Lomas Out Front at ANZ Championship
The tournament is being contested using the modified Stableford scoring system that awards five points for an eagle, two points for birdie and zero points for par. One point is deducted for a bogey and three are taken away for a double-bogey or worse.
The first round was delayed due to rain that earlier in the week looked like it might postpone part of the tournament.
Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin is alone in second with 15 points, followed by Carl Pettersson, who had 13 points in round 1.
Lomas dropped his only stroke with a bogey at his 3rd hole, but he rebounded with four birdies on his front nine. He chipped in for eagle at his 8th, the par-5 17th at the Lakes Course, which gave him five points and a push to the top of the leaderboard.
He added four more birdies on the back to reach his 20-point total.
Lomas believes that the change in scoring style, coupled with the receptive greens that slowed down with the rain, could lead to a successful week.
'I am not scared of hitting driver at all on some of these holes. Being more positive, I suppose, being more aggressive on the course and with the putter as well. The greens were a lot slower than last week.' Lomas said.
Euan Walters and David Lynn share fourth-place with 12 points.
Patrik Sjoland, Marcus Norgren, Andre Stolz, David Smail, Scott Laycock and Jean-Francois Remesy are tied for sixth with 11 points.
Aaron Baddeley, who won the Greg Norman Holden International at this same venue last year in a playoff over Sergio Garcia, struggled on Thursday with four bogeys and three birdies. He shares 94th with former Georgia Tech star Bryce Molder and others with two points.
Full-field scores from the ANZ Championship
Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open
Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.
Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.
No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.
No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.
No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.
No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.
No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.
Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.
Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.
After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.
“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”
Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).
It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
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:
Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
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. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.
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 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 marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.