Lydia Ko keeps up hot streak, finishes eighth in truncated 36-hole LPGA events

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has continued with her recent return to form, finishing eighth at a truncated LPGA Texas Classic.

With bad weather having reduced the tournament from 72 holes down to 36, after a first round 69, Ko began the day four shots adrift of the leaders.

Beginning the day on the back nine, Ko hit her stride almost immediately, with a birdie on the 11th hole, her second of the day, before completing a blemish free front nine.

Her form was just as good on the front nine, beginning with a birdie on the first, before following suit on the fourth and eightht, finishing her round at four under and six under for the tournament.

Ultimately though, Ko left her run too late, finishing with a 67 to end five shots back of South Korea's Sung Hyun Park.

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, waits to hit from the 16th tee of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the first round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournament Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Daly City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Lydia Ko at Lake Merced Golf Club. Source: Associated Press


'I loved every bit of it' - Tiger Woods jubilant with PGA title after fearing career was over

A comeback not even Tiger Woods saw coming a year ago.

A chaotic celebration that golf hasn't seen even in the best of times.

Woods delivered the perfect ending to his amazing return from four back surgeries with a performance that felt like old times. He left the competition feeling hopeless as he built a five-shot lead early and hung on to win the Tour Championship.

Woods raised both arms over his head after he tapped in for par and a 1-over 71 for a two-shot victory over Billy Horschel, the 80th victory of his PGA Tour career and his first in more than five years.

"It was a grind out there," Woods said. "I loved every bit of it."

It felt like a coronation coming down the 18th green, his second shot to the par 5 safely in a bunker in front of the green. The crowd came through the ropes and walked behind him, similar to when he won the Western Open in 1997 for the first dose of Tigermania.

Tiger Woods hits from the third tee during the final round of the Tour Championship
Tiger Woods hits from the third tee during the final round of the Tour Championship Source: Associated Press

This was better. It was bigger.

One year ago, Woods was still waiting for his lower back to fuse and wasn't sure he could ever play again. He told stories of being unable to get off the couch to watch his kids play football, much less to chip and putt.

He was becoming a legend only in video highlights.

Woods brought it all to life over four days at East Lake, and the players who have taken turns at No. 1 during his absence caught the full brunt of it. Rory McIlroy faded early. Justin Rose faded late.

All that was left was the 42-year-old Woods in that red shirt blazing brighter than ever and a smile he couldn't shake walking up to collect another trophy

Woods claimed the PGA Tour Championship for his first win since 2013. Source: SKY



Tiger Woods' title drought ends at last, claims first win since 2013

Tiger Woods' five-year, 1,876 day title drought has come to an end in style, taking out the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia this morning.

Leading the field coming into the final day this morning, Woods got off to a flier with a birdie on the first hole, aided by competitors Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy dropping shots.

Woods' last tournament victory came at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational back in 2013, before a run of both poor form and injury bought his dominance to a crashing halt.

However, Woods has threatened to end his woes in 2018, finishing runner up at both the Valspar Invitational and PGA Championship so far this year.

A blemish free front nine ensured that Woods held his advantage midway through the final round, couple with a +1 from Rose, while a double bogey on the seventh from McIlroy saw the Northern Irishman drop out of title contention altogether.

Woods stumbled to start the back nine though, with a bogey on the 10th dropping him back to an even par, while American Billy Horschel proved to be the next closest challenger, overtaking Rose to sit four shots behind the runaway leader.

A birdie on the 13th was quickly undone by back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes, dropping Woods' advantage at the top back to just two shots.

Horschel though, would finish his round at -9 for the tournament, giving Woods the advantage heading into the final hole of the day, needing a double bogey or better to take the crown.

In the end, Woods' class showed, sinking a par on the final hole to claim the 2018 PGA Tour Championship title.

Woods claimed the PGA Tour Championship for his first win since 2013. Source: SKY



Watch Tiger Woods sink five straight birdies to blow out rivals at PGA Tour Championship

A late stumble has seen Tiger Woods' lead reduced to three shots after the third round at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

The 14-time major winner bagged seven birdies at East Lake Golf Club but two bogeys gave Woods a five-under-par 65 and a 12-under total.

It is first 54-hole lead for Woods on the US PGA Tour since the 2013 WGC- Bridgestone - his last worldwide victory.

Woods led playing partner Justin Rose (68) by five shots at various stages but had to settle for a three-shot cushion over the Englishman and Rory McIlroy (66), who sit at at nine under.

Woods and four-time major winner McIlroy will play togther in the last group out in tomorrow's final round.

Earlier, Woods provoked continuous deafening roars from the enormous Atlanta crowds with a clinical performance on the front nine.

He birdied the first hole before rattling off five consecutive birdies starting at the par-4 third and added another at the 12th.

But a back-nine slip-up came when Woods flared his tee shot into the right rough on the 16th, which ultimately resulted in a bogey.

Runaway leader Woods holds a three shot lead heading into the final day in Atlanta. Source: SKY


Watch: Tiger Woods fires sensational eagle on final hole to share lead at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods has enjoyed a vintage performance to take a share of the clubhouse lead midway through the first round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Woods sent fans into a frenzy when he reached the par-5 18th in two shots at East Lake Golf Club before draining a 27-foot eagle putt to post a five-under- par 65 today.

The two-time Tour Championship winner sits atop the leaderboard at five under alongside Rickie Fowler (65).

With play still underway, the duo hold a one-shot lead over Gary Woodland (66) at four under.

Woods opened his round with a bogey but fought back with two front-nine birdies.

He then turned it up on the back nine, with birdies at the 12th and 13th holes setting the stage for his final-hole eagle.

"I hit so many quality shots all day, whether it was tee to green or it was putts," Woods said after his round.

"I didn't really mis-hit a single shot today and I felt I had a lot of control over my shots. The only hard part was getting my speed on the greens."

Jason Day leads the three-man Australian contingent and he's two under the card courtesy of a solid 68.

Fellow Queenslander Cameron Smith carded an even-par 70, while Marc Leishman is three shots further back after he carded a 73.

The Tour Championship is a 30-man tournament and the final event of the FedEx Cup play-offs.