Stanford's Rodgers, Wilson top college rankings

By Ryan LavnerApril 16, 2014, 4:40 pm

Patrick Rodgers may be the frontrunner for college golf’s postseason awards, but it appears that he’ll have to outduel his Stanford teammate for the top honors.

Last week, senior Cameron Wilson shot 7-under 203 to defeat Rodgers by two shots and win the Western Intercollegiate. The Cardinal also won the team title by 16 shots over Washington.

It was the fourth consecutive tournament that a Stanford player has earned medalist honors; Rodgers had won his last three starts.

Indeed, two of the year’s best players can be found in Palo Alto.

Rodgers has won four times and finished no worse than 21st. Wilson has two wins and finished outside the top 10 only once (T-15 at U.S. Collegiate). His head-to-head rank of 676-50-13 is the best in the country.

Rodgers’ scoring average is 69.44. Wilson’s is only slighter higher, at 69.62. 

Together, they comprise the most dynamic 1-2 punch in the country – literally. Rodgers and Wilson are the Nos. 1- and 2-ranked players in Golfstat’s individual rankings, respectively.

Wilson, a left-hander, has blossomed in his final season on The Farm, transitioning from a lineup fixture to an occasional contender to one of the best players in the nation. 

Stanford coach Conrad Ray said that Wilson has developed a “stinger” shot with his driver to keep the ball in play more often. Wilson also has tightened up his pre-shot routine on the greens, which his coach says has allowed him to make more clutch putts – like he did at the Western Intercollegiate, holing a 30-footer on the last to win. 

“He has become a real student of the game versus thinking that he has it all figured out like many of his peers,” Ray said. “He is a team guy and he has done a ton behind the scenes to pick up his teammates and support our one-for-all approach.”

Behind this talented duo, Stanford has risen to No. 3 in the country after going 1-2-1-1 in its last four starts. The Pac-12 Championship – the final event before NCAA regionals – begins April 25 in Marana, Ariz. 

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DEFCON Tiger: Woods' Saturday lights Twitter ablaze

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 8:15 pm

Tiger Woods grabbed the Tour Championship lead and the sports world by the throat Saturday, making birdie on six of his first seven holes in his third round and sending social media into a frenzy.

Here's a sampling from athletes, journalists and celebrtiies, and we'll start with two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.

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Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 8:13 pm

VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis came within two shots of tying English countryman Oliver Fisher's European Tour record on another day of low scoring at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.

Lewis returned a 10-under 61 in the third round, just 24 hours after Fisher carded the first 59 on the circuit. Lewis moved to two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.

Lewis acknowledged the thought of another 59 crept into his mind: ''It's something I noticed with three holes to go. I wasn't that bothered at the end of the day.

''I'm pleased that I shot 10 under par. I can only continue to make birdies and see what happens tomorrow.''

Herbert, who is playing off invites this season as he looks to earn his full tour playing privileges, shot a 64 for a 19-under total of 194.

Fisher took 10 more strokes than he did on Friday and was in a group on 14-under 199.

Sergio Garcia of Spain, trying to find form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was on 204 after a 68.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 7:25 pm

After grinding out a 68 on Friday, Tiger Woods is trying to get the lead all to himself in Round 3 at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him.

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Highlights: Tiger's seven Saturday birdies so far

By Nick MentaSeptember 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.

Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.

Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.

One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.

He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.

He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.

He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.

Looking to make the turn in 29, Woods instead missed the green at the par-3 ninth, failed to get up and down for par, and had to settle for 5-under 30.

Following pars at 10 and 11, he started looking this approach up and down at the 12th, leading to his seventh birdie of the day.

Woods saw his lead decrease from five to three when he bogeyed the par-4 16th and Rose birdied. Woods missed the fairway and green and then failed to pull off an aggressive flop shot up a steep slope.