Tiger Tracker: Woods comes crashing down with 77

By Rex HoggardAugust 11, 2011, 11:52 am

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Tiger Woods is vying for his 15th career major championship and first since 2008 in the 93rd PGA Championship. GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard and editorial director Jay Coffin are tracking Tiger in Round 1 at Atlanta Athletic Club.

1:27 p.m.: Woods finished off his round appropriately by hitting the ball in two bunkers, making his bunker total 13 for the day. He blew it right off the tee, right on his approach and two-putted for bogey to finish at 7-over 77. Can't imagine a worse start for Woods. And to think, he actually made four birdies. (7-over 77) – JC

1:11 p.m.: I'm getting tired just watching this mess. It must be really tiresome having to actually hit the shots. So many of them, anyway. Tiger found another bunker off the tee, but hit the green and two-putted for par. One more hole left. Thanks goodness. (6 over through 17) – JC

1:04 p.m.: Bryon Bell may be happy it's a temporary gig on Woods' bag. The temp has raked more bunkers today than Steve Williams did in a dozen seasons. – RH

12:54 p.m.: Woods make par on the par-3 seventh hole by hitting the green and two-putting. Good thing. After the last hole I was getting sick of counting so high. (6 over through 16) – JC

12:45 p.m.: Woods balloons to 6 over after a double bogey at the sixth hole. Somewhere in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is kicking something. Woods needs a tie for 40th or better to get into the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs. – RH

12:44 p.m.: U-G-L-Y, he ain't got no alibi, it's UGLY. Woods finds the bunker off the tee and dunks it in the water on the approach. Doesn't get up and down. Double bogey. Yikes. Wonder if he'll talk when he's done. Guessing no. (6 over through 15) – JC

12:31 p.m.: Woods birdies the fifth to move to 4 over, which means Steve Williams is beating his former boss by six strokes (Adam Scott at 2 under), oh wait. – RH

12:30 p.m.: Tiger found the fairway on the par-5 fifth hole and blistered his approach just over the green. He got up and down to make birdie. Still, it ain't pretty. (4 over through 14) – JC

12:11 p.m.: Tiger must feel like me standing over the ball - he has no idea where it's going. On the par-3 fourth hole he blew it way right into a bunker when the pin was back, left. He failed to get up and down and made another bogey. (5 over through 13) – JC

12:01 p.m.: Woods tried the conventional approach on the third hole and actually found the fairway, his first fairway hit since the 14th hole. He hit the green and two-putted for par, which must've felt like a birdie after the way he's played the last three holes. (4 over through 12) – JC

11:45 a.m.: On the second hole Tiger missed his third consecutive fairway, and found a bunker. He hit a flier and said, 'Get. Down. Now.' He chunked it from the greenside bunker, then got up and down for bogey. A round that started with so much promise has quickly turned into a disaster. (4 over through 11) – JC

11:29 a.m.: Another ho-hum bogey on the first hole. Woods blew it left off the tee and hit and elderly man in the gallery. He rewarded him with an autographed golf glove, duffed one into the bunker and then failed to get up and down. Three over in his last two holes. Officially leaking oil. (3 over through 10) – JC

11:09 a.m.: Some nines are more eventful than others and that would certainly apply to Woods' opening turn. Following a solid start (3 under through five holes) he plays his last four in 5 over, including a double bogey at the last to turn in 2 over. (2 over through 9) – RH

10:51 a.m.: Moments after the PGA of America sent out a 'Ground Under Repair' notice for the damaged greens at Nos. 14 and 17, Woods rights the ship with a par at the 17th hole and the thought occurs - GUR (Game Under Repair) is a good assessment of Woods' current state. (Even through 8) – RH

10:38 a.m.: Not exactly the bounce back Woods was looking for at the 16th hole. Following a double bogey at the 15th, Woods misses his drive in the right bunker at No. 16, his approach short and left of the putting surface and his third in a green-side bunker for a scrambling bogey. (Even through 7) – RH

10:15 a.m.: Woods makes a double bogey at the 15th after hitting into the water, although it's worth pointing out that most players consider the 265-yard 15th a par 3 1/2. (1 under through 6) – RH

10:06 a.m.: Scratch that last update. Woods' tee shot at the 'drivable' par-3 15th drops into the pond in front of the green. – RH

9:56 a.m.: Woods makes a textbook birdie at the 14th hole, including a drive that left him just 104 yards to the hole, to move to within one shot of the lead. It's worth noting that this is the first time he's been in the hunt since the last time a major was played in Georgia (Masters). (3 under through 5) – RH

9:40 a.m.: Despite a wayward tee shot into a fairway bunker, Woods pars the 13th hole to remain at 2 under par and two shots off the lead. (2 under through 4) – RH

9:23 a.m.: Woods makes birdie the old fashion way (at least for him), drive into the trees at the 12th hole, second into a green-side bunker, blast to 3 feet and easy putt. (2 under through 3) – RH

9:06 a.m.: Woods pars second hole, a two-putt from 30 feet, and begins the long march to the 12th tee before realizing PGA officials are playing the hole a tee forward. Woods must not have gotten the memo. (1 under through 2) – RH

8:50 a.m.: Much has been made of the fact that this week marks the one-year anniversary for Tiger Woods and Sean Foley. For the record, Woods has 11 official PGA Tour starts with Foley. That's not even a good spring for most players. – RH

8:47 a.m.: Woods birdies his first from 18 feet. It took him more than nine holes to get his first last week in Ohio. (1 under through 1) – RH

8:37 a.m.: Tiger Woods hits fairway wood off first tee (No. 10). It's a better start than Firestone last week (22 of 56 fairways hit). – RH

7:52 a.m.: Tiger Woods sets out at 8:35 a.m. for the first round of the PGA Championship, his second event since withdrawing from May’s Players Championship with a left leg and Achilles’ tendon injury and his 10th major start since his last grand slam victory. We're with him step-for-step, filing a running blog. – RH

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Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.

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Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

“I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told LPGA.com at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

“I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told LPGA.com last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.

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"Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

"I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.

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Up four, Rose knows a lead can slip away

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 11:21 pm

Up four shots heading into Sunday at the Fort Worth Invitational, Justin Rose has tied the largest 54-hole lead of his PGA Tour career.

On the previous two occasions he took a 54-hole Tour lead into the final round, he closed.

And yet, Rose knows just how quickly a lead can slip away. After all, it was Rose who erased a six-shot deficit earlier this season to overtake Dustin Johnson and win the WGC-HSBC Championship. 

"I think I was in the lead going into the final round in Turkey when I won, and I had a four-shot lead going into the final round in Indonesia in December and managed to put that one away," Rose said Saturday, thinking back to his two other victories late last year.

"I was five, six back maybe of DJ, so I've got experience the other way. ... So you can see how things can go both ways real quick. That's why there is no point in getting too far ahead of myself."

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Up one to start the third round Saturday, Rose extended his lead to as much as five when he birdied four of his first six holes.

He leads the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green (+12.853) and strokes gained: approach-the-green (+7.931).

Rose has won five times worldwide, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics, since his last victory in the United States, at the 2015 Zurich Classic.

With a win Sunday, he'd tie Nick Faldo for the most PGA Tour wins by an Englishman post-World War II, with nine.

But he isn't celebrating just yet.

"It is a big lead, but it's not big enough to be counting the holes away. You've got to go out and play good, you've got to go out positive, you've got to continue to make birdies and keep going forward.

"So my mindset is to not really focus on the lead, it's to focus on my game tomorrow and my performance. You know, just keep executing the way I have been. That's going to be my challenge tomorrow. Going to look forward to that mindset."

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Grillo still hunting follow-up to debut win

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 10:53 pm

Following a round of 1-under 69 Saturday, Emiliano Grillo will enter Sunday's final round at Colonial four shots behind leader Justin Rose.

Grillo is hunting his first win since he took the 2015 Safeway Open in his rookie debut as a PGA Tour member. 

The young Argentinian finished 11th in the FedExCup points race that season, contending in big events and finishing runner-up at the 2016 Barclays.

In the process, Grillo had to learn to pace himself and that it can be fruitless to chase after success week to week.

"That was a hot run in there," Grillo said Saturday, referring to his rookie year. "I played, in 2016, I played the majors very well. I played the big tournaments very well. I was in contention after two, three days in most of the big events.

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"I think, you know, I wanted to do better. I pushed for it. Some of the tournaments I ended up being 50th or 60th just because I wanted to play. I wanted to play well so badly. That played against me, so I learned from that. In that rookie year, I learned that."

Grillo was still plenty successful in his sophomore season, advancing to the BMW Championship last fall.

But now he's beginning to regain some of that form that made him such an immediate success on Tour. Grillo has recorded four top-10 finishes year - a T-9 at Mayakoba, a T-8 at Honda, a T-3 at Houston, and a T-9 at Wells Fargo - and will now look to outduel U.S. Open champs in Rose and Brooks Koepka on Sunday at Colonial.

"Well, he's top 10 in the world, so everything he does he does it pretty well," Grillo said of Rose. "You know, he does his own thing. Like I say, he's top 10 in the world. Nothing wrong with his game. ...

"He's in the lead on a Sunday. Doesn't matter where you're playing, he's got to go out and shoot under par. He's got 50 guys behind him trying to reach him, and I'm one of those. I've just got to go out and do what he did today on those first five or six holes and try to get him in the early holes."