Tigers Terrific in Ireland

By Associated PressSeptember 20, 2002, 4:00 pm
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Tiger Woods is turning the American Express Championship into a real exhibition, shooting his second straight 7-under 65 on Friday to build a two-stroke lead going into the weekend.
 
Woods still hasn't made a bogey in 36 holes at Mount Juliet, and this time he birdied all of the par 5s to get to 14-under 130.
 
'I drove the ball a little better,'' Woods said. 'I hit my irons like I did yesterday and I putted like I did yesterday. All in all, I'm very pleased with my play.''
 
Jerry Kelly also had a 65 and was two strokes behind, giving him the stage with Woods on Saturday for the first time since they were paired together in the final round of The Players Championship last year.
 
Woods went on to win, but Kelly stayed with him and took that confidence on to greater things -- two victories this year, his first two on the PGA Tour.
 
Steve Lowery finally made his first bogey of the tournament on the 16th hole, which dropped him to a 67 for the second round. He was at 133, along with David Toms.
 
Retief Goosen was another stroke back after a 67.
 
Woods not only grabbed the lead, he also got plenty of backing from his U.S. teammates over his comments that it meant more for him to win this World Golf Championship -- and the $1 million prize -- than the Ryder Cup next week in England.
 
'It would be bigger for me, as well,'' Paul Azinger said. 'It's an individual accomplishment. The Ryder Cup is a team. If he plays well here and wins, he's going to have that satisfaction that winning five points at the Ryder Cup -- and losing -- won't give you.''
 
U.S. captain Curtis Strange also chimed in, saying he wasn't bothered that Woods didn't make the Ryder Cup his top priority.
 
'We know Tiger. Whenever he plays, he goes to win,'' Strange said.
 
That appears to be the case this week.
 
Woods took advantage of the par 5s -- although he had only one eagle putt -- and holed a couple of birdie putts outside 15 feet.
 
With a couple of ho-hum rounds at 65, Woods even suggested that the setup at Mount Juliet might be too easy for a World Golf Championship featuring 64 of the best players in the world.
 
'The bigger the tournament, the harder they should make the golf course,'' Woods said. 'The reason why the scores are so low is the greens are so perfect. You can have 20-, 30-footers and feel confident you can make that putt.''
 
British Open champion Ernie Els had a 67 and was five strokes behind at 135, while David Duval had a 65 and joined Davis Love III (67) among those at 136.
 
Woods, who was paired with Padraig Harrington of Ireland in the first round, gets another Irishman on Saturday -- Kelly, who is proud of his Irish heritage, even though he grew up in Wisconsin.
 
'No one has claimed me yet,'' he said of the galleries.
 
He can make quite an impression on Saturday, playing against Woods with a chance to win $1 million at the end of the week.
 

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.