Gutschewski Gets First Win

By Sports NetworkOctober 5, 2003, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourSEASIDE, Calif. -- Scott Gutschewski posted an even-par 72 Sunday to coast to his first career Nationwide Tour victory at the Monterey Peninsula Classic. He completed the event at with a tournament-record score of 12-under-par 276.
 
Michael Allen fired a 5-under 67 to climb into second place. He was joined at 8-under-par 280 by Rich Barcelo and Zach Johnson, at two-time winner this season.
 
Gutschewski set all sorts of scoring records en route to the title. He established new 54- and 72-hole scoring marks and became the first player in the four-year history of the event to reach double figures under par.
 
'I thought I could win out here,' said Gutschewski. 'You always think you can win and know you can win, but doing it is a whole different animal. There are no tricks to this golf course. It's right there in front of you. I don't know what it was, but me and the course got along pretty good this week.'
 
Gutschewski opened the day with a four-stroke lead and quickly extended that. He birdied each of the first two holes at the Seaside Resort & Spa's Bayonet Golf Course to climb to 14 under.
 
Prior to this year's tournament, no player had climbed higher than 8 under par. Kyle Thompson had reached 9 under on Friday, but dropped three shots over his next two holes and never was a factor the rest of the tournament.
 
Gutschewski meanwhile, settled down and actually began to look human. Leading by eight strokes, he bogeyed the fourth and fifth to drop back to minus-12.
 
He responded in fine fashion though as he birdied Nos. 6 and 7 to get back to 14 under. He reeled off six straight pars around the turn. He dropped a shot at the 14th and another at the 16th dropping his final margin to four strokes.
 
'I was looking at the board all day so I knew where I stood,' said Gutschewski, who with the victory earns a berth into the 2004 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am championship. 'You just never know what's going to happen. Every hole is a double bogey waiting to happen and you don't have to hit that bad a golf shot to do it.'
 
Gutschewski has used a sponsor's invitation to the Omaha Classic in early August as a catalyst for his outstanding play. He ran off five consecutive top-25 finishes, which gave him a spot in the following weeks' field. He has made seven of eight cuts. He also earned a special temporary membership on the Nationwide Tour with his strong play.
 
He climbed to 65th on the tour money list entering this event. Thanks to the $81,000 first place check, Gutschewski leaps to 23rd on the money list, nearly guaranteeing him his PGA Tour card for the 2004 season which goes to the top 20 finishers on the money list.
 
'The pressure wasn't as much today,' Gutschewski said. 'For five weeks in a row, every putt I hit was big. If I lip out one putt in those weeks that went in, I'm not event here today.'
 
Barcelo, playing in the final group with Gutschewski and Joe Ogilvie, mixed two bogeys and a birdie over his opening nine holes. Around the turn, he carded two birdies and a bogey to cap an even-par round of 72.
 
Allen ran off three straight birdies to open his round. He dropped a shot at the seventh, but came back around the turn to eagle the par-5 10th. He bogeyed the 12th, but closed with birdies on the 14th and 18th for a round of 5-under 67, one of just six rounds in the 60s during the final round.
 
Johnson, who won the Rheem Classic and the Envirocare Utah Classic earlier this season, birdied four holes on the front nine to get to 8 under. On the back nine, he posted a bogey and a birdie for a round of 4-under 68 and a share of second place.
 
Roland Thatcher, who was looking to become the first Nationwide Tour player to ever win the same event in back-to-back years, was never a factor. He finished at 5-over-par 293.
 
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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 pm

    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:

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    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.


    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 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.

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    Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

    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.”


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    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

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    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.

    Said Harmon:

    “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.


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    “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.