Par save puts Woods back on right track

By June 2, 2012, 12:38 am

DUBLIN, Ohio – On the 11th tee at Muirfield Village on Friday, a fan yelled to Tiger Woods, 'It's time to get nasty, Tiger!'

It was a call urging Woods to take control of the Memorial Tournament.

Instead, it was the start of what could have been his undoing. Woods missed a short birdie putt on 11, made a double bogey at 12 and left himself a 7-footer for par on 13.

But he sank the par-saver, then played the final five holes in 2 under to finish with a 69 that left him in a three-way tie for second, one shot off Rory Sabbatini’s lead.

Woods came to the 11th tee 3 under for his round and tied for the lead at 5 under. He hit three solid shots at the par 5. His approach landed 3 feet from the pin, setting up a seemingly certain birdie. But he missed, letting some air out of a crowd that was ready to explode.

A hole later, Woods left the gallery dead silent. After Fred Couples hit a 6-iron into the water hazard in front of the green, Woods, with a stiff wind in his face, hit a 7-iron over the green. He failed to get a flop shot to the green, left it in a clumpy lie, hit his next chip short and made double bogey.

Three holes later, Woods rebuilt from the rubble of the 12th.

On the final par 5 of the round, the four-time Memorial champion again hit three good shots in blustery conditions, leaving himself a 5-footer for birdie. And this time, the putt dropped. It was his only par-5 birdie of the day – a stark contrast to Round 1, when he birdied three par 5s.

As the temperature continued to drop, Woods continued to show symptoms of illness. Through the round, he cleared his throat, spit and blew his nose into his towel.

Woods didn't have anything to stop his sniffles, but he did have one last dose of elixir for his round.

On the par-3 16th, Woods hit a high fade to 4 feet from the back-right pin and made the birdie putt to tie for the lead again.

A par at the last left Woods at 5 under, a shot behind Sabbatini, who played the back nine in 3 under.

'It was just a day where you just kind of grind it out, shoot something in the red,' Woods said. 'The leaders weren't going to go anywhere today. It's just too hard out there.'

'This is the way that I hit the ball at Bay Hill,' Woods said, referring to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which in March he won for the seventh time, 'and the way I hit it at the end of last year.'

If Woods prevails on Sunday for his 73rd PGA Tour win, he would equal the career tally of Memorial host Jack Nicklaus.

'Obviously it would be nice,' he said, 'but I've still got half a tournament to go.'

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:00 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Scoring:

TV Times (all times ET):

Tuesday
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

Wednesday
4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.