Tiger Runaway Winner in England

By Sports NetworkOctober 1, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 WGC American Express ChampionshipCHANDLER'S CROSS, England -- Tiger Woods withstood two weather delays Sunday as he cruised to a eight-stroke win at the World Golf Championships - American Express Championship.
 
Woods entered the final round up by six and closed with a 4-under 67. That did not include an eagle on No. 18. He settled for a birdie there, as he played the closing hole at 7-under par for the week.
 
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Tiger Woods gets a little help staying dry from caddie Steve Williams.
The world's No. 1 player finished at 23-under-par 261 after four rounds in the 60s. Woods has now claimed 12 individual WGC titles, including five at this event, and earned his sixth straight PGA TOUR title.
 
Of those six straight wins, two were major titles (British Open and PGA Championship) and two were WGC events (Bridgestone Invitational and American Express). Woods was defeated two weeks ago at the HSBC World Match Play Championship, a European Tour event.
 
The win was Woods' 54th on the PGA TOUR and 29th on the European circuit. He is now 38-3 when leading after 54 holes in PGA TOUR events and hasn't lost since 2004 when in that position.
 
'This was a fun week. I hit the ball really well this week. All 72 holes, really,' stated Woods, who won for the eighth time on the PGA TOUR this year. 'It's fun when you can control your golf ball that well.
 
'I didn't make the putts I wanted to on the weekend, but I still kept hitting, giving myself plenty of looks and opportunities. It was overall just a fantastic week.'
 
Ian Poulter closed with a 5-under 66 to join Adam Scott (69) in a share of second place. They ended at 15-under-par 269.
 
Jim Furyk, who teamed with Woods in all four team sessions at the Ryder Cup last week, took fourth place at minus-14 after closing with back-to-back 69s at The Grove. Ernie Els was one stroke further back at minus-13 after a final- round 67.
 
Woods got on the board Sunday with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 second. Three holes later, he poured in a 12-footer for his second birdie of the round.
 
The 30-year-old was 21-under par and six clear of Furyk at that point. Woods parred the next two holes and was looking at a 12-footer for birdie on eight when bad weather stopped play for the first time.
 
The first weather delay lasted 130 minutes. When play resumed, Woods two-putted for par on the eighth and again on No. 9.
 
Woods dropped his second shot within 3 feet at the 10th and kicked that in for birdie. After he blasted out of a greenside bunker to 8 feet on the 12th, action was stopped for the second time.
 
After the second delay ended, Woods missed his short par putt. He recovered that lost stroke with a birdie on the par-5 15th and closed with a birdie at the last for an easy win.
 
'My whole objective was not to make a bogey on the weekend, and I made two,' Woods said. 'But I offset that with enough birdies.'
 
Scott never got anything going on Sunday as he had two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine. He collected two late birdies, on 15 and 18, to share second.
 
Poulter got off to a hot start with birdies on three and five. He wrapped bogeys at six and eight around a birdie on seven. Poulter also birdied the ninth to make the turn at minus-12. The Englishman climbed into a share of second with three back-nine birdies.
 
Furyk got closer than anyone else in the final round as he birdied three of the first four holes to move within five of Woods' lead. Furyk, however, played the final 14 holes at 1-over par with four bogeys and three birdies.
 
'I'm disappointed with the finish,' admitted Furyk about a bogey on 17. 'I got caught in between clubs on 17, never committed to the shot and I hit a poor shot over to the left. It was going to cost me probably a tie for second. Overall it was a great week, I played wonderful, but finishing like that always leaves a sour taste, so right now I'm a little chapped.'
 
Brett Wetterich and Luke Donald each posted rounds of 3-under 68 Sunday to end in a tie for sixth. They finished alongside Stuart Appleby at 11-under-par 273. Brett Quigley, Trevor Immelman and Thongchai Jaidee were one stroke further back at minus-10.
 
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    Rahm focusing on play, not shot at No. 1

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 9:06 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm’s meteoric rise in the world rankings could end with him reaching No. 1 with a win this week at Torrey Pines.

    After winning last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his fourth title in 51 weeks, Rahm has closed the gap on Dustin Johnson – less than 1.5 average points separates them.

    With Johnson not playing this week, the 23-year-old Spaniard has a chance to reach the top spot for the first time, but only if he defends his title at the Farmers Insurance Open.


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    “Beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task. It’s no easy task,” he said Tuesday. “We still have four days of golf ahead and we’ll see what happens. But I’ll try to focus more on what’s going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win.

    “I’ll try my best, that’s for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

    Rahm has already become the fourth-youngest player to reach No. 2 in the world, behind Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. 

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    Rahm: Playoff wasn't friendly, just 'nervous'

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:53 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Too chummy? Jon Rahm says he and Andrew Landry were just expending some nervous energy on the walk up to the fairway during the first playoff hole of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    “I wouldn’t have been that nervous if it was friendly,” Rahm said with a smile Tuesday. “I think it was something he said because we were talking going out of the first tee.

    “I didn’t know Andrew – I think it was a pretty good time to get to know him. We had at least 10 minutes to ourselves. It’s not like we were supporting each other, right? We were both in it together, we were both nervous together, and I felt like talking about it might have eased the tension out of both of us.”


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    On Sunday, two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange saw the exchange on TV and tweeted: “Walking off the tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me? Talking at all?”

    Strange followed up by saying that, in a head-to-head situation, the last thing he’d want to do was make his opponent comfortable. When his comments went viral, Strange tweeted at Rahm, who won after four holes: “Hopefully no offense taken on my comment yesterday. You guys are terrific. I’m a huge fan of all players today. Made an adverse comment on U guys talking during playoff. Not for me. A fan.”

    Not surprisingly, the gregarious Rahm saw things differently.

    “We only talked going out of the first tee up until the fairway,” he said. “Besides that, all we said was, ‘Good shot, good putt, see you on the next tee.’ That’s what it was reduced to. We didn’t say much.” 

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    Tiger grouped with Reed, Hoffman at Torrey Pines

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:35 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods will make his 2018 debut alongside Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.

    The threesome will go off Torrey Pines’ South Course at 1:40 p.m. ET Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open. They begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the North Course.

    Woods is an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open, but he hasn’t broken 70 in his last seven rounds on either course. Last year, he shot rounds of 76-72 to miss the cut.


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    Reed, who has grown close to Woods after being in his pod during the past two international team competitions, is coming off a missed cut last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Hoffman, a San Diego native, has only two top-10s in 20 career starts at Torrey.

    Other featured groups for the first two rounds include:

    • Jon Rahm, Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker: 1:30 p.m. Thursday off South 1, 12:20 p.m. Friday off North 10

    • Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele: 12:30 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:30 p.m. Friday off South 1

    • Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama: 12:40 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:40 p.m. Friday off South 1

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    Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

    Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

    “While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

    It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

    “What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

    The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

    “I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”