Tiger Tracker: Full coverage from Abu Dhabi

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 29, 2012, 5:00 pm

Tiger Woods kicked off his 2012 competitive campaign at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (full tournament coverage here), with all four rounds carried live on Golf Channel. Senior writer Rex Hoggard is on site and provided columns, blogs and video on all things Tiger. Woods shot a final-round 72 and fell short two shots to playing partner Robert Rock. We tracked Tiger all week.

Blogs and columns:

Hoggard: Close ... But No Cigar

Rock, Woods share funny moment on Sunday

Discussion: Was Tiger's week at Abu Dhabi a success?

Familiar struggles land Tiger T-3 in Abu Dhabi

Woods falls to Rock in Abu Dhabi

Hoggard: Tiger 3.0

Tiger co-leads with Rock after Round 3

Hoggard: Woods could make big leap in world ranking

Hoggard: Woods, McIlroy ready for Act III

Woods finds putting touch, but struggles in wind

Woods, McIlroy two back of surprise leader after two rounds

Hoggard: Mean Green: Tiger's 70 includes 35 putts

McIlroy shows Woods how it's done in Round 1

He Said/She Said: Tiger or the field?

Tiger's appearance fee a hot topic

Woods shaky in Wednesday's pro-am winds

Hoggard: Tiger rebuilt and ready

The cost of Tiger: Woods getting huge appearance fee

Woods already growing tired of Haney questions

Hawkins: Tiger starts year on competitive binge

World rankings update: Tiger begins his year 25th


Rocked and roll: Tiger falls short looks ahead

Highlights: Rock outduels Rory, Woods for Win

Rex Hoggard Q&A: Sunday wrap up

Tiger knocks it close on No. 3, Sunday

Tiger drains long birdie putt on No. 2, Sunday

Rex Hoggard Q&A: Saturday wrap up

Steve Sands talks with Tiger - Round 3

Tiger meets with the media

Highlights: Woods, Rock lead after 54 holes

Woods drains long birdie putt in Round 3

Head down, blinders on for Woods in Round 2

Highlights: Tiger shoots 69, trails by two

Tiger slam: Anger spills over on 14th hole

Ask Rex: Q&A after Day 1

Reading (greens) is fundamental for Tiger

Highlights: Woods struggles with the putter in Round 1

McIlroy gets the better of Woods in first round

Donald trails partners Woods and McIlroy

First-round highlights from the field at Abu Dhabi

Dhabi debut: Woods back on the scene

Donald No. 1 but not the main attraction

McIlroy get sneak peek at Woods

Donald, Tiger and Rory! Oh, my!

Book deal: Tiger just deals with it

Tiger press conference from Abu Dhabi

Ask Rex: Q and A from Abu Dhabi

What are Tiger's chances in Abu Dhabi?

Photo gallery:

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

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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.

Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Johnson becomes world No. 1, starts season with three straight wins

Article: Johnson officially ascends to No. 1 for first time with Riviera win

DJ on reaching No. 1: 'It's been a long journey'

View from the top: How long will DJ stay at No. 1?

Article: DJ's star once again shines brightest at WGC-Mexico

DJ on win: 'Means a lot' with the pressure of No. 1

DJ breaks it down: How No. 1 won WGC-Mexico

Video: DJ withstands Rahm's rally to win WGC-Match Play final

DJ on beating Rahm: 'I didn't give him anything'

Johnson: 'I definitely didn't play my best today'

Johnson enters Masters as odds-on favorite, withdraws after falling down stairs

Article: After uneasy warmup, DJ withdraws from Masters

Article: Johnson installed as Masters betting favorite

Article: DJ injures back in fall, hopes to play Masters

DJ on Masters WD: 'Want to play ... it sucks'

DJ: 'I was playing the best golf of my career'

DJ welcomes second child with fiancée Paulina Gretzky

DJ, Paulina welcome baby boy before U.S. Open

It's a(nother) boy! DJ-Paulina's gender reveal

This and that: DJ and Paulina in 2017

DJ, Paulina make new music video on ski vacation

DJ, Paulina unwind with Bahamas vacay

DJ: 'Absolutely' no input on Paulina's social media

Watch: Paulina shows off pretty swing at TopGolf

Johnson adds fourth win of season, blows chance at fifth

As good as it gets: DJ-Outduels Spieth at Northern Trust

Johnson's HSBC collapse surprising, but not major

DJ beats Spieth in playoff to earn fourth win of year

Burr: 'For a great win there is an epic collapse'