Tiger Tracker: Woods comes crashing down with 77

By Rex HoggardAugust 11, 2011, 11:52 am

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Tiger Woods is vying for his 15th career major championship and first since 2008 in the 93rd PGA Championship. GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard and editorial director Jay Coffin are tracking Tiger in Round 1 at Atlanta Athletic Club.

1:27 p.m.: Woods finished off his round appropriately by hitting the ball in two bunkers, making his bunker total 13 for the day. He blew it right off the tee, right on his approach and two-putted for bogey to finish at 7-over 77. Can't imagine a worse start for Woods. And to think, he actually made four birdies. (7-over 77) – JC

1:11 p.m.: I'm getting tired just watching this mess. It must be really tiresome having to actually hit the shots. So many of them, anyway. Tiger found another bunker off the tee, but hit the green and two-putted for par. One more hole left. Thanks goodness. (6 over through 17) – JC

1:04 p.m.: Bryon Bell may be happy it's a temporary gig on Woods' bag. The temp has raked more bunkers today than Steve Williams did in a dozen seasons. – RH

12:54 p.m.: Woods make par on the par-3 seventh hole by hitting the green and two-putting. Good thing. After the last hole I was getting sick of counting so high. (6 over through 16) – JC

12:45 p.m.: Woods balloons to 6 over after a double bogey at the sixth hole. Somewhere in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is kicking something. Woods needs a tie for 40th or better to get into the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs. – RH

12:44 p.m.: U-G-L-Y, he ain't got no alibi, it's UGLY. Woods finds the bunker off the tee and dunks it in the water on the approach. Doesn't get up and down. Double bogey. Yikes. Wonder if he'll talk when he's done. Guessing no. (6 over through 15) – JC

12:31 p.m.: Woods birdies the fifth to move to 4 over, which means Steve Williams is beating his former boss by six strokes (Adam Scott at 2 under), oh wait. – RH

12:30 p.m.: Tiger found the fairway on the par-5 fifth hole and blistered his approach just over the green. He got up and down to make birdie. Still, it ain't pretty. (4 over through 14) – JC

12:11 p.m.: Tiger must feel like me standing over the ball - he has no idea where it's going. On the par-3 fourth hole he blew it way right into a bunker when the pin was back, left. He failed to get up and down and made another bogey. (5 over through 13) – JC

12:01 p.m.: Woods tried the conventional approach on the third hole and actually found the fairway, his first fairway hit since the 14th hole. He hit the green and two-putted for par, which must've felt like a birdie after the way he's played the last three holes. (4 over through 12) – JC

11:45 a.m.: On the second hole Tiger missed his third consecutive fairway, and found a bunker. He hit a flier and said, 'Get. Down. Now.' He chunked it from the greenside bunker, then got up and down for bogey. A round that started with so much promise has quickly turned into a disaster. (4 over through 11) – JC

11:29 a.m.: Another ho-hum bogey on the first hole. Woods blew it left off the tee and hit and elderly man in the gallery. He rewarded him with an autographed golf glove, duffed one into the bunker and then failed to get up and down. Three over in his last two holes. Officially leaking oil. (3 over through 10) – JC

11:09 a.m.: Some nines are more eventful than others and that would certainly apply to Woods' opening turn. Following a solid start (3 under through five holes) he plays his last four in 5 over, including a double bogey at the last to turn in 2 over. (2 over through 9) – RH

10:51 a.m.: Moments after the PGA of America sent out a 'Ground Under Repair' notice for the damaged greens at Nos. 14 and 17, Woods rights the ship with a par at the 17th hole and the thought occurs - GUR (Game Under Repair) is a good assessment of Woods' current state. (Even through 8) – RH

10:38 a.m.: Not exactly the bounce back Woods was looking for at the 16th hole. Following a double bogey at the 15th, Woods misses his drive in the right bunker at No. 16, his approach short and left of the putting surface and his third in a green-side bunker for a scrambling bogey. (Even through 7) – RH

10:15 a.m.: Woods makes a double bogey at the 15th after hitting into the water, although it's worth pointing out that most players consider the 265-yard 15th a par 3 1/2. (1 under through 6) – RH

10:06 a.m.: Scratch that last update. Woods' tee shot at the 'drivable' par-3 15th drops into the pond in front of the green. – RH

9:56 a.m.: Woods makes a textbook birdie at the 14th hole, including a drive that left him just 104 yards to the hole, to move to within one shot of the lead. It's worth noting that this is the first time he's been in the hunt since the last time a major was played in Georgia (Masters). (3 under through 5) – RH

9:40 a.m.: Despite a wayward tee shot into a fairway bunker, Woods pars the 13th hole to remain at 2 under par and two shots off the lead. (2 under through 4) – RH

9:23 a.m.: Woods makes birdie the old fashion way (at least for him), drive into the trees at the 12th hole, second into a green-side bunker, blast to 3 feet and easy putt. (2 under through 3) – RH

9:06 a.m.: Woods pars second hole, a two-putt from 30 feet, and begins the long march to the 12th tee before realizing PGA officials are playing the hole a tee forward. Woods must not have gotten the memo. (1 under through 2) – RH

8:50 a.m.: Much has been made of the fact that this week marks the one-year anniversary for Tiger Woods and Sean Foley. For the record, Woods has 11 official PGA Tour starts with Foley. That's not even a good spring for most players. – RH

8:47 a.m.: Woods birdies his first from 18 feet. It took him more than nine holes to get his first last week in Ohio. (1 under through 1) – RH

8:37 a.m.: Tiger Woods hits fairway wood off first tee (No. 10). It's a better start than Firestone last week (22 of 56 fairways hit). – RH

7:52 a.m.: Tiger Woods sets out at 8:35 a.m. for the first round of the PGA Championship, his second event since withdrawing from May’s Players Championship with a left leg and Achilles’ tendon injury and his 10th major start since his last grand slam victory. We're with him step-for-step, filing a running blog. – RH

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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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