May 16, 2008 |
Renowned golf instructor Hank Haney got a surprising wake-up call the other day. The voice on the other end belonged to his most renowned pupil, Tiger Woods, who is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Tiger dialing his number is hardly news. But the timing was. "I don't think he knew I was [at home] in Dallas," said Haney, who was in town for a CBIZ Business Clubs of America event, as the featured speaker for some 300 Philadelphia business executives. "When the phone rang, I looked at the clock and it was 7. He usually works out in the morning.
July 2, 2010 |
As he strode up to his first post-scandal round of competitive golf before Philadelphia's notoriously emotive sports fans, Tiger Woods was resoundingly - applauded. So much for one fan base's crabbid reputation. At least when it comes to the most famously gifted golfer of his generation. "Golfing has overwhelmed any personal issues," said Jim Tatlow, 56, of Malvern, a few yards from the 10th fairway crowd that, like most, cheered Woods on Thursday without hesitation. On the bent grass of the Aronimink golf course, where he spent much of the day hitting solid drives and struggling to putt consistently, Woods was received warmly by a crowd of hundreds that tracked him fervently for the first round of the AT&T National Pro-Am tournament.
April 14, 1997 |
The enormity of what Tiger Woods accomplished at the Masters - his nerveless, ingenious, awe-inspiring performance at one of golf's most historic arenas - didn't hit him until after he finished rewriting the record book. A week of colossal expectations proved to be no problem for Woods. He played yesterday's final 18 holes at Augusta National Golf Club, before a gallery giddy with great anticipation, as if he were alone with his thoughts. He played with brilliant virtuosity. After he'd made a four-foot par putt to officially bring down the curtain on a previously unthinkable 12-stroke margin of victory and a record 72-hole score, after he'd pumped his right fist several times and let out a few "yeahs" of exultation, he walked up the gentle slope to the scorer's tent behind the 18th green and saw his parents.
April 9, 2013 |
The question lingers in the air like an odd smell for Tiger Woods, even though he has won six times in his last 20 golf tournaments and has completed a 21/2-year run to again rise to No. 1 in the world. Does he need to win a major before he is declared all the way back? Woods' 14th major championship victory came in the 2008 U.S. Open when he hobbled around Torrey Pines for much of the championship, including a 19-hole Monday playoff, on one leg. He hasn't won a major since, a run of 18 straight, while enduring assorted injuries and a scandal that ended his marriage.
April 14, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The subplots were popping up fast and furious Saturday in the third round of the Masters. The world watched to see how Tiger Woods handled his emotions on the course after receiving a 2-stroke penalty several hours before his tee time. A trio of Australian players jockeyed for position striving to become the first from that country to slip on a green jacket. Fred Couples, at 53, tried to ride the constant shouts of "Fred-die!" to the top of the leader board. Meanwhile, Brandt Snedeker, with the mane of blond hair squirting in all directions from under his visor, kept at it over the Augusta National Golf Club waiting for birdie chances, and succeeded on three down the stretch to finish the day tied with Angel Cabrera for the 54-hole lead.
May 13, 2013 |
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Tiger Woods had the last word on Sergio Garcia by winning the Players Championship on Sunday. Woods ended a weekend of testy exchanges with Garcia by doing what he does best - closing out tournaments, even if he let this one turn into a tense duel over the final hour at the TPC Sawgrass. Tied with Garcia with two holes to play, Woods won by finding land on the last two holes for par to close with a 2-under-par 70. If only it had been that simple for Garcia.
July 1, 2010 |
For all the public rancor since November, Tiger Woods arrived at the first tee of Thurday's AT&T National - his first post-scandal competitive round in front of a Philadelphia-area crowd - to a roar of applause. Another ovation followed when he laid a drive down the middle of the first fairway just before 1 p.m., then hundreds of golf fans followed Woods down the course. Philadelphia's notoriously emotive sports fans were showing no ill will toward the world's most famous golfer, despite months of tabloid headlines.
June 8, 1997 |
Will Tiger do it? You can talk all you want about the brutal conditions at Congressional Country Club this week at the U.S. Open, or the invasion of Europe's finest golfers, or how sweet Vijay Singh and Greg Norman are swinging. But come Thursday, when the time for 156 golfers to tee it up for the national championship arrives, the overriding question - the only question, really - is: Will Tiger Woods claim the second leg of the Grand Slam? "He's the guy to beat, no question," fellow tour pro Paul Goydos said last week after a practice round for the Kemper Open.
July 14, 2010 |
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - It took three questions. Tiger Woods has been back from his life-altering offseason for 4 months now. Yet yesterday was the first time most of the British media were given a go at him. And you know how they can be. So does the three-time British Open champion, who has hoisted two of those claret jugs at the timeless Old Course. When a microphone made its way into the hands of the third raised hand called upon in the standing-room-only interview tent, the game was finally on. The voice had an accent.
June 17, 2008 |
LA JOLLA, Calif. - At some point, this week wasn't totally about golf. It had more to do with will. Even if the best player of this century kept providing us with freeze frames that they still will be showing at the turn of the next one. Tiger Woods probably shouldn't have come to Torrey Pines. Even if it is his personal playpen. His left knee wasn't ready. This wasn't a warmup, but a U.S. Open, which he hadn't won since 2002. Which is why the only thing that could have kept him away was a restraining order.