Rusty Woods Seven Off Lead

By Sports NetworkNovember 9, 2006, 5:00 pm
European TourSHANGHAI, China -- India's Jyoti Randhawa fired a 7-under-par 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead of the HSBC Champions Tournament at Sheshen International Golf Club.
Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the world, played competitively for the first time in weeks and showed some rust. He only managed an even-par 72 and is tied for 27th place.
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Tiger Woods is seven off the lead after an even-par 72.
'It was to be had out there,' acknowledged Woods. 'This is my first full 18 holes since the AmEx (WGC-American Express Championship in late September). I made a few mistakes out there.'
Woods began on the back nine Thursday and birdied his first hole from 4 feet. He landed in a hazard at the 11th, took a drop and ultimately left with a double-bogey.
Woods got back to even par for the championship with a birdie at the short, par-4 16th. He recorded another birdie at two and reached 2 under par thanks to a 3-foot birdie putt at three.
The reigning British Open and PGA Championship winner missed a makeable birdie try at the fifth, then hit a terrible tee ball at the par-3 sixth, followed with an awful chip and walked off with bogey.
Woods, who finished second in this event last year, bogeyed the par-5 eighth to fall back to even-par.
'I was in position to get to 4 under par,' said Woods. 'Unfortunately, I went the other way. I left myself an awful lot of work with three days to go and these guys all playing well.'
Former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, Scotland's Marc Warren and Yong- Eun Yang are knotted in second place at 6-under-par 66.
This is technically the season-opening event for the 2007 European Tour schedule, a few weeks removed from the Volvo Masters, which ended the 2006 campaign.
Padraig Harrington, who won the 2006 Order of Merit title recently, carded a 5-under-par 67 on Thursday. He is tied for fifth place with Chawalit Plaphol.
Randhawa began his round on the first tee and tallied three birdies in his first five holes. He added another front-nine birdie at the par-5 eighth to make the turn at 4-under 32.
Randhawa birdied the 10th to get to minus-5 for the championship. He took advantage of Sheshen International's final par-5s with birdies at 16 and a 4-footer at the last to move into sole possession of the lead.
Campbell teed off on the back nine first and birdied the 11th and 14th holes. He closed his first nine with back-to-back birdies, including a 6-footer at the last.
The 2005 U.S. Open winner at Pinehurst recorded birdies at five and nine to get within one of the lead.
Warren flew out of the gate on Thursday with six birdies in his first eight holes. He became the first player in the tournament to reach minus-7 with a birdie at the 11th.
Warren bogeyed 13, then fell victim to some bad fortune at 15. His ball was moved by a spectator, costing him a stroke, but Warren drained a 35-footer to save bogey.
He drained another long putt, this time for birdie at the 16th, but squandered makeable birdie chances at the final two holes.
Yang nearly made it through the opening round flawless, but a bogey at the par-3 12th tripped him. He collected three birdies after his lone miscue to tie for second place after round one.
Two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen, K.J. Choi, John Bickerton, Alejandro Canizares and Johan Edfors are tied for seventh place at 4-under-par 68.
World No. 2 Jim Furyk and defending champion David Howell both struggled on Thursday. The pair both shot rounds of 1-over-par 73 and are part of a group tied for 38th place.
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    OB tee shot, bunker trouble dooms Rahm to MC

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:24 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The key to surviving Carnoustie is avoiding the bunkers.

    Jon Rahm found three bunkers to close out the front nine Friday, the start of a triple bogey-double-bogey run that led to a second-round 78 and missed cut at The Open.

    “All of them were as bad a lie as they could have been,” he said. “Besides that, things didn’t happen. I can’t give an explanation, really. I don’t know.”

    Rahm’s troubles started on the seventh hole, a par 4 with a steady left-to-right wind. Out of bounds loomed left, and Rahm, who primarily plays a cut shot, hadn’t missed left all week. This time, his ball didn’t curve, and the OB tee shot led to a triple.

    “Whenever I start missing shots to the left,” he said, “it’s really hard for me to play.”  

    After a career-best fourth-place finish at the Masters, Rahm has now missed the cut in consecutive majors.

    “Right now I’m not in any mental state to think about what happened, to be honest,” he said.

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    Three of world's top 5 MC; not 60-year-old Langer

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 7:04 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three of the top five players in the world missed the cut at The Open.

    Bernhard Langer did not.

    The 60-year-old, who is in the field via his victory in last year’s Senior Open Championship, shot even-par 71 on Friday. At 2 over through 36 holes, he safely made it under the plus-3 cut line.

    "You know, I've played the Masters [this year], made the cut. I'm here and made the cut. I think it is an accomplishment," he said. "There's a lot of great players in the field, and I've beaten a lot of very good players that are a lot younger than me."

    Langer had three birdies and three bogeys in the second round and said afterwards that he was “fighting myself” with his swing. He’s spent the last few days on the phone with his swing coach, Willy Hoffman, trying to find some comfort.

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    Despite his score, and his made cut, Langer the perfectionist wasn’t satisfied with the way he went about achieving his results.

    "I wasn't happy with my ball-striking. My putting was good, but I was unlucky. I had like four lip-outs, no lip-ins. That part was good. But the ball-striking, I wasn't really comfortable with my swing," he said. "Just, it's always tough trying stuff in the middle of a round."

    Langer, a two-time Masters champion, has never won The Open. He does, however, have six top-3 finishes in 30 prior starts.

    As for finishing higher than some of the top-ranked players in the world, the World Golf Hall of Famer is taking it in stride.

    "I'm not going to look and say, 'Oh, I beat Justin Rose or beat whatever.' But it just shows it's not easy. When some of the top 10 or top 20 in the world don't make the cut, it just shows that the setup is not easy," Langer said. "So I got the better half of the draw maybe, too, right? It wasn't much fun playing in the rain, I guess, this morning for five hours. I had to practice in the rain, but I think once I teed off, we never used umbrellas. So that was a blessing."

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    Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

    Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

    Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.

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    “It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

    Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

    “To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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    Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

    Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.

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    Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

    Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.