After Further Review: Timing is Everything

By Randall MellApril 28, 2014, 5:50 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on the fortuitous timing the LPGA has enjoyed this month, Seung-Yul Noh's bid to match a record that has stood for 40 years, and the role of fun in growing the game of golf, 

Timing never seemed to be the LPGA’s forte. Too often, an LPGA major, or a good women’s story, was overshadowed by a better story in the men’s game, typically a Tiger Woods story. Or some dramatic LPGA finish happened to come on tape delay.

But timing has made this an April to remember for the LPGA. It isn’t just Lexi Thompson opening the month beating Michelle Wie in a Sunday duel at the Kraft Nabisco, or Wie coming from four shots back in the final round last week to win in her Hawaiian home town, or 17-year-old Lydia Ko coming from behind to beat Stacy Lewis on Sunday at the Swinging Skirts Classic in San Francisco. It’s those stories coming in West Coast finishes that give the women prime-time East Coast TV windows. It’s no Tiger Woods shadow falling over them. In fact, there hasn’t really been a PGA Tour story to trump any of them.

I don’t know who is in charge of timing at the LPGA offices, but he/she ought to get a raise.  - Randall Mell

The most amazing thing I saw written this weekend was this, in Ryan Lavner's article after Saturday's third round of the Zurich Classic:

"If he (Seung-Yul Noh) wins in bogey-free fashion, he’d be the first since Lee Trevino in 1974."

What? No one has won a PGA Tour event without making a bogey since Trevino at the 1974 New Orleans Open? (Wow, there's a coincidence.) Trevino shot 21 under that year to stroll to an eight-shot win over Ben Crenshaw and Bobby Cole at Lakewood Country Club. Noh's Sunday bid to match the Merry Mex didn't even last a hole, as he bogeyed No. 1. But that didn't stop him from winning the tournament. And now a lot more people know who Seung-Yul Noh is than did a week ago. And while PGA Tour first-time winners often fade back into obscurity as quickly as they escaped it, I don't think that's going to be the case with Noh, who has won on other tours. And maybe, just maybe, someday he'll make another run at Trevino's mark. After all, records are made to be broken, right? - Al Tays

I went to one of those indoor golf facilities with a few buddies this weekend. We had a blast trying to tame Kiawah's Ocean Course, but it was clear golf nuts like us weren't in the majority of the clientele. When a guy hitting shots in the next simulator over asked me about the difference between two clubs, it took me a minute to realize he literally didn't know a driver from a wedge. And yet, there he was, having a brutal time trying to muscle shots toward the screen -- and smiling the entire time. During an era when so many industry leaders have prioritized growing the game, I can't find any better advertisement for it than a fun, casual setting like this where neophyte golfers can get bit by the bug in a hurry. I'm all for new ideas, whether they include 15-inch holes or combining soccer with golf, but nothing grows the game better than fun. And nowhere are new golfers having more fun learning to play the game than in this type of environment. - Jason Sobel

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Key stats from Woods' historic win at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:47 pm

Tiger Woods won his 80th career PGA Tour title on Sunday with a two-stroke victory at the Tour Championship. Here are the key stats from the final round at East Lake.

• 80th career PGA Tour win; first since 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

• Two wins behind Sam Snead for most in PGA Tour history

• Snead was 47 years old when he won his 80th career PGA Tour title (Woods is 42)

• 43-for-45 converting outright 54-hole leads in PGA Tour career

• 24-for-24 converting 54-hole leads of three or more shots

• First win in 1,876 days; 118 players won on PGA Tour between Woods' wins

• Third career Tour Championship victory (most all-time)

• Has won Tour Championship in three different decades (1999, 2007, 2018)

• Fifth PGA Tour event won in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s)

• Projected to move to 13th in World Ranking with victory

• Was ranked 1,199 before beginning of 2017 Hero World Challenge

• Snead won 11 times after turning 43 (Woods turns 43 in December)

• Eighth PGA Tour win in Georgia; fourth-most of any state (Fla., Calif., Ohio)

• Extended lead to four strokes with birdie on first hole of round

• Second in field in strokes gained: putting this week

• First in field in scrambling this week (17-for-24)

• Finished second in FedExCup; was making first Tour Championship start since 2013

• Led field in one-putt percentage this week (51.4%)

• Finishes season first on PGA Tour in strokes gained: approach

(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.)

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Social media explodes over Tiger's 80th win

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:45 pm

After a five-year hiatus, Tiger Woods made his triumphant return to the winner's circle on Sunday at the Tour Championship.

As evidenced by a quick look at social media, Woods' win set the golf world on fire, with everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Michelle Wie sending their congratulations to the 42-year-old.

Here are the best reactions from a wild Sunday at East Lake, where Woods claimed PGA Tour victory No. 80:

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Rose captures FedExCup, $10 million

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 23, 2018, 10:45 pm

ATLANTA – Like the “Price is Right” big wheel, $10 million spun around and around on Sunday, waiting to land on someone. It rolled past Dustin Johnson, looked like it was going to settle on Tiger Woods, and then made a final tick to rest on an ecstatic Justin Rose.

Rose won the FedExCup title on Sunday at the Tour Championship, two-putting for birdie on the par-5 18th to secure the big bonus. Woods, who won the tournament, finished second, with Bryson DeChambeau third.

Rose entered the final round as the projected winner, tied for second in the event, three shots back of Woods. However, it was a struggle from the start for the – now former – world No. 1. Rose made four bogeys and one birdie over his first 15 holes, and when he bogeyed the par-4 16th, the scenario became clear: Play the last two in 1 under or lose the cup.

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Johnson had an outside shot at claiming the $10 million, but parred the last. He finished in solo third place, four back of Woods.

Woods, meanwhile, was in command of the tournament from the start on Sunday. He played steadily, for the most part, and no one provided a challenge. In order to win the cup, he needed to win the event – which was close to a lock all day – and Rose needed to finish in a three-way tie for fifth or worse.

So, here he was, Rose, tied for SIXTH place on the 18th hole. A birdie and he’d jump into a three-way tie for fourth – as well as into a mountain of cash.

Rose hit the par-5 18th in two and successfully two-putted to clinch the cup. He didn’t win a playoff event, but his MC-2-2-T4 results were good enough, points wise, to capture the season-long race.

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Highlights: Tiger's final round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:40 pm

Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday by two strokes. Here are the highlights from the final round.

Woods got off to a great start with a birdie on No. 1.

He then made eight straight pars to close out the front nine in 1 under par. Woods started the back nine with a bogey at 10, but he rebounded with this birdie at No. 13.

Woods leaked some oil coming in with bogeys at 15 and 16, but this par putt on 17 gave him a crucial two-stroke lead heading to 18.

For the fourth straight day, Woods smoked his drive on 18.

A huge gallery followed Woods up the 18th hole.

Woods missed his birdie putt on 18, but it was an easy par for a two-stroke victory and win No. 80.