Tiger Tracker: Tiger, Phil Sunday at Pebble

By Jason SobelFebruary 12, 2012, 6:22 pm

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson competed together for the 29th time in official PGA Tour competition Sunday in the penultimate pairing of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am final round.

In their previous 28 head-to-head meetings, Woods owns a 13-11-4 advantage, but Mickelson has bested his opponent to the tune of 4-3-1 on Sundays.

Mickelson shot 8-under 64 to Woods' 3-over 75 en route to his 40th PGA Tour victory.

Jason Sobel was inside the ropes providing hole-by-hole analysis (Full Tiger Woods coverage | Tiger Tracker, Day 1 | Tiger Tracker, Day 2).

No. 18 (par 5, 543 yards): Phil has previously admitted the tee shot at 18 intimidates him, but he finds the fairway without difficulty, as does Tiger. Tiger knocks his second on from 239 yards while Mickelson lays up and knocks his third to within birdie range. Phil sinks his putt for a 64 and Tiger three-putted the 18th for a 3-over 75. (Overall: Tiger 8 under; Phil 17 under. Leader: Mickelson - 17 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Phil Mickelson makes birdie at the last to clinch his 40th career victory. Only the tenth player in PGA Tour history to reach the milestone.

No. 17 (par 3, 178 yards): Another easy par for Mickelson and he'll only need to navigate the par-5 18th and victory will be his. Woods makes par, too, remains 10 behind his playing partner for the day. (Overall: Tiger 8 under; Phil 16 under. Leader: Mickelson - 16 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Fan: 'I love you, Phil!' He smiles and waves. Fan: 'I love you, Tiger!' No response. If their scores were reversed, same reaction from each.

No. 16 (par 4, 401 yards): Nice low-maintenance par for Mickelson, as he hit the fairway and green, then two-putted. Exactly what he needed to do. Woods made par, too, but missed a short birdie. Looks completely disinterested at this point. (Overall: Tiger 8 under; Phil 16 under. Leader: Mickelson - 16 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Phil leads Tiger by 10 strokes today. Maybe the next time they play, he'll offer up five a side. Wonder how that would go over.

No. 15 (par 4, 396 yards): Needing only to avoid mistakes coming in, Mickelson nearly makes one, but gets up and down from the greenside bunker, draining a 20-foot putt to remain bogey-free for the day. Woods airmails the green, then lips out yet another par putt. (Overall: Tiger 8 under; Phil 16 under. Leader: Mickelson - 16 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Not gonna say Tiger's checked out of this one, but I think he just called his pilot and asked him to gas up the jet.

No. 14 (par 5, 572 yards): Yes, it's a par-5, but this is one of the most dastardly par-5s of the PGA Tour season. It didn't look like it for Mickelson, though, as he spun a wedge to five feet and holed the birdie to extend his lead to three with four to play. This likely also spelled the end of any potential run for Woods, as he two-chipped from the left side of the green and made bogey. (Overall: Tiger 9 under; Phil 16 under. Leader: Mickelson - 16 under)

@JasonSobelGC: This thing could be all over but the engraving. Phil Mickelson leads by three with four to play. So much for that slow start to the season.

No. 13 (par 4, 399 yards): Woods played the course's final six holes in 5 under yesterday, but this stretch started with some Mickelson magic today. The lefty his his approach to within a foot for a kick-in birdie to extend his lead to two. Woods' drive landed in a divot, from which he could only find the front of the green. His long birdie putt nearly dropped, but stayed out, resulting in par. (Overall: Tiger 10 under; Phil 15 under. Leader: Mickelson - 15 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Let's remember: Tiger Woods played holes 13-18 in 5-under-par during yesterday's round. If he does it today, it could mean victory. Big ask.

No. 12 (par 3, 202 yards): Talk about drama, some great stuff on the 12th today. Mickelson's tee shot on the par-3 landed short of the bunker and he could only manage to chip within 25 feet. Woods, meanwhile, was in that greenside bunker, but holed it for just his second birdie of the day. Could have been big for momentum and a two-shot swing, but Phil poured in the par putt on top of him. The crowd is now buzzing more than it has all day. Electric atmosphere. (Overall: Tiger 10 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: And just like that... Tiger holes his bunker shot for birdie on 12. Would be an epic turnaround if he can make a serious run from here.

No. 11 (par 4, 380 yards): Another hole, another fairway, green and two-putt par for Mickelson, whose scorecard may suggest he's being conservative, but is still aiming at flagsticks. For Woods, it was finally a low-maintenance par, but could have been more. His birdie attempt slid just barely to the right and stayed out. Would have been a very important birdie for him at this point in the proceedings. (Overall: Tiger 9 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Of the top 18 players on the current leaderboard, only three are over par for the day. The two guys in the final pairing and Tiger Woods.

No. 10 (par 4, 446 yards): Things have gone south for Tiger Woods in a hurry - and they didn't get any better on the first hole of the back nine. His drive found a fairway bunker on the left, his approach landed well short of the green and he could only chip to 12 feet. From there, he holed the par effort to avoid a fourth straight bogey. Meanwhile, Mickelson finally missed a green in regulation, but lipped out his chip for birdie. Easy par for Phil to remain atop the leaderboard. (Overall: Tiger 9 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Kevin Streelman. Ricky Barnes. Aaron Baddeley. Just wanted to mention those names. You know, just in case.

No. 9 (par 4, 466 yards): Another hole, another routine two-putt par for Mickelson. Nothing wrong with that on this lengthy par-4. Meanwhile, Woods' struggles continued here. For a second consecutive hole, he punctuated his approach shot by dropping the club on his follow-through. This time it landed him in the greenside bunker and from there he couldn't get up and down, misreading a 6-foot putt on the low side for a third straight bogey. (Overall: Tiger 9 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Dropping the club in his follow through. Missed short putts. Not looking good right now for Tony Romo's amateur partner.

No. 8 (par 4, 418 yards): The score certainly isn't awful, but Woods is being outplayed right now by amateur partner Tony Romo. On what Jack Nicklaus called the most daunting second shot in golf, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback stuffed one to six inches. Meanwhile, his partner missed the green to the right, dropping his club - and an expletive - in the process. From there, Tiger chipped on, but missed a 4-footer to save par - his second straight hole missing a short putt. Mickelson, on the other hand, continued to roll. He came up short of the green, then nearly chipped in, tapping in for an easy par. (Overall: Tiger 10 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: No joke. No hyperbole. No exaggeration. Tiger Woods is being outplayed by amateur partner Tony Romo right now. Seriously.

No. 7 (par 3, 106 yards): Mickelson playing his first hole as solo leader, knocked his tee shot on the famous par-3 to 15 feet and missed the birdie putt, then nearly missed the two-foot bunny for par. There was no 'nearly' in this instance for Woods, who followed birdie on the last hole with a bogey here, lipping out a two-foot putt to drop a shot for the first time today. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Tiger Woods misses short par putt on 7. Not sure what's more surprising: That he missed or that his putter isn't swimming with sea lions? 

No. 6 (par 5, 513 yards): Mickelson Mania is overtaking Pebble Beach. He hit his second shot on the par-5 to within 15 feet of the hole, then drained the eagle attempt to move to 5 under for the day and take a two-shot lead. Feels like the crowd is now behind him, too, audibly celebrating this rally. Tough going for Woods, who played the hole well and two-putted for birdie, but still dropped a shot to his playing partner. (Overall: Tiger 12 under; Phil 14 under. Leader: Mickelson - 14 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Disappointed that Phil didn't reprise his famous 'Entourage' line when he saw Tiger and Romo: 'Is this whose ass we're going to kick today?'

No. 5 (par 3, 188 yards): Phil Mickelson is officially on fire. Just stiffed his tee shot on the par-3 to tap-in range for his third birdie in five holes to move to within one of the lead. Woods hit a nice shot into the green, too, but his 12-foot attempt from below the hole slid to the right and he remains even-par for the day, one behind Mickelson. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 12 under. Leader: Wi 13 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Top of the leaderboard reads: 'Wi Na.' Sounds like a Boston guy asking for a hotdog.

No. 4 (par 4, 331 yards): Tees moved up on the seaside par-4, but Mickelson then Woods both lay up into the fairway. From there, Woods finds the front edge of the green, but hits an indifferent putt that stays short of the hole. He really hasn't looked comfortable with the flatstick today. Mickelson hits his approach above the hole and counters by making his birdie effort. They are now tied on the leaderboard at 11 under, in a four-way split for third place. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 11 under. Leader: Wi 13 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Tiger and Phil find No. 4 fairway. From same tees, Tony Romo goes for it. He's like the Bubba Watson of amateurs -- without the pink driver.

No. 3 (par 4, 390 yards): Woods finds the fairway and green, but his 25-foot birdie putt just barely misses. Mickelson was in a bit of trouble of the tee, but recovered to make par, as well. Lots of red numbers on the leaderboard so far today; only one from this twosome in six combined chances. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 10 under. Leader: Wi 13 under)

@JasonSobelGC: Tony Romo's wife is walking inside the ropes today. Never let it be said again that he doesn't know how to handle the rock under pressure.

No. 2 (par 5, 502 yards): Interesting to see some casual conversation between Woods and Mickelson as they stroll off the second tee box. Before they reached their second shots, Charlie Wi made a mess of the opener, carding double bogey and helping to tighten things up. On the par-5 second, Woods drove into a fairway bunker, was forced to lay up, then hit a wedge shot to 3 feet, but missed his right-to-left birdie bid and took par instead. Mickelson, meanwhile, was able to reach in two, then lipped out his eagle attempt and and made birdie. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 10 under. Leader: Wi 13 under)

No. 1 (par 4, 381 yards): Maybe it's the addition of amateurs Tony Romo and Skip McGee in the group, maybe it's the subtraction of the surly Steve Williams, but there's a decidedly more casual vibe between Woods and Mickelson than there's been in previous meetings. Each makes routine pars on the opener to break the ice. (Overall: Tiger 11 under; Phil 9 under. Leader: Wi 15 under)

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

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Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Dustin Johnson

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

Only Dustin Johnson could win four times in 2017 and it still feels as though he underachieved.

That’s unfair, perhaps, but it’s a testament to Johnson’s awesome ability – and his incredible run of form last spring – that observers can’t help but shake the feeling that his year could have been even better.

In February, he rose to the top of the world rankings for the first time, the culmination of a long, bizarre journey in which he often battled himself (through major blunders and, reportedly, drug-related suspensions) as much as his peers. Johnson’s blowout victory at Riviera was his first of three consecutive titles (including two WGCs), as he achieved Tiger-like levels of dominance and rolled into the Masters as the prohibitive favorite.

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Expectations for this star-crossed talent are always different, and so the surprise wasn’t that he blew that major but that he didn’t even give himself a chance. In one of the biggest stunners of the year, Johnson’s manager announced on the eve of the first round that his client had suffered a back injury while slipping on a set of stairs in his rental house. Just like that, the year’s first major was thrown into chaos, with Johnson unable to play – the line of demarcation in his good-but-not-great year.

Though he added a playoff victory at the end of the season, Johnson failed to factor in any of the remaining three majors and was surprisingly inconsistent, perhaps because of swing compensations after the injury.

Would DJ have denied Sergio Garcia a green jacket? Would he have created even more separation at the top of the world rankings? Would he have defended his Player of the Year title? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

In typical DJ fashion, he left us to ponder what could have been.

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