Tiger Tracker: A Side Of Frys

By October 7, 2011, 1:20 pm

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Tiger Woods shot 73-68 the first two rounds of the Frys.com Open and his 1-under total is projected to fall within the cut line. NBCSports.com writer Ryan Ballengee is at CordeValle and tracked Tiger's second round.

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5:54 p.m. ET: Taking a 3-wood – the Friday club of choice – off the tee at the closing par-5 ninth, Woods seemed to be setting up for a layup. Instead, Woods successfully went for the green in two. Two putts later and Woods was in with birdie, 3 under on the day and 1 under for the Frys.com Open. (Overall: 1 under thru 18)

5:30 p.m. ET: The eighth is another hole suitable to Woods' eye. He drilled a perfect drive about ten yards back of where he was Thursday. The approach was a world better - he knocked it to six feet - but the result was the same: par. Woods and Cantlay were again chatting and they appear to have hit it off today. But that's probably because they speak the same vernacular. (Overall: Even thru 17)

5:12 p.m. ET: On the shortest hole on the course, Woods hit a disappointing 9-iron at the par-3 seventh. Woods then hit his worst putt of the day, nuking it past Cantlay's superior tee shot. Facing a dropped shot to fall to the cut line, Woods grinned to save par. (Overall: Even thru 16)

5:04 p.m. ET: Tiger's tee ball at the sixth was his second worst of the day. He pulled it well left and dropped the club as compared to a full tomahawk at the first. He recovered nicely, however, to stay even on the tournament. Par at No. 6. (Overall: Even thru 15)

4:45 p.m. ET: Woods is on a fairway streak. Farthest back off the tee, though, Woods was closest to the pin. From the fringe, Woods walked after his birdie putt with disgust. It nearly went in side door, but he had to settle for a par. (Overall: Even thru 14)

4:27 p.m. ET: Woods found his second consecutive fairway and third of the day at the par-4 fourth hole. He was unable to cash in on an approach to 12 feet, but his putting today has been much better than Thursday. (Overall: Even thru 13)

4:14 p.m. ET: Woods played conservatively at the par-3 third. Unlike the aggressive pull Thursday, Woods left himself an easy two-putt for par. After the hole, a Tour official trailed Patrick Cantlay and put the group on the clock. 'We need to close this gap, Patrick,' he said. Cantlay responded, 'Yes, sir.' (Overall: Even thru 12)

4:08 p.m. ET: Woods dropped his first shot of the day at the 13th, his fourth, but recovered with birdie to start a three-hole run at No. 14. Running parallel to those holes, Woods bogeyed No. 1 and played a perfect approach to the second to bounce back again with birdie. Will it be the start of another run? (Overall: Even thru 11)

3:53 p.m. ET: Woods hit a smother hook at his 10th hole, the par-4 first, and fired his driver into the ground. Opting not to take relief from a sidehill stance on the cart path, Woods nearly fell during his follow-through. A poor effort with his pitch hitched him a ride on the bogey train. He's now flirting with the cut line again. (Overall: 1 over thru 10)

3:38 p.m. ET: The slight tug off the tee finally caught up with Tiger. His pulled drive at No. 18 landed in a hazard bisecting fairways. A member of the gallery said Woods and the volunteers were looking 40 yards behind where his ball crossed the lateral hazard. Woods took a drop and made bogey for a 2-under 34 over his first nine. (Overall: Even under thru 9)

3:12 p.m. ET: After another drive into the left rough on the short par-4 17th, Woods muscled his approach inside 10 feet. The crowd was begging for a birdie, but the streak ends here. Par for Woods on 17. (Overall: 1 under thru 8)

2:57 p.m. ET: Woods is dialed in with his irons. His tee ball at the par-3 16th finished inside 3 feet. The last time Woods had a three-hole stretch like this? The final round of the Masters. Birdie-birdie-eagle from Nos. 6-8. (Overall: 1 under thru 7)

2:47 p.m. ET: Woods' driving has been slightly off - a fourth consecutive mild tug into the lip of a fairways bunker. The recovery has been outstanding on the last two holes, however. With a mid-iron, Woods stuck it close to leave a delicate birdie putt, which he made. (Overall: Even thru 6)

2:21 p.m. ET: The crowd following Woods has dissipated a bit, but the loyalists saw an impressive bounce back. After a third consecutive missed tee shot to the left, Woods recovered nicely. He finally sank a lengthy putt, leading the gallery to let out a raucous cheer. (Overall: 1 over thru 5)

2:07 p.m. ET: Woods went grass-sand-sand-grass on No. 13, hitting his third shot from a fried-egg lie. The short tester to stay under par for the day never hit the cup. (Overall: 2 over thru 4)

1:50 p.m. ET: Another pulled tee shot on the par-5 12th leads to a heavy, but dry layup. He still can't find the right speed on the greens, but he is under par deeper into the round today than yesterday. Par at No. 12. (Overall: 1 over thru 3)

1:33 p.m. ET: Something about the par-3 11th catches Woods' eye. For the second consecutive day, he hit his tee shot to a few feet. Woods clipped the edge of the cup on Thursday. The ball disappeared today. Birdie for Woods at 11. (Overall: 1 over thru 2)

1:16 p.m. ET: Woods nearly replicated his first hole yesterday, except the bid for birdie did not drop from a dozen feet on the proper tier. Even par start for Woods. (Overall: 2 over thru 1)

1:02 p.m. ET: Woods has made his way to the 10th tee, with a crowd lining the hole as large as yesterday. The delay likely helped the size of his gallery.

12:36 p.m. ET: After a number of false starts, the second round of the Frys.com Open is finally underway. The fog has almost entirely burned off. Woods will go off on the 10th tee at 1 p.m. ET. If Woods and his playing partners go at the same pace as yesterday, they should finish around 5:30 p.m.

12:22 p.m. ET: To use a famous Tiger phrase, 'It is what it is.' Or what it isn't, maybe. The Tour has tacked on another 10 minutes to the 10 minutes they added about 10 minutes ago. For those keeping score, the total delay is now 2 hours, 20 minutes. The delays have been incrementally added: 30 minutes, followed by additions of 30, 15, 15, 30, 10, and 10. Woods is now scheduled to tee off at 1 p.m. ET.

12:11 p.m. ET: With less than three minutes before second-round play was to begin, PGA Tour officials extended the fog delay. It is now a total of 2 hours, 10 minutes. Woods' originally scheduled tee time has gone from 10:40 a.m. ET to 12:50 p.m. He is still on the range, mostly conversing with Pat Perez and David Duval.

11:52 a.m. ET: A Tour official just came on the range to announce the fog delay has been extended to two hours. One player shouted back, 'Oh, come on!' Meanwhile, Sean Foley has pulled out the camera to do a photo shoot on Tiger's swing. New Tiger start time: 12:40 p.m. ET.

11:40 a.m. ET: As the delay continues, Woods has made his way back to the practice range for the second time today. This start-stop-start pattern can't help him as he tries to find his rhythm.

11:37 a.m. ET: We have one more (and hopefully final) addition to the fog delay. It is now a 90-minute delay altogether, with Woods going off at 12:10 p.m. ET. The fog is still on the course, but slowly burning off. From the clubhouse, one can see about 250 yards into the distance.

11:13 a.m. ET: Tournament officials have just extended the fog delay to 75 minutes. Now completing the second round on Friday is in question. It was a close call to complete play on Thursday without a delay. The cut will now likely be made on Saturday morning. Looks like Woods will see the weekend in some fashion.

11:11 a.m. ET: Following a stop in the locker room and clubhouse, Woods stepped outside to converse with a rules official. Not far behind him out the clubhouse was Patrick Cantlay. Behind him was Sean Foley and Stephen Ames. First words out of Ames' mouth on getting outside? 'Holy [expletive], it's cold.' He's Canadian (sort of), so he knows cold.

10:57 a.m. ET: After appearing to get better, the fog has grown thicker. Woods is trying to stay active while players who are slated to see off before him, starting at the updated time of 11:10 a.m. ET, stand outside the locker room trying to stay warm.

10:35 a.m. ET: Tack on another 30 minutes to the original half-hour delay. Woods now will go off at 11:40 a.m. ET, seeking to end a skid of six consecutive rounds at par or worse. It's a stark contrast for the man who owns the Tour record of 52 consecutive rounds at par or better. He'll need an under-par round today to avoid missing consecutive cuts for the first time in his career.

10:11 a.m. ET: Woods begins the day T-86 and one stroke off the cut line. With 85 players at 1 over or better, however, Woods needs to hope for separation to not worry about being an MDF victim for the first time in his career.

10:01 a.m. ET: An hour before Tiger tees off at CordeValle and it is pretty darn foggy. And cold. And no sun yet. Officials have announced a 30-minute delay to the start of the second round. Woods is practicing, however. Foley is watching intently just behind Joe LaCava. If they can see the ball flight past 50 yards, they are hawks.

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.