Woods Federer in Action in Miami

By Associated PressMarch 20, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 WGC CA ChampionshipMIAMI -- Tiger Woods and Roger Federer go about their business in different ways.
 
Federer carries his own bag but has someone pick up his balls. Woods has someone carry his bag but picks up his own balls.
 
Unlike Federer, Woods rarely comes up with an ace, has no backhand and tries to be sub-par.
 
Federer's driver only drops him off at tournaments; Woods' driver helps him win tournaments. And Federer often hits more shots in a single round than Woods needs in a week.
 
Such disparities make comparing the two champions difficult. But lively debate is likely this week, when both will play in Miami.
 
Tiger and Roger are the best at what they do. But who's better?
 
'I'd whup him,' Woods says.
 
In tennis?
 
'Oh, in tennis! No.'
 
Woods will stick to golf this week in the WGC-CA Championship, which begins Thursday at Doral. Fifteen miles to the southeast on Key Biscayne, Federer plays his opening match Saturday night in the Sony Ericsson Open. Each player seeks to win in Miami for the third year in a row.
 
Both events will draw big crowds to the area that held the Super Bowl last month. Woods hopes to be among the spectators watching Federer.
 
'I would love to try and catch one of his matches, if not two,' Woods says.
 
Federer may skip Doral. He was in the gallery when Woods played tournaments in Shanghai in November and Dubai last month, and found walking with golf's most popular player a challenge.
 
'I went to watch Tiger, and it's not the easiest thing,' Federer says. 'Luckily I walked inside the ropes, but to go see him playing golf is tough. You never really see him. You only see the backs of other people. I guess tennis is more fan friendly in that respect.
 
'I don't know if I'm going to go see him here, but I hope he's going to come to the tennis on the weekend.'
 
The two became friends the past year. Woods and his wife, Elin, sat in the front row at the U.S. Open as Federer's guests when he won the final last September.
 
'We could relate very much to one another,' Federer says. 'We have a lot of expectations from everybody, so we have a lot of common ground. It's good that we kind of know each other and can talk to each other about it.'
 
They stayed in touch over the holidays, and again while Federer played in the Australian Open early this year. When he won the tournament for his 10th Grand Slam title, he received a teasing text message from Woods: '12 to 10.'
 
Woods, 31, has won 12 Grand Slam titles, six shy of Jack Nicklaus' record. Federer, 25, needs four more major titles to match Pete Sampras' record of 14.
 
They laugh about their friendly rivalry and are quick to compliment each other. When Woods was chosen AP Athlete of the Year in 2006, he said his achievements were exceeded by Federer's.
 
'He makes it look so effortless, and it's not,' says Woods, who plays a little tennis. 'The shots and the angles and the things he can create, no one in the history of the game has ever been able to do. I mean, it's pretty neat for all of us to be watching a living legend play. You know he's going to surpass Sampras' record. It's just a matter of when.'
 
Federer says he enjoys the bond with Woods because they both know what it's like to feel invincible.
 
'I'm a big fan of Tiger,' says Federer, who recently took up golf and played last week. 'What he has achieved is incredible. He has been able to win all four majors and stay at the top for so long. The impact he has had on golf is incredible. He's so charismatic and everything.'
 
When it comes to personalities, Woods has more magnetism, Federer the better giggle. Both are cool under pressure but capable of crying once they've won.
 
Most comparisons focus on their accomplishments. Woods has been ranked No. 1 for 435 weeks. Federer has been No. 1 the past 164 weeks, a record streak.
 
When the French Open begins in two months, Federer will bid for his fourth consecutive major title, which would match Woods' so-called Tiger Slam of four in a row in 2000-01.
 
Federer has yet to conquer clay by winning at Roland Garros, a glaring gap in his resume. Woods has won each major event at least twice. For some, that swings the debate regarding who's best in Woods' favor.
 
'He has it easier,' Federer says with a smile. 'He's playing on grass all the time, whereas I have to go to different surfaces.'
 
Both arrive in Miami mired in slumps -- by their standards, at least. Federer is coming off a defeat that ended his 41-match winning streak, a third-round loss to Guillermo Canas in Indian Wells on March 11. Woods tied for 22nd last week at Bay Hill, ending his streak of 13 consecutive top-10 finishes worldwide.
 
But such challengers as Rafael Nadal and Phil Mickelson have failed to mount much of a threat to the supremacy of Federer and Woods. Both could use a rivalry to inspire new achievements, and this weekend they have it: Roger vs. Tiger. Sit back, savor the matchup and prepare to say, 'Great shot.'
 
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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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    After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

    With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

    While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

    Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

    Zach Johnson: 13/2

    Rory McIlroy: 7/1

    Jordan Spieth: 8/1

    Rickie Fowler: 9/1

    Kevin Kisner: 12/1

    Xander Schauffele: 16/1

    Tony Finau: 16/1

    Matt Kuchar: 18/1

    Pat Perez: 25/1

    Brooks Koepka: 25/1

    Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

    Alex Noren: 50/1

    Tiger Woods: 50/1

    Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

    Danny Willett: 60/1

    Francesco Molinari: 60/1