Thompson in Sole Possession of Lead

By Sports NetworkJune 8, 2007, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourRALEIGH, N.C. -- Kyle Thompson, one of three overnight leaders, carded a 6-under 65 on Friday to move into sole possession of the lead after two rounds of the Rex Hospital Open.
Thompson missed the 36-hole tournament record by a stroke at 13-under-par 129. Jimmy Green posted a 128 en route to a runner-up finish to Brian Bateman in 1998.
Bob Burns fired an 8-under 63 and is alone in second place at minus-10. Rick Price shot a 3-under 68 to come in at third place at 9-under-par 133.
Thompson flew out of the gate with a 20-foot birdie putt at the first and a 25-footer for birdie at two. He added another long birdie putt, this time from 35 feet at the fourth.
He closed his front nine with a 15-foot birdie putt at the eighth and made the turn at 11-under par for the championship.
Thompson parred his first three holes on the second nine, then converted a 5-foot birdie putt at the par-5 13th. He dropped a stroke when he three-putted for a bogey at the par-three 14th.
Thompson parred Nos. 15 and 16, then closed his round in style. He drained a pair of 10-foot birdie putts at the 17th and 18th holes to grab his three-shot lead.
It was definitely the putter that propelled Thompson to the lead. He needed only 27 putts on Friday and admitted the flat stick is working.
'I made some great putts, especially those first few holes,' said Thompson. 'My putter feels great. It's going exactly where I'm looking. The putts on those first four holes were dead center. They didn't have a chance of missing the hole.'
Burns birdied three of his first four holes after he started on the back nine. He sank a 45-footer for birdie at the 16th to suddenly find himself at minus-6.
On his second nine, Burns rattled off four birdies in a row from the third, including two 12-footers and a pair of 5-footers. All totaled, Burns moved up 26 places on the leaderboard from the first round.
'Anytime you shoot a 63, there's some luck involved,' admitted Burns. 'It's fun to play golf that way every now and then. It's nice to get a round like this under your belt.'
Tom Carter, one of the three first-round co-leaders, only managed a 1-under 70 and is tied with Tommy Biershenk, who posted a 65 on Friday. The duo is knotted at 8-under-par 134.
Michael Letzig, the other overnight leader, shot an even-par 71 and is tied for sixth with Ron Whittaker (70), Matt Hansen (64) and Phil Tataurangi (68) at minus-7.
The 36-hole cut came at 2-under-par 140 and Brenden Pappas will not get his name into the Nationwide Tour record book. He could have become the first player in tour history to successfully defend a title, but shot a 3-over 74 on Friday to finish at plus-2.

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    'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

    Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

    “Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

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    Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

    With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

    “The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.