Singh Shares Lead in South Carolina

By Mercer BaggsApril 12, 2001, 4:00 pm
Vijay Singh birdied his final hole of the day, the par-4 9th, to tie Doug Dunakey and Billy Mayfair for the first-round lead at 6-under in the WorldCom Classic.
Singh picked up where he left off in Hilton Head Island, SC. His 65 on the par-71 Harbour Town Links course was just one shot higher than his final-round score a year ago.
Last year, Singh followed his Masters victory with a tie for 3rd at the WorldCom, courtesy in large part to his Sunday 64.
Singh opened and closed in 69 in last weeks title defense at Augusta National. He finished tied for 18th.
Singh is in search of his first PGA Tour victory since he was awarded the Green Jacket in 2000. He has won twice, however, in 01, with both wins coming in Malaysia.
Singh called his first round a working mans 65.
Im playing 14, 15, 16 - great holes - but there are always one or two bad ones that pop up for me, said Singh, who hit only 10 of 18 greens in regulation, but managed to record six birdies and no bogeys.
Mayfair has five tour wins to his credit, but none since the 1998 Buick Open. The Buick was the second of two victories he posted three years ago. The first was the Nissan Open, where he defeated Tiger Woods in a playoff.
Thursday, Mayfair overcame a bogey at the par-4 10th, his first hole of the day, to card a 4-under-par 32 over his final nine holes.
Dunakey has yet to win in two full seasons on tour. Hes best known for shooting 59 in the second round of the 1998 Buy.Com Miami Valley Open.
As impressive as that round was, it ended with a three-putt bogey. It also ended in defeat, as Craig Bowden won the event.
Thursdays 65 included seven birdies and one bogey.
It was a long ways from a 59, but it was a pretty solid round, said Dunakey.
After winning his fourth consecutive major championship at the Masters, Woods isnt in this weeks field. Several other big names are; and many are in good position after Round One.
Rocco Mediate, Tom Lehman and Mark Calcavecchia each opened in 5-under-par 66 to finish the day one off the lead. Calcavecchia tied for fourth last week in Augusta, Ga.
Scott Hoch, Jeff Sluman and 1996 WorldCom winner Loren Roberts are in a group two back at 4-under-par.
Four-time champion Davis Love III is just three back after shooting 68. Hes tied for 21st place with Jesper Parnevik.
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.