pixel 1
header
Friday, January 18, 2019

Golf

Tiger Woods admits he even surprised himself with major finish

Tiger Woods red

Tiger Woods is starting to resemble the once-dominant golfer we all knew, which has even surprised himself.

Tiger finished second at the PGA Championship after shooting a final round 64 on Sunday to move up the leaderboard. The second-place finish marked his best finish at a major since 2009.

In an interview with CBS’ Amanda Balionis after the major, Tiger admitted he didn’t see himself in this position a year ago.

“I was in contention the last two major championships. I would never have foreseen that a year ago,” Woods said.

Tiger also seemed proud of the way he played.

“I played hard. It was a bit of a struggle with my game today. I was hanging in there, just grinding it out.

Not only did Tiger finish second at the PGA Championship, but he was also tied for sixth at The Open Championship. This is his best finish at consecutive majors since 2010.

What’s so remarkable about his turnaround? A year ago he was receiving treatment after a DUI arrest. Tiger had five substances in his system during the arrest.

Justin Thomas discusses feeling ‘Tiger Effect’ for first time

Tiger Woods

The Tiger Woods Effect is real.

Justin Thomas was among the golfers high up on the leaderboard throughout the weekend at the PGA Championship in St. Louis. So was Tiger Woods, which apparently created a different environment at Bellerive Country Club.

Thomas talked with CBS after his final round 68 and talked about how much different the atmosphere was with Woods in the mix to win it.

“The roars were pretty unbelievable,” Thomas said of the fans. “I was fortunate to be making some of them for myself. A lot of them were for him, for Brooks (Koepka) and Adam (Scott). … This was the first real kind of a ‘Tiger Effect’ that I’ve experienced — that many people. The fans here were unbelievable all week, and it was fun to play in front of.”

Just having Tiger in contention led to a surge in fan excitement. After he charged to within one of the leader early in the back nine on Sunday, Twitter erupted with enthusiasm.

Between his showing at The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, this will go down as Woods’ best finish at consecutive majors since 2010.

Twitter goes wild as Tiger Woods closes in on PGA Championship lead

Tiger Woods

There is no doubt about whether or not Tiger Woods is still a huge golf draw.

Tiger made consecutive birdies on 12 and 13 at the PGA Championship on Sunday to improve to 13 under for the tournament, placing him one stroke behind leaders Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott.

Fans on Twitter couldn’t stop raving about Tiger and how excited they were to see him in the mix for a major championship. Take a look:

(more…)

Greenskeepers restore damaged hole at PGA Championship

PGA officials

There was a brief delay on the 12th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship in St. Louis on Sunday as the greenskeepers had to fix the cup.

Gary Woodland nearly holed out on his approach on the par 4, 452-yard 12th hole. He apparently did a lot of damage to the hole with his shot, which led officials to come out and do some repair work.

According to CBS, the officials had to reset the hole and even repaint the side of it because the entire side caved in.

Woodland, who was paired with Tiger Woods, birdied the hole. Tiger also birdied the hole to improve to four under for the round and inch closer to leader Brooks Koepka.

The delay due to the surface needing repair reminded many fans of what happened in the Big Ten Championship Game last year.

Watch: Tiger Woods barely misses birdie putt on 11

Tiger Woods birdie putt

Tiger Woods barely missed a birdie putt on 11 during the final round of the PGA Championship in St. Louis on Sunday.

Woods had a chance to gain some ground on the 11th hole, but his long birdie attempt rolled up to the hole and stopped right on the edge of the cup in a real heartbreaker.

Woods tapped in for par to remain at 3 under for the round.

He entered the day four shots behind leader Brooks Koepka, so he needed putts like that to fall in order to catch up. That was a rough break.

Louis Oosthuizen withdraws from PGA Championship minutes before tee time

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen surprisingly withdrew from the PGA Championship just minutes before his scheduled tee time on Thursday.

No reason was immediately given for Oosthuizen’s withdrawal, but his exit cleared a path for a new player to enter the field — Kelly Kraft.

Oosthuizen, 35, finished second at the PGA Championship last year. He won the 2010 Open Championship and has finished second in all three other majors. This is the first time he’s withdrawn from a major since 2013.

As of Wednesday, Oosthuizen seemed to be positive about playing at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

Something changed in the 24 hours after that tweet that led Oosthuizen to withdraw.

Tiger Woods’ girlfriend Erica Herman cheered him on alongside his kids

Tiger Woods came up just short of winning his first major since 2008 at The Open Championship on Sunday, and he had plenty of supporters at Carnoustie to cheer him on.

The Sun captured some photos that showed Woods’ girlfriend, Erica Herman, intently watching the action with Tiger’s 11-year-old daughter Sam and 9-year-old son Charlie. Both children are from his marriage to Elin Nordegren. Some people were surprised to see Herman publicly supporting Woods, but the relationship is not exactly a new one.

Woods and Herman have been public with their relationship since The Presidents Cup last October and have been seen together on numerous occasions since.

Tiger has seemingly made an effort to have his girlfriends involved in the lives of his kids, which we also saw with the last woman he dated. He and Herman have been dating for quite some time, so perhaps the relationship has gotten serious.