Pair Share Lead in Moscow

By Sports NetworkAugust 13, 2004, 4:00 pm
European TourMOSCOW, Russia -- Germany's Kariem Baraka carded a 1-under 71 on Friday to cling to a share of the lead at the halfway point of the Russian Open. Baraka was joined atop the leaderboard by Henrik Nystrom of Sweden at 10-under-par 134.
Markus Brier collected seven birdies and one bogey for a 66 at Le Meridien Moscow Country Club to share third place with Euan Little at 9-under-par 135. Little carded a 4-under 68 in Friday's second round.
Nystrom, who has made seven of nine cuts on the European Tour this season, picked up his first birdie of the day at the par-5 second and added another birdie at the par-3 fourth.
The 35-year-old then ran off back-to-back birdies from the sixth to reach 8 under and continued his charge on the front nine with a birdie at the ninth. Nystrom made it two in a row again with a birdie at the par-4 10th, but cooled down from that point on with pars on each of his last eight holes.
'It was a little strange today because I putted so well on the front nine and holed a few long putts and then the back nine was the opposite where I started to hit the ball very close but did not hole anything,' said Nystrom, who shot a 66 on Friday. 'That was a little bit infuriating.'
After opening with a blistering 63, Baraka got off to a slow start on Friday with a bogey at the third, his first dropped shot of the tournament. Baraka recovered well with two straight birdies starting at the fourth, but gave those shots back with a pair of bogeys around the turn.
The 26-year-old, who is the nephew of European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer, battled back with a birdie at the 13th before a birdie at the 15th assured him of a piece of the 36-hole lead.
'I have actually spoken to Bernhard about being in this position before and he told me not to look at the leaderboard because anything that is on the leaderboard puts you under pressure,' said Baraka, who is looking for his first career victory on the European Tour. 'I think that's the way Bernhard does it. Well, I don't think that he would tell me that if he didn't believe in it himself. But what does he know? He's only won about 70 times in his career with some majors and Ryder Cups in there as well.'
Gary Emerson fired a 65 to move into a tie for fifth place at 8-under-par 136 along with Roope Kakko, David Griffiths, Alvaro Salto, Mattias Eliasson and Alexandre Balicki.
Matthew King was one shot further back at 7-under-par 137.
The 36-hole cut fell at 2-under-par 142 with 70 players qualifying for the weekend.
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    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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    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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    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.