Injured Tiger in the Hunt

By Mercer BaggsFebruary 1, 2001, 5:00 pm
Things went off without a hitch for Tiger Woods on a majestic Thursday at Spyglass Hill. Aside from the one in his gait, that is.
Hampered by a sprained ligament in his left knee following an encounter with a fan Wednesday, Woods carded a six-under-par 66 on the toughest of the three courses in rotation for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Tiger talks about his knee and its effect on his first round.
As a result, he finds himself in prime position to win at Pebble Beach for the third time in just one year.
'It's a great start, especially here,' said Woods, who shot 73 at Spyglass en route to his victory a year ago.
Tiger's 66 was good enough to place him two shots off the first-round lead, held by David Berganio, Jr. Playing Spyglass, Berganio carded eight birdies to nary a bogey for a flawless round of eight-under-par 64.
Not that anyone was really watching; as fans and media, alike, stalked Tiger shot for shot.
Tiger knew all along that he would play on Thursday. He teased the media the day prior, saying he might not be able to compete at the venue of his 2000 AT&T and U.S. Open triumphs.
Following his practice round on Wednesday, an over-zealous fan ran into Tiger while hounding him for an autograph.
'It felt sore, yes,'' Woods said. 'But when it's time to play, it's time to play. A friend of mine told me there's a difference between pain and injury.''
Woods arrived an hour before his 8:50am first-round tee time sporting a knee brace, which he promptly removed before playing.
His day began with a birdie at the par-five first. After striping a driver 321 yards down the fairway, Woods reached the green in two by hitting an equally impressive three-wood from 274.
Tiger next picked-up a pair of shots on the fifth and seventh holes, though he gave them right back with bogeys on the sixth and eighth holes.
One-under-par upon making the turn, Woods made his ascent up the leaderboard on the back nine. A putter, that earlier in the day was balkier than his knee, came through down the stretch. After opening his inward half with a pair of red numbers, Woods carded three more to close his round.
As was the case Wednesday, Tiger avoided the practice range following his round, instead opting to rest his knee.
'It's definitely sore,' Woods said. 'It was more sore at the beginning once I started playing, but once it got warm it was fine.'
Woods and company will play Poppy Hills on Friday. The foursome will tee off at 8:00am local time.
News, Notes and Numbers
*Jerry Chang may have outplayed his former Stanford teammate on Thursday. Chang had seven birdies while playing from the regular tees. Said Woods: 'He definitely carried me. I rode his back today, and the spurs were pretty deep inside him.' Chang and Woods lead the Pro-Am portion of the event after shooting a better-ball 13-under-par 59.
*Greg Rita, who has caddied for Curtis Strange, John Daly and Scott Hoch, is on Ken Griffey, Jr's bag this week.
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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