Woods Goosen Fall in China

By Sports NetworkNovember 12, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 HSBC ChampionsSHANGHAI, China -- Yong-Eun Yang trumped some of the biggest names in golf on Sunday, including world No. 1 Tiger Woods, overnight leader Retief Goosen and former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell to win the HSBC Champions Tournament at Sheshan International Golf Club.
 
Yang carded a 3-under 69 to win the event at 14-under-par 274, two shots better than Woods, who posted a 5-under 67 and finished second here for the second year in a row.
 
Yong-Eun Yang
Yong-Eun Yang beat some of the best in the world to capture his first European Tour win.
'It was better than yesterday, but it wasn't good enough,' acknowledged Woods, who struggled to a 73 on Saturday. 'Yesterday was the day. I could've challenged for the tournament.'
 
Goosen had control of the championship, but played horribly on the back nine. He played the second side in 3-over 39 en route to a 1-over 73 and a share of third place with Campbell, who fired a 64 on Sunday. The pair of former U.S. Open winners finished at 11-under-par 277.
 
Goosen birdied the second and third holes to move two ahead, but Yang held his ground and holed a 7-foot par save on the fifth to stay two behind. Goosen missed several makeable birdie tries on the rest of his front side, but Yang flew past him late on the front nine.
 
Yang missed the green at the par-3 sixth, but chipped in for birdie. He joined Goosen in a tie for the lead when he holed a putt from off the green at seven, then moved in front when his 10-footer fell into the cup at eight. Goosen had a similar putt, but failed and that would be all Yang needed.
 
Goosen hit a terrible approach at the 10th that sailed long and left. He pitched his second to 25 feet, but could not convert the par putt. Goosen drove into a bunker at the 11th and three-putted for a bogey to suddenly fall three behind Yang.
 
The 34-year-old four-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour padded his advantage at the par-3 12th when he stuffed his tee ball to 2 feet. Yang tapped in the short birdie putt and was four in front.
 
Goosen got within three with a birdie at 14, but gave the shot right back at 15 when he missed the fairway, then the green and failed to convert a 4- footer for par.
 
Yang made things interesting down the stretch. At the short, par-4 16th, Yang drove against a board and his second came up short of the putting surface. He chipped to 20 feet and nearly drained the par putt, but the ball hopped out. Yang bogeyed the hole, but still had a three-shot cushion.
 
Yang hit into a bunker at the par-3 17th and blasted out to 10 feet. His par putt stayed above ground, meaning the lead was down to two, but Woods was now a factor.
 
The reigning British Open and PGA champion birdied 14, 16 and 18 to get into the clubhouse at minus-12, which was the same score Goosen stood at on the 18th tee.
 
Goosen drove into the left rough and cost himself any chance of getting on in two. Yang also missed the fairway and both players laid up short in the fairway. Goosen chunked his third into the water, allowing Yang to play more conservatively. Yang knocked his third almost 50 feet past the hole.
 
Goosen hit his fifth to 10 feet and made the bogey putt. Yang rolled his birdie putt 8 feet past the hole, but rolled in the par save to collect his first win on the European Tour.
 
'I wasn't nervous at all, but the last three holes I couldn't get it on the green, then I got nervous,' Yang said through a translator. 'I feel like I'm up in the air. I can't grasp it in words.'
 
Marc Warren hit the stick with his third at the last, but the ball rolled all the way off the green. He made bogey for a 1-under 71 and a solo fifth at minus-10.
 
Paul Casey (71), Padraig Harrington (70) and Robert Karlsson (70) shared sixth place at minus-8.
 
First and second-round leader Jyoti Randhawa struggled on Sunday. He only managed a 3-over 75 and tied for ninth with K.J. Choi (70), Johan Edfors (70), Francesco Molinari (72) and world No. 2 Jim Furyk (68). The group finished at 7-under-par 281.
 
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    Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

    By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

    So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

    She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

    So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

    “I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

    So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.


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    “Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

    Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

    World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

    “When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

    Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

    He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament



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    By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

    Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

    Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

    “It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”


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    Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

    While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

    It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

    “I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’” 

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