Woe is Wie in Round 1

By Sports NetworkSeptember 18, 2003, 4:00 pm
BOISE, Idaho -- Charles Warren fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 65 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Albertsons Boise Open. Warren stands one stoke clear of Brian Wilson and John Paul Curley.
 
Meanwhile, teenage phenom Michelle Wie, playing on a sponsor's exemption, struggled to a 7-over-par 78 despite opening with a birdie on the first hole.
 
Jason Bohn, runner-up last week at the Oregon Classic, leads a group of eight golfers tied at 4-under-par 67. He is joined there by Kyle Thompson, Kelly Sellers, Jimmy Green, Johnson Wagner, Jason Schultz, Michael Muehr and Todd Demsey.
 
Warren opened his round on the 10th tee at Hillcrest Country Club and birdied the hole to get his round going. After a string of pars, he birdied the par-5 16th. The 2002 Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs winner closed out his opening nine with a birdie on No. 18.
 
Around the turn, Warren kept his strong play going. He rolled in a birdie putt at the first to make it two in a row. The 28-year-old moved to the second and third holes, both par-5s.
 
He rolled in birdie putts on both holes, for four consecutive birdies, that moved him to minus-6. He parred his final six holes to complete his bogey-free round.
 
'This is just one of those courses where I feel comfortable,' said Warren. 'This course is major championship caliber and the tournament has a major championship feel. I didn't drive the ball particularly well today but I took advantage of the par-5s. I don't remember the last time I only had 25 putts.'
 
Wie, who played in a Canadian Tour event in August, became the third female to play in a men's event this year. She joined Annika Sorenstam, who played at the Colonial on the PGA Tour, and Suzy Whaley, who teed it up at the Greater Hartford Open also on the PGA Tour. All three missed the cut at their respective events.
 
As for Wie, she seems to be facing the same fate. She rolled home a lengthy birdie putt at the first, but came back to bogey the next. She stumbled to three more bogeys on the front side to make the turn at 3 over.
 
Around the turn, her problems continued. She bogeyed the 11th, then dropped shots on back-to-back holes from the 13th. The 13-year-old closed out her round with a bogey at the last.
 
'I feel like I've gained some yardage the last few weeks,' said Wie. 'I've been working out a little so I feel stronger. I'll just have to go out and shoot a 64 (Friday). I usually play better in the morning anyway.'
 
Wilson struggled out of the gate with a bogey at the par-4 11th. However, he came right back to birdie two straight holes. He again birdied back-to-back holes from the 15th and also birdied the 18th to make the turn at minus-4.
 
On the front nine, Wilson birdied the par-5 second. He then parred out for a share of second place.
 
'The course completely changed from Tuesday,' said Wilson. 'It is playing extremely tough and getting really fast. The putt on 18 was going 100 miles an hour when it went in the hole.'
 
Curley also opened on the back nine and he birdied the 10th for a quick start. He later birdied Nos. 15 and 17 to head to the front side at minus-3. On the front nine, Curley drained birdie putts on the third and fifth to move to 5 under. Curley and Warren were the only two golfers to post bogey-free rounds.
 
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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 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:

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    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.


    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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    Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

    Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

    “We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”


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    It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

    Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

    “It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

    It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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    Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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    McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

    McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.