Tiger Train Rolls Toms Awaits

By George WhiteMarch 1, 2003, 5:00 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- The Tiger Train rolls into the finals of the WCG-Accenture Match Play Championship, grinding to an extra-hole victory over a very determined Australian, Adam Scott. He will be opposed in the 36-hole finale Sunday by David Toms, who eased by another Aussie, Peter Lonard, with a birdie on the 18th hole.

Both Woods and Scott shot 5-under scores in the regulation 18 holes in afternoon play. It finally ended when the 22-year-old Australian three-putted the 19th hole, missing the par putt from three feet.
Toms had his own close call with Lonard, going 3-up at the 10th before losing the 15th and 16th holes. He was able to birdie the par-5 18th while Lonard missed his downill birdie putt of 12 feet.
Woods had sizzled in a morning match against Scott Hoch, scoring two eagles en route to a 7-under performance in just 14 holes. Hoch was impressive in his own right, shooting 3-under, but he was blindsided by Woods in a 5-and-4 shellacking.
The afternoon match pitting Woods and Scott turned into a true classic.
Adam played beautifully today, said Woods. He hit a lot of good shots, made some big putts. It was unfortunate the way it ended for Adam. I didnt want to see him do that (three-putt.) I would rather have a birdie win the hole.
Scott felt it was a good putt on the overtime hole. I think it hit something, he said.
The putt was right-edge. It had to break for sure, he said. This things been breaking right edge all week, maybe inside the edge, but Im sure it hit something to move left because it didnt have a chance.
Scott surged ahead by two holes after the first seven, but then Woods scrapped back to birdie 8 and 9. From that point on, neither player could get more than a 1-up lead. Woods was 1-up going into the 18th before Scott birdied, sending it into overtime.
You could see the confidence he (Scott) had when he was driving the ball, pulling out the driver on just about every hole, just piping it, said Woods. He was swinging free, he was just bombing it. You could see he just had a good feel for his swing.
He missed some short putts, but he also made some really big putts today to win holes or halve holes. It was great match.
For Woods, it was the fifth straight victory this week and a combined score of 20-under par ' even though the Scott match was the first one that went the full distance. His Saturday morning performance was perhaps the ideal of a week in which he agreed he was very consistent.
It was phenomenal watching him today, said Hoch. He had complete control of everything.
Toms had to play his two matches Saturday after a rocky Thursday night with four hours spent in a Carlsbad hospital with food poisoning. He disposed of Jerry Kelly, 4 and 3, before beating Lonard.
He sunk a 12-foot birdie putt on 18 after Lonard had battled back from a 3-down predicament.
I havent had a whole lot to eat the last few days, said Toms. I had food poisoning, and when you have that, it takes a lot out of you.
The Woods-Toms match will pit two veterans ranked No. 1 and No. 6 before the tournament began.
I feel like Im playing well and putting well, said Toms. Im excited about tomorrow. I guess the worst I can do is second place. So thats not a bad week, and Im going to enjoy the challenge.
I enjoy playing golf with Tiger. So hopefully I can just play my best golf tomorrow, and see if thats good enough.
Woods predicts another tough match.
D.T. (Toms) is playing real solid, as always. You know hes going to go out there and hit fairway after fairway, and green after green. And you know if he gets a few good putts going, he can run the table.
David is a great guy. I thoroughly enjoyed being with him at the Ryder Cup, and I wish I could have played with him. Hes just a great guy.
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    With Woods living up to his legend, Tiger-mania is back

    By Rex HoggardAugust 21, 2018, 4:13 pm

    PARAMUS, N.J. – Just two weeks ago at the PGA Championship, fans pushed in along every corner of Bellerive’s 18th hole chanting, “Let’s go Tiger,” undeterred by the oppressive heat or the hopelessness of Tiger Woods’ title chances.

    It was a fitting send-off for a player who would come up two strokes short in his quest to win his 80th PGA Tour title and his 15th major championship, not to mention an apropos snapshot of the massive St. Louis galleries who cheered Tiger’s every step.

    It was also a sign of the times for the game’s most recognizable athlete.

    Since Woods embarked on this most recent comeback from injury, the sense of excitement has steadily built. What began as a curiosity now looks like certainty.

    Woods has repeatedly explained the 2018 season was always going to be filled with more questions than answers. He didn’t know how his repaired back would hold up under the pressure of competition or what swing he would have.

    Fan didn’t know which Tiger would arrive on the first tee each week – Vintage Woods or the often-injured guy who managed to play just 19 events the last four years.

    As Woods progressed, the answer seemed to be the former, with Tiger electrifying fans at the Valspar Championship on his way to a tie for second place.

    “This entire year has been so different,” Woods said on Tuesday at The Northern Trust, his first playoff start since 2013. “I've had excitement. I've had people into it over the years, but this has been so different. We go back to how everyone received me at Tampa, that was very special and I had not received ovations and warmth like that.”

    Woods tied for fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and fourth at the Quicken Loans National. Despite Tiger's regular calls for patience and perspective, a fan base that was reluctant to dive back in with a self-described medical miracle is now wading into the deep end.

    This zeal has built to a crescendo, with the PGA Championship emerging as the new raucous standard.

    “I’ve played with him a lot during that time [in his prime],” Stewart Cink said late Sunday at Bellerive. “After the round yesterday, I commented it sounded like the old times, but the truth is it was more intense yesterday then I remember it being at any time.”

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    A portion of that Bellerive buzz was the byproduct of a community starved for major championship golf. And, to be fair, eventual champion Brooks Koepka earned his share of cheers for his third major triumph in his last six major starts. But the majority of that fervor was attibutable to Woods’ play.

    Woods is not playing the role of ceremonial golfer and this is not a farewell tour. For the first time in a long time, his play has lived up to his legend.

    There’s nothing better in sports then a comeback, and Woods may end up being the most compelling reclamation project golf has seen in decades.

    “I think that everyone can relate to that because they have all gone through it. Everyone has got aches and pains, and whether you've had kids or not, you get to your 40s, you're feeling it, and I'm not the only one,” Woods explained. “The only difference is I'm an athlete and I'm playing at a high level and one of the best players in the world as what I do for a living. That's hard. People understand that. They understand, trying to compete against the younger generation, and it gets a little more difficult.”

    Although Woods has given fans plenty to cheer along the way, this is about more than numbers on a scorecard. Approaching his 43rd birthday in December, Tiger has embraced his newfound health as much more than simply another competitive chapter. Woods’ comeback has been defined by a perspective that only comes when one faces their own competitive mortality.

    He’s openly appreciative of this opportunity, and the crowds seem to realize that.

    “I think that people are more, I guess appreciative. I don't want to make that sound wrong or anything but they know that I'm at the tail end of my career, and I don't know how many more years I have left,” he said. “I'm certainly not like I was when I was 22. Forty-two, it's a different ballgame.”

    There’s still plenty of competitive compartmentalization, as evidenced by the all-too-familiar scowl he wore on Sunday at Bellerive. The difference, however, is that he’s more willing to offer the world a glimpse of a softer side where the sharp edges have been dulled by age and injury. On Tuesday, he was asked about his relationship with the crowds that line every fairway.

    “Unfortunately, I've gotten to know a lot of them because I've hit a lot of wayward balls. I've signed a lot more gloves this year than I have in the past,” he laughed.

    He’s also introduced an entirely new generation of fans to a concept only those of a certain age could previously understand: Tiger-mania.

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    Vandals damage greens at site of Sunshine Tour event

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 21, 2018, 3:20 pm

    This week's Sunshine Tour event will continue as scheduled despite at least six greens being vandalized.

    Sunshine Tour player Michael Hollick posted to his Facebook page photos of greens at Wild Coast Sun Country Club in Port Edward, South Africa, showing severe damage.

    He stated that disgruntled former employees were to blame.

    "So the local community near the Wild Coast Sun weren’t happy about something so what do they do.... they go onto the golf course and dig up the last 6 greens!! Boggles my mind what goes through the heads of some people..... apparently there were some staff fired for illegal striking this past week and this was their retaliation."

    Here's a look at the photos posted by Hollick:

    Vandals also left a message on a flag that stated: "This Is The Start."

    The Sunshine Tour stated that the event, the Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge, will still start on Wednesday, and that the tour has increased security measures. Here's a look at how the diligent grounds crew has repaired the putting surfaces:

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    NBC Sports Group to Air More Than 70 Live Tournament Hours of FedExCup Playoffs

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 21, 2018, 2:35 pm

    Coverage Begins with First Round of The Northern Trust on Golf Channel; Final Three Playoff Events Airing Across Both Golf Channel & NBC

    Following last week’s Wyndham Championship – the 44th and final event of the 2017-18 campaign – the PGA TOUR this week kicks off its season-culminating FedExCup Playoffs, with a $10 million first-place prize on the line at the conclusion of next month’s TOUR Championship. Beginning with the opening round of The Northern Trust on Thursday, NBC Sports Group in total will showcase more than 70 hours of live tournament coverage spanning across the four playoff events, including the final three stops airing exclusively across Golf Channel and NBC.

    Being staged at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., The Northern Trust will feature the top-125 players in the FedExCup standings having earned their PGA TOUR card for the 2018-19 season. Golf Channel will air live early round coverage on Thursday-Friday, Aug. 23-24, along with lead-in coverage on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 25-26.

    The following week, the top-100 players will be eligible to take part in the Dell Technologies Championship (Aug. 31-Sept. 3) at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., the first of the final three events that will air exclusively on Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, weekend lead-in coverage) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday). The top-70 players then will advance to the BMW Championship (Sept. 6-9) at Aronimink Golf Club outside of Philadelphia, and ultimately, the top-30 will go on to the TOUR Championship (Sept. 20-23) at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.



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    In addition to NBC Sports Group’s more than 70 dedicated live hours of tournament coverage surrounding the FedExCup Playoffs, fans also will have an opportunity to follow the action via PGA TOUR LIVE. Coverage of “Featured Groups” will be available during first and second round play at each of the four events leading up to linear broadcast coverage, along with “Featured Holes” during all rounds throughout the Playoffs airing concurrently during live broadcast coverage.


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    Woods talks about Ryder Cup prospects in third person

    By Ryan LavnerAugust 21, 2018, 1:47 pm

    Conversations between Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods have gotten a little awkward.

    That’s what happens when Woods, the U.S. Ryder Cup vice captain, needs to assess the prospects of Woods, the player.

    “We’re talking about myself in the third person a lot,” he said with a chuckle Tuesday at the Northern Trust Open. “That’s one of the most interesting conversations I’ve ever had and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

    “I’m one of the guys on the short list, and sometimes I have to pull myself out of there and talk about myself in the third person, which is a little odd.”

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    After placing second at the PGA Championship, Woods finished 11th on the U.S. points list with just eight months of tournament results. Three of Furyk’s four captain’s picks will be announced after the BMW Championship in three weeks, and barring a late injury, it’s almost a certainty that Woods will be one of those selected.

    Still, Woods was named in February as an assistant for his third consecutive team competition, even though he told Furyk at the beginning of the year that he envisioned himself as a player on the 2018 squad.

    “I’m very close to making that happen,” he said. “It’s been a long year, and that’s been one of my goals, to make the team. To be a part of that team you have to be one of the 12 best players, and I’m trending toward that.”