Scott Holds Off Goosen in China

By Sports NetworkApril 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
BEIJING -- Adam Scott overcame a charge from Retief Goosen and poor play of his own to win the Johnnie Walker Classic on Sunday. He shot a final-round, even-par 72 to finish at 18-under-par 270, which was good for a three-shot win over Goosen.
'It was a tough day,' said Scott. 'Retief played very solid. He kept making pars and putting the pressure on me. I hung in there and I'm very happy with this result.'
Goosen, the two-time and reigning U.S. Open champion, shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday and clipped a five-shot deficit to start the final round down to one around the turn. Unfortunately, Goosen parred every hole on the second nine and collected his 15th runner-up finish on the European Tour at minus-15.
Henrik Stenson holed an 8-foot bogey putt at the last to fall into a tie for third place. Stenson joined Michael Campbell (72) and Richard Sterne (71) at 13-under-par 275.
Ernie Els, a two-time champion, Colin Montgomerie and Brett Rumford all posted final rounds of 3-under 69 to share sixth place at minus-12.
The tournament was plagued on Thursday by high winds that forced the suspension of the first round after only three hours. The golfers had to play a lot of golf in the last three days to catch up, but one constant was that Scott was atop the leaderboard after each round.
On Sunday, he held a five-shot advantage, but Goosen caught up quickly with birdies at two and three. Scott dropped a shot at the third, so the lead fell to two.
Scott added one to his lead at the par-5 fifth when he sank a 5-foot birdie putt. Goosen missed a 6-footer for par at No. 6, so the lead was back to four. Scott went bogey-birdie at seven and eight and Goosen birdied eight to cut the lead to three.
Scott missed the green at the ninth and chipped to 7 feet. His par putt died left of the hole and his lead was only two. Scott made a mess of the 10th when his drive found the right rough. His approach landed on the front fringe and Scott elected to pitch past the hole. His 10-footer for par failed to find the bottom of the cup, so his lead was now at one.
The young Australian hit a spectacular iron shot at the par-3 12th. His ball landed 3 feet right of the hole and he converted the birdie putt to extend the lead to two.
'I really needed that,' admitted Scott. 'Looking back on it, that probably set me up to win the tournament.'
Goosen, who won this title in 2002, hit a poor drive at the par-5 13th and was forced to lay up. Scott found the fairway, then hit the center of the green with his second. Goosen's third landed on the fringe and he chipped up to 2 feet to seal his par. Scott's long eagle try came up 6 feet short, but he rolled in the birdie to retain a comfortable three-shot lead.
Goosen had a good look at birdie on the 15th, but his 6-footer broke left at the last second. Scott then seemed to have an excellent chance at birdie one hole later, but his 7-foot try skirted the left edge.
Scott gave Goosen an opportunity at the par-3 17th when his tee ball landed in a greenside bunker. Scott blasted out to 5 feet and Goosen had close to 50 feet for his birdie putt, which nearly fell. Scott made the par putt and both players parred 18 to give Scott his first win on the European Tour since the 2003 Scandinavian Masters.
'It was so difficult in the wind with judging clubs,' said Scott. 'I was a little shaky on the front nine, but I got it together early on the back nine. That was important.'
Despite posting the worst final-round score by an eventual champion this season on the European Tour, Scott became the third wire-to-wire winner in 2005.
Scott, the 10th-ranked golfer in the world, collected his fifth title on the European Tour. He also owns three wins on the PGA Tour and captured this year's rain-shortened Nissan Open. That victory did not count as an official win because the tournament was cut to 36 holes.
Luke Donald, who tied for third with Goosen at the Masters two weeks ago, shot an even-par 72 and took ninth at 11-under-par 277.
Sergio Garcia (73), Scott Drummond (73), Santiago Luna (72) and Steven O'Hara (72) shared 10th place at minus-10.
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    By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 20, 2018, 10:29 pm

    Tiger Woods will go out last and Phil Mickelson will go out first in Rd. 2 of the Tour Championship.

    Woods and Rickie Fowler share the 18-hole lead. The field is re-paired after each round, according to their scores. Here’s a look at second-round tee times at East Lake Golf Club.

    (All times ET)

    11:40AM: Phil Mickelson (+3), Keegan Bradley (+3)

    11:50AM: Patrick Reed (+3), Marc Leishman (+2)

    Noon: Hideki Matsuyama (+2), Kevin Na (+2)

    12:10PM: Billy Horschel (+1), Bryson DeChambeau (+1)

    12:20PM: Patton Kizzire (+1), Patrick Cantlay (+1)

    12:30PM: Cameron Smith (Even), Bubba Watson (Even)

    12:40PM: Aaron Wise (Even), Francesco Molinari (Even)

    12:50PM: Brooks Koepka (-1), Dustin Johnson (-1)

    1PM: Tommy Fleetwood (-1), Webb Simpson (-1)

    1:10PM: Jason Day (-2), Kyle Stanley (-1)

    1:20PM: Jon Rahm (-2), Xander Schauffele (-2)

    1:30PM: Tony Finau (-3), Paul Casey (-2)

    1:40PM: Rory McIlroy (-3), Justin Thomas (-3)

    1:50PM: Gary Woodland (-4), Justin Rose (-4)

    2PM: Rickie Fowler (-5), Tiger Woods (-5)

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    FedExCup projected standings after Rd. 1 of Tour Championship

    By Mercer BaggsSeptember 20, 2018, 10:13 pm

    ATLANTA – Bryson DeChambeau started the week in the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings. But after the first round of the Tour Championship, he’s surrendered his lead.

    Justin Rose, the current world No. 1, is the new projected winner of the $10 million bonus. Rose shot 4-under 66 in the first round and is tied for third in the tournament. He began the week in second place in the FEC standings.

    DeChambeau struggled to a 1-over 71 and is currently tied for 21st in the field of 30.

    Here’s a look at the projected standings after 18 holes at East Lake Golf Club, which includes Tiger Woods jumping from No. 20 to No. 2.

    FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
    1 2 Justin Rose 2450
    2 20 Tiger Woods 2219
    3 23 Rickie Fowler 2182
    4 1 Bryson DeChambeau 2160
    5 3 Tony Finau 1920
    6 5 Justin Thomas 1680
    7 4 Dustin Johnson 1528
    8 6 Keegan Bradley 1238
    9 7 Brooks Koepka 1192
    10 8 Bubba Watson 992
    11 9 Billy Horschel 800
    12 28 Gary Woodland 783
    13 12 Jason Day 678
    14 10 Cameron Smith 672
    14 17 Rory McIlroy 672
    16 11 Webb Simpson 616
    17 18 Xander Schauffele 561
    18 13 Francesco Molinari 544
    19 24 Jon Rahm 480
    20 19 Tommy Fleetwood 463
    21 26 Paul Casey 461
    22 14 Phil Mickelson 454
    23 16 Patrick Cantlay 453
    24 15 Patrick Reed 450
    25 21 Aaron Wise 398
    26 25 Kyle Stanley 393
    27 22 Kevin Na 330
    28 27 Hideki Matsuyama 278
    29 30 Patton Kizzire 275
    30 29 Marc Leishman 242
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    Tiger's driver now a great asset to his game

    By Mercer BaggsSeptember 20, 2018, 9:57 pm

    ATLANTA – Tommy Fleetwood hit a handful of tee shots past Tiger Woods on Thursday at the Tour Championship. But Woods found more fairways [10 to eight] and shot four strokes lower [65 to 69].

    Ever since making adjustments to his driver – which included adding loft and changing the shaft – at The Northern Trust, Woods’ long game has become one of his greatest assets.

    Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways in the first round at East Lake Golf Club, which led to hitting 14 of 18 greens in regulation. Twenty-eight putts equaled a 5-under round and a share of the lead.

    It’s not as though Woods has completely traded distance for accuracy. He hit his drive on the par-5 18th 320 yards and that helped produce an eagle.

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    It’s more like he now has the ability to control his driver. Those wayward tee shots we had become accustomed to seeing aren’t so offline. That means sometimes he’ll send one 296 yards – like he did on the first hole – and sometimes he’ll gear up and knock one 328 yards – like he did at the fifth.

    “[I]f I hit it normal, I hit it just as far. And so that's to me like 300 yards in the air,” he said. “But … the neat thing about this one is that if I miss it and spin it a little bit, those spinners stay in play instead of chasing off on me, and I can turn this ball.

    “Like the tee shot I hit down 18, I didn't have that shot earlier with – not enough loft. … [M]y spin rate would be so low that it wouldn't stay in the air.”

    “And so, yeah, if I hit controlled shots, they're in play and they're shorter. But if I go ahead and step up and launch one, I'm just as far. The neat thing is I don't have to swing it as hard to hit the ball as far. And so it puts a little less toll on my body. I don't have to have my speed up there at 120, 121, 122 miles an hour to carry it 305, 310 like I did before.”

    Often times you hear players talk about aspects of their game and it sounds like they are trying to convince themselves that things are OK. Tiger's actions are backing up his words.

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    TT postscript: This 65 better than Aronimink 62

    By Tiger TrackerSeptember 20, 2018, 9:21 pm

    ATLANTA – The start wasn’t much to look at, but that finish was something else. Tiger Woods eagled the final hole on Thursday and shares the 18-hole lead at the Tour Championship. Here are the things you know you want to know:

    • First of all, let’s give a pat on the back to the man who most deserves it today: Me. Early this morning, I sent this tweet:

    Never doubt my good feelings. Ben Crenshaw doesn’t have my good feelings. We may have 54 holes to play, but I gotta good feeling we’re going to be changing that Tiger Tracker avatar Sunday night.

    • Now onto Tiger. After all, he did hit 10 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. It wasn’t looking good early when he had nine putts through four holes and was 1 over par. But he birdied Nos. 5 and 6, turned in 1 under, and really turned it on down the stretch with two birdies and an eagle over his final seven holes. And if you take a good look at the scorecard below you’ll notice he didn’t make a bogey after the first hole.

    • How good is a 65 at East Lake? Better than his opening 62 at Aronimink, according to Woods: “This was by far better than the 62 at Aronimink. Conditions were soft there. This is – it's hard to get the ball closer. There's so much chase in it. If you drive the ball in the rough, you know you can't get the ball close.”

    Woods added that you had to play “conservatively” and be patient – take what the course allowed. Tiger missed five putts – four of them for birdie – inside 15 feet. But in the 93-degree heat, he kept his composure and made putts of 26 and 28 feet for birdie, and 28 feet for eagle.

    • This week feels different. It feels like Tiger is really ready to win again. He seems very serious, very focused. He talked about “getting the W” on Wednesday and said on Thursday, “[T]he objective is to always win.”

    After shooting 65, Woods signed a few autographs and eventually made his way to the putting green. If he gets those 15-footer to fall, we’re going to be two wins away from tying Sammy.

    • So, what about that eagle on 18, you ask? Tiger said he “hammered” a driver – which was listed at 320 yards – and then hit a 5-wood from 256 yards to 28 feet. As for the putt: “It took forever for that putt to start breaking, grain coming down off the left. But once it snagged it, it was going straight right.”

    Right into the cup. Right into the lead. Our man is making history this week.