Notes Equipment Malfunction Cant Slow Down Woods

By Associated PressJuly 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- An equipment malfunction wasn't going to slow Tiger Woods down this week.
Woods broke his driver in practice before the Open began, cracking the face with one swing. He switched to his backup driver, a graphite shafted Nike Platinum with the same 460cc head, for the tournament.
Woods' instructor, Hank Haney, said he took the switch in stride.
``It went just a tiny bit higher than his other one, but it was no big deal,'' Haney said. ``He didn't let it bother him. He was swinging so good, he didn't even think twice.''
Scotland's favorite golfer, Colin Montgomerie, came up short in his bid to win the Open. But the country did manage to produce the low amateur.
Lloyd Saltman, a 19-year-old from Craigielau, shot a final round 71 to finish at 5-under 283.
Still, he had to birdie the last hole to claim low amateur from fellow Scot Eric Ramsay, who was a shot back at 284. Saltman knew what he had to do when he teed off after seeing Ramsay post a final round 68.
``I feel I perform better under the pressure because I need to switch on,'' he said. ``That's why you practice to play in things like this and to walk up the last needing a birdie to win the silver medal.''
Saltman said his performance doesn't change his plans to wait a few years to turn pro. A semifinalist in the British Amateur, he'll be on his country's Walker Cup team later this year.
Bernhard Langer can thank the driver of a golf cart carrying TV equipment for helping him out on the ninth hole Sunday.
Langer ended up making birdie on the hole after his ball, which was heading toward some thick gorse bushes, bounced off the cart instead.
Instead of a possible unplayable lie from the bushes, he was able to pitch a shot over the bushes and made a 25-footer for birdie.
The two-time Masters champion finished tied for fifth and joined Tiger Woods as the only players to post four sub-par rounds with his final round 71.
Tiger Woods might want Jack Nicklaus to stick around a little longer.
Woods has won all four major championships that Nicklaus bade farewell at, beginning with the 2000 PGA Championship.
Woods also won the 2000 U.S. Open and this year's Masters in the last appearance for Nicklaus in both.
Dozens of men wearing kilts, hundreds of blue and white Scottish flags and a standing ovation at nearly every grandstand still weren't enough to bring Colin Montgomerie his first title in a major championship.
He fell short, but it wasn't because of a lack of support.
Calling themselves the ``Full Montys,'' five young men wearing T-shirts saying ``We Love Monty'' and sporting blond Afro wigs followed Montgomerie around.
Four other Scottish men, each carrying large Scottish flags around the course, waved their support for Monty at every hole.
``This is your year Monty, and everyone knows it,'' Chris Pyle screamed when Montgomerie edged to within one shot of Woods when he birdied No. 9 -- leaving him at 12 under with Woods on 13 under. Alongside, his brother, Colin, waved the flag and shouted encouragement.
``I don't know if he'll ever be in contention again like this in a major, and a major in Scotland,'' said Calvin Cameron, one of the Full Montys. ``Probably not. This looked so much like his year. It's very disappointing.''
Woods had his own enthusiastic fans -- none sticking out more than Andy Kulina and Mike Peirce. The two Americans from Ohio, who work in London, followed Woods wearing Bengal-colored pants, topped with tiger ears and waving tiger tails.
The outfits were the brainchild of Peirce, who had them made for him a dozen years ago when he followed the Cincinnati Bengals NFL teams.
``A friend made them for me, but I put them in a box and never wore them until Tiger came along.''
They donned the costumes at the 2002 Ryder Cup at the Belfry in Birmingham, England, where the Americans lost to Europe.
``We were looking for a second chance,'' Kulina said, ``and today is it.''
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    Kang 'going with the flow,' one back of A. Jutanugarn

    By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 9:43 am

    SHANGHAI – Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament on Thursday.

    The Thai player had six birdies in a bogey-free round, including three straight on Nos. 4, 5, and 6.

    ''I always have so much fun when I play in Asia,'' said Jutanugarm, who added her key was ''just not to expect anything. Just go out have fun and enjoy everything.''

    Sei Young Kim and Danielle Kang (both 67) were one shot back, with six other players only two shots off the lead.

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    The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.

    Kang credited her improved play to new coach Butch Harmon.

    ''We just kind of simplify the game a lot,'' the American said. ''Just trying to calm it down and get back to how I used to play. Just more feel golf. Thinking less mechanics and going with the flow.''

    Kang tied for third last week at the KEB Hana Bank championship in Incheon, South Korea.

    ''Today's round went very smooth,'' Kang said. ''Coming off very good momentum after last week, and I've been hitting the ball really well, playing great. I've just been trusting my game and just keep giving myself birdie chances. They kept rolling in.''

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    Sharpshooting Reavie (68) leads tough CJ Cup

    By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 9:34 am

    JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – Chez Reavie overcame cool, windy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Thursday.

    In the breezy conditions, the back nine of the course posed the most difficulty, but the 36-year-old American made two birdies and negotiated it in 35 after starting on the 10th tee, and then picked up three shots on his final nine.

    Danny Willett and Si Woo Kim shot 69 while the large group at 70, and tied for fourth, included Ian PoulterNick Watney and Michael Kim.

    Brooks Koepka, playing in his first tournament since being voted PGA Tour Player of the Year, shot 71 and was in a group three strokes behind and tied for 11th, which included Paul Casey and Hideki Matsuyama.

    Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Defending champion Justin Thomas had a 73, as did Jason Day, Ernie Els and J.B. Holmes.

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    Marc Leishman, who won last week's CIMB Classic in Malaysia, and Adam Scott had 75s.

    Reavie's only PGA Tour win came at the 2008 Canadian Open, and he finished second in back-to-back starts last year in Phoenix and Pebble Beach, losing at Phoenix in a playoff.

    ''It was a great day, I hit the ball really well,'' Reavie said of Thursday's round. ''The wind was blowing really hard all day long so you had to really start the ball well and keep it out of the wind. Luckily, I was able to do that.''

    Despite the windy conditions, Reavie found all 14 fairways off the tee and hit 15 out of 18 greens in regulation, which he felt was the key to a good score.

    ''It's tough because once you get above the hole with this wind, it's really hard to chip it close,'' he said. ''The more greens you can hit, the better and that was key to my game.''

    Willett, who has struggled with injuries and form since winning the 2016 Masters and has dropped to No. 342 in the world, made five birdies and two bogeys in his 69. Willett has just one top-five finish since finishing second in the Italian Open in September 2016.

    Having committed to play on the PGA Tour by taking up membership this season, Willet said it was important to make a quick start to the season.

    ''I've done two tours for a couple of years, and it's very difficult,'' Willett said. ''We committed to play on the PGA Tour, to play predominantly over here this year and next. It's nice to kind of get in and get some points early if you can.''

    The second of three PGA Tour events in three weeks in Asia has a 78-player field and no cut. Only 19 players broke par on Thursday.

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    Koepka takes edge over Thomas in race for world No. 1

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 18, 2018, 5:50 am

    Brooks Koepka got the inside track against Justin Thomas in their head-to-head battle this week for world No. 1.

    Koepka shot 1-under 71 on Thursday at the CJ Cup, while Thomas shot 1-over 73.

    Chez Reavie leads after 18 holes at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea, following a 4-under 68.

    Koepka, currently world No. 3, needs to win this week or finish solo second [without Thomas winning] in order to reach the top spot in the rankings for the first time in his career. Thomas, currently No. 4, must win to reclaim the position he surrendered in June.

    One week after 26 under par proved victorious in Malaysia, birdies weren’t as aplenty to begin the second leg of the PGA Tour’s Asian swing.

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    In chilly, windy conditions, Koepka and Thomas set out alongside one another – with Sungjae Im (73) as the third – on the 10th hole. Koepka bogeyed his first hole of the day on his way to turning in even-par 36. Thomas was one worse, with two bogeys and a birdie.

    On their second nine, Koepka was steady with two birdies and a bogey to reach red figures for the day.

    "I felt like I played good. I hit some good shots, missed a couple putts early and kind put myself in a little bit of trouble on the back nine, my front, but rallied pretty nicely," Koepka said. "I felt like I found a bit of rhythm. But it's a difficult day, anything under par, level par is a good score out there today. I'm pleased with it."

    Thomas, however, had two birdies and a double bogey on his inward half. The double came at the par-4 fourth, where he four-putted. He nearly made up those two strokes on his final hole, the par-5 ninth, when a wild approach shot [as you can see below] traversed the contours of the green and settled 6 feet from the hole. But Thomas missed the short eagle putt and settled for birdie.

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    Watch: Thomas' approach takes wild ride on CJ Cup green

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 18, 2018, 5:17 am

    Two over par with one hole to play in Round 1 of the CJ Cup, Justin Thomas eyed an eagle at the par-5 ninth [his 18th].

    And he nearly got it, thanks to his ball beautifully navigating the curves of the green.

    Thomas hit a big draw for his second shot and his ball raced up the green's surface, towards the back, where it caught the top of ridge and funneled down to within 6 feet of the hole.

    Unfortunately for Thomas, the defending champion, he missed the eagle putt and settled for birdie and a 1-over 73.