Tiger Tops Ogilvy at Target World Challenge

By Sports NetworkDecember 17, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Target World Challenge pres. by CountrywideTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods fired a 6-under 66 on Sunday to earn his third title at the Target World Challenge, an event he sponsors. Woods finished at 16-under-par 272 and won by four shots at Sherwood Country Club.
Woods is on one of those amazing runs to close out his 2006. After the death of his father Earl in the spring, Woods missed the cut at the U.S. Open. He came back to win the British Open and has not lost a stroke-play event since.
'It's been a year of two halves really,' acknowledged Woods, who also won this tournament in 2001 and 2004. 'On the golf course, it's been something else to have the things come together and winning two majors.'
He captured another British Open title and another PGA Championship, in addition to a pair of World Golf Championships events and two regular PGA TOUR titles.
Overnight leader and reigning U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy only managed a 1-under 71 on Sunday. He finished alone in second place at 12-under-par 276, which was one shot better than Chris DiMarco, who also shot a final-round 71.
Woods began the final round one shot behind Ogilvy, but made up the deficit quickly. He sank a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-5 second, then chipped in for birdie from the fringe at No. 3. Thanks to an Ogilvy bogey at the second, Woods found himself in the lead.
The No. 1 player in the world dropped a shot at four, but he two-putted for birdie from 15 feet at the par-5 fifth. Woods stood two shots clear of the field, but as is the case with Woods, it was not enough.
At the par-4 seventh, Woods rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt. Ogilvy and DiMarco kept pace until the turn as Woods drained a 10-footer for birdie, then converted a 6-footer for birdie at 10. Woods was 15-under par and four shots ahead.
Woods did not play spectacularly on the back side. He gave himself a good look at birdie from nine feet at the 14th, but missed. However, neither member of the final group posted any birdies, so Woods walked to the 15th tee with a four-shot cushion.
Woods missed a 5-foot par save at the 15th, but still held a formidable three-shot advantage. He atoned for the error at the par-5 16th, when, from a difficult stance, Woods chipped his third to 7 feet. He ran home the birdie effort and parred the 17th.
At the closing hole, Woods hit a spectacular approach that stopped 6 feet from the hole. He collected the first, and only, birdie of the round at Sherwood's 18th and cruised into the winner's circle.
'Once you get the lead out here, the guys behind me, if they get aggressive, they can make mistakes,' said Woods, who donated his entire $1,350,000 first-place check to his charity. 'The whole idea is to force them come get me. I tried to do that the best I could.'
This was a vintage Woods final round in which the players behind him knew the inevitable was coming.
'I didn't start well enough,' admitted Ogilvy. 'That just puts a bad taste in your mouth. I would have had to shoot a pretty special score to beat him today.'
Henrik Stenson shot a 3-under 69 to finish alone in fourth place at minus-9. Paul Casey (71) and Colin Montgomerie (66) shared fifth place at 8-under-par 280.
Former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell managed a 1-under 71 and took seventh at 6-under-par 282. Padraig Harrington, who won this title in 2002, posted a 71 and came in eighth place at minus-5.
David Toms struggled to a 3-over 75, but finished ninth at minus-3. Fred Couples (71) and two-time former winner, Davis Love III (69) shared 10th at 2-under-par 286.
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.