Couples Scott Catch Fire at Shootout

By Sports NetworkNovember 12, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Franklin Templeton ShootoutNAPLES, Fla. -- Fred Couples and Adam Scott fired an 11-under 61 in the better-ball format Saturday to take the lead heading into the final round at the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
 
Couples and Scott stand at 19-under-par 125 through two rounds at Tiburon Golf Course. They hold a two-shot lead over John Houston and Kenny Perry, who played their final two holes at minus-3 to finish with a 63 and make the final pairing.
 
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Why is Freddie Couples smiling? It must be 'Silly Season' time.
Fred Funk and Jason Gore, who led after the Friday's modified alternate shot round, shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday and are alone in third place at minus-16.
 
Mark O'Meara and Nick Price are in fourth place at 15-under after a 65, while Ryan Moore and Jesper Parnevik also shot a 65 to finish the round one stroke further back in fifth.
 
In the better-ball format, each golfer plays through every hole using his own ball. The player whose score is the lowest counts as the team score for that hole.
 
Like first-round leaders Funk and Gore -- as well as two-time defending champions Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman -- Couples and Scott possess a balance of distance and accuracy which is so important in an event like this.
 
'We talked about playing together a long time ago, and obviously I love the way he hits the ball,' Couples said of Scott, who is 21st in scoring average and 23rd in driving distance on the PGA Tour this year.
 
'As you saw today, he (Scott) drives it a hundred miles. He's got a beautiful stroke, and you're never in trouble.'
 
Impressively, the leaders strung together six birdies in a row to reach 15 under after 10 holes.
 
During that stretch, Couples rolled in a 3-foot putt after just missing a hole-in-one at the par-3eighth. He also sunk a 5-foot birdie putt at 10 to get to minus-15.
 
Couples and Scott both missed long putts at the par-4 11th to end their birdie streak, but they still held a three-stroke lead over Huston and Perry.
 
At the 12th, Couples lipped out a very long uphill putt that would have moved the duo four clear. Instead, they were ahead by two shots after Huston and Perry reached 13 under.
 
But Couples and Scott restored their three-stroke lead with a birdie at 14, and then extended it to four shots when Scott chipped in for birdie from the fringe at the 15th to put them at minus-17.
 
Couples made par from the fringe at the par-3 16th, and the overnight lead was pretty much in hand for the duo at that point. For Scott, it was a matter of following his partner's lead.
 
'I figure I'll just saddle up again and ride him like I did today,' Scott said, looking forward to Sunday's scramble and eyeing the $630,000 winner's share of the $2.6 million purse.
 
Of course, their lead looked a lot stronger before Perry finished with eagle-birdie on his and Houston's final two holes.
 
'It's a bit of a shootout, I guess,' said Scott.
 
Kirk Triplett and Jay Haas are alone in sixth place at 12-under-par 132 after a second-round 65.
 
Sluman and Kuehne (67) have some ground to make up if they are going to three- peat. They share seventh place at minus-11 with the teams of John Daly and Tim Herron (65) and Mark Calcavecchia and Loren Roberts (63).
 
Paul Azinger and Olin Browne shot a 68 and are in 10th place at 10 under, while tournament host Greg Norman and partner Steve Elkington are one stroke further back in 11th after a 66.
 
Peter Jacobsen and Scott McCarron (69) are last at minus-7.
 
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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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    After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

    With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

    While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

    Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

    Zach Johnson: 13/2

    Rory McIlroy: 7/1

    Jordan Spieth: 8/1

    Rickie Fowler: 9/1

    Kevin Kisner: 12/1

    Xander Schauffele: 16/1

    Tony Finau: 16/1

    Matt Kuchar: 18/1

    Pat Perez: 25/1

    Brooks Koepka: 25/1

    Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

    Alex Noren: 50/1

    Tiger Woods: 50/1

    Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

    Danny Willett: 60/1

    Francesco Molinari: 60/1