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Shut out of Prez Cup, Harman eyes Ryder Cup berth

By Rex HoggardJanuary 13, 2018, 1:12 am

HONOLULU – It’s not as though Brian Harman needed any extra motivation – he is, after all, the only player on the PGA Tour with four top-10 finishes this season – but if he did it wouldn’t have come from last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Harman began the final round at Kapalua two strokes off the lead held by Dustin Johnson, but ended up finishing nine strokes behind DJ and alone in third place.

“The last day, it was a combination of Dustin playing incredible and me not putting a lot of pressure on him,” said Harman, who is back in contention at the Sony Open following opening rounds of 64-63. “I don't think I could have done anything differently to change the outcome.”

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But if Harman needs motivation he should look no further than last year’s Presidents Cup, which he didn’t play.

Despite a solid season that included a victory at the Wells Fargo Championship and a runner-up showing at the U.S. Open, Harman didn’t qualify for the U.S. team and despite being 12th on the points list he was not one of Steve Stricker’s captain’s picks.

“Missing out on the Presidents Cup hurt. I didn’t feel like I deserved a pick, by any means,” Harman said. “I would have been happy with one, but I didn’t feel like I played well enough to make it to where it was a snub by any means.”

Still, not making the team has given Harman a renewed energy to make this year’s Ryder Cup team and his solid start to this season has moved him to seventh on the points list.

“I’m definitely motivated by that,” he said. “I was really disappointed by the way I finished the year in the playoffs, I wanted very badly to make that [Presidents Cup] team but I just didn’t get it done.”

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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

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Watch: Woods rips iron from sand, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 6:10 pm

Tiger Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Tiger Woods teed off at 12:15PM ET alongside Justin Rose for Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.