Wie Falls Short Rosales Wins Opener

By Sports NetworkFebruary 26, 2005, 5:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationOAHU, Hawaii -- Jenny Rosales carded a 1-over 73 on Saturday but it was enough to hold on for the win at the inaugural SBS Open at Turtle Bay. Rosales finished the event at 8-under-par 208, two strokes clear of Cristie Kerr and amateur sensation Michelle Wie.
 
Reilley Rankin struggled with a 75 to take fourth place at 4-under-par 212. Hee-Won Han and Heather Bowie tied for fifth place at 3-under-par 213.
 
Rosales held a two-shot lead over Rankin to start the final round on the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort Golf Club and picked up her first birdie of the day at the par-5 third. She then hit her approach to 8 feet for a birdie at the par-4 sixth to stretch her lead to four.
 
The 26-year-old found trouble at the following hole, however, and sent her second shot into the water. Rosales walked away with a double bogey but maintained a two-stroke edge over Kerr.
 
'I was hitting good and sticking to my plan,' said Rosales. 'Then at seven I pushed my driver to the right and got a crappy lie. I was thinking I should lay up but got too greedy and I still tried to hit it out and paid for it.'
 
Kerr got within one of the lead with a birdie at the eighth, but Rosales countered at the ninth and drained a 14-foot putt for a birdie to get to 10 under.
 
Rosales missed the green en route to a bogey at the 13th and dropped another shot with a bogey at the 15th. Despite the late blunders, Rosales was able to hang on for her second career victory on the LPGA Tour.
 
'That course woke me up,' said Rosales, who took home $150,000 for the win. 'It was a fun week. When I got here I played to win and played great.'
 
After Kerr closed the gap to one with her birdie at the eighth, back-to-back bogeys from the 10th dropped the 27-year-old four shots off the pace. She stumbled to another bogey at the 13th but countered with a birdie at the very next hole.
 
Kerr bogeyed the 15th but responded again with a birdie at the par-4 16th. She then parred her way in to join Wie in a tie for second after a round of 72.
 
Wie commanded large galleries all week playing in front of the hometown fans and the amateur put together a strong finish after a difficult front nine. The 15-year-old collected a pair of bogeys and a birdie over her first nine holes but got back on track with back-to-back birdies starting at the par-4 11th.
 
At the par-5 18th, Wie played her third shot inside 4 feet and ran home the birdie try to post her third straight round of 70 and her best career finish on the LPGA Tour.
 
Rosie Jones, Carin Koch, Gloria Park, Tina Barrett, Nicole Perrot and Catriona Matthew shared seventh place at 2-under-par 214. Sung Ah Yim followed at 1-under-par 215.
 
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  • Second-round tee times for the Tour Championship

    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
    PROJ. OFFICIAL PROJ. TOTAL
    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.