Tracker: McDowell wins for first time since '10

Graeme McDowell pumps his fist after making a birdie putt on the 18th hole to cement a three-stroke victory during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge.

Scores »

The McGladrey Classic

Sea Island, GA - Seaside Course

11:53:07 AM ET. 10/25/2014




PosNameTodayThruScore
1Russell HenleyE -9
T2Brendon de JongeE -8
T2Brian HarmanE -8
T2Andrew SvobodaE -8
T5Fabian GomezE1-7
Complete Leaderboard »

Tiger Woods fired a 1-under 71 that featured no birdies until the par-5 13th and then an eagle at No. 16, but will finish outside the top 2 for only the third time in 12 tries at the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Graeme McDowell fired a 4-under 68 to cap off an impressive victory and his first since winning the World Challenge title in 2010. He cleared runner-up Keegan Bradley by three shots and third-place finisher Bo Van Pelt by seven shots.

Woods was T-4, eight shots behind.

Here's how it happened.

• • •

Hole No. 18, Par 4, 444 yards

Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley both birdie No. 16, with McDowell keeping his two-shot lead heading to the final two holes.

Off the tee: Tiger hits the fairway, but is behind Van Pelt and will have a lengthy shot in.

Approach shot: Tiger finds the hazard in front of the green and will have to head to the drop zone.

Fourth shot: From about 50 yards, Tiger nearly holes out, leaving it about 2 inches to the right of the cup. He'll finish with a bogey, but that was impressive.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (9 under for tournament)

• • •

Hole No. 17, Par 3, 166 yards

Nice eagle from Tiger, who is now four back with two to play. Still a bit too far behind, especially with Bradley and McDowell heading to the 16th themselves. McDowell is two ahead of Bradley after they traded pars on No. 15.

Off the tee: With 9-iron in hand, Tiger will have about 12 feet for birdie at the 17th. Very good look again.

On the green: Tiger can't take advantage and picks up a par. Wanted that one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (10 under for tournament)

• • •

Hole No. 16, Par 5, 567 yards

Both Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson eagled this hole in the last 30 minutes, so it is accessible for Tiger to take a big run at it.

Off the tee: Big tee ball right down the gut of the fairway, should be able to get home in two.

Second shot: Tiger bombs a fairway metal from just over 250 yards and lands it on the green, about 6 feet under the hole. Great look at eagle. Fabulous shot.

On the green: And he drains it for eagle. Great hole for Tiger. Can he finish birdie-birdie and get up to third?

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Graeme McDowell and Keegan Bradley trade pars at the par-4 14th hole, with Bradley missing his birdie putt by less than an inch.

• • •

Hole No. 15, Par 3, 189 yards

Tiger has scared the hole plenty on Sunday, but nothing has dropped and therefore is out of contention.

Off the tee: With 7-iron, Tiger flies it nearly off the green, but it funnels off the slope at the back and settles about 20 feet left of the flag. Nice tee ball.

On the green: Tiger plays thinks it is going to move a bit more right than it does and he two-putts for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: The leaderboard just got a lot more interesting, as Keegan Bradley birdied No. 13 while Graeme McDowell three-putted for a bogey and now McDowell's lead is only two shots with five holes to play.

• • •

Hole No. 14, Par 4, 455 yards

With really nothing to lose, Tiger might get super aggressive with these last five holes. Right now, Tiger is in sixth, three shots behind Van Pelt, who is alone in third.

Off the tee: Tiger pulls driver at the dogleg left and absolutely hammers it into the middle of the fairway, although the ball comes to abrupt halt by diving into the turf.

Approach shot: Tiger sees Van Pelt go long and then he comes up about 35 feet short of the hole, but does hit the green. So-so effort there, definitely not aggressive.

On the green: Nice putt from Tiger, but it comes up 2 feet short and he picks up a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (8 under for tournament)

• • •

Hole No. 13, Par 5, 568 yards

At this point, the biggest question is whether Tiger can make a birdie at a par 5. We shall see . . .

Off the tee: A huge tee ball from Tiger, traveling about 310 yards in the air. Definitely will attack with second

Second shot: With fairway metal, Tiger puts it on the green, but will have 100 feet for eagle.

On the green: Tiger is all smiles after this putt, as he puts it to within a foot of the hole and picks up his first birdie of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Graeme McDowell birdies No. 11 to get to 16 under, four shots ahead of Keegan Bradley.

• • •

Hole No. 12, Par 3, 186 yards

That's 0-for-9 now over his last two rounds on par-5s, although that last par was pretty cool with the driver out of the rough. Still has two more chances today.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger gets his birdie attempt close, but get it to fall and he settles for a 2-footer for par. Simply playing for position now. Playing competitor has birdied the last two holes to get to 10 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (7 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell both birdie the par-4 10th hole, with McDowell retaining his three-shot advantage.

• • •

Hole No. 11, Par 5, 517 yards

That's two poor misses in a row by Tiger, leaving birdie attempts of 10 and 3 feet out to the right. He now gets to the first of three par-5s on the back. But he's 0-for-his-last-8 on birdies on the long holes the past 48 hours.

Off the tee: Tiger sends his drive well to the right and into the trees. Has a very small window to even get out of trouble.

Second shot: Tiger does something unconventional, he takes driver from the rough and keeps it very low and finds the rough up the right side of the fairway. Incredible shot.

Third shot: From only 35 yards, Tiger chunks his chip that he tries to get over a tree in front of him, landing right in front of a bunker. He'll be lucky to save par.

Around the green: Tiger plays a so-so chip to about 8 feet past the hole. Looks like he is trying to put on a show instead of cut into the lead.

On the green: He makes the putt to avoid a bogey, but a par is nearly as bad at this point.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (7 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: With his second consecutive bogey, Keegan Bradley has fallen back to 11 under, three back of leader Graeme McDowell.

• • •

Hole No. 10, Par 4, 359 yards

Tiger needs to fire something around 28 or 29 on the back and hope for some help, and that seems like a stretch considering he has shown no signs of that type of play through nine holes. He is seven shots back heading into his final nine holes. One thing to play for would be third place, as it would put him back at No. 2 in the OWGR.

Off the tee: Tiger smacks one right down the throat of the fairway, still with that hat backward.

Approach shot: His best shot of the day, hitting a 1/2-swing wedge and lands it about 3 feet left of the hole. Good look at his first birdie of the day.

On the green: Tiger can't believe this one, as it hits the right edge and pops out, picking up a surprising par. Likely game, set and match for his chances at this title.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (7 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: The par-3 8th bites Keegan Bradley, who misses the green right off the tee and picks up a bogey. He's two back of McDowell.

• • •

Hole No. 9, Par 4, 422 yards

The next five holes will make-or-break Tiger, as each is considered a birdie hole and he'll likely need each one of them, if not better.

Off the tee: Middle of the fairway for Tiger, should allow him to take dead aim at the pin on the right.

Approach shot: Still with his hat on backward, Tiger hits a great second shot to about 10 feet above the hole. Good look at birdie upcoming.

On the green: Another one that flirts with the hole, settling 6 inches to the right and he picks up another par to post a 1-over 37 on the front.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (7 under for tournament)

• Elsewhere on the course: Keegan Bradley makes a nice par save on No. 7 to stay within a shot of Graeme McDowell.

• • •

Hole No. 8, Par 3, 228 yards

Coming off a bogey, Tiger now moves to a hole that he has bogeyed the first three days, now seven shots back of Graeme McDowell, who pars No. 6.

Off the tee: With 5-iron in hand, Tiger misses another green, leaving it right and in the rough. He was actually staring that one down thinking it was going to hit the green. The rain is definitely throwing off his distances today.

Around the green: With his hat on backward, Tiger hits a nice chip to about 3 feet and he cleans that up for a par. That's a win for him.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (7 under for tournament)

• • •

Hole No. 7, Par 4, 446 yards

Tiger is scrambling around to make par and not in attack mode, which is not normal for a Sunday at Sherwood.

Off the tee: Tiger does get a bit more aggressive here, taking driver, but pushes it right and into the rough. The ball sits down a bit as well, leaving a tough second shot upcoming.

Approach shot: From about 165 yards, but on a slope and in wet grass, Tiger comes up well short of the green and in more long rough. Will take a great up-and-down to just save par.

Around the green: Tiger leaves his chip shot short and in the rough. Tried to be a bit too delicate there out of the long rough. His second shot features an awkward stance with his feet in the bunker and ball in the rough, but he pops it up nicely and leaves himself 3 feet for a bogey.

On the green: He makes the putt for a bogey, paying the price for being aggressive off the tee.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (7 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Keegan Bradley picks up a birdie at the par-5 5th hole to cut Graeme McDowell's lead to one shot.

• • •

Hole No. 6, Par 4, 422 yards

That's a disappointing first five holes for Tiger, failing to take advantage of the short opening hole and two par-5s.

Off the tee: Tiger moves to the tee box where he sent his tee ball about 50 yards to the right of the fairway. He hits the fairway this time around.

Approach shot: Distance control is definitely off today, as Tiger flies the 6th green, setting up a tough chip back down the green.

Around the green: A nice chip to about 4 feet under the hole.

On the green: Another nice par save, but he is still six shots off the lead with 12 holes to go. A victory would be epic.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Graeme McDowell nails a 6-footer for par on No. 4 to stay at 14 under, two clear of Keegan Bradley.

• • •

Hole No. 5, Par 5, 531 yards

Tiger is going to need to make something special happen on the par-5s, but hasn't shown any of those signs yet, going 0-for-7 on his birdie attempts in the past 48 hours.

Off the tee: Tiger nails the fairway here to give himself a chance to get after the green in two. He will have to deal with a heavier rain and wind if he tries to do so.

Second shot: Tiger decides the elements are too tough and lays up to the middle of the fairway, leaving himself a wedge into the green.

Third shot: From 120 yards, Tiger nearly puts it in the hole, but the backspin takes it off the front of the green and he'll have a chip from about 12 feet. Tough break there.

Around the green: Tiger hits a nice chip to about 18 inches to the right of the hole, which he taps in for a par. That's 0-for-8 on par-5s now.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (8 under for tournament)

• • •

Hole No. 4, Par 4, 456 yards

Tiger now trails by six shots after Graeme McDowell birdies No. 2 behind a nice two-putt.

Off the tee: Tiger hits another fairway as the wet conditions have definitely lingered into Sunday.

Approach shot: From just under 195 yards, Tiger takes a big rip, but comes up about three yards short of the green. Still should be able to putt from just off the green, about 35 feet from the cup.

Around the green: Tiger chooses to chip and he runs it about 5 feet past the hole. Will have a knee-knocker to save par.

On the green: He makes the delicate par putt and stays at 8 under, while Van Pelt bogeys to ball back to 9 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (8 under for tournament)

• • •

Hole No. 3, Par 3, 198 yards

For the first time this week, Tiger didn't birdie either of the opening holes. Not exactly the start you want when you are down by five shots.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a nice left-to-right shot into the green, leaving himself about 15 feet for birdie from under the hole.

On the green: After watching Van Pelt miss his birdie putt to the left, Tiger does the same, but leaves him on the lip. Tiger is looking a bit angry after a couple of birdie putts that have flirted heavily with the hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (8 under for tournament)

• • •

Hole No. 2, Par 5, 531 yards

That was an unfortunate kick for Tiger after a subpar wedge shot into the green. He is going to need a handful of those mid-range putts to fall today.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a very high driver here and misses the fairway. Not likely to get after it in two. Meanwhile, playing competitor Van Pelt birdied the opener and is likely to go for it.

Second shot: Tiger has to lay up, just gliding it down the middle of the fairway.

Third shot: From 84 yards, Tiger's distance control is all off and flies just off the back of the green. In the first two rounds, his distance control was fantastic, but he has been off this weekend.

Around the green: Tiger gets his chip out of the rough nicely, but runs it past by about 5 feet.

On the green: He makes the putt, but 0-for-his-last-7 on Sherwood's par-5s. Ouch.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Graeme McDowell opens with a par after missing the green in regulation to stay at 13 under. Keegan Bradley also picks up a par at the opening hole.

• • •

Hole No. 1, Par 4, 342 yards

The largest comeback for Tiger Woods at the World Challenge on a Sunday was in 2001 when he trailed Vijay Singh by four shots. He'll have to do one better today wearing black slacks, a red top (duh?!) and black vest.

Off the tee: Fourth consecutive day with a fairway wood and fourth day in the middle of the fairway. Nice cut shot there.

Approach shot: From just under 60 yards, Tiger chooses to run it up to the hole and settles pin-high and about 12 feet to the right of the hole.

On the green: Tiger starts to walk the putt in, but the ball hits the right edge and kicks out. He can't believe it. That putt looked good all the way.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (8 under for tournament)

• • •

Update #2: 1:42 p.m. EST

Rickie Fowler has joined Tiger Woods and Bo Van Pelt at 8 under after an eagle-2 at the opening hole, setting off a raucous response from the crowd. Fowler started this tournament 4 over through three holes.

• • •

Update #1: 1:38 p.m. EST

The sun has broken through a few times around Sherwood on Sunday, but don't be fooled, the gloomy conditions will return according to the forecast. Beginning around 6 p.m. EST, there is a good chance of showers with clouds leading up to the moisture. The tournament should be over by then, unless Mother Nature decides to show up a bit early.

• • •

Third-round coverage

FINAL-ROUND TEE TIMES: Tiger Woods and Bo Van Pelt will be paired for the second time in the past three days as both try to chase down leader Graeme McDowell at the World Challenge. Tee times.

5 THINGS: Graeme McDowell didn't let up on Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Woods World Challenge, following his tournament-best 6-under 66 on Friday with a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead into Sunday's final round. Story.

GENEROUS HOST: Tiger Woods spent what is believed to be about $4 million of his own money to join presenting sponsor Northwestern Mutual in covering the operating costs of the World Challenge. Story.

TRACKER: Graeme McDowell sustained his lead at the World Challenge on Saturday, but is only two shots ahead of Keegan Bradley and five up on Tiger Woods. See how it happened.

• • •

Second-round coverage

THIRD-ROUND TEE TIMES: Graeme McDowell and Bo Van Pelt will be in Saturday's final pairing at the World Challenge, while Tiger Woods will play with Rickie Fowler. Tee times.

TIGER FIRES 69: Tiger Woods fired an 3-under 69 on Friday at the 18-player Tiger Woods World Challenge, but sits four shots back of 2010 champion Graeme McDowell, who shot a 6-under 66. See how it happened.

5 THINGS: Graeme McDowell separated himself from an impressive pack with a brilliant back-nine on Friday at the Tiger Woods World Challenge, firing a 6-under 66 to take a three-shot advantage over three players after 36 holes. Story.

• • •

First-round coverage

SECOND-ROUND TEE TIMES: Leader Nick Watney will play with Keegan Bradley on Friday at the Tiger Woods World Challenge, while the host will play 18 holes with Bo Van Pelt. Tee times.

TIGER FIRES 70: Tiger Woods points to his victory at the World Challenge as what led him to three PGA Tour victories in 2012. He started his title defense with a 2-under 70 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. See how it happened.

GLOBETROTTER: Graeme McDowell fired a solid 3-under 69 on Thursday, but he says about 10 percent of his golf vigor is gone right now. He's a bit spent after a hectic 12-week stint during which he played in Dubai, China and the U.S. A 10-week break should fix that. Story.

• • •

Preview coverage

TEE TIMES, PAIRINGS: With the Tiger Woods World Challenge slated to begin on Thursday morning in southern California, here is a look at the first round tee times and pairings. Story.

RELIEVED: Matt Kuchar didn't know if his unique stroke would be banned or not, but was all smiles on Wednesday after the R&A and USGA said his putting technique is fine moving forward. Story.

WEIGHING IN: As victories go, Tiger Woods was more than happy to talk about the one that served as a bridge from a forgettable part of his career to something he’s more accustomed to. Story.

Welcome to Golfweek.com's comments section.
Please review the posting guidlines here: Golfweek.com Community Guidelines.
All accounts must be verified using Disqus email verification