Tiger on Vacation Singh Back to Work

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 18, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Funai Classic @ Disney WorldWhile Tiger Woods extends his honeymoon into a second week, Vijay Singh looks to extend his winning streak on the PGA Tour.
With the recently married Woods out of this weeks Funai Classic, Singh is back to defend his title.
This will be the last of four title defenses for Singh in 04. Of course, he already has eight titles to defend next season, and would love to make it nine.
Singh has never successfully defended a title in his career. And only Jack Nicklaus, who won the first three Disney tournaments, and Tim Simpson, who won in 1989-90, have repeated as champion here.
In his three previous defenses this season, Singh tied for third at Phoenix, tied for 59th at the Byron Nelson, and tied for fourth at the John Deere.
Singh, who overtook Woods for No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking seven weeks ago, has competed each of the last two weeks on the European Tour. He first tied for 18th in the dunhill links championship and then was bounced in the first round in the HSBC World Match Play Championship by European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer.
He'll welcome a return to the States, where he has won five of his last six PGA Tour starts.
Singh has said repeatedly that he would like to win 10 tournaments this season. And hell have the opportunity to do so. He is likely to play in the Chrysler Championship, where he finished second to Retief Goosen a year ago, as well as the Tour Championship, which he won in 2002 at the same site it is being played this year (East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.).
For Woods, however, there may be but one more event to secure his first stroke-play win of the season.
Woods, who won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, married Elin Nordegren on Oct. 5, and decided to trade in his tools of the trade for one more week in favor of scuba gear and swim trunks.
This is the first time in his professional career that Woods has skipped the Disney tournament, which is played just miles from his Orlando home.
He has never competed in the Chrysler Championship, which is next weeks event in Tampa, meaning hell likely wrap-up his 04 campaign at the Tour Championship, the season finale.
Tigers last stroke-play victory came over a year ago in the WGC-American Express Championship. He would have had a good chance at ending that drought had he decided to tee it up this week. Woods has twice won this event and has finished in the top 3 in five of his eight Disney starts.
There are only two more chances for players to qualify for the Tour Championship, which is awarded to the top 30 players on the money list following the Chrysler. There are also only two more chances to secure full exempt status on tour for next season by finishing in the top 125 on the money list.
This is the 34th playing of what is now officially called the Funai Classic at Walt Disney World Resort. Nicklaus won the first three tournaments, before it became a team competition from 1974-81. It returned to an individual competition in 82 and four players have since won it on multiple occasions: Larry Nelson (1984, 87), Simpson (1989-90), John Huston (1992, 98) and Woods (1996, 99).
The purse has been upped $200K to $4.2 million. The winner will receive $756,000.
There are two courses used in the rotation. Players will rotate between the Palm (par 72, 6,957 yards) and the Magnolia (par 72, 7,200 yards) courses over the first two days. Those who make the cut will play the host Magnolia course exclusively over the weekend.
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    Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

    By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

    So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

    She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

    So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

    “I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

    So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.

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    “Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

    Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

    World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

    “When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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    Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

    Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

    He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament

    In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.

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    River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

    By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

    Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

    Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

    “It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”

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    Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

    While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

    It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

    “I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’” 

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    First photos from Norman's 'Body' shoot

    By Grill Room TeamJune 21, 2018, 6:35 pm

    It was revealed earlier this week that Greg Norman would be one of the athletes showcased in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features the models stategically posed in the nude.

    Well, the first photos are out from Norman's shoot and ... here they are, if you want them.