Tiger Tied on Top in Boston

By Sports NetworkSeptember 3, 2004, 4:00 pm
NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods shot a 6-under-par 65 on Friday to join Ryan Palmer in the lead after the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
'Today was an exciting day because I really played well,' said Woods. 'As I've been saying for a while, the things I've been working on are heading in the right direction.'
Woods' good friend Mark O'Meara posted a 66 to finish one shot back along with Jonathan Byrd and Cameron Beckman at 5 under par.
Woods has seen his lead in the world rankings shrink each week this summer, more often than not coinciding with a stellar performance by Vijay Singh. With the reigning PGA champion in the field and closer than ever to the No. 1 ranking, Woods matched his lowest opening-round score of the year to come out on top, at least for the moment.
'I like being ranked No. 1,' said Woods. 'But winning takes care of it. That's the way I tee it up each and every event is to win, period.'
Woods started on the back side at the TPC of Boston and jumped out of the gate with back-to-back birdies starting at the par-3 11th. He added a birdie at the par-4 15th and another at the par-5 18th to make the turn at minus-4.
The 28-year-old reached the green in two at the par-5 second and left himself with a long eagle try. Woods ran his putt past the hole, but converted for birdie coming back to join the leaders at 5 under. Woods found trouble at the very next hole, however, when he missed the green at the par-3 third.
Woods hit his third to 7 feet, but was unable to save par. He regained his momentum a few holes later and landed his approach inside 5 feet for a birdie at the par-4 15th.
Palmer had pulled ahead of Woods down the stretch, but the top player in the game sent his second shot to the back of the green at the par-5 seventh and two-putted for birdie to regain a share of the lead. Woods then parred his way in to hold a piece of the 18-hole lead for the first time this season.
'It's certainly nice to have that opportunity where I don't have to go out there and shoot a round like this just to try and make the cut,' said Woods. 'It's been nice to go out there and just hit a bunch of good golf shots.'
Palmer, a rookie on the PGA Tour, took advantage of the par-5s on the front nine, starting at the second when his 6-iron approach stopped within 15 feet of the hole. Palmer drained the eagle putt, but stumbled to a bogey at the sixth.
'I've just been struggling putting and just tried to come here this week and have a good time and have fun today,' said Palmer.
At the par-5 seventh, Palmer hit his second shot in a greenside bunker but walked away with eagle after his shot from the sand found the bottom of the cup. He then birdied two in a row from the eighth to go out in 31.
Palmer ran off a string of pars on the back side until his second shot to the par-5 18th bounced off the back edge of the green. The 27-year-old chipped to 5 feet and rolled in the birdie putt for his share of the lead.
'It's been fun this year,' said Palmer. 'It's been a struggle at times, but then again, I've had a lot of good things coming out of this year. It's getting better and I'm looking forward to that one good week.'
Charles Howell III carded a 4-under 67 to join John Rollins, Craig Perks, Deane Pappas and Billy Mayfair in a tie for sixth. Singh was one shot further back in a group at 3-under-par 68 that includes Zach Johnson, Aaron Baddeley and Shigeki Maruyama.
Defending champion Adam Scott, who earned his first career victory on the PGA Tour at this event last year, posted a 2-under 69 to finish four shots off the pace.
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    Chamblee comments on Choi's unique step-through swing

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 24, 2018, 3:55 pm

    The golf world found itself enamored with a largely unknown journeyman this weekend.

    Ho-sung Choi went from 554th in the world to No. 1 in the hearts of all those who swing the golf club just a little bit differently thanks to his run at the Korean Open.

    The 44-year-old with the exaggerated step through impact found himself two off the pace through 54 holes and in contention for one of two available invitations to this year's Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Choi fell out of the hunt for tournament title and the Open exemption with a final-round 74, but nonetheless left an impression with his tie for fifth.

    Asked about Choi's swing Saturday night, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee offered the following:

    "If Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player had a golf school, what would their first professional golfer swing like? Voila," Chamblee said.

    "Both those legends had walk through finishes, but Ho Sung has taken this move to a new level with a borderline pirouette to keep from hanging back.

    "In an era when professional golfers get accused of having golf swings that all look alike, I’ve never seen anyone swing quite like Ho Sung Choi.

    "I can’t wait to try this on the range tomorrow."

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    Wallace holds off charges to win BMW International

    By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 3:43 pm

    PULHEIM, Germany - England's Matt Wallace shot a 7-under 65 to hold off a record-breaking charge from Thorbjorn Olesen and win the BMW International Open on Sunday.

    Wallace finished on 10-under 278 - just ahead of Olesen, Mikko Korhonen and 2008 winner Martin Kaymer, whose chances took a blow with a bogey on the 17th hole.

    ''I want to keep building on this,'' Wallace said after his third European Tour win. ''Obviously this gives me a lot of confidence to go on and play well and I want to kick on and hopefully do this in the bigger events from now on.''

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    Olesen had played himself into contention with the lowest round in tournament history, with nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61. It was the lowest round of his European Tour career and it gave the Dane a three-shot lead before the final group had even teed off.

    ''I was just trying today to go out there and build on my game, see if I could shoot a low score,'' Olesen said. ''Obviously as the round progressed I kept on thinking birdies and trying to make the round better. Finishing with four birdies was pretty nice.''

    Wallace turned in 34 but then made five birdies in seven holes from the turn to edge a shot past Olesen. He waited as Kaymer and Korhonen went close with rounds of 68 and 67, respectively.

    England's Aaron Rai and Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard finished joint-fifth with rounds of 69.

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    Choi, Park qualify for Carnoustie from Korean Open

    By Nick MentaJune 24, 2018, 2:54 pm

    Two players - Minchel Choi and Sanghyun Park - qualified for next month's Open Championship at Carnoustie via the Open Qualifying Series on Sunday.

    Choi (69) held off Park (66) to win the Korean Open by two shots.

    This was the Qualifying Series debut for the Korean Open, whiched awarded Open Championship exemptions to the tournament's top two finishers inside the top eight and ties who were not already qualified.

    Choi, the 532nd-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, punched his ticket in his first professional win.

    Park, the 146th in the world, is a six-time Korean Tour champion who has already won twice this season. 

    Both players will be making their first ever major starts.

    “I am absolutely honored to be playing in The Open and I wanted to win this championship to give me [that] opportunity," Choi said. "I cannot believe that I have won today. I am so happy and excited."

    “It is a great honor to have qualified for The Open and make my first appearance in the championship," Park added. "I’ve watched The Open on television every single year and I can’t really believe that I have qualified, it is amazing."

    The Open Qualifying Series continues next week at the Open de France, where as many as three exemptions will be awarded to the three leading players inside the top 10 and ties who are not already qualified.

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    Minjee Lee co-leads Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

    By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 12:25 am

    ROGERS, Ark. - Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

    The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.

    Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning pro three years ago. It's also an opportunity to put any lingering frustration over that missed cut two weeks ago behind her for good.

    ''I didn't particularly hit it bad, even though I missed the cut at ShopRite, I just didn't really hole any putts,'' Lee said. ''I'd been hitting it pretty solid going into that tournament and even into this tournament, too. Just to see a couple putts roll in has been nice.''

    The 22-year-old Lee needed only 24 putts during her opening 64 on Friday, helping her to match the low round of her career. Despite needing 28 putts Saturday, she still briefly took the outright lead after reaching as low as 14 under after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.

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    Lee missed the green on the par-4 ninth soon thereafter to lead to her only bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who is in pursuit of her first career win.

    Hataoka birdied six of eight holes midway through her bogey-free round on Saturday. It was yet another stellar performance from the Japanese teenager, who has finished in the top 10 in four of her last five tournaments and will be a part of Sunday's final pairing.

    ''I try to make birdies and try to be under par, that's really the key for me to get a top ten,'' Hataoka said. ''Golf is just trying to be in the top 10 every single week, so that's the key.''

    Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low round of the day with a 64 to get to 11 under. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening nine, The American is in search of her first win since September in the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

    Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier were 10 under.

    First-round leader Gaby Lopez followed her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to 4 under. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis also was 4 under after a 72.