Watney fires red-hot 61, wins CIMB

By Bailey MosierOctober 28, 2012, 6:56 am

Minus a bogey at the 18th, Nick Watney posted an otherwise flawless final-round 61 Sunday at the CIMB Classic to capture his second victory in three months.

Watney’s 10-under 61 at the Mines Resort and Golf Club in Malaysia set a new course record and bested his previous career low (62) which he shot at last year’s AT&T National at Aronimink. Watney came from four shots back at the start of the day and topped a star-studded field that included Tiger Woods, Bo Van Pelt and Ben Crane.

“I didn’t really look up until about 13 and saw I was in pretty good shape,” Watney said. “I hated to bogey the last but it worked out.”

The CIMB Classic is considered an unofficial PGA Tour event, but marks the sixth win of Watney's career, where he collected a $1,098,000 paycheck. His last victory came at the first FedEx Cup playoff event – The Barclays – at Bethpage Black in August.

Woods began the final round five off the pace and carded a bogey-free 8-under 63 on Day 4, but settled at 19-under 265 and in a tie for fourth.

''I needed to get to 20-plus,'' said Woods, who signaled his intentions with a massive drive on the 358-yard first hole. ''That was the goal score at the end of the day. Looks like Nick went ahead and put it to us.''

Defending champion Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus co-led at the 54-hole mark, but both posted final-round 66s and fell short, tied for second, one shot back of Watney.

Crane, the 2010 CIMB champion, played alongside Woods and started the day with three birdies in a row before eventually posting a 3-under 68 and finishing T-14.

Watney's win marks the third year in a row an American has won the CIMB Classic.

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Rory: Phil said RC task force just copied Europe

By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2018, 7:21 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy quizzed Phil Mickelson about what the Americans got out of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force’s overhaul.

McIlroy and Mickelson were paired together at Pebble Beach.

“Basically, all they are doing is copying what the Europeans have done,” McIlroy said.  “That's what he said.”

The Europeans claimed their sixth of seven Ryder Cups with their victory at Gleneagles in 2014. That brought about a sea change in the way the United States approached the Ryder Cup. Mickelson called out the tactics in Gleneagles of captain Tom Watson, who was outmaneuvered by European captain Paul McGinley.

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The Americans defeated Europe at Hazeltine two years ago with that new European model.

“He said the first thing they did in that task force was Phil played a video, a 12-minute video of Paul McGinley to all of them,” McIlroy said. “So, they are copying what we do, and it's working for them. It's more cohesive, and the team and the core of that team are more in control of what they are doing, instead of the PGA of America recruiting and someone telling them what to do.”

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 21, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Woods happy to help Furyk at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:58 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods didn't hesitate when Jim Furyk asked him to become a vice captain at the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Woods said Wednesday that Furyk asked he and Steve Stricker “a while ago” whether they were interested in being assistants in Paris as the Americans try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Woods said of Furyk, “and whatever he wants, whatever he needs, I’m there to help him. We’re worked well the last couple of years in the cups together.”

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Though Woods has said that he wants to be a playing vice captain, he has been an assistant at each of the past two international team competitions.

Furyk, Woods and Stricker were all assistants at Hazeltine, where the U.S. won in a rout.

“Jim is very detailed, very smart, very analytical, and he’s just a fantastic leader,” Woods said. “For him to ask Stricks and I together, it will be special for both of us.”

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Woods to hit '4 or 5' drivers each day at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:25 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Those hoping Tiger Woods will wield the driver early and often this week at PGA National likely will be disappointed.

Depending on wind direction, he said he will only hit “four or five” drivers each round.

During Wednesday’s pro-am, Woods hit driver on six holes. He found two fairways with the big stick and found the right rough four times, though a few of those misses were only a few yards off the fairway.

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In two starts this year, Woods has struggled mightily with every club off the tee, but driver has been especially troublesome. He has found only 36 percent of the fairways so far (30 of 84).

The Champion Course here is a par 70, with water and bunkers often lining the fairways. Putting the ball in play off the tee will be at a premium, and so Woods opted for a low, penetrating 2-iron six times in the pro-am.

Woods said he did not make any equipment changes following the missed cut at Riviera.