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TT postscript: First round in 60s this year

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 24, 2018, 9:50 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Here are some observations after watching Tiger Woods’ 1-under 69 Saturday at the Honda Classic:

• Man, that could have been good. Really good. The best round of the week is 65. Tiger could have been there. Or lower. He just couldn’t get enough putts to drop.

• Check that. He didn’t get enough putts to drop for birdie. Woods rolled in a couple of nice par-savers, none bigger than his 16-footer on 12 that he celebrated with a hammer fist pump.

• Through three rounds, Woods is second in proximity to the hole with his irons. Sure didn’t see that coming after last week’s debacle at Riviera, where he hit only 16 greens in regulation for two rounds. He hit 13 greens just in the third round – and that was on a wind-whipped course with trouble everywhere. Big-time improvement.

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• Tiger talked a good game earlier this year, saying that he knows it’s going to take time for him to get in contention and be a factor. That’s already gone. After the third round, and trailing by seven when he walked off the course, he said: “I’ve got a shot.” That’s the Tiger of old. Love it.

• Woods finally made a birdie on a par 5, though he’s had only six chances this week. This one was unorthodox, too, after he found the left fairway bunker on 18, pulled his long-iron approach left of the green and then played a deft chip to kick-in range.

• This was Tiger’s first round in the 60s this year (nine rounds). We’re building.

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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.