Kentucky Captures SEC Championship

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of ukathletics.com
 
College Central presented by PINGThe University of Kentucky claimed its first-ever Southeastern Conference men's golf championship on Sunday, shooting a 3-over-par 283, to finish the 2005 championship with a three-round total of 875, two shots better than second-place Auburn, at 877, at the Sea Island Golf Club - Seaside Course. This is the third tournament title of the spring for the Wildcats.
 
The SEC Championship was the first for mens golf and the third for UK in the past three months as it joins womens tennis and mens basketball as 2005 conference champs.
 
With the win, the Wildcats earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional. Dates and locations will be announced at a later time.
 
I cant say enough about this team and the effort theyve put in the last few years. They mean so much to this program and to me as a person, said head coach Brian Craig. This is a monumental achievement for our program and every ounce of the credit goes to those guys. Theyve worked hard, not just this past week, but over their careers to get our program to this point. This team has a lot of guts and a lot of heart and I think, ultimately, thats what won it for us down the stretch.
 
The Cats shot a final round 283, which was the best round of any team in the championship. Senior John Holmes led the Wildcat charge with a third place finish at 215. Right behind Holmes was teammate Matt Kohn and Florida's Brett Stegmaier, who tied for fourth at 217. Kohn shot a 1-under-par 69 on Sunday, which was Kentucky's best round of the day and tied Holmes opening round 69 for the best UK round of the tournament.
 
Matt Wells also finished among the top 10, tying for seventh with a three-day total of 219 (70-77-72). Mark Blakefield fired a third-round 71 to bring his final tally to 225 (78-76-71), followed by Brandon Waldrop who shot an even par to finish 35th overall with a score of 228 (77-79-72) to round out the scoring for Kentucky.
 
All five of these guys just played a beautiful round of golf today, said Craig. For each of them to go out and shoot a 72 or lower on an extremely difficult course on the last day of the SEC tournament is a tremendous accomplishment.
 
Tennessee's David Skinns captured individual medalist honors with a three-round score of 210, one shot better than second place Richard Scott of Georgia, who came in at 211. Skinns and Auburn's Tyler McKeever shot the best rounds of the third round, at 2-under-par 68. McKeever finished in sixth place.
 
Auburn made a run at the Wildcats. The Tigers were one shot ahead of the Wildcats entering the third round but Kentucky' 283 edged the Tigers' 286 on the final day by three shots. Last year's champion Georgia placed third with a three-day score of 883 while Florida, which led after Saturday's round came in fourth with a score of 888 in three rounds.

Second-round tee times for the Tour Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 20, 2018, 10:29 pm

Tiger Woods will go out last and Phil Mickelson will go out first in Rd. 2 of the Tour Championship.

Woods and Rickie Fowler share the 18-hole lead. The field is re-paired after each round, according to their scores. Here’s a look at second-round tee times at East Lake Golf Club.

(All times ET)

11:40AM: Phil Mickelson (+3), Keegan Bradley (+3)

11:50AM: Patrick Reed (+3), Marc Leishman (+2)

Noon: Hideki Matsuyama (+2), Kevin Na (+2)

12:10PM: Billy Horschel (+1), Bryson DeChambeau (+1)

12:20PM: Patton Kizzire (+1), Patrick Cantlay (+1)

12:30PM: Cameron Smith (Even), Bubba Watson (Even)

12:40PM: Aaron Wise (Even), Francesco Molinari (Even)

12:50PM: Brooks Koepka (-1), Dustin Johnson (-1)

1PM: Tommy Fleetwood (-1), Webb Simpson (-1)

1:10PM: Jason Day (-2), Kyle Stanley (-1)

1:20PM: Jon Rahm (-2), Xander Schauffele (-2)

1:30PM: Tony Finau (-3), Paul Casey (-2)

1:40PM: Rory McIlroy (-3), Justin Thomas (-3)

1:50PM: Gary Woodland (-4), Justin Rose (-4)

2PM: Rickie Fowler (-5), Tiger Woods (-5)

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FedExCup projected standings after Rd. 1 of Tour Championship

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 20, 2018, 10:13 pm

ATLANTA – Bryson DeChambeau started the week in the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings. But after the first round of the Tour Championship, he’s surrendered his lead.

Justin Rose, the current world No. 1, is the new projected winner of the $10 million bonus. Rose shot 4-under 66 in the first round and is tied for third in the tournament. He began the week in second place in the FEC standings.

DeChambeau struggled to a 1-over 71 and is currently tied for 21st in the field of 30.

Here’s a look at the projected standings after 18 holes at East Lake Golf Club, which includes Tiger Woods jumping from No. 20 to No. 2.

FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
PROJ. OFFICIAL PROJ. TOTAL
1 2 Justin Rose 2450
2 20 Tiger Woods 2219
3 23 Rickie Fowler 2182
4 1 Bryson DeChambeau 2160
5 3 Tony Finau 1920
6 5 Justin Thomas 1680
7 4 Dustin Johnson 1528
8 6 Keegan Bradley 1238
9 7 Brooks Koepka 1192
10 8 Bubba Watson 992
11 9 Billy Horschel 800
12 28 Gary Woodland 783
13 12 Jason Day 678
14 10 Cameron Smith 672
14 17 Rory McIlroy 672
16 11 Webb Simpson 616
17 18 Xander Schauffele 561
18 13 Francesco Molinari 544
19 24 Jon Rahm 480
20 19 Tommy Fleetwood 463
21 26 Paul Casey 461
22 14 Phil Mickelson 454
23 16 Patrick Cantlay 453
24 15 Patrick Reed 450
25 21 Aaron Wise 398
26 25 Kyle Stanley 393
27 22 Kevin Na 330
28 27 Hideki Matsuyama 278
29 30 Patton Kizzire 275
30 29 Marc Leishman 242
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Tiger's driver now a great asset to his game

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 20, 2018, 9:57 pm

ATLANTA – Tommy Fleetwood hit a handful of tee shots past Tiger Woods on Thursday at the Tour Championship. But Woods found more fairways [10 to eight] and shot four strokes lower [65 to 69].

Ever since making adjustments to his driver – which included adding loft and changing the shaft – at The Northern Trust, Woods’ long game has become one of his greatest assets.

Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways in the first round at East Lake Golf Club, which led to hitting 14 of 18 greens in regulation. Twenty-eight putts equaled a 5-under round and a share of the lead.

It’s not as though Woods has completely traded distance for accuracy. He hit his drive on the par-5 18th 320 yards and that helped produce an eagle.


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It’s more like he now has the ability to control his driver. Those wayward tee shots we had become accustomed to seeing aren’t so offline. That means sometimes he’ll send one 296 yards – like he did on the first hole – and sometimes he’ll gear up and knock one 328 yards – like he did at the fifth.

“[I]f I hit it normal, I hit it just as far. And so that's to me like 300 yards in the air,” he said. “But … the neat thing about this one is that if I miss it and spin it a little bit, those spinners stay in play instead of chasing off on me, and I can turn this ball.

“Like the tee shot I hit down 18, I didn't have that shot earlier with – not enough loft. … [M]y spin rate would be so low that it wouldn't stay in the air.”

“And so, yeah, if I hit controlled shots, they're in play and they're shorter. But if I go ahead and step up and launch one, I'm just as far. The neat thing is I don't have to swing it as hard to hit the ball as far. And so it puts a little less toll on my body. I don't have to have my speed up there at 120, 121, 122 miles an hour to carry it 305, 310 like I did before.”

Often times you hear players talk about aspects of their game and it sounds like they are trying to convince themselves that things are OK. Tiger's actions are backing up his words.

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TT postscript: This 65 better than Aronimink 62

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 20, 2018, 9:21 pm

ATLANTA – The start wasn’t much to look at, but that finish was something else. Tiger Woods eagled the final hole on Thursday and shares the 18-hole lead at the Tour Championship. Here are the things you know you want to know:

• First of all, let’s give a pat on the back to the man who most deserves it today: Me. Early this morning, I sent this tweet:



Never doubt my good feelings. Ben Crenshaw doesn’t have my good feelings. We may have 54 holes to play, but I gotta good feeling we’re going to be changing that Tiger Tracker avatar Sunday night.

• Now onto Tiger. After all, he did hit 10 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. It wasn’t looking good early when he had nine putts through four holes and was 1 over par. But he birdied Nos. 5 and 6, turned in 1 under, and really turned it on down the stretch with two birdies and an eagle over his final seven holes. And if you take a good look at the scorecard below you’ll notice he didn’t make a bogey after the first hole.



• How good is a 65 at East Lake? Better than his opening 62 at Aronimink, according to Woods: “This was by far better than the 62 at Aronimink. Conditions were soft there. This is – it's hard to get the ball closer. There's so much chase in it. If you drive the ball in the rough, you know you can't get the ball close.”

Woods added that you had to play “conservatively” and be patient – take what the course allowed. Tiger missed five putts – four of them for birdie – inside 15 feet. But in the 93-degree heat, he kept his composure and made putts of 26 and 28 feet for birdie, and 28 feet for eagle.

• This week feels different. It feels like Tiger is really ready to win again. He seems very serious, very focused. He talked about “getting the W” on Wednesday and said on Thursday, “[T]he objective is to always win.”

After shooting 65, Woods signed a few autographs and eventually made his way to the putting green. If he gets those 15-footer to fall, we’re going to be two wins away from tying Sammy.

• So, what about that eagle on 18, you ask? Tiger said he “hammered” a driver – which was listed at 320 yards – and then hit a 5-wood from 256 yards to 28 feet. As for the putt: “It took forever for that putt to start breaking, grain coming down off the left. But once it snagged it, it was going straight right.”



Right into the cup. Right into the lead. Our man is making history this week.