Major titles still top Woods’ wish list

Updated 28 November 2012
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Major titles still top Woods’ wish list

THOUSAND OAKS, California: Tiger Woods, buoyed by a return to form in 2012, is hoping 2013 will yield the one thing that in his opinion makes a season great: a major golf title.
“Any time you get a chance to be part of history and put your name on the biggest trophies in our sport, it’s a great year,” said Woods, who owns 14 major titles but hasn’t triumphed in one of the game’s four premier events since 2008.
Woods spoke Tuesday at Sherwood Country Club, where he’s preparing to defend his title in the World Challenge invitational that he hosts for the benefit of his charitable foundation.
He birdied the final two holes to defeat compatriot Zach Johnson by one stroke here last year and end a global victory drought, and then went on to win three PGA Tour titles in 2012.
“I’m very excited because last year at this point in time I was still not quite where I wanted to be physically,” Woods said.
“This year has been fantastic in that regard. I’ve felt good. I’ve played a full schedule for the first time in a very long time, and I’m just very pleased with what I’ve done overall with my game.”
With various injuries behind him and the swing changes he has painstakingly implemented with coach Sean Foley apparently dialed in, Woods said all aspects of his game have come around.
“At the outset of the year I didn’t really putt well. Towards the end of the year I really started putting well. My short game has really come around ... I am becoming more consistent.”
He won his 72nd PGA Tour title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, then won the Memorial and the AT&T National.
The only real hiccup was his withdrawal from Doral during the final round with a sore Achilles tendon.
In 2013 it’s clear his focus will be on resuming his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles.
“I know how it feels when you win a major championship, and it feels incredible,” he said. “It lasts with you, and that’s something that I would like to have happen again.
“That’s something I haven’t done since ‘08, so it’s something I can do next year,” he said of nabbing another major.
“Winning a major championship just takes it to a whole new level.”
One thing isn’t in Woods’s plans — taking up membership on the European Tour.
Woods has never done so, even back when the European circuit required members to play just 11 events rather than the current 13.
That would include the four majors, World Golf Championships events, and now when it rolls around, the Ryder Cup.
European Tour chief George O’Grady, in an interview with Gulfnews.com, noted that it would be “quite doable for Tiger to join the European Tour.”
Playing as a member of both the European and US Tours would allow Woods to emulate the feat first achieved by Luke Donald, and matched by Rory McIlroy this year, of winning the money title on both tours.
But Woods said the schedule burden wasn’t worth it.
“I’ll make it real simple — I’m not going to play the European Tour next year,” Woods said.
“It’s a bit much for me still,” Woods added. “I enjoy playing around the world, and I still always will. But I am going to play this (US) tour.”


Rockets outlast Warriors 98-94, edge closer to NBA Finals

Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets goes up against Quinn Cook #4 of the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter of Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 25 May 2018
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Rockets outlast Warriors 98-94, edge closer to NBA Finals

  • The Rockets head into Game 6 on Saturday night in Oakland one win away from knocking off the defending champions and advancing to the NBA Finals.
  • After Game 6 on Saturday, the Rockets would host Game 7 on Monday if necessary.

HOUSTON, Texas: Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State’s last possession secured a 98-94 victory Thursday night that gave the Houston Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.
The Rockets head into Game 6 on Saturday night in Oakland one win away from knocking off the defending champions and advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 1994-95.
Chris Paul scored 20 points and James Harden struggled for his 19, but Paul had to leave the game in the final minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points for the Warriors, who lost in Game 5 of a playoff series for just the second time since 2015.
The Rockets won a second straight defensive struggle between the two potent offenses, leaving the Warriors a loss from missing the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014.
“We had to rely on our defense once again,” Harden said. “Game 4, we weren’t making shots but defensively we were really good. Same thing tonight.”
Draymond Green made a 3-pointer with just over minute left to get Golden State within one. Harden, who was 0 for 11 on 3s, missed his last one with less than 30 seconds left, giving the Warriors the ball back.
Stephen Curry missed a floater and Trevor Ariza grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 10 seconds left. But he made just one of two free throws to give the Warriors another chance.
But Gordon came up with his steal when Green lost control in the lane and added two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to put it away.
Klay Thompson shook off a knee injury that had his status for this game in question to score 23 points and Curry added 22. A bruised left knee kept Andre Iguodala out for the second straight game, and Kevon Looney started in his place.
After losing Game 1 of the series, the Rockets made the best of home-court advantage this time, thrilling a sellout crowd that included Justin Timberlake, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and rapper Travis Scott.
It’s Houston’s second straight win in the series after snapping Golden State’s NBA playoff-record, 16-game home winning streak with a 95-92 victory on Tuesday night.
Golden State led by one to start the fourth before Paul got going, scoring seven points to power a 10-5 run that gave the Rockets an 81-77 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.
Thompson made a 3-pointer after that and then officials reviewed Paul’s first basket of the quarter and ruled he got it off after the shot clock expired, leaving the Warriors ahead 80-79.
The Rockets were clinging to a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Durant fouled Gordon on a 3-point attempt, losing one of his shoes in the process. Gordon made all three free throws to start a 7-2 spurt that extended the lead to 88-82 midway through the quarter.
The Rockets honored the 10 people killed in last week’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, before the game, with the school’s choir singing the national anthem and team owner Tilman Fertitta wearing a “Santa Fe Strong” T-shirt, before Houston scored the game’s first six points in a first half where the team led by as many as 11.

TIP-INS
Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr was unsure Thursday if Iguodala would be able to return for Game 6. “He’s dying to play, but he’s not healthy enough,” Kerr said. “We’ll just continue to take it day to day..”.. Curry made four free throws to tie Rick Barry for most free throws made in the playoffs in franchise history with 378. ... Golden State had 18 turnovers.
Rockets: Clint Capela had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this postseason. ... Houston made 13 of 43 3-pointers, led by four from Gordon.

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After Game 6 on Saturday, the Rockets would host Game 7 on Monday if necessary.