Woods Got to keep plodding along

By Associated PressMay 8, 2010, 12:21 am

The Players Championship

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The perception of Tiger Woods on the golf course has changed so much in a week, evident by the first question he faced Friday after scratching out a 1-under 71 at The Players Championship.

“It looks like you did make the cut, so you’re playing on the weekend. Feel good?”

Woods once went seven years without missing the cut. Last week at Quail Hollow was only the sixth missed cut of his career.

Yet there were so many questions whether his personal turmoil was a distraction in his golf game that even Woods playing on the weekend at the TPC Sawgrass was not such a sure thing until he settled into fairways and greens and pars over the final hour.

He wound up at 3-under 141, and was safe.

He wasn’t celebrating, not when he was nine shots behind Lee Westwood, the 36-hole leader among early starters.

“I wasn’t quite as sharp today I was yesterday,” Woods said.

It was an ordinary score given the easiest conditions on the Stadium Course in 16 years. What made it extraordinary were some of the shots that he did, memorable for other reasons.

Woods hit a 3-wood on the seventh hole Thursday that he popped up so badly it barely reached the fairway and went only 190 yards. On Friday, such a breathtaking moment came on the 14th hole with a 3-wood in hand.

He started it out to the right – well right – and it kept right on going. The ball left the tee at a 45-degree angle, beyond the fairway, beyond the gallery, beyond the rough, over some trees. It finally landed in the middle of a small pond on the 12th fairway.

Woods’ reaction?

“I couldn’t stop,” he said under his breath, dropping a few choice words while repeating the phrase.

He felt something out of position in his swing somewhere before impact. Trouble was, it was too late to do anything about it. Had he felt it sooner, Woods said he would have stopped in mid-swing and started over. Once he got past a certain point, the only question was whether it would be way right or way left. Either way, it was headed for the water.

“I was in a bad spot,” Woods said. “It was not the spot I wanted to be in to hit the shot I wanted to hit, and I was trying to stop. By the time I realized I was in that spot, I physically couldn’t do it.”

Woods took a penalty drop among murmurs in the gallery, which could not believe what it saw. He hit short of the green, hit wedge to about 10 feet and had to make a 4-foot putt coming back for double bogey.

He did enough right to make up for the few bad shots – consecutive birdies on the 12th and 13th, and he followed the double bogey with birdies on the 15th and 16th.

But this was not the day to stay around even par, not with Westwood shooting a 65, along with Lucas Glover and two others. Twenty-one players among the early starters shot in the 60s, and more low scores were sure to follow in the afternoon.

At nine shots back, Woods didn’t see it any differently than if he had been playing the last six months, and playing well.

“It’s the same,” he said. “Got to keep plodding along, and on this golf course, anything can happen. You know that. There are guys that can make 3s and guys that can makes 6s out here on the same hole.”

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

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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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

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.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.