Low Scores Abound on Day Two in Hong Kong

By Sports NetworkNovember 30, 2001, 5:00 pm
Taiwan's Yeh Wei-Tze double-bogeyed the opening hole Friday but fought back to post an 8-under 63 for the lead through two rounds of the Omega Hong Kong Open.
European TourThe 28-year-old son of a fisherman topped the leaderboard at 13-under-par 129, one shot ahead of Zaw Moe of Myanmar, who fired a 64 in perfect scoring conditions at Hong Kong Golf Club.
Of the 80 players who survived the 36-hole cut - which fell at 3-under 139 - 68 shot in the 60s in the second round. Twenty-seven golfers were 5-under-par or better for the day.
Defending champion Simon Dyson of England, whose win a year ago propelled him to the Davidoff (Asian PGA) Tour Order of Merit title, had a 64 to finish in a six-way tie for third place at 11-under.
Yeh, two strokes back after one round, quickly rebounded from his first-hole stumble with birdies at the second, third and fourth. He added a birdie at the eighth to make his way out in 2-under 33.
'I got really angry when I double-bogeyed my first hole with a three-putt,' Yeh explained. 'It made me play harder and it was good to bounce straight back with three successive birdies. That got me going and on the back nine, I played really well.'
Although he wiped out a birdie at the 10th with a bogey at 11, Yeh fashioned an eagle at the par-5 12th to make it to 9-under. Four birdies over the final six holes lifted him to the top spot and put him in position to capture his second title in a tournament co-sanctioned by the European and Davidoff Tours.
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'My putting was just brilliant and this 63 is my lowest round as a professional,' said Yeh, who won the 2000 Malaysian Open. 'However, I'm not going to think too far ahead and will take things a shot at a time. I've played pretty average this season.'
Yeh, second to Dyson on the 2000 Davidoff money list, is ranked 25th on that tour's money list this year.
Moe, 34, a Singapore-based golfer with five top-10 finishes in Japan this year, began on the back nine and made his way around the 6,697-yard par-71 layout without a bogey for the second straight day. The big-hitter birdied seven holes, including all three par-5s.
'I holed out from the edge of the green on 11 and that got me going,' he said.
Alongside Dyson at 131 were Swedes Anders Forsbrand (64) and Carl Pettersson (64), 2001 Challenge Tour money-leader Mark Foster (65), Ryder Cupper Paul McGinley (66) of Ireland and first-round leader Adam Scott (67).
Scott, who opened with a 64 Thursday, racked up five birdies against a single bogey in round 2, but feels he'll need to shoot lower to keep up over the weekend.
'The scoring's going to be really good around here, so I've got to hang in there and try to get back to playing well like I did yesterday,' said the 21-year-old Australian. 'I missed a lot of greens and scrambled really well to only drop one shot.'
Two-time Masters champion Jos Maria Olazbal finished at 8-under after a 69, while Michael Campbell's 69 saw the New Zealander move to within six of the lead at 7-under.
Check out full-field scores from the Omega Hong Kong Open
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”