Not Out of the Woods Yet

By Mercer BaggsMarch 16, 2002, 5:00 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. ' The Bay Hill Invitational went from a one-horse race to a wide-open sprint - or struggle - to the finish line.
Tour thoroughbred Tiger Woods broke down Saturday, blowing a four-stroke overnight lead. The worlds No. 1 ranked player shot 2-over 74 ' his worst round as a professional at this event ' to enter the final round one clear of Len Mattiace.
I still have the lead, said the two-time defending champion. That I was able to hang in there and still maintain the lead, Im very pleased with that. Like I said, it could have been a lot worse today.
Mattiace, the Nissan Open champion, followed a second-round 66 with a 68 to move to 9-under for the tournament. Scott McCarron (72), Michael Campbell (68), Chad Campbell (68), Pat Perez (69) and John Huston (70) are all tied at minus 8.
A group of gargantuan names are three back, including Phil Mickelson (69), Vijay Singh (69), Scott Hoch (70), Sergio Garcia (70), Jose Maria Olazabal (70), John Daly (71), Ernie Els (72) and Angel Cabrera (72).
This is the 24th time Woods will enter the final round on the PGA Tour with at least a share of the lead. Hes converted 21 of his previous 23 tries into victories. The lone exceptions were losing to Ed Fiori in the 1996 Quad Cities Classic, and to Mickelson in the 2000 Tour Championship.
If he is to make it 22 for 24, he'll have to improve greatly on Saturday's performance. While the weather was obtrusively hot, Woods could never get warm.
He battled his swing for the better portion of his round. After hitting every fairway through six holes ' and playing that stretch in even par ' Tiger three-putted from 20 feet on the par-3 seventh to fall to 11-under.
Playing alongside Woods, McCarron cut his deficit to a single shot by playing the first seven holes in 2-under.
He followed Tigers bogey at the first with a bogey of his own at the second. However, he birdied Nos. 3-5 to climb within a two of Woods, who also birdied the par-5 fourth. And when Tiger lipped out from three feet at No. 7, the deficit was but one.
Tigers troubles off the tee began at the par-4 eighth. He blasted a driver over the left fairway bunkers, into the gallery. With tree limbs impeding a high approach shot, and the greenside water preventing a low runner, Woods pitched out into the fairway, from where he got up and down for par.
Still leading by one, Woods pulled another tee shot into the gallery on the par-4 ninth. After getting relief from the cart path, he again was forced to pitch out. This time, though, he was unable to save par from 61 yards.
Tigers overnight lead of four dissipated in just nine holes. Woods shot 2-over 38 on the front, while McCarron carded a 34.
I just didnt feel comfortable, Woods said. Its disappointing not to play well...I had a good warm-up session on the range, and it just got progressively worse as I played.
Joked McCarron, 'I must have been intimidating him out there.'
It wasnt just McCarron closing in on an embattled Woods. Several of the games top-ranked players made a mid-round move, only to lose their grips coming home.
Garcia moved to within one of the lead at minus 9, but dropped three shots on Nos. 11-17. An emphatic birdie at the last kept him within reach at 7-under. Likewise, Els overcame a double bogey at the 11th with a birdie at the 18th to get within three.
Singh, Mickelson and Daly all had opportunities no narrow the gap, but couldnt. Daly was tied for the lead at 9-under, but bogeyed the 14th and 18th holes, missing an 18-inch putt at the last.
Woods and McCarron displayed a grinding exhibition on the back nine. Both men started at 10-under. Each bogeyed the par-4 10th, and birdied the par-5 12th.
Tiger managed to fight his way to even par over his final six holes. McCarron, however, bogeyed 16 and 17, and then went to practice before nightfall.
'We had a long wait on 16, probably over a half an hour, 40-minute wait, and I think i just lost my MoJo a little bit there,' McCarron said.
Tiger bypassed the range Saturday, but will be undergo a little practice session prior to his 1:50 p.m. EST tee time Sunday.
I know what Im doing Im doing wrong, he said. Its just a matter of stopping.
Full-field scores from the Bay Hill Inivitational
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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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