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TT postscript: Clubs take turns abandoning Woods

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 17, 2018, 2:07 am

LOS ANGELES – Here are a few observations from witnessing a trunk-slamming performance from Tiger Woods, who is headed home early from the Genesis Open after a second-round 76 dropped him to 6 over for the tournament:

• After he held on for dear life during the opening round, this was undoubtedly a setback. Woods never quite found his footing on the front side, and by the time he needed a few birdies coming home his best asset for the week - his putter - abandoned him. Rough combination.

• Woods suffered from what scientists (probably) call a case of the Lefts. Of the nine fairways that he missed during the second round, seven of them were down the left side and often into juicy rough. It was a miss that he just couldn’t correct. And this wasn’t just a driver issue – he missed several fairways with iron in hand and hit only two of eight greens this week on the par 3s.

• The putter kept him in it during the opener, and he curled in a pair of early birdie putts Friday to get back to even par. But as the afternoon sun crept over the canyon, the poa annua greens got the better of him as three back-nine three-putts essentially ended his chances of making the cut. The three-putt bogey on the par-5 11th, minutes after he nearly drove the green on No. 10 en route to birdie, was an especially tough blow.

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• It’s not all dark clouds and dried tears, though, since Woods’ commitment to next week’s Honda Classic was announced while he was still out on the course at Riviera. Despite a missed cut this week, it’s a promising sign that he feels strong enough to take on a back-to-back that includes cross-country travel.

• That being said, good luck around the Bear Trap. Entering this week it seemed like solving the driver was the key to Woods’ success. After watching him whacking it around Riviera for two straight days, I struggle to find a strong suit upon which he can rely. The driver, the irons and the putter each took turns in letting him down.

• No comeback is without its downturn, and Woods’ is no exception. Yes the game is inconsistent, and the wheels fell off entirely during a back-nine 39. But there were no winces and there were still a few smiles as Woods addressed the media, saying that he’s “both pleased and also not very happy with some parts” of his game. Two steps forward, one step back…now it’s on to PGA National.

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.