January 30, 2003 |
The pain in his left knee had bothered Tiger Woods for close to two years, even while he was winning major championships, PGA Tour events, and more than $12.6 million. Sometimes it got so bad he became nauseated. He had tried to alleviate the discomfort with shots or painkillers, but relief was only temporary. The pain got "brutal" toward the end of 2002, he said. When he almost had to withdraw from the final round of his own tournament, the Target World Challenge, Woods knew it was time to shut down completely, deal with the problem, and return pain-free in 2003.
December 15, 2003 |
Davis Love III walked away with the largest check of his career after surviving a rally by Tiger Woods yesterday to win the Target World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Love made a 45-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and closed with a par 72 for a 2-shot victory over Woods on a chilly, rainy day. Trailing by 10 shots with 10 holes to play, Woods unleashed six birdies in seven holes and trimmed his deficit to a single shot. He finished with two pars for a 65. Woods watched from the grill room as Love spun a wedge back 45 feet from the cup, below a ridge on the par-5 16th, then rolled the putt in for birdie and a 2-shot margin with two holes to play.
March 29, 2003 |
For a time yesterday, it looked as if Tiger Woods' incredible streak of making 100 straight consecutive cuts might end here and now at The Players Championship. Midway through his second round at TPC Sawgrass, the great man was at par, frustrated and fighting his swing, all the while fully aware that the cut line in the $6.5 million tournament was hovering at 1-over par. But just like that, Woods morphed back into the Tiger we know and other players fear. He quickly ripped off three birdies in four holes on the back nine for a 2-under 70, clawing his way back into the picture, if not onto the leader board, 7 shots off Padraig Harrington's two-round lead of 9-under par (67-68)
December 14, 2003 |
Davis Love III made four straight birdies to leave Tiger Woods in the dust and pull away from a world-class field yesterday, finishing with a 9-under-par 63 to build a 3-shot lead in the Target World Challenge, a tournament hosted by Woods. Despite a bogey on the par-3 17th at the Sherwood Country Club course in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Love tied the tournament record set last year by Padraig Harrington in the third round. Harrington built a record 6-shot lead and hung on to win against Woods.
May 4, 2006 |
Although it had been known for months that Earl Woods was losing his battle against cancer, it was a hurried cross-country trip home by Tiger Woods to his father's bedside that signaled the end was near. "Just trying to make him understand that I love him dearly and just want him to hang in there and keep fighting, which he always does," said Tiger Woods, appearing misty-eyed during the Players Championship in late March, after his 24-hour trip from Florida to California. When Mr. Woods succumbed yesterday at the age of 74, at the tract home in Cypress, Calif.
December 13, 2004 |
Notre Dame landed a football coach and its former coach landed on his feet. The Irish last night signed New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to a 6-year contract, the school said. Weis, 48, returns to the school he graduated from in 1978, ending the Fighting Irish's often-embarrassing 2-week search for a coach after the school fired Tyrone Willingham. Meanwhile, Willingham agreed to become the University of Washington's third football coach in four seasons, the school announced.
December 9, 2005 |
Gary Barnett reluctantly stepped down as football coach of Colorado yesterday, accepting a $3 million settlement and ending a tenure that was riddled by off-the-field problems but ultimately done in by recent bad results on the field. Barnett said the decision was made by athletic director Mike Bohn. "In the last 24 hours, Mike has made a decision to change the football coach at the University of Colorado," he said. "I respect that decision, I didn't like that decision - I didn't resign my position - but I wholeheartedly accept . . . the decision.
December 13, 2003 |
No wonder they call this the silly season. In a topsy-turvy day at the Target World Challenge, Padraig Harrington made four birdies from off the green on the final six holes for a 5-under 67 that gave him a one-stroke lead yesterday over Tiger Woods, Davis Love III and Chris DiMarco. Harrington, figured a round like that would at least get him in reasonable position heading into the weekend at Thousand Oaks, Calif. Imagine his surprise when he tapped in for par on the 18th hole and saw his name atop the leaderboard at 3-under 141. "There's a lot of ups and downs out there," Harrington said.
December 10, 2004 |
Count Charlie Weis among the coaching candidates at Notre Dame. The New England Patriots' offensive coordinator could be interviewed by the Irish as early as today, the Boston Globe reported on its Web site last night. Notre Dame is looking for a replacement for fired coach Tyrone Willingham. School officials also are scheduled to meet today with Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Tom Clements, a former Irish quarterback, a source told the Associated Press. In other football news: Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek's bid for a medical hardship was denied by the Big 12. He was kicked off the team in September after a alcohol-fueled scuffle left a friend with a head injury.
December 15, 2007 |
West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez yesterday declined comment on a report that he had met in Ohio with Michigan officials about the Wolverines' football coaching vacancy. West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong said he was unaware that Rodriguez, who has a $4 million buyout clause in his contract, was in Toledo. Rodriguez, 44, has compiled a 60-26 record in seven seasons. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 2 this season and needed only to beat rival Pittsburgh in the season finale to reach the BCS championship game.