Second Masters in Singhs Sights

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 12, 2003, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Two years ago, Vijay Singh helped Tiger Woods slip into the Masters champion's green jacket.
 
Now he'd like Woods to return the favor.
 
'Anybody with a 5- or 6-under has a chance,' Singh said after shooting a 2-under-par 70 in the third round Saturday.
 
He wound up in third place at 2-under-par 214 -- three behind leader Jeff Maggert and maybe more importantly, one ahead of Woods.
 
'I'm surprised I'm only three back today,' Singh said. 'I thought it would be more.'
 
Woods, of course, has captured everyone's attention here in his quest to become the first player to win three straight at Augusta National.
 
But it's players like Singh that old guard stalwarts like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer have in mind when expressing doubts about the ability of Tiger's top challengers to rise to the occasion
 
That could change Sunday.
 
Known as a guy who practices more than anyone, Singh went to the range shortly after the third round and with his swing coach, his caddie and his son, Qass, looking on, started pounding irons into the distance. If his round Saturday was any indication, Singh still has the stuff to grind out wins in the toughest situations.
 
Showing no signs of the sore ribs that kept him out of contention in The Players Championship two weeks ago -- 'There was no problem, it feels solid,' he said -- the world's 10th-ranked player succeeded on a day full of errant shots on some holes, beautiful ones on others.
 
'I missed a few chances, but I'm happy with the way I played,' he said.
 
His first birdie came on No. 2, when Singh hit a greenside sand shot to tap-in range to move to 1-under -- in the red and on the leaderboard for the first time in the tournament.
 
The rest of the front nine -- the rest of the round, really -- was an exercise in patience. He hit only five of 12 fairways over the final 16 holes. He played most of his approach shots safe. He made eight straight pars, and at the turn, appeared to be losing sight of the leader, Mike Weir, who was six shots ahead at the time.
 
But Singh chipped in from the fringe on No. 15 and hit a brilliant tee shot on the par-3 16th for another tap-in birdie. His only slip was a bad approach shot on No. 18 -- he pushed it way right -- that led to a bogey.
 
'There were 66s out there,' Singh said. The idea of going that low or lower was not far from his mind. 'It's out there,' he added.
 
Trying to prepare for it, Singh rushed to the range afterward. He began working with the long irons -- the kind of shot he missed on 18, the same kind he might need come late Sunday afternoon.
 
Whether Woods is a factor or not by then, Singh has been there before and knows what to expect.
 
'It'll be a tough day tomorrow,' he said.
 
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    Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

    Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

    Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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    “I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

    “Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

    Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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    Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

    His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

    We compiled some of their missives below:

    Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.

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    Woods shares emotional embrace with his kids

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:21 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would’ve vaulted him into a tie for second place at The Open. It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful week for the 14-time major champion, who is just happy to playing majors again.

    Then he walked off the 18th, saw his two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie, and they all took a moment for a long embrace. Turns out, that was the perfect way to end the week.

    “I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,'” Woods said Sunday after putting the finishing touches on an even-par 71 to end at 5 under for the week.


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    “It’s pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again.”

    In 2008, when Woods won his last major, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Sam was a year old and Charlie was not yet born. They don’t know how much their father used to dominate this game, especially majors. The last time Woods won a PGA Tour event was five full years ago. Woods has joked in the past that they only know him as a YouTube sensation.

    “So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career,” he said. “The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. Man, it’s just such a great feeling.”

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    TT postscript: Not a win, but an amazing week

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 6:04 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods had a chance to win his 15th major Sunday at The Open at Carnousite:

    • Tiger shot 71-71-66-71 to finish at 5 under par and tie for sixth place.

    • When Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele both bogeyed the fifth hole Tiger was in the solo lead. Amazing to think that only last September he said he never knew if he’d ever play golf again. Here he was, nine months later with a chance to win a fourth claret jug. Amazing.

    • For 10 holes, Tiger was the calmest, coolest, most composed player on the golf course. Birdies at Nos. 4 and 6 looked easy, while most everyone else was struggling to make par.

    • To me, the biggest mistake of the week, and certainly of the final round, was Tiger’s decision to get cute and hit a flop shot up and over a bunker into the 11th hole. It checked up and rolled back down and off the green. He failed to get up and down and made double bogey. If he’d have pitched the ball 12-15 past the hole he’d had have a chance to save par and would’ve made no worse than bogey.

    • The double bogey felt worse when Tiger made bogey on the 12th hole. This two-hole stretch cost him three shots and he finished three shots off the lead.


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    • Tiger moved to 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking, which qualifies him for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which he has won eight times.

    • One of the best moments of the week came after Tiger’s round when he gave his kids, daughter Sam and son Charlie, long hugs. Tiger said it was especially emotional because both kids knew how much this week meant to their old man. They had only seen Tiger struggle; it was great for them to see his success.

    • Tiger: “Today I did everything the way I thought I needed to do it to win the championship. This entire week, I felt like I needed to keep building my way into this championship. It's one of those where, as I said earlier in the week, it's going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win it on Sunday because we're all driving the same areas. Kind of turned out that way. There are a bunch of guys packed, a bunch of guys with a chance to win, and I was one of them.”

    • Overall, an amazing week. Truly tremendous to watch.