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June 19, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Some time ago, after Tiger Woods finished second in a tournament, someone consoled him and said he had played well anyway. Woods wasn't buying it. "Know what second place is?" Woods said. "First loser." Even as he stood on the 18th green at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday to take part in a U.S. Open trophy celebration for somebody else, runner-up Woods actually smiled, spoke warmly about new champion Angel Cabrera and acted as if he felt all right about losing by one shot.
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June 18, 2007 | Thomas Bonk and Chris Dufresne, Times Staff Writers
Here's the rundown on the last four majors Tiger Woods has played: first at the British Open at Royal Liverpool, first at the PGA Championship at Medinah, tie for second at the Masters, and now a tie for second at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club. "Not terrible, but could have been a little bit better," he said. Woods had only one birdie the last 32 holes and fell one shot short of Angel Cabrera. Woods finished with a 72 to tie with Jim Furyk. Cabrera had a 69.
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June 18, 2007 | Bill Plaschke
The voice cut suddenly and deeply into the thick late afternoon air, momentarily puncturing the buzz of helicopters and clicking of cameras, a human cry of pain. "Dammit, Tiger. Dammit, Tiger." The voice belonged to someone angrily yelling and gesturing at Tiger Woods, but it was not a heckler, and it was not his caddie. It was Tiger Woods. There was sweat trickling down his face. There were veins popping in his neck.
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June 16, 2007 | Thomas Bonk
Just after 7 o'clock Friday night, Tiger Woods climbed into a cart, rode through a crowded parking lot and pulled up at the driving range at Oakmont Country Club. He met his coach and his caddie, and they set up shop at the far end of the range. Woods went straight to work, again, even though he had not yet shaken off the dust and the grime and the sweat from a 5 1/2 -hour grind of the U.S. Open. Woods grabbed a club and started to practice his backswing as Hank Haney offered words of advice.
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April 10, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Not long after dark Sunday night, about the time new Masters champion Zach Johnson was sitting down to dinner with the high-ranking members of Augusta National Golf Club, Tiger Woods had already hopped on his jet and flown home to Florida. He was probably trying to digest how he'd spent his week in Augusta and couldn't have been happy with the answers. Tiger-watchers will devote much of their post-Masters downloading to figuring out how long a tie for second place will linger.
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April 9, 2007 | Thomas Bonk
And to think that it all started so nicely for Tiger Woods, a drive to the middle of the fairway on the first hole. When he three-putted from the fringe for bogey moments later, it was like a flare in the middle of the road, a message from a boat in distress, a signal that this particular Sunday at the Masters wasn't going to turn out anything like many people thought. Woods didn't win the Masters. Zach Johnson did. Woods didn't close with a 69. Johnson did.
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April 9, 2007
Woods lives in Florida now, but he grew up in Orange County playing the courses of Southern California. He describes how the experience helped him become the dominant force in the game. 'Growing up in Southern California and being able to play on so many courses as a junior was such a highlight for me, and a great learning experience.
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April 4, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
The winner of the last two major championships has a lot on his mind right now, with the Masters only a couple of days away. Tiger Woods is thinking about hitting the ball straight, trying to solve the sloping greens at Augusta National Golf Club, planning on how to stay away from the bunkers, trees and water.
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February 10, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Tiger Woods just said no to the Nissan Open on Friday, deciding against playing the PGA Tour event he has entered the most times in his pro career without winning. Woods did not commit to the 144-player entry list by the afternoon deadline -- although Phil Mickelson did -- and will miss playing the tournament at Riviera Country Club for only the second time in his 11 full years as a professional.
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February 7, 2007 | THOMAS BONK
Where's that Tiger? Apparently, not at Riviera, where Tiger Woods doesn't have next week's Nissan Open on his schedule. Woods, who played last week at Dubai, returned to his home in Isleworth, Fla., Tuesday morning and on Woods' website soon after, he listed his next tournament as the Accenture Match Play Championship at Tucson, the week after Riviera. That would mean that Woods' winning streak of seven PGA Tour events would carry over until Tucson. "We have to see if he plays L.A.
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