Jacquelin Wins Maiden Title in Madrid

By Sports NetworkOctober 16, 2005, 4:00 pm
2004 Open de MadridMADRID, Spain -- Raphael Jacquelin managed a 2-under 69 in the final round Sunday, and it was good enough to give him his first European Tour win at the Madrid Open. Jacquelin completed his inaugural victory at 23-under-par 261.
'It feels fantastic. I've been waiting for this win for many years,' said Jacquelin. 'I've tried hard and I've worked hard on it and its just fantastic that the work paid off.'
Jacquelin tied or set several records on the week, but none are official as lift, clean and place rules were in effect. The Frenchman's total of 261 would have bested the tournament record of 264 set by Retief Goosen and Steve Webster in 2001.
Previously, he had tied the 36-hole mark of 128 and his three-round total of 192 tied the tour record and set the event mark. That three-round total matched the European Tour record set by Tiger Woods five years ago, and was four strokes better than the tournament mark of 196. That record was set by Goosen in 2001.
Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open winner, took second place at 20-under-par 264 thanks to a final-round 64. Anders Hansen also shot 7-under 64 to share third place at 18-under-par 266 with Darren Clarke. European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam finish in fifth place at 17-under-par 267 after a 65 on Sunday.
Jacquelin got off to a steady start with three straight pars. He two-putted for birdie on the par-5 fourth to move to 22 under. He led by six at Club de Campo, but his lead would shrink quickly.
The Frenchman missed the green at the par-4 eighth and he was unable to save par and his lead quickly was cut to three strokes as Lawrie had climbed to 18 under.
'Even more difficult,' Jacquelin said of when his advantage dropped to three strokes after eight holes. 'I tried to hang on and get some chances for birdie. I missed a lot of putts, but I saw Paul doing the same.'
Lawrie birdied two, four and six to get to 16 under. He then birdied the eighth and chipped-in for birdie on No. 9 to move to minus-18.
Jacquelin birdied the 11th when he drained a 12-foot putt to go four up on Lawrie. The Scotsman, playing one group ahead of Jacquelin, birdied 12 to get back within three.
The 33-year-old Jacquelin got up and down for birdie on the par-5 14th to move to 23 under. Lawrie closed back within in three with a birdie on 15.
Jacquelin scrambled to pars on his way in. He two-putted for par on 15, then got up and down for par at the next. He two-putted 17 for par and did the same at the last to hang on for the first win of his 10-year career.
'It was tough today,' Jacquelin said. 'I stayed relaxed and had a few jokes with my caddie. That helped me not think about the win. I did my best and today my best was a 69. I thought I had won on 17, but not before.'
Lawrie could not put more pressure on Jacquelin, as he parred the last three holes to take second place.
'Someone had to have a go, but Raphael had to make a few mistakes for me to have any chance, so good luck to him,' Lawrie said. 'He was so far ahead, second place seems like winning.'
Jose Manuel Lara fired a 7-under 64 to climb into a tie for sixth at 16-under-par 268. He was joined there by Jose-Filipe Lima, who closed with a 69.
David Lynn and European Tour Order of Merit leader Colin Montgomerie tied for eighth at minus-15 with Gregory Bourdy. Miguel Angel Jimenez was one stroke further back at 14-under-par 270 after a final-round 68.
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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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    After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

    With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

    While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

    Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

    Zach Johnson: 13/2

    Rory McIlroy: 7/1

    Jordan Spieth: 8/1

    Rickie Fowler: 9/1

    Kevin Kisner: 12/1

    Xander Schauffele: 16/1

    Tony Finau: 16/1

    Matt Kuchar: 18/1

    Pat Perez: 25/1

    Brooks Koepka: 25/1

    Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

    Alex Noren: 50/1

    Tiger Woods: 50/1

    Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

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    Perez (T-3) looks to remedy 'terrible' major record

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 7:34 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez’s major record is infinitely forgettable. In 24 Grand Slam starts he has exactly one top-10 finish, more than a decade ago at the PGA Championship.

    “Terrible,” Perez said when asked to sum up his major career. “I won sixth [place]. Didn't even break top 5.”

    It’s strange, however, that his status atop The Open leaderboard through two rounds doesn’t seem out of character. The 42-year-old admits he doesn’t hit it long enough to contend at most major stops and also concedes he doesn’t exactly have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the game’s biggest events, but something about The Open works for him.

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    “I didn't like it the first time I came over. When I went to St. Andrews in '05, I didn't like it because it was cold and terrible and this and that,” he said. “Over the years, I've really learned to like to come over here. Plus the fans are so awesome here. They know a good shot. They don't laugh at you if you hit a bad shot.”

    Perez gave the fans plenty to cheer on Friday at Carnoustie, playing 17 flawless holes to move into a share of the lead before a closing bogey dropped him into a tie for third place after a second-round 68.

    For Perez, links golf is the great equalizer that mitigates the advantages some of the younger, more powerful players have and it brings out the best in him.

    “It's hard enough that I don't feel like I have to hit perfect shots. That's the best,” he said. “Greens, you can kind of miss a shot, and it won't run off and go off the green 40 yards. You're still kind of on the green. You can have a 60-footer and actually think about making it because of the speed.”