Tiger Last No 1 Seed Remaining

By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007- WGC-AccentureTUCSON, Arizona -- Twice he stood on the edge of the green as his opponent stood over a putt to win, a position Tiger Woods has been in before at the Accenture Match Play Championship.
 
Contrary to popular belief, he is not perfect in his format.
 
There have been times when Woods has hit the ball sideways, when the putter has felt like a sledge hammer, and he wound up leaving earlier than he wanted. But in 33 previous matches at this fickle event, Woods has never played so well and sweat so much.
 
Ten birdies and were still playing, caddie Steve Williams said as Woods match with Aaron Baddeley headed for the 18th.
 
It finally ended on the 20th hole when Woods made his 12th birdie.
 
The final birdie was from 13 feet, so true that instead of pumping his fist, Woods began removing his cap when the ball was a foot from falling. Maybe he was too tired to celebrate. He certainly was impressed, not only with his play, but that of Baddeley, an Australian who shot 80 in the final round of the U.S. Open the last time they played together.
 
I birdied, he birdied. He birdied, I birdied, Woods said. It was unbelievable how many birdies we made out there today.
 
They made 22 between them.
 
Their best-ball score through 18 holes would have been a 58.
 
Woods gave away two holes with tee shots into the high desert. Baddeley gave away one hole when he tried to whack a wedge out of a prickly pear on the par-5 fifth.
 
Those were the exceptions.
 
It was quality shot after quality shot, Woods said. Matches like that are fun to be part of.
 
This one became more enjoyable to the worlds No. 1 player because of the way it ended. Woods advanced to the quarterfinals for the fifth time in nine years, and the first time since he won his second straight title in 2004 at La Costa.
 
Baddeley might be haunted by two putts he had for the win, one that was difficult, one that surprised him.
 
His 10-foot birdie attempt on the 18th hole looked simple enough, but Woods had a 12-foot birdie putt from above the hole, barely rapped it and watched it trickled 4 1/2 feet by the hole. Baddeley knew his putt would swing sharply from right-to-left, and he didnt play enough break. If he got too aggressive, it would have gone past Woods ball.
 
The surprise came on the first hole, the 19th of their match.
 
True to form'and Baddeley was in great form'he launched an approach on the par 5 and said forcefully, Be right, which it was, leaving him a 12-foot eagle putt. The Aussie didnt see any break in the putt until it veered slightly to the left and burned the edge.
 
After halving the hole with a birdie, Baddeley dropped his ball down and tried again. This one went straight and into the cup. Sadly, mulligans arent allowed in match play.
 
Nothing you can do, really, he said.
 
The reference was to the putt. It might as well have been for the entire match.
 
He made eight birdies in a nine-hole stretch, one that was conceded from 12 feet when Woods tee shot plunked a marshal in the head and ricocheted into the desert, squaring the match. That still wasnt enough.
 
I played great, you know? Baddeley said. I made him have to win it.
 
Next up for Woods is K.J. Choi, a 1-up winner over Paul Casey of England. Typical of this tournament, those two matches could not have been any different. While Woods and Baddeley combined for 22 birdies and had a best-ball score of 58 in regulation, Choi cooled after opening with three birdies, finishing with 11 straight pars. That was good enough to advance.
 
The World Golf Championship again has an American flavor. They began this week with a record-low 20 players, but there is still one American alive in each bracket.
 
Woody Austin easily handled Boo Weekley, 3 and 2, to advance to play defending champion Henrik Stenson, who hung on to beat Jonathan Byrd. Stenson won his ninth straight match, the third-longest streak in the Match Play Championship.
 
Stewart Cink took advantage of sloppy play by Colin Montgomerie to deny the Scot valuable world ranking points, winning 4 and 2. Cink will play U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera, who made six birdies on the front nine and beat Steve Stricker, 4 and 3.
 
Justin Leonard dispatched Stuart Appleby, 3 and 2, running off five straight birdies at the turn. He plays Vijay Singh, who rallied from 2 down with two holes to play and beat Rod Pampling on the 25th hole.
 
Cabrera and Leonard are the only players to have not played the 18th hole at Dove Mountain.
 
Byrd had not played the 15th hole until Friday, and he birdied it to square his match with Stenson. The big Swede took advantage of his power to win the 17th, then hung on for the victory.
 
No match was more compelling than Woods and Baddeley.
 
The Aussie, who first played a practice round with Woods as an 18-year-old amateur, took his first lead with a 12-foot birdie on the 14th, after Woods missed from 15 feet. From there, Baddeley played away from the dangerous slopes to the center of the green, making Woods beat him.
 
He did all the things you were supposed to do when you have the lead, Woods said.
 
And Woods did what he usually does, starting with an 8-iron into 2 feet for birdie on the 16th to tie the match. And on they went, both reaching the par-5 17th in two for a putt at eagle, both finding the 18th fairway for a decent look at birdie on the 18th.
 
Woods could only think of one other match he played at such a high level, when he went the 36-hole distance with Mark OMeara in the final of the World Match Play Championship in England in 1998.
 
He lost that match. This time, he gets to keep playing.
 
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    Chamblee: Like Tiger in '13, Mickelson should've DQ'd self

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 19, 2018, 2:46 pm

    Two days after Brooks Koepka left Long Island with the U.S. Open trophy, the third-round antics of Phil Mickelson are still garnering plenty of discussion.

    Mickelson became a lightning rod of opinion after he intentionally hit a moving ball on the 13th green Saturday at Shinnecock Hills, incurring a two-shot penalty but not a disqualification. In the aftermath, he explained that he made a conscious choice to take the penalty to avoid playing back and forth across the crispy putting surface, and he tied for 48th after a final-round 66.

    Speaking Tuesday on "Morning Drive," Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee shared his view that Mickelson would have been well-served to disqualify himself ahead of the final round. He also compared it to Tiger Woods' incident at the 2013 Masters, when he took an incorrect drop and, like Mickelson, received a two-shot penalty but not a disqualification.



    "I think Tiger, at least it's my opinion that his year would have been less distracting if he had done so," Chamblee said. "And I think the same of Phil Mickelson. If he had withdrawn from the championship and said, 'Look. This is a little sketchy. It didn't play out the way I thought. I've given it some thought and it's in the best interest of the championship that I withdraw.'"

    Chamblee added that Mickelson's antics were "really distracting" on a day filled with drama as the USGA lost control of course conditions, noting that Mickelson and playing partner Andrew "Beef" Johnston were the only tee time where both players failed to break 80 despite the difficult conditions.

    But having had time to review the situation and having surveyed a number of peers, Chamblee is as convinced as ever that Mickelson made a mistake by showing up for his final-round tee time.

    "What Phil did, I haven't run into a single person that hasn't said he deserved to be disqualified," Chamblee said. "Under any interpretation, a serious breach - if gaining an advantage is not a serious breach, I don't know what is. And he clearly said he was gaining an advantage and doing it for strategic reasons."

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    Norman to pose in ESPN's 'Body Issue'

    By Grill Room TeamJune 19, 2018, 2:05 pm

    Professional golfers have, from time to time, appeared in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features athletes strategically posed in the nude. The list includes: Belen Mozo, Carly Booth, Gary Player, Camilo Villegas, Sandra Gal, Christina Kim, Anna Grzebien, Suzann Pettersen and Sadena Parks.

    And now, Greg Norman.

    Modesty has never been an issue for Norman, who has an affinity for posing without a shirt (and sometimes without pants) on his Instagram account.

    He joins a list of athletes, in this year's edition, ranging from professional wrestlers (Charlotte Flair) to Olympians (Adam Rippon) to WNBA stars (Sue Bird). Click here for a full list of the athletes to appear.

     

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    DJ listed as betting favorite for The Open

    By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 2:00 pm

    With the U.S. Open officially in the books, oddsmakers quickly turned their attention to the season's third major.

    Minutes after Brooks Koepka holed the winning putt to successfully defend his title at Shinnecock Hills, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook published its first set of odds for The Open. Jordan Spieth, who opened at 14/1, will defend his title as the tournament shifts to Carnoustie in Scotland for the first time since 2007, when Padraig Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia in a playoff.

    Joining Spieth at 14/1 is 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy, but they're both listed behind world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Johnson, who was a runner-up at the 2011 Open at Royal St. George's and just finished third at the U.S. Open, opened as a 12/1 betting favorite. Koepka, now a two-time major winner, is listed at 20/1 alongside U.S. Open runner-up Tommy Fleetwood.

    Here's a look at the first edition of odds, with The Open just five weeks away:

    12/1: Dustin Johnson

    14/1: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy

    16/1: Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas

    20/1: Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm

    25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

    30/1: Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama

    40/1: Phil Mickelson, Branden Grace, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Marc Leishman

    50/1: Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Tyrrell Hatton

    60/1: Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick

    80/1: Tony Finau, Zach Johnson, Thomas Pieters, Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele, Bubba Watson, Shane Lowry

    100/1: Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker

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    Golf Channel, Loch Lomond Partner on Claret Jug Tour Ahead of 147TH Open

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 18, 2018, 9:35 pm

    Award-Winning Independent Scotcb Whisky Sponsoring Tour to Select U.S. Cities; Will Include Special Tastings and Opportunities for Fans to Engage with Golf’s Most Storied Trophy

    Golf Channel and Loch Lomond Group are partnering on a promotional tour with the Claret Jug – golf’s most iconic trophy, first awarded in 1873 to the winner of The Open – to select U.S. cities in advance of the 147TH Open at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Loch Lomond Whisky’s sponsorship of the tour further enhances the brand’s existing five-year partnership with the R&A as the official spirit of The Open, initially announced in February.

    “We are proud to partner with Golf Channel to support this tour of golf’s most iconic trophy,” said Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group. “Whisky and golf are two of Scotland’s greatest gifts to the world, and following the news of our recent partnership with the R&A for The Open, being a part of the Claret Jug tour was a perfect fit for Loch Lomond Group to further showcase our commitment to the game.”

    “The Loch Lomond Group could not be a more natural fit to sponsor the Claret Jug tour,” said Tom Knapp, senior vice president of golf sponsorship, NBC Sports Group. “Much like the storied history that accompanies the Claret Jug, Loch Lomond’s Scottish roots trace back centuries ago, and their aspirations to align with golf’s most celebrated traditions will resonate with a broad range of consumers in addition to golf fans and whisky enthusiasts.”

    The tour kicks off today in Austin, Texas, and will culminate on Wednesday, July 11 at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe one week prior to The Open. Those wishing to engage with the Claret Jug will have an opportunity at one of several tour stops being staged at Topgolf locations in select cities. The tour will feature a custom, authentic Scottish pub where consumers (of age) can sample Loch Lomond’s portfolio of whiskies in the spirit of golf’s original championship and the Claret Jug. The Claret Jug also will make special pop-up visits to select GolfNow course partners located within some of the designated tour markets.

    (All Times Local)

    Monday, June 18                    Austin, Texas              (Topgolf, 5:30-8:30 p.m.)

    Tuesday, June 19                    Houston                      (Topgolf, 5-8 p.m.)

    Wednesday, June 20               Jacksonville, Fla.        (Topgolf, 6-9 p.m.)

    Monday, June 25                    Orlando, Fla.               (Topgolf, 6-9 p.m.)

    Wednesday, July 4                 Washington D.C.        (Topgolf, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Ashburn, Va.)

    Monday, July 9                       Edison, N.J.                (Topgolf, Time TBA)

    Wednesday, July 11               Lake Tahoe, Nev.       American Century Championship (On Course)

    Fans interacting with the Claret Jug and Loch Lomond during the course of the tour are encouraged to share their experience using the hashtag, #ClaretJug on social media, and tag @TheOpen and @LochLomondMalts on Twitter and Instagram.

    NBC Sports Group is the exclusive U.S. television home of the 147TH Open from Carnoustie, with nearly 50 live hours of tournament coverage, Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22. The Claret Jug is presented each July to the winner of The Open, with the winner also being given the title of “Champion Golfer of the Year” until the following year’s event is staged. The Claret Jug is one of the most storied trophies in all of sports; first presented to the 1873 winner of The Open, Tom Kidd. Each year, the winner’s name is engraved on to the trophy, forever etched into the history of golf’s original championship. It is customary for the Champion Golfer of the Year to drink a favorite alcoholic beverage from the Claret Jug in celebration of the victory.