Singh Woods Must Adapt

By Associated PressOctober 8, 2004, 4:00 pm
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Vijay Singh has a theory about what's wrong with Tiger Woods' game: he hasn't adapted his swing to the changes in his body.
 
Singh deposed Woods as No. 1 in the world golf rankings last month. Ernie Els has also moved past the American into second place, leaving Woods at No. 3.

'I think his body and his swing do not match like they did some four or five years ago,' Singh said Wednesday. 'So he has to adjust that. I'm sure that once he figures that out, he'll be OK.'
 
Singh, speaking on the eve of the Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingbarns, said the swing has to be adapted as the body develops with age.
 
'As you get older you have to keep adjusting your swing to your body. Your body does not stay the same,' the 41-year-old Fijian said.
 
'When Tiger first came on the scene, he was extremely strong. I'm not saying he's not strong now but you do slow down a bit. So the golf swing has to match your body's ability.
 
'You know, I have adjusted accordingly and for the better and I don't think Tiger has done that. I don't think he has progressed that way.'
 
Woods, 28, hasn't won a stroke-play event since last year's Amex Championship, a title he failed to defend successfully in Ireland last week. His only victory this year was in the World Golf Match Play Championship.
 
'You've got to win to stay on top,' Singh said. 'Tiger has not won. I'm sure he'll start winning sooner or later but at the moment I think his focus is elsewhere.'
 
Woods got married Tuesday in Barbados to longtime Swedish girlfriend Elin Nordegren.
 
Singh, meanwhile, has won eight times on the U.S. Tour this year, including his last three events. He has won $9,455,566 to surpass Woods' record of $9,188,321 set in 2000.
 
Singh wants more.
 
'I'd like to get to 10 in the States if I can,' he said. 'That's my goal. That means two out of my last three tournaments. It's going to be a tall order but I've just won five out of six, so I'm sure I'm capable of doing that.'
 
'I really feel right now that I can win anything I play in.'
 
While Singh regards this season as a great one, Els regards 2004 as just a good year, one in which he was in contention in all four majors without winning any of them.
 
'I think it's turning out to be a good year, a very good year. A great year is winning major championships and separating yourself a little from the others.
 
'But four wins around the world, it's a very good year for me.'
 
Els, who won the Amex on Sunday, said he was bothered more by his major event disappointments this year than in 2000, when he was second in majors three times.
 
'I was only in contention to win one of them, the Masters which Vijay won by two or three shots. The other ones, Tiger was unbelievable,' he said. Woods won the other three majors that year.
 
'This year was definitely different. This year I definitely felt those losses.'
 
Els has no chance of overtaking Singh in the rankings this week, but could if he wins the Dunhill and the World Match Play at Wentworth next week. Singh also has to play poorly in both for that to happen.
 
'I just want to play good golf. I played well last week. The No. 1 spot, if it comes around, it does. I just want to play good golf,' The South African said.
 
Singh credits his improvement to a vigorous workout regimen.
 
'My trainer just told me two weeks ago we're going to bump it up next year,' he said. 'I said, 'How much more can we bump it up?' I'm already dying out here, the way he's taken me through two workouts a day.'
 
Singh said the daily workouts should keep him at the top level of the sport for another five or six years.
 
'It just helps me so much more with my golf game,' he said. 'I feel so much stronger when I'm playing and toward the end of the week I just don't feel tired. I feel like I can go on as long as you have to go on.'
 
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Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

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Steve Stricker:

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Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.