Campbell Holds Off Tiger for US Open Title

By Sports NetworkJune 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Michael Campbell of New Zealand overcame a four-shot deficit and a hard charge from world No. 1 Tiger Woods on Sunday to capture the 105th U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst No. 2.
'I snuck in there without anyone noticing,' admitted Campbell, who pocketed $1,170,000 for the win. 'Nobody took notice of this little kid from New Zealand until the last nine holes. There I was telling myself 20 times a hole to keep my focus and it worked.'
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Michael Campbell is overcome with emotion after sinking a putt to win the 105th U.S. Open.
Campbell mixed four birdies and three bogeys for a one-under 69. He was the only one in the championship to finish at par or better with a four-round total of even-par 280.
It was Campbell's first major victory and first title in the United States. The win was Campbell's first PGA Tour victory and his seventh on the European Tour. The 36-year-old had not visited the winner's circle since 2003.
'It's amazing, just completely changed my whole career,' said Campbell. 'This is what I've practiced for and I can't believe I am holding this trophy. I knew if I could shoot two- or three-under I would have a chance of winning and things went my way.'
Woods' putter let him down late in the round. He missed par putts from inside five feet at the 16th and 17th holes, but drained a 12-footer for birdie at 18 to shoot a one-under 69. Woods, the reigning Masters champion, finished in second at two-over-par 282 for his second runner-up finish at a major. Woods came up just short against Rich Beem in the 2002 PGA Championship.
'I did not get the speed of putts,' said Woods, who took 128 putts in the championship. 'I thought I needed to get to even par and hopefully that would get me in a playoff. It was not easy out there. I hit the ball well, it was poor decision making.'
As solidly as Campbell played (one of four rounds under par on Sunday), he benefited from the rest of the field struggling badly.
Retief Goosen, who collected his second U.S. Open title last year, held a three-shot lead Sunday, but completely fell apart. He posted a six-over 41 on the front nine, then bogeyed five in a row on the back nine. All totaled, he shot an 11-over 81 and tied for 11th at plus-eight.
'It was disappointing,' admitted Goosen. 'This is nothing serious. Nobody died or anything. I had a great Father's Day with the kids. The family is a lot more important than playing 81 out here today.'
Jason Gore, the Nationwide Tour player who golfed with Goosen in the final group on Sunday, fared even worse. He carded a 14-over-par 84 and dropped all the way to a tie for 49th at plus-14.
Once Goosen collapsed with a double-bogey at two and a bogey at three, Campbell assumed the lead. Campbell drained a 10-foot birdie putt at the first, then his lead was extended when Goosen made two more bogeys.
At the eighth, Campbell's drive hit a spectator in the head and bounced into the rough. His approach from 174 yards out landed 50 feet right of the hole and he three-putted for a bogey.
Campbell did not get his game rolling until the back nine, but that's when Woods moved into the picture.
Woods, a two-time U.S. Open champion, was one-over on his front nine thanks to some mistakes with second shots at one and two. He found himself eight shots out of the lead, but thanks to most of the field going backward and steady play from Woods on the rest of the front nine, he was within striking distance.
Woods sank a six-foot birdie putt at 10 to move within two. He knocked his approach inside three feet to set up birdie at 11 and now the No. 1 player in the world was down one.
But Campbell rebounded at the par-five 10th. His second shot missed right of the green and the 36-year-old chipped 35 feet long of the stick. Campbell drained the long birdie putt to move to even par and take a two-stroke lead.
Campbell converted a nice par save at the 11th, then came up 25 feet short with his approach at 12. The Kiwi rolled in that birdie putt and found himself three ahead.
Woods ran home a six-footer for birdie at 15 which prompted a famous fist-pump from the nine-time major winner. The good feelings were quickly erased as Woods made a mistake at No. 16. His second came up short of the green and his pitch stopped five feet from the cup. Woods missed the par putt to fall three back again.
Woods put himself in a good spot for birdie at 17. He was 22 feet from the hole, but ran his putt four feet past the hole. Woods, normally one of the best in the world at short putts in pressure-packed situations, missed this putt and was now in serious trouble.
Campbell, four ahead, sank a clutch four-footer for par at 15, but drove in the rough at 16. He laid up his second shot, then hit his 98-yard third shot 40 feet left of the stick. Campbell two-putted for the bogey, but now only had a three-shot lead over Woods.
Campbell played safely at 17, stopping 20 feet short of the hole. He ran in yet another long birdie putt and was four clear of Woods, but the two-time U.S. Open champion birdied 18 to claw within three.
Armed with a three-shot cushion, Campbell missed the fairway and laid up into the fairway at 18. His third came to rest five feet from the hole, but he missed the par putt.
All that meant was that Campbell's first major victory would be a two-shot win, not three.
'I think I had three shots to play with on the last hole,' said Campbell. 'So sinking that birdie putt on 17 was a turning point.'
Campbell joined Bob Charles as the only players from New Zealand to win major championships. Charles captured the 1963 British Open, a tournament where Campbell had some history.
At the 1995 British Open at St. Andrews, Campbell took a two-shot lead into the final round. He shot a 76 on that Sunday and tied for third place.
But on this Sunday 10 years later, Campbell is a U.S. Open champion. It's almost a shock considering he almost did not play this week. He did not want to go through the qualifying, but his management talked him into it and Campbell got in at Walton Heath.
'I was at ease with the golf course,' said Campbell, who became the first qualifier to win since Steve Jones in 1996. 'It wasn't my turn in '95. I went through some ups and downs, but deep down inside, I knew had something in me to do something special.'
Sergio Garcia (70), Tim Clark (70) and Mark Hensby (74) shared third place at five-over-par 285. For Hensby, that is his second consecutive top-five in a major after a share of fifth at the Masters.
Davis Love III (69), Rocco Mediate (71) and Vijay Singh (72) tied for sixth at plus-six. Nick Price (72) and Arron Oberholser (73) shared ninth place at seven-over-par 287.
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    McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

    McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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    How The Open cut line is determined

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

    Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

    The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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    • After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

    • There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

    • There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

    The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

    Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

    (All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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    First-, second-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

    Three-time champion Tiger Woods is playing in The Open for the first time since he missed the cut in 2015 at St. Andrews. Woods will begin his first round Thursday in the 147th edition at Carnoustie at 10:21 a.m. ET, playing alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox.

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth delivered the claret jug to the R&A on Monday at Carnoustie. He will begin his title defense at 4:58 a.m. ET on Thursday, playing with world No. 2 Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    Other notable groupings:

    • Rory McIlroy will look to capture his second claret jug at 7:53 a.m. Thursday. He goes off with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen.
    • World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is playing with Alex Noren and Charley Hoffman. They will play at 8:04 a.m. ET in the first round.
    • World No. 2 Justin Thomas goes at 8:26 a.m. with Francesco Molinari and Branden Grace.
    • Masters champion Patrick Reed will play with Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey at 5:20 a.m. ET.
    • U.S. Open champion and world No. 4 Brooks Koepka is grouped with Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith (9:59 a.m. ET).
    • Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion, will begin at 3:03 a.m. ET with Satoshi Kodaira and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

    Here's a look at the full list of times for Rounds 1 and 2 (all times ET):

    1:35AM/6:36AM: Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer, Andy Sulliva

    1:46AM/6:47AM: Erik Van Rooyen, Brady Schnell, Matthew Southgate

    1:57AM/6:58AM: Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo, Luke List

    2:08AM/7:09AM: Mark Calcavecchia, Danthai Boonma, Shaun Nooris

    2:19AM/7:20AM: Kevin Chappell, Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

    2:30AM/7:31AM: Ross Fisher, Paul Dunne, Austin Cook

    2:41AM/7:42AM: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

    2:52AM/7:53AM: Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner, Marcus Kinhult

    3:03AM/8:04AM: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    3:14AM/8:15AM: Brian Harman, Yuta Ikeda, Andrew Landry

    3:25AM/8:26AM: Si Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Nicolai Hojgaard (a)

    3:36AM/8:37AM: Stewart Cink, Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara

    3:47AM/8:48AM: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Sung Kang

    4:03AM/9:04AM: Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, Chesson Hadley

    4:14AM/9:15AM: Pat Perez, Julian Suri, George Coetzee

    4:25AM/9:26AM: David Duval, Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na

    4:36AM/9:37AM: Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen

    4:47AM/9:48AM: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

    4:58AM/9:59AM: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

    5:09AM/10:10AM: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

    5:20AM/10:21AM: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

    5:31AM/10:32AM: Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jhonattan Vegas

    5:42AM/10:43AM: Yuxin Lin (a), Alexander Bjork, Sang Hyun Park

    5:53AM/10:54AM: James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus, Zander Lombard

    6:04AM/11:05AM: Kodai Ichihara, Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

    6:15AM/11:16AM: Sean Crocker, Gavin Green, Ash Turner

    6:36AM/1:35AM: Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis

    6:47AM/1:46AM: Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III

    6:58AM/1:57AM: Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis

    7:09AM/2:08AM: Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An

    7:20AM/2:19AM: Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood

    7:31AM/2:30AM: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

    7:42AM/2:41AM: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

    7:53AM/2:52AM: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

    8:04AM/3:03AM: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

    8:15AM/3:14AM: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

    8:26AM/3:25AM: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

    8:37AM/3:36AM: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

    8:48AM/3:47AM: Todd Hamilton, Beau Hossler, Jorge Campillo

    9:04AM/4:03AM: Ryuko Tokimatsu, Chez Reavie, Michael Kim

    9:15AM/4:14AM: Kyle Stanley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jens Dantorp

    9:26AM/4:25AM: Tom Lehman, Dylan Frittelli, Grant Forrest

    9:37AM/4:36AM: Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi, Jason Kokrak

    9:48AM/4:47AM: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

    9:59AM/4:58AM: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

    10:10AM/5:09AM: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

    10:21AM/5:20AM: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

    10:32AM/5:31AM: Jason Dufner, Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley

    10:43AM/5:42AM: Ryan Armour, Abraham Ander, Masahiro Kawamura

    10:54AM/5:53AM: Jazz Janewattananond, Fabrizio Zanotti, Jordan Smith

    11:05AM/6:04AM: Brett Rumford, Masanori Kobayashi, Jack Senior

    11:16AM/6:15AM: Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon