Going Back to Cali

By Mercer BaggsFebruary 21, 2001, 5:00 pm
Tiger Woods is home. Not in Orlando, Fla., that's just where he lives. No, Woods is back in Southern California, Los Angles to be exact.
 
Tiger headlines the field in this week's Nissan Open at the Riviera Country Club, just down the road from his birthplace in Cypress.
 
Woods had speculated that he might skip this event, though he did so in haste following a disappointing fourth-place finish at the Buick Invitational two weeks ago. It marked Tiger's seventh straight PGA Tour start without a victory, dating back to last year.
 
Riviera might not be the cure-all for Woods. He's played this event six times without a win - the most he's played any PGA Tour event without winning.
 
'Just give me ten more years,' joked Woods about a Nissan jinx. 'I've come close. Granted, I've only played a few years here.'
 
Woods made his first PGA Tour start as a 16-year-old amateur at this event in 1992. He missed the cut. He did the same the following year, again as an amateur.
 
However, as he said, Tiger does have a good track record in L.A. He lost to Billy Mayfair in a playoff in 1998 at Valencia Country Club, and finished runner-up to Ernie Els in '99 at Riviera.
 
Last year, Woods tied for 18th.

While surrounded by media and fans on Wednesday, Woods was once again addressed about his winless drought. And once again, Woods provided his stock answer.
 
'I haven't won in four starts this year, in my opinion that's not a slump. If I went four years without a win, that would be a slump,' Woods said.
 
Though he hasn't won on the PGA Tour since the 2000 Bell Canadian Open, Woods has three top-10 finishes in four starts this season.
 
His 0-fer in the win department can be directly attributed to his putting. Last year, he finished second on the Tour in putting. This year, he stands mired in 126th place.
 
'My game's not that far off,' Woods has stated on numerous occasions. 'It's just a matter of getting the putts to fall.'
 
If there's one thing in Tiger's favor, it's that nine of the last 12 Nissan Opens have been won by past or future major champions. Tiger, of course, has five such titles to his credit. Riviera is also a major championship caliber course, having hosted a pair of U.S. Opens, one U.S. Senior Open and a PGA Championship.
 
This is the final event on the 2001 West Coast Swing, which awards an unofficial $500,000 bonus to the top point-earner. Points are awarded from first to eighth place in each tournament from the season-opening Mercedes Championships to this week's Nissan. Currently, Davis Love III, Brad Faxon and Els are tied at for first place.
 
The 75th Nissan Open has a $3.4 million purse, with $612,000 going to the winner. Last year, Kirk Triplett defeated Jesper Parnevik by a shot. It was Triplett's first PGA Tour title in 266 career starts.
 
Now, that's a slump.
 
News, Notes and Numbers
*Five players have won back-to-back Nissan Opens. Corey Pavin was the last to do it in 1994-95.
 
*Fred Couples has made 11 consecutive cuts in the Nissan Open. Last year, he tied for fifth.
 
*There have been 12 playoffs in tournament history. The last occurred in 1998 when Billy Mayfair defeated Tiger Woods with a birdie on the first extra hole.
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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