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Atwal bogeys 18, shares lead at Mauritius Open

By Associated PressDecember 2, 2017, 8:32 pm

BEL OMBRE, Mauritius – Arjun Atwal and Louis de Jager are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Mauritius Open.

Atwal had a four-shot lead after the opening round but that was whittled down over the last two days and de Jager's third-round 67 meant he will go into Sunday alongside Atwal on 13 under overall.

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South Africa's de Jager had four birdies at Heritage Golf Club on Saturday and watched India's Atwal make a three-putt bogey on the last hole to leave them level.

Atwal last won a tournament on the European Tour in 2008, while de Jager is looking for a first tour title.

They are one shot ahead of Dylan Frittelli (68) and Miguel Tabuena (67).

Louis Oosthuizen, the highest-ranked player at the tournament at No. 22, is one of a large bunch of players tied on 7 under.

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Watch: Highlights from Tiger's second round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 10:05 pm

Tiger Woods will head into the weekend at the Tour Championship with a share of the lead with world No. 1 Justin Rose after a 2-under 68 Friday at East Lake.

Woods started the day off right with a laser at the par-3 second that set up his first birdie of the day.

Woods couldn't keep the momentum going on the front nine, and after a bogey at No. 9 he shot even par. But he started a charge on the back nine with this birdie at No. 12.

After a par at 13, Woods made back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15.

Woods' two-shot lead evaporated quickly after a double bogey at No. 16.

After a par at 17, Woods smoked his drive on the par-5 18th ...

... and it set up a birdie on 18 that gave Woods a 2-under 68 and a share of the lead heading into the weekend.

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Woods, Rose lead Tour Championship by 2

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 9:54 pm

Tiger Woods shot a 2-under 68 to finish in a tie with Justin Rose at 7 under par and two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy through 36 holes of the Tour Championship. Here's what happened on Friday at Bobby Jones' old stomping grounds, East Lake in Atlanta, where with $1.62 million earmarked for the winner of the Tour Championship, and $10 million going to the season-ending leader in the FedExCup standings, EVERY day is Moving Day.

Leaderboard: Justin Rose (-7), Tiger Woods (-7), Rory McIlroy (-5), four tied at -4

What it means: While it's way too early to consider this a match-play situation, the top two represent a former world No. 1 vs. the current world No. 1 and a U.S. Ryder Cup star vs. a European Ryder Cup star. Were Jones alive today and watching the proceedings, we can easily envisioning him saying "They play a game with which I am not familiar." Woods, after a quiet front nine of one birdie (second hole) and one bogey (ninth). got hot on the back, rolling in birdie putts of 4 1/2 feet at the 12th, 18 feet at the 14th, 24 feet at the 15th and a two-putt birdie at the 18th. His momentum crashed at the 16th, however, where he needed four shots to reach the 454-yard par-4 and made double bogey. Rose sandwiched a bogey at No. 4 between birdies at the second and sixth, then on the back - which used to be the front - he birdied 13, 14 and 18 against a lone bogey at the 16th.

Round of the day: Billy Horschel and Patrick Cantlay both shot 5-under 65s and are tied at 4 under.

Biggest disappointment: Brooks Koepka was a perfect example of how golf is a "what have you done for me lately?" game. Back-to-back U.S. Open championships and a PGA Championship did nothing to prevent Koepka from shooting a worst-of-the-day 78. Honorable mention goes to Rickie Fowler, who began the day sharing the lead with Woods, made the turn at 7 under - and went 4 over on the back nine.

Storylines going into the weekend: Every year, the No. 1 storyline at this event is who is going to win the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus. But this is no ordinary year. This year all eyes are on Woods and his attempt to come back from multiple back surgeries and chalk up his first official win since 2013.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 8:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

Getty Images pro shoots under par despite a 10

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 7:34 pm

We've all been there. We make a big number early in a round, and mentally we pack it in for the day, believing our shot to break 100/90/80 is gone before we've even worked up a sweat.

The next time this happens to you, remember the case of Max Rottluff, who made a 10 - a 10! - on a par 4 early in the first round of the Tour Finals and found himself 6 over par after only two holes. And he had to hole out from the fringe to keep it to a 10!

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Rottluff, a native of Germany who played collegiately at Arizona State, bore down after that, never dropping another stroke. Not only that, but he made seven birdies - two on the front nine and five on the back - to shoot a 1-under-par 70.

Rottluff started the Tour Finals in 82nd place, so he has a long way to go to reach the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. (He did follow his 70 with a 66 in the second round, so he's headed in the right direction.) He finished 64th on the Tour's regular-season money list, which guarantees him a full exemption on that tour next year.