Woods in danger of consecutive missed cuts

By Randall MellMay 10, 2012, 8:30 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods is still formidable when he’s back home at the Medalist in South Florida.

Rickie Fowler sees it when they play together there.

“He’s got it,” Fowler said. “I would say he’s probably a little freer at home. It’s just kind of him and his golf cart and clubs. If he’s able to get that feeling a little more out here, that’s where he might gain the most.”

If Woods doesn’t get that feeling Friday at The Players Championship, he may be free to return to Medalist for the weekend.

This week marks Woods’ 260th PGA Tour start as a pro. Over the 15 years those starts cover, he has never missed back-to-back cuts, but he has lots of work to do to avoid his first double-cut whammy.

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With a sluggish 2-over-par 74 Thursday, Woods likely needs a round in the 60s to make the weekend and avoid setting off another firestorm of speculation over what’s wrong with his game just seven weeks after he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods finished the day tied for 100th. The low 70 and ties make the cut.

Woods has never missed the cut at The Players, and despite his slow start, he wasn’t fretting the possibility.

“Just one of those days,” Woods said. “Just today.”

While Woods showed some frustration after poor shots during the first round, he was as calm as a Buddhist monk after the round. 

His reaction to his inability to take some good ball-striking on Thursday morning from the range to the course?

“Just be patient with it,” Woods said. “Just keep plugging along. Obviously, in the last few months, I’ve put together some good rounds, won a couple tournaments. So, it’s there.”

Woods has missed just eight cuts in his career, never more than two in a season.

Fowler, who broke through to win the Wells Fargo Championship for his first PGA Tour title last weekend, played with Woods for the first time in a PGA Tour event on Thursday. It didn’t feel like a first, though.

“We played practice rounds together at the Ryder Cup,” Fowler said. “I’m around him quite a lot at Medalist. I look at him as just another one of the guys because of the time we’ve spent at Medalist. It definitely helped me, as opposed to if this had been the first time I ever played with him.”

Fowler shot 72 with Hunter Mahan matched Tiger’s 74 in their threesome, but Fowler felt as if he and Woods played similarly.

“We were up and down,” Fowler said.

Woods’ ball-striking wasn’t sharp. He hit seven of 14 fairways, though he avoided those maddening big misses. He used his driver just six times, and it behaved fairly well. He hit three fairways with it. Woods hit just nine greens in regulation. His wedge play was spotty, and he came up just short and just long with approaches. He took 28 putts.

In a recurring concern, Woods made birdie at just one of the par 5s. He is 113th in par-5 performance on Tour this season. Woods was at a loss to explain his inability to take advantage of the longest holes.

“I don’t know,” Woods said. “For some reason, it’s just one of those weird deals. Out here, you have to take care of the par 5s. I haven’t done a very good job of it. I really haven’t. I need to do a better job of that.”

The sluggish start leaves Woods with an uphill climb Friday in his bid to make the weekend.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.