Green US Pubic Links Medalist
Green, from Jackson, Tennessee, finished two rounds of stroke play at Rush Creek Golf Club with an event and USGA record of 13-under 131. The old mark of 132 had been shared by three players at the Public Links and four others at other USGA events.
'It's always nice to be medalist, but you're a marked man,' said Green, who is the second-oldest player in the field at age 47. 'I keep up with the statistics. The No. 1 seed gets knocked off over half the time. I've got my work cut out. Whoever I draw, I'll start fresh. I've gotten some breaks and he didn't. He'll probably play better than he's been playing and I probably won't play as good, but that doesn't mean I can't win.'
Green, the 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur winner, will open match play Wednesday against Martin Catalioto, who survived an 11-man playoff for the final eight places in the 64-man match play field.
Match play continues until the 36-hole final on Saturday.
Ryan Moore, of Puyallup, Washington, finished second in stroke play at 132 after carding the low round of the day with a five-under 67. Moore was the 2002 Public Links champion.
Results following Tuesdays second day of stroke play Monday at the U.S. Amateur Public Links at the 7,132-yard, par 72 Rush Creek Golf Club:
Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn., 63-68--131
Ryan Moore, Puyallup, Wash., 65-67--132
Chris Stroud, Groves, Texas, 64-69--133
Anthony Kim, Norman, Okla., 66-69--135
Luke List, Ringgold, Ga., 65-71--136
Matthew Every, Daytona Beach, Fla., 67-69--136
Terrence Miskell, New Braunfels, Texas, 68-68--136
Derek Berg, Dovall, Wash., 67-71--138
Josh Williams, Davis, Calif., 70-69--139
Nathan Smith, Soquel, Calif., 69-70--139
Jason Kokrak, Warren, Ohio, 67-73--140
Jay Reynolds, Austin, Texas, 70-70--140
Sunghoon Kang, Korea, 65-75--140
Jason Harris, Clemmons, N.C., 70-71--141
Zack Reeves, Arlington, Texas, 69-72--141
Jeff Gilchrist, Sacramento, Calif., 71-71--142
Will Claxton, Swainsboro, Ga., 69-73--142
Aaron Choi, San Diego, Calif., 72-71--143
Barry Schenk, Layton, Utah, 69-74--143
Brian Atkinson, Palatine, Ill., 70-73--143
Charlie Woo, South Korea, 73-70--143
Neal Grusczynski, West Allis, Wis., 70-73--143
Adam Scrimenti, Sarasota, Fla., 71-73--144
Blake Moore, Monrovia, Calif., 72-72--144
Christopher Davidson, Woodstock, Md., 71-73--144
Clay Ogden, West Point, Utah, 72-72--144
Dirk Fennie, Greensboro, N.C., 70-74--144
Greg Koch, Orlando, Fla., 70-74--144
Joshua Wooding, Riverside, Calif., 72-72--144
Kevin Coghlan, West Palm Beach, Fla., 70-74--144
Kyle Ritchie, Bedford, Iowa, 71-73--144
Madalitso Muthiya, Zambia, 73-71--144
Matthew Hicks, Sissonville, W.Va., 68-76--144
Sam Hulsey, Gainesville, Ga., 72-72--144
Adam Delawyer, Deer River, Minn., 72-73--145
Anthony Bedient, York, Neb., 69-76--145
Brian O'Flaherty, Westlake Village, Calif., 72-73--145
Clayton Ellis, Memphis, Tenn., 71-74--145
Evan Frederick, Destin, Fla., 73-72--145
John Finnin, Crete, Ill., 73-72--145
Josh Ketter, Parker, Colo., 72-73--145
Matthew Williams, Holton, Kan., 74-71--145
Neil Johnson, River Falls, Wis., 73-72--145
Seung-Su Han, Korea, 71-74--145
Alex Knoll, Bethlehem, Pa., 72-74--146
Billy Wingerd, Baltimore, Md., 72-74--146
Brett Swedberg, Alexandria, Minn., 73-73'146
Daryl Fathauer, Stuart, Fla., 74-72--146
Jay Choe, Yorba Linda, Calif., 70-76--146
Jon Veneziano, Mt Dora, Fla., 70-76--146
Shane Prante, Olympia, Wash., 68-78--146
William Moore, Pacific Grove, Calif., 72-74--146
Brad Gibson, Denton, Texas, 72-75--147
David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., 73-74--147
Dayton Rose, Midwest City, Okla., 69-78--147
Steven Harvey, Salisbury, N.C., 71-76'147
(*11-man playoff for final 8 places in match play)
*Andrew Price, Mission Viejo, Calif., 68-80--148
*Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif., 71-77--148
*Charles Soule, Longmont, Colo., 72-76--148
*Henry Liaw, Rowland Heights, Calif., 73-75--148
*Jamie Miller, Silver Creek, N.Y., 73-75--148
*Jay Poletiek, Portland, Ore., 75-73--148
*Jeff Nichols, Mesa, Ariz., 71-77--148
*Martin Catalioto, Ramsey, N.J., 74-74--148
*Matthew Hilton, Muskego, Wis., 72-76--148
*Ryan Conn, Alexandria, Minn., 73-75--148
*Tim Kunick, Bismarck, N.D., 72-76'148
Did Not Qualify
Casey Russell, West Monroe, La., 75-74--149
Chris Eddy, Belleville, Ill., 75-74--149
Chris Leake, Windermere, Fla., 74-75--149
James Vargas, Miami, Fla., 73-76--149
Louie Patton, Canada, 77-72--149
Matthew Kodama, Las Vegas, Nev., 74-75--149
Michael Cavanagh, Perham, Minn., 76-73--149
Morgan Brown, Tucson, Ariz., 72-77--149
Royden Heirakuji, Makawao, Hawaii, 75-74--149
Shawn Warren, Windham, Maine, 70-79--149
Tim Johnson, Marblehead, Mass., 74-75--149
Todd Chin, Marion, Ind., 75-74--149
Wayne Severud, Maple Grove, Minn., 77-72--149
Brian Grossman, Mansfield, Texas, 69-81--150
Dan Hosek, Alexandria, Va., 71-79--150
Drew Shafer, Akron, Ind., 75-75--150
Jay Lindell, Lakewood, N.Y., 73-77--150
Jerry Chen, Union, N.J., 78-72--150
Lance Lopez, Missouri City, Texas, 73-77--150
Marc Rhoades, McCall, Idaho, 76-74--150
Matt Harmon, Grand Rapids, Mich., 74-76--150
Robert Keller, Temecula, Calif., 78-72--150
Ryan Spears, Del City, Okla., 75-75--150
Brett Ashmore, Sour Lake, Texas, 73-78--151
D J Fernando, Bakersfield, Calif., 74-77--151
Kurt Watkins, Chandler, Ariz., 73-78--151
Luke Stephan, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 72-79'151
Tommy Wiegand, Avon Lake, Ohio, 73-78--151
Adam Hagen, Scappoose, Ore., 70-82--152
Bobby Sobieski, Springfield, Ill., 71-81--152
Casey Carnes, New Braunfels, Texas, 75-77--152
Derek Abel, Frisco, Texas, 77-75--152
Joe D'Antoni, Grand Blanc, Mich., 71-81--152
Josh Allard, Portsmouth, N.H., 73-79--152
Kelbi Lee, Billings, Mont., 77-75--152
Sean Dove, Bulger, Pa., 74-78--152
Sean McNemar, Culpeper, Va., 74-78--152
Ben Greve, Annandale, Minn., 74-79--153
Brian Krusoe, Northfield, Ohio, 78-75--153
Casey Watabu, Kapaa, Hawaii, 75-78--153
Chris Straley, Cincinnati, Ohio, 75-78--153
Don Farnen, New Haven, Conn., 75-78--153
Douglas McCullough, Sleepy Hollow, Ill., 72-81--153
James Augustine, Pittsburgh, Pa., 76-77--153
Jerad Harklau, Rockwall, Texas, 76-77--153
Keith Hendrickson, Syosset, N.Y., 75-78--153
Pat Grady, Broomfield, Colo., 75-78--153
Paul Delucco, Cromwell, Conn., 76-77--153
Ricky Fox, Clinton Twp, Mich., 74-79--153
Bryan Haase, Interlochen, Mich., 76-78--154
Charles Haines, Hamilton, N.J., 77-77--154
Kevin Sheriff, Anderson, S.C., 75-79--154
Kyle Sapp, Gardendale, Ala., 77-77--154
Neal Valera, San Jose, Calif., 77-77--154
Robert Gwin, Houston, Texas, 70-84--154
Ryan Fery, Beaverton, Ore., 78-76--154
Brady Swedberg, Alexandria, Minn., 74-81--155
Brook Tully, Atlanta, Ga., 75-80--155
Kyle Litter, Chillicothe, Ohio, 78-77--155
Marck de Lautour, New Zealand, 77-78--155
Brandon Weaver, Nashville, Tenn., 80-76--156
Brent Kriegshauser, Leawood, Kan., 78-78--156
Jake Warneke, Stacy, Minn., 78-78--156
Matthew Ma, Aiea, Hawaii, 75-81--156
Mike Calkin, St Charles, Ill., 81-75--156
Roger Welch, Benedict, Md., 73-83--156
Bobby Bennett, Greenwich, Conn., 77-80--157
Brad Kerfoot, Canada, 80-77--157
Chris Igawa, Hilo, Hawaii, 78-79--157
Gary Wing, Irvine, Calif., 82-75--157
Mike King, Sidney, Ohio, 74-83--157
Ryan McClintock, Monmouth, Ill., 76-81--157
Barry Conatser, Jamestown, Tenn., 83-75--158
Ben Bryson, Reno, Nev., 76-82'158
Ben Minyard, Avondale, Ariz., 77-81--158
Benjamin Spitz, Norwell, Mass., 82-76--158
Chip Holcombe, Ft Walton Bch, Fla., 76-82--158
Arnell Garza, Kennewick, Wash., 81-78--159
Scott Jacobs, Hollywood, Fla., 79-80--159
Timothy Kane, Simsbury, Conn., 77-83--160
Patrick Garrison, Folsom, Pa., 83-79--162
Richard Church, Panguitch, Utah, 80-82--162
Matthew Brown, Panama City, Fla., 82-81--163
Shawn Marshall, North Vernon, Ind., 86-77--163
Gordon Willins, West Chester, Ohio, 84-80--164
Tim Moody, Chisago Lakes, Minn., 82-82--164
Ben Karns, Gaffney, S.C., 80-86--166
Jonathan Blauner, Forest Hills, N.Y., 78-88--166
Yoonhwan Kim, Middle Village, N.Y., 88-79--167
Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship
Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.
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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.
How The Open cut line is determined
Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.
The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:
• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.
• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.
• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.
The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.
The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major
Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:
What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.
What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.
How old is it?
It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.
Where is it played?
There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.
Where will it be played this year?
At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.
Who has won The Open on that course?
Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).
Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?
Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.
Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?
This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.
Who has won this event the most?
Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.
What about the Morrises?
Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.
Have players from any particular country dominated?
In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.
Who is this year's defending champion?
That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.
What is the trophy called?
The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).
Which Opens have been the most memorable?
Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.
When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?
Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.