Tampa Bay http://tampabay.sportstonews.com - Golf Videos, News, Scores and Updates Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:32:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.11 Chris Paisley shoots 61 to take Web.com Tour Championship lead http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/chris-paisley-shoots-61-to-take-web-com-tour-championship-lead/ http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/chris-paisley-shoots-61-to-take-web-com-tour-championship-lead/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:56:42 +0000 http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/chris-paisley-shoots-61-to-take-web-com-tour-championship-lead/ Chris Paisley, an Englishman who won a Euro Tour event this year, is attempting to earn his PGA Tour card in the Web.

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Chris Paisley, the Englishman who won a European Tour event earlier this year, is attempting to earn his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour Finals.

After missing the cut in each of the first three Finals events, Paisley started the Web.com Tour Championship with a 10-under 61 to take the first-round lead Thursday at Atlantic Beach (Fla.) Country Club.

Paisley, who captured the BMW SA Open in January and is currently 59th on the European Tour money list, leads Cameron Tringale and Ben Silverman by two shots after making an eagle and eight birdies, including three straight birdies to cap his round.

With a win, Paisley would rocket from T-100 to third on the Finals money list. Silverman and Lindheim would also earn their Tour cards if they finish in their current position.

Matt Every, a two-time winner on Tour, is T-4. He entered the week 30th on the Finals money list. The top 25 players on the Finals money list who didn’t already earn their Tour cards during the regular season graduate to the PGA Tour.

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Two share the lead at 5-under in TOUR Championship http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/two-share-the-lead-at-5-under-in-tour-championship/ http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/two-share-the-lead-at-5-under-in-tour-championship/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:53:02 +0000 http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/two-share-the-lead-at-5-under-in-tour-championship/ In the opening round of the 2018 TOUR Championship, Rickie Fowler jumps up to the top of the leaderboard with 65 but is joined by Tiger Woods who recorded a clutch eagle on his finishing hole to earn

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In the opening round of the 2018 TOUR Championship, Rickie Fowler jumps up to the top of the leaderboard with 65 but is joined by Tiger Woods who recorded a clutch eagle on his finishing hole to earn him a share of the lead.

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Tiger Woods buries 28-foot eagle for Shot of the Day http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/tiger-woods-buries-28-foot-eagle-for-shot-of-the-day/ http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/tiger-woods-buries-28-foot-eagle-for-shot-of-the-day/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:52:02 +0000 http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/tiger-woods-buries-28-foot-eagle-for-shot-of-the-day/ In the opening round of the 2018 TOUR Championship, Tiger Woods rolls in a 28-foot putt at the par-5 18th hole to make eagle and enter the clubhouse with a share of the lead at 5-under par.

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In the opening round of the 2018 TOUR Championship, Tiger Woods rolls in a 28-foot putt at the par-5 18th hole to make eagle and enter the clubhouse with a share of the lead at 5-under par.

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Tiger Woods’ Round 1 highlights from TOUR Championship http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/tiger-woods-round-1-highlights-from-tour-championship/ http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/tiger-woods-round-1-highlights-from-tour-championship/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:51:02 +0000 http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/tiger-woods-round-1-highlights-from-tour-championship/ In the opening round of the 2018 TOUR Championship, Tiger Woods started out with a bogey, but picked up the paced to finish with a share of the lead with his 5-under 65.

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In the opening round of the 2018 TOUR Championship, Tiger Woods started out with a bogey, but picked up the paced to finish with a share of the lead with his 5-under 65.

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Rickie Fowler’s Round 1 highlights from TOUR Championship http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/rickie-fowlers-round-1-highlights-from-tour-championship/ http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/rickie-fowlers-round-1-highlights-from-tour-championship/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:49:02 +0000 http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2017/07/27/video-highlights-from-round-of-16/ In the opening round of the 2018 TOUR Championship, Rickie Fowler recorded six birdies to secure a share of the lead with his 65 heading into Friday.

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In the opening round of the 2018 TOUR Championship, Rickie Fowler recorded six birdies to secure a share of the lead with his 65 heading into Friday.

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2018 Tour Championship, Round 2: Tee times, pairings http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/2018-tour-championship-round-2-tee-times-pairings/ http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/2018-tour-championship-round-2-tee-times-pairings/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:35:15 +0000 http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/2018-tour-championship-round-2-tee-times-pairings/ Here are the tee times and pairings for Friday's second round of the Tour Championship at East Lake.

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Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler each shot 5-under 65 Thursday at East Lake Golf Club and earned spots in Friday’s final pairing of the second round of the Tour Championship.

Here are the tee times and pairings for Friday’s second round of the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta:

Friday

OFF NO. 1 TEE

11:40 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley

11:50 a.m.: Patrick Reed, Marc Leishman

Noon: Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na

12:10 p.m.: Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau

12:20 p.m.: Patton Kizzire, Patrick Cantlay

12:30 p.m.: Cameron Smith, Bubba Watson

12:40 p.m.: Aaron Wise, Francesco Molinari

12:50 p.m.: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson

1 p.m.: Tommy Fleetwood, Webb Simpson

1:10 p.m.: Jason Day, Kyle Stanley

1:20 p.m.: Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele

1:30 p.m.: Tony Finau, Paul Casey

1:40 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas

1:50 p.m.: Gary Woodland, Justin Rose

2 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods’ interview after Round 1 of TOUR Championship http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/tiger-woods-interview-after-round-1-of-tour-championship/ http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/tiger-woods-interview-after-round-1-of-tour-championship/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:29:01 +0000 http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/09/20/tiger-woods-interview-after-round-1-of-tour-championship/ Following his opening-round 65 at the 2018 TOUR Championship, Tiger Woods compares how his golf game is now versus his start at the beginning of the year and what it's been like to make it to the TOUR

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Following his opening-round 65 at the 2018 TOUR Championship, Tiger Woods compares how his golf game is now versus his start at the beginning of the year and what it’s been like to make it to the TOUR Championship.

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ATLANTA — Thursday started off like it might be another frustrating FedEx Cup playoff round for Tiger Woods. For the past three tournaments, he has driven the ball well and his iron game has been solid. He’s created lots of scoring chances, but Tiger had failed to make critical putts. 

After hitting every fairway and every green in regulation at East Lake Golf Club through the first four holes, Woods’ wedge shot from 118 yards out stopped 26 feet from the fifth hole. Another green in regulation, which made it five for five, but it was probably unrealistic to think that he would make the putt. 

And then he did. 

“One time Tiger!” a fan yelled above the roar. “One time baby!”

The birdie got Woods back to even par, making up for the missed 6-footer that gave him a bogey on the opening hole. But it also felt like seeing that putt drop, as early in the 2018 Tour Championship as it came, signaled that Thursday might not be another hot, muggy, trial of Tiger’s patience. He went on to make birdie on the sixth, another on the 12th and 14th, and when he drained a 27-footer for eagle on the 18, he had a 5-under 65 that tied him with Rickie Fowler for the lead. 

Gary Woodland made back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to shoot a 4-under 66. Justin Rose matched him with birdies on the last two holes for 66. Rory McIlroy had an up and down ride over the hills of East Lake but finished with a birdie to get to 3 under, as did Justin Thomas, Justin Rose and Tony Finau. 

“This was by far better than the 62 at Aronimink,” Woods said, referring to his opening round at the BMW Championship two weeks ago. “Conditions were soft there. It’s hard to get the ball close here. There’s so much chase in it. If you drive the ball in the rough, you know you can’t get the ball close.”

It may have been tough to get the ball close, but it is worth noting that Tiger did it often, and as good as his 65 felt, he would probably say that it could have been even better.

Tiger missed a 9-footer for birdie on the third hole, a 15-footer for birdie on the fourth and an 11-footer for birdie on the eighth. After zipping an iron shot to 11 feet off the tee on the 198-yard par-3 11th hole, he missed again.

No one is going to make all of those putts, but it would have been nice to make a few. On the bright side, Tiger’s driving and iron game set up those chances. 

“More than anything, I missed it all on the correct sides,” said Woods, who hit 10 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation. “Even the fairways I missed, all were on the correct sides. I had nice angles. The shots I missed were on the greens; all had beautiful angles. All in all, I had a lot of control today.” 

The driver changes that Tiger made at the Northern Trust, opting to go back to a shaft he had previously used and adding a degree of loft, have made him more confident off the tee.

“If I hit it normal, I hit it just as far, and so that’s to me like 300 yards in the air,” Woods said. “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.”

If it feels like we were just here two weeks ago, you’d be right. The golf world went nuts after Tiger’s opening-round 62 at Aronimink, thinking that after a year of waiting, Tiger was finally going to win a tournament. It didn’t work out that way.

“My objective was to win a golf tournament and give myself plenty of looks at doing it,” said Woods, talking about his objectives at the start of the season. “The objective is to always win, but how am I going to do it when I had no game at the beginning of the year? And somehow I’ve got to find a way to piece it together and give myself a chance with what little game I had.” 

Today’s Tiger had game. If this is the player who shows up to play 54 more holes at Bobby Jones’ home course, the Tiger Woods who hits fairways and greens and makes just a few putts each day, then it might be the Tiger Woods who completes that objective.

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Tiger Woods drained a 27-foot eagle putt on 18 to take a share of the lead and card a 5-under 65 in Round 1 of the Tour Championship. Here’s what he had to say after his first round at East Lake since 2013.

On how he feels now compared to the beginning of the year

“My body has gotten better. My doctor said it’s going to take you a while to get your body back and get everything moving again, and it’s taken a little time. Meanwhile, trying to figure out not only my swing changes but equipment and trying to hit a moving target with my game. Everything has evolved. I feel completely different than I did at the beginning of the year. The shots are similar, but they’re done differently.”

On getting back to the Tour Championship

“This is one of those where you’re not going to get an exemption into this event. You have to earn it and be part of the top 30, consistent and one of the guys who’s had a good year. I’ve earned my way back. All things considered it’s been a pretty huge success.”

On the eagle putt at 18

“This putt was taking forever for the grain to take it and it finally did in the last three or four feet.”

On fan support

“It’s been unbelievable, the amount of support, and I certainly appreciate it because I’ve been away from the game and haven’t been able to play at this level, or play. To come back and feel this kind of support, there have been some tough times where I had to dig out a round and the crowds have been so fantastic through the year trying to give me energy. They really want me to play well and I’m trying.”

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Tiger Woods finished with a bang Thursday, draining a 27-foot eagle putt on 18 to grab a share of the lead following a 5-under 65 in Round 1 of the Tour Championship.

Woods shares the top spot with Rickie Fowler for now while Gary Woodland is alone in third at 3 under.

Woods got off to a rough start with a puzzling three-putt on the first. His initial 24-foot birdie try was lightning quick and he missed the five-foot comebacker to start the day on a down note.

He rebounded with back-to-back birdies at five and six, including a 26-foot bomb on five.

Overall he had plenty of chances because he keeps putting himself in great spots tee to green. Woods now leads the Tour in strokes gained approach the green and has been even more dialed in with his irons over the past three playoff events.

More surprisingly, he’s been automatic off the tee ever since he started the postseason in New Jersey. He’s giving up some distance and was often short of Tommy Fleetwood in the fairway, but that’s fine for a guy who hits his irons as well as Woods does.

That’s helped eliminate the big numbers and Thursday marked Woods’ eighth straight round of even par or better. And it’s helped him work his way up the leaderboard early for the second tournament in a row.

After an 8-under 62 in Round 1 of the BMW Championship, Woods fell back with a disappointing even-par 70 in Round 2. We’ll see if he can turn in a better follow-up performance Friday at East Lake.

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