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Tiger Woods stumbles badly at 13th hole, McDowell leads Chevron World Challenge

Tiger2_300 Tiger Woods' hopes for winning his first tournament this year took a huge blow at the 13th hole Sunday when he made a double-bogey seven and dropped two shots behind Graeme McDowell in the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks.

Woods started the round with a four-shot lead at 17 under par but made bogeys on two of the first three holes while McDowell made three birdies on the front nine.

Then, on the par-five 13th -- with Woods clinging to a one-shot lead -- Woods' game fell apart as a light rain began falling.

His third shot landed in the deep rough left of the green, and his pitch went past the pin and off the green again. He chipped back on and two putted, with the last putt lipping out of the cup.

McDowell, meanwhile, reached the 13th green in two shots and the U.S. Open champion two-putted for a birdie to go 17 under par for the tournament with five holes to play.

Woods had led after each of the first three rounds, and he has never lost a tournament in which he entered the final round with a lead of three shots or more.

Paul Casey was the next closest pursuer but trailed McDowell by five shots at 12 under par.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters

Tiger Woods holds one-shot lead with nine holes left in Thousand Oaks

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Tiger Woods stabilized his game after a rough start and maintained a one-shot lead over Graeme McDowell after nine holes Sunday in the final round of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks.

A light rain began falling as the players moved to the 10th tee at the Sherwood Country Club course nestled against the Santa Monica Mountains west of Los Angeles.

Woods, attempting to win his first tournament since the scandal surrounding his extramarital affairs erupted a year ago, started the round with a four-shot lead at 17 under par but made bogeys on two of the first three holes.

But Woods, wearing his traditional red shirt for the final round of play, also made birdies on the two par-five holes to go out in an even-par 36.

McDowell, the U.S. Open champion who was playing with Woods, got off to a fast start with birdies at the Nos. 2, 4 and 5 holes to reach 16 under after nine holes.

Paul Casey was the next closest pursuer but trailed Woods by six shots at 11 under par.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the sixth hole Sunday during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

Tiger Woods' lead cut to one shot in final round of Chevron World Challenge

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Tiger Woods stumbled out of the gate Sunday in the final round of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks. He made bogeys on two of the first three holes, and his lead over Graeme McDowell was slashed to one shot.

Woods, attempting to win his first tournament since the scandal surrounding his extramarital affairs erupted a year ago, started the round with a four-shot lead at 17 under par, but he made five on the par-four first hole at the Sherwood Country Club course. 

Woods then made a birdie four on the par-five second hole but followed that with a bogey four on the par-three third hole, dropping him to 16 under par for the event.

McDowell, the U.S. Open champion who was playing with Woods, got off to a fast start with birdies at the second and fourth holes to go 15 under par for the tournament.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods on Saturday in the third round of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Allan Henry / US Presswire

Tiger Woods keeps four-shot lead with one round left in Chevron World Challenge

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A dazzling birdie on the final hole helped Tiger Woods shoot a four-under-par 68 and maintain a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell on Saturday after the third round of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament in Thousand Oaks.

If Woods holds on and wins Sunday, it would be his first victory since returning to competitive golf following the personal scandal that plagued the world's former No. 1 golfer this last year. Woods hasn't won since he captured the Australian Masters in November 2009.

On the par-four 18th hole, Woods hit his approach shot to within a foot of the cup for an easy birdie -- his sixth of the round -- and ignited a roar from the crowd behind the green at the Sherwood Country Club course.

That put Woods at 17-under 199 through three rounds. McDowell also birdied the 18th hole to match Woods' 68 and stay within four shots of the lead.

Woods had problems early with a bogey on the par-five second hole. But he then made consecutive birdies at holes No. 5, 6 and 7 to regain his momentum.

McDowell made birdies on holes No. 2 and 3, bogeyed the par-four seventh and recovered with birdies on No. 10 and 11.

A pivotal moment then came at the par-four 14th hole when Woods hit his approach shot into a left-side bunker, from which he blasted the ball about 20 feet past the pin. McDowell's second shot, meanwhile, landed about six feet away -- creating a situation where McDowell might have gained two shots on Woods.

Instead, Woods sank his long putt and McDowell missed his shorter one, leaving both players with pars.

Englishman Paul Casey, meanwhile, had an eagle and four birdies on the front nine. He finished with a 69 and was in third place, nine under for the tournament.

The 18-player tournament benefits Woods' charity, the Tiger Woods Foundation, and pays $1.2 million to the winner. Woods has won the event four times.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods tees off on the second hole Saturday in the Chevron World Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Credit: Gus Ruelas/Associated Press

Tiger Woods opens five-shot lead in Thousand Oaks golf tournament

Tiger Woods stumbled early but quickly recovered and held a five-shot lead over Graeme McDowell after nine holes Saturday in the third round of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament in Thousand Oaks.

Casey Englishman Paul Casey, meanwhile, surged into contention with an eagle and four birdies on the front nine under overcast skies at the par-72 Sherwood Country Club.

But Casey also made a double bogey on the par-three eighth hole and fell six shots behind Woods at nine under par.

Woods, who led McDowell by four shots after the first two rounds, started Saturday with a bogey on the par-five second hole -- a hole he eagled a day earlier -- to drop to 12 under par for the tournament.

But Woods, seeking his first win of the year, then reeled off birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes to go 15 under par.

McDowell made birdies on holes No. 2 and 3 but then bogeyed the par-four seventh hole to drop to 10 under par.

The 18-player tournament benefits Woods' charity, the Tiger Woods Foundation, and pays $1.2 million to the winner. Woods has won the event four times.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Paul Casey of England tees off on the second hole during the third round of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters

Tiger Woods widens lead after two rounds of golf's Chevron World Challenge

Tiger Woods shot a six-under-par 66 on Friday to widen his lead in the Chevron World Challenge as pursuers Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy both found trouble on the finishing hole.

Rory Woods, who opened the four-day tournament with a 65 on Thursday at the Sherwood Country Club course in Thousand Oaks, moved to 13 under par to hold a four-shot lead over McDowell and a five-shot advantage over McIlroy and Luke Donald.

"I'm feeling very happy with the progress I've made," Woods said, even though he admitted "I didn't hit the ball quite as sharp as I did yesterday."

It was the first time this year that Woods has led after two rounds. The former No. 1-ranked golfer has been winless this season after a delayed return to tournament golf following his sensational sex scandal early this year.

Donald stormed into contention with a round of 66 but his score could have been better. After reeling off five consecutive birdies on holes 10 through 14 to reach 10 under for the tournament, Donald carded a double bogey on the par-three 17th.

McIlroy had a double bogey six on the par-four 18th hole while McDowell bogeyed the finishing hole.

Woods played a bogey-free round that included an eagle three on the par-five, 531-yard second hole after he reached the green in two shots and sank a 15-foot putt. Woods is 10 under par on Sherwood's par-five holes through the first two rounds.

This is the 12th year of the 18-player tournament, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods has won the event four times.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Rory Mcllroy, left, chats with Tiger Woods during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Tiger Woods widens lead in second round of Thousand Oaks golf tournament

Tiger Woods again came out firing in the second round of the Chevron World Challenge, moving to 11 under par and widening his lead to two shots after nine holes Friday with the help of an eagle on the second hole.

Woodsfriday Woods was the first-round leader by one shot over U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy after opening with a seven-under 65 on the par-72 Sherwood Country Club course in Thousand Oaks.

The four-day, 18-player tournament benefits Woods' charity, the Tiger Woods Foundation.

McIlroy kept the pressure on Woods by going out in 33, three under par, in his first nine holes Friday to trail by two shots.

McDowell and Luke Donald were five shots back at six under par. McDowell had three birdies on the front nine but also suffered a double-bogey on the par-four ninth hole.

Woods carded an eagle three on the 531-yard, par-five second hole after reaching the green in two shots and sinking a 15-foot putt. He then birdied the par-four fourth hole and added another birdie on the fifth hole, also a par five.

Paul Casey, meanwhile, had a hole-in-one on the 186-yard, par-three 12th hole. The ace put Casey at five under par for the tournament.

Heading in the opposite direction was Steve Stricker, who ballooned to a seven-over 43 on the front nine holes Friday after shooting even par 72 in the first round. His problems included a triple-bogey eight on the second hole.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the fifth hole Friday in the second round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

Tiger Woods shoots 65 to lead his golf tournament in Thousand Oaks

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Tiger Woods fired a seven-under 65 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Chevron World Challenge, a tournament in Thousand Oaks that benefits Woods' charity.

Woods has won the 18-player event at the Sherwood Country Club course four times, but the former No. 1 golfer hasn't had a victory this year in the aftermath of his sensational sex scandal.

"It's nice to play well," Woods said. "I played solid all day" despite not sinking many long putts, he added.

It was the first time Woods was atop the leaderboard since Aug. 26, when he was the co-leader after shooting 65 in the first round at the Barclays tournament in New Jersey.

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, both of Northern Ireland and paired together Thursday at Sherwood, finished one shot behind Woods after shooting six-under 66s.

Dustin Johnson and Stewart Cink followed at three under par, while Luke Donald and Camilo Villegas were two under. Defending winner Jim Furyk shot an even-par 72.

Woods made eight birdies on the 7,027-yard course and only one bogey, which came on the 18th hole after an errant tee shot.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods tees off during the first round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Tiger Woods, two others take early lead in Woods' golf tournament

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Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell and Dustin Johnson were tied for the early lead after nine holes Thursday in the opening round of the Chevron World Challenge, a tournament in Thousand Oaks that benefits Woods' charity.

Woods birdied both of the par-5s on the front side along with the par-four 7th and 9th holes to join McDowell and Johnson at four under par on the 7,027-yard, par-72 Sherwood Country Club course.

Woods is a four-time winner of the event, but the former No. 1 golfer hasn't had a victory this year in the aftermath of his sensational sex scandal.

Rory McIlroy was one shot back at three under after the 21-year-old Northern Ireland native birdied the first three holes. Paul Casey and Camilo Villegas were two shots behind at two-under par.

Conditions were ideal for golf at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Dustin Johnson tees off Thursday during the first round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Golf's Tiger Woods on his comeback: 'It's a process'

After a tumultuous year that included a sex scandal, divorce and a shortened, winless season on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods said Tuesday that he's continuing to improve his game and his life.

Woods "As a golfer I learned so much more this year than any other year, and as a person infinitely more," Woods said after practicing for the Chevron World Challenge, an 18-player tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks that benefits Woods' charities.

"So it's been a very successful year even though it was a very painful year as well," said Woods, 34, a winner of 14 major championships who's made major changes to his golf swing to help him win again.

Woods has won the Chevron World Challenge four times but has missed the tournament the last two years. He was recovering from knee surgery in 2008, and last year he withdrew because the event came only days after his Thanksgiving night car accident in Florida that set in motion his sensational sex scandal.

Woods also lost golf's No. 1 ranking -- a position he held for more than five consecutive years -- last month when Lee Westwood of England took the top spot.

"My goal is to win every tournament I tee it up in and be prepared for every event," Woods said. "But that does entail right now learning a new golf swing that requires a lot of work, some new motor patterns. It's not exactly easy, but it's a fun challenge."

Asked if his inability to win this year was mainly due to his swing, his putting, his late start in April or his mental approach to the game, Woods replied, "It's been all of the above."

"I've dealt with a few things off the golf course, and on the golf course I've had to make some changes in my game," he said. "You combine all that together, it's very hard to be effcient for 72 straight holes."

But Woods said he's changed his swing before and, with the latest alterations, he's "showed some good signs" over the last three tournaments. "It's a process," he said.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods signs autographs Tuesday after practice for the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Credit: Reed Saxon/Associated Press

Jason Day takes lead, Tiger Woods in middle of pack at Deutsche Bank Championship

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And on the third day, Tiger Woods was neither good nor bad at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass. He was right in the middle as he shot a two-under-par 69 and finished the third round 10 shots behind leader Jason Day of Australia.

Day shot a 66 and equaled the tournament record for 54 holes with a 17-under 196. Brandt Snedeker, who chipped in on the par-five 18th to save par for a 67, is one shot back at 16 under. The rest of the leaderboard has Luke Donald at 15 under, Steve Stricker and Charley Hoffman at 13 under and Phil Mickelson leading a group of four tied at 12 under.

"I played great today and [made] just one little mistake," said Day, 22, who won his only PGA Tour event in May. "Overall I feel very happy with how I played and how I handled myself. Tomorrow I'm just going to try to do what I did today."

Woods, who opened the tournament Friday with three birdies and four bogeys but rebounded Saturday with his first bogey-free round of the year, had a bogey on each side Sunday to offset his four birdies on the TPC Boston course. His treading water in the third round puts his world No. 1 ranking in jeopardy again, with Mickelson and Stricker each within striking distance.

"Overall today I think I played better than what my score indicated," Woods said. "I had a lot of putts that I didn't make today. I made a couple nice par putts, but boy, I missed a lot of birdie putts. I kept getting double-breaking putts.

"I had to really grind and stay committed to what I was doing out there. I did it for the most part. Early on I was struggling a little bit, but fixed it, got it, and hit a lot of good shots after that."

-- Dan Loumena

Times wire services contributed to this report.

Photo: Jason Day hits his approach on the 13th hole Sunday. Credit: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images

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