McIlroy bids to end American dominance as Open returns to Carnoustie

Angelo Anderson
July 20, 2018

"There's so many great players, and it just seems like, at this point in time, they're all playing really good golf at the same time", said McIlroy, the 2014 Open champion, on Wednesday.

Rose has held steady at No. 3 on the rankings since claiming victory at the Fort Worth Invitational in late May, and followed up by finishing sixth at the Memorial Tournament as a strong +1400 bet before claiming a share of 10th place at the US Open as +800 chalk. Woods had shot over-par in the opening round of his past seven majors, averaging almost 76 strokes in those Thursdays that so quickly quashed the enthusiasm that follows him to each of golf's Grand Slam events. "I've been doing this for years, braces and bandages, just that this time it's actually visible", he said.

Van Rooyen, the eldest of the group at 28, shot a 63 at the Scottish Open and led going into the final round of the Irish Open by four shots.

"Links golf has treated me well, I enjoy the challenge of it, and hopefully it treats me well again this week", Fox said.

"I would play with her every day if she wanted to", said Ryder, who opened with a 68.

Woods was two-under on the front nine, but struggled slightly on the back, dropping two strokes. "He's a marvellous putter and he hits the ball pretty straight". 13 and 15, then scrambled well to par his way home. "I felt like my ball position got too far back at the Greenbrier".

Tiger Woods of the US plays out of the rough on the 2nd hole during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie Scotland Friday
Tiger's huge call on winning British Open

Lincicome joined Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to tee it up in a PGA Tour event when she striped her opening tee shot down the middle Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

Rory McIlroy, the 2014 Open victor, was 1 under par with five holes still to play, but world No. 1 Dustin Johnson was struggling at 2 over at the same juncture. "My big wish would be that Tiger would win".

No course is overly long for the powerful Finau, who averaged almost 350 yards off the tee, mostly with irons. "No one's going to argue with him - he did it like at Hoylake, and he was able to win there". Spieth was 202 yards from the front of the green and chose to hit 6-iron that would land short of the green and roll onto the putting surface.

Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 18th green during his even-round 71 on Thursday. "It's hard for people to understand it, but it's just the nature of this golf course". The firm, crusty conditions are not entirely new.

"The way I've been playing coming in, it hasn't really even been on my mind, but I knew if I played well here it would be a great opportunity to move up the list", added Kisner, who is now 19th in the qualifying standings.

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