Weir Jump-Starts Season With 63

By Sports NetworkJanuary 3, 2002, 5:00 pm
Mike Weir fired a course-record-tying 10-under 63 to take the lead after Thursday's opening round of the Mercedes Championships, the first tournament of the 2002 PGA Tour season.
 
Weir, whose playoff victory in the 2001 season-ending Tour Championship made him the final qualifier for this winners-only event, took advantage of calm conditions at the Kapalua Resort's par-73 Plantation Course. He finished the day without a bogey and three strokes ahead of Frank Lickliter.
 
'I haven't been on a golf course in a month,' said Weir, who was also brandishing a new set of irons. 'That was way above my expectations.'
 
Defending champion Jim Furyk shot 6-under 67 to share third place with Scott Verplank, Chris DiMarco, Cameron Beckman and British Open winner David Duval.
 
Duval, the victor here in 1999, set the course record with a second-round 63 that year.
 
All eyes were on Tiger Woods, who is looking to avoid the slow start he experienced last year, when he failed to win in his first five appearances. The reigning Masters champion collected two eagles, two birdies and a bogey to join Kenny Perry five shots off the pace with a 5-under 68.
 
'I wanted to get off to a good, solid start and I was able to do that today,' said Woods, the Mercedes winner in 1997 and 2000. 'I didn't really hurt myself. Even though Weirsy went low, I'm still in the ball game with a good, solid round.'
 
The two other major winners from 2001 - U.S. Open champ Retief Goosen and PGA Championship winner David Toms - each had 4-under 69s to round out the top 10 with Joel Edwards, Robert Damron and Davis Love III.
 
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Watch: All of Tiger's birdies in Rd. 3 of The Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 2:44 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.


No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.


No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.


No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.


And No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.


At 5 under for the day, and 5 under for the championship, he was one off the lead at this point.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.


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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.


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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 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:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.


Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


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