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Tiger angered by double bogey, but recovers

By Jay CoffinMarch 15, 2018, 7:16 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Tiger Woods shot a bogey-free 68 Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and is squarely in contention. The round, however, did include a double bogey that derailed Woods only momentarily.

Standing on the third tee (his 12th hole of the day) at 3 under par, Woods took a massive swipe with a 3-wood and his ball blew some 40 yards right of the fairway.

The ball was entangled in a temporary mesh fence that guarded the back yard of an adjoining house that served as out of bounds. Woods walked to his ball, called over a rules official and quickly was told the ball was OB.


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“Well, you look at the two poles and I’m out by probably 3, 4, 5 inches,” Woods said. Asked if his ball hit a cart path near the area, Woods bluntly said, “I didn’t know. I wasn’t exactly in the mood to ask.”

Woods was miffed with the outcome and stormed back to the tee then promptly hit another 3-wood right. This time he was able to play his next shot onto the green and a two-putt handed him a double-bogey 6.

Woods was heated because of the result, but also was annoyed that he wasn’t originally told his ball could’ve been out of bounds. If he would’ve been told there was a possibility, he could’ve hit a provisional and wouldn’t have had to go back to the tee.

After the hiccup Woods birdied three of the next four holes – including a 71-footer on the par-3 seventh – to shoot 68 while playing alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day.

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McCarron closes with only bogey, shares lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 8:49 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Scott McCarron, seeking a second senior major title to go with his 2017 Senior Players Championship, made his only bogey of the third round on the final hole to slip into a tie for the lead Saturday with Tim Petrovic in the Senior PGA Championship.

They were at 13 under par after Petrovic, seeking his first major, shot 65. McCarron has shared the lead through three rounds.

England's Paul Broadhurst, the 2016 British Senior Open winner, matched the best third-round score in tournament history with a 64. He was at 11 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, coming off his first major championship last week at the Regions Tradition, shot 65 and was 9 under.

Tom Byrum, who made a hole-in-one in shooting a 67, was in a group at 8 under.

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Watch: Rose one-arms approach, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 7:25 pm

Justin Rose appears to have taken a course in Hideki Matsuyama-ing.

Already 3 under on his round through five thanks to a birdie-birdie-birdie start, Rose played this approach from 143 yards at the par-4 sixth.

That one-armed approach set up a 6-foot birdie putt he rolled in to move to 4 under on his round and 14 under for the week, five clear of the field.

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McIlroy battles back into tie for BMW PGA lead

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 4:09 pm

Rory McIlroy got off to a rocky start on Saturday in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, including hitting a spectator and making a double bogey. But after that incident on the sixth hole, he didn't drop another shot, birdieing the final hole to shoot a 1-under 71 and tie for the lead.

McIlroy had gone into Moving Day with a three-shot lead, but Francesco Molinari had the round of the day, a 6-under 66. "It was nice keep a clean scorecard," said Molinari, who hasn't made a bogey since the 10th hole on Friday.


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McIlroy and Molinari will be paired in Sunday's final round. They are tied at 13 under par, four shots clear of Ross Fisher, Branden Grace, Sam Horsfield and Alexander Noren.

The Wentworth course ends with back-to-back par-5s, and McIlroy birdied both of them. He got a break on the 18th hole as his drive hit a spectator and bounced into light rough.

"It was a struggle out there today," McIlroy said. "I think when you're working on a few things in your swing and the wind is up and you're stuck between trying to play different shots, but also try to play - you know, make good swings at it, I just hit some loose tee balls on the first few holes. But I'm proud of myself. I stayed patient. I actually - I'm feeling a bit better about myself after today than I was even walking off the course yesterday."

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Watch: McIlroy hits spectator on hand

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 2:58 pm

We never cease to wonder at how close fans crowd in to the intended line of some shots, and just how skilled Tour players are in not hitting someone.

But every once in a while, golf ball and spectator intersect, with painful results. It happened to Rory McIlroy during the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, after he had hit a wayward drive on the sixth hole. Attempting to hack out his second shot from under a bush, McIlroy struck a female spectator on her right hand. There was no official word on her condition, but she was clearly - and understandably - in pain.

McIlroy went on to make double bogey but was able to put the incident behind him, as he promptly birdied the next hole.