Record Lows in Canada

By Sports NetworkJuly 6, 2002, 4:00 pm
Tom Jenkins posted a 3-under 68 to hold on to a share of the lead at the Canada Senior Open Championship. Jenkins finished alongside Morris Hatalsky at 11-under-par 131 after Saturday's second round, a day that featured a number of low scores at Essex Golf & Country Club.
 
Bruce Lietzke tied his career-low round with a 9-under 62 to take over third place at 10-under 132, but a more remarkable feat was accomplished by a player who finished two shots off the pace at minus 9.
 
Walter Morgan fired a sizzling round of 11-under 60 to tie the all-time 18-hole scoring record on the Senior Tour.
 
In addition to matching the record score established by Isao Aoki at the 1997 Emerald Coast Classic, the 61-year-old Morgan became the youngest player to shoot below his age on the elder circuit.
 
'I was just playing one hole at a time,' said Morgan, who also set new tournament and course records. 'On Tuesday in the practice round, a kid told me I would shoot 61. I wasn't really thinking about shooting a 59. I was just trying to shoot my age.'
 
Morgan opened with six birdies over his first eight holes and added a stretch of four straight birdies from the 10th to go to 10-under on his round. A bad chip at the 14th resulted in his only dropped shot.
 
Morgan recovered with a birdie at the 15th, then hit a wedge inside 12 feet for birdie at the very next hole to complete the record-setting round.
 
Jenkins played a modest round, given the conditions for scoring, to maintain a share of the lead he held alone after the first day. He got off to a solid start with a pitch-in birdie at the first and added another at the second.
 
'The guys shooting 60 and 62 used up all the birdies ahead of us,' joked Jenkins, who admits to being a bit under the weather this week. 'I still have something left in the tank.'
 
He ran into trouble with a bogey at fourth but responded with two birdies on the back side to stay atop the leaderboard. At the par-4 18th, Jenkins suffered a three-putt bogey and fell into a share of first with Hatalsky.
 
Hatalsky used a brilliant back nine to finish at 11-under. The 50-year-old ran home a 25-footer for eagle at the 10th and reached the green in two at the par-5 13th to set up another.
 
At the par-4 16th, Hatalsky hit his approach inside eight feet of the cup for a birdie and a round of 7-under 64.
 
'Very solid day,' said Hatalsky. 'Anytime you shoot a low score like that, you're doing something right. The eagles really jump-started me.'
 
The course played to an scoring average of 69.395, the lowest on the Senior Tour this season.
 
Bruce Summerhays posted a round of 6-under 65 to finish two shots off the pace alongside Morgan. Butch Sheehan and Canadian Gar Hamilton were one shot further back at 8-under-par 134.
 
Mike McCullogh, Tom Kite and Allen Doyle were tied for eighth at 7-under-par 135.
 
Defending champion Walter Hall carded a 2-under 69 to finish six shots back at 5-under-par.
 
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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.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.