Woods, Mickelson confirm $9 million duel

Less than eight months later, he is ranked No. 28 in the world, coming off a second-place finish at the PGA Championship and building momentum leading into his busiest stretch of golf in five years.

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But even with two wins on the US PGA Tour this year, Day refuses to rest on his laurels given the elite 125-player field are all desperate to get off to flying starts. He’s hitting them pure. “Definitely (Snead’s record is attainable); his bad shots are better than at the Masters (in April) and he’s hitting his irons as good as anyone”. Some baby fades. It’s what I like to see out of him. He was 59th on the Web.com money list, jumping from 107th last week with a third-place finish in Portland. “To now be receiving the Payne Stewart Award, I feel extremely honored”.

Woods is still searching for that elusive 80th PGA Tour victory.

“And I did that pretty well today”.

Maybe it’s because he’s not winning all the time that they can relate to him more as a player instead of a machine.

“I’ve kind of thought about it a couple times that, you know, you really have to win in the playoffs”. “So, I tried to regroup and had three goals the next four events – try to take it a little slower, have fun and just trust everything I’m doing”.

The Finals begin at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio, August 23-26, to be contested at the venerable The Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet Course), the only track which will host a Finals event for the sixth consecutive year. A huge sporting town. He has missed four cuts this year, but his last one was at the Travelers Championship back in the middle of June. It’s ended some guys’ careers, the injury we had. Although he won the event the following year, Queenslander Day admits there is some unfinished business at Ridgewood CC.

Woods has tweaked his driver this week, adding one degree of loft in an effort to find more fairways.

“You certainly see a bump in ticket sales when he commits”, PGA Tour communications director Chris Reimer said.

Also, the model says three golfers with odds of 20-1 or longer will make a deep run at the 2018 Northern Trust, including a mammoth long shot. But the lure of winning $9 million over four hours probably ranks a close second. Tiger opened with an even-par performance in Thursday’s round after he shot 71 with two birdies and two bogeys.

Close friends Koepka and Johnson nearly assuredly won’t be watching, Koepka said, because Johnson’s brother and caddie, Austin, is getting married that day. This makes them only reachable by the long ball guys if they hit a ideal shot, and even then they’ll probably come up short, especially on the 626-yard thirteenth.

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Be sure to catch Rounds 3 and 4 of The Northern Trust this weekend right here on CBS2.

Tiger Woods during practice at the Open Championship at Carnoustie