Sunday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks
9:50 a.m. _ Luke Donald, Adam Scott
10 a.m. _ David Howell, Jose Maria Olazabal
10:10 a.m. _ Davis Love III, John Daly
10:20 a.m. _ Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples
10:30 a.m. _ Michael Campbell, Padraig Harrington
10:40 a.m. _ David Toms, Henrik Stenson
10:50 a.m. _ Tiger Woods, Paul Casey
11 a.m. _ Geoff Ogilvy, Chris DiMarco
“I’m sure I’ll be (nervous). I mean, I’ve never played in the last group at a little non-official event like this, so I don’t know … I’ll tell you (this) afternoon how I felt on the first tee.”
_ Geoff Ogilvy
on teeing off in the final pairing today with Chris DiMarco, one group behind tournament host Tiger Woods.
Chris DiMarco has made a habit of being a bridesmaid.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that he enters the final round in a tie for second place.
Eight times since his last PGA Tour victory, at the 2002 Phoenix Open, he has finished as the runner-up.
Three of those times were to Tiger Woods, including the 2005 Masters (in a playoff) and 2006 British Open.
“If my career ended (today) and I never got to play again, I’d be happy with the way my career was,” DiMarco said. “Obviously, just winning on the PGA Tour is a great thing, and to be consistently up there the last seven, eight years, like I have been, is something.”
DiMarco, whose mother died of a heart attack in July, and Woods, whose father, Earl, died of cancer in May, shared an emotional moment after playing in the final pairing at this year’s British Open.
“We gave each other a hug, and we didn’t need to have any words spoken, it was just kind of felt, what we were both going through,” DiMarco said. “He was very gracious in his (victory) speech including my mom, which I thought was great.
“Not only is he the greatest player in the world, but the way he speaks to people is pretty unbelievable, too. … He always says the right thing.”
DiMarco, who also lost in a playoff to Vijay Singh at the 2004 PGA Championship, said having played on two Ryder Cup teams, in 2004 and ’06, is more important to him than winning a major.
“Playing for your country is the greatest honor there is in the world,” DiMarco said. “We don’t get Olympics … and to be able to be in a team event and strap that U.S. flag somewhere on your person is the greatest feeling you ever have, the proudest feeling, and it makes you really be honored to be part of it.”
The 18th hole yielded just two birdies during the first two days of the Target World Challenge.
The pairing of Geoff Ogilvy and Chris DiMarco doubled that total Saturday.
DiMarco made an eight-foot putt and Ogilvy, who heads into the final round with a one-stroke lead over DiMarco and Tiger Woods, tapped in a one-footer.
“I’ve hit my tee shot perfect there every day, and just got closer and closer to the hole each day,” Ogilvy said. “Hopefully, I can keep that progression going.”
Ogilvy said the front-right pin position was beneficial. He was right, as half of the 16-player field birdied No. 18 Saturday.
“It’s a birdie pin if you’re in the fairway,” Ogilvy said. “It’s probably a terrible pin if you’re coming out of the rough.”
Geoff Ogilvy shot the best round of the day with a 67 and leads the field by one stroke. Chris DiMarco and Tiger Woods are tied for second. Ogilvy and DiMarco will play in the final group while Woods will play with Paul Casey. The forecast predicts light showers, but after unexpected early rain on Saturday, who knows. Should be an interesting final round.
Tiger Woods was 10-under par after he birdied the first two holes, but the standard bearer’s sign just showed a 1. His playing partner, Henrick Stenson, showed an 8. The standard bearer was looking for a zero in his pockets for several holes. He had plenty of nines but couldn’t find a 10. It was the talk of the gallery. People were constantly guessing if he was 1-under or 10-under. The standard bearer fielded many questions on the miscue, and at one point on the fifth hole, he said loudly: “Ten, ten, ten!” Woods stayed at 10 under for five holes, until boged the seventh. Of course, he birdied the eighth, moving to 10-under again, much to the costernation, no doubt, of the standard bearer.
About an hour into Tiger Woods’ round, fans were lined up outside Sherwood Country Club to take the shuttle to their cars so they could go home. Unexpected rain hit the Target World Challenge a lot earlier than expected. As two young boys walked toward the shuttle line, one complained about how much he disliked golf. The older boy said, “It’s not golf that’s bad, it’s the rain.”
Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson put on their rainpants while on the putting green on the first hole.
Adam Scott’s karma finally changed a bit on the eighth hole Saturday.
The Australian, who five-putted for a quadruple-bogey 7 on the 232-yard par-3 in the opening round and three-putted for a triple-bogey 6 Friday, hit his tee shot so far right in the rain Saturday that he actually hit a provisional ball.
Scott found his original shot just to the right of the cart path about 30 yards right of the green. He wedged to about 20 feet past the cup, then made a sharp left-to-right breaking, downhill putt for par.
After the ball trickled over the front lip of the cup, Scott looked down with a wry smile and shook his head.
The forecast for noon Saturday was for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of very light rain or drizzle.
The forecast was wrong.
By the time TIger Woods teed off at 11 a.m., there was a heavy rainstorm, forcing players, caddies and fans to scramble for their raingear.
Our intrepid blogger realized he had left his umbrella in the trunk of his car … in the parking lot … AT THE OFFICE!
As he returned to the media center (otherwise known as the cart barn), the security guard at the entrance started laughing.
“Anybody got a camera,” the guard chuckled, “we’ve got to get a picture of this.”
Davis Love III, who took himself out of contention with an opening-round 77, became the first player this week to eagle the par-5 second hole when he did so early Saturday.
Love followed with a birdie on the par-3 third to move back to a 1 over for the tournament.