Woods Makes Move on Moving Day

By Sports NetworkMarch 4, 2006, 5:00 pm
2005 Ford Championship at DoralMIAMI -- Tiger Woods prevailed in the highly-anticipated rematch against Phil Mickelson in Saturday's third round of the Ford Championship at Doral.
Woods shot a 4-under 68 and is two shots clear of the field at 17-under-par 199.
Daniel Chopra (68) and 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem (69) are knotted in second place at minus-15. David Toms posted a 2-under 70 on Saturday and is tied for fourth with overnight co-leader Camilo Villegas.
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With the crowd hoping for another Sunday duel, Mickelson faltered late and will have to play catch up to Tiger Woods.
Villegas, a tour rookie, was one off Woods' lead until a double bogey at the last. He carded a 1-under 71 and joined Toms at 14-under-par 202.
Last year, Woods trailed Mickelson by two in the final round, but overcame the deficit to hoist the trophy. On Saturday, they were the final pairing and were near the top of the leaderboard throughout most of the round. It wasn't until a late surge by Woods, coupled with some mistakes by Mickelson, that separated the two.
Mickelson, who shared the second-round lead with Woods, Villegas and Scott Verplank, found the water with his second at the final hole. He only managed an even-par 72 and shares sixth place with Tag Ridings (66) and Dean Wilson (69). The trio finished 54 holes at 13-under-par 203.
Woods broke out early with back-to-back birdies at one and two. When he tapped in a short birdie putt at the par-5 eighth, Woods owned a two-shot lead at minus-16.
Things fell apart quickly for the reigning Masters and British Open champion. He hit a terrible tee shot at the par-3 eighth and watched the ball splash in the lake. Woods re-teed it up and knocked his third to 15 feet. He missed the par putt, dropping back into a tie for the lead at 14 under par.
Woods parred the next three to stay near the top of the leaderboard. He turned it on starting at 13 when his 6-iron tee shot stopped three feet from the hole. Woods converted the birdie putt, then rolled in a 10-footer for birdie at 14. That putt allowed Woods to reclaim the lead at 16 under par.
Woods attempted to put some distance between himself and the field. He hit an 8-iron to 6 feet to set up his third birdie in a row. The No. 1 player in the world was 17 under par, but he could not shake the tour rookie.
Villegas came up short with his approach at the par-5 10th, but chipped to 5 feet to set up birdie. He sank a 16-foot birdie putt at 11 to get to 15 under par.
At the 14th, Villegas hit a spectacular approach inside 4 feet, but missed the birdie try. He atoned for the miscue at the par-3 15th when his 8-iron tee shot stopped inside 2 feet. Villegas holed that to match Woods at 16 under.
When Woods went past Villegas on the leaderboard with his birdie at 15, Villegas made a pair of routine pars at 16 and 17. The University of Florida product found serious trouble off the 18th tee.
Villegas drove never threatened the short grass and landed behind a huge tree. He was forced to punch out into the first fairway, then took a line of site drop as a tent was in his view. Villegas knocked his third to 28 feet, but his par putt came up almost five feet short. He missed the bogey putt and walked off the famed closing hole at Doral with a double bogey.
Woods' drive at 18 landed near the same tree Villegas found right before him. Woods was given relief because his feet were on the cart path and after several drops where the ball moved closer to the hole, he was allowed to place it, giving him a spectacular lie in the right rough.
He knocked his second to the right fringe, 27 feet from the stick. Woods chipped his birdie effort and came up a foot short. He tapped in for par to solidify his two-shot lead.
Davis Love III shot a 5-under 67 and is alone in ninth place at minus-12.
Verplank struggled to a 2-over 74 and shares 10th place with Fredrik Jacobson (68), Chad Campbell (71), Lucas Glover (71) and Zach Johnson (71). The group is knotted at 11-under-par 205.
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x