Tiger Woods shoots 63 in Round 2 at Buick Open

By Associated PressJuly 31, 2009, 4:00 pm
2006 Buick OpenGRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. ' Tiger Woods had the best five-hole start of his career, chipping in for eagle and making four birdies.
 
Woods finished with a season-low 9-under 63 Friday in the Buick Open to shoot up the leaderboard. The round was his best round in relation to par in four years.
 
Just when it looked as if he was claiming temporary ownership of the mercurial game, though, he was reminded thats impossible on his sixth hole.
 
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Tiger Woods reacts after hitting his second shot on the first hole during round two of the Buick Open. (Getty Images)
The savvy Woods saw stronger wind coming as he looked at trees in the distance, buying time by tossing blades of grass up in the air twice and stepping out of his stance two times.
 
When Woods finally hit his approach, a gust of wind knocked down his ball and sent it to sand.
 
That was the best swing Ive made, he said. I hit the shot absolutely perfect.
 
It was a low, fading 5-iron and I thought it was going to be 4 or 5 feet of the hole. Actually, I was in a bunker. It was just kind of ironic.
 
Woods was coming off what he said was probably the worst putting day of his career on Thursday, leading to a lackluster 71 in his first competitive round since missing the cut at the British Open.
 
He quickly clawed back into contention with his birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie tear and finished the day 10 under for the tournament.
 
John Senden shot a 66 to take the second-round lead at 14 under, two shots ahead of Michael Letzig (65) and another stroke in front of Vaughn Taylor (68) and Bill Lunde (65).
 
Woods entered the weekend four strokes back in a pack of six, including Kevin Stadler, who shot his second straight 67.
 
Senden is shooting for his second PGA Tour title and first in three years. The Australian has four top-10 finishes this season, including a pair of fourth-place ties.
 
This year, Ive been moving in the right direction, Senden said. I just need to focus and do my stuff.
 
I need to continue with that attitude knowing possibly 20, 22 under is going to win the event.
 
The average winning score has been almost 21 under since 2000 at Warwick Hills, one of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour.
 
Woods, making his ninth Buick Open appearance, usually takes advantage of the relatively short course with smooth-rolling greens that dont have many undulations.
 
His sensational start surpassed the 5 under he had on his first five holes in 2006 ' the same ones he had his way with Friday at Nos. 10-14 ' when he went on to win his second Buick Open and his 50th PGA Tour title.
 
He had his best round, in relation to par, since an 11-under 61 at the 2005 Buick Open, when he also opened with a 71. His last 63 helped him repeat at the 2007 PGA Championship.
 
The previous seven times Woods had a second-round 63, he went on to win the tournament.
 
Woods teed off early Friday morning, hitting his first drive 342 yards straight into the blinding sun. His jaw-dropping start removed the remote chance he would miss the cut in consecutive events for the first time as a pro and awed at least one of the players in his group.
 
Its hard to concentrate on your own game when youre playing with anyone that plays as well as he did. I dont care who it is, said Jonathan Byrd, who shot a 71 to make the cut at 4 under. Unfortunately, it didnt help me play any better, but I enjoyed watching him play today.
 
He wasnt the only one.
 
As usual, Woods provided the most entertainment when he got out of trouble with his talent and guts.
 
At the 544-yard, par-5 13th ' his fourth hole of the day ' Woods drive left him on the right side of the fairway behind a huge maple tree.
 
I could have just pitched out sideways and left myself probably a 7-iron or 8-iron in there, he said. I got a little bit aggressive.
 
It worked out.
 
He cut a 5-iron around perhaps the biggest tree at Warwick Hills, chipped onto the green from 50 feet and made about a 10-foot putt for birdie.
 
Woods eagled the 340-yard, par-4 12th, hitting a chip from about 40 yards that bounced on the green and landed in the cup.
 
It was kind of luck, he said. I hit it too hard, but somehow it caught the bottom.
 
John Daly almost hit rock bottom with an 88, his worst score ever in a regular PGA Tour event. He finished at 20-over 160.
 
Chris DiMarco (75) missed the 4-under cut'the lowest this season on the PGA Tour ' by a stroke. Scott Verplank (75) was six shots away from making it to the weekend after finishing in the top 10 in his last three tournaments.
 
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    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

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