Montgomerie Shares Lead in France

By Sports NetworkMay 2, 2002, 4:00 pm
Colin Montgomerie shares the lead with Marten Olander, who tallied 10 birdies, including nine in the span of 10 holes in Thursday's first round of the Open de France at Le Golf National. Frenchman Jean-Francois Remesy also posted a 5-under-par 67 to finish the day tied at the top.
Englishmen Malcolm Mackenzie and Kenneth Ferrie finished one shot back after shooting 68s. Also in fourth place at 4-under were South Africa's Trevor Immelman, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Australia's Richard Green.
Ian Woosnam, Malaysian Open winner Alastair Forsyth and defending champion Jose Maria Olazabal were among 13 players tied for ninth with 3-under 69s.
The 30-year-old Olander played the back nine first and dug himself a huge hole with double-bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes. He battled back with a birdie at the 14th, then began his steady ascent up the leaderboard with an up-and-down birdie at the par-5 18th.
Birdies on holes 1 through 7 gave Olander an amazing eight in a row to equal a European Tour record. His birdie on the seventh came via a long chip-in, but he missed the green with his tee shot at the par-3 eighth and took a bogey.
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Olander closed his eventful day with a birdie at the par-5 ninth.
'It was a strange round,' said Olander, who captured the Challenge Tour's Hardelot Challenge de France last year to earn his way back onto the European Tour. 'Quite a tough start. But I tried to stay positive because after three holes of a tournament you can't really conclude what will happen over the next four days. I told myself to focus even harder on each shot and hopefully some birdies will come. And they did.'
Olander became the ninth player in tour history to make eight birdies in succession. Woosnam and Seve Ballesteros each turned the trick in 1985, while 1998 British Open champion Mark O'Meara had his run of eight straight at the 1996 Alfred Dunhill Cup at St. Andrews. At the 1999 European Open at the K Club, Darren Clarke used a record-tying birdie streak to become the first player to shoot 60 twice on the European Tour.
Tony Johnstone, John Bickerton, Raymond Russell and Marcello Santi also share the record.
'I wasn't aware of the record,' Olander admitted. 'I wanted to make birdie on eight. But that is a tough hole. I tried to cut the three-iron into a back right pin and blocked it right. I tried to hole the chip but it ran 15 feet by and missed the putt. But it was still a nice run.'
Montgomerie, the 2000 winner at Le Golf National, was one-under through the 12th but finished with a flourish by birdieing four of the final six holes. The winner of seven straight Order of Merit titles is seeking his first top-10 result of the season.
'I spent about three hours on the range this morning working things out technically and took it on to the course,' he said. 'I played quite well. Six birdies, my only dropped shot was the ninth. It was the only green I missed.'
Check out Montgomerie's Scorecard
Remesy's scorecard was comprised of seven birdies and a double-bogey. With a victory this week, he would become the first Frenchman to win the Open de France since Jean Garaialde in 1969.
Olazabal, who survived a 36-hole final day to win last year's rain-plagued Open de France by two shots, is currently ranked third on both the European Order of Merit and the PGA Tour money list. He captured the Hong Kong Open at the start of the European Tour season and won the PGA Tour's Buick Invitational in February.
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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 146th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Royal Birkdale, broken down into daily segments:

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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Knox relishes round with 'mythical figure' Woods

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Russell Knox was expecting the worst and hoping for the best Thursday at The Open.

Playing with Tiger Woods tends to have that effect.

The native Scot received a treat earlier this week when he saw his name on the tee sheet alongside his boyhood idol, Woods.

“Felt good out there, but obviously my swing, it was just like I had too much tension,” Knox said after an opening 73. “I just wasn’t letting it go as normal. First round with Tiger, I expected to feel a little bit different. The way I felt was better than the way I swung.”

Knox said that he was nervous playing alongside Woods, a player he’d only encountered on the range. “He’s almost like a mythical figure,” he said.

But after a while, he settled into the rhythm of the round at Carnoustie.

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“I thought it would be worse,” he said, “I feel like I should know what I’m doing. It’s cool playing with Tiger, but I’ve got to get over that. I’m here to win, not just enjoy my walk around the course.”

Knox probably had more interaction with Woods than he anticipated, if only because the third member of the group, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, keeps to himself because of the language barrier.

“It’s kind of a blur,” Knox said. “It’s like, Oh, I’m chatting away with Tiger here like normal. I don’t even remember what I was saying.”

There have been countless stories from this year as the next generation of players – guys who grew up watching Woods dominate the sport – get paired with Woods for the first time.

It was no less special for Knox on Thursday.

“It’s nice for him to say things like that,” Woods said, “and we enjoyed playing with each other. Hopefully we’ll play a little bit better tomorrow.”

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Rain expected to shower Carnoustie Friday morning

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:43 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – By the end of the day Friday, we’ll be able to determine which side of The Open draw ended the first two rounds at Carnoustie with more favorable conditions. With rain expected for most of Friday morning, it seems those who played early/late may be more pleased.

According to, there is a 75 percent chance of rain beginning at 2 a.m. local time Friday here in Scotland. That percentage vaults up to 95 percent by 7 a.m., with the first tee time scheduled for 6:35. At 11, the number drops to 55 percent. After 2 p.m., the percentage chances of rain are 25 percent and below for the remainder of the day.

Temperatures during the day are expected to be from the low 50s to the low 60s and winds will vary between 14-18 mph, again per

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This is The Open’s official weather report for the weekend:

Saturday: A dull start with some drizzle possible. Staying cloudy for much of the day but gradually becoming brighter with a chance of some sunny intervals during the afternoon and evening. Winds light and variable in direction but should predominantly settle in to a SSE 8-12mph during the afternoon. Max temp 20C (68F).

Sunday: Often cloudy but mainly dry. A better chance of some decent sunny spells compared to Saturday. Most likely the windiest day of the Championship; SW 12-18mph with gusts 20-25mph. Feeling warm, especially in any sunshine with a max temp of 23C (73F).

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Bandaged Woods 5 back after even-par 71

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:38 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods arrived Thursday with therapeutic tape on the back of his neck.

Carnoustie’s back nine inflicted even more pain.

Playing in the most difficult conditions of the day, Woods’ progress was stalled by two late bogeys as he settled for an even-par 71 that left him five shots off the lead at The Open.

“I played better than what the score indicates,” he said. “It certainly could have been a little bit better.”

Woods created a stir when he showed up with black kinesiology tape on his neck. Afterward, he said that his neck has been bugging him “for a while” and that Thursday was merely the first time that the tape was visible.

“Everyone acts like this is the first time I’ve been bandaged up,” he said, smiling. “I’ve been doing this for years.”

Woods said that the discomfort didn’t really affect his swing, other than a few shots “here and there.” It didn’t seem to affect his score, either, as he went out in 2 under before a few stumbles on the back nine.

On the fast, baked-out turf, he played conservatively off the tee, using driver only once and 3-wood just twice. Apparently he didn’t need the added distance, not with his 6-iron traveling 240 yards. He tried to play to his spots, even if it routinely left him more than 200 yards for his approach.

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That’s the strategy he employed at Hoylake in 2006, where he hit driver just once and captured the third of his Open titles. Despite some of the similarities in firmness, Woods said that Carnoustie presents a different challenge off the tee.

“These fairways are very small,” he said. “They’re hard to hit right now. They’re so fast, and they’re so moundy.”

Finding the fairway wasn’t the chief problem for Woods on Day 1, however. He missed just four fairways but found only 11 greens.

More damaging to his score was his play on the par 5s. Despite having only an 8-iron in, he failed to birdie each of the two par 5s and then bogeyed Nos. 10, 13 and 15 to squander his early momentum.

Though the draw here won’t be a significant factor – or at least not like in recent years, with a wide range in scores from morning to afternoon – it’s clear that Woods (in game 47 of 52) encountered the most difficult of the conditions Thursday, with the wind gusting to 20 mph and the fairways running even faster after another sun-splashed afternoon.

Still, his opening 71 was one of the better scores in the late wave.

“He hit it good,” said playing partner Russell Knox. “He plotted his way around, which I expected him to do, and he was very conservative off the tee. It’s kind of fun to watch him do that, to be honest.”

Even more fun would be a major with Woods in contention.

He hasn’t broken par in the opening round of his last eight majors. Indeed, for Woods, these slow starts have been the real pain in the neck.