THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 04: Tiger Woods celebrates after his birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club on December 4, 2011 in Thousand Oaks, California. Woods finished at 10 under par to beat Zach Johnson by one stroke. (Photo by Robert Meggers/Getty Images)

Chevron World Challenge 2011: Tiger Woods Beats Zach Johnson With Birdies On Final Two Holes

Woods shot a final-round 69 for his first tournament win in two years.

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Tiger Woods On Winning 2011 Chevron World Challenge: 'To Go Birdie-Birdie There Is As Good As It Gets'

For Tiger Woods, even though it had been two years since his last victory, winning the 2011 Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California felt just like old times. Woods drilled a 10 to 12-foot putt on the 18th and final hole to beat Zach Johnson by a single stroke. Woods shot a final-round 69 on Sunday.

"I know it's been a while, but for some reason it feels like it hasn't, because when I was coming down the stretch there I felt so comfortable. I felt comfortable at [the Australian Open], I felt comfortable at Augusta. When I put myself in these positions, it is comfortable," Woods said in his press conference after the final round.

Woods was down a stroke with two holes to play, but birdied both the 17th and 18th hole to pull out the win. When asked how he felt, Woods was beaming. "I won the golf tournament. I pulled it off, one down with two to go. To go birdie-birdie there is as good as it gets," he said.

Woods joked that he hoped this victory would help springboard him to a Comeback Player of the Year award in 2012, but also quoted an unnamed friend, who cited LL Cool J in a text to Woods after the victory: "Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years."

Woods moved from 52nd in the World Golf Ranking all the way to 21st with his win.

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Tiger Woods Wins 2011 Chevron World Challenge Over Zach Johnson With Birdie On 18

Tiger Woods birdied the final hole to win the 2011 Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Woods shot a final-round 69 to beat Zach Johnson by a single stroke. It was the first win for Woods since winning the Australian Masters in November 2009.

Woods took a two-shot lead with a birdie on the 11th hole, but gave a shot back with a bogey on 12. Johnson pulled even with a birdie on the 13th hole. They each traded pars on 14 and 15, but Johnson made his birdie putt on the 16th hole while Woods missed.

After Johnson narrowly missed his birdie putt on the par-three 17th hole, the door was open for Woods to tie with a long birdie putt of his own. After an up and down putting weekend for Woods, NBC golf analyst Roger Maltbie asked aloud of Woods, "Will he make a putt that matters?"

Tiger did.

Woods made his roughly 20-foot putt, which prompted a roar from the crowd and a fist pump from Woods.

Chevron World Challenge Final Leaderboard
Rank Player Final Round Tournament
1 Tiger Woods 69 -10
2 Zach Johnson 71 -9
3 Paul Casey
69 -5
4 Matt Kuchar 71 -4
4 Hunter Mahan 71 -4

Woods previously won the event in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2007. He lost the tournament in a playoff in 2010 to Graeme McDowell.

Woods shared the low round of the day with both Paul Casey and Jim Furyk. Casey had a remarkable recovery after an opening-round 79 left him in last place in the 18-player field. He ended the tournament with scores of 68, 67, and 69 to finish all alone in third place.

The course played the second-most difficult of the four days on Sunday, as the average score was 72.06. Only the 72.94 Thursday average was higher during the tournament.

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2011 Chevron World Challenge, Final Round Leaderboard: Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson Tied at -7 After Front Nine

It's going to be a shootout down the stretch at the 2011 Chevron World Challenge as tournament host Tiger Woods is looking for his first victory since 2009, though Zach Johnson is trying his best to make sure that doesn't happen. 

Zach began the day with a one shot lead over Tiger, though a birdie on the par 5 2nd tied them at -8 apiece. Both men would eventually bogey the 8th to drop back to -7 heading to the back nine. Tiger has had the much steadier round thus far as Johnson has two bogies and two birdies on his card already.

Luckily both have separated themselves from the rest of the field by a fairly wide margin as Paul Casey sits tied for third at -3 with Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi,, so the possibility of a charge from behind will be slim.

Webb Simpson and Martin Laird have the lowest rounds of the day going thus far at -3 par respectfully, 

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2011 Chevron World Challenge, Final Round Tee Times, TV Schedule: Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson In Final Pairing At 10:40 A.M.

For most of the first three days of the 2011 Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, the story was Tiger Woods. That is, until Zach Johnson eagled the 18th hole on Saturday to overtake Woods for a one-shot lead heading into the final round. Woods and Johnson will tee off in the final pairing on Sunday.

Chevron World Challenge Leaderboard
Rank Player Third Round Tournament
1 Zach Johnson 68 -8
2 Tiger Woods 73 -7
3 K.J Choi 72 -5
4 Gary Woodland 70 -3
4 Hunter Mahan 73 -3
4 Matt Kuchar 74 -3

Woods, the 14-time major champion, is in search of his first win in over two years, and grabbed the lead on Friday and didn't let go until he shot a one-over 73 on Saturday, leaving the door open for Johnson and his heroics. Here are the tee times for the final round on Sunday (all times PST):

  • 9:12 a.m.: Nick Watney (+6) and Keegan Bradley (+9)
  • 9:23 a.m.: Jason Day (+3) and Webb Simpson (+4)
  • 9:34 a.m.: Steve Stricker (+2) and Jim Furyk (+2)
  • 9:45 a.m.: Martin Laird (+1) and Bo Van Pelt (+1)
  • 9:56 a.m.: Bill Haas (E) and Rickie Fowler (E)
  • 10:07 a.m.: Paul Casey (-2) and Bubba Watson (-1)
  • 10:18 a.m.: Hunter Mahan (-3) and Matt Kuchar (-3)
  • 10:29 a.m.: K.J. Choi (-5) and Gary Woodland (-3)
  • 10:40 a.m.: Zach Johnson (-8) and Tiger Woods (-7)

The fourth and final round of the Chevron World Challenge will be televised by Golf Channel from 10 a.m. to noon, with NBC taking over from noon to 3 p.m. PST. For all your golf needs, be sure to read Waggle Room.

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Chevron World Challenge 2011: [VIDEO] Watch Zach Johnson Hole Out To Take Lead From Tiger Woods

It was another blustery, difficult day out on the course at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA on Saturday, though there were still a few players managing to drop some low scores. One of those is Zach Johnson, who holed out from the 18th fairway from 163 yards to jump one shot ahead of Tiger Woods heading into the final round Sunday.

Best part of it was, right before his swing, the announcer said this:

"Hole location should fit Zach's shot shape" 

Well, I'd certainly say it did: 

via PGATour.com

And being the great guy that he is, after he dunked it he turns to his caddy and asks "eagles for charity right?" Zach is right as Chevron will make a donation for each one carded to the Eagles for Education foundation in California. Zach's eagle was worth a $50,000 charitable donation, not too shabby for a golf swing's worth of work. 

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Chevron World Challenge 2011 Leaderboard: Zach Johnson Eagles 18 To Grab Third-Round Lead Over Tiger Woods

Zach Johnson hit a seven-iron approach shot into the hole to cap a four-under 68 on Saturday at the 2011 Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Johnson's eagle on 18 put him at eight under par for the tournament and gave him one-stroke lead over Tiger Woods after three rounds. Woods shot a one-over 73 on Saturday.

Johnson parred each of the first 10 holes before shooting an eagle on the par-five 11th hole. He birdied the next two holes to briefly catch Woods, but bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes set him back before his heroics on 18.

It was an up and down day for Woods, who had three different bogeys on par fives, a rarity for him. Woods was eight under par on par-five holes through the first two rounds, but was plus three on the par fives on Saturday. The last win for Tiger Woods came over two years ago, at the Australian Masters in November 2009.

Chevron World Challenge Leaderboard
Rank Player Third Round Tournament
1 Zach Johnson 68 -8
2 Tiger Woods 73 -7
3 K.J Choi 72 -5
4 Gary Woodland 70 -3
4 Hunter Mahan 73 -3
4 Matt Kuchar 74 -3

K.J. Choi shot an even-par 72, but it was anything but steady. He had four birdies, all on the back nine, but also had a pair of bogeys and a double bogey. The low round of the day came from Martin Laird, who shot a 66 to move to one over par for the tournament, moving from a tie for 17th in the 18-man field into a tie for 11th. Paul Casey shot a five-under 67 and is two under for the tournament.

The average scores so far for the tournament have been 72.94 on Thursday, 71.39 on Friday, and 71.44 in the third round on Saturday.

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Chevron World Challenge, Round 3 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods One Over Par Through Nine Holes, Holds One-Shot Lead Over Hunter Mahan

On a windy Saturday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, the third round of the 2011 Chevron World Challenge has not seen many low scores, especially among those who teed off later in the day. Tiger Woods began the day with a three-shot lead, but now has a one-shot advantage over Hunter Mahan through nine holes for Woods.

After shooting 33 on the front nine on both Thursday and Friday, Woods shot a one-over 34 through nine holes on Saturday. He birdied the par-four first hole, but bogied the par-five second hole, the same hole Woods birdied on Thursday and eagled on Friday. Woods birdied the fourth hole and bogied the sixth and eighth holes, including a three-putt on the par-three eighth hole.

Mahan had three birdies on the front nine to pull within one of Woods, but he bogied the par-four 10th hole to give one back. The low round of the day so far belongs to Paul Casey of England, at six under par through 15 holes, to bring him to three under for the tournament.

Winds on Saturday in Thousand Oaks have reached 28 mph.

Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi each began the day tied for second place at five under par, three shots behind Woods, but both have struggled so far in the third round. Both are two over on the day and three under for the tournament.

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2011 Chevron World Challenge, Round 3 Tee Times, TV Schedule: Leader Tiger Woods Begins At 11 A.M.

The story at the 2011 Chevron World Challenge through the first two rounds has been the play of Tiger Woods, who is looking for his first PGA Tour win in over two years. Woods shot a five-under par 67 on Friday, tied for low round of the day, to take a three-shot lead into the weekend at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.

"Two days is nice, but four days is even better. I know I’m playing better, and it’s nice to see my position on the leaderboard equating to it," Woods said on Friday, per Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press. Woods will be in the final pairing along with Matt Kuchar, who also shot a 67 on Friday. Here are the tee times for the third round on Saturday (all times PST):

  • 9:32 a.m.: Martin Laird (+7) and Webb Simpson (+8)
  • 9:43 a.m.: Nick Watney (+5) and Keegan Bradley (+7)
  • 9:54 a.m.: Bill Haas (+3) and Paul Casey (+3)
  • 10:05 a.m.: Steve Stricker (+1) and Bo Van Pelt (+2)
  • 10:16 a.m.: Bubba Watson (+1) and Jim Furyk (+1)
  • 10:27 a.m.: Jason Day (-2) and Gary Woodland (-1)
  • 10:38 a.m.: Hunter Mahan (-4) and Rickie Fowler (-3)
  • 10:49 a.m.: K.J. Choi (-5) and Zach Johnson (-4)
  • 11:00 a.m.: Tiger Woods (-8) and Matt Kuchar (-5)

Woods' last PGA Tour victory came in September 2009 at the BMW Championship, and his last win overall as in November 2009 at the Australian Masters.

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Chevron World Challenge 2011: Tiger Woods Exudes Confidence In Post Round Interview Friday [VIDEO]

After Tiger Woods dropped a 5-under 67 on Friday at the Chevron World Challenge he spoke with the Golf Channel's Steve Sands, confidently noting that 67 was "the highest score he could have shot today."

Sands continues on with some of the highlights on Woods' round, as Tiger walks him through his thoughts with each shot. When asked about his putting grip, which he noticeably changed from his usual reverse-overlap grip to his regular grip that he would use with all his other clubs, which Tiger responded to with a smile:

"I switch back and forth. I watch Strick [Steve Stricker] putt and he does alright so I'm just kind of copying him."

via PGATour.com

Tiger has set himself up nicely to win his first tournament since 2009, though he was in a similar situation in this tourney last year and let Graeme McDowell sneak from behind and secure the victory. Tiger is very familiar with Sherwood Country Club, owning the course record of 62 shot back in 2007, hopefully we'll see some similar fireworks this weekend. 

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Chevron World Challenge 2011: Tiger Woods Leads After Two Rounds At Eight-Under

Tiger Woods shot a two-under par 67 on Friday, including; 33 on the front nine and a 34 on the back nine, and took a three-stroke lead going into the third day at the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club, in Thousand Oaks, California. He now sits at 8 under par.

After entering day two of the tournament in second place trailing K.J. Choi, Woods' solid day on the course put him three ahead of Choi, who shot a disappointing 73, and Matt Kuchar, who also shot a 67 on the day. Choi and Kuchar both sit at five-under par and they're trailed closely by Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan, both at four-under.

Wood shot into the lead on Friday with two eagles - on the par 5 2nd and 11th holes, along with birdies on 8, 12, 13 and 16. He bogied on 6 and 17, and double-bogied once on the 15th hole. Tiger's 67 on the day was tied for the day's best with Kuchar, Johnson and Mahan. 

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Chevron World Challenge, Round 2 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Makes Charge On Front Nine, One Shot Behind Leader K.J. Choi

Tiger Woods is making a charge on Friday in the second round of the 2011 Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. At one point early Friday Woods tied for the lead, but after a three-under 33 on the front nine he stands at six under par for the tournament, one shot behind first-round leader K.J. Choi through nine holes on Friday.

Woods also shot a 33 on the front nine on Thursday in the first round, then shot an even-par 36 on the home stretch.

Woods entered the day tied for second place with Steve Stricker at three under par, three shots behind Choi. By the third hole, Woods caught Choi, thanks in part to an eagle on the par-five second hole. The eagle got the crowd buzzing, and caused Associated Press golf reporter Doug Ferguson to tweet this:

When tiger pumps his fist in the 2nd fairway on a Friday, it's a special shot. 5-iron from side hill lie to 4 ft for eagle.

On the sixth hole, Woods bogied while Choi birdied to regain his three-shot lead. Woods got one back with a birdie on the par-three eighth. Woods pulled to within one when Choi bogied the ninth hole.

Zach Johnson has the low round of the day so far, at six under par through 14 holes. He is currently at five under for the tournament, in third place. Matt Kuchar is at four under on the day through 12 holes, and four under for the tournament as well, currently in fourth place.

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2011 Chevron World Challenge, Round 2 Tee Times, TV Schedule: Tiger Woods In Final Pairing At 10:50 A.M.

The 2011 Chevron World Challenge had an eventful first round on Thursday, as Tiger Woods shot a three-under par 69 in the opening round at Sherman Oaks Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Woods, whose foundation is hosting the event, is paired on Friday with K.J. Choi, who shot a 66 on Thursday for a three-shot lead.

"I watched him play a couple of holes today, and I was very impressed at the way he was swinging, at his rhythm, at the power he had," Choi told the Associated Press on Thursday. "It almost seemed like watching the old Tiger back in the day."

Steve Stricker is also at three under par, while Nick Watney, Jim Furyk, and Rickie Fowler were the only others under par, all at minus one. Here are the tee times for the 18-player field in the second round on Friday (all times PST):

  • 9:22 a.m.: Bill Haas (+6) and Paul Casey (+7)
  • 9:33 a.m.: Keegan Bradley (+4) and Martin Laird (+5)
  • 9:44 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt (+2) and Bubba Watson (+3)
  • 9:55 a.m.: Zach Johnson (+1) and Jason Day (+2)
  • 10:06 a.m.: Gary Woodland (+1) and Webb Simpson (+1)
  • 10:17 a.m.: Matt Kuchar (E) and Hunter Mahan (E)
  • 10:28 a.m.: Jim Furyk (-1) and Rickie Fowler (-1)
  • 10:39 a.m.: Steve Stricker (-3) and Nick Watney (-1)
  • 10:50 a.m.: K.J. Choi (-6) and Tiger Woods (-3)

The Golf Channel will televise the second round of the Chevron World Challenge from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST on Friday.

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Chevron World Challenge 2011, Thursday Scores: K.J. Choi Leads at -6, Tiger Woods Lurking at -3

As the blustery Santa Ana winds blew leaves and debris all over Sherwood Country Club Thursday, those playing in the Chevron World Classic had to adjust accordingly. One who adjusted well was South Korea's K.J. Choi, who had himself a day in the swirling squalls by dropping seven birdies en route to a -6 under 66, though tournament host Toger Woods sits only two shots back at -3. 

Choi had the ground running this morning, stringing together five straight birdies over the first five holes. His lone blemish on his score card came in the form of a bogey on the par 3 15th, but came right back with a birdie on the 16th to finish as the leader after the first round. 

As for Tiger, he too got out to a great start, dropping four birdies on his first five holes, though began to struggle a bit  in the windy weather, leading to bogies on the 9th, 15th, and unfortunately the par 5 16th. Nevertheless, Tiger was one of only six players to break par Thursday, along with Steve Stricker, tied with Tiger at -3, and Nick Watney, Rickie Fowler, and Jim Furyk, all finishing at -1. 

It's no surprise that the players that did the best today just so happened to play in the President's Cup is Australia, where the wind was a factor almost every day. Those darn Santa Ana's are supposed to blow again tomorrow, so get your windbreakers on and settle in. 

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Chevron World Challenge 2011: Tiger Woods Looks To Continue Improved Play

PGA Tour action returns to the greater Los Angeles area as the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club begins on Thursday.

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