Rusty Woods Seven Off Lead

By Sports NetworkNovember 9, 2006, 5:00 pm
European TourSHANGHAI, China -- India's Jyoti Randhawa fired a 7-under-par 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead of the HSBC Champions Tournament at Sheshen International Golf Club.
 
Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the world, played competitively for the first time in weeks and showed some rust. He only managed an even-par 72 and is tied for 27th place.
 
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Tiger Woods is seven off the lead after an even-par 72.
'It was to be had out there,' acknowledged Woods. 'This is my first full 18 holes since the AmEx (WGC-American Express Championship in late September). I made a few mistakes out there.'
 
Woods began on the back nine Thursday and birdied his first hole from 4 feet. He landed in a hazard at the 11th, took a drop and ultimately left with a double-bogey.
 
Woods got back to even par for the championship with a birdie at the short, par-4 16th. He recorded another birdie at two and reached 2 under par thanks to a 3-foot birdie putt at three.
 
The reigning British Open and PGA Championship winner missed a makeable birdie try at the fifth, then hit a terrible tee ball at the par-3 sixth, followed with an awful chip and walked off with bogey.
 
Woods, who finished second in this event last year, bogeyed the par-5 eighth to fall back to even-par.
 
'I was in position to get to 4 under par,' said Woods. 'Unfortunately, I went the other way. I left myself an awful lot of work with three days to go and these guys all playing well.'
 
Former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, Scotland's Marc Warren and Yong- Eun Yang are knotted in second place at 6-under-par 66.
 
This is technically the season-opening event for the 2007 European Tour schedule, a few weeks removed from the Volvo Masters, which ended the 2006 campaign.
 
Padraig Harrington, who won the 2006 Order of Merit title recently, carded a 5-under-par 67 on Thursday. He is tied for fifth place with Chawalit Plaphol.
 
Randhawa began his round on the first tee and tallied three birdies in his first five holes. He added another front-nine birdie at the par-5 eighth to make the turn at 4-under 32.
 
Randhawa birdied the 10th to get to minus-5 for the championship. He took advantage of Sheshen International's final par-5s with birdies at 16 and a 4-footer at the last to move into sole possession of the lead.
 
Campbell teed off on the back nine first and birdied the 11th and 14th holes. He closed his first nine with back-to-back birdies, including a 6-footer at the last.
 
The 2005 U.S. Open winner at Pinehurst recorded birdies at five and nine to get within one of the lead.
 
Warren flew out of the gate on Thursday with six birdies in his first eight holes. He became the first player in the tournament to reach minus-7 with a birdie at the 11th.
 
Warren bogeyed 13, then fell victim to some bad fortune at 15. His ball was moved by a spectator, costing him a stroke, but Warren drained a 35-footer to save bogey.
 
He drained another long putt, this time for birdie at the 16th, but squandered makeable birdie chances at the final two holes.
 
Yang nearly made it through the opening round flawless, but a bogey at the par-3 12th tripped him. He collected three birdies after his lone miscue to tie for second place after round one.
 
Two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen, K.J. Choi, John Bickerton, Alejandro Canizares and Johan Edfors are tied for seventh place at 4-under-par 68.
 
World No. 2 Jim Furyk and defending champion David Howell both struggled on Thursday. The pair both shot rounds of 1-over-par 73 and are part of a group tied for 38th place.
 
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

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    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry