Caron in Front in Hershey

By Sports NetworkJuly 1, 2004, 4:00 pm
HERSHEY, Penn. -- Jason Caron posted a 5-under-par 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead of the Reese's Cup Classic at Hershey Golf Club.
 
Rafael Gomez, Michael Long, Boo Weekley, Kyle Thompson, Han Lee, Paul Gow and Mike Springer share second place after opening with rounds of 3-under-par 68.
 
There was a long weather delay on Thursday but the entire field completed the first round.
 
Caron opened on the second nine at Hershey Golf Club and quickly broke into red figures with a birdie at No. 11. He added another birdie four holes later at the 15th to make the turn at minus-2.
 
Caron, 31, birdied the par-5 first hole to join the leaders at 3 under par. He birdied three holes in a row from the fourth to go three clear of the field at minus-6.
 
'I swung the club really, really good today,' said Caron. 'I kept it in play and made a few putts. When I did miss a fairway it wasn't way off line.'
 
He bogeyed No. 7 to fall to 5 under for the round. Caron then parred in to take the first-round lead.
 
'This week has been a little different for me,' said Caron, who is sponsored by Reese's. 'I got to do the Reese's Tour on Tuesday and played with some of the bigger names from the company in the pro-am on Wednesday and we had a great time. There really hasn't been any extra pressure at all. I'm just having fun.'
 
Weekley held the lead but struggled down the stretch. He bogeyed the 15th, then double bogeyed No. 16. Weekley rebounded at the 18th with a birdie to get within two of Caron.
 
'I struggled on those holes when I was here last year,' said Weekley. 'I just made two bad swings but that's golf. Those shots are over with as soon as you walk off that hole.'
 
Thompson was 4 under until a bogey at 16 knocked him off the track to the top spot on the leaderboard.
 
Lee and Gow were bogey-free in their rounds while Gomez, Long and Springer each mixed several bogeys into their rounds on one of the most difficult layouts on the Nationwide Tour.
 
Scott Sterling, Charles Warren, Gary Hallberg, Jesse Fitzgerald, Rob McKelvey and Greg Bruckner share ninth at minus-2.
 
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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 pm

    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:

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    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.


    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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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    Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

    Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

    “We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”


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    It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

    Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

    “It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

    It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

    Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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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.