Poulter On Top in Italy
Emanuele Canonica stands alone in third place three shots back at minus-13. Jarrod Moseley is one stroke further back at 12-under, while Angel Cabrera and Henrik Nystrom are tied for fifth at minus-11. Cabrera fired a second-round 61, as the field played preferred lies due to the wet conditions.
After heavy rain and thunderstorms washed out play on Friday and caused the tournament to be shortened to 54 holes, play was delayed at the outset on Saturday due to fog. Christopher Hanell and Klas Eriksson finally completed their first rounds early Saturday, before second-round play started.
Poulter, who owned the lead after the first round thanks to a course-record 11-under 61, began his second round on the back nine at Olgiata Golf Club. His round was steady from the beginning as he parred the first six holes. He then stepped to the tee at the par-3 16th and holed out his 4-iron for an ace.
'I hit a 4-iron, straight at the stick and as soon as I hit it I knew it was going to have a reasonable chance,' said Poulter, the 2000 Italian Open champion. 'It pitched seven feet short, checked up and dropped in. It's my third hole-in-one and I've won nothing for any of them.'
He didn't let up from there as he birdied the next and made the turn at 3-under for his round. Around the turn, the Englishman birdied the first to go to minus-4. However, he faltered at the second with a bogey.
Poulter settled down from there with pars on five of his final seven holes. He birdied the fifth and ninth on his way to the clubhouse to get to 16-under. His two round total of 128 was one shot away from the European Tour 36-hole record.
'I've been playing great for six weeks and now it is continuing,' Poulter said. 'It's nice. Steady stuff out there again today. It is always hard to follow a 61 and 5-under is acceptable.'
Lawrie, who opened with a 66, got off to a quick start on the back nine despite trailing Poulter by 10 shots when he teed off. Poulter had an early tee time and had finished at 16-under.
Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, opened with birdies on 11 and 12. He later sank birdie putts on 14, 16 and 18 to make the turn at minus-5 and could have done better if not for near misses on 15 and 17.
'I played really nicely again,' said Lawrie. 'I missed chances at a couple of the par-5s, the 15th and 17th but you cant grumble with a 63. Disappointing not to birdie those two holes as I was hitting a little 4-iron into the 15th and a 2-iron into 17th. Two shots dropped you feel but it's a good score.'
On the front nine, Lawrie birdied three consecutive holes starting at the fourth. He closed out his round with a birdie at the par-five ninth.
'It's not great when you stand on the first tee and you are ten behind especially after a good first day but my attitude was really good and I got a good score and gave myself a chance for tomorrow,' said Lawrie. 'I am swinging it well and rolling it well.'
Miles Tunnicliff is alone in seventh place at 10-under par. Gary Orr, Thomas Levet, Anders Hansen and Maarten Lafeber are one stroke further back at minus-9. Mark Mouland, Andrew Marshall, Anthony Wall, Barry Lane and amateur Francesco Molinari are all at 8-under.
Padraig Harrington, who is chasing Retief Goosen for the Order of Merit title, is tied for 34th at minus-5. Goosen is playing in the season-ending Tour Championship on the PGA Tour this weekend.
Defending champion Gregory Havret withdrew after shooting a 1-over 37 on the front side Saturday. He had struggled with an opening-round 75.
The 36-hole cut fell at three-under-par 141.
Full-field scores from the Italian Open
Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter
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.
No bogeys on the weekend!!— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 22, 2018
Is it a man or a machine???
No matter what happens
Amazing performance @F_Molinari
What a day— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 22, 2018
What a week
What a year
What a round by @F_Molinari. Played with him Thursday-Friday, not surprised! Guy is the hottest player on the planet currently. Bogey free out there today is a championship round— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) July 22, 2018
Viva Italia...— Gary Player (@garyplayer) July 22, 2018
How good has @F_Molinari been!!! Bogey free for the last 37 holes!— Cheyenne Woods (@Cheyenne_Woods) July 22, 2018
Wow just awesome So happy for @F_Molinari . What a fantastic player, a great person and super role model for aspiring golfers. What an achievement #championgolferoftheyear@TheOpen . So pleased for you and all the team. Enjoy the celebrations cos you deserve it— Ross Fisher (@RossFisher) July 22, 2018
Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'
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.
“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.
Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger
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.
Starting to wonder how many Tiggy is going to win by here........... #isheback— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 22, 2018
Tiger is leading the open pic.twitter.com/MbGnJIt1Jj— Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) July 22, 2018
That FW bunker shot by Tiger tho... pic.twitter.com/Fi3GY6AegO— Scott Langley (@Scott_Langley) July 22, 2018
Tiger back doing Tiger stuff.......— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 22, 2018
I love you https://t.co/JovVz2clm2— Braden Thornberry (@tberrygolf) July 22, 2018
Omg lesgo @TigerWoods— Willy Wilcox (@willwilcoxgolf) July 22, 2018
Right now, Tiger is like everyone’s ex who we’ve given way too many 2nd chances to, and he has the opportunity to rip your heart right out of your chest but we’re all ok with it because we tend to only remember the good times— max homa (@maxhoma23) July 22, 2018
Woods shares emotional embrace with his kids
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would’ve vaulted him into a tie for second place at The Open. It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful week for the 14-time major champion, who is just happy to playing majors again.
Then he walked off the 18th, saw his two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie, and they all took a moment for a long embrace. Turns out, that was the perfect way to end the week.
“I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,'” Woods said Sunday after putting the finishing touches on an even-par 71 to end at 5 under for the week.
“It’s pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again.”
In 2008, when Woods won his last major, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Sam was a year old and Charlie was not yet born. They don’t know how much their father used to dominate this game, especially majors. The last time Woods won a PGA Tour event was five full years ago. Woods has joked in the past that they only know him as a YouTube sensation.
“So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career,” he said. “The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. Man, it’s just such a great feeling.”