OHern Holds Lead Faldo Just Two Back

By Sports NetworkFebruary 22, 2002, 5:00 pm
Nick O'Hern posted a 1-under 71 to move to 9-under 135 and remain ahead of the field at the Singapore Masters Friday. The Australian has a one-shot lead over American Jim Johnson heading into the weekend.
 
Three players are tied for third at 7-under 137 including two-time Masters champion Nick Faldo (69). The Englishman is joined by American Mike Cunning (70) and Charlie Wi of Korea (67).
 
O'Hern, who fired a course-record 8-under 64 to grab the lead in the opening round, birdied both of the par-fives on the front nine at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club to climb to 10-under.
 
After opening a three-stroke advantage over his closest competitors, he cooled down with eight straight pars until a bogey on the par-4 16th dropped him to 9-under.
 
'I played pretty similar to yesterday but just didn't hole the putts,' said O'Hern. 'It was pretty decent but I started to struggle over the last four or five holes and threw in a bogey.'
 
Despite his frustrations, the 30-year-old managed to come out on top.
 
'Tomorrow you want to put yourself in position to have a chance on Sunday,' said O'Hern. 'If I am in the lead you have a chance to increase it. If not as long as I am not far away going in to Sunday, especially on the back nine, then that is where you want to have your opportunity to finish on top.'
 
Johnson, a journeyman professional who has played in South Africa and South America, had seven birdies and two bogeys to stand alone in second.
 
'I didn't hit a lot of big shots and I just kept it in play and kept it on the right side of the hole and made a few good putts,' said Johnson, who was the winner at the Asian PGA Qualifying School last month in Malaysia. 'It's the kind of course you can make birdies on.'
 
Faldo had four birdies and a bogey on his round to put himself in contention. The 44-year-old, who has not won since the 1997 Nissan Open, has played good golf this year, including a top-10 finish at the Heineken Classic.
 
'I feel like I am getting into a bit of a groove,' said Faldo. 'I am still working hard and haven't got the confidence in the swing yet but it is coming. I am just trying to push myself to gain confidence from the good shots I hit. It's a harder game now ten years on. I really have to boost myself up and make myself go for it.'
 
The English duo of Gary Clark (66) and Chris Williams (71) finished three shots behind O'Hern. They were joined by Sweden's Christopher Hanell (69), American Ted Purdy (69), Taiwan's Wang Ter-chang (71) and Carlos Rodiles (72) of Spain at 6-under 138.
 
The cut fell at 1-under 143 with 71 players missing the weekend. Among those was 1991 Masters champion Ian Woosnam.
 
This event is co-sanctioned by the European and Davidoff Tours.
 
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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”


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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.