Tiger Gunning for Sixth Straight TOUR Win

By Sports NetworkSeptember 25, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 WGC American Express ChampionshipTime for some players to shake off the disappointment, and for others to parlay some much deserved momentum.
Four days after Europe routed the United States for its third straight Ryder Cup, 11 players from both sides will be together again as part of a select field for the American Express Championship -- the third of four World Golf Championships events in 2006.
Tiger Woods, his team's leading point earner at the Ryder Cup, is the defending champion and a four-time winner at this event. Last year, he walked away with the victory only after John Daly missed a three-foot par putt on the second playoff hole.
Overall in WGC events, Woods has won 11-of-21 starts since the series' inception in 1999. Those 11 wins include the last WGC event, the Bridgestone Invitational in August, where Woods beat Stewart Cink as part of his run of five consecutive winning starts.
Technically, Woods' streak can still be extended to six starts if he wins this weekend.
He was beaten by Shaun Micheel in the first round of the HSBC World Match Play Championship two weeks ago, but that event is not co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour. This week's event is.
Although Woods is an obvious favorite to win, competition will be stiff from a field that includes almost all of the world's best players.
Players from the European Ryder Cup team include Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Robert Karlsson, Jose Maria Olazabal and Lee Westwood.
Only Paul McGinley wasn't invited, due to his position outside of the world top 50 and the European Tour Order of Merit top 20.
Woods will also being competing against nine United States Ryder Cup teammates -- Chad Campbell, Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, J.J. Henry, Chris DiMarco, Zach Johnson, David Toms, Scott Verplank, Brett Wetterich -- as well as captain Tom Lehman.
Phil Mickelson and Vaughn Taylor are the only American Ryder Cuppers not in the field.
Throw players like Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Adam Scott and Vijay Singh into the mix and you have one of the best fields of the season for a tournament that will be broadcast in more than 140 countries.
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    Casey (62) opens up four-shot lead at Travelers

    By Nick MentaJune 23, 2018, 9:48 pm

    On the strength of an 8-under 62, Paul Casey will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Travelers Championship. Here’s where things stand through three rounds outside Hartford.

    Leaderboard: Casey (-16), Russell Henley (-12), J.B. Holmes (-11), Anirban Lahiri (-11), Brian Harman (-11)

    What it means: Casey is hunting his third PGA Tour victory and his second this season. The Englishman went nine years between Tour titles and racked up a number of near-misses after dedicating himself to a full-time U.S. schedule in 2015. He finally broke through earlier this year at the Valspar, edging a resurgent Tiger Woods, and now looks to further kick down a finally open door. TPC River Highlands is a gettable golf course, and notable names like Day, Watson and DeChambeau lurk at 10 under, but the field may need some help from Casey, who has separated himself through 54 holes.  

    Round of the day: Casey fired the round of the week with six birdies and an eagle at the short par-4 15th. He leads the tournament in birdies made with six in each round for 18 total. He has hit each of his last 23 greens in regulation.

    Best of the rest: Jaime Lovemark signed for a 6-under 64 highlighted by an eagle at 15. He enters Sunday tied for 11th, hunting his fourth top-10 finish of the season.

    Biggest disappointment: While Casey was ripping up the course, four of the top seven players in the Official World Golf Ranking - Rory McIlroy (69), Brooks Koepka (69), Justin Thomas (70) and Jordan Spieth (71) - combined to shoot 1 under par Saturday. .

    Shot of the day: James Hahn’s slam-dunk ace from 154 yards at the par-3 11th.

    After a 3-over front nine, Hahn closed in 29 on the back for a ho-hum 67.

    Quote of the day: "That's something I rarely see from me, 18 greens in regulation. So whatever he told me worked" - Casey on his work with his swing coach, Peter Kostis

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    Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

    There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

    It was Hahn's first ace on the PGA Tour.

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    Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

    Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

    His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

    Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

    Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

    "It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

    Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

    "It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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    Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

    McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

    McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

    McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.