Tiger Tops Phil Regains No 1 Spot

By Sports NetworkMarch 6, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Ford Championship at DoralMIAMI -- Tiger Woods returned to the No. 1 ranking in the world as he prevailed Sunday in the much-anticipated duel between himself and Phil Mickelson.
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Tiger Woods earned his 42nd career PGA Tour win on Sunday.
Woods birdied the 17th hole Sunday to shoot a 6-under 66 and win the Ford Championship at Doral. He finished at 24-under-par 264, good for a one-shot win over Mickelson, who shot a final-round 69.
Woods collected his second win of 2005. He also captured the Buick Invitational and the 29-year-old now has 42 victories on the PGA Tour. Woods' win propelled him back into the No. 1 spot in the world rankings.
'What a day. We both played really good golf,' said Woods, who pocketed $990,000 for the win. 'So far, I've gotten two wins this year, which is a nice start. The rankings will take care of itself with wins.'
For Mickelson, this stopped many streaks. The reigning Masters champion held at least a piece of the lead after his last 10 stroke-play rounds, having won his last two stroke-play starts, the FBR Open in Phoenix and the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
'I'm just a little ticked at myself for not getting it done today,' Mickelson admitted. 'I loved playing head-to-head against Tiger at his best. It was great fun. The result sucks.'
This was the first time the two were in the final group on Sunday since the 2003 Buick Invitational. Woods blew away the field en route to that win, but the story was different in 2000 at the Tour Championship. Mickelson became the second player ever to come from behind and defeat Woods when Woods had at least a piece of the 54-hole lead.
The pair, never the closest of friends, teamed together to an 0-2 record at last year's Ryder Cup and this was the match-up golf fans wanted to see.
The duo was tied after both made uncharacteristic bogeys at the short, par-4 16th. Both were in the fairway at 17, but Mickelson's 9-iron approach sailed 40 feet left of the flag. Woods knocked his second 28 feet short of the hole.
Mickelson hit a poor putt that came up 3 feet short. Woods poured his putt into the center of the cup, giving him a one-shot lead as Mickelson converted his par save.
At the famed 'Blue Monster,' the most difficult hole statistically on the PGA Tour last year, both players found the fairway off the tee. Woods hit a suspect 7-iron 40 feet right of the hole on the fringe, but Mickelson's second went long, stopping 25 feet from the hole on the back fringe.
Woods ran his birdie putt 3 feet past the cup, opening the door for Mickelson. The lefthander elected to chip and the ball caught the right edge of the hole before rolling a foot by. Woods sank his par putt to ensure the victory.
'From where I was looking, Phil's chip, that thing was center-cut,' admitted Woods. 'Eighteen is no piece of cake even with a one-shot lead. Anything can happen on that hole. I'm happy.'
Vijay Singh, who held the top ranking since triumphing over Woods at the Deutsche Bank Championship last Labor Day, did what he could to try to hold on to No. 1. He fired a 66 and tied for third place with Zach Johnson, who posted a 5-under 67. The duo came in at 19-under-par 269.
David Toms, who cruised to victory last week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, shot a 67 on Sunday and finished alone in fifth place at minus-17.
As well as these three golfers played on Sunday, the galleries at Doral and fans watching on television were only interested in Woods and Mickelson.
They both birdied the first hole, then Woods closed the gap to one with a birdie at five. Both players birdied the par-5 eighth, then Woods tied Mickelson atop the leaderboard with a short birdie putt at the par-5 10th.
Woods hit one of the most spectacular shots of the tournament on the par-5 12th. He reached the green in two from 293 yards out, coming up 30 feet short of the flag. Mickelson missed the fairway left and laid up with his second. His third came to rest 15 feet from the hole. Woods converted his eagle putt and Mickelson's birdie try stayed above ground, giving Woods a two-shot edge.
But Mickelson would not go away quietly. He sank a 7-foot birdie putt at the 13th and made it two in a row with a 5-footer at No. 14. Mickelson caught Woods with four holes to play.
The par-4 16th was a swing hole in Saturday's third round. Woods hit a tremendous drive that left him 30 feet for eagle. He two-putted for birdie, but the drive itself, a 330-yarder with 320 of it in the air, led most to think he would be able to post at least a birdie on Sunday.
Mickelson went first and fell into a fairway bunker, leaving him a good angle at the flag, but an awkward length. Woods missed the green short and right at 16 in the rough. Mickelson's second sailed over the green, but Woods dumped his second in a bunker short of the putting surface.
Woods blasted out to 15 feet, while Mickelson chipped 5 feet past the stick. Woods' par putt was left all the way, but Mickelson blew his chance at the lead when his putt skirted the left edge.
Then Woods birdied 17 and held on for the win. In the process, Woods broke the tournament record by a stroke. Greg Norman established the old mark of 265 in 1993 and it was later equaled by Jim Furyk in 2000.
'It was electric, there's no doubt about it,' said Woods. 'The thing that made it special today is that we both played well. It was a quality day of golf.'
Craig Parry, the 2004 champion, carded a 2-under 70 and tied for sixth with two-time Masters winner, Jose Maria Olazabal, who shot a 69 on Sunday. The duo finished at 16-under-par 272.
A pair of former U.S. Open champions, Retief Goosen (64) and Jim Furyk (70), tied for eighth place at 15-under-par 273. Angel Cabrera (67) and Dudley Hart 69) shared 10th at minus-14.
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    Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 5:30 pm

    Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

    Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
    (1) D. Johnson: 0-1-0 (2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-0-1 (4) J. Spieth: 1-0-0
    (32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 1-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 1-0-0
    (38) A. Hadwin: 0-0-1
    (48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0 (43) C. Reavie: 0-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-1-0
    (52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
    (60) L. List: 0-1-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-0-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-1-0
    Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
    (5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 0-1-0 (7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-0-0
    (30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
    (18) B. Harman: 0-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0
    (46) C. Smith: 1-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-0-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0 (42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0
    (53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0 (56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0
    Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
    (9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 1-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-1-0 (12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0
    (26) D. Berger: 0-1-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0 (23) B. Grace: 0-1-0 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0
    (33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-0-0 (35) B. Watson: 1-0-0 (36) B. Steele: 1-0-0
    (58) I. Poulter: 1-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 0-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-0-0 (55) A. Levy: 0-1-0
    Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
    (13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 0-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-0-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 0-0-1
    (29) T. Finau: 1-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-0-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1 (27) R. Fisher: 0-1-0
    (39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-1-0 (37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-0-0
    (61) K. Na: 0-1-0 (59) C. Howell III: 1-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-0-1
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    Romo starts hot, stumbles to 77 in PGA Tour debut

    By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 5:14 pm

    There was plenty of good, but also plenty of bad for Tony Romo in his PGA Tour debut.

    Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 4-8.

    The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

    But the back nine wasn't as kind for the 37-year-old, who dropped five shots in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 13-16. It added up to a 5-over 77 in the opening round, which left Romo ahead of only Guy Boros among the players who had finished in the morning wave.

    "I hit two poor tee balls. Just didn't commit to it, and ultimately just got put in a tough spot where you're just trying to make par," Romo said. "I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up a couple times in some poor spots. But you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week."

    Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

    Romo was even par through 12 holes before a three-putt bogey from the fringe on No. 13. A nasty lie in the rough led to a double bogey on the par-5 14th, and Romo had to hit provisional tee shots on both Nos. 15 and 16. While he ultimately found his original ball on both holes, he left with a pair of bogeys.

    "I really hit some good shots, and I'm close," Romo said. "I had a chance to be under par pretty easily there for a while, and then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf."

    Romo will tee off at 1 p.m. ET Friday in the second round alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

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    Horschel, Kisner & Perez join "Feherty," Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 22, 2018, 5:10 pm

    PREVIEW: Perez details rocky collegiate golf experience at Arizona State

    Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner and Pat Perez – each winners of multiple events on the PGA TOUR – will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

    “This might be the biggest group of benign social deviants I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking to,” said Feherty. “They’ve been responsible for nine career wins on TOUR collectively, but they’re each also capable of getting into some mischief.”

    The episode – filmed in Naples, Fla. – will touch upon several topics, including:

    • Their respective upbringings and corresponding introductions to golf.
    • Reflections on their junior golf and collegiate playing days, and how it helped prepare them to compete as a professional.
    • Contemplating which mulligan(s) they’d take in their life if given the opportunity.

    Future guests on Feherty this year include Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink, Boo Weekley and Paul Goydos, among others.

    A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver and Golf Films.

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    Match-by-match: WGC-Dell Technologies, Day 2

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

    Here is how things played out on Day 2 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as 64 players take on Austin Country Club with hopes of advancing out of pool play. Click here for Day 1 match results:

    Group 1: Dustin Johnson (1) vs. Adam Hadwin (38)

    Group 1: Kevin Kisner (32) vs. Bernd Wiesberger (52)

    Group 2: Justin Thomas (2) vs. Patton Kizzire (48)

    Group 2: Francesco Molinari (21) vs. Luke List (60)

     Group 3: Jon Rahm (3) vs. Chez Reavie (43)

    Group 3: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28) vs. Keegan Bradley (63)

    Group 4: Jordan Spieth (4) vs. Haotong Li (34)

    Group 4: Patrick Reed (19) vs. Charl Schwartzel (49)

    Group 5: Hideki Matsuyama (5) vs. Cameron Smith (46)

    Group 5: Patrick Cantlay (30) vs. Yusaku Miyazato (53)

    Group 6: Rory McIlroy (6) vs. Jhonattan Vegas (44)

    Group 6: Brian Harman (18) vs. Peter Uihlein (57)

    Group 7: Sergio Garcia (7) vs. Dylan Frittelli (41)

    Group 7: Xander Schauffele (20) vs. Shubhankar Sharma (62)

    Group 8: Jason Day (8) vs. Jason Dufner (42)

    Group 8: Louis Oosthuizen (25) vs. James Hahn (56)

    Group 9: Tommy Fleetwood (9) def. Kevin Chappell (33), 7 and 6: Avenging an opening-day loss, the Englishman won the first four holes and needed to make only three birdies in a monster rout of Chappell. The 2017 Presidents Cupper made five bogeys and conceded two other holes but still has a chance to win the group.  

    Group 9: Daniel Berger (26) vs. Ian Poulter (58)

    Group 10: Paul Casey (10) vs. Kyle Stanley (45)

    Group 10: Matthew Fitzpatrick (31) vs. Russell Henley (51)

    Group 11: Marc Leishman (11) vs. Bubba Watson (35)

    Group 11: Branden Grace (23) vs. Julian Suri (64)

    Group 12: Tyrrell Hatton (12) vs. Brendan Steele (36)

    Group 12: Charley Hoffman (22) vs. Alexander Levy (55)

    Group 13: Alex Noren (13) def. Thomas Pieters (39), 5 and 4: Noren made quick work of Pieters in what could be a match of future Ryder Cup teammates. Noren built a 4-up lead after seven holes and then cruised from there, moving to 2-0 this week and eliminating Pieters. In 30 holes this week, Noren has made 12 birdies and no bogeys.

    Group 13: Tony Finau (29) vs. Kevin Na (61)

    Group 14: Phil Mickelson (14) vs. Satoshi Kodaira (40)

    Group 14: Rafa Cabrera Bello (17) vs. Charles Howell III (59)

    Group 15: Pat Perez (15) vs. Webb Simpson (37)

    Group 15: Gary Woodland (24) vs. Si Woo Kim (50)

    Group 16: Matt Kuchar (16) vs. Yuta Ikeda (47)

    Group 16: Ross Fisher (27) vs. Zach Johnson (54)