In His Own Words - Tiger Woods 97 Masters Part 2

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 15, 2001, 5:00 pm
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
LET'S GO TO SATURDAY NIGHT. I UNDERSTAND YOU PLAYED SOME PING PONG WITH SOME FRIENDS. PLAYED SOME MORTAL COMBAT WHICH IS
 
TIGER WOODS
 
OH YEAH
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
THAT'S THE WAY YOU GOT TO WARM UP FOR A, TO, TO WIN A MAJOR. PROBABLY, ONE OF THE FIRST TIMES THAT'S BEEN PART OF THE PREPARATION.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
OH... YEAH
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
WAS THE RELAXATION OF THAT NIGHT PERHAPS GREATER BECAUSE OF THE, THE SIZE OF THE LEAD?
 
TIGER WOODS
 
NO I JUST DID THE SAME THINGS. WE, WE'VE BEEN PLAYING PING PONG, SHOOTING HOOP AND PLAYING VIDEO GAMES THE ENTIRE WEEK
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MHMM
 
TIGER WOODS
 
AND THAT'S JUST SOMETHING I LIKE TO DO
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SURE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
JUST RELAXING. HAVING FUN WITH MY FRIENDS AND... THE TOURNAMENT'S OVER. I MEAN TOURNAMENT'S AT THE GOLF COURSE. I'M AT HOME AND YOU'VE GOT TO LEAVE IT, YOU'VE GOT TO LEAVE IT AT THE GOLF COURSE AND I, I LEFT IT AT THE GOLF COURSE AND I CAME HOME AND I WAS WITH MY FRIENDS AND I WAS WITH MY FAMILY BUT I... AS MY DAD AND I TALKED ABOUT IT ON SATURDAY NIGHT, THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE THE HARDEST 18 HOLES YOU'VE EVER PLAYED IN YOUR LIFE.
 
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SCOTT VAN PELT
 
YOUR FATHER SAID IT MIGHT BE THE MOST DIFFICULT 18 HOLES YOU'D EVER PLAYED. TAKE, TAKE US, TAKE US TO SUNDAY. I MEAN YOU CAN LEAVE OUT THE DETAILS OF HOW MANY YOU KNOW BANANAS YOU PUT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
RIGHT
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
ON YOUR CORN FLAKES BUT I MEAN YOU'RE, YOU'RE GOING TO AUGUSTA AND CLEARLY NOW, THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT WE'RE ABOUT TO WITNESS HISTORY. I MEAN WE, YOU CAN'T FORGET WHAT HAPPENED TO NORMAN SO NOTHING'S A DONE DEAL BUT HISTORY IS UPON US.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YOU GET YOUR, YOU GET YOUR GAME FACE ON. LET'S GO AND I WAS JUST KIND OF YELLING AT MYSELF... ON THE PUTTING GREEN, ON THE RANGE TO REALLY GET MYSELF FOCUSED, PSYCHED UP AND, AND LET'S GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD. LET'S GO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS. IF YOU DON'T TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS RIGHT NOW, THAT GREEN JACKET CEREMONY WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
AS THEY'VE SAID IN THE PAST, THE BACK 9 ON SUNDAY IS WHERE THE MASTER'S IS WON BUT NOW THIS WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A VICTORY PARADE. IT WAS UH
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I, I, I GUESS BUT I, I DIDN'T REALLY LOOK AT IT THAT WAY BECAUSE I'M PLAYING
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MHMM. MAYBE IT'S EASIER FOR US TO SEE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YEAH
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
BECAUSE WE'RE WATCHING IT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YOU, YOU GUYS ARE WATCHING. I'M PLAYING AND I'M LOOKING AND I SAID 'GEE THIS IS WHERE I COULD LOOSE IT RIGHT HERE'. I FIGURED, WHEN I STARTED DOWN TEN, I SAID LET'S, LET'S GET OUT OF HERE WITH A PUTTER. LET'S JUST GET OUT OF HERE WITH A PUTTER. IF YOU MAKE BIRDIE YOU'RE STEELING ONE. NOW LET'S GO TO PLAY 11, 12 AND 13, THE WATER HOLES AND THEY CORNER YOU. YOU GOT TO PLAY THOSE AT EVEN PAR OR BETTER. IF YOU PLAY THEM AT EVEN PAR OR BETTER YOU'RE GOING TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT. IF YOU DON'T, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN. YOU NEVER KNOW. I WAS ALWAYS HAD THAT DOUBT IN MY HEAD AND WHEN I GOT TO 12, I BIRDIED 11, I'M ONE UNDER. I SAID 'PERFECT. I'M ONE UNDER PAR AND IT'S, IT'S A LITTLE, IT'S LIKE A LITTLE MINI, MINI GOAL. THREE HOLE MINI GOAL
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MHMM
 
TIGER WOODS
 
OKAY I'M ONE UNDER PAR. LET, LET'S, LET'S JUST PROTECT HERE. LET'S AIM AT THE BUNKERS. GET TO HIT A FULL 9 IRON AND THE WAY I'M, I'M HITTING IT RIGHT NOW I'M DRAWING THE BALL A LITTLE BIT SO THE, THE LITTLE 9 IRON DRAW AT THE BUNKER SHOULD TAKE ME OVER TO THE MIDDLE IF NOT THE LEFT PART OF THE GREEN. NO BIG DEAL. IF I GO OVER I CAN GET UP AND DOWN. I CAN, I'M ROLLING THE ROCK JUST GET THE BALL OVER THE FRONT BUNKER AND I HIT, HIT A SHOT LEFT SIDE OF THE GREEN. IT LIES OUT THERE TO ABOUT TWO FEET AND MADE IT FOR PAR.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
THEN 13, AND EAGLE PUTT AGAIN. IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO GO
 
TIGER WOODS
 
AW... SHH...
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
AND IT SITS ON THE LIP
 
TIGER WOODS
 
THAT BALL. I DON'T KNOW HOW IT STAYED OUT. IT WAS HANGING ON THE LIP. I, I, I KNEW EXACTLY HOW THAT PUTT BROKE BECAUSE I'VE WATCHED IT ON, ON VIDEO TAPE BEFORE... PREPARING FOR AUGUSTA. I'VE SEEN THESE GUYS MISS IT ON THE LOW SIDE TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THE BALL BREAKS MORE THAN YOU THINK. I, I LOOK AT MY PUTT AND I'M SAYING OKAY THIS PUTT'S PROBABLY ABOUT TWO AND A HALF, THREE FEET OUTSIDE LEFT. NO. I KNOW THIS PUTT BREAKS MORE. YOU'VE SEEN IT, TRUST IT. TRUST IT. I MEAN I KNOW THESE GUYS AREN'T DUMB. THEY'VE PLAYED HERE, THEY'RE TRYING AND THEY'VE MISSED IT ALL ON THE LOW SIDE. LET'S JUST PLAY IT A LITTLE BIT MORE. SO I PLAYED MORE LIKE THREE FEET OUTSIDE LEFT. IT JUST KIND OF DIED IN THERE AND JUST HUNG ON THE LIP. SO I PLAYED AMEN CORNER IN TWO UNDER.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MINI GOAL ACCOMPLISHED.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MINI GOAL ACCOMPLISHED.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
BIRDIE 14, NOW YOU'RE 18 UNDER PAR.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MHMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
I KNOW YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY. I KNOW YOU KNOW THAT THE SCORE YOU NEED FOR THE RECORD IS 18 UNDER PAR
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MHMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
BUT AT THAT POINT MAYBE YOU'RE THINKING 20
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I WAS THINKING 20. I BIRDIED 15 AND I CAN BIRDIE ONE OF THE SHORT, ONE OF THE NEXT THREE HOLES BECAUSE 16'S A HARD HOLE BUT IT'S REALLY NOT THAT HARD BECAUSE YOU GOT THAT HUGE FUNNEL. SEVENTEEN'S PLAYING REALLY SHORT BECAUSE IT'S DOWN WIND AND UH 18'S NOT THAT HARD BECAUSE I'M, I'M DRIVING IT SO WELL. I COULD DRIVE OVER THE TOP OF THE BUNKER AND HAVE AGAIN ANOTHER SHORT IRON IN. SO I GOT THREE BIRDIE HOLES IF I CAN BIRDIE 15. TO GET TO 19, I GOT THREE MORE CHANCES TO GET TO 20.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
IS THAT WHY WE SAW THE FRUSTRATION ON 15? THE REACTION OF A, THE BIT OF A CLUB SLAM. IS IT, WERE YOU THINKING TO YOURSELF 'DAMN IT. I GOT 20 UNDER RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME AND I'M LETTING IT GO'?
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YEAH. YEAH. MHMM.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SO AT THAT POINT NOW YOU'RE, NOW IT'S, IT'S NOT JUST THE MASTERS IT'S.... YOU, YOU GOT 20. THAT'S THE FINISH LINE NOW. THAT'S THE MINI GOAL, 20 UNDER.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
WELL YOU GOT TO, SEE THE THING IS YOU CAN LET IT SLIP AND YOU CAN MAKE A BOGEY COMING IN BUT THAT'S NOT, THAT'S NOT ME
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
RIGHT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YOU GOT TO FINISH IT OUT. IT'S LIKE IN, IN TRACK. YOU'RE ALWAYS TAUGHT TO RUN THROUGH THE FINISH LINE. RUN THROUGH IT. WHICH IS THE SAME THING IN GOLF. YOU GOT TO FINISH IT OFF. YOU CAN'T STOP HALF WAY OR EVEN AT THE TIME IT WAS THREE FOURTHS OF THE WAY THROUGH. YOU CAN'T STOP. YOU GOT TO KEEP GOING AND I, I TRY TO KEEP IT GOING AND UH
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SURE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
JUST COULDN'T MAKE THOSE PUTTS.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
ALL RIGHT WE'RE ALMOST HOME. EIGHTEENTH HOLE, THE UH STRATEGY WAS IF YOU'RE UP ONE, COMING HOME, BOMB IT OVER THE BUNKER, TAKE A LITTLE SHORT IRON IN, NO WORRIES. THAT'S SORT OF WHAT HAPPENED BUT NOT QUITE NECESSARILY HOW YOU MIGHT HAVE DRAWN IT UP. THERE WAS I GUESS A CLICK IN YOUR BACK SWING AND GOT OVER THE TOP OF IT A LITTLE BIT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
NO WHAT HAPPENED WAS IS THAT AS I TOOK THE CLUB BACK A PHOTOGRAPHER TOOK PICTURES AND IT HAD FLASHES ON THEM TOO. NOT ONLY DID IT SOUND BUT IT HAD... A COUPLE FLASHES WENT OFF AND I, I FLINCHED. I LITERALLY JUST FREAKED OUT AND FLINCHED AND FLIPPED IT AND HIT IT WAY LEFT. IT HIT ALL THE BUNKERS LEFT. I'M LIKE OH GREAT AND I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER TO SAY THE LEAST. I WAS... OOH I WAS, I WAS PRETTY AGITATED AND I, I COULD HAVE, I'M, I'M GLAD THAT CAMERA MAN WAS UP WHERE HE WAS... WHERE I COULDN'T GET TO HIM. SO I'M THINKING
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
PROBABLY A GOOD THING FOR HIM
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YEAH. SO I'M THINKING OKAY LET, LET'S JUST HIT THE BALL. USE THE SHELF, BRING IT BACK AND UH LET'S TRY AND FINISH OFF WITH A THREE HERE.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
IT TURNED INTO A LOT OF FUN OVER THERE THOUGH, YOU, YOU LOST FLUFF MOMENTARILY. YOU'RE JUMPING AROUND, WHERE'S FLUFF?
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YEAH. I COULDN'T
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
PEOPLE ARE... LAUGHING AND JOKING. I MEAN AT THAT POINT WE'RE JUST HAVING A FUN
 
TIGER WOODS
 
WELL
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
IT WAS A PARTY
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I WAS LAUGHING, I WAS LAUGHING. I COULDN'T FIND FLUFF BUT I WAS JUMPING BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW IF CONSTANTINO WAS GOING TO PLAY OR NOT
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MHMM
 
TIGER WOODS
 
AND I WAS NOT ABOUT TO WALK ALL THE WAY UP, CLOSE TO THE GREEN AND LOOK BACK TO SEE WHETHER HE'S GOING TO PLAY OR NOT. SO I'M, I'M JUMPING, I'M ASKING PEOPLE IS CONSTANTINO PLAYING? HE HIT. I GO OH I GUESS IT'S MY SHOT.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
ARE THERE ANY POSSIBLE WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE EMOTION AND THE FEELING OF A MOMENT LIKE THAT WHERE THIS IS THE F... THIS IS THE REALIZATION OF THE DREAM?
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MMMM.... PROBABLY NOT. I, I'LL TELL YOU MY THOUGHTS THOUGH. WALKING UP I'M... THINKING YEAH, YEAH... YOU'VE WON THE MASTERS. YOU'VE ACTUALLY, YOU'VE DONE IT. YOU'VE WON THE MASTERS BUT THEN SOMETHING INSIDE ME SAYS 'TIGER, NO YOU HAVEN'T. YOU HAVEN'T WON. FINISH THE RACE. I'M JUST YELLING AT MYSELF.... FINISH THE RACE. BE INTENSE AND SO I WOULD SMILE AND I'M, I'M LAUGHING, I'M JOKING A LITTLE BIT BUT I'M, I'M SCREAMING INSIDE OF MYSELF... FINISH THE RACE. DON'T LET DOWN AND SO I'M, I'M... I GET UP ON THE GREEN... FIRST THING I LOOK AT, PEOPLE ARE, YOU KNOW, CHEERING. I'M GOING CRAZY... I'M UP HERE I LOOK AT MY PUTT AND I GO GOD, LOOK AT THIS, MISS A DOUBLE BREAKER COMING DOWNHILL LEFT TO RIGHT THEN RIGHT TO LEFT AT THE END AND I GOT TO TWO PUTT THIS FOR THE RECORD. LET'S DO IT. LET'S GO DO IT. SIMPLE AS THAT AND THEN I PUT MY GAME FACE RIGHT BACK ON.
 
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SCOTT VAN PELT
 
ALL WEEK LONG YOU'VE BEEN A BAD, BAD MAN. THE NASTIEST MAN THAT AUGUSTA NATIONAL HAS EVER SEEN, BUT WAITING THERE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW, TWO PEOPLE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MMMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MOM AND POPS. AND POP'S MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN THERE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
JUST BEEN THROUGH AN OPERATION ON HIS HEART, MONTHS EARLIER... AND IT WAS FINALLY ALL RIGHT TO LET THE GAME FACE GO AND TO JUST GO BE A KID. BE THEIR SON AND ENJOY THE MOMENT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MHMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
TOGETHER WITH THE PEOPLE THAT MADE IT HAPPEN. I'M IMAGINING THAT THAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT WAS THE SWEETEST OF THE WEEK
 
TIGER WOODS
 
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SHARING IT WITH THEM
 
TIGER WOODS
 
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. IT WAS SWEET MAKING THE PUTT... BECAUSE IT WAS A, IT WAS A HARD PUTT.... OUTSIDE LEFT AND IT DIED RIGHT THERE IN THE CENTER THEN HUGGING FLUFF AND SAYING THANKS FLUFF. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING. THEN I'M, I'M THINKING I WON THE MASTERS. I'M WALKING UP THE TIER. I'VE WON THE MASTERS. THIS IS IT. THIS IS ME. I, I GET MY GREEN JACKET. NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN I SEE MY MOM AND DAD THERE. I JUST ABSOLUTELY LOST IT. I START CRYING LIKE A LITTLE BABY. THIS, IT, IT WAS JUST... IT WAS SOMETHING ELSE BECAUSE I, I SEE MY DAD AND HE OPENS UP HIS ARMS AND I SAID 'FINALLY. THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT' AND I JUST, I JUST LET GO.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
IF FOR SOME QUIRK OF FATE AND YOU NEVER WON ANOTHER MAJOR. I KNOW IT WOULD DISAPPOINT YOU
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MMMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
BUT WOULD THERE ALSO BE PART OF YOU THAT COULD LOOK BACK ON THE WAY YOU DID IT. THE LOWEST, THE YOUNGEST, THE LARGEST AND SAY I DID IT. MOM AND POP'S WERE THERE. I WON THE MASTERS AS A 21 YEAR OLD KID AND
 
TIGER WOODS
 
RIGHT
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SAY I COULD LIVE WITH THAT.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YEAH. I COULD. IF MY CAREER ENDED RIGHT NOW. I COULD LIVE WITH THAT BECAUSE IT'S NOT TOO OFTEN IN ONE PERSON'S LIFE WHERE YOU CAN LOOK, YOU CAN PUT IT ON VIDEO TAPE AND LOOK BACK ON IT AND SAY YOU KNOW WHAT, I, I PLAYED ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. MY MIND WAS FOCUSED. IT WAS CLEAR. I HIT GREAT SHOTS. I EXECUTED MY GAME PLAN AND I DIDN'T VARY FROM IT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
AND I, I, I EXECUTED AND I STAYED PATIENT. YOU PUT ALL, THE WHOLE PACKAGE WAS TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME AND IT'S NOT TOO OFTEN IN ONE CAREER... IN ONE'S CAREER THAT YOU ACTUALLY CAN SAY THAT ABOUT ANY.. YOU CAN SAY THAT ABOUT ROUNDS BUT UH... THE TOURNAMENT. I STARTED OFF THE TOURNAMENT WITH A 40 AND I STILL WON... GOING AWAY AND THAT, THAT TO ME I THINK WAS ULTIMATE.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENED AMAZING AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL LAST YEAR. HOW WHEN YOU WERE ANNOUNCED AS THE CHAMPION, THAT EVENING, IN THE DINING ROOM DURING THE DINNER, THAT BACK BY A SERVICE ENTRANCE, THE COOKS AND THE WAITERS AND BUS BOYS, ALL OF WHOM WERE BLACK, CAME OUT TO CHEER FOR A CHAMPION THAT THEY NEVER DREAMT WOULD WALK THROUGH THE DOORS BUT ON THE GOLF COURSE ALL WEEK, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FANS CHEERED EQUALLY, ENTHUSIASTICALLY
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MMMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
FOR YOU, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF WHOM WERE WHITE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MHMMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
AND SO AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL LAST YEAR FOR WHATEVER IT'S HISTORY MAY BE, BLACK, WHITE, BROWN AND EVERYTHING IN
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I KNOW
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
BETWEEN
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I KNOW
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
CAME TOGETHER AND ROOTED FOR ONE GUY, YOU. IT'S PRETTY AMAZING.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT IT UNTIL MONTHS AFTERWARDS WHEN I, I GOT A CHANCE TO SIT DOWN AND TALK TO MY DAD ABOUT IT BECAUSE I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT AND HE KIND OF SUMMED IT UP FOR ME BY SAYING THAT UM YOU, YOU CHANGED. UM YOU CHANGED THE SPORT... BY HAVING A BLACK CHAMPION, OR A PERSON OF COLOR WIN AT, BACK IN, AND IN THE DAY IT WAS THE MOST ELITE-EST CLUB OF ALL TIME AND TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN AND TO HAVE THE PEOPLE AND THE GALLERIES BE WHITE. PEOPLE WHO ARE SERVING AND BE WHITE OR BLACK, PEOPLE IN THE GALLERIES WHO WERE BLACK. IT DIDN'T, DID NOT MATTER. WHAT EVER THEY WERE. THEY ALL CAME TOGETHER.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
WHEN YOUR FIRST BRUSH STROKES ARE A MASTERPIECE HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO PAINT THE NEXT PAINTING? SO HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT FOLLOWING IT UP?
 
TIGER WOODS
 
WITH A WIN.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
AFTER WHAT HE DID A YEAR AGO IS IT OUT OF THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY THAT TIGER COULD DO IT AGAIN? HARDLY. BUT 1998 MAY PROVE TO BE THE YEAR THAT AUGUSTA NATIONAL EXACTS IT'S REVENGE ON THE MAN WHO DISMANTLED IT JUST A YEAR AGO. THERE IS ONE CERTAINTY, THE GOLF WORLD WILL BE HOLDING IT'S BREATH THIS WEEK, WATCHING TO SEE WHAT THIS EXTRAORDINARY YOUNG MAN DOES FOR AN ENCORE. THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US.
 

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Haas nearly shoots age in taking Champions playoff opener lead

By Associated PressOctober 20, 2018, 10:05 pm

RICHMOND, Va.  -- Jay Haas shot a 7-under 65 - missing his age by a stroke - to take a two-shot lead Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Trying to become the oldest winner in tour history, the 64-year-old Haas birdied the par-5 16th and 18th holes to get to 11-under 133 on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course.

''I've been out here too long to know that I can learn to expect anything,'' Haas said. ''While I'm hopeful every day and I've been playing OK, the last couple weeks have not been very good, but this week has been much better. I love this golf course and it looks good to my eye. Most of the holes look like I'm going to hit a good shot, so I enjoy playing here.''

Mike Fetchick set the age record of 63 years to the day in the 1985 Hilton Head event. Haas is second on the list, taking the 2016 Toshiba Classic at 62 years, 10 months, 7 days for his 18th senior title.

''That's a good way to say I'm old, 'experience,''' Haas said. ''I think I'm very nervous most of the time when I play and today was no exception, but I continued to hit good shots and, hopefully, I can put one foot in front of the other, one shot at a time, do what I tell my son to do every time, you know? See if I can put some of those adages to work tomorrow.''


Full-field scores from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic


Stephen Ames and Scott Dunlap were tied for second after the round that started in light rain. Ames had a 67, and Dunlap shot 68.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer had a 66 to join Billy Mayfair (67) and Woody Austin (68) at 9 under. Langer won the SAS Championship last week in North Carolina to take the season points lead. The 61-year-old German star has two victories this year and 38 overall on the 50-and-over tour.

The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 on Sunday will get spots next week in the Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, California, and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, second in the standings, was tied for 23rd at 4 under after a 71.

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Sergio leads by 4 entering final round at Valderrama

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 20, 2018, 9:26 pm

Sergio Garcia closed with three straight birdies to shoot a 7-under 64 on Saturday, taking a four-shot lead into the third and final round of the Andalusia Valderrama Masters.

The tournament, which Garcia has won  twice (2017, 2011), was reduced to 54 holes because of numerous weather-related delays.

With his bogey-free round, Garcia moved to 10 under, four shots clear of Englishman Ashley Chesters, who shot a 1-under 70.


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"Hopefully we'll be able to play well tomorrow and get another win at Valderrama," Garcia said. "Hopefully I can finish it in style."

Chesters, however, is conceding nothing. "There's always a chance," he said. "There's not a lot of pressure on me."

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Ciganda, S.Y. Kim share lead in Shanghai

By Associated PressOctober 20, 2018, 9:28 am

SHANGHAI - Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai.

Ciganda carded her fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 18th to finish tied with overnight leader Kim at 11-under 205. Kim shot a 71 with four bogeys and five birdies.

Ciganda is attempting to win her third LPGA title and first since the 2016 season, when she won two tournaments in a one-month span. Kim is chasing her eighth career LPGA win and second title of the 2018 season.

''I want to win because I didn't win last year,'' Ciganda said. ''I love playing in Asia. It's good for long hitters, playing quite long, so I'm quite comfortable.''


Full-field scores from the Buick LPGA Shanghai


Angel Yin also birdied the final hole for a 68 and was a further stroke back with Brittany Altomare (69), Danielle Kang (71) and Ariya Jutanugarn (71).

Yin and Altomare have yet to break through for their first LPGA win. A win in Shanghai would make either player the ninth first-time winner of the 2018 season, which would tie 2016 for the third highest number of first-time winners in a season in LPGA history.

''I love competing,'' Yin said. ''That's why I'm playing, right? I'm excited to be in contention again going into Sunday.''

Local favorite Yu Liu was seventh after offsetting a lone bogey with four birdies for a 69.

Paula Creamer also shot a 69 and shared eighth at 8 under with Minjee Lee (70) and Bronte Law (71).

The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.

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Koepka's pursuers have no illusions about catching him

By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 8:50 am

Ahead by four, wielding his driver like Thor's hammer, Brooks Koepka is 18 holes from his third victory in five months and his first ascent to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

The tournament isn't over. No one is handing him the trophy and updating the OWGR website just yet. But it will likely take some combination of a meltdown and low round from someone in the chase pack to prevent a Koepka coronation Sunday in South Korea.

Thirteen under for the week, the three-time major champion will start the final round four shots ahead of his playing partners, Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, and five ahead of six more players at minus-8.

As is his nature, Poulter figures to be undaunted. The 42-year-old is fresh off a Sunday singles victory over Dustin Johnson at the Ryder Cup and in the midst of a career renaissance, having broken a five-year winless drought earlier this year. In one sense, it's Europe vs. the United States again, but this isn't match play, and Koepka, a guy who doesn't need a head start, has spotted himself a four-shot advantage.


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"Tomorrow I'm going to need to make a few birdies. Obviously Brooks is in cruise control right now and obviously going to need a shoot a low one," Poulter conceded. "Do what I'm doing, just enjoy [it]. Obviously try and make as many birdies as I can and see how close we get."

Perez, in the group at 8 under par, isn't giving up, but like Poulter, he's aware of the reality of his situation.

"We're chasing Brooks, who of course obviously is playing phenomenally," he said. "A lot of the long hitters now when they get in contention, they hit that driver and they're really hard to catch. I'm not worried about it too much. It's going to be harder for me tomorrow than him, so I'm going to try and go out and just do my thing, hit some shots, hopefully hit some close and make some putts and we'll see. I don't expect him to come backwards, but hopefully I can try to go catch him."

Gary Woodland, also 8 under par, summed up the predicament best when he alluded to Koepka's perhaps advantageously aloof demeanor.

"You obviously want to get off to a good start and put pressure on him as soon as you can," he said. "You know, Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much, and he's playing so good, so you're going to have to go out and post a number."