Sixteen 'moments' square off in Tiger match play

By Mercer BaggsMarch 10, 2015, 11:00 am

What is Tiger Woods’ greatest moment?

We’ve asked, now you tell.

Voting for the Tiger Woods’ Greatest Moments Match Play begins with the opening round pitting 16 seeds in eight match-ups.

For a brief explanation, readers have a chance to choose Tiger’s top moment. Not his greatest achievement or accomplishment, but his most indelible instant – a shot, a reaction or a sound bite.

If you want greater detail on the TWGMMP, click here. If you’d like to see a breakdown of the 16 seeds, click here or click on the descriptive links below. If you’d like to see the full bracket, click here.

Otherwise, let’s proceed by looking at the bracket in four unnamed regions.

REGION 1

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The No. 1 overall seed is Tiger’s reaction to his 15-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the 2008 U.S. Open. The emotion and the circumstance – and probably the fact that it remains his most recent major triumph – gave it top billing.

It goes up against Tiger’s fist pump on the 35th hole of his 1994 U.S. Amateur victory. That moment was Woods’ official introduction to many in the golf world.

The 8-9 battle pits Tiger’s “Hello, world” statement against his “hide the tears” reaction to completing the Tiger Slam.


REGION 2

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A pair of unforgettable 2000 moments go head-to-head in the No. 4 vs. No. 13 matchup. Woods tracking in his birdie putt on the first hole of sudden death at Valhalla squares off against his fairway bunker shot on the 72nd hole at Glen Abbey.

In the bottom-half of the region, it’s Tiger’s “Better than most” putt at the 2001 Players Championship against his hat slam after sinking the winning putt at the 2008 Bay Hill Invitational.

The winner of Region 2 will face the winner of Region 1.


REGION 3

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In your life … have you ever seen a more ridiculous shot combined with a more ridiculous reaction? The No. 2 seed is Tiger’s wide ranging, slow-rolling, hesitation chip-in on the 16th hole during the final round of the 2005 Masters – as well as his subsequent failed high-five with his caddie. It will face little Tiger’s appearance as a 2-year-old on the “Mike Douglas Show” in 1978.

The seventh seed is Woods’ reaction post 2006 British Open victory, when he broke down in Williams’ arms following his first major triumph after the death of his father. It goes against No. 10, Woods’ most memorable ad – his 30-second Nike spot in 1999 when he bounces a ball on his club before smacking it like a baseball.


REGION 4

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The final region showcases the No. 3 seed, Tiger embracing his father after his historic 1997 Masters victory, against No. 14, his fist-pumping reaction to chipping in on the 16th hole during the final round of the 2012 Memorial.

The final matchup features No. 6, Tiger’s hole-in-one on the 16th hole in the 1997 Phoenix Open – and the subsequent suds celebration – against No. 11, his modest, yet powerful reaction to winning the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 strokes.

So there are the matchups on which you are voting. Now, go vote below:

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.