Rollins Jumps Into Top 100

By Sports NetworkSeptember 9, 2002, 4:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. -- John Rollins, who outlasted Justin Leonard and Neal Lancaster to earn his first PGA Tour win at the Bell Canadian Open Sunday, climbed 54 spots in the latest World Golf Rankings to come in at No. 88.
Rollins, who made the playoff following a blunder by Lancaster on the 72nd hole, birdied the first playoff hole for his maiden title. The 27-year-old became the 13th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.
Tiger Woods remained comfortably atop the rankings. The top player in the world was followed by Phil Mickelson, British Open winner Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, who all held their positions from last week.
Sergio Garcia, the fifth ranked player in the world, was in South Korea last week where he captured the Kolon Cup Korean Open for his third worldwide victory of 2002.
David Toms held onto sixth place, while Davis Love III and Padraig Harrington stayed put at seventh and eighth, respectively. Vijay Singh, who finished two shots back at the Canadian Open, remained at No. 9 with Jim Furyk rounding out the top 10.
Nick Price exchanged positions with David Duval to come in at No. 11, while Duval dropped to 12th. Michael Campbell held his position from last week to come in at No. 13 followed by Chris DiMarco.
Leonard, who missed a 40-foot birdie try in his playoff loss to Rollins, moved up four positions to come in at 15th. Rocco Mediate fell one place to 16th followed by Darren Clarke, who held his 17th-place ranking from last week.
Bob Estes came in two spots lower than last week at No. 18, followed by Angel Cabrera, who climbed one rung to 19th. Colin Montgomerie rounded out the top 20 after dropping two places.
Robert Karlsson of Sweden posted a four-shot victory over Trevor Immelman and Paul Lawrie at the European Masters on Sunday. The win was Karlsson's fifth on the European Tour and it was good enough to bump the 33-year-old up 51 places to No. 64 in the latest World Golf Rankings.
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Watch: Highlights from Tiger's first round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 20, 2018, 8:30 pm

Tiger Woods is back at the season-ending Tour Championship for the first time since 2013, and he provided the fans in Atlanta with some highlights on the first day of competition.

Still looking for his first win of the year after coming close on numerous occasions, Woods started the day off by splitting the fairway on the first hole with the driver, not even bothering to watch his ball land.

Despite the picture-perfect opening tee shot, Woods would go on to bogey the first hole, but he rebounded with back-to-back birdies on 5 and 6, making putts from 26 and 15 feet.

Tiger's best shot on the front nine came on the par-4 seventh hole after he found the pine straw behind a tree with his drive. The 14-time major champ punched one under the tree limbs and onto the green, then calmly two-putted for par from about 40 feet en route to a front-side 1-under 34.

Woods added two more birdies on the par-4 12th and 14th holes, rolling in putts of 3 feet and 7 feet after a couple of great looking approach shots.

Woods finished his round with a vintage eagle on the par-5 18th hole, finding the green with a 5-wood from 256 yards out and then sinking the 28-foot putt.

The eagle at the last gave Woods a share of the early first-round lead with Rickie Fowler at 5-under 65.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 20, 2018, 8:20 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

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Garcia (66) peaking for Ryder Cup?

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 20, 2018, 6:17 pm

Sergio Garcia might be finding his form just in time to terrorize the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Garcia made seven birdies during an opening round of 5-under 66 to sit just two shots off the early lead at the European Tour’s Portugal Masters.

It was Garcia’s fifth consecutive round of par or better, a stretch that includes rounds of 66-65-67-70-66. That solid play at the Wyndham Championship wasn’t enough to extend his PGA Tour season – he didn’t qualify for the FedExCup playoffs – but the Spaniard is starting to round into form with the Ryder Cup on deck.

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A few weeks ago he was a controversial selection by European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. After missing the cut in all four majors, Garcia could have been left at home in favor of such players as Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Wallace (a three-time winner this season who, once again, is at the top of the leaderboard in Portugal), Matt Fitzpatrick or Thomas Pieters. But Bjorn tabbed Garcia, noting his Ryder Cup experience, his sterling foursomes record and his influence in the team room. If Phil Mickelson is the U.S. player under the most pressure to perform in Paris, all eyes will be on Garcia next week – especially since it could be one of his final opportunities to wear a European uniform, as he’ll be 40 for the 2020 matches.

Garcia’s 66 matched his lowest opening round of the year and puts him in position to secure just his second top-10 since March.

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Watch: 100mph storm destroys tent at St. Andrews

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 20, 2018, 4:25 pm

The Old Course at St. Andrews has endured all sorts of wacky weather over the years, but things ratcheted up a notch this week with the arrival of Storm Ali.

The first named storm of the season struck Wednesday, bringing 100 mph gusts, killing two people and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power in parts of Ireland, Scotland and England.

According to the Courier no one was injured in the St. Andrews area, but a video posted from the home of golf shows just how powerful the storm was as wind absolutely destroyed one of the hospitality tents set up in advance of the Dunhill Links Championship:

While plenty of clean-up is sure to be needed, officials say the Dunhill Links, which also be conducted at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, will go on as scheduled October 4-7.