Tiger Wins Open Championship Going Away

By Sports NetworkJuly 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Tiger Woods captured his second British Open championship on Sunday to become the second player in golf history to win the career Grand Slam twice.
He did it on the same course where he completed his first slam.
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Tiger Woods proudly showcases his second claret jug.
In 2000, Woods dusted the field at the Old Course at St. Andrews to win the British Open and become the fifth player in golf history to win all four major championships. On Sunday, he joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to do it more than once.
'To have both of them here, this is as special as it gets,' admitted Woods, who pocketed $1,261,584 for the win. 'It's the home of golf. All players that want to win the Open Championship, you go back to St. Andrews.'
Woods posted a two-under 70 to win the tournament by five shots at 14-under- par 274.
Woods continues to put his name in the history books. It was his 10th major championship, putting him in third place on the all-time list, one behind Walter Hagen and eight off Nicklaus' 18 career major triumphs.
The same week Nicklaus bowed out of competitive golf, Woods completed another type of slam.
Every major championship Nicklaus stepped away from, Woods hoisted the trophy. It first started in 2000 at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, then a few months later at Valhalla, Woods claimed the PGA Championship.
Earlier this year, Nicklaus announced it would be his last trip to the Masters as a player. Woods defeated Chris DiMarco in a playoff, then on Sunday, he added the claret jug.
'When I first started playing the tour, I didn't think I would have this many majors before the age of 30,' said Woods, who went wire-to-wire for the victory.
Woods, who became the fifth player in golf history to win multiple claret jugs at the Old Course, collected his second major of 2005 after a playoff win at the Masters. This is his third season with multiple majors in one year.
Local favorite Colin Montgomerie managed an even-par 72 and took second place at minus-nine. This was his first runner-up finish at the British Open to go along with a pair of seconds at the U.S. Open and a playoff loss at the 1995 PGA Championship.
Fred Couples carded a four-under 68 on Sunday to tie Jose Maria Olazabal for third place at eight-under-par 280. The Spaniard drained a 10-footer for birdie on the last to shoot 74.
Despite the large margin of victory, Woods had to work to earn the claret jug. He began the final round with a two-shot lead, but both Olazabal and Montgomerie cut the margin to one on the front nine.
The championship turned at the 12th hole. Woods was two ahead of both players at the short par-four, but Olazabal ran into trouble off the tee and left himself with eight feet for par. He missed that putt, then Montgomerie dropped a shot at 13 when he came up short of the green with his approach.
Woods, who played with Olazabal on Sunday, drove left of the green at 12 and bumped his second into one of many slopes on the greens at St. Andrews and the ball stopped three feet from the stick. He converted the short putt to move ahead by four.
Woods padded the lead at the par-five 14th even though his second came up short of the green in some fescue. He hit a high flop shot that stopped three feet from the hole and the No. 1 player in the world drained the putt to move five clear.
Olazabal had fallen further down the leaderboard thanks to bogeys at 13 and 15. Montgomerie's six-iron second at the 16th fell short of the putting surface and he made bogey, but was still Woods' closest rival, although six back.
Woods bogeyed the Road Hole to drop his lead to five. He took iron off the tee at 18 to avoid any potential problems, then hit a poor approach that required he putt through the Valley of Sin. Woods lagged it to three feet and converted the par to earn his fourth win of the 2005 campaign and his 44th on tour, tying him with Hagen for seventh on the all-time list.
'I'm so excited to have my best ball-striking round,' said Woods, who became the first player to win the Masters and British Open in the same year since his good buddy Mark O'Meara in 1998. 'It was one of those rounds I'll certainly be thinking about for a long time. I'm thankful it happened at the right time.'
Woods began the final round with a two-shot lead over Olazabal and three ahead of Montgomerie. The Europeans trimmed the cushion early on Sunday.
Montgomerie ran home a 12-footer at the third to draw within two, then Olazabal sank a 20-foot birdie putt at four to cut the lead to one. Montgomerie two-putted the fifth green for a birdie to also close the gap to a single stroke.
Woods birdied the fifth to reclaim a two-shot lead, but his putter let him down on the remaining holes on the front side. He had four feet at the seventh after a spectacular approach that nearly went in the hole. Woods again almost sank his tee ball at eight, but the ball stopped three feet from the pin. He missed that putt to keep two ahead of Montgomerie and three in front of Olazabal, who bogeyed No. 6.
Both Woods and Montgomerie drove the green at the ninth and made birdie, as did Olazabal. Montgomerie's six-iron tee ball ran through the green en route to a bogey at the 11th, but Woods gave a shot back at 10 when he drove into a bunker and was forced to go out of the trap sideways.
Both Europeans were within two until their respective meltdowns at 12 and 13.
'I thoroughly enjoyed competing again at this level,' said Montgomerie, whose last runner-up finish in a major came eight years ago at the '97 U.S. Open. 'There's no disgrace finishing second to the best player in the world.'
Now Woods will have an eye on Baltusrol Golf Club for the PGA Championship. He can win three majors in one season for the second time in five years.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell (72), Sergio Garcia (73), Retief Goosen (74), Bernhard Langer (71), Geoff Ogilvy (69) and Vijay Singh (72) shared fifth place at minus-seven.
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    McIlroy, Rahm betting co-favorites after Open Round 1

    By Will GrayJuly 19, 2018, 10:10 pm

    They're both three shots off the lead, but after starting The Open with rounds in the 60s Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are now betting co-favorites to lift the claret jug at Carnoustie.

    McIlroy is four years removed from his Open triumph at Royal Liverpool, while Rahm remains in search of his first major title. Both carded rounds of 2-under 69 in Scotland to sit three shots off the lead of Kevin Kisner. While McIlroy started the tournament at 16/1 and Rahm at 20/1, they're now dead even at 10/1 in updated odds at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

    Kisner started the week at 200/1, but after an opening-round 66 he's quickly been trimmed to 25/1. Tony Finau sits one shot behind Kisner and is now listed behind only McIlroy and Rahm at 12/1 after starting the tournament at 60/1.

    On the other side of the coin, consensus pre-tournament betting favorite Dustin Johnson fell from 12/1 to 100/1 following an opening 76 while Masters champ Patrick Reed shot a 4-over 75 to plummet from 30/1 to 200/1. Trailing by five shots following an opening-round 71, Tiger Woods' odds remained unchanged at 25/1 as he seeks a 15th career major title.

    Here's a look at the revised betting odds heading into the second round at Carnoustie:

    10/1: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

    12/1: Tony Finau

    14/1: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

    20/1: Francesco Molinari

    25/1: Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner

    30/1: Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka

    40/1: Ryan Moore, Jason Day

    50/1: Erik Van Rooyen, Brandon Stone, Matt Kuchar

    60/1: Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Russell Henley, Matthew Southgate

    80/1: Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na

    100/1: Dustin Johnson, Zander Lombard, Sung Kang, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Chris Wood, Pat Perez, Luke List, Charley Hoffman

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    Despite 78, Lincicome savors PGA Tour experience

    By Randall MellJuly 19, 2018, 9:41 pm

    Two bad holes derailed Brittany Lincicome in her historic start Thursday at the Barbasol Championship, but they couldn’t wipe the smile off her face afterward.

    It might have been the most fun she ever had shooting a 78.

    Lincicome joined Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to tee it up in a PGA Tour event when she striped her opening tee shot down the middle Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

    A double bogey at her ninth hole and a triple at her 16th might have spoiled her chances at joining Zaharias as the only women to make a 36-hole cut in a PGA Tour event, but it didn’t spoil her experience.

    “I did what I wanted to do, with having fun,” Lincicome said. “I think I nailed that part pretty well.

    “I love playing with the guys. It's so much fun, being inside the ropes with them. Hopefully, I can get a good one tomorrow.”

    Lincicome, 32, held her own for 16 holes, playing them in 1 over par, but those two big numbers left her tied for last place when she signed her scorecard, though other players remained on the course.

    At 6 over, Lincicome is 13 shots behind the leader, probably seven or eight shots off the projected cut line, but she savored the experience. She arrived wanting to inspire young girls to dream big, and to bring some extra attention to a title sponsor who means so much to her. She represents Pure Silk, part of the Barbasol family.

    Sam Ryder, who joined Conrad Shindler playing alongside Lincicome, was impressed with the way Lincicome carried herself.

    “I would play with her every day if she wanted to,” said Ryder, who opened with a 68. “She's just a great person.

    “Even though I know she's probably a little disappointed with her final score, she had a smile on her face all day.”

    Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, made her first birdie at her 12th hole, dropping a 30-foot putt, but she wasn’t happy with her putter much of the day. She missed three other good birdie chances, a 4-footer at her eighth hole, an 8-footer at her 10th and a 12-footer at the last.

    “Pretty happy with my game overall,” Lincicome said. “I had two bad holes, but I drove it well. I did all the things I said I needed to do, but my putter let me down today.”

    After piping her first drive, Lincicome opened with three consecutive pars.

    “I was actually calmer than I thought I was going to be,” she said. “I thought I was going to be a nervous wreck. After the first tee shot, I was pretty happy that I found the fairway.”

    Lincicome said Ryder and Shindler made her feel welcome. So did the crowds.

    “It was great,” she said. “I could feel the energy of the crowd support me. Every time I hit a good driver or good shot, they would cheer for me, which was great.

    “Conrad and Sam were so nice. I couldn't have asked for a better pairing. They were very welcoming, and we were interacting, they were asking me questions, and it was great.”

    On Tuesday, Lincicome said a key to her play would be hitting fairways. She did that, hitting 10 of 14, but she was taking in longer clubs than she does in LPGA events, with Keene Trace set up at 7,168 yards. That’s 600 yards longer than she played last week at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic, where she finished second. She hit just 8 greens in regulation in this PGA Tour start.

    Lincicome is nicknamed “Bam Bam.” She is one of the LPGA’s longest drivers, but she was typically 30 to 40 yards behind Ryder and Shindler after hitting her driver. She averaged 259 yards per drive, Ryder 289 yards.

    “She had a couple birdie putts that she could have made,” Ryder said. “If she made a couple of those, might've been a little bit different, just to get a little bit of momentum. Who knows?”

    Lincicome’s biggest challenges were the par 3s.

    At the 18th, playing 195 yards, she mis-hit her tee shot, knocking it in the water, short of the green. She took a penalty, moved up to a forward tee, dropped and hit into a right greenside bunker. She got up and down from there for a 5.

    At the seventh, playing 198 yards, she missed wild right and deep. From a tough spot in the rough, she left her pitch short of the green. She chipped her third past the hole and to the fringe, where she took three putts from 20 feet.

    Afterward, Lincicome wasn’t dwelling on the bad shots. She was focused on going to sign autographs for all the fans waiting for her, including all the little girls who came out to see her.

    “I need to go back over there and sign,” she said. “Any time I can influence a child, especially a girl, obviously I want to get them involved with the LPGA, as much as possible.”

    Her overall assessment of her day?

    “It was a great experience,” she said.

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 pm

    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:

    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 early 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 early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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    Knox relishes round with 'mythical figure' Woods

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Russell Knox was expecting the worst and hoping for the best Thursday at The Open.

    Playing with Tiger Woods tends to have that effect.

    The native Scot received a treat earlier this week when he saw his name on the tee sheet alongside his boyhood idol, Woods.

    “Felt good out there, but obviously my swing, it was just like I had too much tension,” Knox said after an opening 73. “I just wasn’t letting it go as normal. First round with Tiger, I expected to feel a little bit different. The way I felt was better than the way I swung.”

    Knox said that he was nervous playing alongside Woods, a player he’d only encountered on the range. “He’s almost like a mythical figure,” he said.

    But after a while, he settled into the rhythm of the round at Carnoustie.

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    “I thought it would be worse,” he said, “I feel like I should know what I’m doing. It’s cool playing with Tiger, but I’ve got to get over that. I’m here to win, not just enjoy my walk around the course.”

    Knox probably had more interaction with Woods than he anticipated, if only because the third member of the group, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, keeps to himself because of the language barrier.

    “It’s kind of a blur,” Knox said. “It’s like, Oh, I’m chatting away with Tiger here like normal. I don’t even remember what I was saying.”

    There have been countless stories from this year as the next generation of players – guys who grew up watching Woods dominate the sport – get paired with Woods for the first time.

    It was no less special for Knox on Thursday.

    “It’s nice for him to say things like that,” Woods said, “and we enjoyed playing with each other. Hopefully we’ll play a little bit better tomorrow.”