Woods Perry Tied Play Called

By Sports NetworkAugust 20, 2005, 4:00 pm
AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods and Kenny Perry are atop the leaderboard during the third round of the suspended World Golf Championships- NEC Invitational, but the weather was the story on Saturday.
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Tiger Woods seemed to be enjoying himself before storms moved into the area and suspended play.
On Friday, tournament officials recognized that severe weather was headed to Firestone, so they pushed the tee times up five hours. It did not work perfectly.
There was a three-hour delay starting at 12:44 p.m. ET, then players returned briefly to the course. Play was suspended after just 15 minutes and officials thought there might be a possibility that the golfers could hit balls shortly after 6:00 p.m.
It didn't happen and play was called for the day at 6:05 p.m. The 20 golfers who need to finish their third round will return at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning and the final round is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m.
Woods, a three-time former champion, and Perry are knotted at 7 under par. Perry has a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to come back for, while Woods is in the trees off the 16th tee.
Since the players will be re-paired for the final round, Perry will take either one or two putts, then have to wait almost six hours before his final-round tee time.
'I'll have some time to kill, which is frustrating,' said Perry, who is 6 under par thus far in his round. 'I'm not a weather man. If they thought it was close, I'd rather be safe than sorry.'
Woods will have close to 30 minutes worth of golf to play in the morning, then his long break.
'No one is really happy right now,' admitted Woods, who is 3 under par in the third round. 'It's been a long day, and I wish we would have gotten it in, but we'll come back tomorrow and finish it up and wait around for a while and start it up again.'
Paul McGinley is 3 under through 15 holes and alone in third place at 6 under par. Stuart Appleby is also 3 under with two holes to go and owns fourth at minus-5.
Woods, who has held at least a share of the lead after the first two rounds, two-putted for birdie from seven feet at the par-5 second and that propelled him to a strong run. His wedge approach at three spun back to 8 feet and he sank the birdie putt. Woods made it three in a row with a 7-footer at the fourth, but did not get much else going through the turn.
At the 11th, Woods drove in the right rough, then hit a terrible second that hit the trees and landed short and right of the putting surface. He pitched his third to 25 feet, then canned the left-to-righter for par.
Woods hit a wedge to 4 feet to set up birdie at the 13th, and missed the green with his tee ball at 15. The horn then sounded and Woods pitched to 8 feet three hours later. His par-saver lipped out and Woods fell into a tie with Perry, who was on a birdie run on Firestone's back nine.
Woods' problems continued at 16 as he hooked his drive into the trees on the left side. He was standing over his second at the par-5 hole when play was stopped for the second time.
'Hopefully I can escape with a par there and make something happen the last couple of holes to put myself in it,' said Woods. 'We've done this before and we did it all at the beginning of the year. This is something we're accustomed to.'
Perry made the turn at 5 under for the championship thanks to four birdies on the front side. He dropped a shot at 14, then rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the 15th.
Perry, ranked 11th in the world, hit the flag with his approach at 16, but the ball bounced off the green. Did not matter to Perry as he holed the putt from the fairway to reach minus-6.
At the 17th, Perry landed in the rough with his drive, but knocked his approach to 8 feet. The first delay gave him time to think about the putt, but he walked back and drained it to tie Woods at minus-7.
He had 10 feet for birdie at the 18th when the siren rang, stopping play again.
'I'm not too worried about that putt,' said Perry. 'It's a pretty straight putt right up the hill. There's not a lot of thinking about that. It's just a matter of getting ready for that afternoon round.'
Jose Maria Olazabal is the leader in the clubhouse at 4-under-par 206. He shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday and is tied for fifth with Sergio Garcia. The younger Spaniard is two-under on his round and has the 17th and 18th to go.
Ryan Palmer shot a 3-under 67 and is in at minus-3. David Toms, Chris DiMarco, Thomas Bjorn and David Howell are 3 under par, but have holes remaining.
PGA Champion Phil Mickelson just snuck in under the horn, but it was not a spectacular round. He shot a 5-over 75 and is currently tied for 43rd at plus-6.
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    J. Korda fires flawless 62, leads by 4 in Thailand

    By Associated PressFebruary 23, 2018, 12:48 pm

    CHONBURI, Thailand – Jessica Korda shot a course-record 62 at the Honda LPGA Thailand on Friday to lead by four strokes after the second round.

    Playing her first tournament since having jaw surgery, Korda fired eight birdies and finished with an eagle to move to 16 under par at the halfway point, a 36-hole record at the tournament.

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    Korda, who is the daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda, leads fellow American Brittany Lincicome, who carded a 65 to go 12 under.

    Minjee Lee of Australia is third and a shot behind Linicome on 11 under after a 67. Lexi Thompson, the 2016 champion, is fourth and another shot behind Lee.

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    Simpson, Noren share Honda lead after challenging Rd. 1

    By Doug FergusonFebruary 23, 2018, 1:25 am

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Tiger Woods had what he called ''easily'' his best round hitting the ball, and he didn't even break par at the Honda Classic.

    Alex Noren and Webb Simpson shared the lead at 4-under 66 in steady wind on a penal PGA National golf course, and felt as though they had to work hard for it. Both dropped only one shot Thursday, which might have been as great an accomplishment as any of their birdies.

    ''When you stand on certain tee boxes or certain approach shots, you remember that, 'Man, this is one of the hardest courses we play all year, including majors,''' said Simpson, who is playing the Honda Classic for the first time in seven years.

    Only 20 players broke par, and just as many were at 76 or worse.

    Woods had only one big blunder - a double bogey on the par-5 third hole when he missed the green and missed a 3-foot putt - in an otherwise stress-free round. He had one other bogey against three birdies, and was rarely out of position. Even one of his two wild drives, when his ball landed behind two carts that were selling frozen lemonade and soft pretzels, he still had a good angle to the green.

    ''It was very positive today,'' Woods said. ''It was a tough day out there for all of us, and even par is a good score.''

    It was plenty tough for Adam Scott, who again stumbled his way through the closing stretch of holes that feature water, water and more water. Scott went into the water on the par-3 15th and made double bogey, and then hit into the water on the par-3 17th and made triple bogey. He shot 73.

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    Rory McIlroy was at even par deep into the back nine when he figured his last chance at birdie would be the par-5 18th. Once he got there, he figured his best chance at birdie was to hit 3-wood on or near the green. Instead, he came up a yard short and into the water, made double bogey and shot 72.

    Noren, who lost in a playoff at Torrey Pines last month, shot 31 on the front nine and finished with a 6-foot birdie on the ninth hole into a strong wind for his 66.

    The Swede is a nine-time winner on the European Tour who is No. 16 in the world, though he has yet to make a connection among American golf fans - outside of Stillwater, Oklahoma, from his college days at Oklahoma State - from not having fared well at big events. Noren spends time in South Florida during the winter, so he's getting used to this variety of putting surfaces.

    ''I came over here to try to play some more American-style courses, get firmer greens, more rough, and to improve my driving and improve my long game,'' Noren said. ''So it's been great.''

    PGA champion Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Morgan Hoffmann - who all live up the road in Jupiter - opened with a 67. There's not much of an advantage because hardly anyone plays PGA National the other 51 weeks of the year. It's a resort that gets plenty of traffic, and conditions aren't quite the same.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the South African who now lives primarily in West Palm Beach, also came out to PGA National a few weeks ago to get a feel for the course. He was just like everyone else that day - carts on paths only. Not everyone can hole a bunker shot on the final hole at No. 9 for a 67. Mackenzie Hughes of Canada shot his 67 with a bogey from a bunker on No. 9.

    Woods, in his third PGA Tour event since returning from a fourth back surgery, appears to be making progress.

    ''One bad hole,'' he said. ''That's the way it goes.''

    It came on the easiest hole on the course. Woods drove into a fairway bunker on the par-5 third, laid up and put his third shot in a bunker. He barely got it out to the collar, used the edge of his sand wedge to putt it down toward the hole and missed the 3-foot par putt.

    He answered with a birdie and made pars the rest of the way.

    ''I'm trying to get better, more efficient at what I'm doing,'' Woods said. ''And also I'm actually doing it under the gun, under the pressure of having to hit golf shots, and this golf course is not forgiving whatsoever. I was very happy with the way I hit it today.''

    Woods played with Patton Kizzire, who already has won twice on the PGA Tour season this year. Kizzire had never met Woods until Thursday, and he yanked his opening tee shot into a palmetto bush. No one could find it, so he had to return to the tee to play his third shot. Kizzire covered the 505 yards in three shots, an outstanding bogey considering the two-shot penalty.

    Later, he laughed about the moment.

    ''I was so nervous,'' Kizzire said. ''I said to Tiger, 'Why did you have to make me so nervous?'''

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    Players battle 'crusty' greens on Day 1 at Honda

    By Randall MellFebruary 22, 2018, 11:52 pm

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods called the greens “scratchy” on PGA National’s Champion Course.

    Rory McIlroy said there is “not a lot of grass on them.”

    Morgan Hoffmann said they are “pretty dicey in spots, like a lot of dirt.”

    The first round of the Honda Classic left players talking almost as much about the challenge of navigating the greens as they did the challenge of Florida’s blustery, winter winds.

    “They looked more like Sunday greens than Thursday,” McIlroy said. “They are pretty crusty. They are going to have a job keeping a couple of them alive.”

    The Champion Course always plays tough, ranking annually among the most challenging on the PGA Tour. With a very dry February, the course is firmer and faster than it typically plays.

    “Today was not easy,” Woods said. “It's going to get more difficult because these greens are not the best . . . Some of these putts are a bit bouncy . . . There's no root structure. You hit shots and you see this big puff of sand on the greens, so that shows you there's not a lot of root structure.”

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    Brad Nelson, PGA National’s director of agronomy, said the Champion Course’s TifEagle Bermuda greens are 18 years old, and they are dealing with some contamination, in spots, of other strains of grasses.

    “As it’s been so warm and dry, and as we are trying to get the greens so firm, those areas that are not a true Tifeagle variety anymore, they get unhappy,” Nelson said. “What I mean by unhappy is that they open up a little bit . . . It gives them the appearance of being a little bit thin in some areas.”

    Nelson said the greens are scheduled for re-grassing in the summer of 2019. He said the greens do have a “crusty” quality, but . . .

    “Our goal is to be really, really firm, and we feel like we are in a good place for where we want them to be going into the weekend,” he said.

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    McIlroy, Scott have forgettable finish at Honda

    By Ryan LavnerFebruary 22, 2018, 11:03 pm

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rory McIlroy and the rest of his group had a forgettable end to their rounds Thursday at the Honda Classic.

    McIlroy was even par for the day and looking for one final birdie to end his opening round. Only two players had reached the par-5 finishing hole, but McIlroy tried to hold a 3-wood up against the wind from 268 yards away. It found the water, leading to a double bogey and a round of 2-over 72.  

    “It was the right shot,” McIlroy said. “I just didn’t execute it the right way.”

    He wasn’t the only player to struggle coming home.

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    Adam Scott, who won here in 2016, found the water on both par 3s in the Bear Trap, Nos. 15 and 17. He made double on 15, then triple on 17, after his shot from the drop area went long, then he failed to get up and down. He shot 73, spoiling a solid round.

    The third player in the group, Padraig Harrington, made a mess of the 16th hole, taking a triple.

    The group played the last four holes in a combined 10 over.