Davies Leads Evian Annika Two Back

By Sports NetworkJuly 21, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Evian MastersEVIAN-LES-BAINS, France -- Laura Davies birdied three of her final four holes Wednesday to close a round of 8-under-par 64 and take the lead after the opening round of the Evian Masters. Davies' 64 tied the course record first set by Susie Redman in 2000.
Annika Sorenstam, a two-time winner of this event, opened with a 6-under-par 66. She is joined there by Lynnette Brooky and Marta Prieto. Stephanie Arricau is one stroke behind that trio at minus-5.
Davies, the winner here in 1995 and 1996, opened with three straight pars. The Englishwoman quickly moved into red figures with back-to-back birdies from the fourth at Evian Masters Golf Club.
The 40-year-old parred her next three holes, before carding an eagle at the par-5 ninth to get to minus-4. Around the turn, Davies picked up her third birdie at the 10th.
Davies moved to 6 under with a birdie at the par-4 13th. However, the two-time McDonald's LPGA champion stumbled to a bogey at the 14th.
Davies quickly bounced back as she converted a birdie at the par-5 15th. She came right back with a birdie on 16 to get to minus-7. Davies closed with a birdie at the last to tie the course record of 64, which she also shot here in 2001.
'I've been driving the ball magnificently all year really,' Davies said. 'But I really couldn't get anything going with the putter. I played very solid with only one bogey all day and that was my only bad putt all day. If I keep playing like that, I'll have my chance come Sunday.'
Davies, who worked for the BBC at the British Open last week as an on-course reporter, learned a few things while working.
'I couldn't really practice much last week at The Open, but I learned a lot from watching the men and how they swing it easy and hit it so far and that was the order of the day today,' said Davies.
Sorenstam, who finished 17th here last year, climbed the leaderboard slowly. She dropped in her first birdie at the second, and came back to birdie the fifth. The Swede then birdied the seventh and ninth to get to minus-4.
On the back nine, Sorenstam tripped to a bogey at the 10th. She converted consecutive birdies from the 13th to get to 5 under. The top player in the women's game capped her round with a birdie at the par-5 closing hole to move into a tie for second place.
'I'm very happy with the way I played today, it was very solid,' said Sorenstam. 'That is a good start wherever you go and today I was patient all day and took advantage of the par fives.'
Brooky wrapped birdies at the third and fifth around a bogey at the fourth. A birdie on No. 8 moved Brooky to 2 under. She moved to 3 under with a birdie at the 13th. She closed her round with three straight birdies to join Sorenstam and Prieto in second place.
Prieto stumbled out of the gate with bogey at the first, but she came right back to birdie the second. After four consecutive pars, the former British Amateur champion birdied the par-5 seventh.
Around the turn, Prieto dropped in consecutive birdies from the 10th. She birdied the 13th to get to minus-4. The Spaniard drained birdies at the 16th and 17th to share second place.
Lorena Ochoa, who tied for third place here last year, shares sixth place at 4-under-par 68 with Wendy Doolan, Kelly Robbins and Karen Stupples.
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, who hails from Dijon, France, paces a group at minus-3. She is joined there by Asa Gottmo, Soo-Yun Kang, Carin Koch and Becky Morgan.
Juli Inkster, the defending champion, is joined at 2-under-par 70 by 2001 champion, Rachel Teske and eight others. Fourteen-year-old Michelle Wie, making her debut at this event, is one stroke further back at minus-1. Among other players also at minus-1 are 18-year-old Aree Song and U.S. Women's Open champion Meg Mallon.
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    Schauffele just fine being the underdog

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

    Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

    Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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    “Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

    Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

    “All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

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

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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

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    Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

    One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

    McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

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    “It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

    McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

    “I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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    Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

    Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

    “Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

    One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.

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    After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

    “When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

    Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

    This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

    “It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”