Woods shoots second consecutive 67

By Will GrayMay 10, 2013, 6:27 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – On a day where he showed signs of his old self, it seemed fitting that Tiger Woods ended his round with a fist pump following a birdie on the final hole.

The putt in question, an 18-footer at the ninth hole, was Woods’ fifth birdie of the day. The 2001 Players champ also added an eagle on the par-5 second against just two bogeys, getting around TPC Sawgrass in 67 shots for the second day in a row. At 10-under 134, Woods is in prime position heading into the weekend, and after the round reflected positively upon his performance to this point.

“I played a little bit better than I did yesterday,” explained Woods, who reached 15 of 18 greens in regulation during Friday’s second round. “I certainly hit the ball better than I did yesterday.”

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Through 36 holes, Woods has appeared more like a player with three wins already in 2013 than one who has seemed vexed at times by the Stadium Course over the past decade. Having made just three total bogeys across the first two days of play, he explained that course management has been a key to his early-round success thus far.

“Most importantly, you have to miss the ball on the correct sides here,” Woods said of the Pete Dye design. “I’ve had some goofy up-and-downs the last couple days, but I’ve missed the ball in the correct spot, so I’ve had some room to get them up and down.”

As he signed his scorecard, Woods was in second place, trailing leader Sergio Garcia by a single shot. The 14-time major champ was quick to point out that despite recent struggles here, he has still experienced a fair share of success at the Stadium Course, a reserve of good memories upon which he plans to build this weekend.

“Even though I haven’t played well in the past, I’ve still won here. Actually, I’ve won here twice, technically,” he added, referencing his U.S. Amateur victory at TPC Sawgrass 19 years ago. “So for me, even though over the years I haven’t played my best here … I know how to get around this golf course.”

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Highlights: Woods shoots Saturday 69 at API

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 8:40 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies Sunday, including one at the home hole, to shoot 3-under 69 and move to 7 under par for the week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

When he walked off the golf course, he was four off the 11-under pace set by Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau, all of whom were still on the course.

"I'm going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, and probably get a little bit of help," Woods told Golf Channel's Steve Sands in a post-round interview. "But my responsibility is to go out there and shoot a low one first."

Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

Woods would drop one more shot coming in when his ball fried in the front bunker at 17, leading to a bogey, but this closing birdie at 18, his sixth of the day, got him into the clubhouse 3 under for the round and 7 under for the week. It also elicited a rare straight-down fist pump.

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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.