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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Golf

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 This is the first time he’s withdrawn from a major since 2013.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.

Justin Thomas: Francesco Molinari is ‘hottest player on the planet’

Francesco Molinari

The praise keeps rolling in for Francesco Molinari.

After the 35-year-old captured his first major with a win at The Open Championship on Sunday, colleague Justin Thomas called Molinari “the hottest player on the planet.”

The words could not be truer. Though he finished 25th at the US Open, Molinari won the BMW PGA Championship in May, the Quicken Loans National in late June/early July, finished second at the John Deere Classic last week, and won The Open.

Tiger Woods praises Francesco Molinari for ‘beautiful’ play

Francesco Molinari

Francesco Molinari received some praise from Tiger Woods upon winning his first career major.

Molinari captured the Claret Jug by winning The Open Championship on Sunday with a score of -8 for the tournament. He played his final round with Tiger, who complimented Molinari for his “beautiful” play.

“It’s not easy,” Tiger said of winning The Open Championship after completing his final round. “It takes every facet of the game working. And on top of that you have to get a couple of bounces. This links golf is something else. You’re going to get some quirky bounces, and hopefully they go your way for the week.

“But I played with Francesco today … the way (he) played today was beautiful. He hit a couple off shots here and there, but his short game was on point. He hit a lot of little beautiful pitches too to basically kick-ins,” said Woods.

Molinari made par on his first 13 holes. He finished his final round with a two under 69 and won the tournament by two strokes. Over his final two rounds, Molinari amazingly did not shoot less than par on any hole. Yup, he sure played some beautiful golf as Tiger said.

Watch: Tiger Woods frustrated after fan yells during his tee shot

Tiger Woods

A fan yelled out during Tiger Woods’ tee shot on 18 at The Open Championship on Sunday, leaving the golfer frustrated.

Woods was teeing off on the par-4 final hole in his final round, looking to improve upon his score of -5 for the tournament. The fan yelled out in the middle of Tiger’s swing, causing him to pull off on his finish.

“Ugh, what are you doing?” Woods could be heard saying just as he finished his stroke.

Here’s video:

Despite his complaints, Tiger’s shot was still good enough for him to stay on course as he looked to solidify his run at Carnoustie. He ended up with an excellent birdie opportunity but missed the putt and settled for par. He finished at -5 for the tournament. This marks his best major finish since 2013.

Watch: Xander Schauffele drops S-bomb after bad shot

Xander Schauffele is not used to having many of his shots in major championships shown on television, and the 24-year-old proved that with the way he reacted to one of them during the final round of The Open Championship on Sunday.

Schauffele, who held the lead for much of the day, hit an approach shot on the 15th hole that he was not pleased about. As he watched the ball sail beyond the flag, he couldn’t help but let an S-bomb fly.

It didn’t cost Schauffele, as he went on to make par. But if his play at Carnoustie is any indication of what’s to come, he should get used to having to watch what he says when the cameras are rolling.

Twitter reacts to Tiger Woods’ amazing bunker shot at British Open

Tiger Woods looked like his old self in the final two rounds of The Open Championship over the weekend, and he really turned back the clock with an insanely difficult bunker shot on Sunday.

After putting his tee shot into a deep pot bunker at the par-4 11th hole, it seemed like Woods would have to lay up because of the infamous creek that runs across the front of the green. Clearly feeling as confident as ever, Tiger had other plans:

That was a pitching wedge from Tiger, and the ferocity with which he swung should give you an idea of how difficult the shot was. He was unable to sink his birdie putt, but he saved par to hang onto the lead at the time on what could have very easily been a bogey.

As you might expect, Twitter loved the aggressiveness:

Woods has been dealing with a minor injury throughout The Open, but he was clearly telling the truth when asked about it on Thursday.