Monty Takes Over Top Spot in St Andrews

By Sports NetworkSeptember 30, 2005, 4:00 pm
2004 Dunhill Links ChampionshipST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Colin Montgomerie fired a 7-under 65 Friday to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the dunhill links championship. He stands at 9-under-par 135 after 36 holes.
 
Kenneth Ferrie carded his second straight round of 4-under 68 to take second place at minus-8. Pierre Fulke and Ricardo Gonzalez share third place at seven-under-par 137. Paul Casey and Brett Rumford each shot 4 under rounds of 70 and are tied for fifth place at minus-6.
 
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Colin Montgomerie checks out a short birdie putt during his 7-under 65 round at St. Andrews.
The dunhill links is much like the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the U.S. PGA Tour as players are paired with amateurs for the first three rounds and spread over three courses.
 
The three courses in use for the first three rounds this week are the Old Course at St. Andrews Golf Club, Carnoustie Golf Club and Kingsbarns Golf Links. The final round will be played at St. Andrews.
 
Montgomerie, who played St. Andrews on Friday, was on fire at the start of his round. The Scotsman sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first and came right back with another 10-footer for birdie on No. 2.
 
The 42-year-old made it three straight to open his round as he birdied the par-3 third after his tee shot stopped within 2 feet of the cup. After a par on the fourth, Montgomerie ran home a 40-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fifth. He answered with a birdie on six to get to minus-8.
 
Montgomerie cooled off from there, parring seven straight holes around the turn and two-putting for birdie on the par-5 14th. Montgomerie closed with four straight pars to end at minus-9.
 
'I'm comfortable around this course in any condition at this stage, from the first shot to the last shot,' Montgomerie said. 'I'm very comfortable with knowing what to do here. We can play chess with this course right now and we can get it round and that is what we did today.'
 
Ferrie played the back nine at Carnoustie first. He ran in a birdie try on the 11th and made it two straight as his birdie putt on the 12th found the bottom of the up.
 
The Englishman birdied the par-3 13th to move to 7 under and sank his fourth straight birdie on the 14th. Ferrie's birdie run ended with a bogey at the 15th.
 
Ferrie dropped another stroke on the 18th, his ninth. Around the turn, he reclaimed those lost strokes with birdies on the fifth and seventh. He parred his final two holes to end in second place.
 
'All round I am playing well,' said Ferrie. 'I have been doing extra work on my putting and it is paying dividends. It is nice to be in touch at this stage.'
 
Alessandro Tadini, who shared the first-round lead with Rich Beem and David Howell, carded an even-par 72. He shares seventh place with Brian Davis, Peter Hedblom and Terry Pilkadaris at 5-under-par 139.
 
Beem is one stroke further back at minus-4 after a 73 at St. Andrews. Howell, who also played the Old Course, is one shot behind Beem at 3-under-par 141 after carding a 2-over 74.
 
Defending champion Stephen Gallacher is in danger of missing the cut, which comes following the third round. Gallacher shot 74-73 the first two days and stands in a tie for 103rd at 3-over-par 147.
 
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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.  

    With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

    Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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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.