Its a Fuzzy Feeling in Hawaii

By Sports NetworkFebruary 1, 2003, 5:00 pm
KAUPULEHU-KONA, HI -- Fuzzy Zoeller equaled the course record at Hualalai Golf Club on Saturday with a 9-under 63, tying him with Larry Nelson and Dana Quigley atop the leaderboard at the MasterCard Championship. The trio matched the 36-hole record of 13-under-par 131 but have several competitors nipping at the lead.
 
Bruce Lietzke and Bruce Fleisher carded matching rounds of 7-under-par 65 and share fourth place at 11-under-par 133.
 
Stewart Ginn and first-round co-leader Steven Veriato are tied for sixth at minus-10.
 
Hale Irwin, the reigning Champions Tour Player of the Year, held a piece of the first-round lead but struggled on Saturday. He only managed a 1-under 71 and is part of a group tied for 14th at 7-under par.
 
Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, both sponsor's exemptions, were only two off the lead after Friday's opening round. Trevino carded a 1-under 71 Saturday to share 21st at 5-under and is one better than Nicklaus, who is alone in 25th at minus-4.
 
The three leaders equaled Gil Morgan's 36-hole record of 13-under-par 131. Nelson also posted a 131 in 2001 on his way to victory but Zoeller was the player who made the biggest move up the leaderboard on Saturday.
 
Zoeller was 6-under on his round through 10 holes thanks to four birdies and an eagle at No. 10. He dropped a shot at 11 and carded two pars before an awesome conclusion to his round.
 
Zoeller drained a pair of 10-foot birdie putts at the par-5 14th and at 15. He holed a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 16 to reach 12-under par and grab a temporary two-shot advantage. He ran home a seven-footer for birdie at the 17th to make it four in a row and, with a par at the last, reach the clubhouse at 13-under par.
 
'Anyone who plays this stupid game wants to see if they can control it under the heat,' said Zoeller, who tied Tom Kite's course record from last year. 'I worked very hard in the offseason. I played a lot of golf and it was well worth it because it's paying off.'
 
Nelson was flawless on Saturday with three birdies in his front nine but, like Zoeller, his back nine vaulted him up the leaderboard. He sank a breaking 20- footer for eagle at the 10th to get the run started.
 
Nelson, who went winless in 2002, tallied three birdies in a row, starting at the 13th. At 14, he narrowly missed an eagle putt but tapped in the birdie. On 15, Nelson holed a eight-foot birdie putt to tie Zoeller in the lead but Nelson missed some birdie chances on his way in that could have given him the outright lead.
 
The 55-year-old had a 12-footer at 16 but missed that then failed to convert on a nine-footer at the last. Nelson left the course with an 8-under-par 64.
 
Quigley, who also shared the lead after the first 18, reached 10-under par after a birdie at the 13th but his best was yet to come as sharp iron play down the stretch earned him his share of first.
 
Quigley knocked his approach close to the hole at 16 for birdie and made it two in a row with a four-footer at the short, par-3 17th. He drained a seven-foot birdie putt at the last to polish off his round of 7-under 65.
 
'I'm on my game right now and it's kind of fun when you can look up after your shot and see it going towards the flag,' said Quigley, who made his 202nd consecutive start for which he was eligible. 'I'm trying to run the tables and make birdie on every hole.'
 
Kite (67), Allen Doyle (66), Jay Sigel (69), Tom Jenkins (66), Jim Thorpe (66) and Tom Watson (66) share eighth place at 8-under-par 136.
 

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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.

    Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

    Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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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.”

    Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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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.