and Joe Ozaki.
Jim Woodward, Lonnie Nielsen, Vicente Fernandez, Larry Nelson and Mark O'Meara were one stroke further back at plus-2.
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    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.”

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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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    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.

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    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.