Singh Sails to the Top in Hilton Head

By Mercer BaggsApril 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
Vijay Singh birdied his final two holes Saturday to take the lead entering the final round of the WorldCom Classic in Hilton Head Island, SC.
Singhs back-to-back birdie finish was a part of a third-round 4-under-par 67. At 13-under, the two-time major winner is two shots clear of Billy Mayfair (69) and Jose Coceres (64).
Overnight leader Tom Lehman is now in fourth place at 10-under after shooting an even-par 71.
Singh is in search of his first U.S. victory since claiming the 2000 Masters title. However, he has won twice internationally this season.
Im not taking anything for granted, said Singh, who finished runner-up at The Players Championship and at Pebble Beach. I wont go out there too confident.
The 38-year-old Fijian birdied the 1st and 5th holes, but bogeyed the 7th and 9th to make the turn in even-par 36.
After another birdie at the par-4 10th, Singh caught fire down the stretch, birdieing three of his final five holes to take sole possession of the lead entering Sundays final round at the Harbour Town Golf Links.
Theres pressure anytime youre in the lead, said Singh. I like to feed off it, to psyche myself up knowing the guys have to catch me.
Likewise, Coceres birdied his final two holes. The 37-year-old Argentine eagled the par-5 2nd, and then added five birdies to his card for the low round of the day.
Coceres, who won the 1994 Heineken Classic and 2000 Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour, is making his third stateside start this year. He missed the cut at the both the BellSouth Classic and the Masters, where his countryman, Angel Cabrera, led early in the fourth round.
I think that the way I was hitting the ball, striking the ball very well in the beginning of the year, I felt I had a lot of confidence, Coceres said through a translator. I think that I have made sort of the turn today.
Born in Chaco, Argentina, Coceres was one of 11 children who used to sleep five or six to a bed. He first took up the game when one of his brothers cut branches off a tree and fashioned a golf club. He used rocks for golf balls.
Mayfair, the 1987 U.S. Amateur champion, parred his first 13 holes on Saturday. He only recorded two birdies on the day ' both coming on the back-nine par 3s ' but he managed to make it around the course without a bogey.
Full-field scores from the WorldCom Classic
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Highlights: Woods shoots Saturday 69 at API

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 8:40 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies Sunday, including one at the home hole, to shoot 3-under 69 and move to 7 under par for the week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

When he walked off the golf course, he was four off the 11-under pace set by Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau, all of whom were still on the course.

"I'm going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, and probably get a little bit of help," Woods told Golf Channel's Steve Sands in a post-round interview. "But my responsibility is to go out there and shoot a low one first."

Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

Woods would drop one more shot coming in when his ball fried in the front bunker at 17, leading to a bogey, but this closing birdie at 18, his sixth of the day, got him into the clubhouse 3 under for the round and 7 under for the week. It also elicited a rare straight-down fist pump.

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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

It was a 3-under 69 on Saturday for Tiger Woods for a 7-under total through three rounds. We tracked him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.