Stadler Snags SBC Lead

By Sports NetworkOctober 18, 2003, 4:00 pm
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Craig Stadler matched the course record Saturday with a 7-under 64, which gave him a two-stroke lead after two rounds at the SBC Championship. Stadler completed the opening 36 holes at 11-under-par 131.
 
Bob Gilder stands alone in second place at 9-under-par 133 after a 4-under 67. Bruce Fleisher, Walter Hall and Tom Watson share third place at 6-under-par 136.
 
Stadler rolled in a birdie at the par-4 fourth at Oak Hills Country Club to create a four-way tie for the lead early in the round. He and Fleisher burst out of the pack with birdies on the fifth and sixth to move to 7 under.
 
Fleisher dropped a shot at the seventh to give Stadler the lead all to himself. Stadler maintained his one-shot lead with pars on the eighth and ninth.
 
The Walrus sank a 10-footer for birdie on the 10th to briefly take a two-shot advantage. However, Gilder birdied the same hole to get to minus-7 and within one of Stadler.
 
Stadler's lead moved back to two strokes when he drained a 20-footer for birdie on the 12th. He climbed to 10-under with a kick-in birdie at the par-3 14th.
 
After pitching out of the trees, Stadler ripped his third shot to the par-5 15th to 25 feet. He calmly made that putt to move to 11 under, which gave him a three-shot cushion as Gilder as birdied the hole.
 
'I did drive the ball well except for the one on 15,' said Stadler, who has two wins in his first 12 Champions Tour starts. 'Then I chipped it out and hit a real solid 2-iron third shot. And obviously I made a good putt.'
 
Stadler's drive off the 16th tee found the left rough and he was forced to pitch out again. That led to a bogey dropping him to minus-10. Gilder birdied the hole to get within one shot.
 
'I tried to cut it around the corner Friday and clipped the trees and almost put it out of bounds. Today, I tried to hit just left of the fairway bunker, but pull-hooked it and made five,' said Stadler of his travails on No. 16. 'Tomorrow, I might just hit 8-iron off the tee and 5-iron in. It can't be any worse.'
 
Stadler found the fairway off the 17th tee, but his ball came to rest in a divot. Not to worry, as he muscled his second shot out of the bad lie within one foot of the cup for eighth birdie of the day. He closed his round with a two-putt par at the par-3 closing hole.
 
'I hit a 2-iron off the tee and unfortunately it ended right in the middle of a divot,' Stadler said of his tee shot on 17. 'I had a nice soft 8-iron, it came out perfect and I got a good bounce and I'm in there for a kick-in birdie.
 
'Those are the things though, the 2-iron on 15 and the shot out of the divot on 17. You have to do that stuff to shoot 64. It's little things like that, that make scores go down.'
 
Stadler, with a win tomorrow, would become the first three-time winner on the Champions Tour this season.
 
Gilder began the day one stroke behind overnight leader Jim Thorpe. Gilder bogeyed the third, but responded with back-to-back birdies from the fourth. He later matched Stadler with birdies on the 10th, 15 and 16th.
 
'It seemed like I was playing out of the rough all day today,' said Gilder. 'I was able to manage it well enough and make some birdies out there.
 
Gilder has finished second here two straight years and knows tomorrow will be tough to win.
 
'I've got to shoot a low number,' said Gilder. 'You know Stads is going to. He's making putts right and left. He made bogey in the end there and fired it right in there for another birdie. He's going to be tough to beat.'
 
Thorpe stumbled to a 1-over 72. He shares sixth place with Jim Ahern (68), Larry Nelson (67), Bill Rogers (69) and Fuzzy Zoeller (70).
 
Hugh Baiocchi, Allen Doyle, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan and D.A. Weibring are tied one stroke back at minus-4.
 
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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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    After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

    With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

    While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

    Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

    Zach Johnson: 13/2

    Rory McIlroy: 7/1

    Jordan Spieth: 8/1

    Rickie Fowler: 9/1

    Kevin Kisner: 12/1

    Xander Schauffele: 16/1

    Tony Finau: 16/1

    Matt Kuchar: 18/1

    Pat Perez: 25/1

    Brooks Koepka: 25/1

    Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

    Alex Noren: 50/1

    Tiger Woods: 50/1

    Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

    Danny Willett: 60/1

    Francesco Molinari: 60/1