Tiger Paired with Daly Singh at PGA

By Sports NetworkAugust 7, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 PGA ChampionshipKOHLER, Wis. -- Tiger Woods, whose last major title came at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage, will have some hefty company at the PGA Championship as the top player pairs with Vijay Singh and John Daly in the opening rounds at Whistling Straits.
 
Woods, who won the PGA Championship at Medinah in 1999 and at Valhalla in 2000, will join Singh, the 1998 winner at Sahalee, and Daly, who came out of nowhere to capture the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick, at 9:20 a.m. (et) off the 10th tee in the first round. The trio will tee off at 2:35 p.m. off the first tee in the second round on Friday.
 
Woods and Daly battled Singh in a losing effort at Warwick Hills as the Fijian won the Buick Open for his fourth victory of the season on the PGA Tour. Daly actually had a chance to force a playoff, but missed his putt at the last. The next day, Daly and Woods were pitted against each other in the primetime match play event at The Bridges.
 
Defending champion Shaun Micheel will begin at 2:15 p.m. off the first tee on Thursday along with two-time PGA Championship winner Nick Price and Paul Azinger, who defeated Greg Norman in a playoff at the 1993 PGA Championship at Inverness.
 
Todd Hamilton, who earned his first major last month at the British Open at Troon, will be joined by the other two major champions of 2004, U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen and Masters champion Phil Mickelson. That trio will tee off at 2:35 p.m. off the first tee on Thursday and at 9:20 a.m. off the 10th tee on Friday.
 
A trio of former PGA champions in Davis Love III, Rich Beem and David Toms will have a 1:55 p.m. start off the first tee on Thursday.
 
Ernie Els will be looking to move one step closer to completing the career grand slam next week. Els, who lost the British Open in a playoff to Hamilton, will be joined by Padraig Harrington and 2003 U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk on the 10th tee at 8:50 a.m. on Thursday.
 
Sergio Garcia, the runner-up in 1999, follows at 9:00 a.m. off the 10th tee along with European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer and Mark Calcavecchia.
 
United States Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton will tee off at 2:15 p.m. off the 10th tee on Thursday. The 1983 champion at Riviera will be joined by 1986 winner Bob Tway and Mark Brooks, who won the PGA Championship in a playoff over Kenny Perry in 1996.
 
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    Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

    Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

    “We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”


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    It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

    Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

    “It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

    It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

    Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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    McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

    McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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    How The Open cut line is determined

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

    Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

    The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


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    • After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

    • There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

    • There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

    The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.