Jimenez Moves Past Els in Dubai

By Sports NetworkMarch 4, 2005, 5:00 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 7-under 65 Friday to take the lead after two rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic. Jimenez stands at 12-under-par 132.
First-round leader Ernie Els posted a 4-under 68 and stands alone in second place at minus-10. Stephen Dodd is one stroke further back at 9-under-par 135 after a second-round 65.
James Kingston shares fourth place at minus-7 with a pair of European Ryder Cup stars, Colin Montgomerie and Thomas Bjorn.
Jimenez, a four-time winner last year on the European Tour, began his day one stroke behind Els, but teed off two groups in front of the world's No. 3 player. Jimenez tied Els in the lead when he dropped in a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-3 11th, his second.
The Spaniard quickly put distance between himself and Els. Jimenez made it two straight as he birdied the 12th from 6 feet out and moved to minus-8 with a birdie at the 13th.
Jimenez continued his run when he sank a birdie putt from just over 30 feet at the par-3 15th. Jimenez made the turn at minus-5 for his opening nine as he birdied the 18th to get to 10 under.
The 41-year-old parred the first four holes of his second nine. Jimenez then birdied the par-4 fifth as he dropped a wedge 15 feet from the cup to get to 11 under.
Jimenez drained back-to-back birdie tries from the seventh to jump to minus-13. However, he bogeyed the par-4 ninth, his last, after missing the fairway and laying up with his second shot. It was his first bogey of the tournament.
'I hit the ball very well all day, but missed the pin at the last by a few inches. That's a very easy chip,' Jimenez said. 'I played very well. This round was very consistent all around.'
Els, the 1994 and 2002 champion of this event, also played the back nine of the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club first on Friday. He picked up his first birdie at the par-4 13th to get to 7 under.
The South African birdied the 18th for the second straight round. Around the turn, Els birdied the second to get to minus-9. He came right back with a birdie at the third before parring his final six holes.
'All in all, it's not been a bad start to the tournament, but I feel I could get a bit more out of my game,' said Els. 'I feel I am striking the ball well and putting well and I feel I can do well over the weekend.'
David Howell, the 1999 winner here, carded a 1-under 71 on Friday. He was joined in a tie for seventh place by Jarrod Lyle (70), Phillip Archer (66), Niclas Fasth (66), Gregory Havret (68), Peter Fowler (69), Jamie Donaldson (68), Bradley Dredge (68), Toru Taniguchi (68), Paul Sheehan (68) and Lee Westwood (68).
The cut fell at even-par 144 with 80 players advancing to the final two rounds. Among those missing out on the weekend was 2004 champion Mark O'Meara. He carded rounds of 73-72 to miss the cut by one stroke.
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    Watch: Tiger throws dart, pours in birdie at 8

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 7:31 pm

    Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

    Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

    A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

    A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

    Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

    Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

    (More coming...)

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    Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

    By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

    Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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    McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

    By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

    McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    “I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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    “I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

    This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

    A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

    McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

    “It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

    As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

    “It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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    Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

    By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

    PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

    She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

    Her confidence is high.

    “Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

    Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

    Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

    “One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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    Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

    “I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

    Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

    “I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

    That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.