Woods stumbles to clubhouse with 74 - COPIED

By Associated PressJune 19, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 U.S. OpenFARMINGDALE, N.Y. ' Tiger Woods swung away on the 18th tee Friday morning, watched his ball fly into a bunker on the way to another bogey, and turned away in disgust.
 
Little came easily for the worlds No. 1 player after resuming the rain-delayed U.S. Open.
 
Woods gave back four shots over his final four holes to finish his opening round at 4-over 74, five shots behind a group that included amateur Drew Weaver, the former Virginia Tech player who posted a 1-under 69 and took a piece of the early clubhouse lead.
 
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Tiger Woods flails out of the rough on his way to a 4-over 74 in Round 1. (Getty Images)
I was even par with four to go, Woods said. I mean, its not like I was hitting it all over the place. I was hitting a lot of good shots. Unfortunately, I just didnt finish off the round the way I needed to.
 
So unlike what happened on his last trip to Bethpage in 2002, this U.S. Open wont be a wire-to-wire victory for Woods.
 
Minutes after Woods finished, Phil Mickelson ' a favorite of the Bethpage gallery, especially after the news that his wife, Amy, is about to begin treatment for breast cancer ' began his U.S. Open on the 10th tee, with the gallery stretching nearly the length of a football field down the fairway.
 
Mickelsons quest opened with a drive well off the fairway, and drew an ovation anyway.
 
Among other early finishers of the first round: Jeff Brehaut and Ian Poulter were at even par, Justin Leonard ' who started Friday with two quick birdies ' finished 1 over, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk were 2 over, and Steve Stricker and Geoff Ogilvy were among those at 3 over.
 
It wasnt a good day to be a reigning major champion: Playing alongside Woods, Masters champ Angel Cabrera finished 4 over, and that was still two shots better than British Open and PGA Championship winner Padraig Harrington.
 
A blue sky and sunshine arrived in the afternoon at Bethpage, as the temperature rose almost as quickly as a new batch of names climbed the leaderboard.
 
Peter Hanson and Mike Weir moved ahead of the pack, getting to 3 under while still playing their opening nines, and a slew of others ' including Rocco Mediate, who lost the epic playoffs to Woods last year at Torrey Pines ' were at 2 under in the early going. Mediate, who was greeted by huge roars all over the course, made two birdies in a three-hole span.
 
Woods side of the field will not start its second round until Saturday, when more rain is expected to pound the waterlogged course. The U.S. Open hasnt had a Monday finish without a playoff since 1983, but any significant interruption in play over the coming days would likely ensure that no champion will be crowned before then.
 
The USGA, in fact, is already bracing for a Monday finish. And Tuesday has been discussed.
 
Thats possible, USGA executive director David Fay said.
 
Theres one advantage to extra rain, Woods said. Itll keep mud off the balls, and since the USGA positively forbids the lift, clean and place policy seen often used on the PGA Tour, mud will be an issue as the course gets tackier and drier.
 
Its only going to get worse, unless we get more rain, said Woods, who lauded Bethpages condition for Fridays play and headed back to the driving range after finishing his round. If it dries out a little more, this is going to get interesting.
 
Weaver knows hes going to be waiting around for a while before the second round begins.
 
He can deal with that.
 
Weaver was just leaving a Virginia Tech classroom building on that fateful day in 2007, just as someone began a shooting rampage that left 32 people dead. The deranged student assassin then took his own life.
 
That summer, Weaver won the British Amateur, earning a spot in the British Open. He played the Masters last year as well, and now hes on top of a leaderboard at a major championship, at least for a while.
 
Im very fortunate in that aspect, Weaver said. Ive gotten a good amount of experience and although I havent really made a cut, I feel like Ive played a lot of good rounds. Everythings coming together and Im off to a good start.
 
Another amateur, Cameron Tringale, finished the first round at even par.
 
This is one of the better group of amateurs thats come out of college, Weaver said. I think it bodes well for the Walker Cup. I think well have a strong team. Guys are just getting better and taking advantage of all the resources.
 
Plans called for the first round to be completed late Friday afternoon, with the second round starting and continuing until dark. Ideally, the second round would be finished to establish the cut by days end Saturday, although the forecast seems to suggest thats doubtful.
 
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  • Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    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.

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    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.