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NAPLES, Fla. — Ben DeArmond played his way into the Web.com Tour’s LECOM Suncoast Classic event last week in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

And then he played himself into golf history. The wrong kind. The kind that would cause many to quit.

DeArmond’s wife and parents were late getting to the tournament and caught up with him on the 491-yard, par-4 second hole at Lakewood National Golf Club. The tee shot required getting over a water hazard.

“I assured them it had nothing to do with them,” DeArmond said.

“It” was what happened next.

DeArmond’s ball landed a foot short of clearing the water hazard. He decided to go up 30 yards near the hazard, take a drop, and use a 3-wood. He topped it in the water. Took another drop. Topped that in the water. Asked his caddie for another club, and took a 5-iron. Took a drop, and topped it in the water. Took another drop, and topped it in the water. Went back to the 3-wood and finally got it over.

“I had to hit it like a sand wedge,” said DeArmond, head pro at Treviso Bay in Naples.

DeArmond and his caddie, Treviso Bay assistant Jordan Hobbs, tried to make light of the situation when they got to the fairway — “I cracked a smile,” DeArmond said. DeArmond asked what he was hitting. Hobbs said, “I think 13.” So they called up to the walking scorer, who confirmed it. “See, I was right,” Hobbs said, and the two chuckled.

“It wasn’t his fault,” DeArmond said of Hobbs, “even though our members like to blame him.”

DeArmond’s father even called him “Roy,” referencing the “Tin Cup” character Roy McAvoy, who hit several balls in the water in the movie on the last hole of the U.S. Open.

So here was DeArmond, 31, who had won his golf management company’s 36-hole qualifier for the sponsor exemption, beating his brother Adam in doing so. Probably not a threat to make a cut in an event of that stature with a bogey on his first hole and sitting in the fairway of his second awaiting his 14th stroke.

“It’s the most difficult hole on the golf course, but that’s beside the point,” DeArmond said.

He finished with a 17 — the highest score in Web.com Tour history — on the hole, and still had 16 holes to play. He admitted that he considered quitting. “Trust me, the thought crossed my mind.”

DeArmond said he thought of his 9-month-old son, his family, friends and members over the remaining 16 holes of what turned out to be a 91 — he made 10 pars and a bogey over his last 11 holes.

“I had time to realize that this is a pretty awesome experience,” he said. “I’ve got a 9-month-old son who would look back on it, and realize I made history in a bad way, but also realize that I didn’t quit.

“I’ve told my assistants and everyone else. It’s the reality of it. Everybody has a bad day. Don’t quit. No matter what. Have the integrity to complete everything you do.”

The next day, DeArmond was back. That second hole was his 11th of the day. He was out for redemption and nearly got it. No issues with that tee shot this time. His second shot — a 3-wood on the lengthy hole — went in a greenside bunker, but he hit it to 6 feet, and…

“Barely, barely missed the edge,” said DeArmond, who went on to shoot a 78. “Trust me, I was trying anything to make par. I was trying to make better than that.”

In many ways, it seems he did.

He’s received nearly 100 texts or emails of support. Monday night, he was on a golf radio show to talk about it. About persevering and not quitting.

 

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Tiger Woods turned pro in 1996 and won his first event in Las Vegas.

Since then, Woods has amassed 80 PGA Tour and major professional victories.

That puts him three away from the all-time PGA Tour lead.

Sam Snead has the most with 82.

Woods has won 14 majors, and has won each of them at least three times:

  • Masters (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005)
  • PGA Championship (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007)
  • U.S. Open (2000, 2002, 2008)
  • British Open (2000, 2005, 2006)

Here’s a look at each of Woods’ victories:

1996

No. 1: Las Vegas Invitational

Tiger Woods first PGA Tour victory
Tiger Woods smiles after receiving a check and trophy for winning the Las Vegas Invitational on Oct. 6, 1996, at TPC at Summerlin in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)

1996

No. 2: Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic

Tiger Woods career win No. 2
Tiger Woods hold up his trophy after winning the Disney Classic on Oct. 20, 1996 at the Magnolia course at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

1997

No. 3: Mercedes Championships

Tiger Woods win No. 3
Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the 1997 Mercedes Championships at La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo)

1997

No. 4: The Masters

Tiger Woods Masters 1997
Tiger Woods celebrates with a fist pump after winning the 1997 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga, on April 13, 1997.  (AP Photo)

1997

No. 5: GTE Byron Nelson Classic

Tiger Woods PGA Tour win No. 5
Tiger Woods reacts when handed a check for $324,000 after winning the GTE Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas, on May 18, 1997. (AP Photo)

1997

No. 6: Motorola Western Open

Tiger Woods Motorola Western Open
A large crowd follows Tiger Woods as he closes out a victory in the 1997 Motorola Western Open at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill.  (AP Photo)

1998

No. 7: BellSouth Classic

Tiger Woods won the BellSouth Classic in Duluth, Ga., on May 10, 1998. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

1999

No. 8: Buick Invitational

Tiger Woods 1999 Buick Invitational
Tiger Woods raises his arms as he watches his eagle putt on the final hole head into the cup for victory in the Buick Invitational on Feb. 14, 1999 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

1999

No. 9: Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods 1999 Memorial Tournament
Tiger Woods won the Memorial Tournament on June 6, 1999 in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

1999

No. 10: Motorola Western Open

Tiger Woods' 10th PGA Tour victory
Tiger Woods’ 10th PGA Tour victory came in the 1999 Motorola Western Open at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill. (AP photo)

1999

No. 11: PGA Championship

Tiger Woods Wanamaker trophy 81st PGA
Tiger Woods kisses the Wanamaker trophy after winning the 81st PGA Championship at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., on Aug. 15, 1999. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

1999

No. 12: WGC-NEC Invitational

Tiger Woods 1999 NEC Invitational
Tiger Woods holds the trophy after his victory in the NEC Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio on Aug. 29, 1999. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

1999

No. 13: National Car Rental Golf Classic 

Tiger Woods celebrates with Minnie and Mickey Mouse on Oct. 24, 1999, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., after winning the National Car Rental Golf Classic at Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

1999

No. 14: Tour Championship

Tiger Woods 1999 Tour Championship
Tiger Woods after winning the Tour Championship on Oct. 31, 1999, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

1999

No. 15: WGC-American Express Championship

Tiger Woods shows off the trophy after winning the WGC-American Express Championship
Tiger Woods shows off the trophy after winning the WGC-American Express Championship in Valderrama, Spain, on Nov. 7, 1999. Woods became the first golfer to win four straight tournaments in 46 years and the first to win eight PGA Tour events in a season in 25 years. (AP Photo/Denis Doyle)

2000

No. 16: Mercedes Championships

Tiger Woods after winning the Mercedes Championships in Kapalua, Hawaii, on Jan. 9, 2000. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

2000

No. 17: Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Tiger Woods during his victory in the 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith)

2000

No. 18: Bay Hill Invitational

Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods with the Bay Hill Trophy on March 19, 2000. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)

2000

No. 19: Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods receives the Memorial Tournament on May 29, 2000 in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

2000

No. 20: U.S. Open

Tiger Woods 100th U.S. Open Pebble Beach
Tiger Woods holds up the trophy after capturing the 100th U.S. Open at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., on June 18, 2000. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

2000

No. 21: British Open

Tiger Woods 2000 British Open
Tiger Woods kisses the Claret Jug after winning the British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland on July 23, 2000. (AP Photo/Christine Nesbitt)

2000

No. 22: PGA Championship

Tiger Woods 2000 PGA Championship
Tiger Woods with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship on Aug. 20, 2000, at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/ Charlie Neibergall)

2000

No. 23: WGC-NEC Invitational

Tiger Woods NEC 2000
Tiger Woods celebrates in the darkness after winning the NEC Invitational on Aug. 27, 2000, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

2000

No. 24: Bell Canadian Open

Tiger Woods Canadian Open 2000
Tiger Woods won his 9th tournament of 2000 on Sept. 10, at the Bell Canadian Open. (AP photo)

2001

No. 25: Bay Hill Invitational

Tiger Woods 2001 Bay Hill
Tiger Woods is helped into the his jacket for winning the Bay Hill Invitational by tournament host Arnold Palmer on March 18, 2001 in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)

2001

No. 26: Players Championship

Tiger Woods 2001 The Players Championship
Tiger Woods poses with The Players Championship trophy on March 26, 2001 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)

2001

No. 27: Masters

Tiger Woods 2001 Masters
Tiger Woods smiles after receiving his Masters green jacket after winning the 2001 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

2001

No. 28: Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods 2001 Memorial
Tiger Woods

recieves the championship trophy from Jack Nicklaus at the 2001 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. (Brian Spurock/USA TODAY Sports)

2001

No. 29: WGC-NEC Invitational

Tiger Woods 2001 NEC
Tiger Woods celebrates after a birdie on the seventh playoff hole to defeat Jim Furyk in the 2001 NEC Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

2002

No. 30: Bay Hill Invitational

Tiger Woods 2002 Bay Hill Invitational
Arnold Palmer presents the Bay Hill Trophy to Tiger Woods at the 2002 Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Fla., Woods’ third straight year in the event. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

2002

No. 31: Masters

Tiger Woods receives the Masters green jacket from Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson on Sunday, April 14, 2002, at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

2002

No. 32: U.S. Open

tiger woods 2002 u.s. open bethpage
Tiger Woods kisses the 2002 U.S. Open trophy after winning at the Black Course of Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

2002

No. 33: Buick Open

Tiger Woods 2002 Buick Open
Tiger Woods holds up the trophy after winning the Buick Open at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Mich., on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

2002

No. 34: WGC-American Express Championship

Tiger Woods WGC-American Express championship
Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th green after winning the WGC-American Express championship at Mount Juliet Golf Course in Thomastown, Ireland, on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002. (AP Photo/Adam Butler)

2003

No. 35: Buick Invitational

Tiger Woods 2003 Buick Invitational
Tiger Woods overcame a second-round to win the 2003 Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

2003

No. 36: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Tiger Woods 2003 Accenture
Tiger Woods lines up a putt during his march to victory in the 2003 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP photo)

2003

No. 37: Bay Hill Invitational

Tiger Woods 2003 Bay Hill
Tiger Woods holds the Bay Hill Trophy after winning the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Fla., on March 23, 2003, for his fourth straight victory in the event. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

2003

No. 38: Western Open

Tiger Woods 2003 Western Open
Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the sixth hole during the final round of the Western Open Sunday, July 6, 2003, at Cog Hills Golf Club in Lemont, Ill. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

2003

No. 39: WGC-American Express Championship

Tiger Woods poses with the trophies from four World Golf Championship events on March 2, 2003. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

2004

No. 40: WGC-American Express Championship

Tiger Woods World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play
Tiger Woods peeks inside of the trophy after his victory at the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship on Feb. 29, 2004 in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

2005

No. 41: Buick Invitational

Tiger Woods Buick
Tiger Woods won his 41st PGA Tour victory at Torrey Pines at the 2005 Buick Invitational. (AP photo)

2005

No. 42: Ford Championship at Doral

Tiger Woods smiles while hoisting the trophy after winning the Ford Championship at Doral on March 6, 2005, defeating Phil Mickelson by a stroke. (AP Photo/Steve Mitchell)

2005

No. 43: Masters

Tiger Woods celebrates after his birdie chip on the 16th hole during the 2005 Masters, one of the most famous shots in tournament history. He went on to win his fourth green jacket. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

2005

No. 44: British Open

Tiger Woods 2005 British
Tiger Woods embraces his caddie Steve Williams as they celebrate winning the British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, on July 17, 2005. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

2005

No. 45: WGC-NEC Invitational

Tiger Woods NEC Firestone 2005
Tiger Woods hoists the trophy after winning the NEC Invitational on Aug. 21, 2005, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

2005

No. 46: 2005 WGC-American Express Championship

Tiger Woods WGC-American Express Championships 2005
Tiger Woods holds up the trophy after winning the WGC-American Express Championships at Harding Park in San Francisco on Oct. 9, 2005. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

2006

No. 47: Buick Invitational

Tiger Woods Buick Invitational 2006
Tiger Woods hoists the trophy after his playoff victory at the Buick Invitational on Jan. 29, 2006 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

2006

No. 48: Ford Championship

Tiger Woods 2006 Ford Championship
Tiger Woods is presented with a check on March 5, 2006 after winning the Ford Championship. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

2006

No. 49: British Open

Tiger Woods, 2006 British Open Hoylake
Tiger Woods gets emotional walked off the 18th green with caddie Steve Williams after winning the British Open at the Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. on July 23, 2006. (Alessia Pierdomenica/Reuters)

2006

No. 50: Buick Open

Tiger Woods 50th PGA Tour victory Buick Open
Tiger Woods samples the icing off a cake dedicated to his 2006 Buick Open victory, his 50th PGA Tour title, at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

2006

No. 51: PGA Championship

Tiger Woods 2006 PGA Championship
Tiger Woods rests his chin on the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 88th PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club on Aug. 20, 2006, in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

2006

No. 52: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods WGC Bridgestone 2006
Tiger Woods looks down as he lifts the top of the Gary Player Cup after his victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 27, 2006, in Akron, Ohio. Woods won a four-sudden-death against Stewart Cink. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

2006

No. 53: Deutsche Bank Championship

Tiger Woods 2006 Deutsche Bank
Tiger Woods celebrates a birdie putt during the final round of the 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC of Boston. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

2006

No. 54: WGC-American Express Championship

Tiger Woods WGC-American Express Championship 2006
Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 12th hole during the final round of the WGC-American Express Championship at The Grove on Oct. 1, 2006 in Watford, England. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

2007

No. 55: Buick Invitational

Tiger Woods 2007 Buick Invitational
Tiger Woods hoists the Buick Invitational trophy after winning in San Diego on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

2007

No. 56: WGC-CA Championship

Tiger Woods WGC-CA Championship Doral
Tiger Woods hits his third shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the WGC-CA Championship at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa on March 25, 2007. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

2007

No. 57: Wachovia Championship

Tiger Woods 2007 Wachovia
Tiger Woods holds the trophy after winning the Wachovia Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, May 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

2007

No. 58: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods 2007 WGC-Bridgestone
Tiger Woods plays his tee shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 5, 2007 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

2007

No. 59: PGA Championship

Tiger Woods 89th PGA Championshiip 2007
Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the 89th PGA Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

2007

No. 60: BMW Championship

Tiger Woods 2007 BMW
Tiger Woods holds the J.K. Wadley trophy after winning the 2007 BMW Championship PGA on Sept. 9, 2007, in Lemont, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

2007

No. 61: Tour Championship

Tiger Woods Tour Championshipo 2007
Tiger Woods holds up the FedEx Cup trophy after winning both the 2007 Tour Championship and the cup points standings at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

2008

No. 62: Buick Invitational

Tiger Woods, Buick Invitational 2008
Tiger Woods poses with his winner’s trophy and children from the Tiger Woods Learning Center after his eight-shot victory in the Buick Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

2008

No. 63: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Tiger Woods WGC-Accenture Match Play 2008
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 19th hole during the championship match of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at The Gallery at Dove Mountain on Feb. 24, 2008 in Marana, Arizona. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

2008

No. 64: Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer talk during the trophy presentation after Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla., on March 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

2008

No. 65: U.S. Open

Tiger Woods, Rocco Mediate, 2008, U.S. Open
Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate share a laugh on the 18th green during the trophy presentation after the playoff round of the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course on June 16, 2008.(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

2009

No. 66: Arnold Palmer Invitational

tiger woods arnold palmer 2009
Tiger Woods lifts the trophy for winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, March 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

2009

No. 67: Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods 2009 Memorial
Tiger Woods holds the trophy next to Jack Nicklaus after winning the 2009 Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.(AP Photo/Mike Munden)

2009

No. 68: AT&T National

Tiger Woods AT&T 2009
Fans walk by a scoreboard as they leave the course after the final round of the AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods at Congressional Country Club on July 5, 2009 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

2009

No. 69: Buick Open

Tiger Woods 2009 Buick Open
Tiger Woods holds up the trophy after winning the Buick Open on Aug. 2, 2009, at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

2009

No. 70: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods Bridgestone Invitationa
Tiger Woods hoists the trophy after winning final the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

2009

No. 71: BMW Championship

Tiger Woods BMW Championship 2009
Golf fans look on as Tiger Woods tees off on the 17th hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf & CC on Sept. 13, 2009 in Lemont, Illinois. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

2012

No. 72: Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods Arnold Palmer Invitational 2012
Tiger Woods hoists the championship trophy after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

2012

No. 73: Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods, Memorial, 2012
Tiger Woods holds up the trophy after winning the Memorial at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

2012

No. 74: AT&T National

Tiger Woods AT&T National 2012
Tiger Woods acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green after winning the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

2013

No. 75: Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Woods 2013 Farmers Insurance Open
Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the 2013 Farmers Insurance Open on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

2013

No. 76: WGC-Cadillac Championship

Tiger Woods, Donald Trump, 2013 Trump Doral Golf
Donald Trump greets Tiger Woods after the final round of the WGC Championships-Cadillac Championship at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa on March 10, 2013. (Warren Little/Getty Images)

2013

No. 77: Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods Arnold Palmer Invitational
Tiger Woods jokes with Arnold Palmer after winning the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

2013

No. 78: Players Championship

Tiger Woods, Players Championship
Tiger Woods waves on the 18th green during the final round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

2013

No. 79: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Tiger Woods looks on during the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club on Aug. 4, 2013 in Akron, Ohio. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

2018

No. 80: Tour Championship

Tiger Woods, Tour Championship, 80th PGA Tour victory
After a five-year gap, Tiger Woods finally celebrates another victory after winning the Tour Championship on Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta, the 80th victory of his PGA Tour career. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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MEXICO CITY — Justin Thomas won’t soon forget it.

He just won’t let it bother him anytime soon.

On Sunday, Thomas let slip a four-shot, 54-hole lead in the Genesis Open and finished one shot behind J.B. Holmes, who wrapped his hands around the championship hardware. The win would have been Thomas’ 10th on the PGA Tour, at age 25, he would have moved to No. 2 in the world, and he would have received the trophy from his friend, Tiger Woods.

All that, plus the feeling he handed the victory to Holmes – he had two three-putts and one four-putt in the final nine holes – really hit Thomas as he drove to LAX to catch a charter to the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

But nothing but good vibes and good thoughts will hit him when he puts a peg in the ground for Thursday’s first round.

“It will bother me the rest of my life, 100 percent it will,” Thomas said. “There are tournaments I didn’t win my rookie year that still bother me. But in terms of being over it, it’s done with.

“I played well, I just didn’t make the putts and I just made the mistakes that in the past I usually don’t make when I’m playing with a lead. And that’s how you lose golf tournaments with a four‑shot lead. But it’s something I’m over. I lost a golf tournament. It’s not like I had somebody in my family passed away or had something major happen to my health or something severe. Life’s going to move on, you know.”

Thomas is in a good place to move on. He finished in a tie for fifth the first time the Mexico Championship was played at Club de Golf Chapultepec two years ago. Last year, he lost in a playoff to Phil Mickelson.

On each of those occasions, Thomas said his game was far from being on point and he was searching for something. Each time, he found something to turn his game around.

This year, he isn’t searching for anything. He feels great about his form and loves the challenge of playing the course that is 7,800 feet above sea level.

“It’s a cool little golf course,” said Thomas, who has been in the final group on Sunday each of his last two starts. “You can play the course a lot of different ways. Off the tee you can be aggressive and take on some of the doglegs or kind of hit it to where most of the people hit it and then go from there. Really, at this altitude it’s just all about staying hydrated and staying rested and getting the numbers right.”

Well, his attitude doesn’t need adjusting after the Genesis Open.

“I know what I did wrong and Jimmy (Johnson, his caddie) and I know what we both need to improve on to not let it happen again,” Thomas said. “We feel confident if we have a four‑shot lead teeing it up here on Sunday that we’ll be able to get it done.”

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MEXICO CITY – After a day of leisure to recharge his batteries, Tiger Woods was back in a new office and making the most of every minute he was on the clock.

“Hell, yeah, it’s a lot of work,” Woods said Tuesday during a quick nine holes alongside Justin Thomas and Billy Horschel at Club de Golf Chapultepec, home to this week’s World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

It was the first time Woods saw the course, which rests some 7,800 feet above sea level. It is also the first time Woods will play a tournament in high altitude since 1999. Back then, he finished in a tie for 37th in the Sprint International at Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colorado, which is 6,500 feet above sea level.

So he spent about 45 minutes on the range with caddie Joey LaCava and Trackman, a launch monitor that examines each shot’s characteristics including ball speed, spin rate and distance.

During his round with Thomas and Horschel, he continued to dial in his distances, spent a considerable amount of time on and around the Poa annua greens that he said were bouncy, and got familiar with the layout.

He hit a soft, high cut 3-wood 345 yards on the downhill, par-5 11th. On the par-3 13th, he went full out into the wind with a 5-iron from 235 yards and was long. Throughout the nine holes, he got a better measure of what the ball will do.

“The spin is the same, but the ball stays flat. It doesn’t peak,” Woods said.

For that reason, he will have a 5-wood in his bag this week instead of the 2-iron.

“The 5-wood will spin more,” Woods said.

All in all, LaCava said, it was a good day’s work.

“It’s a work in progress,” LaCava said. “But he looks good so far.”

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Brittany Lincicome announced on social media Tuesday that she and husband Dewald Gouws are expecting a baby. As the well wishes poured in, 33-year-old Lincicome did one of her favorite things: She took a nap.

“I’m trying to get a good napping baby,” said Lincicome. “I’ll probably get the opposite.”

Among those who offered their congrats on Tuesday afternoon was U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster. Lincicome is due Sept. 1, two weeks before the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.

When Lincicome and her husband first started trying to get pregnant after she won in the Bahamas last January, they had hoped for perfect timing. Lincicome, a two-time major winner and Solheim Cup stalwart, would love to be in Scotland late September to represent her country and play for Inkster, but perfect timing went out the window a while back. Right now, they’re just thrilled to be pregnant again.

Lincicome didn’t tell many people about her miscarriage last spring. She found out she was pregnant early in the week during the ANA Inspiration, a favorite spot on tour. When the couple went in for their eight-week appointment in late April, the doctor delivered devastating news. There was no heartbeat.

The next morning at 5 a.m., Lincicome went in for surgery.

“We cried for days and days,” she said.

Lincicome knows that miscarriages are common. She believes that God has a plan. Perhaps sharing her story will help others feel less alone.

“I don’t know why we don’t talk about it,” she said. “It’s a normal thing. It’s not like anyone did anything wrong.”

Doctors assured Lincicome that she could fly to Thailand and Singapore for the next two events, but she didn’t want to risk being on a flight that long. She’ll make her next LPGA start in Phoenix in March and compete on tour as long as she can.

Several players have told her they quit playing while pregnant after losing quite a bit of distance. Lincicome hopes her extra length might prolong her 2019 season. Then again, it’s quite hot in the summer.

A nap might sound pretty good by then.

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Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau and Abraham Ancer begin play as one of the featured groups in the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship at 2:03 p.m. Eastern Thursday from the 1st tee at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City.

The Round 1 & 2 tee times and pairings for the full limited field event were announced Tuesday. Woods, DeChambeau and Ancer go out at 12:51 p.m. Eastern from the 10th tee on Friday.

Among the other featured pairings: Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas begin play from the 10th tee at 12:51 p.m. Thursday. They tee off at 2:03 p.m. from No. 1 on Friday.

Round 1 WGC-Mexico Championship Tee Times – 1st Tee

(All times Eastern)

Tee time Golfers
12:03 p.m. Tyrrell Hatton, Chez Reavie, George Coetzee
12:15 p.m. Aaron Rai, Ryan Fox, Byeong Hun An
12:27 p.m. Shugo Imahira, Matthew Millar, Aaron Wise
12:39 p.m. Patton Kizzire, Ian Poulter, Haotong Li
12:51 p.m. Russell Knox, Jordan Spieth, Satoshi Kodaira
1:03 p.m. Sanghyun Park, Danny Willett, Joost Luiten
1:15 p.m. Eddie Pepperell, Kevin Kisner, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
1:27 p.m. Shubhankar Sharma, Cameron Smith, Matt Wallace
1:39 p.m. Marc Leishman, Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama
1:51 p.m. Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed
2:03 p.m. Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer
2:15 p.m. Rafa Cabrera Bello, Webb Simpson, Paul Casey

Round 1 WGC-Mexico Championship Tee Times – 10th Tee

(All times Eastern)

Tee time Golfers
12:03 p.m. Shaun Norris, David Lipsky, Alexander Bjork
12:15 p.m. Adrian Otaegui, Billy Horschel, Louis Oosthuizen
12:27 p.m. Xander Schauffele, Francesco Molinari, Thorbjorn Olesen
12:39 p.m. Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy
12:51 p.m. Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson
1:03 p.m. Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, Tommy Fleetwood
1:15 p.m. Matthew Fitzpatrick, Gary Woodland, Jake McLeod
1:27 p.m. Sergio Garcia, Alex Noren, Patrick Cantlay
1:39 p.m. Keegan Bradley, Branden Grace, Lee Westwood
1:51 p.m. Richard Sterne, Charles Howell III, Tom Lewis
2:03 p.m. Lucas Bjerregaard, Shane Lowry, Kevin Na
2:15 p.m. Erik van Rooyen, Emiliano Grillo, Kyle Stanley

Round 2 WGC-Mexico Championship Tee Times – 1st Tee

(All times Eastern)

Tee Time Golfers
12:03 p.m. Matthew Fitzpatrick, Gary Woodland, Jake McLeod
12:15 p.m. Sergio Garcia, Alex Noren, Patrick Cantlay
12:27 p.m. Keegan Bradley, Branden Grace, Lee Westwood
12:39 p.m. Richard Sterne, Charles Howell III, Tom Lewis
12:51 p.m. Lucas Bjerregaard, Shane Lowry, Kevin Na
1:03 p.m. Erik van Rooyen, Emiliano Grillo, Kyle Stanley
1:15 p.m. Shaun Norris, David Lipsky, Alexander Bjork
1:27 p.m. Adrian Otaegui, Billy Horschel, Louis Oosthuizen
1:39 p.m. Xander Schauffele, Francesco Molinari, Thorbjorn Olesen
1:51 p.m. Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy
2:03 p.m. Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson
2:15 p.m. Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, Tommy Fleetwood

Round 2 Genesis Open Tee Times – 10th Tee

(All times Eastern)

Tee Time Golfers
12:03 p.m. Eddie Pepperell, Kevin Kisner, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
12:15 p.m. Shubhankar Sharma, Cameron Smith, Matt Wallace
12:27 p.m. Marc Leishman, Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama
12:39 p.m. Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed
12:51 p.m. Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer
1:03 p.m. Rafa Cabrera Bello, Webb Simpson, Paul Casey
1:15 p.m. Tyrrell Hatton, Chez Reavie, George Coetzee
1:27 p.m. Aaron Rai, Ryan Fox, Byeong Hun An
1:39 p.m. Shugo Imahira, Matthew Miller, Aaron Wise
1:51 p.m. Patton Kizzire, Ian Poulter, Haotong Li
2:03 p.m Russell Knox, Jordan Spieth, Satoshi Kodaira
2:15 p.m. Sanghyun Park, Danny Willett, Joost Luiten

TV/Info

Thursday
Golf Channel: 2-7 p.m.

Friday
Golf Channel: 2-7 p.m.

Saturday
Golf Channel: 12-2:30 p.m.
NBC: 2:30-6 p.m.

Sunday
Golf Channel: 12-1:30 p.m.
NBC: 1:30-6 p.m.

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Phil Mickelson’s best moments from 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2019/02/19/phil-mickelsons-best-moments-from-2018-wgc-mexico-championship/ http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2019/02/19/phil-mickelsons-best-moments-from-2018-wgc-mexico-championship/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:46:01 +0000 http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2019/02/19/phil-mickelsons-best-moments-from-2018-wgc-mexico-championship/ In the 2018 World Golf Championships - Mexico Championship, Phil Mickelson had many memorable moments, including fan interactions and his first PGA TOUR win in five years in a playoff with Justin Thom

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In the 2018 World Golf Championships – Mexico Championship, Phil Mickelson had many memorable moments, including fan interactions and his first PGA TOUR win in five years in a playoff with Justin Thomas.

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Tony Romo will follow his Pebble Beach Pro-Am appearance by playing in his hometown AT&T Byron Nelson.

Tournament organizers announced Tuesday that Romo has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play in the May 9-12 tournament in Dallas. Romo, who will play as an amateur, is a member of Trinity Forest Golf Club, the host course of the Byron Nelson.

Earlier this month Romo withdrew from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am ahead of Saturday’s third round. He left to attend the funeral of Wade Wilson, his former quarterbacks coach with the Dallas Cowboys.

At Pebble Romo and partner Jim Furyk shot 70-65 and were near the bottom of the pack at 8-under when Romo withdrew.

Last March Romo played in the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, where he finished last. He shot 77-82 playing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption.

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Tiger Woods’ all-time shots in World Golf Championships http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2019/02/19/tiger-woods-all-time-shots-in-world-golf-championships/ http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2019/02/19/tiger-woods-all-time-shots-in-world-golf-championships/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:26:02 +0000 http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2019/02/19/tiger-woods-all-time-shots-in-world-golf-championships/ From 1999-2013, Tiger Woods amassed 18 wins in World Golf Championships events in nine different locations, including seven victories in the tournament now known as the WGC-Mexico Championship.

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From 1999-2013, Tiger Woods amassed 18 wins in World Golf Championships events in nine different locations, including seven victories in the tournament now known as the WGC-Mexico Championship.

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