Tiger Vijay Tee Up in China

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 7, 2005, 5:00 pm
European TourThe PGA Tour season is over. Tiger Woods made well over $10 million. Now its time to go make some real money.
 
For Woods, and so many others, the November and December months are huge opportunities to pad their already well-cushioned bank accounts.
 
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Tiger Woods figures to log plenty of miles in the air over the next two months.
As Woods said three weeks ago at the Funai Classic, his next-to-last event on tour this season: I'm just now getting started.
 
Tigers off-season schedule features trips the globe around. It all begins this week at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China for the HSBC Champions Tournament.
 
He will then head to Miyazaki, Japan for next weeks Dunlop Phoenix Open. The following Tuesday and Wednesday, he will tee it up at the Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Hawaii for the PGA Grand Slam. That same Saturday and Sunday, he will play the Skins Game in La Quinta, Calif. A week later, hell host his own Target World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
 
Hell then have a couple of weeks off to rest up for the Mercedes Championships, which officially begins the 2006 PGA Tour season.
 
Technically, Woods stretch run began this past week in Atlanta, where he wrapped up another player-of-the-year campaign on the PGA Tour with a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship.
 
He then made the lengthy flight ' in the comfort of his own personal jet ' to China for his second appearance in the country.
 
Woods last foray was a promotional one. He competed in the commercial Tiger Woods China Challenge in 2001. During that trip, Woods hosted a clinic, dined with some official types, played a little golf, and pocketed a hefty appearance fee.
 
Woods will once again receive millions of dollars just for his showing up ' the event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Sunshine Tour and China Golf Association, and appearance fees are permitted ' but he will also have a chance to take home the first prize of $833,300.
 
The $5 million purse is the largest in the history of Asian golf. The event ' which is conducted in conjunction with IMG, Woods management agency ' is on offer to select players around the world, including the top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
 
Some of those who have agreed to compete are: world No. 2 Vijay Singh, U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie, Volvo Masters champion Paul McGinley, two-time PGA Tour winner Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ian Poulter and K.J. Choi.
 
The tournament counts towards the 2006 European Tour season, which means Monty and Co., have the chance to get a jump on next years money title, as well as some much-desired Ryder Cup points.
 
Campbell, who lost out to Montgomerie for this years money title, will be going for the HSBC sweep. He won the HSBC Match Play Championship over McGinley in England in September.
 
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 2:30 pm

    Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.


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    Scott and Sunesson a one-week partnership

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 2:13 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Adam Scott has been in between caddies for the last month and went with a bold stand-in for this week’s Open Championship, coaxing veteran looper Fanny Sunesson out of retirement to work for him at Carnoustie.

    Sunesson caddied for Nick Faldo in his prime, as the duo won four major titles together. She also worked for Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia before a back injury forced her to retire.

    But for this week’s championship, Scott convinced the Swede to return to the caddie corps. The results have been impressive, with the Australian following an opening 71 with a second-round 70 for a tie for 16th place.


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    “It's been going great. Fanny is, obviously, a fantastic caddie, and to be able to have that experience out there with me is certainly comforting,” Scott said. “We've gotten along really well. She's picked up on my game quickly, and I think we think about things in a very similar way.”

    Scott was also asked about a potential long-term partnership between the duo, but he didn’t sound hopeful.

    “It's just for this week,” he said. “It would be up to her, but I don't think she's making plans of a comeback. I was being a bit opportunistic in contacting her and coaxing her out of retirement, I guess. But I think she's having a good week. We'll just take it one week at the moment.”

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    After tense Augusta Sunday, Rory ready to be aggressive

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 1:51 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy temporarily lost his superpowers during the Masters.  

    In one of the most surprising rounds of the year, he played tentatively and carefully during the final day. Squaring off against the major-less Patrick Reed, on the brink of history, with the backing of nearly the entire crowd, it was McIlroy who shrank in the moment, who looked like the one searching for validation. He shot a joyless 74 and wound up six shots behind Reed.

    No, the final round was nowhere near as dispiriting as the finale in 2011, but McIlroy still sulked the following week. He binge-watched TV shows. Devoured a few books. Guzzled a couple of bottles of wine. His pity party lasted a few days, until his wife, Erica, finally dragged him out of the house for a walk.

    Some deeper introspection was required, and McIlroy revealed a healthier self-analysis Friday at Carnoustie. He diagnosed what went wrong at Augusta, and then again two months later at the U.S. Open, where he blew himself out of the tournament with an opening 80.

    “I was worrying too much about the result, not focusing on the process,” he said. “Sunday at Augusta was a big learning curve for me because, even if I hadn’t won that tournament, but I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to every shot, I would have walked away a lot happier.”


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    And so McIlroy has a new mantra this week at The Open.

    Let it go.

    Don’t hold back. Don’t worry about the repercussions. Don’t play scared.

    “I’m committed to making sure, even if I don’t play my best golf and don’t shoot the scores I want, I’m going to go down swinging, and I’m going to go down giving my best,” he said. “The result is the byproduct of all the little things you do to lead up to that. Sometimes I’ve forgotten that, and I just need to get back in that mindset.”

    It’s worked through two rounds, even after the cool, damp conditions led McIlroy to abandon his ultra-aggressive strategy. He offset a few mistakes with four birdies, shooting a second consecutive 69 to sit just a couple of shots off the lead.

    During a sun-splashed first round, McIlroy gleefully banged driver on almost every hole, flying or skirting the bunkers that dot these baked-out, undulating fairways. He wasn’t particularly accurate, but he also didn’t need to be, as the thin, wispy rough enabled every player to at least advance their approach shots near the green.

    Friday’s weather presented a different challenge. A steady morning rain took some of the fire out of parched fairways, but the cooler temperatures also reduced much of the bombers’ hang time. Suddenly, all of the bunkers were in play, and McIlroy needed to adjust his driver-heavy approach (he hit only six) on the fly.

    “It just wasn’t worth it,” he said.

    McIlroy hit a few “skanky” shots, in his words, but even his bigger misses – on the sixth and 17th holes – were on the proper side, allowing him to scramble for par and keep the round going.

    It’s the fifth time in his career that he’s opened a major with back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He’s gone on to win three of the previous four – the lone exception that disastrous final round (80) at Augusta in 2011.

    “I don’t want to say easy,” he said, “but it’s felt comfortable.”

    The weekend gets uncomfortable for everyone, apparently even four-time major winners who, when in form, ooze confidence and swagger.

    Once again McIlroy has that look at a major.

    The only thing left to do?

    Let it go.

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    Z. Johnson may have to pay for the jet home

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 1:23 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Zach Johnson will have some bragging rights when he gets back to the ultimate golf frat house on Friday after a second-round 67 moved him into the lead at The Open.

    Johnson is rooming with Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler this week at Carnoustie. It’s a tradition that began two years ago at Royal Troon.

    Kisner joked on Thursday after he took the first-round lead that the perks for the house/tournament front-runner were limited: “I probably get to eat first,” he said.


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    There is, however, one running wager.

    “Two years ago we, I don't know if you call it bet, but agreement that, if you win, you get the jet and you buy it, so we go home,” said Johnson, who added that because of varying travel arrangements, the wager might not be needed this year. “I didn't pay last year. Somebody else did.”

    Spieth won last year’s championship at Royal Birkdale.

    Despite the expense, Johnson said he didn’t know how much it costs to charter a private flight back to the United States, but it’s a good problem to have.

    “I’d be happy to fork it over,” he smiled.