Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf 2012: Tracking Tiger Woods
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6:17 ET by Timothy Rapp
Fittingly, Tiger misses a three-foot putt for birdie and has to settle for another par on the hole, finishing the tournament eight-under and finishing the day three-over.
This will certainly leave a bitter taste in Tiger's mouth, as he was in position to win this tournament after round three and played himself out of contention. Playing in a grouping with Phil Mickelson, who was absolutely brilliant today, certainly didn't help.
It will be back to the drawing board for Tiger Woods. For at least one more tournament, the return of the king has been put on hold.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 5:55 ET by Timothy Rapp
Woods is chugging along, parring No. 17 to remain at eight-under and tied for 15th place. His frustrating day has likely only been compounded by the masterful play of Phil Mickelson, who continues to lead the tournament at 16-under and is seven-under on the day.
All eyes were on Woods at the start of play on Sunday. That gaze shifted rather quickly to Mickelson and hasn't wavered since.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 5:32 ET by Timothy Rapp
It's just been one of those days for Tiger, who left a birdie putt from eight feet just short on No. 16 and settled for par. He remains at eight-under for the day and tied for 15th place on the leaderboard.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 5:19 ET by Timothy Rapp
Oh dear—Woods misses a short putt on No. 15 for par and drops to eight-under. The frustration for Tiger is palpable, and he drops into a tie for 15th place on the leaderboard.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 5:00 ET by Timothy Rapp
Well, it's all over now. Woods bogeyed No. 14 and drops back down to nine-under, while Phil Mickelson birdied his second-straight hole and is now 16-under for the tournament and remains atop the leaderboard. Woods is tied in seventh place with seven other players.
Tiger simply hasn't been able to remain consistent today and will lament several missed birdie attempts. Not his worst day of golf by any stretch, but certainly one he'll wish he had done a bit more with.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4:40 ET by Timothy Rapp
Oh my goodness—Tiger hit an absolutely brilliant 38-foot shot that looked like it would end up as a birdie on No. 13, only to see it just brush by the right of the cup. Devastating. Tiger parred the hole and remains at 10-under while Mickelson birdied the hole and now leads Woods by five strokes with only five holes to go.
It's the second time in two holes that Tiger just missed a birdie opportunity, albeit on two extremely difficult shots. It looks like it just wasn't meant to be for Tiger today.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4:22 ET by Timothy Rapp
Whoa! That's what he needed—Tiger nails a huge birdie from the bunker on No. 12, putting him at 10-under and tied for seventh place.
He makes up one stroke up on Mickelson, drawing to four back, though he might have made up two strokes had Mickelson not hit a long—and very clutch—putt for par.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4:05 ET by Timothy Rapp
Tiger doesn't hurt himself on No. 11, but was kicking himself for just missing a birdie putt from 24 feet. He had a great read on the lay but left his putt about a foot short.
Woods remains at nine-under after parring the hole. He remains tied in 10th place and is still five strokes off the lead.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:50 ET by Timothy Rapp
Woods didn't start No. 10 strong, landing in a fairway bunker. But he recovered nicely and saved par with a 12-foot putt. He remains at nine-under and tied for 10th place.
If Tiger is going to make a late push at Mickelson, whom he still trails by five strokes, he'll need to do more than recover pars from here on out.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 ET by Timothy Rapp
Tiger may have just bogeyed his way out of the tournament. After another bogey on No. 9—his third in a row—Tiger has dropped to nine-under.
He is tied for 10th and now trails Mickelson by five strokes. The chances of Tiger recovering and winning this tournament seem highly unlikely at this point.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:12 ET by Timothy Rapp
Woods bogeys his second straight hole at No. 8, now dropping him to 10-under and tied for sixth-place. Woods is now four behind leader Phil Mickelson, who parred No. 8.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:01 ET by Timothy Rapp
Woods is now tied for third with Kevin Na at 11-under after No. 7. Woods bogeyed No. 7, a disappointing hole that dropped him to three below the current leader, Phil Mickelson, who is a torrid five-under for the day.
Also, CBS will be picking up coverage of the event as soon as the college basketball game between Michigan and Illinois concludes.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2:20 ET by Timothy Rapp
Tiger's day has literally been par for the course, as he has parred the first five holes, including a disappointing par on the fifth. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson has stolen some of the thunder from Woods early in the day, nailing three birdies to pass Woods (-11) at 12-under for the tournament.
Charlie Wi started the day at 15-under but has floundered early, now sitting at 13-under. We've got ourselves some final day drama, folks.
Update: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 12:00 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Update: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4:50 p.m. ET
Tiger's third round is in the books. He finished off with seven straight pars to end with 67 5-under par for the day. He is currently in third place, and three shots behind leader Charlie Wi.
At one point, he seemed to be destined to take the lead by the end of the round, but he cooled off after an amazing stretch saw him birdie six of eight holes.
Still, he is in prime position to end the tournament at the top of the leaderboard. He cut his deficit between he and the leader in half, and has just two golfers to pass to claim the top spot.
His short game has been superb, and his putting has been rock solid. This is a great sign for Tiger, and an ominous one for the rest of the field.
Update: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4:00 p.m. ET
After a torrid stretch that saw Tiger birdie six of eight holes and climb within in two shots of the lead, Woods has come back down to earth a bit.
He has recorded five straight pars, including a disappointing par five on No. 6. Woods, who started on the back-nine, now has the daunting No. 8 and 9 waiting for him to finish up the round.
He is currently tied for second, but is now three shots behind leader Charlie Wi.
Will Tiger win this event?
Update: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2:30 p.m. ET
This is the Tiger Woods that golf fans became infatuated with. He is storming around the course and is chasing down the leaders hurry.
He started the day six back. He is two back now through 11 holes. He is five-under on the day. He just birdied the Par 5 No. 2 hole to move within two of Charlie Wi.
It is a wet day on the course, which is allowing the players to stick soft greens and Tiger is taking full advantage. He has been slightly erratic and cautious off the tee, but his approach and short game have been amazing.
Through the 11 holes, he has missed just two greens.
Update: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1:35 p.m. ET
Look out, there is a Tiger prowling on the course. After parring the first two holes, Tiger bogeyed No. 12 (he started on the back), but that temporary failure lit his fuse.
That would be four of the five after his bogey.
He is still four shots off the lead, but with him on fire like this he could close this gap in hurry.
Update: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 12:14 p.m. ET
Tiger Woods is on the course and off to a solid start. He has parred the first two holes of the third round. Woods started on the back-nine today.
That is a solid start, but Woods is going to be a lot more than solid to get back into this one. He is currently six off of Charlie Wi's lead.
Update: Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:10 p.m. ET
Tiger's all done for the day. He finished the day with back-to-back pars on 17 and 18 to walk out of the second round at two-under for the day. He's at six-under through two rounds, placing him six strokes off of Charlie Wi's lead.
Oh, Tiger also had this happen to him, per Cam Inman:
I'm sure this won't be a big deal at all.
Overall, Tiger and Romo are at 10-under, placing them 14 strokes off the pace.
Once again, there was no TV coverage. I assume there's a good reason for it, but it's a little disconcerting.
At least the Golf Channel gave us plenty of shots of Chris Berman.
Update: Friday, Feb. 10 at 5:35 p.m. ET
Tiger was going good on the back-nine until he bogeyed the par-four 16th. He had a manageable par putt, but he couldn't send it home.
Cam Inman described Tiger's reaction on Twitter:
Tiger's at two-under for the day now and at six-under for the tournament. He and Romo are at 11-under overall.
Update: Friday, Feb. 10 at 4:40 p.m. ET
Tiger is through 13 holes. He has one birdie so far on the back nine, which came on the par-five 12th.
Bob Harig has the rundown of Tiger's performance on Friday:
Charlie Wi has the top of the leaderboard all to himself at 12-under, but Tiger's by no means out of this thing.
Update: Friday, Feb. 10 at 3:40 p.m. ET
Tiger is chugging right along. He wrapped up the front nine with two straight pars and he opened the back-nine with a par on the par-five 10th.
Per Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group, Tiger's approach caused a little bit of damage:
Tiger is still five strokes off the lead, which is shared by Charlie Wi and Dustin Johnson.
Update: Friday, Feb. 10 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Tiger is back on the right track. He birdied the par-five sixth and the par-three seventh to get to two-under on the day. He's at six-under overall, five strokes off the lead.
Tiger and Romo are at 11-under, tying them for 20th overall.
Update: Friday, Feb. 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET
The PGA Tour's official site just noted that this is the first time Tiger's ever played MPCC, which has only been in the Pebble Beach rotation since 2010. I was unaware of that.
Right now, Tiger is doing okay. Not great, but okay. He was at one-under for the day through three holes, but promptly bogeyed the par-four fourth to pull even. He's at four-under, seven shots off the lead.
On the big board, Tiger and Romo are at eight-under. Romo's really holding his own next to Tiger.
Update: Friday, Feb. 10 at 1:25 p.m. ET
So far, so good for Tiger at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club today. He opened with a birdie on the par-four first and then parred the next two holes. He's at five-under for the tournament, placing him five strokes off the lead.
Bob Harig of ESPN.com offered this update:
Presently, Tiger and Romo are at nine-under for the tournament. That ties them for 20th on the leaderboard.
This pairing could be doing a lot worse. They're in this thing.
Update: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:50 p.m. ET
Tiger Woods is done for the day at Pebble Beach. Bob Harig has the final line:
So, Tiger finishes Day 1 at four-under. Dustin Johnson is among the leaders at nine-under.
Overall, Tiger and Romo are at seven-under, tying them for 25th on the leaderboard.
Sounds like it was a good day for the two of them. It's too bad that the Golf Channel didn't show a single second of their round live on television.
The Woods-Romo duo must be too awesome for TV.
Update: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:40 p.m. ET
Tiger birdied the par-three third, but subsequently bogeyed the par-four fourth to even things out. Then he parred the par-three fifth.
At three-under overall, Tiger is currently tied for 26th and is six shots off the lead. Combined, Tiger and Romo are are six-under, tied for 33rd.
As for Romo, ESPN.com's Bob Harig is rather impressed with his game:
Worth noting: this also works as a football scouting report for Romo.
Update: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 4:40 p.m. ET
Tiger came back out and birdied the par-five first before parring the par-four second. He's at three-under for the tournament, five shots off the lead.
In other words, so far so good.
Update: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 3:50 p.m. ET
Tiger's first nine holes are in the books. He wrapped up with a pair of pars and a birdie on the par-four 17th to move back to two-under for the day.
On the big board, Woods and Romo are at four-under so far, which places them in a tie for 43rd overall.
Romo's afternoon has been up and down, but the folks in attendance are having some fun. This tweet from Jason Sobel of GolfChannel.com is, if you'll pardon the expression, par for the course:
Update: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 3:10 p.m. ET
After bogeying the par-four 13th, Tiger parred the par-five 14th and the par-three 15th to stay at one-under.
Courtesy of the PGA Tour's Twitter feed, we know that Romo is holding his own:
Apparently, he's not anxious. Make no mistake, it would be easy to be anxious playing next to Tiger. It seems Romo knows how to stay cool under pressure after all.
Update: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 2:25 p.m. ET
Tiger followed his birdie on the par-four 10th with a birdie on the par-five 11th. He then parred the par-three 12th.
Per the PGA Tour's Twitter feed, the 13th hole didn't go so well:
Well, you can't make 'em all.
There still aren't any updates on Romo to be found. There's no telling how his day is going.
Update: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 1:45 p.m. ET
Tiger's off to a good start. He teed off on the par-four 10th hole at Spyglass Hill and ultimately walked away from the hole with a birdie.
ESPN.com's Bob Harig noted that Tiger nearly missed an even better finish:
The TV coverage hasn't kicked in yet, so the best we can do for now is follow the online leaderboard at PGATour.com. There are no updates on Romo yet.
This is the first time Tiger has participated in the Pro-Am since 2002. In addition to being a kind of glorified return to the event, this is also Tiger's 2012 PGA Tour debut. Therefore, there's a little more pressure on him to play well than there otherwise would be.
The good news for Tiger is that he has been playing very well recently. It helps that he's healthy and the work that he's put in with swing coach Sean Foley is starting to show. Tiger is still far from perfect, but he's playing consistently for the first time in years.
The key question for Tiger at Pebble Beach is if he can keep from being distracted by all the celebrity hoopla. If he can, he stands a very good chance of winning this thing, thus snapping his lengthy PGA winless streak. There's not much competition in the field, as none of the world's top golfers are competing in the tournament.
As for Romo, he's no slouch. He takes golf seriously and this is not the first time he'll be tackling the Pro-Am alongside a star—he's played the event with John Daly each of the last two years. Romo won't outshine Tiger by any means, but he will hold his own.
Assuming playing with Romo doesn't prove to be too much of a distraction, I'm anticipating a strong showing for Tiger at the Pro-Am. There are a few too many unknown variables to predict an outright victory for Tiger, but he'll be able to stay under par and near the top of the leaderboard.
Bold Prediction: Tiger finishes at six-under, tied for fifth overall.
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