At a glance: Best of the best from API final round

By Jay CoffinMarch 25, 2013, 6:15 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Tiger Woods had 16 holes remaining in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Monday and completed the task fairly easily by shooting 2-under 70, good for his 77th victory on the PGA Tour. It’s also the second time Woods won on a Monday this year – the Farmers Insurance Open was the other.

Here is the skinny following the day at Bay Hill, where Woods defeated Justin Rose by two shots:

The leaderboard: Tiger Woods (-13), Justin Rose (-11), Mark Wilson (-8), Keegan Bradley (-8), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (-8), Rickie Fowler (-8)

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What it means: Woods will move back into the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since Oct. 30, 2010. It’s also the fourth time that Woods has won three PGA Tour events before the Masters. In the previous three times, Woods did not win the Masters (2000, ‘03, ‘08).

Best round: It’s too easy to give the nod to Woods because he won. Bubba Watson shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to move from 41st into a 14th-place tie. Sure, the nasty weather arrived after Watson was done, but the conditions were no picnic. His blemish-free round included five birdies.

Best of the rest: Justin Rose coughed up the lead in dramatic fashion late Saturday in the third round when he bogeyed three of his last six holes. And Rose seemed well out of contention Monday morning, because he bogeyed two of his first three holes. But he made four birdies in the final 13 holes to finish alone in second place, two behind Woods.

Biggest disappointment: Fowler gave it a valiant effort Monday and got within two shots of Woods, but had a meltdown on the par-5 16th hole by hitting two shots into the water. Fowler didn’t hit a quality shot for the first seven holes, but still managed par on each. A birdie on the par-4 ninth hole gave Fowler momentum and a fighting chance at victory heading into the back nine. A bogey on the 15th hole unsettled Fowler and then he hit both his approach shot and next shot into the water fronting the green. The triple-bogey 8 was his undoing. Although Fowler tied for third place, his 73 was much better than the 84 he shot while paired with Woods last year in the final round of the Memorial.

Best shot: It had nothing to do with the eventual outcome, and it was actually struck on Sunday, not Monday, but Matt Every’s approach on the par-4 third hole takes the cake. Every hit his drive into the water left of the fairway, but he hiked up his pants, stepped in and got a swing on the ball. The result: a holed approach for eagle from 124 yards. The ball checked up about 8 inches behind the hole and rolled back in for an eagle.

Best shot, II: Give it to Sergio Garcia just for being Sergio Garcia. Again, it was on Sunday, but El Nino’s shot from the trees was unlike anything I’ve ever seen on a golf course. Of course, two holes later he withdrew because he was out of contention and knew weather was going to suspend the event until Monday morning.

Quote of the day: “I feel like this is the Tiger that I grew up watching.” – Keegan Bradley, who shot 71 and tied for third place.

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.