SUNDAY  | JULY 22, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Jordan Spieth will turn 25 on July 27, but on Saturday he attacked Carnoustie in the third round of the British Open with the edge of experience. He stomped on the gas pedal immediately, driving the 396-yard, par-4 first hole and then draining a 12-foot eagle putt to pull within one stroke of the leaders, who had yet to tee off.

It was the sort of statement that Spieth had been seeking for most of the season as the three-time major champion seeks to end a winless streak that dates to last year’s British Open. Spieth looked nothing like the player who has missed the cut in two of his past three starts, including at the U.S. Open. After the opening eagle, he made four birdies in a bogey-free 6-under 65 that catapulted him up the leaderboard. He is tied for the lead with fellow Americans Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele at 9-under 204 (scores).


by Alex Miceli

Since his return to competition six months ago after a year off for back surgery, Tiger Woods has been, in a word, ordinary.

Woods has shown signs of brilliance in his game – notably, three top-5 finishes – but too many other times, his play has been ineffective.


by John Hawkins

You like chocolate, I like strawberry and the guy down the street digs butter pecan. Life comes at us in many different flavors, whether it’s ice cream or sports commentators, but a simple matter of personal preference can stir up quite a rhubarb when it comes to assessing the people who talk about the little white ball on TV.

Nobody has fanned the flames more effectively than NBC lead analyst Johnny Miller. He is an alligator in a pond full of smallmouth bass, which is why so many people don’t like him, but I’d venture to guess Miller has been the subject of more golf-related conversations over the past 25 years than anyone not named Woods or Mickelson.


by Bill Pelham

For many of you watching Golf Channel and this week’s British Open, it is hard to miss the imposing figure of Billy Ray Brown roving the links at Carnoustie and reporting the action. Many of you know him only as a fine golf commentator. Others who know him better remember him as a successful professional golfer who won three events in the 1990s on the PGA Tour. His peers thought he possessed a swing as great as that of another longtime Houston-area resident, former PGA champion Steve Elkington. And for those of you who are extremely knowledgeable about golf, you might remember his achievements as an amateur in Texas while playing for the University of Houston. He won the 1982 NCAA title as a freshman and contributed to NCAA-winning teams in 1984 and ’85 before turning pro.

But was it ever mentioned this week that Brown recently was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame … as an amateur?



Score, an eagle, that Jordan Spieth made after driving the 396-yard, par-4 first hole at Carnoustie Golf Links, jump-starting his third round Saturday at the British Open. Spieth, the defending champion, shot 6-under 65 to grab a share of the lead with countrymen Kevin Kisner (68) and Xander Schauffele (67) at 9-under 204 entering today’s final round. American Kevin Chappell (67) stood alone in fourth place, at 7-under 206. Twelve players, including Tiger Woods, were within four strokes of the lead (scores).



Hawk & Rude: British Open halftime
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts examine the first 36 holes at Carnoustie. Two very different weather days, an emerging leader board – and the Nos. 1- and 2-ranked players headed home. What's coming this weekend?

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