Tiger hits three fans takes 72 shots in final round

By Associated PressJune 7, 2010, 3:03 am

2007 The Memorial Tournament

DUBLIN, Ohio – Every time Tiger Woods hits a spectator with a ball, he tries to make it up to them by giving them an autographed golf glove.

He was running low on gloves Sunday at the Memorial Tournament.

“No kidding, huh? I kept hitting everybody out there today,” Woods said with a wide grin. “Thank God I get them for free.”

On his first swing on the first hole, Woods pulled his drive left and drilled 37-year-old Jeramy May in the neck. “I’m just glad they were on the other side,” May said, pointing toward his daughter and a friend.

On the second hole, Woods hit 19-year-old Alan Flood in the back of his left leg as he was standing far left of the fairway. Then at the 15th hole, Jimmy Craig of suburban Columbus was in the right rough when Woods’ drive hit him in the thumb and then the side.

Woods apologized and shook his hand.

“It’s worth a glove,” Craig said, and Woods obliged.

Tiger Woods struggles off tee Sunday at Memorial
Woods struggled finding the fairway off the tee Sunday. (Getty Images)
It was that kind of day for the defending champion, who shot an even-par 72 to finish at 6 under, a dozen shots behind winner Justin Rose. Woods tied for 19th, his worst finish since 2002 at the Memorial, where he has won four times.

Yet he wasn’t disappointed. He expected some problems in his first competitive rounds after sitting out three weeks due to a neck injury. Also, he was playing his first tournament in years without a swing coach. He split with Hank Haney after The Players Championship, where Woods was unable to complete the fourth round because of the injury.

Asked what he discovered at Muirfield Village, Woods laughed.

“Well, I’m capable of playing four rounds in a row,” he said. “Thank you.”

He started and finished with 72s, with a pair of 69s in the middle. His driving was erratic throughout, and he seemed to spend every available second analyzing his swing, by himself, pulling back an imaginary club and stopping and starting through impact.

“I felt like this week I hit some really good shots, shots that I have been lacking,” Woods said. “It’s just one of those things where I still need some work at home.”

Mammoth galleries followed him whever he went, squishing away en masse in the mud left by a weekend of storms at the Memorial.

Woods birdied three holes on the front side of the final round but also had two bogeys – one after hitting Flood at No. 2. He parred out the back side except for a bogey at the par-3 16th.

Because he had so much troubling controlling his drives, he played poorly on the longest holes. He was 6 under on the par 5s – a year ago he was 11 under on those same holes.

“Still not quite right,” he said of his tee shots. “Not enough air. I felt a little bit defensive. I was hitting the ball, basically, too easy and just putting it in play instead of going ahead and just letting it go. Then I was trying to place the ball on the correct side of the fairway to give myself angles. Maybe I was trying to do that too much instead of just hitting it down there like everybody else is.”

Woods was pleased for the most part with the rest of his game. He pronounced himself well over half way to being ready for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach on June 17-20.

“I need to be able to shape the ball both ways comfortably. I was able to do that most of the week here this week, which was good,” Woods said. “I hit some shots that I hadn’t hit in a long time.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

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.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

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.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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