The last word

Quote of the day
“I knew starting the day I would have to shoot 5 or 6 under to win. Maybe that’s why you never play well when he’s there because you try too hard to shoot a score.”
_ Geoff Ogilvy
on the effect of seeing Tiger Woods’ name on the leader board. Ogilvy, the third-round leader, finished second – four strokes behind Woods.

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By the numbers

The par-3 eighth hole at Sherwood Country Club statistically was the toughest of the week, averaging .297 strokes over par, while the par-5 11th was the easiest, at .375 under par. … Tiger Woods tied for third in the field in greens in regulation (72 percent), was fifth in fairways hit (79 percent) and tied for second in putting (1.57 per hole).

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Like father, like son?

When Tiger Woods walked into a news conference following his victory Sunday, a reporter handed him a piece of paper on which there was a story from the satirical Web site “The Onion” with a headline that read “Tiger Woods Adopts Son To Compete in PGA’s Del Webb Father/Son Challenge.”
Woods read the story, which said he had adopted 11-year-old orphan Randy Gearhardt to compete in the annual tournament, and chuckled.
“Is he a good player?” Woods joked.

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Long gone

John Daly entered the weekend at the Target World Challenge in a tie for sixth, his sights set on a paycheck larger than the $192,134 he made in 21 starts on the PGA Tour this season.
But the fan favorite shot rounds of a 5-over 77 Saturday and 8-over 80 Sunday to finish last in the 16-player field at 9-over 297.
Daly came undone Sunday at the third hole, a 202-yard par-3. He splashed two balls into the water right of the green, then found a greenside bunker with his next. A sand shot and two putts later, Daly had a quintuple-bogey 8.
Still, last place money wasn’t bad, as J.D. collected $170,000.
That’ll pay for a lot of chicken wings at Hooters.

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Why Tiger’s No. 1

Tiger Woods offered a rare look into his psyche after his victory.
Saturday, when asked whether his passion to win had been instilled by his late father, Woods admitted to having “the mentality of a football player playing golf.”
Sunday, he expanded on that.
“I don’t think you really lay up on par-5s on the football field, do you?” he said. “You’d get run over. Obviously, you’ve got to bring everything you’re got or else you get hurt.
“In our sport … some of the guys don’t bring it every day, and I just don’t understand that. It’s not that hard to concentrate for five hours.”
Woods’ concentration often is cited as one of the main reasons he’s the world’s top-ranked player.
“I can’t play any other way,” he said, “because I can’t go home at night and look myself in the mirror if I didn’t try as hard as I could have.”

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First-tee jitters?

Ever wonder what pro golfers talk about on the first tee as they’re waiting to play?
Tournament host Tiger Woods and Paul Casey were discussing the color of their clothes Sunday.
Tiger, of course, was wearing his traditional Sunday red.

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Sky blue

With apologies to Perry Como, the bluest skies you’ve ever seen aren’t in Seattle today, they’re over Thousand Oaks.
As the first group in the final round of the Target World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club takes the tee, there are only a couple of non-threatening clouds in the sky.
Here’s hoping the weatherman’s predicted of rain was wrong.

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