Dominant Woods goes wire-to-wire to win at Doral

By Ryan LavnerMarch 10, 2013, 10:42 pm

Dominant from start to finish, Tiger Woods shot a final-round 71 Sunday to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship by two strokes. Here is the skinny on the final round at Doral: 

The leaderboard: Woods (-19), Steve Stricker (-17), Graeme McDowellAdam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson all at 14 under.

What it means: It’s the second victory of the season (Torrey Pines) for Woods, but perhaps more importantly it was his first World Golf Championships title in nearly four years. These events, of course, are as close as it gets to a major during the “regular season.” Remember, he used to own the WGCs, winning 16 of the first 30 that he played, but had endured a dry spell since Firestone in 2009. This was vintage Tiger, from the fist pumps to the putts poured into the middle of the cup. It was his fifth victory in his last 19 stroke-play events, the 76th of his career, and he can reclaim the No. 1 spot in the Official World Ranking for the first time since October 2010 with a victory in his next start, at Bay Hill. “It was one of those weeks where I felt pretty good with how I was playing,” Woods said. “I made some putts and really got rolling.”

Round of the day: Sure, Adam Scott’s final-round 64 was the low round of the week, vaulting the Australian to a T-3 finish. But Rory McIlroy’s closing 65 created the most headlines. Beginning the day 15 shots behind Woods, the world No. 1 eagled his opening hole Sunday en route to his first bogeyless round of the week. Doral was his second-to-last start before The Masters, so consider his 65 (and T-8 finish) a much-needed confidence boost before Houston in a few weeks. 

Best of the rest: Woods was never seriously challenged in the final round, but the semi-retired Steve Stricker cashed a sizeable WGC paycheck ($869,852) by carding a bogey-free 68 Sunday. He shot all four rounds in the 60s to continue his terrific form this season. In three starts, he has two runners-up and a quarterfinals loss at the WGC-Match Play, all while earning more than $1.8 million.

Biggest disappointment: Take your pick – Phil Mickelson missed several short putts during a final-round 71 that left him six shots behind; erstwhile Woods nemesis Graeme McDowell never mounted much of a challenge Sunday; Bubba Watson shot 71-75 on the weekend when he was in contention through 36 holes; and Charl Schwartzel bombed out with a final-round 75, tumbling from T-5 to T-16. “The last time I really thought I had a chance to catch (Tiger) was probably yesterday,” McDowell said.

Shot of the day: Needing to set the tone early, Woods buried a 25-foot birdie putt on the second hole, then stuffed his tee shot on the par-4 fourth hole to 4 feet. After that, he turned on the cruise control.

Quote of the day: Stricker, when asked whether he regretted giving Woods a putting tip Wednesday: “At times you kind of kick yourself. But no, he’s a good friend and we talk a lot about putting. It’s good to see him playing well.”

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Watch: Fathauer dunks one off flagstick for eagle

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 17, 2018, 7:45 pm

The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest will take place Saturday night in Los Angeles, but Derek Fathauer kicked things off a little early with this eagle in the third round of the Genesis Open.

Playing his second shot on the par-4 third hole at Riviera Country Club, Fathauer dunked one off the flagstick and into the hole for an eagle-2:

The shot got the the 32-year-old, in search of his first PGA Tour victory, under par for the round and into the mix early on Moving Day.

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Luiten in three-way tie at Oman Open

By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 4:17 pm

MUSCAT, Oman - Joost Luiten showed a return to form after a mediocre 2017 as he moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the Oman Open on Saturday.

The Dutchman shot a second straight 6-under 66 - the joint best score of the day - to move to 12-under 204. He was joined at the top by Matthew Southgate (69) and Frenchman Julien Guerrier (66) after the third round at the Greg Norman-designed Al Mouj Golf Club.

England's Chris Wood (69), another man on the comeback trail, was in fourth place at 11 under, but it could have been a lot better if not for a bogey-bogey finish. Adrian Otaegui (66) was a shot behind Wood while pre-tournament favorite, France's Alexander Levy (67), was at 9 under.

The 90th-ranked Luiten credited some hot iron play for his success after a cracked driver set him back last year when he had just two top-10 finishes the whole season.

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''I cracked my driver in my first tournament of the year in Abu Dhabi and it took me almost six months to get another one that I really liked. Once you are not driving the ball well, it puts pressure on other parts of your game,'' said the 32-year-old Luiten. ''My iron play did not get me into trouble at all today.''

Southgate was quick off the block with three birdies in his first three holes. But the Englishman then made two bogeys and a double bogey in his next four holes, and a birdie on the ninth saw him make the turn at even-par.

That forced him to think differently for the back nine and he was rewarded with three birdies.

''It was quite funny really,'' Southgate said. ''We birdied the ninth and I walked off and said to my caddie Gary ... 'We've just shot level par, so let's just pretend that we've made nine solid pars and that we haven't holed a putt and haven't made a birdie. Let's just start again on the 10th'.''

The 32-year-old Guerrier started his round with a monster 48-foot birdie putt and had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.

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J.Y. Ko increases lead; Lydia focuses on positives

By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 3:33 pm

ADELAIDE, Australia - Jin Young Ko continued her domination of the Women's Australian Open, shooting a 1-under 71 Saturday to increase her lead to four strokes after three rounds.

The South Korean, who led after each of the opening two rounds of the LPGA tournament, had a three-round total of 11-under 205 at Kooyonga Golf Club.

Australian golfer Hannah Green moved into second place after the round of the day, a 66.

Green, 21, is seeking to become the first Australian to claim her national crown since Karrie Webb won the last of her five titles in 2014. Webb, who is playing a part-time schedule in 2018, missed the cut Friday by one stroke.

Green birdied her first three holes on Saturday and then added two more on the eighth and ninth. Two more birdies followed on the back nine with her only dropped shot a bogey on the 17th.

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"I was very pleased with my ball striking," Green said. "I have put myself in contention so I'm very happy with how things are panning out.

"It was a real shame about Karrie missing the cut, but I know she has got different plans."

South Korea's Hyejin Choi (70), was tied for third, five strokes behind. Australia's top-ranked golfer Minjee Lee was tied for fifth after a 69, six off the lead.

Former No. 1 Lydia Ko shot a 71 and was eight strokes behind.

"It's always nice to be able to start the season on a good note, and I've obviously got tomorrow," Lydia Ko said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to finish off on a high note."

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Cantlay, McDowell, Saunders share lead at Riviera

By Doug FergusonFebruary 17, 2018, 3:51 am

LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods waited 12 years to get back to Riviera and lasted only two days.

Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn't play well enough to make up for his misses. He had a 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.

He was at 6-over 148, one shot worse than his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old at Riviera.

''I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens,'' Woods said. ''And consequently, never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine, and I went the other way.''

Patrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. He was tied with Graeme McDowell (66), the former U.S. Open champion who is trying to work his way back from a two-year slump.

They were at 7-under 135.

Sam Saunders also was at 7 under, making back-to-back birdies until it was too dark to continue. He had three holes remaining in his second round. Ryan Moore bogeyed his final hole for a 68 and was one shot behind at 136.

Rory McIlroy overcame a few short misses on the front nine for a 69 and was at 2-under 140.

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Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth - the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green - landed above the flag and to the right, and then rolled back down the slope just over the right edge of the cup.

''I actually missed a little to the right, but it's a bowl back there so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,'' Cantlay said.

He followed with a short iron into 5 feet for birdie, a 15-foot birdie on the next hole and then a wild drive that led to a bogey on his final hole.

McDowell has gone 59 starts worldwide since his last victory and has fallen out of the top 200 in the world. He had missed four straight cuts dating to late last year, though he felt he was hitting it well in practice. What helped was seeing some good scores.

''All I'm missing is a couple little numbers and a little bit of confidence,'' McDowell said.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend. He was at 1-over 143. Bubba Watson, who won in 2014 and 2016, has fallen out of the top 200 in the world after a two-year drought. He shot a 70 and was at 4-under 138, and then headed for the NBA All-Star weekend to play in the celebrity game.