Two In A Row
The battle roared, Harrington and Woods came into today with the #1 player in the world three strokes back but by the time they got to the fifth hole Tiger had a lead. Not that Harrigton played poorly, he merely was in the way of a hot Tiger.
They made the turn and ran into trouble. Tiger was spraying the ball and Harrington kept grinding away and regained a share of the lead with his first birdie of the day on the 11th. And when Woods made consecutive bogeys, Harrington found himself with a one-shot lead heading for the homestretch.
It was the 16th that turned the tournament around abruptly. With Harrington still up by a shot, both hit drives into the rough at the 630-yard, par-5 16th hole. Woods punched a shot into the fairway, but Harrington pulled his layup and it ended up on the slope of a trap. From there he hit a high shot that soared over the green and into thick rough.
Harrigton then hit a flyer from the deep stuff behind the green, the ball going past the pin and into the lake in front of the green.
Tiger hit a shot that defied belief. His 8 iron soared high and landed past the hole and rolled back to within a foot.
After walking back down the fairway, Harrington took a drop and hit his sixth shot just over the green, he chipped on and hit the putt for a triple-bogey 8.
When they left the 16th Woods had a three stroke lead and the tournament. It was Tiger second win in a row and the 70th of his career.
Meanwhile, in the "other" tournament. John Rollins took home the trophy in the Legends Reno -Tahoe Open. Rollins posted a 17-under 271 to claim his third victory on the PGA Tour by three strokes over Jeff Quinney and Martin Laird.
Rollins, who tied the course record with a second-round 62 at Montreux Golf and Country Club, offset an early double bogey with a chip-in eagle at the par-5 11th on Sunday. He bogeyed three of the next four holes but notched a critical birdie on the par-5 17th, then got up and down from off the green on No. 18 for an even 72.
Next up is the PGA Championship the last Major of the year. Padraig Harrington is the defending champion.
IN OTHER NEWS
Harrington and Woods were put on the "clock" for slow play during Sunday's WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Harrington later said he felt the pressure to speed things up, but didn’t use that as an excuse—although he twice said he “rushed” shots at the 16th.
“I think being on the clock influenced him,” Woods said. “By rushing like he had to that … forced him to make a couple mistakes.”
Tiger Woods will be fined by the PGA Tour for his public criticism of a rules official after winning the Bridgestone Invitational, a tour official said Monday.
European Tour chief referee John Paramor told Woods and Harrington they were being timed.
Paramor said the final pairing was well behind most of the back nine, but officials gave them time to catch up. They were still 17 minutes out of position on the 16th tee, when they were put on the clock.
(AP)—Scott McCarron and Matt Kuchar got in the PGA Championship as alternates Sunday when previous qualifiers Tiger Woods and John Rollins won events.
The PGA Championship had reserved two spots in the field for the winner of the Bridgestone Invitational and the Reno-Tahoe Open. Woods and Rollins already had qualified for the final major, which starts Thursday at Hazeltine.
Alternates are based on a PGA points list, which is PGA Tour money earned dating to August 2008.
Bob Estes is now the first alternate.
Bridgestone has signed on renewing its contract with the PGA TOUR through 2014.
Bridgestone joins Accenture (Match Play), Zurich (New Orleans) and Travelers (Hartford), which also renewed contracts through 2014. Tim Finchem, the PGA Commissioner, calls this a solid trend in a down economy.
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