Highlights from Tigers opening round at Lake Nona

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 16, 2009, 4:00 pm
Tavistock CupORLANDO, Fla. ' Round 1 of the Tavistock Cup begins Monday at Lake Nona. Tiger Woods and John Cook, representing Isleworth, take on the home team of Henrik Stenson and Chris DiMarco.
 
The format is a four-ball medal match play format. Within the four-ball, the two-person team with the lowest 18-hole better-ball total will win the match. A win is worth 2 points, a tie is worth 1 point and a loss is worth 0 points.
 
Here is a hole-by-hole look at Tiger's match:
 

 
1 - Par 4, 418 yards: Watch the first hole
Tiger, with partner John Cook safely in the fairway, hits a driver just into the right rough. His second shot comes up 25 feet short of the flag, on the lower level. Of the foursome, Cooks approach shot finished the closest, some 18 feet from the hole. Tigers putt comes up a foot short. He makes par, as does everyone else.
 
Woods/Cook (I): Even
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): Even

 
2 - Par 5, 563 yards: Watch the second hole
Tiger splits the fairway with his drive and has 272 to the hole. He rips a 3-wood that lands on the green and bounds through the back. He chips in from there for an eagle-3. Stenson makes a 5-footer for birdie to go down one.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 2 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 1 under

 
3 - Par 4, 451 yards: Watch the third hole
Another perfect tee shot from Woods. With only 130 yards to the hole, he spins a short-iron inside of 10 feet. He then curls in the birdie effort to go 2 upon his opponents.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 3 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 1 under

 
4 - Par 3, 196 yards: Watch the fourth hole
Tiger hits a solid tee shot, which lands about 12 feet left of the hole. The birdie putt slides by the left side of the hole ' much like his putts where last week at Doral. Pars on both sides.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 3 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 1 under

 
5 - Par 4, 359 yards: Watch the fifth hole
Cook hits first and finds the fairway. Tiger then takes driver and hits a huge cut shot into the large bunker guarding the front left of the green. Cook misses his 20-footer for birdie, leaving Tiger a 6-footer for birdie to tie the hole. Another miss on the edge, this time on the right side.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 3 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 2 under

 
6 - Par 3, 209 yards: Watch the sixth hole
With DiMarco inside 10 feet, Woods flares his tee shot about 25 feet left of the hole and then runs his birdie effort 5 feet past. DiMarco makes his 7-footer to tie the match.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 3 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 3 under

 
7 - Par 4, 434 yards: Watch the seventh hole
With a split fairway, Tiger takes his ball down the right side, giving him a shorter approach into the hole. His approach shot finishes 18 feet right of the hole. He pushes another putt and watches as Cook does the same. Meanwhile, DiMarco hits a beautiful right-to-left curler for birdie to give his team their first lead.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 3 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 4 under

 
8 - Par 4, 431 yards: Watch the eighth hole
Tiger kills a driver right down the center of the fairway. With 132 yards to the hole, he yanks his approach shot 30 feet left of the flag. Cook, however, picks one up for the team, making birdie to tie the match.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 4 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 4 under

 
9 - Par 5, 534 yards: Watch the ninth hole
Tiger smokes another tee shot, which finishes just in the first cut of the right rough. His second shot, with a fairway wood, lands on the green and runs though to the back, much like on the second hole. This time he misses the chip-in, but taps in for birdie. Stenson and DiMarco make birdie as well.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 5 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 5 under

 
10 - Par 4, 441 yards: Watch the 10th hole
Tiger hits his drive up the right side of the fairway. His approach From 138 yards lands two feet past the hole and spins back six feet below the hole. Stenson makes a 12-footer for birdie, and Tiger also converts his birdie.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 6 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 6 under

 
11 - Par 5, 582 yards: Watch the 11th hole
Tiger finds the fairway again. His 5-wood approach lands 20 yards short right and trickles into the rough. His chip lands softly on the front right of the green and rolls to within six feet short of the hole. He drains the birdie putt. Stenson also makes birdie.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 7 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 7 under

 
12 - Par 4, 418 yards: Watch the 12th hole
Tiger hits his drive in the left rough but draws a good lie. His approach from 141 yards crashes into the bottom portion of the flagstick and ricochets straight backward to the front fringe. Tiger putts to a couple feet and the hole is halved.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 7 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 7 under

 
13 - Par 3, 157 yards: Watch the 13th hole
Tiger's ball lands just past the back pin placement and bounces into the rough behind the green. His straight-forward 30-foot chip scoots about four feet past the hole, leaving an uphill putt. Stenson chips in for birdie. Cook converts his four-foot par putt, Tiger picks up his mark and Team Nona has regained the lead.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 7 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 8 under

 
14 - Par 4, 345 yards: Watch the 14th hole
All four players attempt to drive the green at this dogleg right par-4. Tiger's tee shot ends up about 20 yards from the hole in the right semi-cut within the narrow opening to the green. He chips to four feet. Stenson is the only player to drive the green and narrowly misses his 30-foot eagle putt. Tiger converts his birdie but Stenson misses his three-footer coming back.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 8 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 8 under

 
15 - Par 5, 578 yards: Watch the 15th hole
Tiger's 325-yard tee shot into the wind is, 'One of the best I've ever seen,' according to teammate John Cook. Tiger's second shot misses short right. He chips to nine feet but misses right. Cook converts his four-foot birdie putt, and Stenson and DiMarco fail to make birdie.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 9 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 8 under

 
16 - Par 4, 461 yards: Watch the 16th hole
Tiger misses the fairway right. His approach from 158 yards misses pin-high right. He takes dead aim on his 30-foot chip from the fringe, but burns the right edge. His five-footer coming back is holed for a par.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 9 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 8 under

 
17 - Par 3, 198 yards: Watch the 17th hole
Tiger's tee shot lands in the back portion of the green and rolls to the back fringe. His bump-and-run from 35 feet trickles five feet past the hole. After Cook misses his par putt, Tiger has to make par to halve the hole, which he does.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 9 under
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 8 under

 
18 - Par 4, 440 yards: Watch the 18th hole
Tiger hits it the farthest of the group, but misses the fairway right. His 126-yard approach ends up pin-high right, barely on the fringe. His 20-footer misses left and when Cook taps in for par, Tiger picks up. DiMarco's 18-foot putt to win the hole and square the match misses right.
 
Woods/Cook (I): 9-under 63
Stenson/DiMarco (LN): 8-under 64

 
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    M. Jutanugarn finally joins sister in LPGA winner's circle

    By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 1:42 am

    LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn won the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open by two shots for her first victory in six years on the LPGA Tour, joining sister Ariya as the second siblings to win on the tour.

    The 23-year-old from Thailand shot a 3-under 68 for a 12-under 272 total Sunday at Wilshire Country Club in the tour's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

    Jutanugarn won in her 156th start after three career runner-up finishes, including at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She had 21 top-10 finishes before winning.

    Seven-time winner Ariya tied for 24th after a 70. She joined the predominantly Asian crowd to follow her older sister's final holes, crying as Moriya two-putted to close out the win.

    Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam were the first sisters to win on the LPGA Tour.

    Hall of Famer Inbee Park shot a 68 to tie for second with Jin Young Ko (70).

    Park had opportunities, but she wasn't able to put pressure on Jutanugarn playing in the final threesome. However, Park will return to No. 1 in the world when the rankings come out Monday, knocking off top-ranked Shenshen Fang, who tied for 12th.


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    Jutanugarn began the final round with a two-shot lead and never wavered in fulfilling the potential she first displayed as the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2013. After a birdie at the second hole, she reeled off nine consecutive pars before sinking birdie putts at 12 and 13.

    She overcame a tee shot that narrowly missed going out of bounds for another birdie at 15 to lead by three.

    Jutanugarn ran into trouble on the par-4 16th. Her approach landed on the green and rolled off it, stopping inches from dropping into a bunker. Her chip shot ran well past the hole and her par putt just missed catching the edge of the cup. That left her with a short putt for bogey, her first in her previous 28 holes, trimming her lead to two shots.

    Ko's tee shot on 18 landed about 4 feet from the hole, giving her a chance to cut Jutanugarn's lead to one shot with the Thai facing a long birdie attempt.

    But Ko missed, leaving Jutanugarn room to maneuver. Her birdie putt came up a couple feet short, but she calmly parred the hole to win. Ariya rushed onto the green and joined others in emptying water bottles on her sister before they embraced.

    So Yeon Ryu (68) finished fourth at 7 under. American Emma Talley (67) and Eun-Hee Ji (71) tied for fifth at 6 under, making Ji one of four South Koreans to place in the top five.

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    After Further Review: Tour players embracing new ideas

    By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 1:26 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On players embracing new ideas on the PGA Tour ...

    PGA Tour players are trying to tell commissioner Jay Monahan something: They like new.

    In the second year of the two-man team format at the Zurich Classic, 10 of the top 14 players in the world have signed up, including all four reigning major champions. It’s the first time all four have been in the same field since the Tour Championship. If the laid-back event offered world-ranking points – it doesn’t, and that’s part of the appeal – the winner would have received 62 points. That’s the same as the Genesis Open.

    Sure, some sponsor obligations are involved in boosting the field here, but there’s no other way to look at this: Today’s PGA Tour players are not only willing to play events that are a departure from the 72-hole, stroke-play norm. They’re encouraging it. - Ryan Lavner


    On Moriya Jutanugarn's breakthrough win ...

    As much love as there is between the Jutanugarn sisters, it couldn’t have been easy for Moriya, watching her baby sister, Ariya, soar past her as one of the LPGA’s dominant stars the last few years. Mo, though, never betrayed an inkling of frustration or envy.

    That’s what made Mo’s breakthrough LPGA victory Sunday at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open especially meaningful for everyone who has admired Mo’s devotion to her sister. Mo was always a fixture, waiting in the wings to celebrate whenever Ariya hoisted a trophy.

    So emotions were high late Sunday, with Ariya waiting in the wings this time, with Ariya sobbing in Mo’s arms after the victory was secured. It was heartwarming for more than Apple, the mother who raised these talented, loving sisters. As always, Apple was there, too, soaking both her daughters in tears of joy. – Randall Mell


    On the tough scheduling decisions facing the PGA Tour ...

    According to multiple sources, officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation on Monday.

    While this is good news for the folks in Fort Worth, Texas, who were in danger of finding themselves on the wrong side of timing, there remain some tough decisions to be made in the next few weeks.

    If the PGA Tour’s plan is to end its season before Labor Day beginning in 2019, something must give. Currently, the Houston Open, a staple on Tour since 1946, and The National are without sponsors. When the music stops in a few weeks and the circuit announces the ’19 schedule, there’s a good chance one, or both, of those events will be the victims of bad timing. – Rex Hoggard

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    Triplett hole-out wins Legends of Golf playoff

    By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 12:12 am

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Kirk Triplett holed out from a bunker for birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf to lift himself and partner Paul Broadhurst past Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

    ''Well, you're trying to make it, but you know realistically it doesn't go in very often,'' Triplett said. ''You're trying to give your partner a free run at it. You don't want to hit it up there 20 feet past or do something silly. I'm just trying to hit it the right distance and get it on the right line.''

    Langer and Lehman took it in stride.

    ''You kind of learn to expect it,'' Lehman said. ''These guys out here are so good and Kirk Triplett is a magician around the greens. The odds of making that shot are probably not good, but you certainly expect him to hit a great shot and he did and it went in.''

    Lehman and Langer missed birdie putts after Triplett holed out.

    ''I kind of felt like we both hit pretty good putts, misread them, both of them,'' Lehman said. ''I hit mine probably too hard and Bernhard's was too soft, but you have to hand it to the guys who hit the shot when they have to hit it.''


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    Broadhurst and Triplett closed with a 6-under 48 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to match Langer and Lehman at 24 under. Langer and Lehman had a 47, playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

    The 56-year-old Triplett won his sixth PGA Tour Champions title.

    ''That's a big roller-coaster - three good shots and mine, right?'' Triplett said. ''I'm feeling a little dejected walking down that fairway there, a little sheepish. To knock it in it just reminds you, this game, you know, crazy stuff.''

    Broadhurst claimed his third senior victory.

    ''I don't get too emotional, but that was something special,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said.

    Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal had a 48 to tie for third with 2017 winners Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco. Singh and Franco, the third-round leaders, shot 50.

    Mark Calcavecchia-Woody Austin (48), John Daly-Michael Allen (49), Steve Stricker-Jerry Kelly (50) and David Toms-Steve Flesch (52) tied for fifth at 20 under.

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    Mullinax (T-2) comes up short of maiden win

    By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 12:06 am

    The Valero Texas Open saw an unheralded player break through to earn a maiden victory, but unfortunately for Trey Mullinax his day will have to wait.

    Mullinax started the final round within a shot of the lead, having fired a course-record 62 during the final round. He trailed Andrew Landry by one shot for much of the final round while racking up six birdies over his first 11 holes, but a pair of late miscues meant the former Alabama standout had to settle for a share of second place, two shots behind Landry.

    A final-round 69 marked a career-best finish for Mullinax, who is playing this season on conditional status and whose lone prior top-10 this season came after he Monday qualified for the Valspar Championship.

    "I know my game's there, I'm playing really well," Mullinax told reporters. "Give all credit to Andrew, he played really well today, rocksteady. He was putting great, hitting great shots."


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    Given time to reflect, the 26-year-old will likely look back on the final two holes where nerves appeared to get the best of him. Looking to put some pressure on Landry, Mullinax chunked his pitch on the short 17th hole into a greenside bunker, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course.

    Then Mullinax was unable to convert a 9-foot birdie putt on the final green, which would have forced Landry to make his 8-foot par putt to avoid a playoff. Afforded the luxury of two putts for the win, Landry rolled in his par save to cement a two-shot win.

    "Made a bad bogey on 17, but just you've got to hit some bad shots," Mullinax said. "Would have liked to have got the putt on 18 to fall to put a little bit of heat on him, but this experience that I'm gaining right now is just going to help me down the road."