Medalist Burke Advances

By Usga News ServicesOctober 13, 2003, 4:00 pm
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Medalist Robin Burke, 41, of Houston, Texas, and defending champion Kathy Hartwiger, 37, of Birmingham, Ala., were easy winners in the first round of match play Oct. 13 at the U.S Womens Mid-Amateur Championship at Long Cove Club.
 
Among the other 30 winners to advance to the second round of match play were past champions Carol Semple Thompson, 53, of Sewickley, Pa., Ellen Port, 42, of St. Louis, Mo., and Virginia Grimes, 39, of Birmingham, Ala.
 
Burke, the 1997 U.S. Womens Amateur runner-up and wife of 1956 Masters champion Jackie Burke Jr., never trailed in ousting her good friend Lecia Alexander of Stafford, Texas, 6-and-4. Hartwiger had the most lopsided match of the day, beating Donna Benford of Linden, Mich., 8 and 6.
 
Semple Thompson, the winner in 1990 and 1997, beat Long Cove member and former head golf professional Karen Ferre of Hilton Head, S.C., in the most interesting match of the day, 1-up. Port, a three-time Womens Mid-Amateur champion (1995, 1996 and 2000) built a 2-up lead and hung on to edge Ellen Dempsey of St. Simons Island, Ga., in 19 holes. Grimes, the 1998 champion, defeated Suzi Spotleson of Canton, Ohio, 2-up.
 
Play continues in this age 25-and-older championship Tuesday with the second and third rounds of match play. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played Wednesday, and the championships final match is set for Thursday.
 
'You always have one round where you are going to not play your best,' said Burke, who headed for the practice range after winning three straight holes to close the match. I had an advantage because of my length, but I was lucky Lecias putter wasnt working today.'
 
Hartwiger closed strong as well, taking four consecutive holes to gain a win after just 12 holes. In contrast, the oldest golfer to advance, 56-year-old Toni Wiesner of Ft. Worth, Texas, needed a birdie on the 22nd hole to edge Leeann Fairlie of Oklahoma City, Okla.
 
Semple Thompson was pleased to move on, but not thrilled with her play. She took control of the match when Ferree bogeyed the 17th hole.
 
'I had too many bogeys,' said the eight-time USGA champion. 'I knew Karen would putt well. I just tried to outlast her, and thats what happened.'
 
Ferree putted well for the most part, but a few key misses stuck with her after the loss.
 
'I had my chances, I just didnt capitalize on them,' said Ferree, wife of professional golfer Jim Ferree. 'I missed key putts at holes 8, 16 and 17. If I make that birdie at 16, I get the lead. But, I hit a lot of good shots. Any time you get to play Carol, wow, thats a treat.'
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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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 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.