Cohlmia Metzger Share Medalist Honors

By Sports NetworkJuly 11, 2006, 4:00 pm
USGABREMERTON, Wash. -- Mitch Cohlmia of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Justin Metzger of Knoxville, Tennessee shared the medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
 
Cohlmia had the lead after Monday's opening round of stroke play with a 5-under 67 and followed it up with a 2-under 70 at the Gold Mountain Golf Club's Olympic Course for a two-day total of 7-under 137.
 
After bogeys on two of his first three holes Tuesday, he rallied with four birdies the rest of the way.
 
'I didn't short-side myself nearly at all this week, at least so far, which makes it easy to get up and down,' said Cohlmia about minimizing his mistakes. 'Not a lot of pressure putts. It seemed like if I missed the green, it was a pretty easy chip -- I chipped it to a couple feet and made it.'
 
Metzger, meanwhile, carded a round of 4-under 68 on Tuesday after opening with a 69 Monday.
 
Now it's down to match play, as the top 64 players from two rounds of stroke play qualified for Wednesday's action.
 
Martin Ureta of Chile, last year's Public Links runner-up, finished third in stroke play with a 6-under 138 after his second straight round of 3-under 69.
 
'I'm in a good position for match play,' said Ureta. 'I putted very well and that's good for match play on this golf course.'
 
Defending champion Clay Ogden of West Point, Utah tied for 12th at 1-under 143.
 
A 10-man playoff was needed to fill the final eight spots in the field of 64 and the odd men out were Nicholas Van Vuuren of South Africa and Tyler Trout of Leawood, Kansas.
 
One of the oldest United States Golf Association events, the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship is being held for the 81st time. Some of the past winners who have gone on to have professional careers are: Jodie Mudd, Billy Mayfair, Trevor Immelman, David Berganio, Jr. and 2004 champion Ryan Moore.
 
Immelman picked up his first PGA TOUR win this past weekend at the Western Open, beating Tiger Woods and Mathew Goggin by two shots.
 
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    McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

    McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

    That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

    “I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”


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    McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

    Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

    “I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

    “So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

    McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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    Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

    Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

    His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

    Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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    Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

    Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

    Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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    “I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

    “Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

    Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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    Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

    His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

    We compiled some of their missives below:

    Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.