Featured Match Woods vs Bjorn

By Rex HoggardFebruary 23, 2011, 1:24 am

2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayMARANA, Ariz. – GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard is at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain for the opening round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He is providing a running blog for the 1:45 p.m. ET match between (1) Tiger Woods and (16) Thomas Bjorn. For complete scoring of all 32 matches, click here.




(7:05 p.m. ET) A final word on Thomas Bjorn's OT upset of Tiger Woods on Wednesday at Dove Mountain. When Woods conceded the match a fan yelled, 'Anyone want Thursday tickets?'

Tough crowd.

(7:02 p.m. ET) Thomas Bjorn isn't one of the best quotes in the game but the Dane summed up his Round 1 victory over Tiger Woods at the WGC-Match Play as good as anyone.

'It wasn't pretty,' Bjorn said of his 19-hole victory over Woods. 'Early on it was a lot of giving each other holes.'

Woods could be guilty of giving Bjorn the match when it took him two swings to escape the desert.

For Woods it was an opportunity lost.

'I had the match . . . I blew it,' he said.

(6:40 p.m. ET) Tiger Woods holed an 8-foot birdie putt at the last to square his match with Thomas Bjorn and force extra holes at Dove Mountain.

It's worth noting Woods missed putts of 22 and 9 feet on the previous two holes to square the match. It's also worth noting that he bogeyed the first hole the first time around to fall behind early to the Dane.

(5:58 p.m. ET) Tiger Woods and Thomas Bjorn are all square through 14 holes. The latter is starting to look like the Danish Nick O'Hern.
(5:45 p.m. ET) Just spotted swing coach Sean Foley headed down the 13th hole following Tiger Woods at Dove Mountain.

Pretty good day for the Canada native, Woods is all square with Bjorn, fellow pupil Justin Rose is up on Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan beat well, Sean O'Hair. He couldn't win them all.

(5:19 p.m.) Tiger Woods took his first lead of the day, going 1 up on Thomas Bjorn at Dove Mountain with a 15-footer for birdie at the 11th hole.

Although Bjorn conceded birdie putts at the ninth and 10th after hitting into the desert and a bunker, Woods has been solid after a sloppy start.

It's even more impressive that he's turned his game around in the day's worst wind.

(4:49 p.m. ET) A day not condusive to low scores has taken a toll on Tiger Woods and Thomas Bjorn.

The Dane was 2 up before pushing his 3-wood tee shot at the ninth into the desert. He chipped out backwards and conceded the hole moments later to take a slim lead into the back nine.

Because of the frost delay, the group may run out of daylight if extra holes are required.

(3:33 p.m. ET) Tiger Woods' swing change may have clicked, as Isleworth stablemate John Cook said last week, but if his first three holes on Wednesday at Dove Mountain are any indication, there is still an ebb and flow to his game.

Woods missed the green at the first for bogey, birdied the par-5 second to square his match with Thomas Bjorn and hit his tee shot into the water at the third to fall 1 down.

A wild ride indeed.

(3:20 p.m. ET) Tiger Woods' first-round match at the WGC-Match Play Championship started more than an hour late because of a frost delay and a host of extra-hole matches, but he didn't have to wait long to fall behind.

The world No. 3 missed the green at the first and couldn't convert his par putt. He trails Thomas Bjorn by one hole.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.