Dougherty Surges into Audi Lead
Walter Morgan and CBS golf analyst Gary McCord share third place at 4-under-par.
Saturday, under much more benign conditions, the stroke average fell almost two strokes. Thirty-five players posted rounds of par or better on Saturday, while only 11 did so in the first round.
Dougherty opened with a five-foot birdie at the first but it was his play around the turn that caused his name to be at the top of the leaderboard. He dropped in two birdies at five and six but his approach shot at the par-5 eighth separated him from the field.
He roped a 5-wood to four feet at No. 8 to post an eagle and grab a two-shot lead. Dougherty closed out the front nine with a five-foot birdie on nine for a 6-under 30.
Dougherty ran into a bit of trouble at the 10th when he three-putted for bogey, but he rebounded with a 15-foot birdie putt at 11 to reclaim the lost stoke.
The 54-year-old cruised along with pars, including a clutch save at the 15th after a poor drive left him the trees. But he ran home a four-foot birdie at 16 to get two ahead of Fleisher.
'I'm thrilled and lucky to play a good round like this on as a good a course as this is,' said Dougherty. 'Making the putt on the first hole gave me confidence and I had a great front nine today.'
The last time Dougherty owned the 36-hole lead in a tournament was last May in the TD Waterhouse Championships. He went on to win the event by eight shots.
'I'll just try to do what I can tomorrow and see where the cards fall,' said Dougherty, who won once on the PGA Tour. 'It would be a thrill to win here.'
Fleisher got close to Dougherty after a 30-foot birdie at the 13th but he dropped a shot at No. 14 when his approach came up short of the green and he failed to hole a six-foot save. He closed with a three-foot birdie at 15 and a 10-footer at 16 to shoot a 66 and take sole possession of second.
'The conditions were a lot easier today,' said Fleisher, who owns three top-five finishes in four starts this season. 'I made some putts today but I'm not striking the ball particularly well. It will be a shooting match.'
Bruce Lietzke (66) and Hugh Baiocchi (68) share fifth place at 3-under-par 141.
Overnight leader Dana Quigley struggled to a 1-over 73 on Saturday and is tied for seventh with Jack Spradlin and Hale Irwin, who posted second-round 69s.
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Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open
Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.
Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.
No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.
No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.
No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.
No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.
And No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
At 5 under for the day, and 5 under for the championship, he was one off the lead at this point.
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.
Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.
Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.
After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.
“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”
Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).
It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
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:
Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.
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 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 marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.