Strange Impressed by Woods US Open Win

By Associated PressJune 19, 2008, 4:00 pm
Curtis Strange knows a little something about winning the U.S. Open in a playoff, and even hes impressed with Tiger Woods victory this year.
 
Its mind-boggling what he did, said Strange, who won the event in 1998 at The Country Club in nearby Brookline. He was able to will his way to victory.
 
Strange earned his first major victory in the 88 Open by winning an 18-hole playoff against Nick Faldo, then won the tournament again the next year'hes the last player to win consecutive U.S. Opens'for his only other major.
 
Woods won his 14th career major Monday when he birdied No. 18 at Torrey Pines to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate, then birdied the 18th hole again in the playoff to send it into sudden death. His par on the 91st hole ended the tournament and his season: He announced the next day that he was playing despite a torn ligament and a double stress fracture in his left leg and will sit out the rest of the year.
 
This years Open'What a show! Strange said this week as he prepared for the Bank of America Championship at the par-72, 6,741-yard Nashawtuc Country Club.
 
The Champions Tour is hoping to work a little U.S. Open magic of its own this weekend, pairing Strange with fellow former winners Hale Irwin (1974, 79 and 90) and Scott Simpson (87). Also in the field are Gary Player (the 1969 winner, in a playoff), Jerry Pate (76) and Tom Kite (92).
 
Theyll try to put the brakes on Jay Haas, the defending champion who has won the last two events on the Champions Tour and has eight top-10 finishes in 11 tries. As the tour reaches midseason'its the 15th of 29 events'Haas leads Bernhard Langer by 258 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race and just under $100,000 on the money list.
 
I had a nice year before Des Moines, but it has turned into a great year, said Haas, who won the Senior PGA Championship before his victory in the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa three weeks ago. Long way to go, but Im thrilled to be in position.
 
Haas, who never won a major on the regular tour, said he watched much of the U.S. Open and was happy for Mediate as well. But he had the misfortune of going against a golfer who isnt just one of the all-time greats, but one of the toughest and strongest on tour as well.
 
Ninety-five percent of the players probably wouldnt have teed it up. Tigers physically fit, and that probably helped, Haas said. Tiger just wasnt going to lose. I didnt get too many opportunities to win a major. Youve got to be able to take advantage. Rocco didnt really lose it but you hate to let those opportunities go by.
 
Strange won in Brookline when Faldo bogeyed three of the last four holes. Ever since then, hes been a local favorite among fans who remember his victory.
 
My first memory of The Country Club is walking up 18 in the playoff with it won. I remember the support I got from the fans, said Strange, a Virginia native. They adopted a Southern boy that week.
 
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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

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    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

    The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

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    Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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    Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

    An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

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