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When looking back on the 2011 Australian Open, Tiger Woods will likely lament a third-round hiccup. Three rounds in the 60s could've been enough for Woods to win the tournament, but it was a third-round 75 that dashed his hopes of getting back to his winning ways. The hole was too great for Woods to dig out of, even with a strong showing in the final round.
Woods finished the tournament at 11-under after carding a final-round 67. He made a late charge and was climbing the leaderboard on Sunday, but ran out of real estate as he tried to make up a six-shot deficit. Instead, Woods had to settle for a third-place finish, and perhaps a moral victory that comes along with a solid week of golf that had him in contention again.
As Woods plodded away, Greg Chalmers finished strong, carding a 69 on Sunday to win by a stroke. Chalmers was also in the 60s for three rounds, but his difficult round was an even-par 72 on Friday. Chalmers was followed closely by John Senden, who shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish alone in second at 12-under for the tournament, one shot off the pace.
Tiger Woods is stalking leader Greg Chalmers at the 2011 Australian Open and trails by just two shots as the final round winds to a close. Woods is in prime-position, two shots back through 15 holes of play. After trailing by six shots heading into the final round, he's been climbing steadily throughout the day, and has a chance to win a tournament for the first time in what seems like forever.
Woods had a superb chance at eagle on No. 15 that would've tied him for the lead had he converted. Instead, he settled for a birdie, cutting Chalmers' lead to one. As it stands now, Woods is at 10-under for the tournament, in a three-way tie for second. Chalmers carded another birdie to push his lead back to two a short time later.
Nick O'Hern and Jason Day join Woods at 10-under, but still have a ways to go in their final rounds. Chalmers, Day and O'Hern are each through 12 holes.
Tiger Woods is just one shot back at the 2011 Australian Open as the tournament nears its conclusion. Woods is in the midst of a late charge as he nears the end of his final round. It's been an up-and-down weekend for Woods, who fell back after leading through two rounds and found himself in a six-shot hole entering his final day of play.
Through 14 holes, Woods is at 10-under for the tournament and 4-under for the day. He trails Greg Chalmers, who is at 11-under for the tournament, by a stroke. Chalmers is through 11 holes, playing behind Woods in the final round.
John Senden has plummeted with the pressure on, dropping four shots in the final round to fall from a tie for the lead into a tie for fifth. After starting the day at 12-under, Senden has struggled, and has a lot of ground to make up with six holes to play.
Woods appears to have found his groove once again, and could be returning to form in Australia. We'll be back with more on his round as he heads for home at the 2011 Australian Open.
Tiger Woods appears to be rebounding after a rough third round at the 2011 Australian Open left him six shots back of the lead. In his final round, Woods is 2-under par through five holes and currently sits four shots off the pace. John Senden, the leader after three rounds, and Greg Chalmers are tied atop the leaderboard at 12-under.
Chalmers is making a final round push, carding birdies on his first two holes to move into a tie for the lead. Senden is through just one hole and is at even-par for the day. The two are followed by Nick O'Hern and Jason Day, who are each at 10-under for the tournament. Day is 1-over on the day while O'Hern is 1-under.
Woods is currently in a tie for fifth and still well within striking distance. He's joined at 8-under by Nick Watney, who is 1-over for the day.
Tigers Woods entered the third round of the 2011 Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney feeling confident with a one-stroke lead but quickly fell behind after three straight bogeys. He's now six back entering the final day, tied for eighth place with Bubba Watson.
Aussie John Senden is setting the pace atop the leaderboard, one stroke ahead of countryman John Senden. Nick Watney (T-4th) and Kyle Stanley (T-10th) are the only other Americans in the top 10.
With a 16-hour time difference, the first pairing won't tee off until 3:22 p.m. EST (7:22 a.m. local). Woods, paired with Aaron Baddeley, will begin play at 7:51 p.m. EST, with the Golf Channel picking up coverage starting at 8 p.m. Senden and Day will tee off at 8:35 p.m. EST.
Australian Adam Scott, whose caddie Steve Williams recently made controversial comments about Woods and was forced to apologize before the start of the tournament, is tied for 10th place, one stroke behind Woods. Had Woods not birdied the par-5 14th hole, and had a few other pieces come together, Scott and Woods would have finished the tournament in an extremely awkward pairing. Instead, Scott will tee off at 7:29 p.m. EST, two groups ahead of Woods and Baddeley.
Woods, who said after the second round that he was hitting some of the best shots he's had since adapting to a new swing, admitted that he just didn't have it during the third round.
"I just got off to an awful start," Woods said, according to the Associated Press. "The round should have been an easy 71, no problem. I played the par 5s bad, I didn't take care of 13. But if I take care of the par 5s and make a couple of putts, it's a 1 or 2 under round. But I made nothing today."
But despite the setback, he's not counting himself out. "I need to play good on that front nine. Anything can happen on the back nine," Woods said, according to the AP. "If I can just play a good, solid front nine and get things going on the back nine, they have some easy holes on the back nine. If I can shoot some low scores, I'll be right there."
There were good scores to be had in the third round of the 2011 Australian Open, but Tiger Woods couldn't find any of them. Woods, the leader after two rounds, carded a 3-over 75 in the third round, falling well behind the leader. He began with two-straight bogeys and never recovered, slogging through a difficult round and finishing the day at 6-under for the tournament.
John Senden, however, did find a low round, firing a 9-under 63 to soar up the leaderboard and into first place heading into the final round. Senden holds a one-shot advantage and sits at 12-under for the tournament. He'll be joined in the final pairing by Jason Day, who carded a 4-under 68 to get to 11-under for the tournament.
Greg Chalmers is alone in third at 10-under, two shots off the pace. He's followed by Nick O'Hern and Nick Watney, who are each three shots back at 9-under.
Tiger Woods is still sliding backwards at the 2011 Australian Open, but the story of the third round is John Senden. Woods is 3-over for the day and at 6-under for the tournament he's now six shots back of Senden, the leader in the clubhouse. Senden fired an impressive 63 in his third round, getting to 12-under for the tournament to take the lead as it stands now.
Senden's round came out of nowhere in a way -- he'd shot in the 70s in the first two rounds and was at 3-under coming into the third. But he caught fire, blowing past the leaders and shooting to the top of the leaderboard with some superb golf.
Woods, meanwhile, is through 15 holes, and still has time to make up a bit of ground. But after leading through two rounds, he'll have a hill to climb in the final round, with plenty of distance between himself and Senden.
Greg Chalmers and Jason Day are one-shot off the pace, tied for second at 10-under. Nick O'Hern and Nick Watney are in a tie for fourth at 9-under for the tournament.
Is this the point where it goes off the rails for Tiger Woods. After two solid rounds left Woods atop the 2011 Australian Open leaderboard, he began his day in the final pairing, and promptly bogeyed each of the first two holes. The rough start has Woods at 7-under for the tournament.
Woods fell back into a tie for first with Jason Day and Matthew Jones. The trio is one-shot in front of a large contingent at 6-under for the tournament with the third round still in progress. Woods began the day one-shot clear of the field, playing alongside Peter O'Malley.
Judging from O'Malley's fortunes to open his third round, perhaps the rough patch is contagious. O'Malley dropped three shots in the first two holes and is now two shots off the pace at 5-under for the tournament. As it stands now, he's alone in eighth-place.
There's still plenty of golf left to go, with the leaders just barely into their second round at the Australian Open. We'll be back with more on Woods' round, and whether he recovers, later.
Tiger Woods is back on top, leading the Australian Open after two rounds at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.
Yes, it's still early, but considering it's been nearly a year since he's led a tournament -- the last time was after three rounds at the Chevron World Classic last December -- it's hard not to do a double take at the familiar name atop the leaderboard.
After shooting 5-under in the second round, Woods spoke to reporters about how comfortable he was with his new swing -- especially his approach shot on the par-5, 550-yard eighth hole. From Golf.com:
"It felt goooood," he said with a smile rarely seen in two tumultuous years of personal crises, injuries and swing rebuilds.
"I had 247 [yards to the] front, wind howling in my face. It was ever so slightly off the left and a slightly hanging lie," Woods said."I had to start it [at] the [left] bunker and just hammer it -- and I did. It slid about three yards. It was the best shot I've hit so far [with my new swing in competition]."
[...] "I didn't really miss a shot," he said. "I hit so many lips, it could easily have been eight or nine under. It feels good to be hitting it properly. I'm able to move the ball both ways similar to what I used to do a long time ago."
Can Woods stay in the groove and hold onto the lead? He sounded confident about his ability to re-discover his killer instinct. From the Associated Press:
"I think experience comes with managing myself and my game," Woods said. "I've been there a few times and I understand how to do it. All the things that can happen, I've experienced a lot of it."
[...] "It comes back," Woods said of knowing how to win. "When Jack [Nicklaus] won in '86 at the Masters, it came back. You know what it feels like. You know what to do."
The Australian Open is hardly the Masters, but the analogy is apt: Nicklaus' win ended a two-year drought. The third round is already underway in Sydney, but Woods will not tee off until 8:40 p.m. EST (12:40 p.m. local). The Golf Channel will televise the third round, starting at 8 p.m. EST.
Halfway across the world, Tiger Woods is quietly putting together a solid tournament for the first time in what seems like forever. Woods carded back-to-back rounds in the 60s to open the 2011 Australian Open and will enter the third round atop the leaderboard at 9-under. Woods shot a 67 in his second round, following up a first-round 68 to take a one-shot lead.
Woods is trailed by Peter O'Malley, who put together a solid round to get to 8-under for the tournament. O'Malley shot a 6-under 66 in his second round at the Australian Open and finds himself in prime-position headed into the final two rounds. Jason Day is two shots off the pace at 7-under for the tournament.
Alone in fourth place is Bubba Watson, who followed a 4-under first round with a 2-under second. Watson trails by three strokes heading into the third round. First round leader Jarrod Lyle fell back in the second round, carding a 2-over 74 to slide to 5-under for the tournament, four shots off the pace.
Tiger Woods turned in a second-straight solid round at the 2011 Australian Open and finds himself at the top of the leaderboard with the second round still in progress. Woods carded a 5-under 67 to follow his first-round 68 to get to 9-under for the tournament, one shot clear of the field. But his closest competition, at least at the moment, is only through four holes, with plenty of golf left to go.
Jarrod Lyle, the leader after the first round, is 1-under for the day and 8-under for the tournament, nipping at Woods' heels. Lyle is through just four holes and is currently in a tie for second-place. Peter O'Malley is also in second after carding a 6-under 66 in his second round of play.
Jason Day is two shots back of Woods and in the clubhouse at 7-under after a second-round 66. A large contingent, including Fred Couples, just teed-off and is in striking distance of Woods, as well.
Tiger Woods is on form at the 2011 Australian Open, at least for the moment. After carding a 4-under 68 in his first round, Woods is 5-under through 11 holes in his second round, putting him atop the leaderboard as it stands now. It's still early and much of the field has yet to tee-off, but thus far Woods is putting together another solid round.
Jarrod Lyle is currently at 7-under, two shots back of Woods and in second-place. But Lyle has yet to tee-off for his second round, sitting on a 7-under 65 from the opening round. Nick Watney is also at 7-under and, like Woods, is through 11 holes.
Peter O'Malley is also putting together a solid second round, sitting at 4-under on the day, and 6-under for the tournament, through 14 holes. Dustin Johnson is at 6-under after a first round 66, but has yet to begin his round.
Though it's still early in the tournament and Woods still has work to do for the day, his round has been encouraging thus far. Whether he keeps it up through the weekend, though, remains to be seen.
The 2011 Australian Open is not the biggest golf tournament in the world, but all of the big names are playing this week at The Lakes Golf Course in Sydney, Australia. The opening round featured blustery weather, a John Daly outburst and Australian native Jarrod Lyle atop the leaderboard with Dustin Watson, Nick Watney and Tiger Woods not far behind.
Lyle, a seven-year pro from Queensland, finished Thursday's opening round by shooting a seven-under 65 that included five birdies and an eagle on the 14th hole. Americans Dustin Johnson and Nick Watney are tied for second at six-under while Tiger Woods finished just a few strokes out of the lead after shooting a four-under that didn't include a single bogey.
The golfer who made the biggest news after opening day, however, didn't even make the leaderboard. John Daly, the always controversial golfer, had yet another meltdown in Australia -- this one causing some unfortunate backlash according to the official site for the PGA of Australia.
Furious Australian Open tournament director Trevor Herden has blasted John Daly as 'unprofessional' and told him to stay away from future tournaments after the controversial American stormed off the course and returned to his hotel midway through the first round on Thursday.
Daly's troubles began on the 10th when he hit the wrong ball from the bunker, invoking an automatic two-stroke penalty. The two-time major winner then reached the 11th and proceeded to put 'six or seven' balls in the water before grabbing his young son and heading for the exit after telling his playing partners 'I'm off'.
This year's Australian Open should be interesting in Sydney with Tiger Woods looking to return to form while Aussie golfer Adam Scott tries earning the world's top ranking with Woods' ex-caddie, the outspoken Steve Williams, in his corner.
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