Turkish Airlines Open 2013
Three way tie for lead as first round concludes
November 8, 2013
Tiger Woods bogeyed his last hole to finish the rain-delayed first round at 2-under 70 in the Turkish Open on Friday, leaving him six shots behind leaders Henrik Stenson, Darren Fichardt and Thomas Bjorn.
Most of the field was up early to complete the round after the start on Thursday was delayed by rain. Woods got up even earlier to watch television coverage of Stanford's 26-20 victory over Oregon in college football.
Resuming at the 11th hole, Woods hit a 20-yard chip over a bunker to 4 feet and sank the birdie putt. He also birdied the 13th but spoiled his round when he found a water hazard with his second shot at the 18th and took a bogey.
Stenson, who was at 4-under overnight, birdied the 11th, 13th and closing two holes to join South Africa's Fichardt and Denmark's Bjorn atop the leaderboard at 8 under. The trio also shared the course record as it's the first time Maxx Royal is hosting a European Tour event.
Tiger Woods well back as play cut short
November 7, 2013
Playing only 10 holes because of rain and flooding, Tiger Woods struggled with his driver and was well off the lead Thursday in the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open that was cut short because of fading light.
Woods and most of the field were unable to complete their round after the start was delayed three hours. He was at 1 under after 10 holes following a bogey on No. 9 in the next-to-last event of the European Tour season.
Paul Casey was at 7 under through 14 holes at the Colin Montgomerie-designed Maxx Royal course. Ricardo Gonzalez and Thorbjorn Olesen were the clubhouse leaders after 6-under 66s. Fifteen players finished their round before darkness halted play.
Organizers plan an early start Friday, with Woods facing a 20-yard chip shot over a greenside bunker for his third shot on the 11th when play resumes.
''It just gets dark so quickly and it's like someone just turned off the light switch,'' said Woods, who didn't hit a fairway until the 10th hole. ''The air now also is heavy with moisture so the ball is not going very far compared to when we were warming up on the range and early in the round.
''But towards the end we were hitting about a half a club short. I'm still working on getting a bit of the rust out of my game, but then tomorrow is going to be a long day for all of us.''
Woods started by making a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole and then made another birdie at the par-3 eighth. His driver, however, was another matter.
His playing partner and Race to Dubai leader, Henrik Stenson, was at 4 under. Montgomerie was at par after 16 holes on the course he designed.
''It's a tricky golf course and it helps to have played it numerous times as it is one of those courses where you get a better feel for it the more you play it,'' Woods said. ''However, looking back on my 10 1/2 holes, I probably left a little out there and I see that 7 under par is leading at this stage, so the goal in the holes I have left in the morning is to pick up a few quick birdies.''
Gonzalez had six birdies and an eagle mixed with two bogeys while Olesen had eight birdies with two bogeys. Three players, including Pablo Larrazabal of Spain, were two shots back in the clubhouse.