Woods Leads OMeara at Byron Nelson

By Sports NetworkMay 14, 2004, 4:00 pm
IRVING, Texas -- Tiger Woods posted a 3-under 67 on Friday to take the 36-hole lead at the Byron Nelson Championship. Woods finished at 8-under-par 132 for a one-shot edge over his good friend Mark O'Meara.
Sergio Garcia, Jonathan Byrd, Jerry Kelly, Daniel Chopra and overnight co-leader Peter Lonard shared third place at 6-under-par 134.
Woods has been wrestling with his shots off the tee and the erratic driving that saw him blow the 36-hole lead at the Wachovia Championship last week has followed him to Texas. The difference, however, is that the top player in the game is sinking every putt in sight.
'I've putted well all year except for one week,' said Woods. 'Augusta is the only week I putted poorly. I didn't have any three-putts there, which is good, but I didn't make any putts, either. So consequently I wasn't in contention there.'
Woods improved his driving somewhat from his opening-round 65 which he posted at the TPC at Four Seasons, but Cottonwood Valley, the other course in rotation for the first two rounds, provided a different test.
'I've never played Cottonwood that way but I've played TPC that way,' said Woods. 'It was interesting trying to get your lines and your bearings off the tees because I've never seen the wind come from that direction before.'
He hit his tee shot to 20 feet for a birdie at the par-3 second but struggled to a bogey at the very next hole.
Woods took advantage of the other par-3 on the front nine, the ninth, and left a 7-iron within a foot of the hole. He tapped in for birdie and drained a 12-footer for a birdie at the par-3 12th to move to 7 under.
At the par-5 16th, Woods scrambled toward the green after his drive found the rough. He managed to knock his third within a few feet of the hole for birdie and the outright lead.
'I would have taken anything under par today,' said Woods. 'Even par or under par would have been a good score. With the wind blowing as hard as it was and as cool as it was, the ball just was not flying.'
O'Meara, who has had a solid campaign in 2004 that includes a victory at the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour, picked up a birdie at the fourth and added a birdie at the 10th to continue his climb up the leaderboard.
The 47-year-old added birdies at the 13th and the 16th to join Woods in the last group on Saturday after a bogey-free round of 66.
'We've played in major championships together on Sunday or Saturday at the British Open a couple of times, and we've played together before,' said O'Meara, who won the Masters and British Open in 1998. 'He's usually in the last few groups on the weekend.'
Garcia used another strong finish to remain in contention. On Thursday he collected five birdies over the last six holes at Cottonwood Valley and made another late push Friday at the TPC.
After a birdie and a bogey on the front nine, Garcia three-putted for a bogey at the 13th before catching fire down the stretch.
The Spaniard dropped his approach inside 7 feet for a birdie at the 15th and made it two in a row with a birdie at the very next hole. Garcia then left himself within 20 feet for a birdie at the last and drained the putt to complete a round of 68.
'Every time you're back in contention, no matter where, you're always happy,' said Garcia, who tied for fourth at the Masters. 'I'm definitely happy that I'm back there. I definitely feel like I should be a lot better than I am at the moment, but that's the way it is, and that's why this game is so tough.'
Defending champion Vijay Singh was lurking as always after the second round. Singh shot a 67 to share eighth place with reigning PGA champion Shaun Micheel and Stephen Leaney at 5-under-par 135.
J.L. Lewis, who shared the first-round lead with Lonard, managed a 4-over 74 to finish six shots off the pace in a group at 2-under-par 138.
The 36-hole cut fell at even-par 140 with 80 players qualifying for the weekend.
Masters champion Phil Mickelson ran off three bogeys over his first nine holes and never recovered. Mickelson, who had finished in the top-10 in 10 of his previous 11 tournaments this season, posted a 2-over 72 to finish at 1-over-par 141 for his first missed cut since the Chrysler Championship in November of last year.
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

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    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

    Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

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    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.