Tiger Races to Top of Leaderboard

By Sports NetworkAugust 25, 2006, 4:00 pm
WGC-Bridgestone - 125wAKRON, Ohio -- It took Tiger Woods almost 45 minutes to complete his final hole on Friday after his ball found the roof of the clubhouse, but the defending champion managed to get to the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
 
Woods, who fired a 6-under 64 to lead at 9-under-par 131, missed the fairway right at the par-4 ninth, his 18th on Friday. He decided on a 9-iron, then hit that farther right and long.
 
Davis Love III
Davis Love moved to within a shot of the lead after a 5-under 65 in the second round.
The ball appeared to land on the roof of the clubhouse, which was amazingly not deemed out of bounds, but eventually fell down to the pavement. A cook found the ball and that became important because the ruling was that the ball was interfered with by an 'outstanding agency.'
 
The grandstands were also a factor as a 'temporary moveable obstruction,' and Woods dropped almost 100 yards from the hole near the clubhouse. He pitched to 30 feet and nearly holed the improbable par putt, but settled for a bogey.
 
All totaled, the final hole took the group, which included Paul McGinley, who hit it into the gallery, almost 45 minutes to complete the hole.
 
'At the end of the day, we operated off a temporary moveable obstruction rule,' said Mike Shea, a rules official. 'We knew the facts. It was due to the fact that the ball was picked up by an outside agency, that was one rule and the grandstand. It was all according to the rules of golf.'
 
For Woods, it was unlike anything he's experienced.
 
'That was the creme de la creme,' said Woods, who has won this tournament four times. 'I don't know how that ball wasn't out of bounds, first of all. Let's just say I hit a 9-iron a little too far.'
 
Davis Love III nearly made a birdie at the ninth from behind a tree, but settled for par. He posted a 5-under 65 on Friday and is alone in second place at minus-8.
 
Jim Furyk aced the par-315th en route to a 5-under 65 in the second round. He is tied for third place with overnight leader Adam Scott, who shot a 71, at 6-under-par 134.
 
While mostly everyone will talk about the strangeness involving the ninth hole, Woods played an unbelievable round on Friday.
 
The No. 1 player in the world birdied his first two holes, then made an 8-foot birdie putt at the 12th. Woods collected his fourth birdie in a row at 13 when he cashed in from 9 feet.
 
'I hit it well starting out,' acknowledged Woods, who has won his last three starts, including the British Open and PGA Championship. 'On top of that, I made some nice putts.'
 
Woods was one ahead when he made the turn after five consecutive pars. On the second nine, Woods started off the same way he began his second round.
 
He rolled in a 17-foot birdie putt at the first hole to reach 8-under par for the championship. At the par-5 second, Woods converted a 6-foot birdie putt to get into double figures at 10-under par, which was good for a three-shot lead.
 
Woods parred three, then sank a 10-footer for birdie at four. He struggled with his driver on some holes, but saved pars. At the seventh, Woods hit a 6-iron to 10 feet, but missed the birdie chance.
 
Then came the insanity at nine, but also the 36-hole lead.
 
'I'm happy to shoot a 64 out here on this golf course,' said Woods. 'I'm right there in position going into the weekend.'
 
Love traded three birdies and two bogeys over his first five holes, which were on the back nine at Firestone. He birdied the long, par-5 16th to make the turn in 33.
 
The 1997 PGA Champion, who was passed over this week by Tom Lehman for a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team, birdied two, four and five to move to eight-under par.
 
At the ninth, after a long wait to sort out the Woods mess, Love drove into the left rough, right against a tree. He knocked his second to seven feet, but missed his chance to tie for the lead.
 
Love now has a date in the final pairing with Woods on Saturday. That's not going to be an easy chore considering how well Woods is playing at the moment.
 
'I think you have to play very, very well,' said Love. 'He's obviously got a lot of confidence. You have to go out with a lot of confidence and block him out.'
 
Kevin Stadler (67), Lucas Glover (69) and Ernie Els (67) are knotted in fifth place at 5-under-par 135. Luke Donald shot a 1-under 69 and is alone in eighth place at minus-4.
 
Stewart Cink, who was named to the American team by Lehman on Monday, carded a 3-under 67 and is tied for ninth place with Robert Gamez, who shot the same number on Friday. The pair is knotted at 3-under-par 137.
 
Reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson has struggled all week. He posted his second consecutive 4-over 74 and is part of a group tied for 68th at plus-8.
 
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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

    Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

    (All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

    Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.


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    Schauffele just fine being the underdog

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

    Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

    Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


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    “Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

    Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

    “All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1