Cink Blasts Past Tiger into Lead

By Sports NetworkAugust 26, 2006, 4:00 pm
WGC-Bridgestone - 125wAKRON, Ohio -- Stewart Cink took advantage of some uncharacteristically bad play from Tiger Woods to move to the top of the leaderboard at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Cink posted a 6-under 64 on Saturday to take the lead at 9-under-par 201.
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Tiger Woods struggled Saturday, but stayed within one of the lead.
Woods, a four-time winner and the defending champion, bogeyed four holes in a row on the front nine. The No. 1 player in the world, who has won his last three starts, including the British Open and PGA Championship, chipped in for birdie twice and managed a 1-over 71 to share second place with Davis Love III (70) and Paul Casey (64). The trio is knotted at minus-8.
'I was a little surprised because it's Tiger Woods and the way he's playing lately,' said Cink. 'But the way the course is, anybody, even the great Tiger Woods, can make some bogeys out there.'
Woods, the overnight leader, despite hitting over the roof of the clubhouse on his final hole Friday, chipped in for birdie at the third to reach 10 under par and move two ahead of Love.
The wheels came off on the par-3 fifth. His 7-iron tee ball landed 45 feet from the hole, then his birdie try flew 8 feet past the target. Woods missed that putt to fall back to 9 under par.
At the sixth, Woods drove into the right rough, then found a bunker with his second. He blasted out to 6 feet, but missed that putt to fall into a tie for the lead with Love, who opened with seven straight pars.
Woods missed a five-footer for par at seven, then a seven-footer at the eighth. When Love drained a seven-footer for birdie at eight, Woods suddenly trailed by three.
Love continued his strong play around the turn. He kicked in a 4-foot birdie putt at the ninth, and rolled in a 10-footer for birdie at the 10th to get to 11 under par.
Love dropped strokes to par at 13 and 14 and that's when Cink's name appeared near the top of the leaderboard.
Cink, who was named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team by Tom Lehman on Monday, saved an unlikely par at the third, then knocked a 6-iron to 20 feet to set up birdie at the fourth. He made it two in a row with a 10-footer at the fifth and added a 10-footer for birdie at eight to get to 6 under par for the championship.
On the second nine, Cink hit a 6-iron to 20 feet at the 12th and converted the birdie putt. One hole later, Cink hit a pitching-wedge to 8 feet and sank that putt to get to minus-8.
He was still two down to Love, but a chip-in birdie at the 17th and a solid par at the closing hole got Cink into the house at 9 under par.
When Love bogeyed 16 and Woods' two back-nine birdies were not enough, Cink found himself in a familiar position at Firestone Country Club and in a familiar scenario.
Cink went wire-to-wire en route to victory here in 2004. That was also the same week then captain Hal Sutton named Cink as one of his two Ryder Cup picks.
'Any time you're in this situation it feels a little different,' said Cink, who has not won since this tournament two years ago. 'Last time, it was by five shots. I've got a lot more of a dog fight on my hands.'
Perhaps the biggest fight will come from Woods.
After his disastrous bogey run, Woods holed an 8-foot birdie putt at the 13th. He chipped in for birdie at the 17th, then hit another erratic iron at 18, but got up and down for par.
Jim Furyk was among the leaders, but two bogeys in his last three holes cost him. He finished with a 1-under 69 and is alone in fifth place at 7-under-par 203.
Lucas Glover shot a 1-under 69 on Saturday and is sixth at minus-6, one shot better than Ernie Els (70), Kevin Stadler (70) and Adam Scott (71).
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    More sun, dry conditions expected early at Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 9:14 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – An atypically dry Scottish summer is expected to continue this week at The Open.

    There’s a possibility of a few showers Thursday and Friday, but otherwise conditions are expected to remain dry with temperatures around 70 degrees and winds in the 15-20 mph range.

    The forecast for the opening round at Carnoustie is sunshine with clouds developing later in the day. The high is expected to be around 70 degrees, with winds increasing throughout the day, maxing out at 18 mph.

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    There’s a chance of rain overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, but it’s not expected to slow down the fiery conditions.

    It’s been one of the driest summers in recent memory, leading to fairways that are baked out and fescue rough that is lighter and thinner than in previous years.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 8:40 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 (

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    The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 8:30 am

    Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

    What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

    What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

    How old is it?

    It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

    Where is it played?

    There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

    Where will it be played this year?

    At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

    Who has won The Open on that course?

    Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

    Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

    Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

    Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

    This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

    Who has won this event the most?

    Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

    What about the Morrises?

    Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

    Have players from any particular country dominated?

    In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

    Who is this year's defending champion?

    That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

    What is the trophy called?

    The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

    Which Opens have been the most memorable?

    Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

    When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

    Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.