Dougherty Howell Lead Woods by Two

By Sports NetworkNovember 11, 2005, 5:00 pm
European TourSHANGHAI, China -- David Howell posted a 5-under 67 on Friday to move into a share of the lead after two rounds of the HSBC Champions event at Sheshan International Golf Club.
 
Howell was joined at 12-under-par 132 by Nick Dougherty, who shot 68 in round two. Dougherty shared the first-round lead with 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie and Peter O'Malley.
 
Colin Montgomerie and Tiger Woods
Colin Montgomerie and Tiger Woods await a ruling during Friday's second round.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods carded a 3-under 69 to move to 10-under-par 134. He shares third place with Nick O'Hern, who posted his second straight 5-under 67.
 
Paul Casey, Thaworn Wiratchant and Lian-Wei Zhang each notched rounds of 4-under 68 to get to minus-9. They were joined in fifth place by Robert-Jan Derksen (70) and Kenneth Ferrie (69). Ferrie had the early lead on the front nine thanks to a hole-in-one at the par-3 sixth, but four bogeys over his last 11 holes dropped him down the leaderboard.
 
Woods birdied No. 2 for the second straight day. After parring his next four holes, the top player in the world bogeyed the seventh to slip back to 7-under.
 
The 29-year-old rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at the ninth. Woods sank a six-foot birdie effort at the 13th. He came right back to birdie No. 14.
 
Woods then ran in a 10-foot birdie putt at 15 to climb to 11-under. He missed the fairway at the short par-4 16th and was unable to save par. Woods was in trouble again on 18 after finding water with his second, but he sank a long par putt to close at 10-under.
 
'I am a little bit frustrated,' Woods said. 'I didn't really get going today. If not for that last putt, I would have been 2-over for the last three holes and that would have left a bad taste in my mouth.'
 
Howell converted his first birdie on the par-5 second. He climbed to 9-under thanks to a birdie on the fifth.
 
The Englishman drained a seven-foot birdie attempt on the par-5 eighth to make the turn at minus-10. Howell ran off five straight pars around the turn.
 
Howell kicked in a four-foot birdie try on the 14th to get to 11-under and a share of the lead with Ferrie. Howell got to 12-under thanks to a five-foot birdie putt at the par-5 closing hole.
 
'We could just do with some nice weather and everything would be great,' said Howell of the wet conditions players have faced the first two days. 'I'm really pleased to get round without a bogey.'
 
Dougherty, who played the back nine first on Saturday, sank his first birdie on the par-four 11th. He birdied the 14th to get to 10-under. After five pars around the turn, he birdied the second.
 
The 23-year-old stumbled to a three-putt bogey at the next, however. Dougherty climbed back to 11-under and a share of the lead with a birdie at four. He drained a 25-footer for birdie on the fifth to move to 12-under. Dougherty parred his final four holes to share the second-round lead.
 
World No. 2 Vijay Singh matched Woods' 69 to climb to 8-under-par 136. He was joined in a tie for 10th place by K.J. Choi (71), U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell (70), O'Malley (72) and Ian Poulter (69).
 
Lawrie stumbled to a 3-over 75 and shares 19th at minus-5.
 
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x