Wilk Leads Monterey Peninsula Classic

By Sports NetworkOctober 4, 2001, 4:00 pm
Vic Wilk posted a 4-under-par 68 for the lead in Thursday's opening round of the Buy.Com Monterey Classic at Bayonet Golf Course. Chad Campbell, Brenden Pappas and Mike Heinen each finished the day one shot back with 69s.
Wilk climbed atop the leaderboard despite a shaky start. The 41-year-old Los Angeles native birdied the first hole but gave two strokes back and dropped over par with a double-bogey six at the par-four second.
He righted his round with birdies at holes seven and nine, then eagled the par-five 10th after knocking a five-wood to within a foot. A birdie at the 16th lifted him clear of the field.
The Bayonet Golf Course, which ranked as the third toughest on the Buy.com Tour last season, played to a scoring average of 75.048 Thursday with only 18 players in the field of 152 breaking par.
'You feel like you are at the U.S. Open,' said Wilk. 'You just try to stay alive. It gives you goose bumps staring down some of these fairways. There was a little breeze and this baby needs no help.'
After missing the cut in 11 of his first 17 starts of the season, Wilk has survived to play on the weekend in each of his last five events. Currently 64th on the Buy.com Tour money list, he will need more than the $81,000 first prize this week to jump into the top-15 in season earnings.
The top 15 players on the 2001 money list at the end of the season will earn exemptions onto the 2002 PGA Tour.
Campbell, who was bogey-free in round one, has no such concerns. He is second on the money list with wins at the Richmond Open and Permian Basin Open, and also finished runner-up at the season-opening Florida Classic.
One more victory and Campbell will get to ascend to the PGA Tour under the Buy.com Tour's 'battlefield promotion' stipulation, which allows a player who wins three times in a single season to immediately move up to the big leagues.
This year, Heath Slocum became only the second player in tour history to earn the promotion after he posted a trio of victories by early August. Chris Smith became the first in 1997.
Pappas is currently 20th in 2001 earnings and could make it into the top-15 with a high finish this week.
Tim Clark, Charley Hoffman, Jamie Rogers and Jason Caron share fifth place at two-under-par 70.
Thursday's first round was suspended due to darkness with just three players left on the course. Play will resume Friday at 11:00 a.m. (et).
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Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 3:20 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.

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

And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

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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.