Woods done for season after MC in PGA

By Jay CoffinAugust 9, 2014, 12:24 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Well, it’s over.

Tiger Woods’ worst season as a professional came to an end Friday, terminated by a missed cut at the PGA Championship, Woods’ fourth career missed cut in a major. The other three major misses were the 2006 U.S. Open, the 2009 British Open and the 2011 PGA Championship.

Woods shot a second consecutive 74 Friday at Valhalla to end the week at 6 over par, 15 shots behind leader Rory McIlroy. He winced and walked gingerly for most of the afternoon and later admitted that during his practice session he experienced back pain similar to what caused him to withdraw last week during the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“It's very frustrating because the golf course is gettable,” Woods said. “It was as soft as it could be today.

“I tried as hard as I could. That’s about all I got.”


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It was clear early in the round that Woods was not going to see the weekend. He scrambled for pars on the first three holes but played the next four holes in 4 over par, including an ugly three-putt double bogey on the par-4 sixth hole. A bogey on the next hole vaulted Woods to 7 over and well off the cut line. He did make birdie on two of the last four holes but it did little to soften the blow of another mind-boggling week where all parts of his game were mediocre.

Sure, Woods missed nearly four months because of back surgery, but still, chew on these stats:

In seven starts on the PGA Tour this year Woods made five cuts and failed to record a top-10 finish. His best finish was a 25th-place tie at the limited-field WGC-Cadillac Championship and he earned only $108,275. That money that Woods earned is less than he’s made in 176 different PGA Tour events in his pro career, which began in 1996.

“Certainly very frustrating any time you have to sit out because of surgery and to deal with the things I’ve had to deal with this year,” he said.

What’s next for Woods is anyone’s guess. In fact, he said he wasn’t sure where he’d play next. He will not play the regular-season PGA Tour finale next week in Greensboro, and he hasn’t qualified for either the FedEx Cup playoffs or the Ryder Cup. It’s possible that U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson could pick Woods to be part of the team, but Watson has said all along that he only wants a healthy Woods.

Woods was asked what he’d tell Watson the next time they speak. The answer was a curt, “I don’t know. He hasn’t called.”

Woods will play in a one-day charity event for Notah Begay at the end of August, then his next scheduled event is the Americas Golf Cup, a two-man team event in Argentina Oct. 23-26, where he’ll pair with Matt Kuchar.

“Well, I need to get stronger,” Woods said. “Obviously by playing, you can’t burn the candle at both ends. I need to get physically stronger and be back to where I was.”

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Watch: Koepka highlights from the Travelers

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 3:30 pm

U.S. Open hangover? Not for Brooks Koepka. The two-time national champion has carried over his form and confidence from Shinnecock Hills to TPC River Highlands.

Koepka began his round with a par at the par-4 10th and then reeled off four consecutive birdies, beginning at No. 11.


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Koepka turned in 4-under 31. Here's more action from his opening nine holes.


After a par at the first, Koepka added a fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 second.


A bogey at the par-4 fourth dropped him to 4 under, but just one off the lead.

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Lyle going through 'scary' period in cancer recovery

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:58 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – Jarrod Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a ''really scary'' period in his third battle with cancer.

Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia.

''It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell transplant and we are going through a really rough patch at the moment,'' Briony Lyle wrote on jarrodlylegolf.com. ''I'm typing this blog on his behalf because he's not able to do it. Jarrod's not able to drive, struggles to prepare any food for himself, can't read stories to the girls and is not able to offer much help at all around the house.

''He is also starting to look like a very frail, sick person.''

Briony Lyle added: ''We are both very aware of the amount of drugs and medication that has gone into Jarrod's body over the years but things are starting to get really scary at the moment. It looks as if this recovery is going to be the longest and hardest one so far.''

Lyle has twice beaten acute myeloid leukemia, in 1998 and 2012, and was able to return to play professional golf.

He made an emotional comeback to the golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the PGA Tour in 2015. He played four seasons on Tour, where he earned $1.875 million in 121 tournaments.

Lyle has since returned to Australia permanently to be with Briony and daughters Lusi and Jemma.

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Vermeer wins PGA Professional; 20 make PGA Championship

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:42 pm

SEASIDE, Calif. – Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.

The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.

The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.

Three strokes ahead entering the day, Vermeer played the front in 4 over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-4 eighth. He rebounded with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-4 11th and also birdied the par-5 18th.


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Vermeer finished at 5-under 283. The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000. He won the 2017 Mizuno Pro/Assistant Championship and finished ninth last year in the PGA Professional to qualify for PGA at Quail Hollow.

McCarty had a 68, and Sowards shot 69. Sowards won the 2004 title.

David Muttitt and Jason Schmuhl tied for fourth at 1 under, and 2012 and 2015 champion Matt Dobyns, Jaysen Hansen, and Johan Kok followed at even par.

Marty Jertson, Brian Smock and Ben Kern were 1 over, and Zach Johnson, Craig Hocknull, Matt Borchert and 2016 winner Rich Berberian Jr. were 2 over. Nine players tied at 3 over, with Shawn Warren, 2017 champion Omar Uresti, 2014 winner Michael Block, Craig Bowden and Danny Balin getting the last five spots at Bellerive in a playoff. Balin got the final spot, beating Brian Norman with a par on the seventh extra hole after Norman lost a ball in a tree.

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Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.


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“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”