Mark:Brooks Koepka does absolutely nothing in any tournament.Then it comes to a major and he turns into the best golfer that ever lived.
Sulaimon:I am disappointed in Rory Mcllory’s performance so far.
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Superb from Gary Woodland at the eighth.
He’s on the dance floor in two, avoiding the fescue on the right that trapped Brooks Koepka earlier, and the rough before that which has just taken Justin Rose’s ball prisoner.
Tiger Woods, after he finished at two under par:“The week has been fantastic. It’s nice to have the golf course set up fair again. All the players loved it – it could be had or you could get hammered, so well done.”
On his Open hopes:“Portrush, I haven’t played yet. I’ll get there early and do a little bit of homework. Hopefully I’ll get practice rounds with different winds. There’s nothing like playing Open Championships.”
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It’s absolutely crucial to find the fairway with what probably will be a 3-wood or driving iron hit blind from the tee.
That’s easier said than done mind, when there’s not a lot of fairway about. Those who find the sanctuary of the fairway will face a middle iron over the waves hitting the oceanic chasm to a green that slopes severely from back to front.
Those who don’t probably be looking at a bogey or worse.
Former Ladies European Tour pro and Golf TV presenter
I think there are a lot of positives Tiger Woods can take from this week. He was four over after six holes, so to finish with a two under par score today is excellent
The seventh really is a picture postcard sort of hole, all about wind and club selection.
But Gary Woodland is now staring a pretty significant chip out of the bunker in the face. If this goes wrong……eeek.
But it doesn’t. That’s a joke of a shot as he splashes out to seven feet, to save par.
JR’s birdie putt drifts by. It’s as you were.
After a shocking start for Tiger Woods, the Masters champion puts in some serious work to come out with a two-under-par 69 for the day that sees him finish at two under for the championship. Woods made six birdies after opening with four bogeys through six for his best round of the week.
BBC Radio 5 live commentator at Pebble Beach
That is one shot where you don’t want to overbalance backwards after hitting the ball. It’s about a 100 foot drop to the sea.
Brooks Koepka looks like he’s having to play his ball out of the side river, such is the height of the weeds around him and the steepness of the bank. He can only plod it into the greenside bunker. The world number one will drop a shot here, but he’s done well to keep it at just the one. He drops to 10 under, three off the lead.
US golf reporter on BBC Radio 5 live
That is a huge mistake. You can’t go in there on that hole.
Now then, what have we here…..
Gary Woodland finds the bunker at the short par-three seventh while Justin Rose is on the dance floor. Big chance to reduce the arrears?
Adam Scott is quietly going about his business away from the furore that follows the leaders. He’s just made his SIXTH birdie of the day, and he’s only played 12 holes.
The Australian moves to nine under par.
Argggghhhh. Close. So close to an eagle for Justin Rose who slides by from about 20 feet. that looked in all the way.
Still he’ll pull a stroke back on his playing partner and leader Gary Woodland, as he snaffles up a birdie.
Woodland, can’t do better than par after squirting his chip 15 feet past.
Spot of bother for Brooks Koepka. His approach to the eighth green is lagging some and anchors down in a patch of rough flanking the bunker. He’s already made one miraculous recovery today…
What a fantastic tournament Viktor Hovland has had. He birdies the last to finish on four under par for the weekend that should make him the leading amateur… the 21-year-old Norwegian will turn professional next week. Watch this space…
Go on, go on. That’s nice from Justin Rose who chases his second shot on to the green from about 235 yards.
Eagle chance coming up.
Gary Woodland who has taken a slightly more conservative approach, with an iron off the tee has got a chip on from about ten yards off the front of the green, but needs to land this just right, to get close.
It’s the sort of shot that makes a recreational golfer break out in a cold sweat.
Whiskers. That whistled past the hole and was a fraction away from dropping for Brooks Koepka at the seventh but he has to settle for par.
Justin Rose made an eagle at the sixth in his first round. He could probably do with another right now.
He’s certainly going about it the right way as he cracks his tee shot about 285 yards.