Tewell Hot in Hawaii

By Sports NetworkJanuary 24, 2004, 5:00 pm
KA'UPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii -- Doug Tewell remained hot in Saturday's second round as he fired a 7-under 65 to grab a two-stroke lead through two rounds of the MasterCard Championship. Tewell completed two rounds at 15-under-par 129, which breaks the previous 36-hole mark by two strokes.
 
He stands two strokes clear of Dave Eichelberger, who also shot a second-round 65 to get to 13-under-par 131. Fuzzy Zoeller and defending champion Dana Quigley posted matching rounds of 7-under 65 to share third place at 12-under-par 132.
 
Tewell, one of 12 players to complete their first rounds Saturday morning after play was suspended due to darkness on Friday, birdied two of his final four holes to close his first 18 at 8-under 64.
 
The 54-year-old opened quickly with a birdie on the first at Hualalai Golf Club. He came back three holes later with a two-putt birdie on the fourth that got him to 10 under.
 
After five straight pars, Tewell birdied the par-5 10th. He moved to minus-12 with a two-foot birdie at the 13th and made it two straight with a two-putt birdie on No. 14.
 
'I struggled a little bit in the middle of the round,' said Tewell. 'When I was two-under at the turn, I knew I had to play better coming in.'
 
Tewell, who won the Farmers Charity Classic last year, drained a 15-footer for birdie on the 16th to take a one-shot lead on Eichelberger.
 
Tewell capped his second bogey-free round with a six-foot birdie putt at the last to take a two-shot lead into the final round. He is in good position as 15 of the last 20 MasterCard winners have held at least a share of the lead heading to the final round.
 
'I gave it all I had. I had a kidney stone attack about 3:00 AM,' said Tewell. 'I'm feeling fine now. No lead is safe though. Someone can shoot 9- or 10 under.'
 
Eichelberger, one of six players to shoot 65 on Saturday, also opened with a birdie at the first. He later rolled home a 20-foot birdie putt at the fifth to move to minus-eight. The 2002 Emerald Coast Classic winner two-putted for birdie at the seventh, his third birdie of the day.
 
The 60-year-old climbed to 10 under with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 10th. He converted an 18-footer for birdie at the 12th and moved to 12 under with a birdie on No. 14.
 
Eichelberger capped his round with an eight-footer for birdie at the 17th. His birdie try at the last slip by the edge.
 
'It's a birdie contest with perfect conditions,' said Eichelberger. 'It's going to take 18 under, possible 20 under to win.'
 
Bruce Fleisher also posted a 7-under 65 Saturday to move to 10-under-par 134. He shares fifth place with Jack Nicklaus (66), Gil Morgan (67) and Tom Purtzer (67).
 
Craig Stadler, Stewart Ginn and Tom Jenkins are one stroke further back at 9-under-par 135.
 
James Mason, who held the overnight lead before Tewell overtook him Saturday morning, managed just an even-par round of 72. He stands at 7-under-par 137.
 
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    Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

    The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

    The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.

    This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

    After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

    “I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.

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    DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

    Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

    Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.


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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

    It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

    With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

    Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery

     


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.