Tiger Comes Up Short at Deutsche Bank

By Associated PressSeptember 3, 2007, 4:00 pm
DeutscheBank Logo 2007NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods stood outside the scorer's trailer, raising his voice to be heard over the cheering fans.
 
They were screaming for Phil Mickelson.
 
Woods shot a 4-under 67 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, challenging his left-handed rival down the stretch but failing to make enough putts to repeat last year's comeback victory. Woods tied for second with third-round leaders Brett Wetterich and Arron Oberholser, two strokes behind Mickelson.
 
'The way I was able to answer with a couple birdies when Tiger was making his charge -- it felt pretty good,' Mickelson said. 'As we all know, he finishes better than anybody else. He certainly tried to do that today. I was able to hold him off.'
 
Mickelson repeatedly commended Woods as 'the best player in the world'; the lefty will have to console himself with the lead in the PGA TOUR Playoff standings. The second-place finish left Woods, who sat out the FedEx opener, in third behind Mickelson and The Barclays winner Steve Stricker.
 
Woods shot 72 in the first round at TPC Boston before playing himself back into contention Saturday with a 64. With a 67 on Sunday, he was near the top of the leaderboard, paired with Mickelson and one group behind the leaders.
 
'All I know is, we had to go catch Brett. ... Then Phil got off to a great start, and we all had to go get him,' said Woods, who overcame a three-stroke deficit against Vijay Singh to win last year. 'Unfortunately, I just didn't make enough putts to really push him.'
 
In all, Woods missed 11 putts from inside 10 feet over the weekend -- four of them from inside 7 feet. He three-putted three times. In the final round, he made just one putt from outside of 13 feet.
 
'It's very frustrating,' Woods said. 'That many three-putts, and I'm still right there, which means I'm hitting the ball well. I just need to clean up my greens for next week.'
 
Mickelson made four birdies on the front nine and stood five strokes ahead of Woods -- and three over Oberholser -- on the 12th tee. But while Mickelson hit his second shot into a hazard and made double bogey on No. 12, Woods missed makable putts on three straight holes -- Nos. 11-13 -- and failed to gain more ground.
 
'He made a mistake there,' said Woods, who missed from 15 feet on the 12th. 'I felt that I should have -- if I could have made that putt, I could have gotten a big chunk back.'
 
Woods cut it to two strokes with a birdie on the 14th, and his last charge came on the 161-yard, par-3 16th, when he bounced his tee shot to the back of the green and rolled it in just 10 feet from the pin. But then Mickelson went straight at the flag, and left just 6 feet for birdie.
 
Woods sank his putt to get within one stroke-- but just for a matter of seconds. Mickelson also made birdie to move to 15 under and restore the two-stroke lead.
 
After that, Woods probably needed Mickelson to help out. But Lefty wouldn't comply.
 
They both parred No. 17, with Woods missing a 10-foot birdie putt that would have put him within one stroke. On the par-5 18th, the gallery cheered Mickelson's bravado when he pulled out a fairway wood for his second shot; he was going for the green.
 
Mickelson went over the target, landing in the 4-inch rough on a downhill slope behind the green. Woods left himself 33 feet for eagle.
 
But Mickelson chipped within 5 feet of the hole -- an easy birdie.
 
'To be able to stand up on 16 after he knocked it close and follow it with a birdie of my own, knock it inside of him and finish with a couple birdies of my own, it feels terrific,' said Mickelson, who improved to 3-2-1 against Woods in heads-up, final-round play.
 
'Now the next step is to try to hopefully go head-to-head in a major. We don't get paired very often in majors, and hopefully next year we'll have a chance to do that.'
 
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    Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title

    By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 pm

    The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.

    Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.

    Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.

    Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.

    Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.

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    Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

    SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

    Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

    Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

    With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

    ''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

    Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.


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    ''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

    Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

    Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

    He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    "I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''

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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.