Westwood co-leads Scottish Open; Donald two back

By Associated PressJuly 7, 2011, 1:28 pm

INVERNESS, Scotland – Lee Westwood and tour newcomer Mark Tullo of Chile shot 7-under 65s on Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Scottish Open.

Westwood made six birdies and an eagle in the warmup event before next week’s British Open. A bogey at the 16th hole was his only setback.

With a win at the new links course at Castle Stuart, the second-ranked Westwood would regain the No. 1 ranking held by fellow Englishman Luke Donald.

Tullo, ranked No. 232 and in his first season on the European Tour, birdied his first four holes and then five of the back nine to join Westwood atop the leaderboard.

George Coetzee of South Africa, Peter Hanson of Sweden and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark are three strokes behind the leaders.

“I like playing the week before a major because I like being competitive and the aggression of making putts when you have to make them,” Westwood said. “The more pressure I’m under this week the better, I think.”

Westwood and Tullo took advantage of the better conditions in the morning, with a moderate wind picking up slightly in the afternoon. Of the leading five players, only Olesen teed off after midday.

Among those at 5-under 67 were Donald, defending champion Edoardo Molinari of Italy and former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, who needs a top five finish to have a chance at the one available qualifying spot for the British Open for the leading nonexempt player.

“It’s a tournament I’ve loved – and finished second in – and I want to play again in it, I really do,” Montgomerie said of his attempt to make his 22nd straight Open.

Sixth-ranked Phil Mickelson posted a 1-over 73, leaving the American an uphill task to end his tournament drought in Britain. Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open winner, and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington both shot 69s in the afternoon.

Westwood hasn’t finished outside the top 11 in his last five events – including The Masters and U.S. Open – and he continued his superb form with a near-flawless round starting on the back nine.

He added to an early birdie with a burst of birdie-eagle-birdie around the turn, before a chance meeting with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson – who was in the crowd watching his home tournament – moments after going 6 under at the 12th. Westwood picked up two more shots over the next three holes before his only bogey.

His eagle came after a second shot within four feet of the pin at the 607-yard 18th hole.

“When I play well, I’m in contention now. When I don’t play well, it seems to be that I still finish in the top 20,” Westwood said.

Donald, playing with Montgomerie, was at par after 10 holes but a run of five birdies in his closing eight lifted him up the leaderboard.

“Tee to green, I was pretty solid, and I caught fire a little bit on my last nine holes. It was nice to finish as strong as I did. I stayed patient,” Donald said.

Mickelson went 2 under with a birdie on the 10th but his trademark short game let him down on the 14th, where he made a double bogey.

“That derailed the round. It was a great day for scoring and I thought the course played terrific. I played reasonably well but I was disappointed with the way I scored,” said Mickelson, who is already eight shots off the pace.

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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.

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Web.com 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 hole early in the first round of the Webcom 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 Web.com 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 Web.com Tour's regular-season money list, which guarantees him a full exemption on that tour next year.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Web.com Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.

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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Web.com Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour: