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Birdies And Blunders, But A Healthy Week For Tiger Woods

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 07:03 Monday, 05 December 2016 06:37

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

NASSAU, Bahamas (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The return of Tiger Woods was more about the big picture than any of his big numbers.

And that started with the sight of that red shirt on Sunday.

Woods grumbled about three more double bogeys in the final round of the Hero World Challenge. Considering how badly he has felt in the 15 months since he last played, he still was able to keep it in perspective.

“It feels good to be back out here playing again, competing and trying to beat the best players in the world,” Woods said. “I missed it. I love it.”

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Matsuyama Holds On To Win In Bahamas For 3rd Straight Win

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 06:35 Monday, 05 December 2016 06:18

Hideki Matsuyama and Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

NASSAU, Bahamas (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Hideki Matsuyama was only 5 when he first saw Tiger Woods, watching on videotape that 1997 Masters victory. Even sweeter was standing next to Woods in his Sunday red shirt to receive yet another trophy.

Right now, the Japanese star can’t seem to lose.

The return of Tiger Woods ended with Matsuyama winning his third straight tournament, and fourth out of his last five, in the Hero World Challenge.

“I can’t say that I played well today, but I did win Tiger’s tournament,” Matsuyama said. “And what a great honor that is.”

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Brandon Stone Wins Alfred Dunhill Championship

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 06:18 Monday, 05 December 2016 06:13

Brandon StoneCanadian Press

MALELANE, South Africa (AP) — Brandon Stone ran away from his challengers to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship by seven shots for his second European Tour title.

Stone finished with a 5-under 67 at Leopard Creek Country Club for 22 under overall, extending his advantage over the chasers after going into the final round three shots ahead.

Stone made seven birdies and two bogeys and it was a comfortable victory in the end for the 23-year-old South African, who followed up on his maiden tour title at the South African Open at the start of the year.

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Varner Wins Australian PGA Championship; Scott Finishes 3rd

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 06:05 Monday, 05 December 2016 05:55

Harold Varner IIICanadian Press

GOLD COAST, Australia (John Pye/AP) — Harold Varner III didn’t really know the protocol, so he filled the Australian PGA Championship trophy with champagne, took a sip and then shared it around.

The 26-year-old American won a title for the first time outside the U.S. mini tours when he fired nine birdies in a closing 65 to finish at 19 under, two clear of Australian journeyman Andrew Dodt and four ahead of 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott.

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Tiger Woods Returns Amid Varied Expectations, High Interest

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 08:58 Thursday, 01 December 2016 08:25

Tiger Woods at the 2016 Hero World ChallengeCanadian Press

NASSAU, Bahamas (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Everyone is watching, everyone is curious, and Jordan Spieth had the perfect view of Tiger Woods for his return to golf.

Spieth was on the 17th green and looked across a narrow pond to the ninth tee at Albany Golf Club where Woods stood over his tee shot during the Wednesday pro-am. He saw the swing, but he lost sight of the ball in the glare of the tropical sun.

“Where did it go?” Spieth said as he tried to gauge where the ball might land. “Not in the fairway.”

He looked again.

“Whoa! There it is — WAY down there,” he said. “Damn.”

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