Despite loss, Stroud doesn't regret playoff strategy

By Jason SobelJune 25, 2013, 6:09 pm

BETHESDA, Md. – They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Chris Stroud doesn’t see it that way.

Playing the 18th hole at TPC River Highlands three times in Sunday’s final round, Stroud pulled driver each time, pounding all three to within 3 feet of each other in the fairway, sitting on a downslope less than 100 yards from the green. He could never get a wedge close, though, chipping in to force a playoff in regulation, and then making two pars in the playoff, the second of which lost to a Ken Duke birdie.

“My caddie and I talked about it afterwards,” Stroud said Tuesday in advance of the AT&T National. “If I would have [hit 3-wood], I would have been putting the bunker left, and maybe that rough on the right, putting that more in play because the fairway gets flat up there about 280 yards, 290, and then it runs. … So if you pull a 3-wood a little bit, you have a chance to go into that bunker. That bunker shot is going to be a lot harder than that 80-yard shot from the fairway.

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“I didn't want to take that chance. I already hit two perfect drives down the middle before. I did the same thing. I teed the ball up at the same exact spot, aimed at the same exact tower, and I hit three identical drives right down the middle.”

Looking back on the events from two days earlier, he maintained that while he was disappointed directly afterward, he was still positive about how he forced the playoff and got himself into that position.

“I was frustrated. I couldn't believe I played so well and I still didn't win the golf tournament,” he said. “But after a couple of hours went by and I started seeing all the text messages and calls and pictures and video and people showing me stuff saying, man, how proud they were, it started sinking in. I was like, I've got to be positive about this. I've got to understand it could have easily missed the hole. That chip could have gone by 12, 15 feet and made bogey and finished third and not even have a chance to win the tournament.

“I've got to look at it positively. I hit an awesome chip under the gun. I did everything I possibly could, and then Ken hit a great shot on the second playoff hole to win. To be honest, I've got no regrets. I wouldn't have done anything differently. Ken just won the playoff outright, and I couldn't do anything about it.”

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Watch: Woods uses computer code to make robotic putt

By Jason CrookOctober 17, 2018, 3:10 pm

Robots have been plotting their takeover of the golf world for some time.

First it was talking trash to Rory McIlroy, then it was making a hole-in-one at TPC Scottsdale's famous 16th hole ... and now they're making putts for Tiger Woods.

Woods tweeted out a video on Tuesday draining a putt without ever touching the ball:

The 42-year-old teamed up with a computer program to make the putt, and provided onlookers with a vintage Tiger celebration, because computers can't do that ... yet.

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Woods admits fatigue played factor in Ryder Cup

By Jason CrookOctober 17, 2018, 12:35 pm

There was plenty of speculation about Tiger Woods’ health in the wake of the U.S. team’s loss to Europe at last month’s Ryder Cup, and the 14-time major champ broke his silence on the matter during a driving range Q&A at his annual Tiger Woods Invitational at Pebble Beach on Tuesday.

Woods, who went 0-4 in Paris, admitted he was tired because he wasn’t ready to play so much golf this season after coming back from a fourth back surgery.

“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season,” Woods said. “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf and on top of that deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”

The topic of conversation then shifted to what's next, with Woods saying he's just starting to plan out his future schedule, outside of "The Match" with Phil Mickelson over Thanksgiving weekend and his Hero World Challenge in December.

“I’m still figuring that out,” Woods said. “Flying out here yesterday trying to look at the schedule, it’s the first time I’ve taken a look at it. I’ve been so focused on getting through the playoffs and the Ryder Cup that I just took a look at the schedule and saw how packed it is.”

While his exact schedule remains a bit of a mystery, one little event in April at Augusta National seemed to be on his mind already.

When asked which major he was most looking forward to next year, Woods didn't hesitate with his response, “Oh, that first one.”

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Podcast: Fujikawa aims to offer 'hope' by coming out

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 17, 2018, 12:03 pm

Tadd Fujikawa first made golf history with his age. Now he's doing it with his recent decision to openly discuss his sexuality.

Last month Fujikawa announced via Instagram that he is gay, becoming the first male professional to come out publicly. Now 27, he has a different perspective on life than he did when he became the youngest U.S. Open participant in 2006 at Winged Foot at age 15, or when he made the cut at the Sony Open a few months later.

Joining as the guest on the latest Golf Channel podcast, Fujikawa discussed with host Will Gray the reception to his recent announcement - as well as some of the motivating factors that led the former teen phenom to become somewhat of a pioneer in the world of men's professional golf.

"I just want to let people know that they're enough, and that they're good exactly as they are," Fujikawa said. "That they don't need to change who they are to fit society's mold. Especially in the golf world where it's so, it's not something that's very common."

The wide-ranging interview also touched on Fujikawa's adjustment to life on golf-centric St. Simons Island, Ga., as well as some of his hobbies outside the game. But he was also candid about the role that anxiety and depression surrounding his sexuality had on his early playing career, admitting that he considered walking away from the game "many, many times" and would have done so had it not been for the support of friends and family.

While professional golf remains a priority, Fujikawa is also embracing the newfound opportunity to help others in a similar position.

"Hearing other stories, other athletes, other celebrities, my friends. Just seeing other people come out gave me a lot of hope in times when I didn't feel like there was a lot of hope," he said. "For me personally, it was something that I've wanted to do for a long time, and something I'm very passionate about. I really want to help other people who are struggling with that similar issue. And if I can change lives, that's really my goal."

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Davies takes 2-shot lead into final round of Senior LPGA

By Associated PressOctober 17, 2018, 2:00 am

FRENCH LICK, Ind. - Laura Davies recovered from a pair of early bogeys Tuesday for a 2-under 70 that gave her a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Senior LPGA Championship as she goes for a second senior major.

In slightly warmer weather on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, the 55-year-old Davies played bogey-free over the last 11 holes and was at 6-under 138. Brandi Burton had a 66, the best score of the tournament, and was two shots behind.

Silvia Cavalleri (69) and Jane Crafter (71) were three shots behind at 141.

Juli Inkster, who was one shot behind Davies starting the second round, shot 80 to fall 11 shots behind.

''I had a couple of bogeys early on, but I didn't panic,'' Davies said. ''I'm playing with a bit of confidence now and that's good to have going into the final round.''

Davies already won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open this summer at Chicago Golf Club.