Baddeley Leads Els by Two

By Sports NetworkJanuary 18, 2003, 5:00 pm
HONOLULU -- Aaron Baddeley posted a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take the third-round lead in his first event as a member of the PGA Tour, the Sony Open in Hawaii. The 21-year-old stands at 15-under-par 195 and owns a two-shot lead over Ernie Els at Waialae Country Club.
Robert Gamez (65), Briny Baird (67) and Chris DiMarco (69) are tied for third place at 10-under-par 200.
Retief Goosen shared the second-round lead with Baddeley but opened with a triple-bogey at No. 1. He carded a 2-over 72 and is tied for eighth place at 8-under par.
Baddeley did all of his damage on the front side at Waialae, as conditions were much more difficult on Saturday thanks to winds that reached 25 mph, firming up many of the greens.
The young Australian birdied No. 2 and holed a 12-footer for birdie at the fourth. At the par-3 seventh, Baddeley rolled home a 25-foot birdie putt to reach 13-under par and go two clear of the field.
At the 510-yard, par-5 ninth, Baddeley had only an 8-iron in his hands but thanks to a drive that landed in the right rough, his ball bounded 40 feet from the hole. Baddeley sank the long eagle putt to complete a front-nine, 5-under 30 and put him five shots ahead.
'I played very well on the front nine,' said Baddeley, who earned his PGA Tour card by finishing 10th on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2002. 'I hit it close a few times. I was quite relaxed the whole time. The tee shot on one calmed me down.'
Baddeley missed several greens on the back nine Saturday but a solid short game, coupled with only 24 putts for the round, kept him in the top spot.
At the 16th, Baddeley drove into the left rough behind trees. He smoked a low shot that flew through the green and into a back bunker, leaving him with a down-wind, downhill blast out of the trap. Baddeley's shot out of the sand left him with six feet and the 21-year-old calmly drained the putt to save par.
Baddeley had no real chance at birdie on the last two holes as he had 30 feet for birdie at 17 and drove in the rough at 18. But the young Australian has the 54-hole lead in his first event as a member of the PGA Tour.
'I thought I played alright on the back side, I just missed a couple of greens,' said Baddeley. 'The swing still felt good out there. I only just missed the greens. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.'
Sunday's final pairing will feature Baddeley and Els. In the last week, Els established a new PGA Tour record for scoring in relation to par with his 31-under, eight-shot drubbing of the field at the Mercedes Championships, which moved him to second in the World Golf Rankings.
Baddeley is a battle-tested rookie in the golf world. He won two Australian Opens before he turned 20 and bested Sergio Garcia in a playoff to capture the 2001 Holden International.
'I'll go out and I'm just going to enjoy it,' said Baddeley. 'Ernie's a laid back fellow. I get along well with Ernie. I think tomorrow is going to be a good day. All I can do is get out there and golf my golf ball and if I can do that, hopefully I can get a win.'
Els got into second place with a birdie at the 14th but he still trailed Baddeley by four. He holed a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th and made it two in a row with a 20-footer at the 17th to get within striking distance of Baddeley.
'You just have to try and keep going,' said Els, who shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday. 'The greens were so fast today. You have to hit a lot of greens and then try and get your putter hot.'
Els knows that despite his huge success of late, he will have to do more than just show up to visit the winner's circle on Sunday.
'He's obviously very hungry to win his first event,' said Els, who can become the first player since Steve Jones in 1989 to win the first two events on a PGA Tour calendar. 'He's got a lot of talent. He's very much going to be a star of the future. Obviously, he's a guy for big occasions. He's definitely not scared. This is the big leagues, now, but he's a big-league player.'
Shigeki Maruyama is alone in sixth place at 9-under par, followed by Goosen and Robert Allenby, who are tied for seventh at minus-8.
Jerry Kelly, the 2002 Sony Open winner, is part of a group in ninth at 7-under-par 203. Among the other players who are tied for ninth place are 1995 U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin, Fred Funk and 1999 Sony Open champion Jeff Sluman.
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    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

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    “I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

    “Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

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    Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

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    Woods shares emotional embrace with his kids

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:21 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would’ve vaulted him into a tie for second place at The Open. It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful week for the 14-time major champion, who is just happy to playing majors again.

    Then he walked off the 18th, saw his two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie, and they all took a moment for a long embrace. Turns out, that was the perfect way to end the week.

    “I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,'” Woods said Sunday after putting the finishing touches on an even-par 71 to end at 5 under for the week.

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    “It’s pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again.”

    In 2008, when Woods won his last major, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Sam was a year old and Charlie was not yet born. They don’t know how much their father used to dominate this game, especially majors. The last time Woods won a PGA Tour event was five full years ago. Woods has joked in the past that they only know him as a YouTube sensation.

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    TT postscript: Not a win, but an amazing week

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 6:04 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods had a chance to win his 15th major Sunday at The Open at Carnousite:

    • Tiger shot 71-71-66-71 to finish at 5 under par and tie for sixth place.

    • When Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele both bogeyed the fifth hole Tiger was in the solo lead. Amazing to think that only last September he said he never knew if he’d ever play golf again. Here he was, nine months later with a chance to win a fourth claret jug. Amazing.

    • For 10 holes, Tiger was the calmest, coolest, most composed player on the golf course. Birdies at Nos. 4 and 6 looked easy, while most everyone else was struggling to make par.

    • To me, the biggest mistake of the week, and certainly of the final round, was Tiger’s decision to get cute and hit a flop shot up and over a bunker into the 11th hole. It checked up and rolled back down and off the green. He failed to get up and down and made double bogey. If he’d have pitched the ball 12-15 past the hole he’d had have a chance to save par and would’ve made no worse than bogey.

    • The double bogey felt worse when Tiger made bogey on the 12th hole. This two-hole stretch cost him three shots and he finished three shots off the lead.

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    • Tiger moved to 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking, which qualifies him for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which he has won eight times.

    • One of the best moments of the week came after Tiger’s round when he gave his kids, daughter Sam and son Charlie, long hugs. Tiger said it was especially emotional because both kids knew how much this week meant to their old man. They had only seen Tiger struggle; it was great for them to see his success.

    • Tiger: “Today I did everything the way I thought I needed to do it to win the championship. This entire week, I felt like I needed to keep building my way into this championship. It's one of those where, as I said earlier in the week, it's going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win it on Sunday because we're all driving the same areas. Kind of turned out that way. There are a bunch of guys packed, a bunch of guys with a chance to win, and I was one of them.”

    • Overall, an amazing week. Truly tremendous to watch.