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Hoffman up 5 at Hero; Woods (75) shows rust

By Nick MentaDecember 2, 2017, 10:06 pm

Charley Hoffman navigated the whipping winds at Albany to shoot 2-under 70 and stake himself to a five-shot lead at the Hero World Challenge. Here’s where things stand through 54 holes in the Bahamas, where tournament host Tiger Woods finally showed his rust Saturday.

Leaderboard: Charley Hoffman (-14), Justin Rose (-9), Jordan Spieth (-9), Francesco Molinari (-8)

What it means: A scorecard-circling machine, Hoffman led the PGA Tour in total birdies last season, racking up five top-five finishes in stroke-play events, including two seconds and two thirds. He now looks to cash in on all those close calls and to round out 2017 with his first win since the 2016 Valero Texas Open. He’ll be pursued on Sunday by an Albany resident who has won twice in the last five weeks, Rose, and the 2014 winner of this event, the champion golfer of the year, Spieth.

Round of the day: Hoffman poured in six more birdies, including three over his last five holes, to extend his lead. He would be ahead even more were it not for two bogeys and a double.

Best of the rest: Daniel Berger matched Hoffman's 70. Rose, Molinari and Patrick Reed were the other players to break par at 1 under.

Biggest disappointment: Tiger Woods looked decidedly less back on Saturday than he did on Thursday and Friday. Amid blustery conditions, he went out in a front-nine 40 and found himself 5 over on his day through 10 holes. Woods did recover to play the rest of the way in a bogey-free 2 under, making the two birdies of his round at Nos. 14 and 17 to sign for 3-over 75. He’ll start Sunday 10 back in his first competitive start post-fusion surgery. 

Shot of the day: This dunk from the bunker by Kevin Kisner at 17:

Bummer of the day: To Fleetwood, who found this “moon-like crater” at 14:

Quote of the day: “Anything I did right ended up in a bad spot and anything I did wrong was really bad. Just one of those days.” – Woods

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Highlights: Woods off to hot start with early birdies

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.

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Iowa State Cyclones cheerleaders pause at a memorial in the Jacobson Building honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena, at Jack Trice Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. Getty Images

Iowa State honors Arozamena before football game

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 4:57 pm

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State honored slain golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena with an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones' game against Akron on Saturday.

Iowa State's band used a formation that spelled out Barquin's initials, and both teams wore a decal on their helmets in her memory.

A tribute to Barquin played on a video screen before a moment of silence, and fans were also asked to wear yellow, one of Iowa State's main colors and a nod to Barquin's Spanish roots. Most of the roughly 60,000 fans in attendance complied with yellow and with golf shirts on a chilly morning in central Iowa.

"I think it's fantastic. The tribute is amazing. But ultimately, it would have been perfect if she could have been here for her tribute, which was going to happen anyway." said Ed Hamilton, a retired police officer from nearby Ankeny, Iowa.

Barquin, the Cyclones' first conference champion in 25 years, was finishing up her degree at Iowa State and working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer.


A memorial honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena at Jack Trice Stadium. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)


Barquin competed in the U.S Women's Open earlier this summer, and coach Christie Martens said she was approaching "the pinnacle of her career."

"Iowa State fans are very loyal. We haven't had too many winning football teams over the years. Yet the fans turn out. There's a great loyalty here -- but it spills into other sports as well," said Iowa State fan Kent Hollrah of Denison, Iowa.

Collin Richards, also 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in Barquin's death. Police said Richards stabbed Barquin and left her body in a pond on the course, where it was found after other golfers noticed her abandoned bag.

Cyclones coach Matt Campbell also wore an Iowa State golf hat on the sideline to show solidarity with his colleagues.

"Be with all of us today Celia, your legacy will forever live on & we are forever grateful for your impact. Much love from your Cyclonitas," Iowa State linebacker Willie Harvey tweeted earlier Saturday, using the nickname that Barquin had for her teammates.

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Tiger, Bryson testing each other's golf balls ahead of Paris

By Rex HoggardSeptember 22, 2018, 4:21 pm

ATLANTA – The U.S. Ryder Cup team won’t arrive in Paris for next week’s matches until Monday, but one pairing already seems to be penciled into captain Jim Furyk’s lineup.

Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau have become regular practice-round partners, and when Furyk made both captain’s picks, it added to the notion that they would be paired during the team sessions in France. On Tuesday at East Lake, Woods and DeChambeau teed it up yet again.

Both Woods and DeChambeau play Bridgestone golf balls, although they use different models.

“The two are very similar, they are very numbers-oriented and that translates to their feel on the course, but they get fitted to two different golf balls,” said Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf’s ball-fitting manager.


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Woods plays the company’s Tour B XS, which is softer and spins more, while DeChambeau plays the Tour B X, which is designed to take spin off shots.

Although DeChambeau played a version of the company’s golf ball that was close to what Woods now plays earlier in his career, he appeared to be preparing for a pairing next week during Tuesday’s practice round.

“I’ve seen some chipping of the other’s ball during practice rounds, getting used to it,” Rehberg said. “There’s been some sharing of golf balls internally between those guys. It’s almost like the worst kept secret in golf. It seems they are going to be paired up one way or another.”

The rules for the Ryder Cup were changed in 2006. They allow for foursomes teams to change golf balls between holes but not during a hole, which explains the duo’s interest in becoming comfortable with the other’s golf ball, particularly around the green and for chip shots.