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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    NAPLES, Fla. – Kim Kaufman’s bout with mononucleosis might leave fellow tour pros wanting to catch the fever, too.

    A couple months after Anna Nordqvist battled her way into contention at the Women’s British Open playing with mono, and then thrived at the Solheim Cup with it, Kaufman is following suit.

    In her first start since being diagnosed, Kaufman posted an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. It was the low round of the day. She’s bidding to win her first LPGA title.

    “I’ve been resting at home for two weeks,” Kaufman said. “Didn’t do anything.”

    Well, she did slip on a flight of stairs while recuperating, hurting her left wrist. She had it wrapped Saturday but said that’s mostly precautionary. It didn’t bother her during the round.


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    “I’m the only person who can take two weeks off and get injured,” Kaufman joked.

    Kaufman, 26, left the Asian swing after playing the Sime Darby Malaysia, returning to her home in South Dakota, to see her doctor there. She is from Clark. She was told bed rest was the best thing for her, but she felt good enough to make the trip to Florida for the season-ending event.

    “We had some really cold days,” Kaufman said. “We had some snow. I was done with it. I was coming down here.”

    How does she feel?

    “I feel great,” she said. “I’m a little bit shaky, which isn’t great out there, but it’s great to be here doing something. I was going a little bit stir crazy [at home], just kind of fighting through it.”

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    NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie is sporting a new look that even has fellow players doing double takes.

    Bored during her six-week recovery from an emergency appendectomy late this summer, Wie decided to cut and die her hair.

    She went for golden locks, and a shorter style.

    “I kind of went crazy after being in bed that long,” Wie said. “I just told my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just cut all my hair off.”

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    Fellow tour pros were surprised when she came back with the new look.

    “Definitely, walk by people and they didn’t recognize me,” Wie said.

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    NAPLES, Fla. – The CME Group Tour Championship is loaded with pressure-packed subplots Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.

    Here’s what You Oughta Know about the prizes at stake:

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    Thompson and Park are tied for fifth in the tournament, one shot off the lead. If either of them wins, she will take home the jackpot.

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    2nd – 12 points

    3rd – 9 points

    4th – 7 points

    5th – 6 points

    6th – 5 points

    7rd – 4 points

    8th – 3 points

    9th – 2 points

    10th – 1 point

    Vare Trophy

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    Money-winning title

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    By Associated PressNovember 19, 2017, 12:28 am

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    Cook, a shot ahead after a second-round 62, had five birdies and a bogey - his first of the week - to reach 18-under 194 with a round left at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course.

    ''Putting is key right now,'' Cook said. ''Been able to make a lot of clutch putts for the pars to save no bogeys. Hitting the ball pretty much where we're looking and giving ourselves good opportunities on every hole.''

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    J.J. Spaun had a 62 to get to 13 under.

    ''I just kind of played stress-free golf out there and kept the golf ball in front of me,'' Spaun said. ''I had a lot of looks and scrambled pretty well, even though it was only a handful of times, but pretty overall pleased with how I played today.''

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    ''I think with an extra year on the Web this past year, I really grew mentally and with my game, just kind of more confidence,'' Cook said. ''I was able to put myself in contention on the Web.com more this year than I have in the past. I think I've just, you know, learned from experiences on the Web to help me grow out here.''

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