Woods trails by 5 entering final round in Malaysia

By Will GrayOctober 27, 2012, 8:29 am

Old Tiger. New Tiger. Saturday in Malaysia, the two seemed to appear within a single round of golf.

On the front nine at the Mines Resort & Golf Club, Woods was dialed in. His tee shots split the fairway; his approach shots were judged impeccably. Five birdies across his first eight holes moved Woods briefly into sole possession of the lead, and he seemed poised to take control of the tournament. The 14-time major champion carded a 5-under 30 on the front side and was carrying a look of focus and determination through the sweltering heat.

Then he made the turn.

'On the back nine I made too many mistakes,' Woods commented after the round. 'Bad decisions and bad swings.'

The issues began when Woods was unable to salvage par from short of the green on the 12th hole. His tee shot at the par-3 14th was on target, but barely short – rolling all the way down the greenside bank into a lake in front of the green. Double bogey. A wayward tee shot at the par-3 16th resulted in yet another bogey, and a six-foot putt for birdie on No. 17 turned into a bogey when the putt slid past on the left side and Woods improbably missed the tap-in for par. When it was all said and done, what began with a 5-under 30 ended with a 3-over 39, and the divergent nines left Woods right where he started the day – five shots off the lead.

With one round remaining on a course receptive to low scores, he knows he has some work to do.

'I've got to shoot a low one and hope for the best,' Woods said. 'I'm going to need help. On this golf course, it's going to be hard to make up those shots.'

During the third round, Woods demonstrated that he is capable of an incredibly low score at the Mines Course – the kind of score that he will likely need if he is to contend on Sunday. Whether or not he can avoid some of the pitfalls and errors that plagued him on the back nine Saturday remains to be seen.

Woods tees off in the final round of the CIMB at 10 p.m. ET alongside Ben Crane.

Golf Channel coverage of Round 4 of the CIMB Classic begins Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.

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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.