Olazabal Closes Gap in Spain

By Sports NetworkOctober 18, 2003, 4:00 pm
MAJORCA, Spain -- David Park of Wales did not hit a single shot on Saturday but managed to hold the 36-hole lead of the Turespana Mallorca Classic at 6-under-par 134 after the completion of the second round.
 
Play was suspended on Friday due to inclement weather but the re-start time was pushed back dramatically on Saturday as damp conditions and the threat of dangerous weather persisted.
 
When play finally resumed, and tournament officials had already made the decision to reduce the event to 54 holes, Park's lead, which he established Friday with a 64, remained.
 
Local favorite Jose Maria Olazabal completed a round of 69 on Saturday to stand alongside first-round leader Damien McGrane at 5-under-par 135 in second place.
 
'It was nice to play well and steady after such a long delay,' said McGrane. 'That must have been the longest round of my life.'
 
Should Olazabal win on Sunday it would be his first title of 2003.
 
'My goals this week, and next week in the Open de Madrid, are to finish well so that I can get into the Volvo Masters and also to get some feel back into my game,' said Olazabal. 'I don't feel in control of my swing although I have done a good job this week.'
 
Benn Barham, Henrik Stenson, Marcel Siem, Jose Manuel Carriles, Ricardo Gonzalez and Maarten Lafeber, who won last week's Dutch Open, shared fourth place at 4-under-par 136.
 
Mark Foster, Gary Emerson, Miguel Angel Martin, Markus Brier, Jose Manuel Lara, Jamie Spence, Sion E. Bebb, Charlie Wi, James Hepworth and Warren Bennett were one shot further back at 3-under-par 137.
 
Lee Westwood, twice a winner this season, carded a 1-under 69 to avoid missing the cut which fell at 3-over-par 143.
 
'Going out to finish the second round today, being at the bad end of the draw, it was quite tough to make an impression,' said Westwood, who finished at 1-over-par 141. 'I had given myself a lot of chances yesterday but didn't make the putts so you're never going to tear it up doing that.'
 
A total of 76 players qualified for Sunday's final round.
 
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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 pm

    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:

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    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.


    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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    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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    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.