Tampa Bay http://tampabay.sportstonews.com - Golf Videos, News, Scores and Updates Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:19:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.13 ‘Disappointed’ McIlory reflects on 8-over-par at The Open http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2019/07/19/disappointed-mcilory-reflects-on-8-over-par-at-the-open/ http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2019/07/19/disappointed-mcilory-reflects-on-8-over-par-at-the-open/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:06:07 +0000 http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2019/07/19/disappointed-mcilory-reflects-on-8-over-par-at-the-open/ Crowd favourite Rory McIlroy reflected on his disappointing eight-over-par opening round of The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Irelan

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Crowd favourite Rory McIlroy reflected on his disappointing eight-over-par opening round of The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Irelan

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Shane Lowry’s not used to playing an Irish golf tournament without much attention, but that’s how things were ahead of the 148th British Open. He’s got lots of attention now after returning a 4-under-par 67 to lead the tournament.

Not bad for a guy who stood on the first tee at 7:52 a.m. along with Phil Mickelson and Branden Grace feeling low in confidence.

Lowry arrived in Portrush with a decent season behind him that includes victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, T-2 in the Canadian Open, third in the RCB Heritage and T-8 in the PGA Championship. Yet he stood on the first tee wondering what the day would bring.

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“I felt very unconfident on the first tee, I’m not going to lie,” he said.

“I don’t feel like practice went unbelievably well this week. I felt a little bit uncomfortable. It’s the British Open, it’s in Ireland. I’m playing well, I feel like I should come up and do well. Why shouldn’t I feel uneasy?”

The 32-year-old from County Offaly in the Irish Republic decided a clear the air session was needed with coach Neil Manchip.

“Went to coffee yesterday down at the Bushmills Inn and we found a little quiet room, we had a great chat for about 40 minutes. I left that room full of confidence and ready to go. So we just put everything out in the open, everything out on the table, what could happen, what might happen.”

Lowry’s under par day was helped by arriving in Portrush with less attention on him than he usually gets in the Emerald Isle.

“I feel like for me I can come here a little more under the radar than the other guys. G-Mac (Graeme McDowell) is from here, he grew up here. Rory (McIlroy) is an hour down the road and obviously had some great times here. And Darren (Clarke) lives here now. I feel like for me I can kind of be more under the radar than everyone else. But obviously not now.”

The four-time European Tour winner has already won an Open in Ireland. He lifted the Irish Open trophy in 2009 when he was still an amateur. He’s put himself in pole position to win another one, a victory that’ll ensure he never flies under the radar again.

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Eddie Pepperell is renowned for marching to a different drummer. He’s doing just that in this week’s British Open.

Seems his dogs are more important than getting to know Royal Portrush.

The enigmatic Englishman didn’t arrive in Northern Ireland until Tuesday evening. He went straight home after the Scottish Open because he had more important things to do: he wanted to walk his dogs, Gus and Pip.

“Nice to get home and spend a day with the dogs. Off to Portrush tomorrow and quite excited for what could turn out to be the greatest Open ever!” he posted on his Twitter feed.

The two-time European Tour winner woke up Wednesday morning, saw the rain that was set for the remainder of the day and said to hell with a practice round.

“I arrived Tuesday evening, and I would have gone out yesterday had the weather not been the way it was,” Pepperell said. “Once I saw that, I walked it (the course), which is more than I usually do.

“It’s not uncommon for me to not play. I’ve done it certainly in nearly every major I’ve played. Practice rounds at majors are so long and boring, and I can’t stand it, so I’d rather not play.”

So far so good. Pepperell opened the 148th Open championship with a 1-under-par 70, three shots off Shane Lowry’s early lead.

Doing without practice rounds could become a trend if Pepperell lifts the old claret jug on Sunday. The game’s top professionals might even think dog walking’s a better option.

It’s working for Eddie P.

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Emiliano Grillo had a colorful scorecard during his first round of the British Open on Thursday— a wild mix of reds and blues — but his shot at the 13th hole helped balance an otherwise rollercoaster outing.

At the par-3 hole from 200 yards out, Grillo’s shot landed short of the hole and rolled its way toward the pin, rising over a mound on the green, before plunking into the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one. The 26-year-old became the first golfer to shoot an ace at The Open Championship since Louis Oosthuizen did at the 14th hole in 2016 at Royal Troon.

The Argentine, playing in his fourth Open, then celebrated by tossing his ball into the crowd.

Grillo finished his day at 2-over 73. He birdied three holes on the front nine, but those were canceled out by a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 fifth hole. And after his ace on 13, Grillo followed up with his third and fourth bogeys of the day on the next two holes.

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Ranked the No. 60 golfer in the world heading into this weekend, Grillo will tee off Friday at 6:47 a.m. ET with Sung Kang and Thomas Thurloway, hoping to make a run in the second round to make the cut.

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – The lights dimmed and Northern Ireland’s star entrant was primed to kick off the Portrush sequel in style.

And then the projector broke.

The 148th British Open was set to play out as a thrilling action film and shifted to a dark comedy when Rory McIlroy slightly pulled his opening tee shot, finishing just a few yards on the other side of a seemingly random white line.

With right-to-left winds and a silly-internal out-of-bounds line looming, the first hole’s 90-yard wide opening corridor played half that width. He was forced to re-tee like several other players did after similar fates, bursting the Portrush morning bubble and casting a pall over this glorious links.

The 30-year-old Holywood, Northern Ireland native eventually posted a quadruple bogey eight, the worst single hole score in his major championship career. A celebratory mood turned funereal when the British Open’s house lights went up.

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Plenty of time remains to fix the project and produce a conclusion worthy of this incredible venue, but looming on the first, fifth and 18th holes are out-of-bounds stakes not technically guarding boundaries.

The first is defined by seemingly random lines down both sides, a window that shrinks significantly when the wind is up. The magnificent short par-4 fifth is guarded by cliffs and beach just behind the back hole locations, yet is marked as the more penal white boundary line instead of less severe red “penalty area” stakes. And looming Sunday when the 18th determines the British Open winner is another “OB” line turning a fascinating risk-reward hole into a forced lay-up off the tee to avoid the white pain vandalism marring a sensational finishing hole.

Internal out-of-bounds has sunk the reputation of most courses. It’s right up there with slow play, lost balls and Caddyshack 2 on most golfers’ list of worst nightmares. Golf’s rulemakers — the USGA and this week’s hosts, the R&A — avoid introducing out of bounds unless absolutely necessary. The only other rota course to feature anything like Portrush’s arbitrary out of bounds — Hoylake — is defined by an ancient wall and a need to prevent players from shortcutting a par-5 while taking out a few spectators in the process.

At Portrush, the freshly painted boundaries protect nothing, kept in place as a reminder of the club’s past when the land between the first and 18th holes was someone else’s and not to be entered. But that land is now Royal Portrush property and sits as a wide open spectator area during the Open, mown down and perfectly playable.

Rory McIlroy could easily have found and played that opening tee shot. But only because someone painted did we have to turn up the lights, print out refunds and spoil a special moment. Worse, a course that could be the best on the rota is stained a bit by the work of paint cans.

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The quest for major championship No. 16 continues for Tiger Woods on Thursday in Northern Ireland.

Hoping for the same magic he had after winning the Masters earlier this year, Woods will be contending for his fourth British Open title this week as the world’s best flock to Royal Portrush for golf’s final major of the season. He last held “Champion Golfer of the Year” status in 2006 after his Open Championship win at Royal Liverpool.

Woods begins his first round alongside Matt Wallace and Patrick Reed, teeing off at 10:10 a.m. ET. Follow his round with shot-by-shot updates and analysis below.

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Hole 10: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Tiger pokes this one down the right side, just leaking from the “fairway” to the rough (though it’s the same cut of grass).

APPROACH SHOT: Another mishit from Tiger. He misses the green and winds up on a mound, near the gallery, in the rough. Hitting greens in regulation is overrated, anyways.

Hole 9: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Another fairway metal for Tiger and he hits a low-flying bullet that finds the left rough. He’s in the thick stuff.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger does his best just to advance this from the thick rough to the normal rough.

APPROACH SHOT: He’s on a mound with an awkward stance, but still knocks this up onto the green. Not a bad shot given the circumstances, he just can’t get anything going here today.

ON THE GREEN: Not a bad putt from inside 20 feet but Tiger can’t get it to fall. He taps in for bogey and a 5-over 41 on the front.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5-over thru 9.

Hole 8: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Fairway metal off the tee for Tiger and this one finds the right side of the fairway, safe and sound after a disaster on the last hole.

APPROACH SHOT: Wedge here from Tiger and he’s pin-high to the right with a long birdie putt awaiting.

ON THE GREEN: Right-to-left movement up the slope a bit and Tiger leaves it just a few inches short. Great line, just short on speed. Par

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-over thru 8.

Hole 7: Par 5

OFF THE TEE:  After Patrick Reed lost this one well left, Tiger pokes this one down the left side of the fairway. Reed had to hit a provisional, if you’re curious.

SECOND SHOT: Nope. Not good. At all. He’s left, in the rough, with a blind shot at the green thanks to a mound directly in his line of sight.

THIRD SHOT: The wheels are falling off here as Tiger barely advances this ball. Looks like he caught he mound. Still in the rough.

FOURTH SHOT: Barely advances this one up the fairway. Silver lining: he’s out of the rough!

APPROACH SHOT: Well this one was nifty, landing on the green and spinning back to just a few feet for a bogey save on a hole that could’ve been much worse, seeing as he was hitting five from the fairway.

ON THE GREEN: And he taps it in for a colorful (somewhat impressive?) six.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-over thru 7.

Hole 6: Par 3

OFF THE TEE: Back-middle pin straight into the wind. Lots of movement on the green. This’ll be fun. Fans are 20-deep watching on this hole from the tee to the green. What an awesome hole. Anyways, back to the action. Tiger held his pose and stared this one down, but not for good reasons. He misses the green to the left and will have to get creative with the short game here.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger took a bunch of practice swings and his club face was WIDE open. He needed a few more swings. He blades this one over the green into a hill, and it *almost* rolls onto the green. Instead it catches a slope and rolls off the opposite side. Now, instead of having green to work with, he’s short-sided with a mound between him and the hole. Not good. He plays a bump-and-run into the slope, pops it up and lets it carry just beyond the hole.

ON THE GREEN: Inside 10 feet for bogey and Tiger never gave this one a chance, missing left the whole way. Tap-in double. Yikes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-over thru 6.

Hole 5: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: It’s a short par-4 here and Tiger’s 265-yard drive is just on the right side of the fairway. He’ll have 86 yards to the pin, but they’re waiting on the group ahead, who are still putting on the green.

APPROACH SHOT: The green layout makes it difficult to attack the pin. Tiger throws this one in the air and to the back of the green. A long birdie putt awaits.

ON THE GREEN: Oof. He had a long putt that he left quite short. Not his greatest effort there. He misses the par putt, pushing it a little right. Blown tee shot as Tiger drops his first stroke of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-over thru 5.

Hole 4: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Tiger’s doing some stretches while waiting on the fourth tee. Not sure if he’s just trying to stay loose or if there’s some actual discomfort. Anyways, he pures this one off the tee and carves the middle of the fairway. Great shot.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger’s got a somewhat-blind shot at the green here but he plays this one like a pro. His ball lands on the right side of the green, takes a skip to the left and runs off the slope towards the back-left pin. Solid stroke to set up a birdie putt from around 20 feet.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger got a decent look from group member Matt Wallace but didn’t go to school enough or just mishit it. Either way, two-putt par. Moving on.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4.

Hole 3: Par 3

OFF THE TEE: 175 yards to the pin and the Big Cat goes with pitching wedge. He sticks this one inside 10 feet for his best look at birdie today. Yeah, that’s right, a 175-yard pitching wedge. This guy.

ON THE GREEN: Blown opportunity here as Tiger’s putt clips the edge. He won’t get many better looks than that. This two-putt par will hurt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3.

Hole 2: Par 5

OFF THE TEE: No driver here for Tiger, who lays off with a fairway metal. His tee shot looks to be safe in the fairway but finds a bunker. The scramble continues.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger just pitches this one out of the bunker and advances up the fairway. Safe shot. Oh, and the rains are gone and the suns out. Welcome to Northern Ireland, folks.

APPROACH SHOT: 235 yards to the green from the short stuff, downwind (11-13 mph). Solid stroke from Tiger, who finds the green, short and right of the pin. Nice and comfortable swing there (but this putt is a doozy with some serious break).

ON THE GREEN: From outside 20 feet Tiger gives this one a ride up the hill and along the strong right-to-left break. The putt runs just below the hole and he’ll have a short one to clean up for par. He makes the three-footer and walks off with par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2.

Hole 1: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Here. We. Go. Tiger goes with iron here on No. 1 and finds the left rough. He seemed to grimace a little bit after that tee shot. Was it because of the poor shot? Maybe an injury? Not sure, we’ll be monitoring.

APPROACH SHOT: He’s got 193 yards to the pin from the tall grass to the left of the fairway. Tiger gave that one a good, strong cut and barely found the green before his ball rolled into a bunker. That’ll be a tough up-and-down from there, looking like a bogey start. As for the previous grimace, he seems fine for now and really went after that shot.

AROUND THE GREEN: Well he sure made that look easy. The bunker was a good 20-ish feet below the putting surface, and Tiger’s out plays up the green perfectly. He’s still got some meat left on the bone there, but it’s a par putt from just outside 10 feet.

ON THE GREEN: The rains have come as Tiger stands over his par putt. Just some subtle movement here and Tiger cans the putt to escape with a great par on his opening hole. On to the next.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1.

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — David Duval got off to a fantastic start in the British Open. After birdieing his first two holes and reaching Royal Portrush’s 5th tee 2-under he was one off the lead.

But the 2001 British Open champion then went quadruple bogey, bogey and 13 at the par-5 7th, which added him to the history books. Then more than two hours after his round, his 13 was adjusted to a 14 “following an error in reviewing his score.”

It was determined that Duval lost his first two balls from the tee and then played a wrong ball for the third ball. “On discovering the mistake at the green he had to return to where the wrong ball was played, but the correct ball could not be found.” Then he had to “play again from the tee for a fourth time under penalty of stroke and distance.

“He played six shots in completing the hole with the fourth ball from the tee. He incurred a two-shot penalty for playing the wrong ball but the strokes played with the wrong ball do not count in his score.”

The 9-over-par tally is tied for the second-highest score in championship history, with D. Murdoch’s 14 at Prestwick’s first hole in 1925. It is one shot short of Herman Tissie’s 15 at Troon’s Postage Stamp in 1950.

“It is not reflective of anything I have been doing. It is one of those God-awful nightmare scenarios which happened today and I happened to be on the end of it,” Duval said.

He’d finish with a 20-over 91, which included a triple bogey 7 on the 17th.

Duval was a 1/7 pre-tournament favorite to miss the cut.

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — David Duval got off to a fantastic start in the British Open. After birdieing his first two holes and reaching Royal Portrush’s 5th tee 2-under he was one off the lead.

But the 2001 British Open champion then went quadruple bogey, bogey and 13 at the par-5 7th, which added him to the history books. Then more than two hours after his round, his 13 was adjusted to a 14 “following an error in reviewing his score.”

It was determined that Duval lost his first two balls from the tee and then played a wrong ball for the third ball. “On discovering the mistake at the green he had to return to where the wrong ball was played, but the correct ball could not be found.” Then he had to play again from the tee for a fourth time under penalty of stroke and distance.

“He played six shots in completing the hole with the fourth ball from the tee. He incurred a two-shot penalty for playing the wrong ball but the strokes played with the wrong ball do not count in his score.”

The 9-over-par tally is tied for the second-highest score in championship history, with D. Murdoch’s 14 at Prestwick’s first hole in 1925. It is one shot short of Herman Tissie’s 15 at Troon’s Postage Stamp in 1950.

“It is not reflective of anything I have been doing. It is one of those God-awful nightmare scenarios which happened today and I happened to be on the end of it,” Duval said.

He’d finish with a 20-over 91, which also included a triple bogey 7 on the 17th.

Duval was a 1/7 pre-tournament favorite to miss the cut.

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