Woods Back Where He Wants to Be

By Golf Channel NewsroomFebruary 9, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 Buick InvitationalWhen Tiger Woods tees it up at this weeks Buick Invitational it will be his first event played in five weeks.
 
Judging by last year, that means it should only take a couple of swings to shake off any accumulated rust.
 
Woods made his first start in two months at last years Buick Invitational ' and won by four strokes.
 
His visit to Torrey Pines in 2003 marked his official return to competitive golf following knee surgery the previous December.
 
Any questions? Woods prompted the media after earning his second career title in this event (1999).
 
No. Woods provided all the answers that week.
 
He showed no lingering effects from the surgery; showed that he was far from intimidated by the quick start Ernie Els got off to ' winning the first two events of the 2003 season; showed any off-course squabble with Phil Mickelson had no relevance inside the ropes.
 
While Woods enters the 2004 Buick Invitational in perfect physical health ' and doesnt have to deal the with the media flurry that he did a year ago at this time when Mickelson labeled his equipment as inferior - he finds himself in a slightly similar situation to that of a year ago.
 
Woods finds himself well behind some formidable names on the money list.
 
Tiger won $275,000 for his fourth-place tie at the Mercedes Championships; his only event played thus far this season.
 
Vijay Singh, who ended Tiger's four-year monetary reign a year ago, is back on top of the money list. Thanks to his victory at Pebble Beach, he has $1,966,000.
 
Bob Hope champion Mickelson has already collected nearly $1.34 million, while Els' repeat triumph at the Sony Open has him with $943,000.
 
By the time he got to Torrey Pines a year ago, Woods was already more than $1.8 million behind Els. Four starts later, however, he had won three times and had overtaken the top spot on Money Mountain.
 
A repeat victory would give him $864,000 ' not enough to surpass Singh, but enough to cross the million-dollar mark in just two tournaments.
 
Even if he doesnt win again, it is likely that he will be in contention until the conclusion.
 
Woods has never finished worse than fifth in six career starts in this event, which is contested on a pair of courses on which he grew up playing ' though, they are not the same North and South courses that he played on as a junior.
 
It really has become a placement course, which wasn't the case before. You could just bomb away off the tee, Woods said in his monthly newsletter.
 
The South Course ' which will host the 2008 U.S. Open ' measures in at 7,568 yards (par 72). The North Course is 6,874 yards (par 72). Each course is tested once over the first two rounds, with the South played exclusively over the weekend.
 
But Woods isnt the only player to have success in the San Diego area.
 
Mickelson is one of only two back-to-back winners (J.C. Snead, 1975-76) in tournament history; accomplishing the feat in 2000 and 2001. The left-hander won in 1993 as well, making him the only three-time winner.
 
Others scheduled to attend include: FBR Open winner Jonathan Kaye, Sergio Garcia, Darren Clarke, Chad Campbell and Lee Westwood.
 
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

    Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    David Feherty:

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    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.