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.
 
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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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    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.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    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.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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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