Woods Adds Fifth Major to Resume

By Mercer BaggsMarch 26, 2001, 5:00 pm
Tiger Woods added the fifth major to his Grand Slam resume. Woods atoned for his Monday loss to Hal Sutton a year ago by holding on to a one-shot victory in the $6 million Players Championship.
 
Woods was one of 22 players who had to finish their final rounds on the Stadium Course at the TPC at Sawgrass on Monday due to a suspension of play the day prior.
 
Tiger captured the one prestigious event that had eluded him in his five seasons on Tour by carding a 2-under-par 34 over his final nine holes for a final-round composite of 5-under-par 67.
 
Its special to win this championship, said Woods. Its not a major. But to win you have to beat the best field of the year on a very tough course. I'm just fortunate enough to come out on top.
 
At 14-under for the tournament, Woods finished one shot clear of Vijay Singh, who was temporarily tied for the top spot until a triple bogey 7 at the 14th cost him a chance for the million-dollar first-place prize.
 
Bernhard Langer finished in third place at 12-under. The two-time Masters champion notched five birdies and three bogeys over his final nine holes for a final-round 68. Langer was in search of his first stateside victory since donning the green jacket in 1993.
 
Its Langers third-career top-3 finish at The Players without a win. The only European player to ever win this event was Sandy Lyle in 1987.
 
Jerry Kelly double bogeyed the final hole to drop from a share of third place into solo fourth. Still, the $288,000 he collected was nearly double his previous career-best paycheck on the PGA Tour.
 
I leave here disappointed, Kelly said. Yeah, good check, good week. So what? We all want to win, and thats it.
 
Before the beginning of the final round, Kelly ' who led Woods and Singh by two shots ' said Tiger would have to do something special to beat him.
 
Such was not the case on Monday.
 
Woods woke up with a one-shot lead over his playing companion, Kelly, and his rival, Singh. Following a three-hour weather delay on Sunday, Woods birdied the 1st, chipped in for eagle on the par-5 2nd, and the completed his day by converting a blind birdie putt in the dark at the par-5 9th.
 
Last year at this event, Woods and Hal Sutton were forced to complete their final seven holes on Monday. Though Tiger cut a three-stroke deficit to just one, Sutton eventually prevailed.
 
At 10:00am ET, Woods set out for a bit of redemption. After nearly spinning in his approach shot to the par-4 10th, Woods tapped in for birdie to immediately stretch his advantage to two shots.
 
That was as close as Kelly would get to Tiger for the rest of the day. After missing only five fairways off the tee over his first three rounds, the 54-hole leader went from accurate to erratic.
 
Kelly missed six of the seven fairways on the back nine; none bigger than the one he failed to hit at the par-4 18th. After finding the gnarly right rough, Kelly tried to force an iron to the green. The long, thick grass turned the face of his club over, resulting in a hooked approach into the water.
 
I was trying for the miracle shot a little bit, he said. I learned youve got to play your game and not play for second, not play for third, just play you game all the way through. And I did that up until 18.
 
Tigers stiffest ' and only competition on Monday ' came from Singh. The transplanted Floridian, who lives just five miles from the venue in Ponte Vedra Beach, birdied the 11th and 13th holes to tie Woods for the lead at 13-under-par.
 
Tiger quickly retook sole possession of the lead by sinking an eight-foot birdie putt on the 12th to move to 14-under. Woods caught a break on that hole when his tee shot kicked out of the rough and into the fairway, thus allowing an opportunity to shoot for the flag.
 
The tournament was ultimately determined by one shot at the par-4 14th. Brimming with confidence, Singh snap-hooked his tee shot into the water. He knew it as soon as he hit it, dropping his club on the follow-through and kicking it while it lay on the ground.
 
Having to hit his third shot from the tee box, Singh posted a triple bogey and fell four shots back of Woods at 10-under.
 
Made one bad swing and thats all it takes, said Singh. I was feeling really comfortable out there. You cannot make mistakes like that. And that was it.
 
Singh bravely tried to mount a comeback. Just off the green in two on the par-5 16th, Singh used the toe of his putter to pop in an eagle from the collar of the fringe. He then stuck his tee shot on the treacherous par-3 17th to within four feet and converted the birdie putt.
 
Following a clutch par save at the 18th, Singh signed for a round of 4-under-par 68 and waited on the sidelines at 13-under.
 
Despite a birdie at the par-5 16th, Tiger wasnt out of the woods just yet. He still had to navigate the 17th, which he double bogeyed in the second round. Just trying to find land on the island green, Tiger hit a 9-iron. His ball caught the putting surface, and then kicked hard left into the greenside rough. His ball stayed dry by a mere foot.
 
I knew when I hit it, I hit it the ball the right distance. From there, it is up to the bounce. I hit it soft over there and it rolled (to the fringe), and I got a horrible lie over there. Woods said.
 
Woods chip shot came up six feet short of the hole; however, he rammed home the par putt to remain two up with one to play.
 
At the 18th, Tiger opted for a 2-iron. Thursday, he hit 3-wood into the water. This time he avoided the hazard, but found the penal left-hand rough. Knowing he needed only a bogey to win, Woods successfully laid up and then placed his third shot 25 feet below the hole.
 
With the engraver already carving his name into the side of the trophy, Woods allowed the man to finish the job by two-putting for victory.
 
After eight Tour starts without a win, Woods has now triumphed in successive weeks (Bay Hill Invitational). He also claims the top spot on the seasonal money list. The $1,080,000 first-place check pushed Woods to over $2.25 million for the year.
 
As the Florida Swing comes to a halt, Woods will head back to his residential home in Orlando for a little rest, before starting again his preparation for the Masters Tournament in next week. Woods will be trying to win his fourth consecutive major in Augusta.
 
You can't really look at the fact that I have a chance to win four consecutive majors,' said Woods. 'I'm going to treat it just like I do every major. I'm going to try and win the golf tournament.'
 
News, Notes and Numbers
*This was Tiger Woods 26th career PGA Tour victory. Hes now tied with Henry Picard at 19th on the All-Time PGA Tour winners list.
 
*This is the eighth time in Tigers career that he was won in back-to-back starts.
 
*Woods joins Jack Nicklaus as the only men to win all four majors and The Players Championship. He and Nicklaus are also the only men whose PGA Tour win-count is more than their age. The 61-year-old Nicklaus has 70 career wins. The 25-year-old Woods now has 26 Tour titles.
 
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With Woods living up to his legend, Tiger-mania is back

By Rex HoggardAugust 21, 2018, 4:13 pm

PARAMUS, N.J. – Just two weeks ago at the PGA Championship, fans pushed in along every corner of Bellerive’s 18th hole chanting, “Let’s go Tiger,” undeterred by the oppressive heat or the hopelessness of Tiger Woods’ title chances.

It was a fitting send-off for a player who would come up two strokes short in his quest to win his 80th PGA Tour title and his 15th major championship, not to mention an apropos snapshot of the massive St. Louis galleries who cheered Tiger’s every step.

It was also a sign of the times for the game’s most recognizable athlete.

Since Woods embarked on this most recent comeback from injury, the sense of excitement has steadily built. What began as a curiosity now looks like certainty.

Woods has repeatedly explained the 2018 season was always going to be filled with more questions than answers. He didn’t know how his repaired back would hold up under the pressure of competition or what swing he would have.

Fan didn’t know which Tiger would arrive on the first tee each week – Vintage Woods or the often-injured guy who managed to play just 19 events the last four years.

As Woods progressed, the answer seemed to be the former, with Tiger electrifying fans at the Valspar Championship on his way to a tie for second place.

“This entire year has been so different,” Woods said on Tuesday at The Northern Trust, his first playoff start since 2013. “I've had excitement. I've had people into it over the years, but this has been so different. We go back to how everyone received me at Tampa, that was very special and I had not received ovations and warmth like that.”

Woods tied for fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and fourth at the Quicken Loans National. Despite Tiger's regular calls for patience and perspective, a fan base that was reluctant to dive back in with a self-described medical miracle is now wading into the deep end.

This zeal has built to a crescendo, with the PGA Championship emerging as the new raucous standard.

“I’ve played with him a lot during that time [in his prime],” Stewart Cink said late Sunday at Bellerive. “After the round yesterday, I commented it sounded like the old times, but the truth is it was more intense yesterday then I remember it being at any time.”


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A portion of that Bellerive buzz was the byproduct of a community starved for major championship golf. And, to be fair, eventual champion Brooks Koepka earned his share of cheers for his third major triumph in his last six major starts. But the majority of that fervor was attibutable to Woods’ play.

Woods is not playing the role of ceremonial golfer and this is not a farewell tour. For the first time in a long time, his play has lived up to his legend.

There’s nothing better in sports then a comeback, and Woods may end up being the most compelling reclamation project golf has seen in decades.

“I think that everyone can relate to that because they have all gone through it. Everyone has got aches and pains, and whether you've had kids or not, you get to your 40s, you're feeling it, and I'm not the only one,” Woods explained. “The only difference is I'm an athlete and I'm playing at a high level and one of the best players in the world as what I do for a living. That's hard. People understand that. They understand, trying to compete against the younger generation, and it gets a little more difficult.”

Although Woods has given fans plenty to cheer along the way, this is about more than numbers on a scorecard. Approaching his 43rd birthday in December, Tiger has embraced his newfound health as much more than simply another competitive chapter. Woods’ comeback has been defined by a perspective that only comes when one faces their own competitive mortality.

He’s openly appreciative of this opportunity, and the crowds seem to realize that.

“I think that people are more, I guess appreciative. I don't want to make that sound wrong or anything but they know that I'm at the tail end of my career, and I don't know how many more years I have left,” he said. “I'm certainly not like I was when I was 22. Forty-two, it's a different ballgame.”

There’s still plenty of competitive compartmentalization, as evidenced by the all-too-familiar scowl he wore on Sunday at Bellerive. The difference, however, is that he’s more willing to offer the world a glimpse of a softer side where the sharp edges have been dulled by age and injury. On Tuesday, he was asked about his relationship with the crowds that line every fairway.

“Unfortunately, I've gotten to know a lot of them because I've hit a lot of wayward balls. I've signed a lot more gloves this year than I have in the past,” he laughed.

He’s also introduced an entirely new generation of fans to a concept only those of a certain age could previously understand: Tiger-mania.

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Vandals damage greens at site of Sunshine Tour event

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 21, 2018, 3:20 pm

This week's Sunshine Tour event will continue as scheduled despite at least six greens being vandalized.

Sunshine Tour player Michael Hollick posted to his Facebook page photos of greens at Wild Coast Sun Country Club in Port Edward, South Africa, showing severe damage.

He stated that disgruntled former employees were to blame.

"So the local community near the Wild Coast Sun weren’t happy about something so what do they do.... they go onto the golf course and dig up the last 6 greens!! Boggles my mind what goes through the heads of some people..... apparently there were some staff fired for illegal striking this past week and this was their retaliation."

Here's a look at the photos posted by Hollick:




Vandals also left a message on a flag that stated: "This Is The Start."

The Sunshine Tour stated that the event, the Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge, will still start on Wednesday, and that the tour has increased security measures. Here's a look at how the diligent grounds crew has repaired the putting surfaces:

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NBC Sports Group to Air More Than 70 Live Tournament Hours of FedExCup Playoffs

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 21, 2018, 2:35 pm

Coverage Begins with First Round of The Northern Trust on Golf Channel; Final Three Playoff Events Airing Across Both Golf Channel & NBC

Following last week’s Wyndham Championship – the 44th and final event of the 2017-18 campaign – the PGA TOUR this week kicks off its season-culminating FedExCup Playoffs, with a $10 million first-place prize on the line at the conclusion of next month’s TOUR Championship. Beginning with the opening round of The Northern Trust on Thursday, NBC Sports Group in total will showcase more than 70 hours of live tournament coverage spanning across the four playoff events, including the final three stops airing exclusively across Golf Channel and NBC.

Being staged at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., The Northern Trust will feature the top-125 players in the FedExCup standings having earned their PGA TOUR card for the 2018-19 season. Golf Channel will air live early round coverage on Thursday-Friday, Aug. 23-24, along with lead-in coverage on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 25-26.

The following week, the top-100 players will be eligible to take part in the Dell Technologies Championship (Aug. 31-Sept. 3) at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., the first of the final three events that will air exclusively on Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, weekend lead-in coverage) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday). The top-70 players then will advance to the BMW Championship (Sept. 6-9) at Aronimink Golf Club outside of Philadelphia, and ultimately, the top-30 will go on to the TOUR Championship (Sept. 20-23) at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

BROADCAST TEAMS:

Event

Play-by-Play Host

Lead Analyst

Tower

On-Course

Reporter

The Northern Trust

Rich Lerner

Nick Faldo

Matt Gogel

Billy Ray Brown

Todd Lewis

Dell Technologies Championship

Dan Hicks

Steve Sands

Johnny Miller

Frank Nobilo

Gary Koch

Peter Jacobsen

Roger Maltbie, David Feherty, Notah Begay, Jim “Bones” Mackay

Steve Sands

George Savaricas

BMW Championship

Dan Hicks

Steve Sands

Johnny Miller

Gary Koch

Peter Jacobsen

David Feherty

Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay, Jim “Bones” Mackay

Steve Sands, Todd Lewis

Jimmy Roberts (Essays)

TOUR Championship

Dan Hicks

 

Johnny Miller

Frank Nobilo

Gary Koch Peter Jacobsen David Feherty

Roger Maltbie, Notah Begay, Jim “Bones” Mackay

Steve Sands, Todd Lewis

Jimmy Roberts (Essays)

 

NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel’s news programs, Golf Central and Morning Drive, will provide comprehensive wraparound news coverage throughout the FedExCup Playoffs with interviews, highlights, on-site reports and features. Golf Channel analysts, including Notah Begay, Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Trevor Immelman and Mark Rolfing, all will contribute to pre-and-post round coverage on Golf Central during the course of the playoff events. Chantel McCabe and Brian Bateman also will contribute to Morning Drive on-site from TPC Boston at the Dell Technologies Championship, Friday-Monday.

“PGA TOUR LIVE” TO COMPLEMENT NBC SPORTS’ LIVE TOURNAMENT COVERAGE

In addition to NBC Sports Group’s more than 70 dedicated live hours of tournament coverage surrounding the FedExCup Playoffs, fans also will have an opportunity to follow the action via PGA TOUR LIVE. Coverage of “Featured Groups” will be available during first and second round play at each of the four events leading up to linear broadcast coverage, along with “Featured Holes” during all rounds throughout the Playoffs airing concurrently during live broadcast coverage.

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE

Golf Channel Digital will have comprehensive editorial coverage of the FedExCup Playoffs with columns and daily blogs. Coverage across the four playoff events will be led by Jay Coffin and Rex Hoggard (The Northern Trust); Hoggard and Will Gray (Dell Technologies Championship); Ryan Lavner and Nick Menta (BMW Championship); Hoggard and Mercer Baggs (TOUR Championship).

Golf Channel’s social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – will provide expanded social coverage surrounding the final stretch of the season. Golf Channel and NBC also will integrate social media content throughout its live tournament telecasts, incorporating social media posts from players and fans. News and tournament action surrounding the FedExCup Playoffs can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online via Golf Channel Digital. Fans also can stream NBC Sports’ coverage of live golf via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports App.

NBC SPORTS’ FEDEXCUP PLAYOFFS LIVE TOURNAMENT COVERAGE (ET)

 

The Northern Trust (Aug. 23-26)

Thursday, Aug. 23                  7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)  PGA TOUR LIVE

                                              2-6 p.m. (Live)                                   Golf Channel

Friday, Aug. 24                       7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Features Groups)   PGA TOUR LIVE

                                              2-6 p.m. (Live)                                   Golf Channel

Saturday, Aug. 25                   1-2:45 p.m. (Live)                              Golf Channel

Sunday, Aug. 26                     Noon-1:45 p.m. (Live)                        Golf Channel

Dell Technologies Championship (Aug. 31-Sept. 3)

Friday, Aug. 31                       8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)  PGA TOUR LIVE

                                              2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live)                         Golf Channel

Saturday, Sept. 1                    8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)  PGA TOUR LIVE

                                              3-6:30 p.m. (Live)                              Golf Channel

Sunday, Sept. 2                      1-3 p.m. (Live)                                   Golf Channel

                                              3-6 p.m. (Live)                                   NBC

Monday, Sept. 3                     11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)               Golf Channel

                                              1:30-6 p.m. (Live)                              NBC

BMW Championship (Sept. 6-9)

Thursday, Sept. 6                    11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)      PGA TOUR LIVE

                                               2-6 p.m. (Live)                                   Golf Channel

Friday, Sept. 7                        11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups)      PGA TOUR LIVE

                                              2-6 p.m. (Live)                                   Golf Channel

Saturday, Sept. 8                    Noon-3:30 p.m. (Live)                       NBC

                                              3:30-6 p.m. (Live)                              Golf Channel

Sunday, Sept. 9                       Noon-2 p.m. (Live)                            Golf Channel

                                              2-6 p.m. (Live)                                   NBC

TOUR Championship (Sept. 20-23)

Thursday, Sept. 20                  10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Featured Groups)      PGA TOUR LIVE

                                               1-6 p.m. (Live)                                   Golf Channel

Friday, Sept. 21                      10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Featured Groups)      PGA TOUR LIVE

                                              1-6 p.m. (Live)                                   Golf Channel

Saturday, Sept. 22                  12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live)                       Golf Channel

                                              2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live)                         NBC

Sunday, Sept. 23                     Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live)                       Golf Channel

                                              1:30-6 p.m. (Live)                              NBC

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Woods talks about Ryder Cup prospects in third person

By Ryan LavnerAugust 21, 2018, 1:47 pm

Conversations between Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods have gotten a little awkward.

That’s what happens when Woods, the U.S. Ryder Cup vice captain, needs to assess the prospects of Woods, the player.

“We’re talking about myself in the third person a lot,” he said with a chuckle Tuesday at the Northern Trust Open. “That’s one of the most interesting conversations I’ve ever had and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

“I’m one of the guys on the short list, and sometimes I have to pull myself out of there and talk about myself in the third person, which is a little odd.”


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After placing second at the PGA Championship, Woods finished 11th on the U.S. points list with just eight months of tournament results. Three of Furyk’s four captain’s picks will be announced after the BMW Championship in three weeks, and barring a late injury, it’s almost a certainty that Woods will be one of those selected.

Still, Woods was named in February as an assistant for his third consecutive team competition, even though he told Furyk at the beginning of the year that he envisioned himself as a player on the 2018 squad.

“I’m very close to making that happen,” he said. “It’s been a long year, and that’s been one of my goals, to make the team. To be a part of that team you have to be one of the 12 best players, and I’m trending toward that.”