Woods healthy, but game ragged in 3-over 74

By Jay CoffinAugust 7, 2014, 6:18 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The best stat of Tiger Woods’ round? Zero winces.

That’s really the only positive news. Other than that Woods made four bogeys and only one birdie during the opening round of the PGA Championship and shot 3-over 74. In Woods’ 79 career victories on the PGA Tour, he’s never shot a score worse than 2 over in the first round.

“It wasn’t very good,” Woods said. “A lot of bad shots and I never got a putt to the hole. … I had plenty of looks to turn my round around and then post something even par, even under par.”

Expectations are always going to be massive for Woods, but, truly, it was impossible to know how he was going to play Thursday at Valhalla. Only four days ago he was wheeled off Firestone with back pain seemingly so severe that it was difficult for him to take off his shoes.

But Woods arrived here for a topsy-turvy Wednesday practice round and deemed himself pain-free and fit, believing he could contend. He arrived on the 10th tee Thursday morning to begin his round with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington after a long warm-up session on the practice range.



Nothing was especially sharp for Woods. He made bogey on two of the first five holes – the tee shot on the par-3 11th sailed long right, and the tee shot on the par-3 14th was a fore left.

Even Woods’ lone birdie of the day was unexpected. He hit a poor approach into the 16th green, missing short and left, but he chipped in for the day’s only highlight.

After making the turn at 1 over par, Woods hit driver left off the tee on Nos. 1 and 2 and both times it led to bogey. On the par-5 seventh hole, Woods hit his tee shot so unbelievably right that he got a free drop because it hit a temporary immovable obstruction. Even still, he missed a 7-footer for birdie and settled for par.

Woods hit eight of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens and took 30 putts.

After the round was over, Woods said he was still pain-free and that he was only experiencing a little stiffness in his back. He skipped a session on the practice range and opted for treatment to make sure his back is ready for Round 2, which must be miles better if he plans to advance to the weekend.

“If I get under par for two rounds, that will be right in the ball game,” he said.

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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.

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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