Woods 'flubs', Donald chased by baboon, Daly hitched

Tiger Woods's short game hinders performance at Hero World Challenge and Jordan Spieth wants to be a "world player".

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Fri, 5 Dec 2014
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Tiger's return a duff hit

Tiger Woods's shambolic short game blighted his return from injury at the Hero World Challenge and sits him in last place after an opening round of 77.

The 14-time major champion hit the ball well but duffed a number of chips which saw him plummet down the leaderboard, finishing 11 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth.

"It was weird," the 38-year-old said. "My short game was awful. I didn't make anything.

"I hit a lot of good shots and I got nothing out of it, obviously. Bad chips, bad putts and a couple of missed shots on the front nine on the wrong side really compounded the problem.

"I hit terrible chips. It certainly is surprising that I could hit chips that poorly. I just flubbed them."

Woods' opening drive flew out of bounds but he stiffed his approach, limiting the damage to a bogey.

 

 

Donald not monkeying around

Luke Donald was chased by a baboon during the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

The former world number one, who leads the competition, was given a fright as the animal ran up behind him as he practised his stoke.

The Englishman managed to see the funny side and posted a nine-under-par 63. 

 

Spieth wants to go international 

Fresh off his Australian Open win, Jordan Spieth says he wants to be a “world player”.

The 21-year-old held Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott at bay Down Under and his first visit to Japan saw the Texan finish runner-up at the Dunlop Phoenix Open.

“I enjoy traveling the world.  I didn’t go over there necessarily for specific tournaments,” said Spieth.

“More, I wanted to experience golf and see golf fans and what it means and how it’s growing globally."

Golfer killed by crocodile

A golfer has been killed by a 13-foot crocodile in South Africa when retrieving his ball from a lake.

Jacques Van der Sandt, 29, was waist deep when the crocodile attacked at Skukuza Golf Course.

After a two-hour search, rangers killed the crocodile. 

Scottish game suffering

A debate on the health of the game in Scotland has begun after 31-year-old Scott Jameson became the youngest player from the country to hold a 2015 European Tour card.

Jameson is one of eight players from Scotland who will compete in the 2015 Race to Dubai, three fewer than last year.

For the first time since 2006, Scottish golfers have failed to graduate from the Challenge Tour and no players came through Q School either.

Decorated Scottish amateur Stuart Wilson believes nurture rather than nature is the key to helping the country’s golfers and he thinks attitude is the key to success. 

 

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