Golf

Golf teams test out Pacific Games venue

New Caledonia and American Samoa teams are taking part at Fagalii Golf Course, Apia, with the Samoan squad also competing as its final trial before selections are made for the Games.

The Samoa Open, played over three days, sees professional and seniors compete for a total of AUD$95,000 in prize money. It is also a test event for the Pacific Games.

With ten days before the Games open, David Barker, the technical delegate for Golf, said the course has already improved in the past week, with more regular mowing to make for faster greens.

Tiger Woods wins in Match Play return

Jordan Spieth found some success with a tie.

The most unpredictable tournament in golf began Wednesday (Thursday NZ time) with only a few surprises as only four of the top 16 seeds in group play failed to win their opening match at Austin Country Club.

Woods, a three-time winner of this World Golf Championships, had not played since losing in the opening round in 2013. He had a wild time with Aaron Wise until putting him away on the 17th hole.

"The way we were playing today, we're very thankful it's not stroke-play," Woods said with a laugh.

Tiger Woods breaks five-year title drought

The 14-times major winner took a three shot lead into today's final round and carded a one over par 67 to finish on 11 under for the tournament and seal a two stroke victory over compatriot Billy Horschel.

It's 42-year-old Wood's 80th PGA Tour victory and first since 2013.

The victory moves him to second on the all-time PGA winners list behind Sam Snead (82).

Woods spent 10 months on the sidelines last year while recovering from spinal fusion surgery and only started to make full golf swings in mid-October.

2018 Trukai Morobe Open: Progressive results

For Jordan he moves one spot comfortably up from his initial results on Thursday where he held onto to second spot.

Becker is a different story, having climbed 21 spots on the progressive results from Thursday showing his determination to make it into the top spots.

On second place is Queenslander Taylor MacDonald (-13) who was on 13th place on Friday – improved up 11 places. New South Wales Benjamin Clementson, Joshua Munn of New Zealand and Thursday’s 40th placed New South Wales man Daniel Gale (-12) hold onto third placing together.

K277,000 up for grabs in Morobe Golf Open

Defending champion Chris Wood is among the golfers and is vying to retain his title.

The 5-day tournament, which started yesterday, is one of the richest in the Oceania region with pro golfers from Australia, South Korea, Fiji and PNG participating.

18-year-old Australian Junior Male Golfer Brad Doherty is enthusiastic of the competition and stated he is privileged to participate among some of the best professional golfers in the region.

Fellow junior female PNG golfer Danaë Clamp too is one of the few females participating in the event as well.

Rain fails to disrupt golf at Mini Games

Each carding rounds of 75, Kristine Seko (PNG) and Emilie Ricaud (NCL) have a one-stroke lead over the next two players Mathilde Guepy (NCL) and Rotana Howard (COK) with no more than one stroke separating each of the top 17 placings in a field of 22.

With three days to go, the field is as tight as would be expected and day 2 will prove interesting to see if a break can be made by any of those at the top of the leaders’ board.

Tiger Woods cleared to play golf

Woods – a 14-time major champion – has not played a competitive tournament since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February after suffering another injury setback.

But the 41-year-old is close to a comeback after his agent – Mark Steinberg – said Woods met with the doctor who performed his fusion surgery for a check-up and received a positive update last week, though there is no timeframe on his return.

"He got a nice report and is allowed to proceed. He can do as much as he needs to do," Steinberg told ESPN.

Tiger Woods allowed by doctors to start chipping

The 14-time major champion has endured a tumultuous year mired by injury and a DUI arrest that prompted treatment for his use of prescription pain medication. But Woods is back in the news for a positive reason, announcing that the doctors allowed him to chip around greens.

Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching pic.twitter.com/tboq1L3Xdn

— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 31, 2017

Vijay Singh back for Fiji International

The Lautoka-born major winner says playing in the Fiji International each year is important to him and he always works his schedule to ensure he can return home.

"I really enjoy playing in front of a home crowd, which is something I did not have the opportunity to do before the Fiji International," he said.

"Everyone welcomes me so warmly and shows me so much support yet is respectful of my preparations, Fijian fans are great."

The 54-year-old Singh has been working on the redevelopment of the Natadola Bay course since the day after the 2016 tournament ended.

Tiger Woods completes 'intensive program'

Woods has not played in a professional event since February due to back trouble and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes on May 29 in Jupiter, Florida.

The 14-time major winner attributed his condition to an "unexpected reaction" to the mix of medications he was on following back surgery.

Woods said last month he was receiving professional help to manage his medications and issued a further update on Monday.