Ebihara Leads Q-School by Four

By Sports NetworkNovember 21, 2002, 5:00 pm
Champions TourBROOKSVILLE, Fla. -- Japan's Seiji Ebihara shot his second straight, 7-under 65 Thursday to take the outright lead at the Champions Tour Qualifying School Tournament. Ebihara moved to 16-under-par 200, four shots clear of his closest competitors with one round to play.
 
Des Smyth of Ireland, who shared the lead with Ebihara after the second round, carded a 3-under 69 to finish alongside Jim Ahern at 12-under-par 204.
 
Ebihara exploded out of the gate with three straight birdies at the Rolling Oaks Course at World Woods Golf Club. Ebihara added two more birdies on the front side to make the turn at 14-under.
 
He added a birdie at the par-4 11th before the only bogey of his round at the 12th. The dropped shot was his first since the opening round, a span of 41 holes, and he recovered well with birdies at 14 and 16 to pad his lead.
 
'I'm very happy with this round. I haven't put two rounds together like this in quite awhile,' said Ebihara, who won the Order of Merit title on the European Senior Tour this year. 'I'm in good position but the key for me tomorrow will again be to get off to a good start. If I can do that, I think I'll be relaxed and the rest will take care of itself.'
 
Smyth had six birdies for his third straight round in the 60s, but he ran into trouble on several occasions resulting in three bogeys.
 
'I got off to a good start with those five birdies in the first seven holes and then those back-to-back bogeys just stopped my momentum,' said Smyth. 'I'll be in good shape, but I'll need to be nervous when I step on the first tee tomorrow. That's how I need to approach it.'
 
Ahern knocked his second shot to 18 feet at the par-5 third for an eagle to get his round going. He added six birdies and one bogey the rest of the way for a round of 65.
 
'I really played good all day,' said Ahern. 'My plan for the week was to not put any extra pressure on myself. I'm not going to do anything different tomorrow. I'll just go play my game and see what happens.'
 
Mike Smith, Mark Pfeil and Jerry McGee were seven shots off the lead at 9-under-par 207.
 
Former major league pitcher Rick Rhoden finished alongside Dave Barr and John Schroeder at 8-under-par 208.
 
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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.

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Woods shares emotional embrace with his kids

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:21 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would’ve vaulted him into a tie for second place at The Open. It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful week for the 14-time major champion, who is just happy to playing majors again.

Then he walked off the 18th, saw his two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie, and they all took a moment for a long embrace. Turns out, that was the perfect way to end the week.

“I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,'” Woods said Sunday after putting the finishing touches on an even-par 71 to end at 5 under for the week.


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“It’s pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again.”

In 2008, when Woods won his last major, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Sam was a year old and Charlie was not yet born. They don’t know how much their father used to dominate this game, especially majors. The last time Woods won a PGA Tour event was five full years ago. Woods has joked in the past that they only know him as a YouTube sensation.

“So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career,” he said. “The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. Man, it’s just such a great feeling.”