Weather Continues to Plague Sun City

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 25, 2003, 5:00 pm
Sunshine TourDarren Clarke and Trevor Immelman were tied for the lead when darkness discontinued the delayed third round of the Dimension Data Pro-Am in Sun City, South Africa.
 
Inclement weather forced the suspension of Friday's second round, meaning 61 players had to return to the course Saturday to complete their second 18 holes.
 
As a result, Clarke and Immelman were only able to complete four holes of their third rounds.
 
Both players picked up a couple of shots to get to 11-under. They jumped over second-round leader Bruce Vaughn. The American ended round two at 10-under, but dropped a stroke over the first four holes of his third round.
 
Fellow American Scott Dunlap is three back. He is also through four holes of round three.
 
Tournament officials have admitted another delay will force the event to be reduced to 54 holes. Even if the bad weather holds off, it may be pushed back to a Monday finish.
 
Vaughn made four birdies and an eagle to conclude his second-round 6-under 66 to take the outright lead. Clarke had a 72, while Immelman shot 68 to get to 9-under.
 
It was a remarkable performance considering Vaughn collapsed three times during his round because of a botched knee operation that has almost crippled him.
 
Late last year, Vaughan went in for a routine operation to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee that should have taken only 25 minutes. Instead, it took two operations by two separate surgeons.
 
After the first operation was botched, the second surgeon told Vaughn, 'I advise you to find an attorney.'
 
The first guy just flat butchered it. Simple as that, Vaughan said. Its a nothing operation. Ive had it done on the right knee and know guys that have had four or five of them done to the same knee. I cant recover from it. The guy killed the cartilage, so Im going to have to have a partial knee put in.
 
I went to see a doctor in Johannesburg and hes one of the best in the world. Hell work on it and says Ill get about seven years out of it and then have to have a total knee done.
 
Its just stupid. Im 46 years old. I ve seen a podiatrist here and hes got me some wedges for my shoes to help push the knee in the right direction. But I still went down three times in the round. It gets a sharp pain and locks up.
 
Vaughan said the severity of the pain brought him to the point where he could understand why people commit suicide.
 
I was going crazy sitting at home. Its been bad. I know how somebody could commit suicide. Ive been in that much pain, 24 hours. Id sleep about two or three hours a night. I never touched a club for two months until I came to Cape Town (for the South African Airways Open).
 
I knew the physios would do something over here. When they saw it (the knee) the first day in Cape Town, they couldnt believe it.
 
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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.

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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.

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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.