Love Among Second-Round Leaders in Hartford

By Sports NetworkJune 21, 2002, 4:00 pm
Cromwell, CT - Davis Love III shot a bogey-free 64 Friday to earn a share of the lead through 36 holes of the Greater Hartford Open at the TPC at River Highlands.
Love, who was out for two months last year because of neck pain associated with a disk problem, birdied three of his last four holes to join Jonathan Kaye and Briny Baird, who turned in matching 67s, at eight-under-par 132.
'Now that I am healthy and feeling good, my confidence is starting to come back and I'm starting to see some good things,' Love said.
Scott Hoch, who won a head-to-head battle with Love at last year's Western Open, shot 66 to finish in second alongside Kaname Yokoo (68) at seven-under. First-round co-leader Hidemichi Tanaka carded an even-par 70 to slip into sixth place with Len Mattiace (64), David Peoples (65), Carl Paulson (66) and Peter Lonard (68).
After opening with a 68 on Thursday, Love started on the back nine in round two and posted his first birdie with an eight-foot putt at the 12th hole. He came up short of the driveable par-four 15th then overcame a poor chip by rolling in a 30-footer for birdie.
Love collected four more birdies on his way in, including three in a row starting at the sixth hole. He hit only half the greens in regulation in the second round but needed only 21 putts once he got there.
The 38-year-old Love has amassed 14 victories on the PGA Tour, but has notched only one in the last four years -- the 2001 Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Although his 2002 started off shaky with five missed cuts in the first 10 starts with no top-15s, Love has played solidly since the Masters with seven straight cuts made and a pair of fifth-place finishes.
'I started off the year expecting big things because I was hurt last year, and maybe came out a little too anxious to try and make up for last year,' he admitted. 'Even though I did win (in 2001), I didn't win as much as I wanted to, so it took me a while to settle down and get into the rhythm of playing.'
Baird, another back-nine starter, sank 25-foot birdie putts at the fifth and seventh holes before moving to eight-under with a 10-footer at the ninth. Kaye's round featured two sets of back-to-back birdies and a bogey when he failed to get up and down from off the fourth green.
Both players are seeking their first win on the PGA Tour.
'Tomorrow is moving day, you kind of put up or shut up on Sunday,' said Baird. 'It's that simple. Golf is a very, very mental sport and there's a reason why it's so difficult to win out here, and it's not because of a lack of ability.'
Mattiace, who earned his first PGA Tour title in 220 career starts at the Nissan Open in February, holed two 40-foot birdie putts and two 25-footers en route to his 64.
'It was probably one of my best putting rounds in a long time,' he said.
Brett Quigley, who shared the lead after 18 holes with Tanaka, shot a one-over 71 to finish at five-under with Scott Verplank (70).
Defending champion Phil Mickelson, coming off a second-place showing in the U.S. Open, followed a 69 with a three-under 67. So did Sergio Garcia, who finished fourth last week at Bethpage State Park. They were among 11 players at four-under 136, four strokes off the pace.
Mexico's Esteban Toledo tied the back-nine tournament record with a six-under 29. He finished with a 64, jumping from 120th after one round to 30th at minus-two.
Notah Begay III, hampered by a bad back since winning here two years ago, suffered two bogeys and a double-bogey Friday but still made the cut -- his first of the season -- at one-under par.
Brett Wetterich produced the largest two-round swing on the PGA Tour this year. He following an opening-round 79 with a tournament-best 63, but missed the cut by one stroke at two-over 142.
Notable players who failed to qualify for the weekend included John Daly, two- time GHO champion Paul Azinger, and David Duval. Duval, ranked No. 7 in the world, missed his fourth cut in his last five starts.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 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 (