Tiger Tracker: Full coverage from Abu Dhabi

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 29, 2012, 5:00 pm

Tiger Woods kicked off his 2012 competitive campaign at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (full tournament coverage here), with all four rounds carried live on Golf Channel. Senior writer Rex Hoggard is on site and provided columns, blogs and video on all things Tiger. Woods shot a final-round 72 and fell short two shots to playing partner Robert Rock. We tracked Tiger all week.

Blogs and columns:

Hoggard: Close ... But No Cigar

Rock, Woods share funny moment on Sunday

Discussion: Was Tiger's week at Abu Dhabi a success?

Familiar struggles land Tiger T-3 in Abu Dhabi

Woods falls to Rock in Abu Dhabi

Hoggard: Tiger 3.0

Tiger co-leads with Rock after Round 3

Hoggard: Woods could make big leap in world ranking

Hoggard: Woods, McIlroy ready for Act III

Woods finds putting touch, but struggles in wind

Woods, McIlroy two back of surprise leader after two rounds

Hoggard: Mean Green: Tiger's 70 includes 35 putts

McIlroy shows Woods how it's done in Round 1

He Said/She Said: Tiger or the field?

Tiger's appearance fee a hot topic

Woods shaky in Wednesday's pro-am winds

Hoggard: Tiger rebuilt and ready

The cost of Tiger: Woods getting huge appearance fee

Woods already growing tired of Haney questions

Hawkins: Tiger starts year on competitive binge

World rankings update: Tiger begins his year 25th


Rocked and roll: Tiger falls short looks ahead

Highlights: Rock outduels Rory, Woods for Win

Rex Hoggard Q&A: Sunday wrap up

Tiger knocks it close on No. 3, Sunday

Tiger drains long birdie putt on No. 2, Sunday

Rex Hoggard Q&A: Saturday wrap up

Steve Sands talks with Tiger - Round 3

Tiger meets with the media

Highlights: Woods, Rock lead after 54 holes

Woods drains long birdie putt in Round 3

Head down, blinders on for Woods in Round 2

Highlights: Tiger shoots 69, trails by two

Tiger slam: Anger spills over on 14th hole

Ask Rex: Q&A after Day 1

Reading (greens) is fundamental for Tiger

Highlights: Woods struggles with the putter in Round 1

McIlroy gets the better of Woods in first round

Donald trails partners Woods and McIlroy

First-round highlights from the field at Abu Dhabi

Dhabi debut: Woods back on the scene

Donald No. 1 but not the main attraction

McIlroy get sneak peek at Woods

Donald, Tiger and Rory! Oh, my!

Book deal: Tiger just deals with it

Tiger press conference from Abu Dhabi

Ask Rex: Q and A from Abu Dhabi

What are Tiger's chances in Abu Dhabi?

Photo gallery:

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

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Chamblee comments on Choi's unique step-through swing

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 24, 2018, 3:55 pm

The golf world found itself enamored with a largely unknown journeyman this weekend.

Ho-sung Choi went from 554th in the world to No. 1 in the hearts of all those who swing the golf club just a little bit differently thanks to his run at the Korean Open.

The 44-year-old with the exaggerated step through impact found himself two off the pace through 54 holes and in contention for one of two available invitations to this year's Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Choi fell out of the hunt for tournament title and the Open exemption with a final-round 74, but nonetheless left an impression with his tie for fifth.

Asked about Choi's swing Saturday night, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee offered the following:

"If Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player had a golf school, what would their first professional golfer swing like? Voila," Chamblee said.

"Both those legends had walk through finishes, but Ho Sung has taken this move to a new level with a borderline pirouette to keep from hanging back.

"In an era when professional golfers get accused of having golf swings that all look alike, I’ve never seen anyone swing quite like Ho Sung Choi.

"I can’t wait to try this on the range tomorrow."

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Wallace holds off Olesen to win BMW International

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 3:43 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - England's Matt Wallace shot a 7-under 65 to hold off a record-breaking charge from Thorbjorn Olesen and win the BMW International Open on Sunday.

Wallace finished on 10-under 278 - just ahead of Olesen, Mikko Korhonen and 2008 winner Martin Kaymer, whose chances took a blow with a bogey on the 17th hole.

Full-field scores from the BMW International Open

Olesen had played himself into contention with the lowest round in tournament history, with nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61. It was the lowest round of his European Tour career and it gave the Dane a three-shot lead before the final group had even teed off.

Wallace turned in 34 but then made five birdies in seven holes from the turn to edge a shot past Olesen. He waited as Kaymer and Korhonen went close with rounds of 68 and 67, respectively.

England's Aaron Rai and Lucas Bjerregaard finished joint-fifth with rounds of 69.

Sunghyun Park (left) and Minchel Choi (right). Getty Images

Choi, Park qualify for Carnoustie from Korean Open

By Nick MentaJune 24, 2018, 2:54 pm

Two players - Minchel Choi and Sanghyun Park - qualified for next month's Open Championship at Carnoustie via the Open Qualifying Series on Sunday.

Choi (69) held off Park (66) to win the Korean Open by two shots.

This was the Qualifying Series debut for the Korean Open, whiched awarded Open Championship exemptions to the tournament's top two finishers inside the top eight and ties who were not already qualified.

Choi, the 532nd-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, punched his ticket in his first professional win.

Park, the 146th in the world, is a six-time Korean Tour champion who has already won twice this season. 

Both players will be making their first ever major starts.

“I am absolutely honored to be playing in The Open and I wanted to win this championship to give me [that] opportunity," Choi said. "I cannot believe that I have won today. I am so happy and excited."

“It is a great honor to have qualified for The Open and make my first appearance in the championship," Park added. "I’ve watched The Open on television every single year and I can’t really believe that I have qualified, it is amazing."

The Open Qualifying Series continues next week at the Open de France, where as many as three exemptions will be awarded to the three leading players inside the top 10 and ties who are not already qualified.

The 147th Open will be held at Carnoustie from July 19-22.

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Minjee Lee co-leads Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 12:25 am

ROGERS, Ark. - Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.

Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning pro three years ago. It's also an opportunity to put any lingering frustration over that missed cut two weeks ago behind her for good.

''I didn't particularly hit it bad, even though I missed the cut at ShopRite, I just didn't really hole any putts,'' Lee said. ''I'd been hitting it pretty solid going into that tournament and even into this tournament, too. Just to see a couple putts roll in has been nice.''

The 22-year-old Lee needed only 24 putts during her opening 64 on Friday, helping her to match the low round of her career. Despite needing 28 putts Saturday, she still briefly took the outright lead after reaching as low as 14 under after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.

Full-field scores from the Walmart Arkansas Championship

Lee missed the green on the par-4 ninth soon thereafter to lead to her only bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who is in pursuit of her first career win.

Hataoka birdied six of eight holes midway through her bogey-free round on Saturday. It was yet another stellar performance from the Japanese teenager, who has finished in the top 10 in four of her last five tournaments and will be a part of Sunday's final pairing.

''I try to make birdies and try to be under par, that's really the key for me to get a top ten,'' Hataoka said. ''Golf is just trying to be in the top 10 every single week, so that's the key.''

Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low round of the day with a 64 to get to 11 under. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening nine, The American is in search of her first win since September in the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier were 10 under.

First-round leader Gaby Lopez followed her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to 4 under. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis also was 4 under after a 72.