Woodland takes lead into closing spherical of Hero; Tiger lurks two again
NASSAU, Bahamas – Two massive birdies from Gary Woodland gave him the lead within the Hero World Problem. A closing birdie on a gap that has vexed Tiger Woods put him in vary of a 3rd victory this yr.
Patrick Reed absolutely anticipated to be proper there inside till watching video of his membership transferring sand away from his golf ball in a waste space, resulting in a two-shot penalty in a spherical that did not go all that nicely within the first place.
The top of an entertaining spherical on this vacation occasion within the tropics arrange what figures to be a energetic conclusion. Woodland’s closing two birdies gave him a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson.
Six gamers have been separated by three pictures.
That features Woods, who hasn’t received his occasion because it was in California in 2011. With one eye on being a taking part in captain on the Presidents Cup subsequent week in Australia, Woods targeted on birdies as a substitute of potential pairings at Royal Melbourne was two pictures off the lead.
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The ultimate spherical is Saturday so the American workforce – 11 are within the match, Dustin Johnson is coming to the Bahamas to hitch them on the constitution – can get an early begin throughout the globe.
“I simply need to give attention to going on the market and making birdies,” Woods mentioned. “After which I’ve 23 hours on a plan to get better.”
Woodland makes his Presidents Cup debut subsequent week, and he seems to be in good kind. He dropped just one shot, gave one other means by failing to birdie the par-5 15th, after which completed in fashion. First, he holed a 30-foot putt on the par-3 17th. Then, with the wind at his again, he hit wedge to three toes for one more birdie.
On Thursday, he ended his spherical with three straight birdies.
“It was a pleasant end, identical as yesterday,” he mentioned. “So enthusiastic about the place I am at and I sit up for tomorrow.”
The subsequent two weeks cap off a memorable yr for Woods, who received his first main at Pebble Seaside within the U.S. Open, after which his spouse had twins. That is the primary time touring with the whole household – three youngsters below 2 – and so they could not match all of the automotive seats and strollers on the airplane.
It was a forgettable day for Reed in so some ways.
Staked to a three-shot lead, he did not make a birdie till the 14th gap, a brief par Four that may be reached off the tee. He added two extra down the stretch, solely to lose two strokes within the scoring room.
Reed was in a sandy waste space left of the golf green on the par-5 11th when video clearly caught his sand wedge eradicating sand proper behind the ball – twice – throughout apply swings.
BY Brentley Romine
— December 6, 2019 at 4:23 PM
Patrick Reed was given a two-shot penalty Friday on the Hero World Problem after bettering his lie of play on the 11th gap on the Hero World Problem.
That is a violation of Rule 8.1a (4) on eradicating or urgent down sand or unfastened soil.
Reed says the membership was farther away from the ball than it regarded on tv, and he mentioned with the face being open, he did not notice the membership had brushed away sand as a result of ”I did not really feel it drag.”
“So after seeing the video, it is a two-stroke penalty. I settle for that,” Reed mentioned.
He is nonetheless very a lot within the image after his 74, three pictures behind with solely 5 gamers in entrance of him after a day feeling as if nothing was going within the gap.
It is an All-Star forged in entrance of Reed, and chasing Woodland.
Stenson is making an attempt to finish 49 begins worldwide and not using a victory as he tries to get his swing again to when he was at his finest. The 43-year-old Swede shot 68 regardless of chip pictures dropping into the improper cup – a sprinkler head – on consecutive holes. He might be within the final group with Woodland.
Justin Thomas, who has by no means had the next rating when taking part in alongside Woods, stored that streak alive. They every shot 67 and can play collectively once more within the closing spherical. Defending champion Jon Rahm had a 69 and was two pictures again.
Thomas has turn out to be shut with Woods, and they’re a probable pairing subsequent week within the Presidents Cup. Thomas was notably suave across the greens with a full flop shot on the ninth, and a 5-wood to putt it up the slope for a tap-in birdie on the par-5 third.
“Take a look at that quick recreation,” Woods mentioned. “Simply go round and take a look at the pictures he hit in the present day. The child’s obtained nice contact.”
That can turn out to be useful at Royal Melbourne subsequent week. For now, they’re all taking part in for themselves and a $1 million test.