Tiger Touches Down in Paradise

By Associated PressNovember 20, 2006, 5:00 pm
2005 PGA Grand Slam of GolfPOIPU BEACH, Hawaii -- Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk can't agree on who will win the Grand Slam of Golf.
Woods, the world's No. 1 golfer and winner of the British Open and PGA Championship this season, considers Furyk the one to beat.
'From May on, Jim's been on one unbelievable run,' said Woods, when asked the favorite in the exclusive four-man event reserved for the year's major winners.
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Tiger Woods will be going for his seventh win in this event.
The 36-hole tournament begins Tuesday.
'I'm one-for-one, but Tiger's something like six-for-seven,' said Furyk, a part-time Hawaii resident who's undefeated at Poipu, winning in 2003. 'Am I the favorite? I'd have to say, with the best player in the world, no.'
Woods has won a record six straight times in seven tries. He won in 2005, '02, '01, '00, 1999 and '98. He was runner-up to Ernie Els in '97.
Woods and Furyk, who finished a career-best second on the money list, are joined by U.S Open champion Geoff Ogilvy and 2003 Masters winners Mike Weir.
With Woods claiming two majors this year, Furyk earned his second invite to Kauai based on his performance -- two wins and a tour-leading 11 top-five finishes. Weir, the 2003 Masters winner, replaced Phil Mickelson.
Furyk said the players enjoy 'goofing around,' lounging by the pool and the relaxed island atmosphere.
'You probably won't see anyone killing themselves at the range or anything like that, but it doesn't mean when you tee it up you don't want to play well,' he said.
Ogilvy is the only player making his Grand Slam debut.
'This is my first time here, but you only have to beat three guys,' Ogilvy said.
But one of those guys is named Tiger.
Championship banners featuring Woods wearing a floral lei and a wide grin line the walkway from the clubhouse to the first tee at the oceanside course.
'Over the years, I've always felt comfortable playing here,' Woods said. 'I don't know why that is. I seemed to have shot some pretty low scores around here.'
Last year, he closed with an 8-under 64 to win by seven strokes over Mickelson, despite losing 6 pounds because of a stomach virus and dropping out of the pro-am.
Woods' two major wins this year gives him 12 in his career, which is second only to Jack Nicklaus' 18. He also has a string of six straight tour wins heading into 2007.
But the year was marred by the death of his father, Earl, who died of cancer May 3.
Woods simply described his year as 'a loss.'
Weir is the only member of the foursome without a tour victory this season. The last winless player to play in the Grand Slam was Davis Love III in 2002.
'In 2003, I came over here and had a really good time and didn't take it really seriously,' the Canadian said. 'I'm still having fun over here, but I want to get two good rounds under my belt and kind of go in with a good mind-set for next year.'
Weir said he's not looking for payback against Ogilvy.
Ogilvy won the Accenture Match Play Championship after rallying back from 4-down with four to play in the third round against Weir.
They faced off in a playoff with Ogilvy winning with an eagle-3 on the 21st hole.
It was the win at Winged Foot, however, that made Ogilvy a hero in his native Australia and changed his life.
'I can't fly under the radar at a golf tournament like I used to do,' he said. 'I used to be able to turn out for a golf tournament and no one would notice I was there.'
All four players will go home a little richer. The winner of the Grand Slam will take home $500,000, with the fourth-place finisher earning $200,000.
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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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