Pair Share Top Spot

By Sports NetworkOctober 10, 2003, 4:00 pm
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Brian Wilson posted a 6-under 66 Friday to take a share of the lead through two rounds of the Gila River Classic. Wilson stands at 11-under-par 133 alongside co-leader Johnson Wagner, who posted a 3-under 69.
 
Fran Quinn fired an 8-under 64 to move into a tie for third place. He is joined at 10-under-par 134 by Ryuji Imada, who shot a 66. That duo is one stroke clear of Ben Bates, last week's winner Scott Gutschewski and Wes Short.
 
Wilson opened his round on the back nine on the Cattail Course at Whirlwind Golf Club. He birdied the 12th from four feet, but struggled to a bogey at the next hole. He later birdied the par-5 17th from 10 feet out to get to 6-under.
 
Around the turn, Wilson ran off three consecutive birdies from the first to climb the leaderboard. He came back with a two-foot birdie at the fifth. He nearly holed his second shot to the eighth, but settled for a kick-in birdie from less than one-foot to grab a share of the lead.
 
'I'm just playing solid golf. I putted solid all day,' said Wilson, whose best career finish is a tie for second at the Price Cutter Charity Championship. 'I'm hitting some good shots. You've just got to keep playing aggressive.'
 
Wagner, the overnight leader, got going with back-to-back birdies from the second. He then bogeyed the fourth, but came right back with a birdie at the next.
 
He faltered to another bogey at the par-3 sixth. Wagner, a tour rookie, responded again with a birdie on No. 7. Around the turn, he birdied the 12th to get to 11-under.
 
The 23-year-old then slipped up with back-to-back bogeys from the 13th. He recovered to birdie the 15th from 15 feet out and closed out his round with a birdie at the last.
 
'It was an up-and-down day for me, so I'm happy with a 69,' Wagner said. 'I was a little nervous on the first few holes with the Golf Channel cameras right next to me, but overall I had a lot of fun out there.'
 
Tommy Tolles fired a 6-under 66 to move into a tie for eighth place. He is tied at 8-under-par 136 with Jeff Freeman, Lucas Glover, Jeff Gove, Eduardo Herrera, Tjaart van der Walt and Bubba Watson.
 
Tripp Isenhour, who had a hole-in-one on the 15th on Thursday, and Robin Freeman lead a group at 7-under-par 135.
 
The cut line fell at 3-under-par 141 with 68 players advancing to the weekend. David Branshaw, the defending champion, finished at minus-1 to miss the cut by two strokes.
 
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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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    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.