April 8, 2015 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mark O'Meara purely struck a rescue club at the difficult par-3 fourth hole at Augusta National Golf Club to within nine feet of the hole. Then it was Tiger Woods' turn. With some in the gallery telling their friends, "Bet you Tiger doesn't get it inside O'Meara," Woods put a pristine swing on a 3-iron and the ball did indeed stop closer to the hole. Woods turned to the gallery, removed his cap and bowed deeply as he drank in the applause. And yes, he sank the birdie putt.
April 6, 2015 |
Story lines for the 79th Masters abound, like the flowers on the dogwood trees that provide a lovely setting at the Augusta National Golf Club. Will Rory McIlroy win his third consecutive major championship and become the sixth player in golf history to complete the career Grand Slam? Can Bubba Watson make it three green jackets in four years? Will Phil Mickelson find his game somewhere in the drive down Magnolia Lane and be part of the chase toward his fourth Masters championship? Will 21-year-old Jordan Spieth finish the job on Sunday afternoon after challenging last year?
February 13, 2015
THE PROBLEM for Tiger Woods is not the fall. It is the reasons why most people believe the fall happened. On the surface, Woods has enough surgical scars to support the fact that his fall from the No. 1 golfer in the world to one who is now struggling to hold on to his PGA career is health-related. Over the last few years, Woods has dealt with a variety of injuries to his neck, knee, Achilles' tendon, elbow and back. Last spring, Woods had microdiscetomy surgery on his back.
February 10, 2015 |
THE GALAXY is dimming at an alarming rate. Kobe and Peyton ground to a rusty halt over the past few weeks, but hope sprang in the world of golf. No other sport offers the promise of renewal in the worst of February's doldrums; scenes of Hawaii, California and Arizona, dazzling green, while much of the rest of the country slumbers under icy white. Then, the stars fell. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failed to reach the weekend in consecutive weeks. They played two punch-line tournaments, and never were a factor.
January 21, 2015 |
HE'S NOT a toothless Tiger, but he's got one fewer incisor. Yesterday, Tiger Woods had one of his front teeth accidentally knocked out after surprising girlfriend Lindsey Vonn by showing up in Italy to watch her record-setting, 63rd World Cup victory. This time it wasn't a 7-iron that did the damage, it was a camera. "During a crush of photographers at the awards podium at the World Cup event in Italy, a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera pushed and surged toward the stage, turned and hit Tiger Woods in the mouth," Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent, told the Associated Press in an email.
December 11, 2014 |
MAGIC JOHNSON wants the Lakers to be more like the Sixers and start tanking so they get a high lottery pick. "I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson told Newsday yesterday. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious. "If you're going to lose, you have to lose because you can't be in the middle of the pack. You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick . . . I'd rather be all the way bad than be in the middle. " Surprising words from one of the game's most competitive players.
September 25, 2014 |
THE INTERNATIONAL golf insanity begins Friday, known as the Ryder Cup, despite its lack of affiliation with any truck rental company. Its namesake, who began as a discount seed distributor, would be delighted to see that the competition has outgrown its charter; that is, to promote golf intercontinentally. He also likely would be alarmed to see how little the essence of the competition has changed since its charter was fulfilled. Samuel Ryder got his name on the Cup because he was a major sponsor of the competitions, which, generally, were money-losers in the "BT" (Before Tiger)
September 13, 2014 |
ATLANTA - Rory McIlroy is perplexed that his remarks about Tiger Woods' and Phil Mickelson's not being eligible for the Tour Championship caused headlines. McIlroy was asked Wednesday whether golf's two biggest stars' not being at East Lake was a changing of the guard. He disagreed, saying that Mickelson, 44, was playing a long stretch of golf and Woods, 38, was injured most of the year. Noting their ages and injuries, he said they were "getting into the sort of last few holes of their careers.
August 13, 2014 |
U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods' words instead of his actions. Watson has said all year he wanted Woods on his team if he was healthy and playing well. Even though Woods is injured and not playing for the next month, Watson wouldn't rule him out Monday. "I can't assess his medical condition and I honestly can't assess how he's playing," Watson said.
August 6, 2014 |
THE FIRST time the PGA was held at Valhalla, what unfolded was hardly memorable. But the next time would turn into something historic. In 1996, when it was only a decade old, Valhalla hosted the season's fourth major. The fact that Jack Nicklaus was the designer of the Louisville, Ky., course might have had something to do with that. Of course, the fact that the PGA of America had a 25 percent interest in the club probably didn't hurt, either. The organization that runs this championship eventually became the sole owner, which also explains why the Ryder Cup went there in 2008.