Woods needs to overcome six-shot deficit Monday

By Rex HoggardSeptember 2, 2012, 10:35 pm

NORTON, Mass. – He’s been here before. Well, sort of.

Way back in 2006 Tiger Woods began the manic Monday that is the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship three strokes adrift of Vijay Singh, signed for two eagles on his way to a blistering front-nine 30 and beat the Fijian by two strokes.

“I did it once before,” Woods figured following his second-consecutive 68 that left him tied for third place at 13 under par.

But then this isn’t exactly the same scenario. Louis Oosthuizen followed rounds of 66-65 with a 63 on Sunday that included seven consecutive birdies and has a six-stroke advantage over Woods heading into Monday’s final turn.

The largest comebacks of Woods’ career were five-shot rallies in 2009 at Bay Hill and 2000 at Pebble Beach, but that came against Sean O’Hair and Matt Gogel and Mark Brooks, respectively, not a proven major champion. He will have to sidestep Rory McIlroy, who is three strokes behind the South African and alone in second place.

The good news for Woods is his game was relatively solid on Sunday. He hit 9 of 14 fairways, 13 of 18 greens in regulation and needed just 28 putts, just not many for birdie.

After going out in 2 under, Woods missed his third consecutive green at the par-3 11th and failed to convert the 10 footer for par. He managed to birdie the 15th and 16th holes from 4 and 10 feet, respectively, but that did little to help narrow the gap on Oosthuizen.

“If you get off to a quick start it can be done,” Woods said of his Monday chances. “It wouldn’t surprise me if someone shoots 8, 9 under par.”

He just hopes it’s not Oosthuizen – again.

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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.