Medalist Gets Bounced at US Amateur
Mundorf matched the 18-hole record for a U.S. Amateur with a nine-under-par 63 on Tuesday but missed the green long with his tee shot at the long par- three 18th on Wednesday and lost the match.
The match, the final one of the first day of match play, was all-square until the 14th when Mundorf won the hole with a birdie three. The players halved the 15th but Earnhardt won the next two holes thanks to bogeys by Mundorf, giving him a 1-up lead with one hole to play.
Earnhardt and Mundorf halved the 18th with pars as Mundorf was able to save par but it was too late as Earnhardt will move on to face Robert Hamilton, a 3 & 2 winner over Andrew Svoboda, in the second round.
The defending U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney advanced with a 4 &3 win over former Arizona State teammate Chez Reavie. He will square off with Walker Cup teammate D.J. Trahan on Thursday.
'He hits it pretty far and he's pretty aggressive,' said Quinney, referring to his opponent on Thursday. 'So I'm going to have to make some birdies to beat him.'
Quinney is looking to become only the fourth player since World War II to successfully defend his title, joining Harvie Ward, Jr. (1955-56), Jay Sigel (1982-83) and Tiger Woods, who won three in row from 1994-1996.
Quinney's runner-up last year, James Driscoll also moved on Wednesday but it took him a little longer than expected. He needed 19 holes to best 43- year-old Jay Childs, who competed in his first U.S. Amateur in 21 years.
On the 19th hole, Childs found the right rough off the tee while Driscoll blew a 315-yard drive down the fairway. Childs' second shot missed the green short and left and then he flew his chip 15 feet past the hole. Driscoll wedged his approach shot on to the putting surface and collected his par, while Childs missed his par save.
'I could just tell on the first tee that he was the kind of player that could sneak up on you and the kind of guy you never heard of but could sneak up and do some crazy things at the end of the match -- like I was expecting him to chip in,' said Driscoll, who will face Casey Yates in the second round. 'I know hes played a long time and has a lot of experience. But, I cant even compare to last years match so Im not going to try. But, I am just glad to be playing (Thursday).'
Among the other morning winners were; 2000 quarterfinalist Jerry Courville and Dan Summerhays, who is the youngest player remaining in the field at 17 years of age.
Both the second and third rounds will be contested on Thursday, culminating in a 36-hole final on Sunday. Upper Bracket
Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C. (144) def. Chris Mundorf, Raleigh, N.C. (134), 1 up
Robert Hamilton, Carmichael, Calif. (141) def. Andrew Svoboda, Stamford, Conn. (141), 3 and 2
Scott Abbott, Dallas, Texas (143)def. Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (139), 4 and 3
Daniel Ozley, Birmingham, Ala. (143) def. Steve Sokol, Oxford, Conn. (140), 1 up
Brooks Kelly, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (143) def. Oliver Wilson, England (137), 2 up.
Daniel Summerhays, Farmington, Utah (142) def. Michael Carlisle, Aiken, S.C. (141), 1 up
Jerry Courville, Milford, Conn. (137) def. Craig Steinberg, Los Angeles, Calif. (143), 3 and 2
Billy Harvey, Las Vegas, Nev. (142) def. Matt Hendrix, Aiken, S.C. (141), 3 and 1
James Driscoll, Brookline, Mass. (136) def. Jay Childs, Kennesaw, Ga. (143), 19 holes
Casey Yates, Fouke, Ark. (142) def. Chris Wisler, Dover, Del. (141), 4 and 3
Taichiro Kiyota, Japan (143) def. Brock Mackenzie, Yakima, Wash. (138), 1 up
Sandy Horacek, Los Angeles, Calif. (142) def. Atsushi Takase, Japan (141), 2 and 1
Nick Watney, Fresno, Calif. (136) def. Cameron Yancey, Blackstone, Va. (143), 4 and 2
Nicholas Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.(141) def. Scott Hailes, West Bountiful, Utah (142), 2 and 1
Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga. (143) def. Ben Portie, Westminster, Colo. (138), 4 and 3
Manuel Merizalde, Colombia (142) def. John Robertson, Olympia, Wash.(141), 3 and 2
Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C. (135) def. Scott Feaster, Columbia, S.C. (144), 5 and 4
Brian Nosler, Lake Oswego, Ore. (141) def. Brian Quackenbush, Fairfax, Va. (141), 1 up
Jamie Elson, England (139) def. Brad Morris, Clay City, Ky. (143), 5 and 4
Michael Webb, Elberton, Ga. (142) def. Mike Plate, Ogallala, Neb. (140), 7 and 6
John Engler, Augusta, Ga. (136) def. Alan Morgan, Lake Charles, La. (143), 19 holes
Kris Mikkelsen, Woodstock, Ga. (142) def. David Griffiths, England (141), 5 and 4
D.J. Trahan, Inman, S.C. (137) def. Scott Wingfield, Las Vegas, Nev. (143), 4 and 2
Jeff Quinney, Eugene, Ore. (142)def. Chez Reavie, Mesa, Ariz. (141), 4 and 3.
Michael Sims, Bermuda (135) def. Steve Christophel, Vacaville, Calif. (143), 23 up
Simon Nash, Australia (142) def. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland (141), 3 and 2
John Carlson, Bagley, Minn. (143) def. Mike McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa (138), 21 holes
Ryan Blaum, Coral Gables, Fla. (142) def. Wayne Raath, South Africa (140), 1 up
Camilo Villegas, Colombia (136) def. Richard McEvoy, England (143), 1 up
Andy Doeden, Fargo, N.Dak. (142) def. Jay Morgan, Choctaw, Okla. (141), 2 and 1.
Chris Nallen, Hackettstown, N.J. (143) def. Lucas Glover, Greenville, S.C. (138), 20 holes
Bubba Dickerson, Hilliard, Fla. (141) def. Steve Paramore, Ashland, Ohio (142), 6 and 5Pairings for Thursday's second round of match play:
7:30 a.m. - Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C. (144) vs. Robert Hamilton,
Carmichael, Calif. (141)
7:40 a.m. - Scott Abbott, Dallas, Texas (143) vs. Daniel Ozley,
Birmingham, Ala. (143)
7:50 a.m. - Brooks Kelly, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (143) vs. Daniel Summerhays,
Farmington, Utah (142)
8:00 a.m. - Jerry Courville, Milford, conn. (137) vs. Billy Harvey, Las
Vegas, Nev. (142)
8:10 a.m. - James Driscoll, Brookline, Mass. (136) vs. Casey Yates, Fouke,
8:20 a.m. - Taichiro Kiyota, Japan (143) vs. Sandy Horacek, Los Angeles,
8:30 a.m. - Nick Watney, Fresno, Calif. vs. Nicholas Thompson, Coral
Springs, Fla. (141)
8:40 a.m. - Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga. (143) vs. Manuel Merizalde, Colombia
8:50 a.m. - Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C. (135) vs. Brian Nosler, Lake
Oswego, Ore. (141)
9:00 a.m. - Jamie Elson, England (139) vs. Michael Webb, Elberton, Ga.
9:10 a.m. - John Engler, Augusta, Ga. (136) vs. Kris Mikkelsen, Woodstock,
9:20 a.m. - D.J. Trahan, Inman, S.C. (137) vs. Jeff Quinney, Eugene, Ore.
9:30 a.m. - Michael Sims, Bermuda (135 vs. Simon Nash, Australia (142)
9:40 a.m. - John Carlson, Bagley, Minn. (143) vs. Ryan Blaum, Coral
Gables, Fla. (142)
9:50 a.m. - Camilo Villegas, Colombia (136) vs. Andy Doeden, Fargo, N.D.
10:00 a.m. - Chris Nalen, Hackettstown, N.J. (143) vs. Bubba Dickerson,
Hillard, Fla. (141)
Watch: Moore does impressions of Tiger, Poults, Bubba
Conor Moore is known for his impressions of golfers, and he is back with a new video just in time for The Open.
Moore even got the thumbs up from Ian Poulter.
This is hilarious..— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 16, 2018
Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite
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
Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC
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.
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.
Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense
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.
“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.”