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By the numbers: Key stats from Fowler's Hero win

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 3, 2017, 8:59 pm

Rickie Fowler won the trophy, but Tiger Woods was impressive, too, on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge. Here are the key stats from the final round.

Tiger Woods

• Lowest final round score since 2015 National

• First time finishing final round of tournament in 364 days (this event last year)

• Second time finishing 72 holes in official event in 833 days (2016 Hero the other)

• Most birdies/eagles in final round (seven) since 2012 Memorial

• Projected to move as high as 659 in World Ranking (1,199 this week)

• Hit 13/14 fairways; has hit 14/14 just twice since 1999 on PGA Tour

• Eagle on No. 7; first eagle on par 4 since final round of 2010 Masters (also hole 7)

• First time with multiple eagles in tournament since 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational

• 5-under 31 on front nine; second 31 on front side this week (second round)

• 5 under in second round was best 9-hole score to par since this event in 2013

• Double bogey at 10; snapped 14-hole stretch of 7-under golf

• 7-for-14 scrambling over last two rounds (3-for-5 on Sunday)

• Finished one shot ahead of Justin Thomas; eight shots ahead of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson

Rickie Fowler

• Second worldwide win of 2017 (Honda Classic)

• 11-under 61 in final round; lowest round worldwide as professional

• Lowest round in tournament history regardless of course

• Trailed Charley Hoffman by seven shots entering final round

• Largest final round deficit overcome in any worldwide win

• Largest 54-hole deficit overcome to win in tournament history

• Eighth top-10 finish in last 11 worldwide starts

• Finished either first or second in 3 of last 4 worldwide starts

• Seven straight birdies to begin final round; made turn in 8 under

• Longest birdie streak of career (official or unofficial events)

• Best 9-hole score in official PGA Tour event is 29 (three instances)

Charley Hoffman

• Third runner-up finish worldwide in 2017 (API, Canadian)

• Started final round with five-shot lead over two players

• 0-for-4 in official events with 54-hole lead (unofficial this week)

• Played first eight holes of final round in 1 over par

(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit)

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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 on his opening hole 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.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 5:25 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.

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.