USA As Expected

By Mercer BaggsDecember 10, 2000, 5:00 pm
Tiger Woods and David Duval matched expectations this week by convincingly capturing the World Golf Championships-EMC World Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
Playing Sunday's alternate-shot format, Woods and Duval carded a 4-under-par 68 at the Buenos Aires Golf Club to better local favorites Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera by three strokes at 34-under.
 
Woods and Duval successfully defended the title the former won with good friend Mark O'Meara a year ago in Malaysia. The dynamic duo will split the $1 million first-place prize. Not only was the American's triumph the second in as many years, it was also the country's 23rd victory in the event's 46-year history.
 
Paraguay's team of Carlos Franco and Esteban Isasi carded the round of the day, a 5-under-par 67, to finish in third place at 23-under, eight shots behind runner-up Argentina, who scrambled to a 4-under 68 on Sunday.
 
New Zealand, who played in the final foursome with the Americans, tied for sixth following a disastrous final-round 80. Greg Turner and Frank Nobilo recorded six bogeys and three birdies to go along with a triple-bogey at the par-5 6th and a double-bogey at the par-5 17th.
 
While New Zealand never challenged the U.S. on Sunday, the home team did, if but for a few holes. Playing in the penultimate group, Argentina reduced an overnight three-stroke deficit to a single shot by the turn.
 
The Americans were in total control of the tournament, playing their first eight holes in three-under. But a bogey at the par-5 9th, combined with an Argentine eagle at the same hole, cut the Yanks' advantage to one stroke entering the inward half.
 
At the 9th, with Romero having already rolled in an eagle putt, Duval hit his tee shot into the right hazard. The ball was dry, but nestled directly at the bottom of a four-foot slope. Rather than taking a drop, Woods took the heroic route and tried to chop the ball back into the fairway. His plan backfired. The ball never made it over the top of the bank and rolled into the neighboring water.
 
'I took the club back on my left foot - I flinched,' Woods later said. 'I hit it fat and made it airborne.'
 
Now forced to take a drop, Duval played the team's fourth shot safely onto the green. From there, both men each used one swipe of the putter to card a bogey six.
 
Unfazed, the Americans were able to regain a two-shot lead when Tiger dropped a 40-foot birdie putt at the par-3 11th. The lead quickly became three shots when, just moments after Tiger's lengthy birdie, Romero hit his tee shot on the par-4 13th into a hazard. The resultant bogey was the first of two in a row, which ultimately led to the home team's demise.
 
Leading by four at 33-under-par, the U.S. collected one more stroke-to-par at the 14th, and then parred in for a comfortable victory.
 
'David was 32-under and I was 2-under,' Woods jokingly said. 'He played beautifully.'
 
Said Duval: 'This was even more fun than I imagined it would be when Tiger asked me to partner with him. The fans were amazing.'
 
This win marks the end of an exhaustive eight-week trek around the world for Woods. Tiger's travels began in October at the Presidents Cup. He then went from Virginia to Orlando (NCR Classic) to Atlanta (Tour Championship) back to Orlando (for a little rest) to Spain (American Express Championship) to London (for an exhibition) to Thailand (Johnnie Walker Classic) to Hawaii (PGA Grand Slam) to California (Williams World Challenge) and finally to Argentina.
 
'Eight straight weeks travelling around the world has taken its toll and I'm a little worn out, but this has been a fantastic week,' said Tiger.
 
Woods will now take a break from the game. His first event scheduled for 2001 is the Mercedes Championships at the Kapalua Golf Club in Hawaii, the second week in January.
 
Asked if they plan to defend their recently acquired title in Japan next year, Duval said: 'Unless he misses cuts for the next two straight years, he's going to stay ranked No. 1. So it's up to him to (pick) a partner.'
 
Added Woods: 'I would love to team up with David, if everything works out. We'll see what happens.'
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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.

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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.