Woods Fires 61 at Firestone

By Mercer BaggsAugust 25, 2000, 4:00 pm
At least there's something Tiger Woods has yet to accomplish on the PGA TOUR. For the second straight day, Woods made a run at 59. And for the second straight day he came up short.
 

 
But he's getting closer.
 

 
Woods fired a 9-under-par 61 to take a seven-shot lead over Phil Mickelson into the third round of the WGC - NEC Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
 

 
At 15-under, Woods is eight shots clear of Justin Leonard, nine shots better than Jim Furyk, and ten strokes lower than Phillip Price and Lee Westwood. The aforementioned are the only players in the 37-man field within ten shots of Woods through 36 holes.
 

 
Thursday, Tiger was 7-under through 12 holes. Friday, he was one better. Eight-under-par through 12, Woods needed just three more strokes to par over his final six holes around the par-70 Firestone course to better 60.
 

 
After eagling the par-5 2nd and birdying holes 4-6, Woods made the turn in 5-under 30. He then added three more birdies at the 10th, 11th and 12th.
 

 
'To be honest, I had no clue how many under par I was,' Woods later said. 'I just tried to increase my lead.'
 

 
His run of three straight birdies ended when he left a 16-footer short at the 13th. Still, Woods needed only to play the final five holes - which included a par-5 - in three under for the fourth ever 59 on the PGA TOUR.
 

 
Al Geiberger was the first man to break 60 in TOUR competition. He did so in the second round of the 1977 Memphis Classic. Chip Beck became the sophomore member of the prestigious fraternity by matching Geiberger's 13-under-par performance in the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. Eight years later, David Duval won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic by firing that magical score in the fifth, and final round.
 

 
The par-4 14th looked promising for Tiger. His tee shot found the center of the fairway. However, his 8-iron approach shot flew the flag and finished in the back fringe. From there, he chipped to four feet - where he pushed his par save.
 

 
Woods dropped to 13-under for the tournament. He still led Mickelson by five, but his run for 59 had just hit a wall. A par at the 15th meant Tiger had to play the final three holes in 4-under-par.
 

 
Playing the 625-yard par-5 16th, Tiger knew he needed eagle. Two-hundred-and-seventy yards from the flag, Woods hit a 2-iron (that's right, a 2-iron) about as hard as humanly possible.
 

 
'I hit it flush,' said Woods.
 

 
That's an understatement. He nearly flew the green.
 

 
Over the green in two, Woods showed his all-around game by nearly holing a delicate pitch shot. He made the 4-foot birdie putt to move to 15-under for the tournament, 9-under for the day.
 

 
Needing a par to tie the course record and a birdie to break it, Woods sank an 8-footer for the former. Woods' 61 matched Jose Maria Olazabal for the lowest 18-hole score at Firestone. Olazabal initially set the mark in 1990. He went on to win the event by 12 shots.
 

 
'A lot better off the tee today,' said Woods following his career-tying round on the PGA TOUR. 'A lot of good shots and some wonderful shots, and some good, solid iron shots. So from tee-to-green, I hit the ball very well, and on top of that, I made a few putts.
 

 
Tiger's 64-61(125) aggregate is a new PGA TOUR record over the first two opening rounds. He also set a new TOUR record by carding his 29th consecutive round of par or better. The last time Woods posted a number in the black was his first 18 holes at this year's Byron Nelson in May.
 
Ironically, when Tiger teed off on Friday he was trailing by one. Mickelson started his second round birdie-eagle to move one shot clear of Woods. Six holes into his round, however, Woods was again in the lead. This time by five.
 
At least there's something Tiger Woods has yet to accomplish on the PGA TOUR. For the second straight day, Woods made a run at 59. And for the second straight day he came up short.
 

 
But he's getting closer.
 

 
Woods fired a 9-under-par 61 to take a seven-shot lead over Phil Mickelson into the third round of the WGC - NEC Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
 

 
At 15-under, Woods is eight shots clear of Justin Leonard, nine shots better than Jim Furyk, and ten strokes lower than Phillip Price and Lee Westwood. The aforementioned are the only players in the 37-man field within ten shots of Woods through 36 holes.
 

 
Thursday, Tiger was 7-under through 12 holes. Friday, he was one better. Eight-under-par through 12, Woods needed just three more strokes to par over his final six holes around the par-70 Firestone course to better 60.
 

 
After eagling the par-5 2nd and birdying holes 4-6, Woods made the turn in 5-under 30. He then added three more birdies at the 10th, 11th and 12th.
 

 
'To be honest, I had no clue how many under par I was,' Woods later said. 'I just tried to increase my lead.'
 

 
His run of three straight birdies ended when he left a 16-footer short at the 13th. Still, Woods needed only to play the final five holes - which included a par-5 - in three under for the fourth ever 59 on the PGA TOUR.
 

 
Al Geiberger was the first man to break 60 in TOUR competition. He did so in the second round of the 1977 Memphis Classic. Chip Beck became the sophomore member of the prestigious fraternity by matching Geiberger's 13-under-par performance in the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. Eight years later, David Duval won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic by firing that magical score in the fifth, and final round.
 

 
The par-4 14th looked promising for Tiger. His tee shot found the center of the fairway. However, his 8-iron approach shot flew the flag and finished in the back fringe. From there, he chipped to four feet - where he pushed his par save.
 

 
Woods dropped to 13-under for the tournament. He still led Mickelson by five, but his run for 59 had just hit a wall. A par at the 15th meant Tiger had to play the final three holes in 4-under-par.
 

 
Playing the 625-yard par-5 16th, Tiger knew he needed eagle. Two-hundred-and-seventy yards from the flag, Woods hit a 2-iron (that's right, a 2-iron) about as hard as humanly possible.
 

 
'I hit it flush,' said Woods.
 

 
That's an understatement. He nearly flew the green.
 

 
Over the green in two, Woods showed his all-around game by nearly holing a delicate pitch shot. He made the 4-foot birdie putt to move to 15-under for the tournament, 9-under for the day.
 

 
Needing a par to tie the course record and a birdie to break it, Woods sank an 8-footer for the former. Woods' 61 matched Jose Maria Olazabal for the lowest 18-hole score at Firestone. Olazabal initially set the mark in 1990. He went on to win the event by 12 shots.
 

 
'A lot better off the tee today,' said Woods following his career-tying round on the PGA TOUR. 'A lot of good shots and some wonderful shots, and some good, solid iron shots. So from tee-to-green, I hit the ball very well, and on top of that, I made a few putts.
 

 
Tiger's 64-61(125) aggregate is a new PGA TOUR record over the first two opening rounds. He also set a new TOUR record by carding his 29th consecutive round of par or better. The last time Woods posted a number in the black was his first 18 holes at this year's Byron Nelson in May.
 
Ironically, when Tiger teed off on Friday he was trailing by one. Mickelson started his second round birdie-eagle to move one shot clear of Woods. Six holes into his round, however, Woods was again in the lead. This time by five.
 
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Furyk: Not a 'good idea' to team Tiger, Phil at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerJune 25, 2018, 1:12 pm

Those hoping for another Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson partnership at the Ryder Cup might be sorely disappointed.

U.S. captain Jim Furyk all but slammed the door on the reboot Monday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Speaking at the CVS Health Charity Classic, Furyk laughed off the idea and said that it wouldn’t be a “good idea” for him to team them again.

“It worked out so well the first time,” he said, chuckling, referring to the 2004 matches, where captain Hal Sutton paired the sport’s two biggest stars and watched them go 0-2 en route to a lopsided team defeat at home.

Colin Montgomerie, who was also on the set and a member of that ’04 European squad, chimed in: “It was a great decision for Europe!”

Woods and Mickelson’s relationship has improved in recent years, since they were part of the task force that morphed into the Ryder Cup committee. They even played a practice round together this year at the Masters. But Furyk seemed to suggest even that wouldn’t be enough to put them together again in Paris.

“I hope they’re both watching, because they just fell off the couch laughing,” Furyk said. “I wouldn’t guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I’m just saying.”

Both Mickelson and Woods are outside the top 8 automatic qualifiers. Mickelson is currently ranked 10th, while Woods is now 39th.

Woods has already been named a vice captain for this year’s matches, though Furyk said that Woods had broached the topic of being a playing vice captain as early as January. Furyk added that he hasn’t discussed what Woods would need to show him over the course of the year to be considered for a captain’s pick.

“He hasn’t played as big of a schedule as everybody else,” Furyk said, “but when he has played, he’s played pretty well. Definitely an eye-opener for everyone.”

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Grandma hopes sick JT has some 's***-kicking antibiotics'

By Grill Room TeamJune 25, 2018, 1:08 pm

Justin Thomas tied for 56th at the Travelers Championship, still recovering from a brutal test at the U.S. Open and, apparently, battling an illness.

Thomas is next competing at this week's French Open, along with the likes of Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and a host of potential Ryder Cup foes.

Count his grandmother as one who is pulling – really, really pulling – for his physical recovery.



Grandmothers are the best. And as you can make out from the top of the text exchange, she finally figured out what was on JT’s pants in Round 1 at Shinnecock Hills.

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What's in the bag: Travelers champion Watson

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:22 pm

Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship for a third time in his career. Here's a look inside his bag:

Driver: Ping G400 LST (7.6 degrees), with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Prototype X shaft

Fairway wood:  Ping G (13.2 degrees), with Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2 X shaft

Irons: Ping iBlade (2), Ping S55 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52 degrees, 55 degrees, 63 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Travelers purse payout: Bubba, Cink close low, earn big

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:06 pm

Bubba Watson shot 63 on Sunday to win the Travelers Championship. He took home the trophy, but he wasn't the only player to earn a big payday. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC River Highlands:

1 Bubba Watson -17 $1,260,000
T2 Stewart Cink -14 $462,000
T2 Beau Hossler -14 $462,000
T2 J.B. Holmes -14 $462,000
T2 Paul Casey -14 $462,000
T6 Kevin Tway -13 $234,500
T6 Brian Harman -13 $234,500
T6 Russell Henley -13 $234,500
T9 Chase Seiffert -12 $189,000
T9 Bryson DeChambeau -12 $189,000
T9 Anirban Lahiri -12 $189,000
T12 Rory McIlroy -11 $147,000
T12 Ryan Blaum -11 $147,000
T12 Jason Day -11 $147,000
T15 Charley Hoffman -10 $115,500
T15 Patrick Cantlay -10 $115,500
T15 Danny Lee -10 $115,500
T15 Kyle Stanley -10 $115,500
T19 Brooks Koepka -9 $79,000
T19 Fabian Gomez -9 $79,000
T19 David Lingmerth -9 $79,000
T19 Zach Johnson -9 $79,000
T19 Emiliano Grillo -9 $79,000
T19 Matt Jones -9 $79,000
T19 Jamie Lovemark -9 $79,000
T26 Sam Ryder -8 $49,700
T26 Si Woo Kim -8 $49,700
T26 Richy Werenski -8 $49,700
T26 Blayne Barber -8 $49,700
T26 Steve Marino -8 $49,700
T26 Peter Malnati -8 $49,700
T26 Patrick Rodgers -8 $49,700
T33 Alex Cejka -7 $39,550
T33 Tyler Duncan -7 $39,550
T33 Kevin Streelman -7 $39,550
T36 Seamus Power -6 $35,175
T36 James Hahn -6 $35,175
T38 Scott Stallings -5 $30,800
T38 Russell Knox -5 $30,800
T38 Brandon Harkins -5 $30,800
T38 Lanto Griffin -5 $30,800
T42 Adam Hadwin -4 $24,500
T42 J.J. Henry -4 $24,500
T42 Jordan Spieth -4 $24,500
T42 Mackenzie Hughes -4 $24,500
T42 Brett Stegmaier -4 $24,500
T47 Billy Hurley III -3 $17,578
T47 Vaughn Taylor -3 $17,578
T47 Sam Saunders -3 $17,578
T47 Kelly Kraft -3 $17,578
T47 Keegan Bradley -3 $17,578
T47 J.J. Spaun -3 $17,578
T47 Wesley Bryan -3 $17,578
T47 Denny McCarthy -3 $17,578
T47 Scott Brown -3 $17,578
T56 Ryan Armour -2 $15,680
T56 Keith Mitchell -2 $15,680
T56 Ken Duke -2 $15,680
T56 Justin Thomas -2 $15,680
T56 Hunter Mahan -2 $15,680
T61 John Huh -1 $14,910
T61 Martin Laird -1 $14,910
T61 Steve Wheatcroft -1 $14,910
T61 James Driscoll -1 $14,910
T61 Tom Lovelady -1 $14,910
T61 Nick Hardy -1 $14,910
T67 Daniel Berger E $14,350
T67 Trey Mullinax E $14,350
T69 Cameron Tringale 1 $14,000
T69 Kyle Thompson 1 $14,000
T69 Ethan Tracy 1 $14,000
T72 Dominic Bozzelli 2 $13,650
T72 Martin Flores 2 $13,650
74 Padraig Harrington 4 $13,440