Woods Moves Out Front in Japan

By Sports NetworkNovember 19, 2005, 5:00 pm
Japanese TourMIYAZAKI, Japan -- Defending champion Tiger Woods posted a 2-under 68 on Saturday to take the third-round lead of the Dunlop Phoenix. The No. 1 player in the world stands at 10-under-par 200 and is one ahead of second-round leader Jim Furyk at Phoenix Country Club.
Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, managed an even-par 70 on Saturday.
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Tiger Woods will be looking for his second straight win at the Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan.
David Duval continued to hang around in the third round. The 2001 British Open champion, who has not won a tournament since this event four years ago, shot a one-over 71, but is tied for third place with Kaname Yokoo (68) at minus-7.
Woods, the reigning Masters and British Open champion, was a little inconsistent on Saturday. He flew out of the gate with birdies at three and four, but gave those strokes back before he made the turn. Woods bogeyed seven and nine to head to the back nine at even-par 35.
Woods got back on track with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13, but fell to 9 under par with a bogey at the par-4 15th. Woods birdied the par-5 closing hole for the second time this week to take the lead as he tries to defend his title.
Furyk birdied the first, then parred his next six holes. He finished his front nine with a bogey at eight, but atoned for the miscue with a birdie at the ninth.
He limped into the clubhouse a bit with bogeys at the 12th and 17th holes, but a birdie at the last put Furyk within one shot of his Presidents Cup partner from this year's event.
Wen-Chong Liang carded a 2-under 68 and is alone in fifth place at minus-5.
Tetsuji Hiratsuka struggled to a 2-over 72 on Saturday, but has sole possession of sixth place at 3-under-par 207.
U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell shot an even-par 70 and is tied for seventh place with Nozomi Kawahara, who posted a 4-under 66 on Saturday, at two- under-par 208.
European Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie played poorly in Saturday's third round. He carded a 7-over-par 77 and is part of a group tied for 48th place at plus-7.
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    Aiken, Waring tied at Nordea; Olesen three back

    By Associated PressAugust 18, 2018, 5:45 pm

    MOLNDAL, Sweden – Paul Waring of England and Thomas Aiken of South Africa share the lead, three shots clear of their rivals, after the third round of the Nordea Masters on the European Tour on Saturday.

    Waring was tied for first place with Scott Jamieson after the second round and shot a 1-under 69.

    While Jamieson (75) slipped down the leaderboard, Aiken caught up Waring after shooting 67 - despite three straight bogeys from No. 15. He bounced back by making birdie at the last.

    Thorbjorn Olesen (67) and Marc Warren (66) are tied for third.

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    Koepka: 'Surreal' Woods waited to say congrats at PGA

    By Randall MellAugust 18, 2018, 3:47 pm

    Brooks Koepka was moved by the respect shown when Tiger Woods waited for a half hour at scoring last Sunday to congratulate Koepka for his PGA Championship victory at Bellerive.

    While Koepka stands as an example of the new athletes Woods has attracted to the game, he laughs hearing people compare his body to an NFL player’s.

    Those were among the observations Koepka shared Friday on "The Dan Patrick Show."

    “That was surreal,” Koepka said of Woods waiting to congratulate him. “To hang around on 18, I wasn’t expecting it. It was probably the coolest gesture he could have done.”

    Koepka credits Woods for drawing him to the game.

    “He’s the reason I am playing,” Koepka said.

    Koepka said playing with Woods in contention was a noisy experience that went beyond the roars Woods created making birdies in front of him.

    “Even when he makes contact, you know what shot he’s hitting,” Koepka said. “That’s how loud people are.

    “When they are putting [his score] up on the leaderboard, you hear it three holes away.”

    About those NFL player comparisons, Koepka said his parents wouldn’t let him play football when he was growing up.

    “I wasn’t big enough,” he said.

    Koepka said he marveled meeting former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

    “To be compared to them, it makes me laugh,” Koepka said. “I’m about the size of a cornerback, maybe a free safety.”

    Koepka said he’s just over 6 feet tall and weighs 208 pounds.

    “I saw Brian Urlacher give an interview,” Koepka said. “It was kind of funny. He said he was impressed at how big I wasn’t ... If I stand next to Justin Thomas, I’m going to look big. Golf doesn’t really have many big guys.”

    Koepka told Patrick he is impressed at the athletes just now coming into golf.

    “I see the young guys coming out of college,” Koepka said. “They are bombing it past me. They hit it so far, they are leaving me in the dust. It’s hard to think of, because I’ve been one of the longest hitters on tour.”

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    McIlroy skipping first FedExCup playoff event

    By Randall MellAugust 18, 2018, 3:19 pm

    Rory McIlroy committed to playing the FedExCup Playoffs opener at The Northern Trust, the PGA Tour announced after The Open Championship last month.

    But McIlroy left the PGA Championship last week saying he might need to skip the opener to regroup, and that’s just what he is doing.

    McIlroy wasn’t on The Northern Trust field list published Friday on the PGA Tour’s website.

    “I need to assess where I'm at,” McIlroy said leaving Bellerive last week. “I think the best thing for me to do right now is just sort of take a couple days off, reflect on what I need to do going forward.

    “The best thing might be to take that first FedExCup week off and work on my game and come back, hopefully, in a better place for Boston.”

    McIlroy also skipped the FedExCup opener in 2015, choosing to make his start in the playoffs at Boston that year. It appears he will do the same this year.

    “Historically, the first FedEx playoff event hasn't been my best event of the four,” McIlroy said. “I've played well in Boston. I've played pretty well in the other two.”

    McIlroy left Bellerive saying he would do some work on his game and see if he felt ready for the playoffs opener as part of a run of big events leading into the Ryder Cup.

    “There's a lot of room for improvement,” McIlroy said. “My swing really hasn't been where I want it to be. It was pretty good at the start of the year. I had a couple of months to work on it, but it's just sort of regressed as the season went on and you start to play tournaments, you start to fall back into some of the habits that you don't want to fall back into."

    McIlroy has won once over the last two seasons – at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last March – but he has given himself other chances this year with some frustrating finishes. Overall, he has five finishes of third or better in 2018. He got himself in the final pairing with Patrick Reed at the Masters but stumbled to a T-5 finish. He tied for second at The Open last month.

    “Inconsistency with the swing has been the big area,” McIlroy said. “If you look at my statistics, especially with approach play on my irons, and even my driving, even though it's been OK, there's been a two-way miss, with sort of everything throughout the bag, and that obviously isn't a good thing. So that's something I need to work on.”

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    Watch: Wagner saves season with walk-off eagle dunk

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 18, 2018, 2:45 am

    Johnson Wagner kept his FedExCup Playoff hopes alive on Friday at the Wyndham Championship ... and he did it in dramatic fashion.

    Needing a birdie on his final hole of the day to make the cut on the number, Johnson used a 9-iron from 153 yards out to dunk his approach for eagle to get inside the cut line.

    Johnson's eagle at the last gave him a 66 for the day and earned him two more rounds to try and get inside the FedExCup top 125 for next week's start of the postseason, The Northern Trust.