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TT postscript: Clubs take turns abandoning Woods

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 17, 2018, 2:07 am

LOS ANGELES – Here are a few observations from witnessing a trunk-slamming performance from Tiger Woods, who is headed home early from the Genesis Open after a second-round 76 dropped him to 6 over for the tournament:

• After he held on for dear life during the opening round, this was undoubtedly a setback. Woods never quite found his footing on the front side, and by the time he needed a few birdies coming home his best asset for the week - his putter - abandoned him. Rough combination.

• Woods suffered from what scientists (probably) call a case of the Lefts. Of the nine fairways that he missed during the second round, seven of them were down the left side and often into juicy rough. It was a miss that he just couldn’t correct. And this wasn’t just a driver issue – he missed several fairways with iron in hand and hit only two of eight greens this week on the par 3s.

• The putter kept him in it during the opener, and he curled in a pair of early birdie putts Friday to get back to even par. But as the afternoon sun crept over the canyon, the poa annua greens got the better of him as three back-nine three-putts essentially ended his chances of making the cut. The three-putt bogey on the par-5 11th, minutes after he nearly drove the green on No. 10 en route to birdie, was an especially tough blow.

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• It’s not all dark clouds and dried tears, though, since Woods’ commitment to next week’s Honda Classic was announced while he was still out on the course at Riviera. Despite a missed cut this week, it’s a promising sign that he feels strong enough to take on a back-to-back that includes cross-country travel.

• That being said, good luck around the Bear Trap. Entering this week it seemed like solving the driver was the key to Woods’ success. After watching him whacking it around Riviera for two straight days, I struggle to find a strong suit upon which he can rely. The driver, the irons and the putter each took turns in letting him down.

• No comeback is without its downturn, and Woods’ is no exception. Yes the game is inconsistent, and the wheels fell off entirely during a back-nine 39. But there were no winces and there were still a few smiles as Woods addressed the media, saying that he’s “both pleased and also not very happy with some parts” of his game. Two steps forward, one step back…now it’s on to PGA National.

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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 walks in his fourth birdie of the day

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 6:20 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:

(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.