Category: 2011 Bridgestone Invitational

August 07, 2013

Tiger fans crush fence seeking autographs at Oak Hill

Posted at 10:58 AM by Mike Walker

Add another reason to why Tiger Woods isn't crazy about signing autographs: It's dangerous.

At Oak Hill for the PGA Championship, Woods made a move to sign some autographs for fans near the driving range on Monday, but stopped when it looked like the fence surrounding the range might collapse from the press of fans seeking his autograph [see video above].

Woods talked about the scene at his pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday:

Q. We see the way fans try to approach you for autographs. Yesterday it look liked when you were going on the range, you went over to sign, did something happen there, and how do you approach that when there's so many people?

TIGER WOODS: Well, the fence almost came down. So they almost knocked the fence down. It gets dangerous.

We had a little girl get crushed today, and she was just on the ground crying. People get so aggressive for autographs. And security is trying to be aggressive to protect the little kids up front. You try and sign, but sometimes the adults start running over the little kids up front, and especially on a fence like that, on a hard fence, it can get dangerous sometimes.

That was one of those situations where, yeah, it almost fell.


July 14, 2013

Mickelson wins Scottish Open in playoff for first UK victory

Posted at 2:45 PM by Mike Walker


Phil Mickelson celebrates his Scottish Open win with his wife, Amy, and his children, Evan, Amanda and Sophia (Getty Images).

Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open in a playoff over Branden Grace on Sunday at Castle Stuart in Inverness, Scotland.

The final round was a roller-coaster even by the daring Mickelson's standards. Starting the day two shots behind, Henrik Stenson, Mickelson made a double-bogey on the first hole, then rallied with a barrage of birdies to take a one-shot lead over Grace to the par-5 18th hole, only to three-putt for bogey from less than 20 feet. Stenson shot 73 to finish T3.

On the first playoff hole -- the par-5 18th -- Mickelson pitched his third shot to inside six-inches for a tap-in birdie.

"I almost let it slip away but to come out on top feels terrific," Mickelson said.

Mickelson was using the tournament to hone his links game ahead of next week's British Open at Muirfield and he looks in great shape to challenge for a first claret jug and a fifth major title.

He should tee off on Thursday as No. 5 in the world and 500,000 pounds ($740,000) richer.

Mickelson and Grace shot 3-under 69s in the final round to finish on 17-under 271 and overhaul overnight leader Henrik Stenson, who bogeyed three of his last six holes for a tie for third with unheralded Dane J.B. Hansen on 15 under.

Mickelson had to dig deep to earn his first win on European soil since a capturing a title in Paris on the European Challenge Tour in 1993.

When Mickelson drove into the rough on the first hole, topped his second shot and then three-putted, he dropped four shots behind Stenson, who started in a manner befitting his nickname "The Iceman" in the toughest conditions of the week.

After three calm and sunny days, the wind had picked up off the Moray Firth coastline and made the Castle Stuart course much more challenging. Only five players shot lower than 70.

Mickelson was in more trouble when his chip from just off the third green came up short and rolled back down the hill to his feet. He was now five shots off the leader.

Urged on by a Scottish crowd that has really taken to the American -- a long-time supporter of this tournament and a lover of Scotland and its links courses -- he birdied the next three holes and then picked up shots at Nos. 11, 12 and 14 to take the sole lead, after briefly sharing it with Stenson and Hansen.

See photos from Mickelson's Scottish Open win.

With the two Scandinavians dropping shots coming home, Grace became Mickelson closest challenger, but the American only needed to par the 72nd for victory.

He reached the green serenely in three but slid a putt five feet by the hole, and again back up.

"I was so mad at myself after mentally losing my focus," said Mickelson, who embraced his family before returning back up the 18th hole where he was forced to wait to tee off again after organizers had removed the tee markers, clearly confident Mickelson would finish the job the first time around.

Mickelson held his nerve in the playoff, though, with his approach shot bringing roars of approval from fans in the grandstands.

"The people here in Scotland have treated us so well," he said. "I've really enjoyed my time here."

He now hopes to take his form into Muirfield.

"Although I did a lot of things well, I have certainly things to work on," he added. "Today was great for us to have this type of weather."

The win at Castle Stuart comes on the eve of the British Open, which starts Thursday at Muirfield in Scotland. Mickelson has never won the British Open, although he finished second in 2011.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

August 04, 2011

Tiger Woods Second Round at 2011 Bridgestone Invitational

Posted at 9:12 PM by

Golf Magazine's Mike Walker live blogged Tiger's second round at Firestone.
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Tiger Woods First Round at 2011 Bridgestone Invitational

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Golf Magazine's Steve Beslow live blogged Tiger's return at Firestone.

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