Tiger survives cut, sits 14 shots back of Rory

By Jay CoffinJuly 18, 2014, 6:17 pm

HOYLAKE, England – Normally a major championship round that includes 14 pars is a thing of beauty. On this day at Royal Liverpool, it was a disaster for Tiger Woods.

Woods shot an opening-round 69 Thursday at the British Open to vault into contention. Twenty minutes into his second round on Friday, he was 3-over par. Four hours later he was struggling to make the cut.

When the round was over, the score read 5-over 77, tying Woods’ second-worst score in a major championship as a professional. He made birdie on the par-5 home hole to make the cut on the number. At 2-over 146, Woods is 14 shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.

Woods only used driver once during the first round, but stood on the first tee Friday with the big stick in his hand and blew the ball well left. His approach landed short, right of the green, his chip landed over the back left of the green, he failed to get up and down from there and  recorded a double-bogey 6.

On the par-4 second, Woods took driver off the tee again, but this time hit it right. That led to bogey to put him 3 over after the first two holes.


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Irons off the next two holes produced easy pars, but Woods hit driver off the par-5 fifth tee and again hit it right of the fairway. His second was short of the green, he putted his third about 20 feet past the hole and two-putted for a disappointing par.

“Yeah, I didn’t hit driver very good today,” Woods said. “I was trying to be a bit more aggressive. With the wind the way it was, I could take some of the bunkers out of play and get it down where I (could hit) sand wedge into the green.

“I figured today would be a chance to go out there and be aggressive and do that … and just didn’t drive it well.”

Still, even though Woods wasn’t playing his best, he was hanging in there, fighting his swing, doing what he needed to do to give himself a Saturday afternoon tee time. Then, the dastardly driver jumped up and bit him again.

Woods hit his drive on the par-4 17th hole out of bounds right. He reloaded, hit driver again, but this time the ball sailed into junk left of the fairway. Woods hacked over the green, flubbed his chip shot and two-putted from 35 feet for triple-bogey 7. He was immediately outside the cut line by a shot.

Thankfully the last hole is a par 5. Woods hit 3-wood off the tee, hit his second shot right of the green, then got up and down for birdie by making an 8-footer to make the cut on the number.

“Well it gives me a chance,” Woods said of making birdie on 18.

A chance to play the weekend, yes; a chance to win a fourth claret jug, not so much.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.