Woods sees progress in final round at Doral

By Doug FergusonMarch 14, 2011, 2:57 am

WGC-Cadillac ChampionshipDORAL, Fla. – Tiger Woods found reason to be encouraged Sunday at the Cadillac Championship.

Woods ended another ordinary week on a course he once dominated by matching his best score of the year with a 6-under 66 at Doral and tied for 10th, his best finish at an official PGA Tour event in nine months.

He also found his sense of humor.

“I’m putting the pieces together,” Woods said. “Everything is kind of shaping up and heading the right direction, which is good, and peaking right at the right time … for the Tavistock Cup.”

He plays Monday and Tuesday in a made-for-TV exhibition.

The real golf resumes a week later at Bay Hill, where he is a six-time winner. That will be his final event before the Masters.

Woods began the final round 11 shots out of the lead and made only one bogey on the sixth hole. He twice had back-to-back birdies on the back nine, including a shot he nearly holed on the 17th for a tap-in birdie.

He again used a mallet-shaped putter, a heel-shafted club that he often uses in practice. Woods struggled on the greens all week, but made his share of 10- and 15-footers to at least leave Doral in a good frame of mind.

Rory McIlroy hit into the water on the last hole for bogey, which pushed Woods into a tie for 10th. The last

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Woods made four birdies on the back nine en route to his final-round 66.
time he was in the top 10 on the PGA Tour was his tie for fourth at the U.S. Open, ending a streak of nine tournaments.

Still missing is getting into contention.

“Of course it bothers me,” Woods said. “I want to win golf tournaments. That’s the whole idea of entering events is to win golf tournaments, and I didn’t do that this week. But I showed positive signs for the next time I play, which is a good thing.”

Woods has had trouble closing this year. He shot 75 in the final round at Torrey Pines, and the one time he was in contention at Dubai, he shot 75 the last round on a windy day to fall into a tie for 20th.

The 66 was his best final round since a 65 at the Australian Masters.

The scrutiny remains, however, and more attention is shifting to his new swing coach, Sean Foley, with whom Woods began working at the PGA Championship last August.

Woods had said late last year that he was picking up the new swing more quickly than his other swing changes. He finished the year with a playoff loss at the Chevron World Challenge. And while he blew a four-shot lead on the last day, he looked like the Woods of old. The mystery is what happened to that game during his two-month break.

He said he was “definitely not going the wrong way,” and understood the criticism Foley is starting to face. Hank Haney went through the same criticism, even as Woods was winning some 40 percent of his tournaments and six majors.

“He’s never dealt with this before,” Woods said of Foley. “For some reason, I tend to get a little bit more scrutinized than most players do, analyzed to the ‘nth’ degree about what goes on within one round of golf. That’s something that’s new to him. But he said one positive thing is I’m always on TV, which is good, so he gets to look at a lot of golf swings.”

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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.