Teammates Turned Adversaries

By Mercer BaggsAugust 24, 2001, 4:00 pm
In one month, theyll be teammates playing for their country. But, for now, theyre competitors battling for a $1 million first-place prize ' and, perhaps, a little more.
Jim Furyk leads fellow Ryder Cuppers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods by two shots heading into the weekend in the $5 million WGC-NEC Invitational.
Furyk shot a 4-under 66 Friday to finish 36 holes at the Firestone Country Club at 9-under-par 131.
Two shots is nothing, Furyk said. Two shots can change on one hole. I still think we are very early in the golf tournament.
Mickelson matched Furyks 66 to move to 7-under, while Woods shot 67 to do the same.
Stuart Appleby (64), Padraig Harrington (66) and Darren Clarke (68) are tied for fourth place at 6-under.
Furyk started the day tied at the top with Greg Norman, but the Shark sank in round two. Norman, who said Thursday he was as confident in his game as he had been in years, bogeyed two of his first four holes in the second round and never got on-track.
Proving the fickle nature of Sport, Norman followed a head-turning 65 with a head-dropping 1-over 71.
The 46-year-old now stands five off the lead at 4-under.
Furyk set the pace early Friday, birdieing two of his first three holes.
He dropped a shot at the par-4 4th, but steadied himself with five straight pars to close his outward nine.
Furyk started the back with a birdie at the 10th, and then added another at the 14th to tie Woods for the lead at 8-under.
Tiger appeared ready to run away with his third consecutive NEC title when he birdied holes 6-8 to make the turn in 4-under-par 31.
Tiger took a two-shot lead at 9-under with his fourth birdie in five holes at No. 10, but ran into some serious trouble coming home.Woods tee shot at the par-4 13th nestled near a tree in the left rough. Laying caution to the wind ' as he is oft to do ' Tiger played a full shot, hitting a large root on his downswing.
Tiger, who was forced to hit a shot left-handed earlier in his round, released the club at the moment of impact with the trees base. And after shaking the sting out of his hands, he walked briskly to where his ball landed ' about 30 yards away.
It was the best shot I had, said Woods, who admitted to hurting his elbow when he hit the root. The healthiest shot would have been to take two-club lengths and drop. But the best shot was to go for it, try and put the ball in the fairway, edge it up there and make your par.
Instead, Woods made bogey ' his first of the day ' and dropped into a tie at the top with Furyk.
The 625-yard, par-5 16th was the deciding hole between the two leaders. Furyk made a routine birdie; meanwhile, Woods recorded an uncharacteristic double bogey.
It took Tiger three shots just to find the fairway at the 16th. He then hit the pin with his fourth shot, but the ball caromed 12 feet from the hole.
Woods then misjudged a couple of putts. Four swings + three putts = double bogey.
Having watched a two-shot lead turn into a three-shot deficit, Woods stuck his approach shot at the 18th to 10 feet, from where he converted the birdie putt.
However, Tiger wont be in Saturdays final twosome. That distinction belongs to Furyk and Mickelson.
The left-hander, who didnt arrive in Akron, OH until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, played a cautious round on Friday.
Mickelson recorded four birdies to nary a bogey.
I didnt hit the best shots, but I scored well, Mickelson said.
With his wife, Amy, expecting their second child later this year, Mickelson has but one more tournament on his 2001 schedule ' the WGC American Express Championship.
Yet, though he has two victories to Tigers four this season ' and lacks the major that Woods has ' Mickelson still believes he can win Player of the Year honors.
If I can win this week, I move to the top of the money list, he said.
I know theres one player thats won more tournaments, but I dont know who has played better (than me) throughout the year.
A victory this week is a must if he wants to keep alive his POY hopes.
News, Notes and Numbers
*Lee Westwood withdrew after his second round after sustaining an injury to his left wrist on the 13th tee. The Englishman completed his round of 8-over-par 78 and went straight to the physio unit, where his wrist was strapped and ligament damage was diagnosed. He is expected to be sidelined for a little while and has flown home to England.
*Mickelson declined to come to the pressroom after the second round. He had to throw out the first pitch in an Akron Arrows minor league (AA) baseball game.
*Playing alongside Woods, Thomas Bjorn shot 9-over-par 79 to fall from 4-under to 5-over.
Full-field scores from the WGC-NEC Invitational
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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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