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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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm