Previous Page 2 of 3 Next

Continued: Another fun day at Open: Missed cuts, slick greens, apologies and a grumpy defending champ

  • Article by: JIM LITKE , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 19, 2013 - 4:25 PM

That came despite shooting a 74 that included a four-putt on the 16th hole, where Mickelson took three putts from inside 4 feet.

"When I made those comments yesterday, I wasn't being totally fair to the R&A because they've done a lot of things great this championship," Mickelson said. "The fairway width is a very fair width to get the ball in play. The rough is difficult and challenging, but it's not over the top. It's very fair in spots."

Mickelson said a day earlier that some of the greens were unfair because of the speed of the course and the pin positions.

"For me to single out just a few sketchy pin placements and not give them credit for all the good things they've done was not fair," he said.

___

EDGY ERNIE: The only thing defending champion Ernie Els liked less that his round of 74 was having to talk about it afterward.

Asked to talk about the conditions at Muirfield, Els said: "I don't need to be here. Ask your question."

After saying two greens on the back nine had dried out so badly they bordered on unplayable, Els was asked what he thought the setup crew from the Royal & Ancient should do about them.

"Water," he replied.

Grumpy as he appeared, at least Els didn't curse at the reporter like he did to another last month at the U.S. Open before declaring "I'm out of here."

___

TOO YOUNG?: Jordan Spieth's win at the John Deere Classic last weekend made him the youngest player to win on the PGA Tour since 1931. The 19-year-old was making a serious bid to become the youngest British Open Championship since 1868 — until he got reckless over the four closing holes Friday.

Spieth made just two bogeys in his first 32 holes to reach 3 under and stake out a spot near the top of the leaderboard. Then he went double bogey at No. 15, bogey at Nos. 16 and 17, and closed on a sour note by missing a 4-foot birdie putt at the last hole. Despite the 3-over 74, he was still in contention at 143 heading into the final two rounds.

"Yesterday I was, for some reason, extremely patient with just taking my 30-footers and just trying to give myself tap-ins and not worrying about making birdies," Spieth said. "Today I got to a point where I finally had enough and wanted to really hit it closer.

"And that," he added, referring to his closing stretch, "is what happens when you try."

Spieth was asked whether the frenetic pace of the last week might have contributed to the bad decision-making. He said that wasn't a problem, and he wasn't worried about getting caught up reflecting on his breakout win, either.

"Partly because there's not great internet access for me here. But also because it's a major championship, and I'm right back into feeling the nerves of trying to compete out here."

___

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Minnesota 14 2nd Qtr 0:08
Miami 7
Baltimore 0 2nd Qtr 1:53
Houston 15
Detroit 7 3rd Qtr
Chicago 7
Cleveland 3 3rd Qtr
Carolina 10
Atlanta 13 3rd Qtr
New Orleans 7
Green Bay 10 3rd Qtr
Tampa Bay 3
Kansas City 6 3rd Qtr
Pittsburgh 10
New England 7 3rd Qtr
NY Jets 10
NY Giants 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 3:25 PM
Oakland
Indianapolis 3:25 PM
Dallas
Seattle 7:30 PM
Arizona
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Cincinnati
New York 2:30 PM
Toronto
Memphis 3:30 PM
Cleveland
Boston 5:00 PM
Miami
Detroit 5:00 PM
Brooklyn
LA Lakers 5:00 PM
Sacramento
Philadelphia 5:00 PM
Orlando
Phoenix 5:00 PM
Washington
Indiana 6:00 PM
Minnesota
New Orleans 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City
Colorado 5:00 PM
Detroit
Dallas 5:00 PM
Edmonton
Buffalo 6:00 PM
Boston
Carolina 6:00 PM
NY Rangers
Toronto 6:00 PM
Chicago
Philadelphia 8:00 PM
Winnipeg
Harvard 27 FINAL
Virginia 76
Maine 40 2nd Half 12:29
Army 37
Ferris State 59 2nd Half 11:54
Bowling Green 48
San Francisco 48 2nd Half 10:05
Cleveland State 45
Oregon State 46 2nd Half 4:57
Quinnipiac 53
Coastal Carolina 26 2nd Half 20:00
Central Arkansas 27
Holy Cross 11 1st Half 7:47
Canisius 17
Southern Miss 18 1st Half 8:25
Georgia State 22
Western Carolina 11 1st Half 9:28
UNC-Asheville 19
Creighton 10 1st Half 7:31
North Texas 17
Maryland 13 1st Half 8:53
Oklahoma State 13
Cornell 21 1st Half 9:15
Radford 21
Vermont 11 1st Half 9:15
Saint Louis 13
Loyola-Maryland 15 1st Half 8:16
Stony Brook 11
Reinhardt 17 1st Half 11:15
Winthrop 15
Ark-Little Rock 21 1st Half 7:19
Green Bay 23
TX-Pan American 21 1st Half 8:00
Nebraska Omaha 23
Alabama State 12 1st Half 10:24
Evansville 22
FIU 1:30 PM
Hartford
Goshen 1:35 PM
Valparaiso
Bryant 2:00 PM
Denver
Austin Peay 2:00 PM
Lipscomb
Tennessee St 2:00 PM
Middle Tennessee
South Dakota 2:00 PM
Montana
ULM 2:00 PM
Samford
Coker 2:30 PM
South Carolina
USC 3:00 PM
Boston College
Northern Ariz 3:00 PM
Hampton
SD Christian 3:00 PM
San Diego
UC Irvine 3:30 PM
Bradley
Troy 3:30 PM
Nicholls
Seton Hall 5:00 PM
Georgia
Appalachian St 5:30 PM
Alabama
North Dakota St 6:00 PM
Kent State
San Jose St 6:00 PM
Washington St
Alcorn State 8:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Sacramento St 9:00 PM
Seattle
Nevada 3 FINAL
Louisiana 16
Utah State 21 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 6
(23) Utah 45 FINAL
Colorado State 10
Western Mich 24 FINAL
Air Force 38
South Alabama 28 FINAL
Bowling Green 33
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Memphis
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Rice
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 3:00 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Cal-Irvine 55 FINAL
Denver 63
St Marys-CA 52 FINAL
George Washington 70
TX-San Antonio 49 FINAL
Nicholls 57
Portland State 71 FINAL
Columbia 66
Tenn Tech 62 FINAL
Morgan State 56
SMU 43 FINAL
Auburn 56
Quinnipiac 70 FINAL
Hartford 58
Hofstra 75 FINAL
Boston College 61
Eastern Washington 55 FINAL
Georgia Southern 42
Liberty 38 2nd Half 6:05
(1) South Carolina 76
Fairleigh Dickinson 49 2nd Half 7:20
Brown 55
Buffalo 51 2nd Half 9:54
Long Island 52
Bucknell 52 2nd Half 7:48
Mount St Marys 38
Stony Brook 53 2nd Half 9:49
Wagner 58
FIU 62 2nd Half 8:18
Wofford 56
Duquesne 29 2nd Half 11:21
Providence 38
Maine 45 2nd Half 4:05
William & Mary 45
Alabama State 32 2nd Half 8:53
Samford 41
TX-Pan American 31 2nd Half 9:35
VA Commonwealth 50
South Dakota St 53 2nd Half 8:47
Marist 65
Saint Josephs 46 2nd Half 3:27
(5) Notre Dame 60
Radford 38 2nd Half 11:07
Virginia Tech 49
(3) Texas 31 2nd Half
(4) Texas A&M 32
Rhode Island 25 2nd Half 20:00
Bryant 22
South Florida 12 1st Half 11:44
Penn State 10
Sam Houston St 13 1st Half 8:58
TCU 25
Evansville 9 1st Half 11:16
IUPUI 14
(14) Maryland 29 1st Half 9:15
Coppin State 14
Mercer 18 1st Half 9:31
Coll of Charleston 17
NC A&T 6 1st Half 15:47
Chattanooga 3
Princeton 21 1st Half 11:34
Monmouth 9
Eastern Illinois 22 1st Half 7:04
Lehigh 31
Rider 19 1st Half 7:14
Binghamton 18
SC State 8 1st Half 11:00
Clemson 6
Fairfield 12 1st Half 10:43
Iowa State 18
Richmond 33 1st Half 6:12
Eastern Kentucky 18
Cleveland State 33 1st Half 3:57
Morehead St 32
Kent State 14 1st Half 8:38
Colgate 18
South Alabama 5 1st Half 4:59
UAB 34
Saint Peters 4 1st Half 9:57
Navy 18
Youngstown St 13 1st Half 7:37
Pittsburgh 30
NJIT 7 1st Half 13:00
Lafayette 12
Davidson 6 1st Half 8:39
Charlotte 24
Indiana State 1:30 PM
St Johns
Southern U 1:30 PM
Florida
Wright State 1:30 PM
Purdue
(19) Oklahoma St 2:00 PM
USC
Houston 2:00 PM
Texas Tech
Ark-Little Rock 2:00 PM
Tulsa
Dayton 2:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Northern Ariz 2:00 PM
New Mexico
UNC-Asheville 2:00 PM
USC Upstate
North Dakota 2:00 PM
South Dakota
Western Ill 2:00 PM
Marquette
Elon 2:00 PM
(6) North Carolina
Ball State 2:00 PM
Western Ky
(8) Kentucky 2:00 PM
(13) Duke
New Orleans 2:00 PM
Alabama
Chicago State 2:00 PM
Milwaukee
Bowling Green 2:00 PM
Bradley
Ill-Springfield 2:00 PM
SE Missouri St
Northern Ill 2:00 PM
Northern Iowa
(23) Iowa 2:05 PM
Drake
Central Michigan 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Western Carolina 2:30 PM
North Florida
Wyoming 3:00 PM
Colorado
Portland 3:00 PM
Boise State
Cal Poly 3:00 PM
Colorado State
No Dakota State 3:00 PM
Grand Canyon
Albany 3:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
Oklahoma 3:00 PM
Arkansas
Idaho State 3:00 PM
Seattle
(18) Michigan State 3:00 PM
(19) Syracuse
Northwestern 3:30 PM
Arizona State
TX-Arlington 3:30 PM
North Texas
Fresno State 4:00 PM
Oregon
St Francis-PA 4:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
UNLV 4:00 PM
CS-Bakersfield
UCLA 4:00 PM
(2) Connecticut
(10) Louisville 4:00 PM
(24) California
Howard 5:00 PM
Virginia
Miami-Ohio 6:00 PM
(21) Miss State
Illinois-Chicago 8:30 PM
Old Dominion
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close