Tiger Phil Advance Weir Singh Fall

By Sports NetworkFebruary 27, 2004, 5:00 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods, the defending champion, looked impressive Friday as he dispatched Trevor Immelman, 5 and 4, in his second-round match at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Woods, the No. 1 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket, and Davis Love III, the top seed in the Sam Snead bracket, will be the only No. 1 seeds to go to the third round as Love bested good friend Fred Couples, 3 and 2.
Vijay Singh, the highest-ranked seed in the Gary Player bracket, got bounced by eighth seed Jerry Kelly, 4 and 2. Mike Weir, the reigning Masters champion and winner of last week's Nissan Open, could not catch up to Stephen Leaney, also ranked eighth, falling by a 3 and 2 margin.
Kelly built a 2-up lead thanks to bogeys by Singh at four and five and held that margin until the 13th. Kelly sank an 18-foot birdie putt at the hole to go 3-up but Singh got one back with a two-putt par at No. 14.
Kelly answered with a short birdie putt at the 15th to go back up by three, then hit it close at the par-3 16th. Singh landed in a bunker and when he failed to hole out, Singh conceded the match to Kelly.
'I really wanted to beat the No. 2 player in the world,' admitted Kelly. 'I'm in great shape right now. I'm looking forward to 36 holes three days in a row, if it turns out.'
The second round was played Friday because heavy rain pounded La Costa Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The plan is to complete the third round Friday afternoon and get the tournament back on schedule, which includes the quarterfinals and semifinals Saturday and a 36-hole final match on Sunday.
Weir and Leaney, teammates for the International side at last year's Presidents Cup, were even through seven holes but Leaney won the next three holes, including a 25-footer for birdie at the 10th, to go 3-up.
Weir won the 11th with a birdie and thought he had a chance at a comeback but Leaney holed out from a bunker for birdie at the 14th to go 3-up. Leaney stiffed his tee ball at 16 and Weir missed his birdie try, then conceded the match to Leaney.
'I just didn't putt very well,' said Weir. 'When I had chances to creep a little closer, the putts I need to make, I just didn't make them today.'
In other second-round matches, Phil Mickelson equaled the record for shortest match at this event, when he trounced British Open champion Ben Curtis, 7 and 6. Mickelson will meet Chris DiMarco, who won the 19th hole to better Stuart Appleby.
Woods moved on to the third round and will face Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, who advanced thanks to a 5-and-4 thrashing of Denmark's Thomas Bjorn.
'I played well,' said Woods. 'I just need to go out there and do the same thing the rest of the week.'
The other third-round match in the Jones bracket will feature two seed David Toms, who beat PGA Champion Shaun Micheel, 4 and 3, in the second round, against third seed Padraig Harrington, who advanced with a 3-and-2 win over Bob Estes.
Leaney is the highest seed remaining in the Ben Hogan side and will take on 13th seeded Colin Montgomerie in the third round. Monty moved on with a 5-and-4 drubbing of Stewart Cink.
Ian Poulter, seeded 11th, dismantled Duffy Waldorf, 7 and 5, and will battle No. 15 John Huston, who beat Peter Lonard 1-up in Friday's second round.
Mickelson, No. 2 in the Snead bracket, and DiMarco, sixth, are half of the third-round bracket. Love will meet Adam Scott, who beat Robert Allenby on the 23rd hole when Allenby missed a two-footer for par.
Darren Clarke, the third seed in the Player bracket eliminated Alex Cejka, 6 and 5, and will take on Kenny Perry, the No. 2 seed. Perry nearly squandered a lead late but hung on for a 1-up win over Steve Flesch.
The other half of the Player bracket will feature Kelly versus fourth seed Chad Campbell, who disposed of Loren Roberts, 3 and 1.
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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.

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    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.