The Roundup: Wide Open

The Roundup: Wide Open
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Scotland's Sam Locke posted rounds of 72-73-70-78=293 (+9) during The 147th Open, securing the Silver Medal that is awarded to the low amateur for the week.

Locke entered the week ranked 447th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. He had just three other amateurs to battle with this week and secured the Silver Medal early in the week as he was the lone amateur to play his way through the cut line. Locke ended his week on a sour note but it was an impressive week, nonetheless, and also a great learning experience. The 19-year-old has Paul Lawrie as a mentor and will now re-evaluate his options in terms of amateur versus pro golf. "I was wanting to make the Walker Cup next year. That was a goal of mine. And this is obviously a slightly different thought in my mind, too. But as I said, we need to sit and have a proper think about this. Right now we just need to enjoy the situation we're in. It will be a few days before we come to a decision."
Jul 22 - 2:36 PM

Overnight co-leader Xander Schauffele wobbled out of the starting gate but rebounded to manage a 3-over-par 40-34=74 during the final round of The 147th Open, ending the week on 6-under 278, just two shots shy of the winning score posted by Francesco Molinari.

Schauffele penciled four pars before going bogey-bogey-double bogey at 5 thru 7. The main problem was finding too many bunkers. After the turn, he got back into contention with birdies at 10 and 14 but the damage had been done. Schauffele stuffed one close at the par-3 16th but couldn't convert the birdie and then scrambled his way to a bogey on the 17th. Needing an eagle at the last to tie Molinari, he settled for par to stay at 6-under and tie with Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner, and Justin Rose as second-place finishers. Despite the sour finish, this will still go in the books as his career best in a major championship (T5 at the 2017 U.S. Open). The 24-year-old now has three finishes of T6 or better in six major-championship appearances.
Jul 22 - 2:21 PM

Jordan Spieth's hopes of winning back-to-back Open titles were dashed at Carnoustie on Sunday; he went into the final round as one of the three co-leaders but put it in reverse with a birdie-less 5-over-par 39-37=76 to finish T9 on 4-under 280, four behind winner Francesco Molinari.

That's a huge disappointment for the three-time major winner, who just couldn't get anything going today in the toughest conditions of the week. With everyone dropping shots early, Spieth's outward 39 which included bogey at 5 followed by double bogey at 6 was far from fatal. But all parts of his game became a little ragged, a birdie wouldn't come and he dropped further shots at 15 and 17 to shoot 11 shots higher than his sparkling Saturday 65. The American hit 40% of the fairways in round four, found just half the greens and needed 33 putts. It wasn't to be this time but Spieth has once again played a big part and now has nine top tens from his 23 major starts, including three in the last four Opens.
Jul 22 - 2:05 PM

Kevin Chappell settled for a 2-over-par 38-35=73 during the final round of The Open Championship, securing a top-10 finish by week's end as he counts 5-under 279 when adding up his scorecards.

Chappell couldn't get much going today as he split eight (of 15) fairways and landed 10 greens in regulation. Starting with seven pars and two bogeys, Chappell finally got on the board with a birdie at the par-4 10th. Chappell would find trouble at the 17th when he blocked his approach into the thick stuff, leading to a double bogey. The UCLA product bounced back with a birdie finish but it was three shy by day's end. Chappell arrived without much form but cited a coaching change as the reason for his improved mental state this week (Sean Foley). That should make him an interesting name to watch over the rest of the summer. This will go in the books as his first top 50 in three tries at The Open and his fourth career top 10 in a major championship.
Jul 22 - 2:01 PM

World No. 15 Francesco Molinari finished off a blemish-free weekend as he carded a bogey-free, 2-under-par 36-33=69 during round four of The 147th Open to secure his first win in a major championship, ending the week on 8-under 276 to beat Xander Schauffele by two strokes.

The Italian is known for his fairways-and-greens style of play but he split just 26-of-60 fairways on the week. Perhaps that was strategic in order to avoid as many of the 112 bunkers as possible, still finding 66.7% of his greens in regulation this week. After Saturday's round he spoke of the Sunday conditions and said "It's not a day to be aggressive. It's more a day to make as many pars as possible." That's exactly what Molinari did as he started his round with 13 straight pars while playing alongside Tiger Woods, before circling birdies at 14 and 18, capitalizing on the chances when they arose. The 35-year-old entered the week with the best form of anyone in the world over the past few months (WIN-2-T25-WIN-T2 over his last five worldwide starts). Recently becoming a PGA TOUR winner for the first time, he is now a major champion and the Champion Golfer of the Year.
Jul 22 - 1:53 PM

Kevin Kisner's bid to go wire-to-wire at the 147th Open Championship came up short as he backpedalled to a 3-over-par 40-34=74 in the final round, ending his week at 6-under 278, good enough for T2 but two back from winner Francesco Molinari.

Kisner had a piece of the lead after 18, 36 and 54 holes in Scotland this week but the final push proved beyond him although this represents his best major finish. That came via T7 in last summer's PGA Championship where he also led after rounds two and three. Starting the day in T1 alongside Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele, Kisner crumbled early with double-bogey, bogey at 2 and 3. After going to the turn in 40, a big slide looked on the cards but he did bounce back on the back nine and was part of a six-way tie for the lead at one point but couldn't advance his score from 6-under after a birdie at 14. He split just 27% of fairways in round four but his short game was right on the money all week and he topped the Putts Per Round stats.
Jul 22 - 1:53 PM

Tiger Woods had us all believing it was his time again when holding the outright lead on the back nine in round four of the 147th Open Championship but he wobbled down the stretch to card a closing even-par 34-37=71 and post 5-under 278, three back from Francesco Molinari's winning number.

Woods now has a first top ten in a major since the 2013 Open at Muirfield but will have some regrets that he couldn't hold it together over Carnoustie's tough back nine today. For 10 holes, this was vintage Tiger as he picked off birdies at 4 and 6 and added eight pars. As the leaders fell back in the windy conditions, Woods briefly led on his own at 7-under but he doubled the 11th after an attempted flop shot when wrong and followed that with bogey at 12. He just about stayed in the game with birdie-4 at 14 but playing partner Molinari shut the door with a bogey-free 69. Woods, who is currently T6 with play coming to a close, hit 40% of fairways today, pelted 10 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. This week's display has done plenty to convince gamers that Tiger can still add to his tally of majors which has been stuck on 14 since 2008.
Jul 22 - 1:39 PM

Matt Kuchar closed out his week at The 147th Open with a 1-over-par 37-35=72, dropping him four spots on the live leaderboard into a share of 10th place, signing for 4-under 280 by week's end.

Kuchar split 10 (of 15) fairways and landed 11 greens today. For the week, he surprisingly finished outside the top 75 in this field in fairway-hit percentage with just 59.7% found. As you'd expect, though, he finished inside the top 10 in terms of total times getting up-and-down to save par (scrambles). The four-hole closing stretch at Carnoustie is tough but Kuchar ended the week with just one bogey on that stretch, playing it at 1-under on the week. With this top 10, Kuchar now has three top 10s at The Open Championship, an impressive follow-up after his runner-up showing last year. This could also give him some nice momentum for the closing stretch as he arrived a bit out of form this season, by his lofty standards.
Jul 22 - 1:30 PM
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