Moore Collects Second BuyCom Win of 02

By Sports NetworkJune 24, 2002, 4:00 pm
FINDLEY LAKE, N.Y. -- Patrick Moore carded a bogey-free three- under-par 68 in Sunday's final round to win the inaugural Lake Erie Classic with a 72-hole total of nine-under 275. He captured his second title of the year and took over the top spot on the Buy.com Tour's 2002 money list.
 
The 32-year-old Moore, who won the Richmond Open as a Monday qualifier six weeks ago, earned a check worth $76,500 for the second time this season.
 
'The first win in Richmond was special and it always will be, but this one kind of validates that the first one wasn't just luck,' he said. 'All I ever wanted was an opportunity to play. I just wanted a chance to prove that I could play.'
 
One more victory and Moore will get a shot at the big leagues. Any Buy.com Tour player who wins three times in a season earns an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour.
 
Hunter Haas, the 1999 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, shot an even-par 71 at the Upper Course at Peek 'n Peak Resort to finish second at eight-under.
 
Kelly Gibson and Doug Barron, who both shared the lead after 54 holes with Haas, turned in one-over 72s and wound up in third place at seven-under 277 with Andrew McLardy (69), Tyler Williamson (70) and second-round leader Omar Uresti.
 
Uresti opened with back-to-back 67s but struggled to a 77 in the third round to slip into a tie for 26th place. He rebounded on Sunday with the day's best round of five-under 66.
 
Haas rang up three birdies over the first five holes to reach 11-under, but bogeyed the sixth, ninth, 10th and 13th to back up to seven-under. Although he sank a birdie at the 17th hole to pull within one of Moore, who was already in the clubhouse, Haas failed to force a playoff when he missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.
 
Gibson made a pair of early birdies but dropped to one-over for the day at the turn after suffering a double-bogey at the seventh and a bogey at the eighth.
 
Barron seemed headed for a runaway win when he birdied four of the first eight holes to take a two-shot lead at 12-under par. But he carded a quadruple-bogey eight on the 500-yard, par-four ninth, where he twice visited the woods lining the fairway before missing an eight-foot putt that would have limited the damage to a triple.
 
Barron was still in the mix at eight-under, that is until he bogeyed the par- five 17th and closed with a par at 18.
 
Moore made it to eight-under with birdies at the first and third holes. After a run of 13 straight pars he two-putted from long range for birdie at 17, which proved to be the difference.
 
Ben Bates (71) and Anthony Painter (71) tied for eighth place at minus six.
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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”


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It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.