Kingston Leads Goosen in Hunt in South Africa

By Sports NetworkJanuary 11, 2002, 5:00 pm
James Kingston, who lost out on a chance to qualify for the European Tour when he missed Q-School in November, may have found another route onto the circuit after firing a 5-under 67 in Friday's second round of the South African Open.
Kingston, a 36-year-old from Rustenburg, South Africa, moved out to a two-shot lead with a 36-hole total of 11-under-par 133 at Durban Country Club.
England's Jonathan Lomas and Andrew Butterfield shot 67 and 69, respectively, to share second place at 9-under-par. Martin Maritz posted the day's best round of 64 and joined fellow South African Tim Clark (70) at 8-under.
U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, the 1995 winner of this event and one of the pre-tournament favorites, headed into the weekend four strokes off the pace after a 2-under 70 that featured a chip-in eagle at the 14th.
Also at 7-under 137 were India's Arjun Atwal (67), Alastair Forsyth (71) of Scotland and South Africa's Ashley Roestoff (71).
Seventeen-year-old South African amateur Charl Schwartzel (67) and 1999 British Open champ Paul Lawrie (70) led a group of seven players at 6-under.
Kingston, a four-time winner on the Asian Tour who also won twice in South Africa last fall, was set to compete in the European Tour Qualifying Tournament but had to sit out after misreading the instructions on the entry form.
'Obviously I am trying to win on the European Tour and it was frustrating that I didn't read the entry form as closely as I should have and missed out on that opportunity,' Kingston said. 'But I feel this is a nice way to get my card rather than going to the Tour School.'
Kingston's best finish in six European Tour starts last year was a tie for 26th at the South African Open, an event co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Southern Africa Tour.
'I didn't perform as well as I can in European Tour events I entered last season, but I'm hoping to do a little better this time,' he said. 'Who knows, with about 10 events I get into, I could get my card that way. I'm just going to play each shot as well as I can and if I get my card in the end, then so be it.'
Kingston caught fire during the middle of his round Friday, posting six birdies over a 10-hole span from the 5th through the 14th. He three-putted the 16th green for his only bogey, however, then failed to take advantage of the short par-4 18th when he missed a three-foot putt for birdie.
Sweden's Carl Pettersson, the overnight leader after a bogey-free 64 on Thursday, quickly plummeted from the top spot in round two due to a triple-bogey seven at the opening hole. He made five bogeys and just three birdies the rest of the way for a 77 that left him eight shots back.
Ernie Els, victorious at the South African Open in 1992, '96 and '98, had three birdies, two bogeys and an eagle in a 69. He finished tied for 37th at minus-two.
Defending champion Mark McNulty made the cut on the number at even-par 144.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 9:20 am

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

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.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

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:

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• 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.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (