Mickelson Love to Meet in Quarterfinal

By Sports NetworkFebruary 27, 2004, 5:00 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods, the defending champion and No. 1 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket, trounced Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, 5 and 4 in Friday's third-round action at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Woods advanced to Saturday morning's quarterfinals against No. 3 seed Padraig Harrington. The Irishman advanced thanks to a 1-up win over last year's runner-up David Toms.
Phil Mickelson, the two seed in the Sam Snead bracket, continued his fine form on Friday with a 3 and 2 victory over Chris DiMarco. Mickelson will face Davis Love III, the No. 1 seed, after Love handled Adam Scott, 4 and 3.
Darren Clarke, the 2000 winner of this event and three seed in the Gary Player bracket, beat Kenny Perry 3 and 2 and will face Jerry Kelly on Saturday. Kelly defeated Chad Campbell, 1-up, in the third round and it completed an amazing Friday for the eighth seed in the Player bracket.
In Friday's second round, Kelly ousted No. 1 seed Vijay Singh, 4 and 2.
The other No. 1 seed, Masters champion Mike Weir, was bounced by Stephen Leaney in the second round.
Leaney, the eight seed in the Hogan bracket, won the 18th hole in the third round to defeat Colin Montgomerie, 1-up. Ian Poulter, the 11th seed, dispatched John Huston, 2 and 1, and will battle Leaney in the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday morning with the semifinals in the afternoon. The 36-hole final will take place Sunday and Woods is in solid position to become the first player to successfully defend his title.
Woods won the second and third holes to go 2-up, but Jacobson came back with wins at five and six to pull even. Woods rebounded with a win at seven and a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 8 to reclaim a 2-up lead.
At the 10th, Jacobson drove into the left rough against a tree and never recovered. He lost that hole to fall 3-down, then Jacobson missed the green at the par-three 12th to make bogey and fall 4-down.
Jacobson missed a par putt at the 14th and Woods drained a four-footer for par to end the match.
It might have been a good thing for Woods to end his match early. No golf was played on Thursday because La Costa was unplayable after nearly two inches of rain. The second round was completed Friday morning with the third round in the afternoon.
'It's quite a challenge,' said Woods, the only player to have won all four of the World Golf Championships events. 'I'll be good to go for tomorrow.
'I played well all day. I think what's important is I kept the pressure on my opponent all day.'
Harrington built a 3-up lead around the turn, but Toms birdied 11 to claw back into the match. Toms won the 13th and when Harrington missed the green right at the 14th and made bogey, the match was all-square.
The pair remained knotted until the par-3 16th. Harrington hit a 7-iron seven feet from the hole to set up birdie and win the hole. The Irishman had a look at birdie and the win at 17 but missed the cup.
Toms' 25-foot birdie chance at the 18th came up short and Harrington two-putted for the win.
'I was a little bit tired and my swing wasn't great to start off with,' said Harrington. 'I put a few bandages on it and thankfully just got home.'
Mickelson was down early but came back with a birdie at the sixth and with that, went 1-up. He won the seventh and 11th, then DiMarco came back to win the 13th and cut his margin to 2-down.
Mickelson sank a 25-footer for birdie at the 15th to go 3-up and closed out the match a hole later when DiMarco's birdie putt did not drop.
'I feel like I was playing well coming into the week. I played well on the west coast,' said Mickelson, who equaled the tournament record for shortest match in the second round with his 7 and 6 drubbing of reigning British Open champion Ben Curtis. 'I drove the ball in the fairway. I'm not really known for that.'
Love took advantage of Scott, who needed 22 holes to beat Robert Allenby in the second round. After the obligatory 30-minute break, Love won four holes on the front side and that was all he needed to dispatch the man who finished third last year.
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    Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

    The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

    The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.

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    This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

    After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

    “I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”

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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.

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    DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

    Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

    Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.

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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

    It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.