Tiger Drives Away with Buick Win

By Sports NetworkAugust 6, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Buick OpenGRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods equaled his score from the first three rounds Sunday with his fourth 6-under 66 and that gave him a three-stroke win at the Buick Open.
 
Woods' second title at this event also gave him 50 wins for his PGA TOUR career. At the age of 30, he is the youngest to reach that plateau and seventh all time to reach the mark.
 
He has now won 36 of 39 times he has had at least a share of the 54-hole lead. Woods also won this crown in 2002 at Warwick Hills Country Club and finished Sunday at 24-under-par 264.
 
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods posted four straight 6-under 66s to win the Buick Open by three shots.
'That's pretty cool to get to 50. You never in your wildest dreams think it would happen,' said Woods, who earned $864,000 for the win. 'I've been blessed and had a lot of good things go my way.'
 
Jim Furyk, the 2003 winner here, fired an 8-under 64 to end alone in second place at 21-under-par 267. He shared the lead after 16 holes, but could only par the final two to end three back. Joe Durant was one stroke further back at minus-20 after a final-round 67.
 
Reigning Rookie of the Year Sean O'Hair posted a 5-under 67 to end in a tie for fourth at 19-under-par 269. He was joined there by Vaughn Taylor (68) and Scott Verplank (69).
 
Woods seemed poised to run away with the crown early on Sunday. He drained putts of four, 12 and 19 feet as he made three straight birdies from the third to move to 21-under par and three strokes clear of the field.
 
The 30-year-old two-putted for birdie on the par-5 seventh to go three up on Verplank. Woods had birdie putts ranging from 13 to 30 feet on each of the next four holes, but was unable to sink any of them.
 
At the short par-4 12th, Woods missed the green left and had a difficult pitch. He left that chip in the rough for his only missed green in regulation for the round. Then he ran his third shot 18 feet past the cup. Woods two-putted for bogey to slip to 21-under par and a share of the lead.
 
Furyk was playing flawless golf several groups ahead of Woods. Furyk collected three front-nine birdies to move to 16 under. Around the turn, he birdied five of the first six holes to join Woods at minus-21.
 
Woods spun his third shot to the par-5 13th to one foot and kicked that in for birdie and a one-stroke lead.
 
Furyk was unable to put any more pressure on as he parred the final three holes to close a bogey-free round.
 
Woods stuck his second shot 3 feet from the hole on 15 and rolled in that putt for birdie.
 
At par-3 17th, where a rowdy crowd gathers yearly, Woods had over 40 feet for birdie. He missed the putt badly and was lucky as someone threw an apple across the green as his ball rolled towards the hole.
 
The apple missed Woods' ball and the world's No. 1 player didn't even flinch at the distraction before calmly sinking his par effort.
 
At the last, Woods played his second shot 10 feet from the hole and poured that in for birdie and the win.
 
Furyk, who was looking for his second crown here, settled for second for the third time this year. He was trying for his first win since beating Trevor Immelman in a playoff at the Wachovia Championship in early May.
 
'I'm happy with the way I played,' Furyk stated. 'I really had it going on the backside. I lipped out a little one on 12, then kept it going on 13 and 14.
 
'I wish I gave myself a little bit more opportunity 16 through 18 to try to make a putt, but I got a little loose with my swing and didn't hit it in there as close as I would have like to. Overall, 8-under for the day I am happy with the round, but I would have loved to birdie one or two of the last three holes.'
 
Tom Pernice, Jr. fired an 8-under 64 Sunday to move into a tie for seventh. He ended alongside Woody Austin, Harrison Frazar and Brett Quigley at 18-under-par 270.
 
Vijay Singh, who had won this crown each of the last two years, was one stroke further back at minus-17.
 
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  • Vegas lists Woods at 20-1 to win a major in 2018

    By Will GrayNovember 22, 2017, 12:53 pm

    He hasn't hit a competitive shot in nearly a year, but that hasn't stopped one Las Vegas outlet from listing Tiger Woods among the favorites to win a major in 2018.

    The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook published betting odds this week on dozens of players to win any of the four majors next year. Leading the pack were Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth at 3/2, with Rory McIlroy next. But not far behind was Woods, who has been sidelined since February because of a back injury but was listed at 20/1.

    Woods will make his much-anticipated return next week at the Hero World Challenge, and next month he will turn 42. Next summer will mark the 10-year anniversary of his last major championship victory, a sudden-death playoff win over Rocco Mediate at the 2008 U.S. Open.

    Here's a look at the odds for several marquee players on winning any of the four biggest events in golf next year:

    3/2: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth

    5/2: Rory McIlroy

    7/2: Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day

    9/2: Justin Rose

    5/1: Brooks Koepka

    15/2: Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey

    10/1: Adam Scott

    12/1: Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman, Thomas Pieters, Patrick Reed

    15/1: Daniel Berger, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Patrick Cantlay, Branden Grace, Kevin Kisner, Alex Noren, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson

    20/1: Tiger Woods, Francesco Molinari, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Tony Finau, Martin Kaymer

    25/1: Ryan Moore, Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood, Jimmy Walker, Kevin Chappell, Bryson DeChambeau, Bill Haas, Jason Dufner, Charley Hoffman

    30/1: Pat Perez, Gary Woodland, Bernd Wiesberger, Brian Harman, Padraig Harrington, Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher, Si Woo Kim, J.B. Holmes

    Open Qualifying Series kicks off with Aussie Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2017, 4:24 pm

    The 147th Open is nearly eight months away, but there are still major championship berths on the line this week in Australia.

    The Open Qualifying Series kicks off this week, a global stretch of 15 event across 10 different countries that will be responsible for filling 46 spots in next year's field at Carnoustie. The Emirates Australian Open is the first event in the series, and the top three players among the top 10 who are not otherwise exempt will punch their tickets to Scotland.

    In addition to tournament qualifying opportunities, the R&A will also conduct four final qualifying events across Great Britain and Ireland on July 3, where three spots will be available at each site.

    Here's a look at the full roster of tournaments where Open berths will be awarded:

    Emirates Australian Open (Nov. 23-26): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    Joburg Open (Dec. 7-10): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    SMBC Singapore Open (Jan. 18-21): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

    Mizuno Open (May 24-27): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

    HNA Open de France (June 28-July 1): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    The National (June 28-July 1): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

    Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (July 5-8): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    The Greenbrier Classic (July 5-8): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (July 12-15): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    John Deere Classic (July 12-15): Top player (not otherwise exempt) among top five and ties

    Stock Watch: Lexi, Justin rose or fall this week?

    By Ryan LavnerNovember 21, 2017, 2:36 pm

    Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

    RISING

    Jon Rahm (+9%): Just imagine how good he’ll be in the next few years, when he isn’t playing all of these courses for the first time. With no weaknesses in his game, he’s poised for an even bigger 2018.

    Austin Cook (+7%): From Monday qualifiers to Q-School to close calls on the Web.com, it hasn’t been an easy road to the big leagues. Well, he would have fooled us, because it looked awfully easy as the rookie cruised to a win in just his 14th Tour start.

    Ariya (+6%): Her physical tools are as impressive as any on the LPGA, and if she can shore up her mental game – she crumbled upon reaching world No. 1 – then she’ll become the world-beater we always believed she could be.  

    Tommy Fleetwood (+4%): He ran out of gas in Dubai, but no one played better on the European Tour this year than Fleetwood, Europe’s new No. 1, who has risen from 99th to 18th in the world.   

    Lexi (+1%): She has one million reasons to be pleased with her performance this year … but golf fans are more likely to remember the six runners-up and two careless mistakes (sloppy marking at the ANA and then a yippy 2-footer in the season finale) that cost her a truly spectacular season.


    FALLING

    J-Rose (-1%): Another high finish in Dubai, but his back-nine 38, after surging into the lead, was shocking. It cost him not just the tournament title, but also the season-long race.  

    Hideki (-2%): After getting blown out at the Dunlop Phoenix, he made headlines by saying there’s a “huge gap” between he and winner Brooks Koepka. Maybe something was lost in translation, but Matsuyama being too hard on himself has been a familiar storyline the second half of the year. For his sake, here’s hoping he loosens up.

    Golf-ball showdown (-3%): Recent comments by big-name stars and Mike Davis’ latest salvo about the need for a reduced-flight ball could set up a nasty battle between golf’s governing bodies and manufacturers.

    DL3 (-4%): Boy, the 53-year-old is getting a little too good at rehab – in recent years, he has overcome a neck fusion, foot injury, broken collarbone and displaced thumb. Up next is hip-replacement surgery.

    LPGA Player of the Year (-5%): Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu tied for the LPGA’s biggest prize, with 162 points. How is there not a tiebreaker in place, whether it’s scoring average or best major performance? Talk about a buzzkill.

    Titleist's Uihlein fires back at Davis over distance

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2017, 12:59 am

    Consider Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein unmoved by Mike Davis' comments about the evolution of the golf ball – and unhappy.

    In a letter to the Wall Street Journal, the outlet which first published Davis' comments on Sunday, Uihlein took aim at the idea that golf ball distance gains are hurting the sport by providing an additional financial burden to courses.

    "Is there any evidence to support this canard … the trickle-down cost argument?” he wrote (via Golf.com). “Where is the evidence to support the argument that golf course operating costs nationwide are being escalated due to advances in equipment technology?"

    Pointing the blame elsewhere, Uihlein criticized the choices and motivations of modern architects.

    "The only people that seem to be grappling with advances in technology and physical fitness are the short-sighted golf course developers and the supporting golf course architectural community who built too many golf courses where the notion of a 'championship golf course' was brought on line primarily to sell real estate," he wrote.

    The Titleist CEO even went as far as to suggest that Tiger Woods' recent comments that "we need to do something about the golf ball" were motivated by the business interersts of Woods' ball sponsor, Bridgestone.

    "Given Bridgestone’s very small worldwide market share and paltry presence in professional golf, it would seem logical they would have a commercial motive making the case for a reduced distance golf ball," he added.

    Acushnet Holdings, Titleist's parent company, announced in September that Uihlein would be stepping down as the company's CEO at the end of this year but that he will remain on the company's board of directors.