Tiger Wins Fifth Straight in Boston

By Sports NetworkSeptember 4, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Deutsche Bank ChampionshipNORTON, Mass. -- Who says Tiger Woods can't win coming from behind.
Woods overcame a three-shot deficit to Vijay Singh on Monday to win his fifth straight start, shooting an 8-under 63 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to beat his playing partner by two strokes.
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Tiger Woods has now won $8.64 million for the season.
He ended at 16-under-par 268 for his third win in three weeks. Singh, who set the course record with a 61 on Sunday, closed with a 3-under 68 to finish at 14-under 270.
Woods snatched the lead from Singh in spectacular fashion by making two eagles and two birdies while shooting 30 on the front nine.
That gave him a lead of three around the turn -- a six-shot swing in just nine holes. Singh trimmed it to two shots, but Woods made a 25-footer for birdie at the 17th to seal it.
'It's fun when you hit it like that,' Woods joked after walking off the 18th green.
A known closer when he has the 54-hole lead, Woods has now come from behind to win in consecutive weeks. He shook off a bad Saturday last week at the Bridgestone Invitational and came from one down to beat Stewart Cink in a Sunday playoff.
Prior to that, of course, Woods captured the Buick Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship after missing the U.S. Open cut in June -- one month following the death of his father, Earl.
Woods now has 53 career wins, surpassing Byron Nelson for fifth all time. He has seven wins this season.
Monday's 63 matched the lowest final round of Woods' career, and his five consecutive victories is a career-high for one season. Nelson owns the record of 11 straight wins, set in 1945.
The final pairing Monday was a replay of two years ago at the Deutsche Bank, when Singh outdueled Woods for the win and snatched the No. 1 ranking Woods had held for 264 consecutive weeks.
Singh was on a roll then -- winning nine times in 2004 for Player of the Year honors -- but he has just one title in the last 14 months. Woods, meanwhile, has 10 victories since Singh claimed the Buick Open in July, 2005.
Three of the four previous times Woods and Singh played together in the final group they matched scores.
This time, Woods was five better. And the front nine made all the difference.
'I tried to narrow down the lead as fast as possible,' Woods said. 'From there, I just tried to keep making birdies.'
While Singh made six straight pars to open his final round, Woods was making up ground. His eagles came at Nos. 2 and 7 -- both par 5s -- and on putts of more than 10 feet both times.
'I was 6-under early, and I felt that was the highest I could have shot at the time,' said Woods. 'It's awfully fun when things like that come together.'
Singh birdied the seventh, only to trail by two shots all of a sudden. His bogey from the sand at the par-4 ninth put him three shots back.
'I didn't play the front nine as good as I wanted to,' he said.
At the par-4 12th, Singh rolled in a monster 36-foot birdie putt to get within two shots. But he missed a chance to make up another stroke at 14 when Woods knocked his approach over the green and into deep rough.
Singh parred the 14th, and so did Woods. One hole later, Singh nearly holed his approach on the way to another birdie. But Woods also made birdie there, rolling in an 11-footer to remain two ahead.
'There were still three holes to go,' Singh said. But Woods would soon make it even harder.
At the 17th, Woods' 25-foot birdie putt sealed it -- making a finishing, tap-in birdie for Singh at the 18th an afterthought.
'I just didn't hit it close enough and didn't make enough putts.' said Singh, who still wrapped up his second-best finish in a disappointing season. 'But I'm proud of myself. I hung in there and didn't let anything bother me. I just played my own game and came up short.'
Woods won $990,000 for his latest victory and has won more than $8.64 million this season. The earnings from these last five victories alone would have him at the top of the PGA TOUR money list.
His win Monday came on the heels of a trip to Ireland last week with his U.S. Ryder Cup teammates.
'I'm done,' Woods exhaled. 'I just want to go home and get some sleep.'
Lost in the shuffle Monday was unheralded Brian Bateman's third-place finish, which matched the best finish of his career. Bateman shot a 5-under 66 to end eight shots back at eight-under 276.
Robert Allenby shot a 68 and second round co-leader Justin Rose had a 72 to share fourth place at 7-under 277. The combined scores for third and fourth place didn't match Woods' winning score.
'He played unbelievable. He took it away,' Singh said.
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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

    After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

    Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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    Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

    The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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    LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

    The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

    The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

    The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.