Woods Leads Own Tournament

By Sports NetworkDecember 6, 2002, 5:00 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods was not a gracious tournament host on Friday as he fired a 7-under 65 to take the second-round lead of the Target World Challenge. He stands at 11-under-par 133 and owns a one-shot lead over Davis Love III and Padraig Harrington.
 
Nick Price shot a 2-under 70 on Friday and is alone in fourth place at 9-under-par 135.
 
Woods, the defending champion, needed only 11 putts on the front nine but tied for the lead for the first time in Friday's round at the 11th. He drained a four-foot birdie putt there and two holes later, Woods two-putted from 25 feet for another birdie.
 
Woods extended his lead at the par-5 16th after bombing his drive down the fairway but pushing his second shot into a greenside bunker. He blasted out to seven feet and converted the birdie putt to reach 10-under par for the tournament.
 
A good bit of fortune came Woods' way at the 17th. His 9-iron approach was headed left of the green but his ball took two hops out of the rough and rolled two feet from the hole where he notched his seventh birdie of the round.
 
'It was supposed to be a soft 9-iron,' said Woods. 'It was a soft nine with a flip hook, just came off the heel with left-to-right spin. Other than that, it was a great shot.'
 
Woods had a chance to break the course record at Sherwood Country Club but his approach on 18 stayed at the top of the hill instead of rolling down to the cup.
 
'Yesterday I played a sloppy round of golf, and today I cleaned it up,' said Woods, who opened with a 68 on Thursday.
 
Harrington bogeyed the final hole Friday to finish off a round of 69, while Love birdied the same hole to polish off his round of 68.
 
Phil Mickelson played with Woods on Friday and his round could not have been more different than Woods'. Mickelson shot a 2-over 74 in a round that included three provisionals, two rulings by officials and horrible time off the tee.
 
'I might have made a mistake playing in the off season,' said Mickelson, who shares 12th with Michael Campbell at 2-under par. 'I'm not playing well, and I'm having a hard time getting motivated to work on it.'
 
Mickelson traditionally takes time off at the end of the year but is playing quite a bit this off-season. His wife is expecting the couple's third child next March and Mickelson elected to play more at the end of this year and take time off at the beginning of next year.
 
Bernhard Langer matched Woods with a 65 on Friday and the German is tied for fifth at 7-under-par 137. David Toms, the 2001 PGA Champion, and Retief Goosen, the 2001 U.S. Open winner, joined Langer at minus 7.
 
Jim Furyk, the overnight leader, struggled to a 2-over 74 and shares eighth place with Colin Montgomerie. The duo's 36-hole total of 6-under-par 138 puts them five shots behind Woods.
 
Chris DiMarco is alone in 10th, followed by Mark O'Meara, who won last week's Skins Game. DiMarco is at 5-under par, while O'Meara stands at minus 3 after two rounds.
 
Vijay Singh is 14th at even-par, followed by Bob Estes, who is 3-over and Rich Beem. The reigning PGA Champion shot a second-round 77 and is at 7-over-par 151.
 
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 9:20 am

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.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)