Huston Remains on Top

By Sports NetworkOctober 4, 2003, 4:00 pm
MADISON, Miss. -- John Huston carded a 4-under 68 on Saturday to stay on top after three rounds of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Huston finished 54 holes at 16-under-par 200 in search of his seventh career victory on the PGA Tour.
 
Hidemichi Tanaka, who played alongside Huston in the final group on Saturday, eagled the par-5 18th to finish two shots back. Tanaka was joined by Paul Stankowski and Chris Anderson in a tie for second at 14-under-par 202. Defending champion Luke Donald was lurking one shot further back at 13-under- par 203.
 
Huston held a two-shot lead over Tanaka to start the day at Annandale Golf Club and collected two birdies and a bogey over his first five holes. He added a birdie at the seventh to move to 14-under and pulled away from his competitors on the inward half.
 
The 42-year-old hit his tee shot within five feet of the hole for a birdie at the par-3 12th and followed that up with a birdie at the 13th. At the par-4 14th, Huston landed his approach inside 20 feet and drained the birdie putt to make it three in a row and stretch his lead to four strokes.
 
Huston, who is in search of his first victory on the PGA Tour since the Tampa Bay Classic in 2000, was coasting down the stretch until a bogey at the 17th shrunk his lead to two shots.
 
Stankowski tallied three birdies on the front nine and two more on 10 and 12 to reach 13-under. He found trouble with a bogey at the 16th but birdied each of his last two holes for his share of second.
 
Donald, who earned his first career victory on the PGA Tour at this event last year when bad weather cut the tournament to 54 holes, picked up three birdies over his first nine holes to make the turn at 11-under.
 
The Englishman added birdies at 11 and 16 before dropping a shot with a bogey at the par-4 17th. Donald recovered with a tap-in birdie at the last to finish three shots off the pace after a round of 67.
 
South Africa's Tim Clark, who was a captain's pick for this year's Presidents Cup, joined Shigeki Maruyama of Japan in a tie for sixth place at 12-under-par 204.
 
David Frost, Kent Jones, John E. Morgan and Jim McGovern shared eighth place at 10-under-par 206.
 
Per-Ulrik Johansson fired a 7-under 65 to finish one shot further back along with Glen Day, Brandt Jobe, Brenden Pappas, Patrick Sheehan, David Peoples and Carlos Franco at 9-under-par 207.
 
European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer was part of a group at 8-under- par 208 while his American counterpart Hal Sutton was well off the pace at 2-under-par 214.
 

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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.