September 26, 2009 |
Tiger Woods had the lead and was ready to turn the Tour Championship into a runaway Friday. First came a five-wood up the hill on the par-five 15th that narrowly cleared the bunker, hopped onto the green and rolled toward the flag until it stopped just over four feet away. On the next hole, Woods started walking before his shot began its descent to inside four feet. There were so many fans around the 16th green that it was hard to read the video board showing Woods' PGA Tour ranking on putts between four and five feet.
September 7, 2009 |
Steve Stricker squeezed everything he could out of his final shot Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Championship, setting up an eagle that gave him a share of the lead with Retief Goosen and Sean O'Hair. Stricker, who can overtake Tiger Woods atop the FedEx Cup standings with a victory, hit his hybrid to five feet on the par-five 18th for a six-under-par 65. He was among a dozen players separated by three shots going into today's Labor Day finish at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. "I needed a day like this today to get back into it," Stricker said.
September 3, 2008 |
What does it mean when half your Ryder Cup team has never played in it before? The U.S. is going to find out in a couple of weeks when it fields a team of six rookies against a European team that won the last two Ryder Cup matches by the most lopsided scores in history. U.S. captain Paul Azinger filled out the last four members of his squad Tuesday, three of them Ryder Cup rookies and two of them at least mild surprises. Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan, J.B. Holmes and Chad Campbell were captain's picks for Azinger, who said no to Woody Austin and Rocco Mediate.
December 4, 2009 |
Y.E. Yang is best known for beating Tiger Woods in the final round to win this year's PGA Championship, so it seemed only fitting that the South Korean again would make ripples at Woods' tournament. Yang overcame flu symptoms and fired a seven-under-par 65 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the Chevron World Challenge, which benefits Woods' charity. That gave Yang a two-day total of nine-under 135 at the par-72 Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Two shots behind Yang were three golfers: two-time British Open champion Padraig Harrington, who won this tournament in 2002; Ian Poulter, who shared the first-round lead; and Kenny Perry, who matched Yang's 65 as Perry concludes what has been, in his words, "a magical year" on the golf course.
January 28, 2010 |
Phil Mickelson walks with big, long steps, meaning the eager golf fans, the ones waving scorecards and visors to be autographed, have to jog along to keep up. It's worthwhile exercise. Mickelson was in a signing mood Wednesday at Torrey Pines. For this Tiger Woods-less moment anyway, Mickelson is golf's biggest attraction. Today he begins his 19th season on the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open on the course he considers home. He spoke of personal issues, of Tiger issues, of club issues, of the state of his golf, his physique, his outlook on life, as easily as if every media member was a good buddy.
August 19, 2008 |
When does a no-win situation become a must-win situation? When the U.S. Ryder Cup team shows up at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., next month to play hugely favored and two-time defending champion Europe, starting Sept. 19. Between now and then, here's what U.S. Captain Paul Azinger has to do: Figure out how to win without Tiger Woods. Make four captain's picks, which is double the number from previous years. Plot how to pair 12 players in teams. Curse his luck.