Taylor Retains Lead Glasson Fires 62

By Sports NetworkAugust 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)RENO, Nev. -- Defending champion Vaughn Taylor fended off a low-scoring field and a course record Friday to remain in the lead after two rounds at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
 
Taylor fired a 5-under 67 in his second round to reach 13-under-par 131 for the tournament, one stroke better than Todd Fischer, who also shot a 67 Friday to reach minus-12.
 
Bill Glasson
Bill Glasson fired a course-record 10-under 62 in Friday's second round in Reno.
Bill Glasson is alone in third place after setting a new course record at Montreux Golf and Country Club with a 10-under-par 62. Glasson, who was even-par in his first round, bested the previous course record of 63 established by Notah Begay III in 1999 and matched by Brian Henninger in 2000 and Kirk Triplett in 2003.

'What a difference 12 hours makes,' said Glasson, who collected six birdies and a pair of eagles in his bogey-free round. 'Yesterday afternoon it was a real struggle...and I couldn't get a ball to stop by the hole.

'It's been so long since I've played a good round. I hope it's the beginning of more good rounds.'
 
Trailing Glasson by one stroke are Jesper Parnevik (68), Jonathan Kaye (66) and Fredrik Jacobson (70), who stand at 9-under-par 135. Craig Barlow is alone in seventh place one stroke further back after shooting a 68 in his second round.

Taylor followed up his 8 under first round with six birdies and one eagle on Friday. He began his round on the back-nine and opened with a birdie at No. 10, where he drained a 15-foot putt to get to 9 under.
 
The 29-year-old strung together six straight pars after that until a birdie at
the par-5 17th moved him to minus-10 around the turn.
 
Taylor went on to collect four more birdies on the front-nine to get to 14
under, including one at the par-3 seventh, where he sank a 17-foot putt.
But a bogey at his last hole -- the 616-yard, par-5 ninth --- dropped the
defending champion to 13 under.
 
'I hit the ball really well. I only missed a couple of shots all day,' said
Taylor, who collected his maiden PGA Tour victory here last year when he
birdied the first playoff hole to edge out Scott McCarron, Hunter Mahan and
Steve Allan.
 
'I left a few out there, especially on the last hole, but you're going to make
a few mistakes here and there. You learn from it.'

If Glasson made any mistakes in his round, it wasn't obvious.
 
The 45-year-old veteran -- a seven-time winner on tour, but not since the 1997
Las Vegas Invitational -- opened his round with three straight pars before
chipping in for eagle at the par-5 fourth to reach minus-2.

Glasson birdied two more holes to get to 4 under around the turn, and then
he really turned it on by playing the first five holes of the back-nine at
6-under-par.
 
At the par-4 10th, he holed out from 152 yards with a 9-iron for his
second eagle of the day. That same 9-iron set up the last of his birdies at
No. 14, where he landed within 2 feet to get to 10 under.
 
'I've been changing my swing all year, and I just haven't really been able to
take it to the golf course,' said Glasson. 'Hopefully today may be that
breakthrough round I need.'

J.P. Hayes shot a 6-under 66 and leads a group of five players knotted for
eighth place at 7-under-par 137. The others are Duffy Waldorf (70), Steve
Allan (67), J.J. Henry (67) and Aaron Baddeley (70).

Among those not making the even-par cut line was Begay, the 1999 champion, who ended at 3-over-par 147 after shooting a 74 Friday. David Duval had the
highest score in the field with a 15-over-par 159 after two rounds.
 
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    Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

    By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

    Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

    Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

    Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

    Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

    12/1: Dustin Johnson

    16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

    20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

    25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

    30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

    40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

    50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

    60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

    80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

    100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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    Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

    By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

    If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

    Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

    Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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    There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

    There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

    Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

    John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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    Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

    By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

    Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

    Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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    “I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

    Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

    “I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

    But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

    “I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”

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    Harrington: Fiery Carnoustie evokes Hoylake in '06

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 16, 2018, 3:45 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – One course came to mind when Padraig Harrington arrived on property and saw a firm, fast and yellow Carnoustie.

    Hoylake in 2006.

    That's when Tiger Woods avoided every bunker, bludgeoned the links with mid-irons and captured the last of his three Open titles.

    So Harrington was asked: Given the similarity in firmness between Carnoustie and Hoylake, can Tiger stir the ghosts this week?


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    “I really don’t know,” Harrington said Monday. “He’s good enough to win this championship, no doubt about it. I don’t think he could play golf like the way he did in 2006. Nobody else could have tried to play the golf course the way he did, and nobody else could have played the way he did. I suspect he couldn’t play that way now, either. But I don’t know if that’s the strategy this week, to lay up that far back.”

    With three days until the start of this championship, that’s the biggest question mark for Harrington, the 2007 winner here. He doesn’t know what his strategy will be – but his game plan will need to be “fluid.” Do you attack the course with driver and try to fly the fairway bunkers? Or do you attempt to lay back with an iron, even though it’s difficult to control the amount of run-out on the baked-out fairways and bring the bunkers into play?

    “The fairways at Hoylake are quite flat, even though they were very fast,” Harrington said. “There’s a lot of undulations in the fairways here, so if you are trying to lay up, you can get hit the back of a slope and kick forward an extra 20 or 30 yards more than you think. So it’s not as easy to eliminate all the risk by laying up.”