Woods Shoots 61 Gets Within One of Singh

By Associated PressJuly 29, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Buick OpenGRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods had plenty of reasons to pump his right fist and flash an ear-to-ear grin.
 
Woods shot an 11-under 61 Friday in the second round of the Buick Open, matching the best score of his career and the tournament record. He had consecutive eagles for the first time in a PGA Tour event in an eagle-eagle-birdie-birdie stretch.
 
Vijay Singh
Tiger Woods had the round of the day, but Vijay Singh has the 36-hole lead.
``That's the best golfer in the world playing at his best,'' said Fred Funk, who was in Woods' group.
 
Woods went into the weekend at 12-under 132, one shot behind defending champion Vijay Singh (66). The top two players in the world rankings will be paired in the final group Saturday.
 
``It's going to be fun, but there are two rounds to go,'' Woods said. ``We can't just sit still with a bunch of pars. We have to keep making birdies.''
 
Last year, Singh needed to reach 23 under to beat John Daly by a stroke and Woods by two.
 
Craig Barlow (67) was alone in third, two shots behind Singh. Funk (66) was in a group of six at 134
 
Woods' previous 61s came at the 2000 NEC Invitational and the 1999 Byron Nelson Classic, both par-70 courses. While shooting 11 under for the first time, he tied the Buick Open record Billy Mayfair set in 2001.
 
If Woods had birdied his final two holes, he would have finished with a 59, tying the PGA Tour record shared by three players. David Duval was the last to reach golf's magic number, in the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope Classic.
 
``Yeah, it crosses your mind,'' Woods said.
 
He became the third PGA Tour player to make consecutive eagles this year. Lee Janzen and Tag Ridings did it at the Bob Hope Classic. He is the fourth to do it at the Buick Open, a tournament that started in 1958.
 
Woods opened at Warwick Hills with a 71, needing a 68 to avoid missing the cut. He missed the cut in May at the Byron Nelson Championship, the first time in more than seven years he left a tournament before it ended.
 
The Buick Open cut was 4 under.
 
Woods is playing in his first tournament in two weeks, since his five-shot victory at the British Open, and two weeks before the PGA Championship, where he'll shoot for his 11th major title.
 
``Hopefully I can win this tournament so that I can go home and have a nice practice session,'' he said.
 
When Woods was on the first tee, he was 12 shots behind Singh and it didn't look like he was going to make up much ground early in his round.
 
His first drive sailed to the right and nearly landed on an adjacent fairway, and he pulled his second behind a scoreboard. He saved par on both holes, then started his surge with a 23-foot putt for birdie at No. 3.
 
Woods closed the front nine with four birdies in five holes, making the turn at 31.
 
``It wasn't like I was pressing to shoot 5 under,'' he said.
 
He made a good round spectacular by going 6 under between from 13 to 16.
 
After missing a makable putt for birdie at No. 12, Woods blasted his next drive 356 yards then hit his approach to 4 feet on the 544-yard hole. He drove the green at the 322-yard, par-4 14th, needing to make an 11-foot putt for his second eagle.
 
``We were watching the best golf anyone is going to play -- 13 and 14 were as good as golf gets,'' Funk said.
 
Woods said he got nothing out of his first round, but fell short of saying he got everything out of Friday.
 
``If you want to nitpick, I left two putts short and missed a 4-footer,'' he said.
 
First-round leader Nick Watney (71) fell apart after a strong start.
 
The PGA Tour rookie started 8 under and after five holes, he was tied with Singh for the lead at 13 under. Watney collapsed by going 5 over in a six-hole stretch, but still snapped a seven-tournament streak of missing the cut.
 
Another feel-good story took a turn for the worse in the second round. Billy McKay, a 17-year-old amateur playing in his hometown, tied Woods with a 71 on Thursday only to miss the cut after a second-round 84.
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.