Tiger Tracker: Day 2 running blog

By Jason SobelAugust 6, 2011, 12:00 am

Tiger Woods shot 2-under 68 Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. GolfChannel.com senior writer Jason Sobel tracked Tiger during his second round at Firestone on Friday:

1:26 p.m.: Tiger Woods finishes his round appropriately enough by playing the ninth hole much like he played many of them today. Drive into the fairway, approach shot pin-high, missed putt and tap-in par. That's a second-round 71, which leaves him at 1 under entering the weekend – seven shots off the current lead.

1:13 p.m.: Can lightning strike twice? Woods has already missed one short par putt today and just had another on the eighth hole. It wanted to stay out, but used all of the hole and eventually dropped in for par. Woods remains 1 over for the day, 1 under for the tourney with one hole to play.

1:01 p.m.: Say this much for Tiger: His 'bouncebackability' remains as proficient as ever. He's had four above-par holes so far today and on three of those occasions he's followed by making birdie. That includes on No. 7, as he rolls in a 15-footer to get back into red numbers for the tournament.

12:52 p.m.: The way Tiger just went back and forth around the sixth green, it was like watching a tennis match. His approach hit the green, but bounded into the left bunker. His pitch went past the hole and off the green. His long putt went five feet past. And his bogey attempt missed, too.

All in all, a dreadful short game display, which leads to the first double-bogey of his week. He's now 2 over for the day and even for the tournament.

12:39 p.m.: In yesterday's opening round, Woods' best shot came on the 16th, when he bent a fairway wood 269 yards around a tree, leading to birdie.

His best today? It just happened. Tiger hit a dart on the par-3 fifth hole and swiped in the five-foot left-to-right bender to once again bounce back from bogey. He moves back to even for the day with four holes to play.

12:28 p.m.: It's often said that after a lengthy layoff, the last part of a golfer's game to return is the short game. Woods just proved it on the fourth hole. Just off the front of the green in two, his bump-and-run bumped and stopped, leaving him woefully short of the hole. Two-putt from there puts him back over-par for the day and 1 under for the tournament.

12:15 p.m.: More solid distance control for Tiger on No. 3. Fairway and pin-high on the green, but misses a 20-footer and settles for a fourth consecutive par to remain at 2 under for the tournament and even for the round. That would have had him going backwards yesterday, but Firestone CC is playing much tougher in today's second round.

12:03 p.m.: Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Woods' drive on the par-5 second hole goes through two trees, hits the cart path, kicks back toward the fairway – and from there, his stance was impeded by the path, so he was able to take a free drop into the benign first cut.

Of course, the Golf Gods giveth and the Golf Gods taketh away. His second shot hit above the greenside bunker, but rolled back in. From there, he pitched and two-putted for another par. Still at even for the day, still at 2 under for the tourney.

11:46 a.m.: Chalk up another victory for distance control. Tiger knocks another approach pin-high, but misses about a 20-footer on the first hole - his 10th of the day. That distance control is oh-so-important, though. Without that, even accurate driving and a hot putter mean would mean near nothing.

11:33 a.m.: You know Tiger likes his shot when he does that patented club twirl during his follow-through and that's exactly what happened on his approach into the 18th green. Knocked it pin-high, but looking for a third straight birdie, he lipped out and settled for par to conclude an even-par 35 for his first nine holes.

11:21 a.m.: I believe this is what's referred to as a double-bounceback. After back-to-back bogeys, Woods has righted the ship with back-to-back birdies, sinking a short putt on the 17th hole - his eighth of the day - to move back to even for the round and 2 under overall.

11:07 a.m.: Nice bounceback for Tiger. He lays up on the par-5 16th hole, but knocks in the 12-footer for birdie - a longer distance than his previous two misses combined - and gets back into red figures for the tournament. Rumors of his putting demise have been greatly exaggerated.

10:54 a.m.: Two straight bogeys for Woods, as a pulled tee shot, indifferent chip and pulled putt lead to a 4 on the par-3 15th hole. The flatstick has gone downhill in a hurry. Now 2 over for the day and even par for the tourney.

10:43 a.m.: First major miscue for Tiger. After wedging his third shot to 2 feet, he simply missed the putt for par. We've seen this a few times in the past two years. Without having the stats in front of me, I'd venture to guess Woods has missed more from 3 feet in - though still not a large percentage - the past 20 tourney starts than the previous 50. That drops him to 1 over for the day, 1 under for the tournament.

10:30 a.m.: Another hole, another par for Tiger at 13. Again, his distance control is an issue, as he flies the green from the middle of the fairway. It's worth wondering about: Is this an effect of a swing in which he says he's 'flushing' it and hitting the ball more solidly or possibly the impact of not having his longtime caddie helping with yardages and club selection? One thing is for sure: If it's the latter, Tiger will never admit it.

10:16 a.m.: Good news for Woods: He stiffed his tee shot on the par-3 12th hole. Bad news: He couldn't convert the 8-footer for birdie. Still even-par through three holes.

10:10 a.m.: On his second hole of the day - the 11th on the course - Woods makes a routine par. Fairway, green, two-putt. Birdie attempt was a decent roll, but missed on the high side. Still even-par through two.

9:59 a.m.: Woods intimated yesterday that his distance control isn't where he needs it to be yet. As evidenced, he chunked his approach on No. 10 - his first of the day - but a good chip salvaged par.

As he walked off the green, Tiger turned to caddie Bryon Bell and said, 'We're gonna lose some weight this week, B.' Uh, yeah. It's a tad steamy.

9:52 a.m.: First tee shot of the day. Woods uses 3-wood, pulls it into left rough, but only a few yards off the fairway. And we're off...

9:28 a.m.: In his return to competitive golf after a three-month injury hiatus, Tiger Woods looked very much like, well, Tiger Woods in the opening round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Though he found only 5-of-14 fairways and missed a few makeable putts, Woods posted just a single bogey and shot 2-under 68. More importantly, afterward he said he felt no further pain in his leg and was pleased with how his game is progressing.

Woods is still finishing up his warmup session in advance of a 9:50 a.m. tee time with Darren Clarke today. Stick right here throughout the round for hole-by-hole updates and analysis.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

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.