Power Rankings: BMW PGA Championship

By Will GrayMay 21, 2013, 9:47 pm

While the PGA Tour remains in the Lone Star State for the Crowne Plaza Invitational, the European Tour hosts many of the game's best at Wentworth for its flagship event of the season. With four players in the top 10 of the world rankings, the BMW PGA Championship boasts the strongest field in worldwide golf this week.

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Luke Donald returns to defend the title that he won for the second year in a row last year, claiming the trophy over Justin Rose. Here are 10 players to watch in England:

1. Luke Donald: A clear-cut favorite this week as the Englishman goes for his third straight title at Wentworth to go along with a runner-up finish in 2010. Donald also finished inside the top 10 in both 2007 and 2008.

2. Graeme McDowell: Coming off a match-play win in Bulgaria last week in addition to his win at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head last month. McDowell is very clearly rounding into form as the U.S. Open approaches and will look to bounce back from a pair of missed cuts the last two years at Wentworth.

3. Justin Rose: A runner-up to Donald last year, Rose also tied for 10th here in 2010. His missed cut at The Players Championship broke a lenghty streak of worldwide top-25 finishes, one that he hopes to restart this week in his native land.

4. Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard makes his first start since his much-publicized weekend at TPC Sawgrass. A meltdown across the final two holes aside, Garcia played remarkably well at the Players, a trend that has emerged across most of his worldwide starts in 2013.

6. Ian Poulter: After a surprising exit from the Volvo World Match Play in Bulgaria, Poulter vowed to 'fly to England and win at Wentworth.' While that might be setting the bar high, a strong finish is certainly within reach for the Englishman, who tied for 18th at Wentworth in 2011 and tied for 10th a year ago.

7. Rory McIlroy: The highest-ranked player in this week's field, McIlroy enters off a strong showing at TPC Sawgrass, where he tied for eighth. The Ulsterman now has four straight top-25 finishes, dating back to his runner-up showing in San Antonio, and appears to be shaking off the rust he showed in switching to new equipment and playing sparingly to start the year.

8. David Lynn: The Englishman doesn't have a strong record at Wentworth; in fact, he's missed the cut six of the last seven years. What Lynn does have, though, is momentum, coming off a playoff loss at the Wells Fargo Championship that he backed up with a tie for 26th at the Stadium Course.

9. Martin Kaymer: The German had a successful week of ball-striking at TPC Sawgrass that he turned into a successful week overall in Dallas, tying for fifth at TPC Four Seasons. Kaymer has made the cut in five of six appearances at Wentworth, finishing no worse than T-31 each time that he's played the weekend.

10. Kiradech Aphibarnrat: Don't let the name fool you. Aphibarnrat has been inside the top 12 in each of four stroke-play starts on the European Tour this year, including a win at the rain-shortened Maybank Malaysia Open. The Thai is currently third in Europe in stroke average, 12th in driving distance and 13th in putts per GIR.

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Watch: Highlights from Tiger's second round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 10:05 pm

Tiger Woods will head into the weekend at the Tour Championship with a share of the lead with world No. 1 Justin Rose after a 2-under 68 Friday at East Lake.

Woods started the day off right with a laser at the par-3 second that set up his first birdie of the day.


Woods couldn't keep the momentum going on the front nine, and after a bogey at No. 9 he shot even par. But he started a charge on the back nine with this birdie at No. 12.


After a par at 13, Woods made back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15.


Woods' two-shot lead evaporated quickly after a double bogey at No. 16.


After a par at 17, Woods smoked his drive on the par-5 18th ...

... and it set up a birdie on 18 that gave Woods a 2-under 68 and a share of the lead heading into the weekend.

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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 early in the first round of the Web.com 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?