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June 21, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Phil Mickelson has agreed to compete in the LG Skins Game, the first time in 5 years the three-time major champion will play in the event. Mickelson, the No. 2 player in the world and a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year, joins a four-man field that includes two-time defending champion Stephen Ames. The other two spots will be filled out this summer, although an invitation has been offered to Sergio Garcia as winner of The Players Championship. The LG Skins Game, which began in 1983, will be played Nov. 29-30 at Indian Wells Golf Resort in California.
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September 22, 1997 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Tiger Woods' father, angry at not being invited to the Ryder Cup by the PGA of America, said he would skip the three-day golf competition between the United States and Europe. "This is my protest at the way they treat the parents," Earl Woods was quoted as saying in yesterday's The Mail on Sunday of London. "It makes no sense, and it's not justified. Tiger is only 21 and does not have a girlfriend, but they don't think enough of the parents to invite them instead. " The PGA of America pays the expenses of wives or girlfriends of the 12 U.S. golfers to the biennial event, which begins Friday in Spain.
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December 18, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Tiger Woods has started to hit balls with short irons and says he is able to stabilize his rebuilt left knee. The 14-time major champion says he is on schedule to play the Masters. Woods had reconstructive surgery a week after winning a playoff for the U.S. Open title in June. His news conference in Thousand Oaks, Calif., yesterday was his first since that victory. Six months after surgery to repair a ruptured ligament - his third operation in six years - Woods said he was excited: "Everything has been right on schedule.
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August 10, 2005 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Is Tiger Woods as good as he was in 2000? Could he be even better? Can he win his third major of the year? As Woods and a phalanx of would-be pursuers prepare for tomorrow's start of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club, these loom as the biggest questions in golf. In 2000, when he won three majors in a year, it seemed that Woods couldn't possibly be any more dominating and intimidating. And he didn't just win; he humbled the field in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by 15 shots, he cruised to an 8-shot victory in the British Open at St. Andrews, and he closed the deal at the PGA Championship at Valhalla by nipping Bob May in a playoff.
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November 29, 2003 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Golf superstar and all-around nice guy Tiger Woods has become engaged to his Swedish sweetie, Elin Nordegren. "She called this morning and was incredibly happy," Nordegren's father, Thomas, told the Swedish newspaper Expressen. "I only spoke shortly with them on the telephone, but they were happy and I congratulated them. " A spokesman for the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa said Woods, 27, proposed to the 23-year-old model Tuesday during a walk at the game park outside Port Elizabeth.
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July 5, 2010 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Activity in the fan zone located to the left of the fairway on the mammoth par-5, 605-yard ninth hole at Aronimink Golf Club came to a standstill when Tiger Woods stepped up to the tee Sunday in the final round of the AT&T National. It's good they were paying attention because Woods' drive was coming their way. The crowd scattered, then scrambled to see where the ball landed while roving marshals shooed them away and began to make a clearing. The ball came to a stop in front of a photo vendor on dirt packed so tightly it may as well have been concrete.
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December 11, 2009
TIGER WOODS was never a child. He was a robot programmed to play golf by a demanding father much like Joe Jackson did with Michael. This programming reminds me of the East Germans and Soviet Union, which dominated the Olympics by separating their youth from their parents and sending them to a sports gulag. Remember that Andre Agassi recently admitted his hatred of tennis but was forced into it by a demanding parent. When children, like many child stars now living in misery, are forced to become adults, they then become children when they're adults.
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August 18, 2002 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tiger Woods hit another one of those amazing shots that only he can hit yesterday - 217 yards, out of a bunker, up and over a stand of tall trees, nothing but pin. Then he made the 12-foot birdie putt. "It was one of the all-time best shots I've ever made," said Woods, who rarely speaks in superlatives. "I hit it so flush it was scary. " The latest installment in shots only Tiger Woods can pull off came in the early morning, when he was finishing the final two holes of his second round.
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June 20, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Tiger Woods keeps saying his return to peak form is a "process," and he says he continued on that path at the U.S. Open even if he didn't seriously challenge the leaders in Sunday's final round. Woods, who dazzled with a 15-shot victory the last time the Open was played at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2000, carded a 72-hole score - a 3-over-par 287 - that was 15 strokes worse than his record score that year. He followed Saturday's scintillating 66 with a 75 in the final round.
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October 7, 2004 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rumor became reality Tuesday night as Tiger Woods, 28, the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of the golf course, wed his girlfriend, Elin Nordegren, 24, at an exclusive Barbados resort, against a sublime Caribbean sunset which, according to the poets at the Associated Press, "painted a spectacular array of colors across the sky. " Oprah Winfrey was there to drink in the majestic poetry, as were NBA giants Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, along with...
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July 22, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Rory McIlroy won the British Open on Sunday, completing three legs of golf's career Grand Slam, with only the Masters still to check off on his to-do list. The Northern Ireland native is 25, personable, hits the ball a ton and plays an exciting game. On this side of the ocean, however, McIlroy's win was greeted with little more than passing interest. Dedicated golf fans - at least those willing to plunk in front of the television for a tournament rather than pursue the unforgiving ball around the course - continue to follow the game, but their numbers are dwindling.
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June 15, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PINEHURST, N.C. - Martin Kaymer went where not even Tiger Woods has gone. Or anyone else. Less than 24 hours after the 29-year-old German opened the 114th U.S. Open with a 5-under-par 65 at Pinehurst No. 2, he did it again yesterday, which history tells us should be impossible. The 2010 PGA champion, whose win at last month's The Players Championship was his first in 3 years, extended his lead from three shots to six halfway through the season's second major. The only others who ever led by that much after 36 holes were Woods in 2000 and Rory McIlroy 3 years ago. Kaymer's 130 is one lower than the Open record set by McIlroy at Congressional, which played as a par 71. The only other man thought to to post consecutive 65s in a major was David Toms, in the middle two rounds of the 2001 PGA in Atlanta that he eventually won by one over Phil Mickelson.
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June 13, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PINEHURST, N.C. - Unless maybe you're Tiger Woods, you're not supposed to win the Masters when you're 20. But 2 months ago, Jordan Spieth almost did, tying for second in the first major of the year. So what now? The newest next-big-thing comes to Pinehurst No. 2 as, well, one of the blokes being taken the most serious. And maybe that's asking a lot, even of a two-time U.S. Amateur winner. After 19-year-old Sergio Garcia nearly beat Tiger at the 1999 PGA Championship, many said the same thing about him. Of course, we're still waiting.
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June 13, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
PINEHURST, N.C. - In the absence of Tiger and in the twilight of Phil, this is what golf needs. It needs charisma. It needs star power. It needs beknickered Rickie Fowler, and heartbroken Rory McIlroy, and even golf dork Jordan Spieth. Any one of them could wind up holding the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday evening. Fowler finished at even-par 70, McIlroy at 1-over, Spieth at 1-under, all within hailing distance of leader Martin Kaymer, who sits at 5-under. Tiger Woods has missed his second consecutive major tournament because of back surgery, but, after winning 14 majors in 12 years, Woods' crumbling body hasn't mustered another major win in 6 years.
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June 12, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PINEHURST, N.C. - It all started here in 1999, when Phil Mickelson famously lost the U.S. Open to Payne Stewart by one on a closing 15-foot par putt. Three years later at Bethpage, he again finished second, three behind Tiger Woods. In 2004, he was runner-up, by two, to Retief Goosen at Shinnecock Hills. In 2006, going for his third straight major, Mickelson blew a 1-shot lead with a 72nd-hole double bogey at Winged Foot. In 2009, back at Bethpage, he lost by a deuce to Lucas Glover.
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May 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LIKE MOST competitors, Mike Johnson dreamed big things when he was a kid. Yet for much of his athletic career, they had nothing to do with sinking a putt on the last hole to win a major golf tournament. Or even a minor one. When Johnson was younger his game was baseball. So his dreams were mostly about hitting a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series. But by the time he was a sophomore at Hatboro-Horsham High, he started to take another swing more seriously. "I got a lot better at it," he said.
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May 21, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
TIGER WOODS said yesterday he doesn't know when he will return to golf, and questioned at one point whether he'd ever play again. Speaking at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., in his role as host of next month's Quicken Loans National, Woods said his back injury became so debilitating this year it caused him to doubt his ability to play golf again. "Forget about playing golf at the highest level. I couldn't get out of bed," Woods said. "I was certainly doubtful at that point.
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April 15, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga.- In 1963, Jack Nicklaus became the youngest Masters champion. Seventeen years later, Seve Ballesteros became the youngest. And seventeen years after that, Tiger Woods took the record lower. That was 17 years ago. For a while, it sure looked as if 20-year-old Jordan Spieth was going to keep the timeline intact. He was trying to make a whole bunch of history. Youngest to win this major. Youngest to win any major in 83 years. Second Masters rookie to get a green jacket since 1935.
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April 15, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - At about 5 p.m. yesterday, leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth stood on the ninth green. About 75 yards away, Bernhard Langer, the standard-bearer for the AARP delegation, was explaining why a record six 50-somethings not only made the Masters cut but half of them spent yesterday in contention. On the ninth green, Watson made a birdie putt that completed a four-shot swing atop the leader board over two holes and had the Masters caretakers heading to his locker to get out the green jacket he won 2 years before.
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April 14, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Little Amy Mickelson stood on her tiptoes to reach up and hug her husband, Phil. They held the embrace for a few beats, awash in mournful fatalism. It was as if something died. Well, it did. For the first time in 20 years, neither Mickelson nor Tiger Woods will play on the weekend at the Masters. Between them, they won seven of the previous 17 tournaments played at Augusta National, but their bodies are failing them. With very little pomp, the circumstance atop the golf world has transformed.
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