Gangluff Barber Lead After Day 1

By Sports NetworkDecember 4, 2002, 5:00 pm
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Stephen Gangluff and Aaron Barber shot matching rounds of 6-under-par 66 Wednesday to share the first-round lead of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA West Resort.
Cameron Yancey, Anthony Painter, Mike Grob, Han Lee and John Morgan share third place at 5-under-par 67.
Play will be contested at both the Stadium Course and the Nicklaus Course throughout all six rounds of the tournament. There is no cut and the low 35 players and ties will receive their PGA Tour cards for 2003.
Barber opened on the back nine at the Nicklaus Course and collected six birdies over his first eight holes. That streak immediately put him at the top of the leaderboard but birdies at the par-5s on the front side, 4 and 7, sent him to 8-under and gave the outright lead.
Barber, who posted seven top-10 finishes on the Canadian Tour in 2002 and won that tour's money race in 2001, ran into trouble at the par-3 eighth. He knocked his tee ball into the water and double-bogeyed the hole to fall back into a tie for first place.
'On the back nine, I just started to make some loose swings, but I got away with it,' said Barber. 'You know with six rounds, no matter what kind of start you get off to, you still have to stay in the present. It worked today and I'm sure the nerves will be there the next few days.'
Gangluff, a PGA Tour rookie in 2002, also began his round on the second nine and played a more consistent round than Barber. He collected three birdies on each nine holes to match Barber in first at minus-6.
'I played well. I really did,' said Gangluff, whose best finish this season on tour was a tie for 19th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. 'I played solid and just carried it over from the second stage. I played well there.'
Bob May, who lost an epic playoff battle to Tiger Woods at the 2000 PGA Championship, is part of a logjam in eighth place at minus-4.
Steve Pate, a two-time Ryder Cupper, and Andy Miller, son of television analyst Johnny Miller, are in a group tied for 36th at 2-under-par 70.
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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.”