Woods Wins Fifth Title of the Season

By Sports NetworkAugust 21, 2005, 4:00 pm
AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods did what he usually does with at least a share of the lead heading into the final round.
Woods shot a 1-over 71 on Sunday, but used a late birdie to win the World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational by one stroke. He ended the tournament at 6-under-par 274 for his fifth victory of the year.
It was also the 45th title of Woods' career and the 33rd time in 36 chances that he has gone on to win after owning at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
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It wasn't all bad for Tiger on Sunday, as he eventually won his fifth title of the season.
Woods has now won a WGC title in seven straight years. He is the first player to win this event four times.
'We need to keep playing more in Ohio. It's that simple,' said Woods, who earned $1.3 million for the victory. 'We don't have enough tournaments here.'
Chris DiMarco, who lost to Woods in a playoff at the Masters this year, finished alone in second place at 5-under-par 275 after a final-round 68.
DiMarco held the outright lead before a bogey at the 17th. He was in the clubhouse with a share of the lead until Woods birdied No. 16 to move ahead for good.
'I'm glad it's over to tell you the truth,' DiMarco acknowledged. 'My stomach was turning out there.'
'He's come close, and I think by coming close and consistently coming close proves a lot, that he's got the game to be there, and it's just a lucky break here or there and it's one shot over a week,' Woods said of DiMarco. 'That's not much.'
Vijay Singh (67) tied for third place at 4-under-par 276 with Ryan Palmer (69) and Paul McGinley, who shot 2-over 72 and owned a share of the lead several times during the final round.
Kenny Perry, who entered the final round tied with Woods, stumbled to a 4-over 74 and finished in a tie for sixth place at minus-3.
Perry led around the turn, but he played the back nine at 4-over par. He and Woods were among several players who needed to finish their third rounds Sunday morning after weather suspended play late on Saturday.
The duo waited nearly six hours before they teed off in the final pairing of the day.
'Boy, what a day,' Woods said.
Perry held a two-stroke advantage over Woods, McGinley and DiMarco around the turn, but things would change quickly.
Woods picked up two strokes at the par-4 10th, where he made an uphill 14- foot birdie putt just before Perry settled for bogey. Ahead at No. 14, DiMarco also birdied to reach 6 under and tie Woods and Perry atop the leaderboard.
The final pairing then fell of the pace -- Woods at the 11th when he bounced his second shot over the green and missed a par putt, and Perry with a bogey at No. 12.
But DiMarco wouldn't hold the lead alone for very long. He found the rough behind the 17th green, pitched over the hole from nine yards away and then two-putted for a bogey to fall to 5 under.
Woods had a chance to take the lead at No. 13, but he clipped the left edge on a 5-foot birdie putt and settled for par to share the lead with DiMarco.
Another threat emerged in McGinley, who birdied the par-5 16th to also reach 5 under, but Woods would soon put all challengers away.
At the par-5 16th, Woods found the rough with a long tee shot and pitched out to leave himself 195 yards to the hole. From there, his third shot landed pin-high and 18 feet from the cup.
Woods then made a good read on the right-to-left putt, rolling the ball into the right side of the cup to reach 6 under for the outright lead.
'That putt -- I've had that putt it seems like for three, four years, and I miss it low every year and always power it 3, 4 feet past the hole,' said Woods. 'I made sure I threw the ball out there a little bit more'
DiMarco watched from the clubhouse as Woods pumped his fist after the putt.
'After Chris posted [5 under], I was just trying to make some birdies somewhere, and luckily I made that putt on 16,' said Woods.
McGinley bogeyed the 17th to fall two strokes off the pace, and it was all but over after that.
Woods found trouble off the 18th tee after slicing his ball into the trees, but he recovered by punching out to the right fringe and putting to within inches to set up par.
He has lost only three times when holding a 54-hole lead -- to Retief Goosen at the 2004 Tour Championship, to Phil Mickelson at the same event four years earlier, and to Ed Fiori at the 1996 Quad City Classic, the first time Woods ever led heading into the final round.
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.