Eagles Land Tiger Third-Straight Grand Slam Title

By Mercer BaggsNovember 22, 2000, 5:00 pm
Tiger Woods recorded back-to-back eagles to defeat Vijay Singh in a playoff at the 18th annual PGA Grand Slam of Golf at the Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Hawaii.
Woods sank an eight-foot eagle at the par-5 18th to force a playoff, and then poured in another eagle from 12 feet on the first extra hole, also the 18th, to capture his third-straight Grand Slam of Golf title.
'I've never finished like that before,' said Woods, who fired rounds of 71-68 for a 5-under-par performance in the windswept conditions. 'I knew I had to shoot a good round in order to win and I did. I told you I'd play better if I slept.'
Due to plane problems in Thailand, Woods arrived in Hawaii less than four hours before his first-round tee time. Tiger 'stayed in contention' on Tuesday, and then won the event in dramatic style on Wednesday.
Trailing by one with one to play, Woods stuck a 6-iron from 231 yards to within eight feet of the cup at the 18th. Singh, who was forced to lay-up short of the green on his second shot thanks to an errant drive, dropped in an 18-foot birdie putt to force Woods to make his eagle effort to coerce sudden death. Eight feet and one fist pump later the two rivals were headed to extra holes.
Singh began the day with a two-stroke lead over Woods after posting a 3-under-par 69. Tiger quickly tied the Fijian by birdying two of his first four holes on Wednesday, and then took a two-shot advantage when he birdied the par-5 6th, while Singh posted a bogey 6.
Singh regained a share of the lead after another two-shot swing occurred at the par-4 10th, this time Vijay made birdie while Tiger made bogey.
A pair of bogeys at the 11th and 12th holes dropped Singh two strokes off the pace, but the reigning Masters champion regrouped with birdies over his next three holes.
Following his bogey at the 11th, Tiger carded seven-straight pars to enter the home hole one down.
The rest is history.
Woods collected $400,000 for his victory. Singh earned $250,000 for his runner-up effort. Tom Lehman shot rounds of 73-70 to finish third and pick up a check of $200,000. Paul Azinger (74-74) finished fourth and earned $150,000.
Lehman had an opportunity to win early on the back nine Wednesday. The 1996 Grand Slam champion was just one shot back of Woods through 12 holes, but bladed his approach shot into the water at the par-4 13th. The resultant double-bogey dropped Lehman three off the lead and, in effect, out of contention.
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Watch: Tiger throws dart, pours in birdie at 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 7:31 pm

Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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“I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

“It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

“It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

Her confidence is high.

“Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

“One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

“I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

“I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.