Tiger Nips Goosen for AmEx Victory

By Sports NetworkSeptember 22, 2002, 4:00 pm
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Tiger Woods posted a 6-under 66 Sunday to capture the WGC-American Express Championship in wire-to-wire fashion. Woods finished the tournament at 25-under-par 263, one shot clear of South Africa's Retief Goosen.
Vijay Singh finished alone in third at 21-under-par 267 after a round of 65. He was followed by Jerry Kelly and David Toms, who were tied at 20-under-par 268.
Woods dominated each day at Mount Juliet Estate and the final round was no different. Woods was always in control en route to his second victory at the American Express Championship, despite late heroics by Goosen, who eagled the par-5 17th to pull within one of the lead, and a bogey at the closing hole, Woods' only dropped shot of the tournament.
'It means a lot when you play against the best and come out on top,' said Woods, who earned his 34th career win on the PGA Tour. 'Forty-nine of the top 50 players of the world are here this week. A lot of guys did play well and it was nice to keep it up.'
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Woods had a five-stroke advantage after Round 3 and continued the blistering pace with a birdie at the opening hole after he knocked his approach to 14 feet.
At the fourth, Woods landed his second shot inside 15 feet for birdie and two-putted for birdie at the par-5 fifth to reach 22-under.
While several of his competitors put together solid rounds, Woods again distanced himself from the field after he lifted his second shot over a tree to 14 feet at the par-5 10th. He drained the putt for eagle and a four-shot lead.
Woods continued to roll with a six-foot birdie at the par-3 14th, but Goosen suddenly made things interesting on his way to a record round.
Goosen was part of a six-way tie for second to start the day and picked up four birdies on the front nine to make the turn at minus-18. He birdied the 10th to pull within three, but faltered with a bogey at the very next hole.
The 33-year-old responded well with back-to-back birdies from the 12th and added a pair of birdies starting at the 15th before the eagle at the par-5 17th moved him within one of Woods.
Goosen parred the 18th for a round of 62 to match the course record, set earlier in the round by Sergio Garcia.
'Today was one of the best rounds I've ever played,' said Goosen. 'I've shot 62 a couple of times at Loch Lomond, but this tops that. Overall, I'm very happy with the week.'
Woods seemed to buckle under the pressure with an errant drive at the par-5 17th and a second shot that found the rough, but the 26-year-old was never in doubt. He knocked his third shot to 18 feet and ran home the putt for fist-pumping birdie and a two-shot lead.
'That was probably one of the best shots I've hit all week,' said Woods of his whack from the rough. 'I knew that was probably going to be the shot of the tournament.'
Woods, whose last bogey came at the WGC-NEC Invitational in August, had four feet to complete a flawless tournament, but he sent the ball right of the hole. Even with the late bogey, Woods walked away with his sixth title in 12 World Golf Championships starts and a first-place prize of $1 million.
Scott McCarron, Woods' playing partner on Sunday, finished six shots back at 19-under-par 269 after a round of 67. He was followed by Garcia, who was phenomenal on his way to a course record.
The young Spaniard didn't pick up his first birdie until the fifth, but a stretch of four straight birdies around the turn started him on his way.
Garcia added a birdies at 12, 14 and 16 before a long eagle try at the par-5 17th found the center of the cup en route to a round of 10-under 62.
'I'm happy I played very solid today, very consistent,' said Garcia.
Davis Love III finished alone in eighth at 17-under-par 271, while Michael Campbell and Bob Estes were one back at 16-under-par 272.

Final scores from the WGC-American Express Championship
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The Social: G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T.

By Jason CrookJanuary 23, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tom Brady compares himself to Tiger Woods, who coincidentally is returning to the PGA Tour this week, Jordan Spieth hangs out with some decent company and kids these days ruffle some feathers with their friendships.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

Well, it’s finally Farmers Insurance Open week and Woods has been spotted practicing for his official return to the PGA Tour on Thursday.

Some thought this day might never come after a 2017 filled with mostly downs for the 14-time major champ.

But as he has taught the golf world time and time again, you just can't count Tiger out.

So even as Jon Rahm attempts to overtake Dustin Johnson for No. 1 in the world this week at Torrey Pines, all eyes will be on one of the greatest we've ever seen do it, even if that guy is ranked No. 647 in the world.

Speaking of greatness …

There’s not many who can just offhandedly compare themselves to Tiger, but if anyone gets a pass, it’s Tom Brady.

The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback led his team back to the Super Bowl for the second straight year despite playing the AFC title game with a cut on his throwing hand.

When asked about it after the Patriots come-from-behind victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady answered, “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. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”

So there you have it. A 40-year-old Brady is winning AFC Championships with his C game. Good luck, Eagles; you’re going to need it.

Also, if for some reason you wanted an update on Justin Thomas' life, it's still awesome:

Yeah, that's last year's PGA Tour Player of the Year hanging with Cy Young winner Cory Kluber in a suite at the Patriots game and teasing us with a possible #SB2K18 cameo.

Curtis Strange likes his competitive golf straight up, hold the friendliness.

This, according to Curtis Strange.

The two-time U.S. Open champ took to Twitter during the CareerBuilder Challenge to vent his frustration regarding the constant chit-chat and friendliness between Rahm and Andrew Landry:

This, of course, makes sense in theory. But good luck watching golf – or really any sport – from here on out. Sure there will be a few old school guys who buck the trend here and there, but for the most part, it’s really hard to share a private jet/dinners/vacations/(insert awesome thing here) with someone, and then completely turn off the friendship coming down the stretch of a big tournament.

Damn millennials. They ruin everything.

By now you've all seen that poor Philadelphia Eagles fan who lost his battle with a subway station pillar (from multiple angles), so instead here is a video of a man attempting to stand on an egg. Bet you can't guess how that goes.

Tony's gonna stand on an egg

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Seriously if you haven't seen the video of that Eagles fan, here's your last chance in this column. You'll be glad you did.

Jordan Spieth, Michael Phelps and Bryce Harper walk on to a golf course … there’s no punchline, that actually happened last week in Las Vegas.

Was the whole thing just a big advertisement for Spieth’s new Under Armour shoe? You bet.

But that doesn’t make the optics of three of the biggest superstar athletes on the planet teeing it up for a round any less awesome.

Off to the next. #Spieth2 #TEAMUA

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The trio has three major wins, five All Star Game appearances and 28 Olympic medals between them, and there they were over the weekend just fake laughing for the camera and driving around individual golf carts with their own personalized logos on them.

Just guys being dudes. Nothing better than that.

Matt Kuchar. Still good at golf. Still overly polite. This according to European Tour pro Eddie Pepperell who had the privilege of hitting on the range next to Kuuuuuch in Abu Dhabi last week.

That image is burned into your brain forever now, thanks Eddie. From now on when you think of Kuchar you're going to think of those Sketches ads and "oopsies."

Which, I suppose is better than a, "Did you get that?"

Blayne Barber's caddie, Cory Gilmer, collapsed and hit his head while at a restaurant at the Sony Open and has been mostly unconscious in the neurological intensive care unit ever since.

The outpouring of love and support from the golf community has been overwhelming on social media, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the mounting medical costs for Gilmer and his family.

Check out the link below for more info or to donate to a worthy cause:

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Top-ranked amateur wins LAAC, earns Masters invite

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 5:38 pm

Joaquin Niemann walked Augusta National Golf Club as a patron last year. He’ll be a competitor in 2018.

Niemann, the top-ranked amateur in the world, shot 8-under 63 Tuesday at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Santiago, Chile, to win the Latin America Amateur Championship.

And with the title, both redemption and an invitation to the Masters Tournament.

Full-field scores from the Latin America Amateur Championship

Niemann finished runner-up in last year’s LAAC to fellow Chilean Toto Gana. He followed Gana around Augusta grounds, watching as his best friend played two rounds before missing the cut.

Niemann, who was going to turn professional had he not won this week, started the final round one back of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz. Niemann was sluggish from the start on Tuesday, but then drove the 313-yard, par-4 eighth and made the eagle putt. That sparked a run of five birdies over his next six holes.

Niemann was bogey-free in the final round and finished five shots clear of Ortiz, at 11 under.

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Judges Panel, Host Announced for Wilson Golf's "Driver vs. Driver 2," Premiering This Fall on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 23, 2018, 4:15 pm

‘Driver vs. Driver 2 Presented by Wilson Currently in Production; Sports Broadcaster Melanie Collins Returns to Host

Morning Drive: Driver vs. Driver 2 Judges Announced

Golf Channel and Wilson Golf announced today the panel of judges and host for the second season of Driver vs. Driver, the innovative television series that follows aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the opportunity to have their driver idea or concept transformed into the next great golf driver from Wilson. The show is currently in production and will premiere this fall.

Joining judge Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf, are two newcomers to the series: 9-time National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star and current NHL on NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick – an avid golfer with a single digit handicap and a self-described golf equipment junkie; and PGA Professional, golf coach, equipment reviewer and social media influencer Rick Shiels.

“Golf is a big passion of mine, and personally I enjoy learning about new equipment and concepts,” said Roenick. “To be able to see this side of the business in how equipment is developed first-hand is fascinating. Being a part of the process in reviewing driver concepts and narrowing them down to an ultimate winning driver that will be sold across the country is a tremendous honor.” 

“Jeremy, as an avid golfer, and Rick, as a coach, equipment reviewer and golf professional, bring incredible, real world insights and different perspectives to the show and this process,” said Clarke. “I’m excited to work alongside these two judges to push the boundaries of innovation and bring a next-generation driver to golfers around the world.”

Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins returns as the host of Driver vs. Driver 2. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS Sports’ college football and basketball coverage, Collins hosted the inaugural season in 2016 and formerly co-hosted Golf Channel’s competition series, Big Break.

Production for Driver vs. Driver 2 began in the fall of 2017 and will continue through the summer, including this week at the PGA Merchandise Show. The series is being produced by Golf Channel, whose portfolio of original productions include interview series Feherty hosted by Emmy-nominated sports personality David Feherty, high-quality instruction shows School of Golf, Golf Channel Academy and Playing Lessons and a slate of award-winning films.

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Tiger Tracker: Farmers Insurance Open

By Tiger TrackerJanuary 23, 2018, 4:00 pm

Tiger Woods is competing in a full-field event for the first time in nearly a year. We're tracking him at this week's Farmers Insurance Open. (Note: Tweets read, in order, left to right)