Wetterich Leads by Three at Tri-Cities

By Sports NetworkSeptember 6, 2001, 4:00 pm
Brett Wetterich fired an 8-under-par 64 on Thursday to post a three-shot lead over Bob Gaus and Shane Bertsch after the first round of the Buy.Com Tri-Cities Open.
Tjaart van der Walt, Darron Stiles, Bret Waldman and Steve Schneiter share fourth place at minus-4.
Wetterich got off to a great start Thursday at his first hole, the 10th at Meadow Springs Country Club. He roped a 3-wood to 15 feet at the hole to set up eagle, before parring the next seven holes. He collected a birdie at No. 18 for a front-nine 33.
Wetterich made it two in a row with a birdie at No. 1, but he did his back-nine damage a few holes later. He birdied four holes in a row, starting at the fourth, to extend his lead over the field.
'I got to 5-under and expected something bad to happen,' said Wetterich. 'It's been a long time since something like this has happened. Back home, when I have been playing well, I would make bogey or double-bogey and it sets you back.'
Like David Sutherland last week at the Utah Classic, Wetterich is a member of the PGA Tour who is playing in this event in an effort to rehab from injury.
'I still have a long way to go to catch up to where I was,' said Wetterich, who injured his wrist last June and had surgery in January.
Wetterich is playing in only his sixth event on the Buy.com Tour, as he had moved right from the mini-tours to the PGA Tour.
'I think it might have been better if I had played here before making the PGA Tour,' said Wetterich, referring to the Buy.com Tour. 'It was a big change for me going from the mini-tours to the PGA Tour.'
Lee Rinker, Omar Uresti, Charley Hoffman, Vic Wilk, Rob McKelvey, Greg Twiggs and Brian Kamm are knotted in eighth place at 3-under-par 69.
Casey Martin is seven shots off the lead at 1-under par.
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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.