Coles Grabs Early Lead

By Sports NetworkAugust 12, 2004, 4:00 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Gavin Coles fired a 9-under-par 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Price Cutter Charity Championship.
Chad Collins stumbled to a bogey on his final hole to take second place at 8-under-par 64. A pair of players looking for their first Nationwide Tour win, Bubba Watson and Brad Ott, share third place at minus-7.
Coles opened his round on the back nine and quickly picked up an eagle at the par-5 11th. He came right back with a birdie on the 12th. After a pair of pars, the 2004 New Zealand PGA Championship winner, dropped in a birdie at the 15th to move to minus-4.
The 35-year-old Coles ran off five consecutive pars around the turn. He then drained birdie attempts at the third and fifth to climb to 6 under at Highland Springs Country Club.
He converted a birdie putt at the seventh and made it two straight as he birdied the eighth. Coles capped his round with his third straight birdie.
'I don't think I mis-hit a shot all day, but if I did it was the driver on the last hole and that one hit the fairway,' said Coles, who finished eighth here in 2002. 'It felt easy out there because the putts were going in. Today was a lot of fun. We're just here to have fun this week whether it goes in or not.'
Collins also began on the back nine and started with back-to-back birdies from the 10th. He notched his third birdie at the 13th, but tripped to a bogey at the very next hole.
Starting at the 17th, Collins ran off four consecutive birdies around the turn to jump to 6 under. He sank another birdie at the fifth before birdieing the sixth to get to minus-8. After a birdie at the eighth gave him a share of the lead, Collins bogeyed the ninth, his 18th, to slip into second place.
'I just played a solid round today,' said Collins, who Monday qualified last week and finished 10th to earn a spot in this field. 'I kept the ball in the fairway and gave myself a lot of looks. I had a lot of 10- and 12-footers and made my share of them. I'm excited about the rest of the week. I just hope to keep having top-25 finishes the rest of the year.'
Tom Scherrer, the runner-up at the season-opening Panama Open, posted a 6- under-par 66. He shares fifth place with Brad Adamonis, Tyler Williamson and Kevin Haefner.
David McKenzie, Eduardo Herrera and Brent Schwarzrock are one stroke further back at minus-5.
Kevin Stadler, a two-time winner this year, carded a 4-under-par 68. He is tied there by 14 other players including Hunter Haas and Franklin Langham, who have each picked up one win this season.
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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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    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.