Nelson Fires 63 to Win the SBC Championship
The 63 also equaled the mark Fred Gibson set in last year's event and the first-round score of McCord on Friday. The 199 broke Larry Mowry's 1982 score of 201.
Nelson went at the 18th green in two, a move that most players avoided all week because of water guarding the green. His three-wood approach from 220 yards landed safely on the putting surface, but his eagle putt stopped on the lip. Nelson tapped in for the birdie and a one-shot lead over Gilder, and a two-shot edge over McCord.
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Gilder laid up at No. 18 but his second shot landed in the left rough and put him in a position where he could only get the ball 40 feet from the hole. Gilder's birdie putt that could have forced a playoff stopped five feet short of the hole and Nelson won for the fifth time on the Senior Tour in 2001.
'Pretty good day,' said Nelson, who earned $210,000 for the win. 'I knew I probably needed birdie on the last hole. I had laid up on Friday and Saturday. I felt the gamble on 18 was worth it.'
Nelson started a birdie tear at the second hole when he played a 7-iron to three feet. He added another at the third with a 15-footer. It was not until the sixth hole that Nelson really turned it on.
At No. 6, he converted a six-foot birdie putt and after a sand wedge into the seventh green left him with only a three-footer for birdie, he was already near the lead. Nelson drained a 35-foot birdie putt at No. 7 and made it four birdies in a row when he two-putted from 20 feet at the par-5 9th.
The 54-year-old once again had an eagle opportunity at a par-5 hole, this time it was the 512-yard 11th. He had only 15 feet for eagle, but missed the putt and walked off with the birdie. Nelson picked up his eighth birdie of the round at No. 13 when he made a 12-footer.
Nelson won for the fifth time in 2001 but for the first time since the Farmers Charity Classic in July.
'I think there were two or three goals for me this week,' said Nelson, who won for the 16th time on the elder circuit. 'One was to win since I hadn't won since July. Second was to not make any mistakes. To come back and play this well is gratifying.'
McCord, who was tied for the lead going into Sunday's final round, shot a 67, which included a chip-in birdie at No. 15.
Gilder racked up eight birdies and two bogeys on Sunday but failed to grab his second win of the season.
'I played well today,' said Gilder. 'I was just upset with myself on the last hole. I made a mental error. I should have gone for it in two. I just didn't know the golf course well enough.'
Defending champion Doug Tewell finished alone in fourth place at 13-under par.
Ray Floyd, Bobby Wadkins and Bruce Fleisher shared fifth at minus-10.
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Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open
Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.
Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.
No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.
No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.
No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.
No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.
And No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
At 5 under for the day, and 5 under for the championship, he was one off the lead at this point.
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.
Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.
Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.
After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.
“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”
Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).
It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:
Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.
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 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 marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.