Another Tiger Win in the Bank

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 28, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Deutsche Bank ChampionshipTiger Woods has won Arnold Palmers event, Jack Nicklaus event and Byron Nelsons event. Hes won each of these tournaments ' the Bay Hill Invitational, Memorial Tournament and Byron Nelson Championship ' on multiple occasions.
 
But theres one tournament that is associated with a legend that he hasnt won ' his own Deutsche Bank Championship.
 
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is trying to win his first Deutsche Bank Championship title.
Woods isnt the host of this weeks Deutsche Bank tournament, which begins Friday and concludes on Labor Day Monday, but his Tiger Woods Foundation is the primary charitable beneficiary of the event.
 
Woods came close to winning his tournament two years ago, finishing runner-up to Vijay Singh. He also tied for seventh in the inaugural event in 2003, and tied for 40th a year ago.
 
The 2004 tournament was a landmark event in the sport. Singhs victory ended Woods 264 consecutive week run atop the World Golf Ranking.
 
At the time, Woods was in the middle of reconstructing his swing ' dealing with inconsistencies and an overdose of criticism.
 
How things have changed.
 
Two years later, Woods is not just the No.1 player in the world again ' he looks to be at the start of another lengthy run of domination.
 
For the second straight season, Woods has won multiple major titles. Hes also won each of his last four starts on the PGA TOUR, including convincing victories at the Open Championship and PGA Championship.
 
When asked after his PGA triumph if he felt his game was similar to where it was in his most dominant years of 1999 and 2000, Woods replied, Yes, I feel like things are pretty darn good right now.
 
He showed that last week, winning once again at Firestone Country Club in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his fifth victory in that event.
 
Of course, while others may have a better record than does Woods in this tournament, Tiger still has to be considered the overwhelming favorite given his recent form.
 
Here are five others with a chance to keep him winless in his own event.
 
Adam Scott
Adam Scott
Adam Scott is looking to continue his strong play this week.
Scott skipped this tournament a year ago, deciding to head back to his native Australia and take a break from the game. Hes back this year, which could mean bad news for everyone else. Scott won the inaugural Deutsche Bank in 2003 and then finished runner-up the following year. He is also playing well at the moment, having earned his best finish in a major two weeks ago at the PGA Championship, tying for third. He has six top-5 finishes this year, but is still seeking his first TOUR win of the season.
 
Vijay Singh
Singh also missed this event last year, pulling out due to back spasms, which means he missed the opportunity to try and defend his title. As previously mentioned, Singh won here in 04 to wrest away the No. 1 ranking in the world from Woods. He was fourth in 2003. Singh won the Barclays Classic in June, but missed cuts in the British Open and PGA Championship have soured his season. He needs another win ' perhaps this week ' to extend his streak of four straight years with multiple victories.
 
Charles Howell III
Howell has played this event each of the last two years, and on both occasions has finished inside the top 10. Howell tied for ninth in 2004 and tied for fourth in 05. Its been four years since he won on TOUR. He came close to ending that earlier this year, when he tied for second in New Orleans. That, however, ranks as his only top 30 of the year. Howell is in danger of finishing outside the top 40 on the money list for the first time in his career. He needs another good finish at this event.
 
Sean OHair
OHair, the 2005 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, has struggled a bit in his sophomore season, but things seem to be getting better. He has made his last five cuts, which includes a tie for fourth at the Buick Open and a pair of top-15s at the Open Championship and PGA Championship. He tied for 15th in his Deutsche Bank debut a year ago.
 
Ryan Moore
Olin Browne won last years Deutsche Bank, which shows it doesnt take a top 10 player to win here. And considering Browne tied for 47th and missed the cut in his first two starts at the TPC of Boston, success doesnt necessarily breed success here either. Both of those are good news for Moore. Moore is making his first start in this event. He is still battling a hand injury that made him alter the take-back in his swing at the PGA; though, he still tied for ninth.
 
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.