Dodds Cruises to Victory in Virginia
Deane's brother, Brenden Pappas, tied Jonathan Byrd, who was a co-leader with Dodds after the second round, at 6-under. David Gossett was alone in fifth at 5-under 283.
Dodds broke the tie with Byrd at the first hole when he hit a 9-iron to 15 feet. He got breathing room when he holed a 12-foot birdie at the fifth. Byrd dropped a shot at No. 7 when he dumped his tee shot at the par-3 hole into the water, giving Dodds a three-shot edge.
Dodds comments on how his daughter inspired his win
The lead stayed around three over Byrd and Deane Pappas even though Dodds dropped a shot with a missed 15-foot par save at No. 9. He bogeyed the 10th as well when he hit a poor third shot into a bunker and failed to get up and down. Byrd bogeyed the same hole and Deane Pappas parred the remaining holes to keep the lead at three.
Dodds rebounded from the back-to-back bogeys at No. 11 when he wedged his approach shot to four feet for birdie. He birdied the par-5 16th to grab a five-shot advantage.
He bogeyed the final two holes and held on for the win, his third on the Buy.Com Tour.
Dodds, who won the 1998 Greater Greensboro Classic on the PGA Tour, was motivated for victory after a conversation with his five-year-old daughter, Audrey.
'Last week, she said, 'Dad all your trophies at home have got dust on them. I think it's time we need a new trophy.',' recounted Dodds, who pocketed $76,500 for the win. 'In many ways it kind of put things back in perspective for me that that's really what I should be playing for. It just fired me up a little bit, and I went out and had fun.'
Deane Pappas, the winner of the Monterrey Open in March of this year, could not capitalize on the back nine after he birdied four of his last five holes as he was set to make the turn.
'I was 9-under at the turn and I figured if I could get a couple of birdies, maybe two or three on the back nine, I would have a chance,' said Pappas. 'He's obviously playing solid golf.'
Chris Couch, who captured the season-opening Florida Classic, took solo sixth place. Rod Pampling, Craig Matthew, Mike Heinen and Heath Slocum tied for seventh at minus-three.
Defending champion Ryuji Imada, who was only four shots back after 36 holes, shot 76-75 over the weekend to finish tied for 22nd at even-par 288.
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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:
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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.
Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2
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.”
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
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.
“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.
“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.