Harrington Moves into First Alongside Furyk

By Sports NetworkJune 25, 2005, 4:00 pm
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Padraig Harrington posted a 3-under 68 on Saturday to join Jim Furyk atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the Barclays Classic. Furyk, who shot a 1-under 70, and Harrington are knotted at 9-under-par 204 at Westchester Country Club.
 
Brad Faxon fired a 5-under 66 and shares third with Brian Gay, who carded an even-par 71 on Saturday. The duo is tied at 7-under-par 206, one shot better than two-time former champion Vijay Singh (69), John Senden (72) and Kenny Perry (72).
 
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Padraig Harrington fired 3-under 68 to tie Jim Furyk for the lead at the Barclays Classic.
Harrington trailed by two heading into the third round and made that up with birdies at two and nine. He took first with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 10th, but he and Furyk exchanged the lead throughout most of the back nine.
 
The Irishman struggled after the birdie at 10. He three-putted from 18 feet for a bogey, then missed the green at the next to drop another stroke.
 
Harrington rebounded with a 15-foot birdie putt at the 13th, but collected his third birdie of the back nine at the 15th. He chipped in for birdie at the par-3 16th to reclaim a one-shot advantage.
 
Furyk once again tied him, but Harrington, playing one group ahead of Furyk, two-putted from 25 feet for a birdie at the last.
 
'I've got to be pleased with the final score,' said Harrington, a three-time European Ryder Cupper. 'I just have a better attitude to this week, that's it. I'm probably not being as hard on myself or something along those lines. It's not nothing but that.'
 
Harrington finally earned his first PGA Tour victory in the United States earlier this year. He captured the Honda Classic in March when he defeated Singh in a playoff.
 
He thinks the breakthrough will help him come Sunday.
 
'After winning once on the tour, at least it's a little bit of a monkey off my back,' said Harrington. 'I didn't feel it but certainly there was. It could have been there, and that's obviously gone. It's just a chance to win my 14th event of my career tomorrow, and go out and do the same things.'
 
Furyk broke into red figures at the par-5 fifth when his 3-wood came up short of the green. He hit a wedge 15 feet right of the pin and ran home the birdie try.
 
The 2003 U.S. Open champion ran into trouble at seven. His drive found the rough, but he muscled his second to the middle of the green. Furyk misread the putt, leaving it 4 feet short, where he missed again, leading to bogey.
 
Furyk parred his next seven holes, then split the fairway at No. 15. He was on a severe downslope and hit his wedge approach heavy into a front bunker. Furyk blasted out to 20 feet, but missed the putt and fell to 7 under par for the tournament.
 
At the par-3 16th, Furyk hit a 3-iron to 10 feet to set up birdie and draw even with Harrington. The Irishman pulled ahead with a birdie at the 18th, but Furyk caught him on the same hole.
 
Furyk used a 3-wood for his second at the par-5 closing hole at Westchester, but dumped the ball in a greenside bunker. He played his third to 4 feet and he rolled in for a share of the lead.
 
'I was very happy with the score I shot. Really, I thought the golf course played very difficult,' said Furyk. 'Obviously I'm happy with the way I'm playing. The big step is to go out tomorrow and play a good round and try to win the golf tournament and not really putting the cart before the horse.'
 
Furyk is looking for his first victory since the Buick Open two years ago. His next win would be his first since wrist surgery, but Furyk knows how to get it done.
 
'It doesn't matter what name is chasing you,' said Furyk. 'It's all about playing your style, attacking the golf course the way you want to, and I can't affect how the other guys are playing. I can only affect the way I'm playing so I don't really worry about it.'
 
Dean Wilson (66), Pat Perez (68), Brett Quigley (68) and Len Mattiace (73) are tied for eighth place at 4-under-par 209.
 
Defending champion Sergio Garcia struggled to a 2-over 73 and is part of a group tied for 48th at plus-3.
 
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    Woods on firing shot into crowd: 'I kept moving them back'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:14 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It added up to another even-par round, but Tiger Woods had an eventful Friday at The Open.

    His adventure started on the second hole, when he wiped a drive into the right rough. Standing awkwardly on the side of a mound, he prepared for a quick hook but instead fired one into the crowd that was hovering near the rope line.

    “I kept moving them back,” he said. “I moved them back about 40 yards. I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left, and I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could. It grabbed the shaft and smothered it.

    “I was very, very fortunate that I got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green.”

    Woods bogeyed the hole, one of four on the day, and carded four birdies in his round of 71 at Carnoustie. When he walked off the course, he was in a tie for 30th, six shots off the clubhouse lead.

    It’s the first time in five years – since the 2013 Open – that Woods has opened a major with consecutive rounds of par or better. He went on to tie for sixth that year at Muirfield.

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    Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.


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    Scott and Sunesson a one-week partnership

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 2:13 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Adam Scott has been in between caddies for the last month and went with a bold stand-in for this week’s Open Championship, coaxing veteran looper Fanny Sunesson out of retirement to work for him at Carnoustie.

    Sunesson caddied for Nick Faldo in his prime, as the duo won four major titles together. She also worked for Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia before a back injury forced her to retire.

    But for this week’s championship, Scott convinced the Swede to return to the caddie corps. The results have been impressive, with the Australian following an opening 71 with a second-round 70 for a tie for 16th place.


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    “It's been going great. Fanny is, obviously, a fantastic caddie, and to be able to have that experience out there with me is certainly comforting,” Scott said. “We've gotten along really well. She's picked up on my game quickly, and I think we think about things in a very similar way.”

    Scott was also asked about a potential long-term partnership between the duo, but he didn’t sound hopeful.

    “It's just for this week,” he said. “It would be up to her, but I don't think she's making plans of a comeback. I was being a bit opportunistic in contacting her and coaxing her out of retirement, I guess. But I think she's having a good week. We'll just take it one week at the moment.”

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    After tense Augusta Sunday, Rory ready to be aggressive

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 1:51 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy temporarily lost his superpowers during the Masters.  

    In one of the most surprising rounds of the year, he played tentatively and carefully during the final day. Squaring off against the major-less Patrick Reed, on the brink of history, with the backing of nearly the entire crowd, it was McIlroy who shrank in the moment, who looked like the one searching for validation. He shot a joyless 74 and wound up six shots behind Reed.

    No, the final round was nowhere near as dispiriting as the finale in 2011, but McIlroy still sulked the following week. He binge-watched TV shows. Devoured a few books. Guzzled a couple of bottles of wine. His pity party lasted a few days, until his wife, Erica, finally dragged him out of the house for a walk.

    Some deeper introspection was required, and McIlroy revealed a healthier self-analysis Friday at Carnoustie. He diagnosed what went wrong at Augusta, and then again two months later at the U.S. Open, where he blew himself out of the tournament with an opening 80.

    “I was worrying too much about the result, not focusing on the process,” he said. “Sunday at Augusta was a big learning curve for me because, even if I hadn’t won that tournament, but I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to every shot, I would have walked away a lot happier.”


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    And so McIlroy has a new mantra this week at The Open.

    Let it go.

    Don’t hold back. Don’t worry about the repercussions. Don’t play scared.

    “I’m committed to making sure, even if I don’t play my best golf and don’t shoot the scores I want, I’m going to go down swinging, and I’m going to go down giving my best,” he said. “The result is the byproduct of all the little things you do to lead up to that. Sometimes I’ve forgotten that, and I just need to get back in that mindset.”

    It’s worked through two rounds, even after the cool, damp conditions led McIlroy to abandon his ultra-aggressive strategy. He offset a few mistakes with four birdies, shooting a second consecutive 69 to sit just a couple of shots off the lead.

    During a sun-splashed first round, McIlroy gleefully banged driver on almost every hole, flying or skirting the bunkers that dot these baked-out, undulating fairways. He wasn’t particularly accurate, but he also didn’t need to be, as the thin, wispy rough enabled every player to at least advance their approach shots near the green.

    Friday’s weather presented a different challenge. A steady morning rain took some of the fire out of parched fairways, but the cooler temperatures also reduced much of the bombers’ hang time. Suddenly, all of the bunkers were in play, and McIlroy needed to adjust his driver-heavy approach (he hit only six) on the fly.

    “It just wasn’t worth it,” he said.

    McIlroy hit a few “skanky” shots, in his words, but even his bigger misses – on the sixth and 17th holes – were on the proper side, allowing him to scramble for par and keep the round going.

    It’s the fifth time in his career that he’s opened a major with back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He’s gone on to win three of the previous four – the lone exception that disastrous final round (80) at Augusta in 2011.

    “I don’t want to say easy,” he said, “but it’s felt comfortable.”

    The weekend gets uncomfortable for everyone, apparently even four-time major winners who, when in form, ooze confidence and swagger.

    Once again McIlroy has that look at a major.

    The only thing left to do?

    Let it go.