Housemates Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner top bunched British Open leaderboard; Tiger Woods 6 back

Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner are more than just housemates this week. They share the lead in the British Open. Johnson, whose name already is on the claret jug from his playoff victory at St. Andrews three years ago, holed a 30-foot birdie putt Friday on the 18th hole at Carnoustie for a 4-under 67 just as the rain was starting to end. Kisner would have loved a finish like that. Instead, his 8-iron floated out of the rough, bounced in front of Barry Burn and caromed off the rock…

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Tiger Woods at even-par after 2nd-round 71 at Carnoustie, set for 1st Open weekend since 2014

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Forgoing the driving range or the putting green following his round, Tiger Woods instead was headed for the gym late Friday afternoon. Perhaps it is there where he might work out any lingering frustration. Although Woods appeared relatively content — a second straight 71 gave him consecutive scores of par or better to open a major championship for the first time in five years — surely there was some angst over a missed birdie putt at the last hole or the two early bogeys that put him…

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Tiger Woods cards solid round on wet day

First things first: Tiger Woods is going to make the weekend at the British Open. For a guy who’s missed four of his last five major cuts, that counts as an accomplishment; let’s not think about what used to be. In wet conditions, Woods played some reasonably solid, if not spectacular, golf on Friday at Carnoustie Golf Links, rumbling home in another chaotic up-and-down even-par round for an even-par week. All too often, Woods was in recovery mode, playing defense and trying to clean up mistakes rather than challenging the…

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Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson make early moves, Tiger Woods bouncing back on Day 2 at Carnoustie

So what did we learn after the opening 18 holes of the Open Championship? A baked-out Carnoustie Golf Links, with no wind, will yield red numbers—although not quite as much red as other links courses. Kevin Kisner’s 66 was impressive, but if the calm conditions that greeted players on Thursday were seen at other venues on the Open rota, 63s would likely have been the order of the day. Meanwhile, the forecast for Friday calls for darker skies, spots of rain and a generally more Open Championship atmosphere for the…

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An aching Tiger Woods survives his start, but was hoping for more

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – There was much to like about Tiger Woods’ first Open Championship round in three years. The score just wasn’t one of them—at least not to the author of it. Playing to his strengths and keeping his driver in mothballs, Woods tacked his way around crusty Carnoustie Golf Links and submitted an even-par 71 Thursday afternoon in the 147th Open despite a creaky neck. It was his best opening round in a major championship since carding 69 to begin the 2014 Open at Hoylake, a stat skewed by…

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If Tiger Woods can avoid mistakes at crucial moments, he has potential to take British Open

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Some clouds came in and the wind started blowing — if just a bit — as Tiger Woods played the early holes Thursday, making what had been a warm, sunny day seem a little more like a British Open. As if on cue, Woods’ game started looking a little more familiar, too. A birdie on the first hole was just the start he needed. Another on the fourth got even the normally reserved British golf fans cheering. As he stood in the middle of the sixth fairway…

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Tiger Woods has up-and-down first day at Carnoustie

If there’s anything that’s savaged Tiger Woods’ chances at majors of late, it’s been his terrible opening rounds. Woods hasn’t broken par in the opening round of a major in four years — or, in his terms, eight majors. He’s put himself out of contention long before the weekend even approaches. Not this time, though. Woods has already said he expects to win a British Open again, and Thursday at Carnoustie, he took a tentative step in that direction, carding an even-par 71 in steadily worsening conditions. Woods finished the…

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Knox feels like gold with spot in Open, pairing with Tiger

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Getting into the British Open was a reward in itself for Russell Knox. And then it got better. The text messages kept his phone buzzing — from his wife, his nephew, his brother-in-law — as he drove back to his hotel. He looked over at the screen and kept seeing the same message. “Tiger?” “I was driving, so I just glanced at it,” Knox said. “I got to where I was going, and my heart was pounding.” Knox, the highest-ranked player from Scotland, qualified for Carnoustie…

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Why Tiger Woods will fancy his chances at rough, tough Carnoustie

St Andrews has the history, Turnberry has the character, Muirfield and Royal Birkdale have the classic links reputations. Then there is Carnoustie, which outdoes each and every one of them. No, it is not the prettiest course in the world, it is not the museum piece, but, my God, it is the toughest and the best. I honestly think it would be a good idea if they played the Open every third year at Carnoustie. Surely nobody would argue. Certainly the media and fans love it, because the place has…

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Tiger Woods Thinks He Can Win the British Open. And He May Have a Point.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — It has been five years and four back surgeries since Tiger Woods last contended at a British Open. He has not swung a club in the event since 2015, when he missed the cut. Thursday at Carnoustie, Woods will once again be making a comeback. Feel free to yawn or roll your eyes. The golf world has been here before, and not long ago. In April, the breathless longing for Woods to reclaim a piece of his former greatness made him a favorite at the Masters. He…

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