Points on Fire in WV

By Sports NetworkJuly 16, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Pete Dye Classic 04 Pete Dye ClassicBRIDGEPORT, W.V. -- D.A. Points fired a course-record 10-under 62 on Friday to open a six-stroke lead after two rounds of the inaugural Pete Dye West Virginia Classic. Points completed 36 holes at 17-under-par 127.
 
Points' total of 127 sets a new 36-hole low on the Nationwide Tour this season. Just two players -- Jason Gore (125) and David Branshaw (126), both at the 2002 Gila River Golf Classic -- have had lower 36-hole scores in tour history.
 
Darron Stiles and Bryce Molder posted matching 67s to take second place at 11- under-par 133. First-round leader Nick Watney is one stroke further back at minus-10.
 
Points began his day two strokes behind Watney. He made his move early though. After a par at the first, Points dropped in back-to-back birdies from the second to get to minus-9.
 
The two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour caught fire at the fifth. He birdied that hole, a par-5, and came right back to birdie No. 6. Points made it three straight with a birdie at the seventh.
 
Points made it four in a row with a birdie at the par-5 eighth to climb to minus-13. He carded three pars in a row around the turn at the Pete Dye Golf Club.
 
The 27-year-old Points eagled the par-4 12th when he drove the green on the 341-yard hole and drained his putt. He then birdied the par-5 15th and closed his second straight bogey-free round with a birdie at the par-4 18th.
 
'It is not my best round ever, but it is probably my most solid round ever,' Points said. 'It never felt like I was shooting 10 under. Fortunately, I attacked at the right time.'
 
Points leads at the halfway point of a Nationwide Tour event for the fourth time in his career. He has gone on to win two of those four -- the 2001 Inland Empire Open and the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic earlier this year -- both in playoffs.
 
'I just keep reminding myself that there is a lot of golf left to play,' said Points. 'I want to stick to my game plan. Obviously it is a pretty good one.'
 
Molder spread three birdies and a bogey over his opening nine. On the back side, he birdied three of four holes from the 12th to get to 11 under and then parred his final three holes to share second place.
 
Stiles, a three-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, picked up birdies at the 12th and 18th to get to 8 under. Around the turn, he wrapped birdies at the third and fifth around a bogey on No. 4. He closed his round with consecutive birdies from the eighth.
 
Nick Cassini and Bryant Odom share fifth place at 9-under-par 135. Jess Daley, Vance Veazey and D.J. Trahan are one stroke further back at minus-8.
 
A total of 63 players made the cut, which fell at 2-under-par 142.
 
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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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    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.