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Saturday, January 27, 2018
Woods in danger
of missing cut
SAN DIEGO---Tiger Woods got off to
a bad start in the second round of
the Farmers Insurance Open at
Torrey Pines and things got even
worse, leaving him in danger of
missing the cut.
Woods made the turn at 2-over
38 yesterday on the North Course,
which was toughened up during a
He didn't get his irst birdie until
the irst hole of his back nine, the
par-4 No 1.
Woods' irst shot of the day was
a drive on the 536-yard, par-5 No
10 that went 65 yards left of the
fairway. He laid up in the rough,
what is considered a birdie hole.
He took a double bogey on the
459-yard, par-4 13th. His drive
went into the ravine to the left
and he took a penalty drop. He
missed the green to the left and
chipped through the green before
two-putting. Woods is playing for
the irst time since recovering
from a fourth back surgery that
cost him another year on the PGA
the crowds back
SAN DIEGO---Tiger Woods has
been away from the PGA Tour too
long to know for certain when a
shot is as good as it looks.
This was a 6-iron on the par-3
16th hole on the South Course at
Torrey Pines, from 188 yards to a
slightly elevated green with a pin
tucked behind a deep bunker. The
sun was setting behind the Paci ic
late Thursday afternoon, and the
glare made it tough to follow the
flight of the ball.
The ball rolled to the hole and
broke a few inches in front of the
cup for a tap-in birdie .
Woods brought big crowds back
to golf in his latest return to the
PGA Tour, and he even produced
a few big roars.
There just weren't enough
cheers for his liking.
Playing for the irst time since
recovering from a fourth back
surgery that cost him another
year on the PGA Tour, Woods was
mostly steady, sometimes spec-
tacular and ended his day with
an even-par 72 that left him seven
shots behind Tony Finau.
The next trick is to stay at Tor-
rey Pines beyond yesterday. With
virtually no wind making this
a day for reasonable scoring,
Woods was tied for 84th and will
start the second round on the
North Course just outside the cut
line. Finau birdied his opening
two holes on the North and in-
ished with a 35-foot birdie putt
for a 65. Woods had a few big mo-
ments that looked familiar to fans
who stood as many as four-deep
around the greens. (AP)
Federer in record 7th
inal after Chung retires
MELBOURNE---It took just over an
hour for Roger Federer to ix one
anomalous statistic in his extraor-
Defending champion Federer,
who was leading Hyeon Chung
6 1, 5 2 when the Korean retired
in the second set of their Austral-
ian Open semi inal yesterday, is
within one win of a 20th Grand
Slam singles title.
Going into the match against
Chung, Federer had a below-par
semi inals record at Melbourne
Park, only six wins out of 13.
After 1 hour and 2 minutes
under the closed roof on Rod
Laver Arena, he's on par, 7 7 but
still well below his marks at the
other majors: 11 1 at Wimbledon,
7 3 at the US Open, and 5 2 at Ro-
It wasn't how Federer expected
Chung tried everything to dis-
guise the pain of the raw patches
on his left foot which, his agent
explained, were "blisters under
blisters under blisters."
Federer knows the feeling. He
also sensed something wrong
with Chung's movement.
Federer's conversion rate for
inals in Australia is much better
---the only time he lost a champi-
onship match was in 2009 against
So he's well poised for tomor-
row's match against No 6-seeded
Marin Cilic. Cilic has had an
extra day of rest but Federer was
hardly taxed on Friday night, and
occupied for only an hour.
The inal will be Federer's re-
cord seventh at the Australian
Open and 30th at a Grand Slam.
Cilic was hampered by blisters
when he lost to Federer in last
year's Wimbledon inal, but he
has made a relatively pain-free
run through the other half of the
draw, including a quarter inal
win over an injured Nadal.
Even if Chung had been it, he
was trying to reach his irst ATP
inal against a player who has
won 95 titles, 19 of them Grand
Top-ranked Nadal lost to Cilic
in the quarter inals, Djokovic
fell to Chung, and Murray, a ive-
time Australian Open runner-up,
withdrew to have surgery on his
hip, leaving their collective repu-
tation for dominance in Australia
South Korea's Hyeon Chung receives treatment from a trainer during his
semifinal against Switzerland's Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis
championships in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday.
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