Putting woes haunt Danny Lee at Olympic opening round

The last thing Danny Lee wanted to bring with him to Rio was his wayward putting form.

It made an unwelcome appearance as he and Kiwi compatriot Ryan Fox found themselves in the middle of the pack after the first round of Olympic golf in 112 years.

Lee shot an opening one-over 72 to be 34th in the 60-man field while Fox produced a more colourful round of 70 to be 17th.

Australian Marcus Fraser carded what he described as the round of his life with his eight-under 63, to be three clear of Canadian Graham DeLaet and the highest-ranked golfer in the field, Swedish world No.5 Henrik Stenson.

Five golfers are on four-under, including Briton Justin Rose, who produced what is believed to be the first Olympic hole in one at the fourth.

Fraser birdied five of his first six holes, shooting nine in total.

The Asian Tour-based 38-year-old is only playing because of the withdrawal from the tournament of several leading Australians, including Jason Day and Adam Scott.

Lee, the 12th-ranked player in a weakened field, was disappointed not to make the most of his chances on a good course that offered plenty of opportunities.

"It's really easy out here. I couldn't hit it any better than I did today," he said.

"But I've been struggling with my putter for a long time.

"I thought I had put enough work into it the last couple of weeks but obviously it wasn't enough."

US PGA Tour regular Lee mixed one birdie with two bogeys while Europe-based Fox compiled five birdies and four bogeys, picking up shots on the 15th and 16th holes to end his round on a high but seven strokes off the lead.

Danny Lee of New Zealand at Olympic Games.
Danny Lee of New Zealand at Olympic Games. 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



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.



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.


Lydia Ko plays round of the day at Evian Championship, sneaks into top 10

A remarkable final round has seen Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko sneak into the top 10 at the Evian Championship at Evians-les-Bains, in France.

Beginning her day at -4 for the tournament, Ko began with a bang, with a birdie on the first hole followed by another on the fifth.

A bogey on the seventh was quickly corrected with another birdie on the ninth, giving Ko -2 for her front nine, sitting at -6 for the tournament.

A blemish free back nine, including birdies on the 13th and 17th holes saw Ko leap 11 places, sitting in a tie for 10th to finish her tournament.

The Kiwi finished four shots behind the leader, Angela Stafford of the USA, who came in at -12 to take the title for 2018.

BEDMINSTER, NJ - JULY 13:  Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the US Women's Open Championship at Trump National Golf Course on July 13, 2017 in Bedminster, New Jersey.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her tee shot. Source: Getty