Tight Race in World Rankings

By Sports NetworkAugust 16, 2004, 4:00 pm
Vijay Singh won his second PGA Championship Sunday and his third major title to move to No. 2 in this week's Official World Golf Ranking.
No. 1 is definitely in reach for Singh and can happen next week at the WGC-NEC Invitational. Tiger Woods broke Greg Norman's record for total weeks atop the World Rankings at 332, but is in serious jeopardy of losing the No. 1 spot, which he has held since 1999.
If Singh finishes ahead of Woods this week at Firestone Country Club, or if the two players are tied in any position outside the top 10, Singh becomes the No. 1 player in the world next week.
Ernie Els, down one spot to third, only missed the playoff between Singh, Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco by a stroke. He too can get to No. 1 for the fourth time in his career at the WGC-NEC Invitational.
Els has several scenarios in which he ascends to the top. If he is third alone and Woods is worse than 15th alone and Singh is worse than 19th alone, Els goes to one. If Els is second alone and Woods finishes worse than in a two-way tie for fourth and Singh finishes worse than in a two-way tie for third. Finally, Els can get to first if he wins and Woods doesn't finish second alone.
Phil Mickelson tied for sixth at the PGA Championship to go one, two, three and a tie for sixth in the season's four majors. He stayed in fourth place while reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen moved up one to fifth and Davis Love III dipped one to sixth.
Mike Weir, Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk held their spots from last week going seventh to ninth. Adam Scott jumped two places this week to round out the top-10.
Kenny Perry, who made his first Ryder Cup team this week, remained in 11th, while Spain's Sergio Garcia fell two to No. 12. Darren Clarke, who opened with a 65 on Thursday at Whistling Straits, and Chad Campbell switched places from last week. Clarke took 13th, while the American, who will also make his Ryder Cup debut for the American side next month, dropped to 14th.
Stuart Appleby came in 15th again this week.
British Open champion Todd Hamilton did not secure one of Hal Sutton's two captain's picks, but stayed in 16th place. DiMarco jumped up nine to No. 17 and Stephen Ames did not move from 18th.
Scott Verplank, who was bypassed for a captain's pick on the U.S. side in favor of 50-year-old Jay Haas and Stewart Cink, moved down two to No. 19 and 2001 PGA Champion David Toms inched down to 20th from No. 19 last week.
Leonard, who had one top-10 prior to his tie for second at the PGA Championship, flew up 22 to No. 25 this week.
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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

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    Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

    One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

    McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

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    “It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

    McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

    “I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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    Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

    Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

    “Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

    One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.

    Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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    After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

    “When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

    Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

    This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

    “It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”