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Tiger Woods and Oak Hill’s Greens, The Saga Continues

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Tiger Woods’ opening-round 66 at Firestone was notable, to be sure. The world No. 1 made it around the South Course’s front nine (his back nine) in an impressive 4-under after a ho-hum opening nine.

However, for 14-time major winner, who has won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational seven times, a quality opening round is routine. Ripping the greens of the course that’s slated to host the next major, less so. Thus, Tiger Woods’ remarks Wednesday about the course he played Tuesday — Oak Hill, site of the coming PGA Championship — continued to dominate Woods-related headlines Thursday, as it were.

As Woods said Wednesday about the greens at Oak HIll,

“They don’t have much thatch to them, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do for the tournament and how much they’re able to speed them up with kind of a lack of grass.”

Further, the golfer indicated that the greens were rolling near a nine on the Stimpmeter during his practice round, which is unsatisfactorily slow for a major championship, obviously.

Predictably, intrepid reporters clamored to get the New York course’s superintendent, Jeff Corcoran, on the horn Thursday.

Eventually, Corcoran provided both explanations and puzzling soundbytes Thursday, such as the following:

“You don’t tell a marathon runner to go out and run a marathon just before you run a marathon.”

Further, Oak Hill’s super said:

“In regards to Tiger’s…comments, he hit it right on the head. We were trying to give the greens a rest before we head into a very stressful week. …When he was here [Tuesday], we were playing defense. We didn’t mow that day, didn’t roll [the greens] that day. We’ve had an extremely tough summer. We’ll have the green speeds up; they’ll roll fine.”

Well enough. If the superintendent says the course will be ready, we have to take him at his word. What do we make of Tiger’s comments, though?

Did Woods offer a casual, honest assessment, which leant itself to “Tiger Calls Oak Hill Crap” type of incendiary headlines? When asked how the course played during his practice round, should he have said, “It was great, next question!”

Under the “everybody plays the same course” school of thought, there’s not a great deal of sympathy when players are critical of course conditions, generally speaking. Was Woods really being critical, though? He certainly didn’t seem to be dishing out praise, at the very least.

Regardless of what we consider Woods’ intent to be in making his blunt assessment, it’s almost certain the saga will continue: We’ll hear much more about Oak Hill’s greens, and Woods will be hit with continued questions in the coming week.

Woods, at least, was impressed by something: his playing partner Thursday, Hideki Matsuyama.

“He has a boatload of talent,” Woods said about the 21-year-old Japanese standout. “He knows what he’s doing out there. And the more time he is out here, the older he gets, he will develop more shots. The talent is there.”

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  1. Tiger Woods

    Aug 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Stop bashing me guys! I’ll stop responding now and go back to my girlfriends… I mean girlfriend. Whoops.

  2. Whatever

    Aug 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Who cares what he says about anything……….blah blah blah.

  3. Ryan

    Aug 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    A little dissapointing that golfwrx allows these types of articles to be put on their site.

  4. Michael

    Aug 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    If you listen to the entirety of Tiger’s comments, the buzz about the greens is much ado about nothing. He was answering an interesting question honestly, and gave Oak Hill their props acknowledging the grass has been under stress and affirming they are doing what it take to get them ready for next week.

  5. RCM1301

    Aug 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    The problem is not Tiger, it’s the Media.

  6. Timothy Young

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Agreed, this is very non-headline making. Yet the media HAS to make it so because its Tiger. He just answered a question honestly. When he was there a week prior to the major event the greens were slow and he wasn’t sure if they’d be able to do anything about based on what he saw.

  7. Steve Barry

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Unreal, and people wonder why Tiger is so robotic when it comes to answering questions. He gives one honest answer and this is what happens. Everything he said makes sense and it was an honest assessment. He didn’t say they were crap or unplayable or anything like that, just said they were slow and there wasn’t a lot of grass to work with. What’s wrong with that?

  8. sturg

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I don’t get the headlines. He didn’t “rip” the course. He was asked a question and gave an honest answer. The are rolling at a 9, which is too slow for a major championship

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Tiger Woods catches fire after a slow start, shoots 5-under 65 at Tour Championship to tie lead

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Tiger Woods, who came to the Tour Championship 20th on the FedExCup points list, is making early moves at the Tour Championship at East Lake. After an opening-hole 3-putt from 25 feet for a bogey, and then three straight pars, Tiger played the rest of his round 6-under par (birdies at 5, 6, 12 and 14), capping it with a 27-foot eagle putt at the 18th hole. In the end, it was a 5-under 65 for Tiger, who currently sits tied for the lead with Rickie Fowler.

Here’s his approach to the par-5 18th hole, which measures 590 yards in total:

And here’s the eagle putt, to which he reacted with a few casual fist pumps and a putter raise.

As we’ve reported, Tiger recently switched back to his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter with which he’s one 13-of-14 majors throughout his career. He may have found the spark of old on the greens.

The only problem is, even if Tiger wins this week’s Tour Championship, he’s going to need some help winning the FedExCup and $10 million payout. Here are the scenarios he needs to happen:

But hey…

Here’s where the top-5 players on the FedExCup points list sit currently on Day 1:

  1. Bryson DeCheambeau (+3 thru 15, T27)
  2. Justin Rose (-2 thru 15, T6)
  3. Tony Finau (-2 thru 16, T6)
  4. Dustin Johnson (+2 thru 16, T23)
  5. Justin Thomas (-3 thru 16, T4)

Who do you think is going to win the Tour Championship and the FedExCup?

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Tour Rundown: Sangmoon Bae is headed back to the PGA Tour

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The schedulers may have whiffed with Tour Championship and Ryder Cup in back-to-back weeks, but that’s what we have on the horizon. As the 2017-18 PGA Tour season comes to a close, and with it, the Web.Com Tour playoffs, number one on everyone’s mind is next season: where will I play? Do I have status? Some of those questions were answered last week, so let’s run down the answers to the questions, in this week’s Tour Rundown.

Bae back on PGA Tour after Web.Com playoff win

The oldest event on the Web.Com Tour was the site of Sang-moon Bae’s comeback completion. Two years of mandatory military service in South Korea did little to derail the 32-year old’s professional career. Bae birdied the 72nd hole to hold off his challengers, including the eponymous Anders Albertson, to win the Albertson’s Boise Open at 19-under. Bae was a stroke off the first-round lead, then moved into a first-place tie after 36-holes. He continued to advance, seizing the 54-hole lead. Albertson caught fire on Sunday, making 5 birdies in his opening 9 holes. After a bogey stall at the 11th, Albertson birdied 5 of the closing 8 holes. Roberto Diaz of Mexico was tied with Bae after round 3, but a Sunday 68 dropped him back to 5th place. Bae guaranteed a return to the 2018-19 PGA Tour with his Idaho triumph.

Wu works wonders in Holland for KLM victory

Like Bae, Ashun Wu of China birdied the 72nd hole at The Dutch club, host site of The KLM championship on the European Tour. Like Bae, his closest pursuer (Chris Wood) failed to match it, and Wu walked away with his third career European tour title. Wood held a 1-stroke lead over Wu after 54 holes, and the battle to see which “W” would emerge with the “W,” came down to the final 9 holes. Wood played well, making 3 birdies in the inward half. They were sandwiched around a double-bogey at the 12th, and the Englishman closed with 5 pars to finish at 15-under. Wu’s card included only one hiccough, a front-nine bogey, and he was a bit more clutch when it counted. The victory moved Wu inside the top 50, in the season-long Race To Dubai.

Stanford claims first LPGA major title at Evian

For her entire career, Angela Stanford has been a fixture in the top 5 of major championships. It has been a wonder that she did not claim one of them until the fall of 2018. In France, Stanford mounted a final-round comeback, overcame 3rd round-leader Amy Olson, and captured the Evian Championship by one shot over Olson and 3 others. Stanford opened with 72 on Thursday, then dived into the 60s with abandon. Rounds of 64-68-68 brought her to 12-under par. The Texan was able to keep her head, despite an eagle-double-birdie stretch on holes 15-17. Austin Ernst had a clean card on Sunday, but 3 birdies were 1 shy of victory. Mo Martin also had 3 birdies on day 4, but 2 bogeys brought her back to 11-under with Ernst. Sei Young Kim and Olson both went above par in the 4th round, after playing marvelous golf through the first 3 days. Despite their struggles, they also finished in that second-place tie.

Broadhurst claims third title of PGA Tour Champions

Paul Broadhurst won his first 2 Champions title in 2016. After taking a break in 2017, the Englishman returned with abandon in 2018. Wins at the 2-man Bass Pro and the May Senior PGA were followed this week with a triumph in Michigan. Broadhurst overcame a surging Brandt Jobe, who birdied 5 of his firs 6, back-9 holes, before he stalled. Jobe reached 13-under to claim second place alone. Broadhurst finished in style, with birdie at the last, for a 2-shot win.

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Thanks to photographer Mladen Aleksandrov, GolfWRX was live from the 2018 European Tour Properties Senior Championship at Lighthouse Resort & Spa in Balchik, Bulgaria.

For those who don’t know, this tour is essentially the equivalent to America’s Champions Tour, and this event hosted legends such as Ian Woosnam and Jarmo Sandelin. Magnus P Atlevi took home this year’s title, winning by three shots over Stephen Dodd.

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