Tiger (back) out of Arnold Palmer Invitational

ORLANDO – Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of the back issues which have plagued him in his earlier two appearances.

Woods, 38, who gained this tournament at Bay Hill a 12 months ago for the eighth time, tweeted the information and in addition introduced it on his website.

"Called Arnold immediately to inform him that sadly I won't have the ability to play," Woods mentioned on his website. "Back spasms and the pain have not subsided.

"It's too early to know in regards to the Masters, and I'll continue to be evaluated and work carefully with my medical doctors. I feel badly that I won't be able to play in this nice tournament this week."

Woods withdrew from the Honda Traditional after 13 holes on March 2 and then struggled for a great part of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral the next week. A day after shooting 66 at Doral, Woods aggravated his again issues in the course of the final round on March 9 when he attempted hit a shot out of a bunker as a result of a clumsy stance. He went on to shoot seventy eight – his highest last-round rating as a professional – and didn't make a birdie in the course of the remaining round for simply the eighth time in his career.

Afterward, Woods said the harm and pain have been the identical as what bothered him per week earlier on the Honda Basic.

"If it flares up, it flares up," he said. "It is only a matter of conserving it calm, and we had a quick turnaround right here from final week. It will be nice to have every week off the place I can shut it down and get some therapy."

However not even that was apparently enough for Woods to play at a place where he has won eight occasions in 16 starts as a professional. Attempts to get extra information about Woods' situation have been unsuccessful.

At Doral, Woods was asked if the injury was more critical than back spasms: "Nicely, it's back spasms, so we've accomplished all the protocols and it is only a matter of holding all the things aligned so I don't go into that."

Requested if he has had an MRI performed, he replied: "As I mentioned, we have done all the protocols."

Woods has had a number of accidents all through his 18-yr profession, essentially the most serious a knee downside that required ACL surgery in 2008, knocking him out of action for more than eight months. He missed two main championships that yr. He also missed two majors in 2011 when he dealt with knee and Achilles issues that sidelined him for 4 months.

Final year, Woods' elbow bothered him on the U.S. Open, inflicting him to withdraw from the AT&T Nationwide, a tournament that advantages his foundation. After which at the Barclays in August, Woods had back spasms that despatched him to the ground in the course of the ultimate spherical. He ended up ending tied for second, however struggled throughout the remainder of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Though he got here again and tied for third at a European Tour event in Turkey and lost in a playoff on the World Challenge, Woods took care within the offseason, he said. He played and practiced little in anticipation of a protracted yr.

"I took plenty of time off this winter to prepare for the season as a result of it should be an extended grind," he stated last month.

And yet, three tournaments in, the again issues surfaced once more and would seem nonetheless be an issue. Woods is off to the worst begin of his career, with a tie for 80th at the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, a tie for 41st at the Dubai Desert Basic, the withdrawal from the Honda Traditional and for twenty fifth at Doral.

The Bay Hill occasion was expected to be his last event prior to the Masters, which begins in three weeks, on April 10. In each of his four Masters victories – the last in 2005 – Woods gained no less than as soon as previous to getting to Augusta National.

The only time Woods played much less going into the Masters was in 2010, when he made his first start on the Masters and tied for fourth simply months after his off-the-course scandal shocked the golf world. In 2009, Woods performed three times prior to the Masters and tied for sixth.


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Tiger tweaks back, fades with birdie-less 78

DORAL, Fla. – The back issues that induced Tiger Woods to withdraw from a match every week ago flared once more Sunday, resulting in an extended day on the golf course and the primary birdie-less closing spherical in his profession.

Woods shot a 6-over-par 78 at Doral's Blue Monster course to tumble out of contention at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and drop right into a tie for 25th, 9 strokes behind winner Patrick Reed.

It was a disappointing day on many levels for the top-ranked participant in the world, who began the round just three strokes out of the lead.

Woods said an ungainly stance from a fairway bunker at the par-four sixth hole sent his back into spasms that had been much like what induced him to withdraw from the Honda Basic a week ago after 13 holes.

"Nicely, it's powerful. I imply, it was only one thing that set it off,'' stated Woods, referring to a shot on the sixth gap. "As I say, I had a fast turnaround from final week. Usually issues like this, you shut it down for a while after which get again up and get the power and all the pieces developed round it.

"So will probably be nice to take this week off and get all the things ready for Bay Hill.''

Unlike Honda, Woods performed on Sunday, however he proceeded to bogey the sixth. It was apparent he was playing in ache, and particularly troublesome appeared to be his putting stroke. He missed quick birdie putts on each the eighth and 10th holes as it appeared he had trouble staying in his stance.

"Deeper the flexion, the worst it felt,'' he stated. "(Hitting) the driving force felt positive.''

Woods underwent remedy in the early a part of the week in an effort to play at Doral. He didn't have a full follow spherical, hitting only pitch pictures and putts on Wednesday. He opened the tournament with his worst rating ever at Doral, the place he has received 4 instances. The 76 left him well back, however he fought for a 73 in Friday's troublesome windy conditions after which shot 66 on Saturday, the low spherical of the week.

That put him in the second-to-final group, in a tie for fourth place coming into the final round. But Woods missed birdie chances at the first and second holes Sunday, had the bogeys at the third and fourth and then noticed his day unravel with the awkward stance on the sixth.

"My foot was out of the bunker,'' he mentioned. "That is what set it off after which it was accomplished after that. Simply see if I could truly handle via to maintain the spasms at bay. However anything in flexion was finished, so the deeper the flexion, the worse it felt.''

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Tiger Woods' again flared up again Sunday, leaving him particularly uncomfortable on the greens at Doral.

Woods knew the lie might potentially offer up some problems, however he stated he never considered just pitching the ball out of the sand – versus taking an awkward stance and a full swing.

"It was only a easy 8 iron,'' he said. "The only factor you do on a downhill lie like that's simply go ahead. Ought to be no drawback but it was an issue.''

Woods was asked several questions about the severity of the harm afterward but didn't disclose details.

"It is the same factor (as the Honda)," Woods mentioned. "If it flares up, it flares up. It's just a matter of holding it calm, and we had a fast turnaround right here from last week. It could be good to have every week off the place I can shut it down and get some treatment.''

Requested if the harm was extra critical than back spasms, Woods mentioned, "Properly, it's back spasms, so we've completed all of the protocols and it's just a matter of keeping every little thing aligned so I don't go into that.''

Asked if he has had an MRI on his back, he replied: "As I stated, we have achieved all of the protocols.''

Woods is off to the worst begin of his profession, with a tie for 80th at the Farmers Insurance Open, a tie for forty first on the Dubai Desert Classic, the withdrawal from last week's Honda and now a tie for 25that Doral.

Woods at present has only one extra tournament scheduled previous to the Masters, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill beginning March 20. In each of his 4 Masters victories, Woods had won no less than once prior to the year's first major.

For simply the eighth time in his career, Woods didn't make a birdie throughout a spherical on the PGA Tour. The last time that occurred was the primary round of the Tour Championship in September, when he was also suffered with again issues. Sunday was Woods' 1,096th spherical as a pro.

There seem like greater issues for Woods in the mean time, though.

"It is over,'' he stated when asked to measurement up the day. "It is finally over. Which is good.''

As for the plan going ahead, he added: "I do not know, simply let me get by means of this day, get some treatment and we'll assess it as time goes on.''


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Rory McIlroy knows he blew a great opportunity for his seventh PGA Tour win. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy knows he blew an ideal opportunity for his seventh PGA Tour win. (Getty Photos)


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In his first 377 profession holes at PGA National Rory McIlroy had exactly zero eagles.

On his 378th he needed one of them to win his second Honda Traditional in three years and he had an important look.

After a ridiculous 245-yard 5-wood to eleven ft that doubled as in all probability the shot of the season on the PGA Tour, McIlroy missed his eagle putt on the low side and eventually fell in a 4-method playoff to Russell Henley.

It was a strange day for McIlroy (and in general) as he shot a 74 that included 5 bogeys and a double bogey and that shot on No. 18 that should be in some sort of museum somewhere.

The win would have been McIlroy's seventh on the PGA Tour and would have made him the first golfer since Tiger Woods to win seven PGA Tour occasions earlier than his twenty fifth birthday.

It was the first time (in 5 tries) because the 2011 Masters he hadn't closed out a fifty four-gap lead.

He knew he didn't get the job performed at closing time, although. He advised NBC he nearly felt dangerous about being in a playoff.

"Even when I had received, it could have felt a little bit bit undeserved," said McIlroy.

As an alternative it was Henley who joined McIlroy, Patrick Reed, and Harris English as the one golfers younger than 25 with more than one win on the PGA Tour.

It will get him within the Masters, as nicely, a match he said earlier this week he "thinks about every single day."

After his round Henley told NBC his second win (and first on the mainland United States) was surreal.

"I do not know what is going on on proper now," stated Henley. "The crowd right this moment was nothing like I've ever skilled." His personality is as excessive-strung as his game.

And it isn't precisely as if Henley simply roasted the course on this weird Sunday. His 72 was tied for the 32nd greatest round on the day however it was sufficient on a day when PGA Nationwide confirmed its tooth. The four golfers in the playoff were a combined 3 over on the day.

Not precisely the fourth round dart-fest we think of after we see the "these guys are good" commercials. However the drama was enough to satiate a golf fan's urge for food until the following great occasion which occurs to be subsequent week at Doral.

Till then, listed below are our grades for the Honda Classic:

Player Grade Analysis
A Russell Henley dunked his tee shot at the par-3 15th hole and doubtless thought he was completed. A par-par end obtained him within the playoff, although. And a birdie took him home.
A That 5-wood from Rory McIlroy on No. 18, I simply, I do not know when I am going to recover from it. It was legendary.
A Sergio Garcia had a terrific backdoor top 10 on Sunday with a Spherical four-best 67. He is another guy who barely made the reduce and went 68-67 on the weekend and jumped 34 spots on the final day.
B Adam Scott was steady with nothing over a 70 this week on the Honda Traditional. A nice T12 finish from anyone who hadn't played golf in practically two months.
B Another stable week for Rickie Fowler. He went sixty nine-sixty nine-69-70 and after two straight solid tournaments I believe Fowler has a win on the horizon.
C Lee Westwood went 68-65 in his first two rounds to get close to the top of the leaderboard. Then he went seventy three-seventy four on the weekend and stumbled to a T46 end.
I Weird week for Tiger Woods. He barely made the lower, shot 65 on Saturday to jump again within the dialog, then withdrew with a foul again on Sunday.


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Rory McIlroy was on point on Thursday in Florida. (Getty Imaegs)
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I am guessing the dentist will not be on call this time around.

After withdrawing from last 12 months's Honda Classic with a toothache and 37 photographs via eight holes, Rory McIlroy wanted just 26 more shots to get via a full spherical of 18 in this 12 months's first spherical.

McIlroy torched the sector with a first-round sixty three that included zero bogeys and a card stuffed with birdies. Here is a glance:

That back nine that features the famed (and intensely tough Bear Entice) is just sick.

This is the middle birdie of his three-gap birdie streak to kick-begin the back 9:

To me, though, McIlroy's most impressive hole of the day got here on the par-four ninth.

He hit his tee shot into the precise tough, got here up short of the green on his second and hit a nice chip to 11 feet. He buried that putt for par which doesn't appear to be a giant deal on his scorecard nevertheless it's the form of par he simply wasn't saving last yr.

In keeping with PGA Tour media the 63 is McIlroy's lowest spherical on the PGA Tour since 2010.

The Ulsterman is not any stranger to this track, although. He received this match in 2012 (he shot a 66 in the first spherical that yr) and as Will Grey identified, he's attempting for the uncommon win-WD-win three-12 months finish.

Speaking of that WD, it is becoming that on the very round and within the very place where McIlroy's lowest level of 2013 passed off, his finest moment since then also transpired.

So why the elite round from the six-time winner on the PGA Tour?

"It's a good ball-striker's course," stated McIlroy after his round.

And on Thursday (as he is at all times been) McIlroy was an ideal ball-striker. He hit 78 percent of greens in regulation and 71 percent of fairways.

Surgical precision from the man who ditched the dentist's chair for a scalpel of his own.

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Tiger scuffles to 71


Tiger Woods didn't do much on the first day of the Honda Classic. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods didn't do much on the first day of the Honda Classic. (Getty Pictures)


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Tiger Woods had high hopes for his first event following disappointing finishes at the Farmers Insurance Open and Dubai Desert Traditional.

If these hopes are to be fulfilled they'll be despite his first spherical performance and not due to it.

Woods made birdie on the final to save lots of what would have been a not-good first spherical 72 and turn it right into a not-too-terrible first-round seventy one (1 over for the match).

Here's a take a look at his up-and-down scorecard (he began on the again nine with eight straight pars):

I say "not awful" as a result of it usually does not take an incredible score to par to win on the robust PGA National. The last seven successful scores: 9 underneath, 12 below, 9 under, thirteen beneath, 9 beneath, 6 below, and 5 below.

Plus Woods shot a 62 on Sunday at this observe back in 2012 when Rory McIlroy gained so we know he's a minimum of able to some magic.

Tiger fans may take solace on this:

Still, there's work to be executed for the world No. 1 and he'll have to begin with a decidedly better second spherical on Friday.

Woods didn't say much after his spherical as he is often wont to do after middling performances like the one he gave on Thursday.

He did tell Golf Channel he did not have it on a day when there have been scores to be posted (early leaders were at 5 beneath).

"I did not make a lot," said Woods. "The first 4 holes out of the gate I had 4 attractiveness, didn't make any of them. I didn't hit the ball very effectively on the back 9. I've to start placing higher."

Woods did have chances on his first 9 (the back 9 on the course) and some birdies littered in would have really buoyed his round. But like he said, he couldn't get it to fall within the cup.

As long as he keeps hitting fairways and greens (he was 67 p.c on greens in regulation) I'm fairly confident the putting stroke will come.

I believe he's, too.

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McIlroy’s 63 leads Dubai

Rory McIlroy dominated Dubai upon Thursday.

Rory McIlroy dominated Dubai on Thursday. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy had that will familiar swagger flowing in Dubai upon Thursday. Plus why not right after tossing the 63 at the top of the leaderboard two weeks after nearly winning his first outing within Abu Dhabi?


Is actually early but McIlroy certain looks like he's starting to really feel it once again.

McIlroy told Golfing Channel that this sport actually isn't as easy as he often makes it appearance.

"I don't think is actually ever easy, " this individual said. "Sometimes it's tougher than other times, but I have put a lot of hard work within the last few months. "


The Ulsterman was paired with world Number 1 Tiger Woods and despite Woods' 68 it was McIlroy's scorecard that was the look at the competition.


The girls started within the back and McIlroy found themself 8 below after twelve holes plus staring any 60 right in the eye:


"It was great, " McIlroy said. "It was really good. I performed really well through tee to green, drove the golf ball well again. I think I actually only skipped a couple of fairways and only skipped one eco-friendly where I had to really get it up and down. "

It's true. McIlroy's game was on just about all morning. This individual hit 12 of fourteen fairways and 14 of 18 vegetables.

"You can see how I'm generating it, " McIlroy informed ESPN. "I'm leaving myself a lot of wedges into the green. "

If this maintains up McIlroy will run away and hide with his 2nd Dubai Desert Classic within six many years.

Yet he has company, namely his playing partner Woods who said he started to really feel out their driving in late the first circular.


"When I have it [correct], I strike these bullet cuts that go permanently. And I began getting that toward the end [of the round], " mentioned Woods to ESPN.


It's hard for me to task an entire period from McIlroy based on that one round (much less the rest of the tournament), especially since I published a long write-up just last week about how Tiger's 79 at Torrey designed nothing.


But Excellent feeling that isn't the last 63 we see from Rory this year. And am have a feeling this isn't the last time he or she leads the tournament by which both he and Woods are playing.


Rory is back – not due to Abu Dhabi or the 63 – you can observe it in the voice, you can literally view him come back by the way this individual carries himself on the program and in interviews.


He is feeling it again and that's just grand for the sport of golf.


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Tiger ‘struggles’ to 68

Tiger Woods only as well 25 putts in his 1st round.

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"I could have got a couple a lot more out of it. "


A couple more that Tiger Woods might need come Saturday and Sunday in the Dubai Desert Classic.

Woods shot a just-fine 68 (good for T10 after round one) in his first look since that ghastly seventy nine at Torrey Pines last Sunday however it came regardless of only striking seven associated with 14 fairways and ten of eighteen greens in regulation.

The fairways he did hit were unable exactly in ideal places, either. On the par-5 550-yard 13th opening, a gap easily obtainable in two, Woods chose to hit a 3-wood from the tee while playing partners Rory McIlroy and Stephen Gallacher each hit drives 90 yards past your pet.

Forest is fulfilling the narrative many folks have built regarding him — that he aren't hit a driver, a minimum of with any confidence.

If you read between the lines Woods made a Hank Haney reference after his round regarding his driver.


"It's my older pattern once again. With the last coach it was a push prevent. We tried to get out of might go to a cut [a ball that curves from left to right]. It's tougher to aim [more to the] correct knowing that I have got to cut it. "


Nevertheless, Woods only needed 25 (! ) putts for the whole round sought out in 32 and appeared poised for a crazy low number yet nine pars on the back again left your pet at 4-under for the tournament, five back of McIlroy.


"We all performed well, inch said McIlroy to ESPN, "Tiger took a little time get started, but this individual managed their game really well the first nine holes plus started striking the ball better on the back. "


Woods did not go that will far but he has been still pleased.


"I'm going to focus on a couple of things every now and then, but Personally i think like it was a good day, " mentioned Woods. "I could have got a couple a lot more out of it, just by making a couple of putts from about ten feet or so. I hit a lot of great putts, that was nice. A week ago I did not do it. It was nice to really play properly again. inch


Here is a look at Woods' scorecard (note his 2-under performance within the par-5s : birdies upon No . 13 and No. 18 – after not creating a birdie last week in 12 opportunities):


There's nevertheless a lot of work to be finished Woods — since 2000 the champion has obtained 17 below or better – but he saved the emotion on Thursday night that their 79 a week ago at Torrey is an outlier.

With the way he or she and McIlroy both performed Thursday We wouldn't end up being surprised to find out them paired for all 4 rounds — the first 2 as a draw and the last two since the leaders of the tournament.

Woods summed up his day the way days along with bogey-free 68s in competition play ought to be summed upward, for the world's No . one player or anyone.

"Overall it was a pretty great score. inch

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Spieth (63) shines at Torrey Pines

Jordan Spieth is 10 under after two rounds at Torrey Pines.

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This time a year ago Jordan Spieth was completing his first official tournament as a specialist golfer.


He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open after shooting 72-73 in his first two rounds, 12 shots behind leader (and eventual winner) Tiger Woods.

What a difference a year makes.

This time after two rounds, having fun with Woods, Spieth finds himself 10 under, nine shots clear of the seven-time champ after a birdie-filled second-round 63.


Spieth couldn't miss a green and seemingly couldn't miss a putt. He made four birdies on his front nine (the back nine on the north course) and followed that up with five more on the rear.


Here is a look:


Of course the north course is playing about four shots easier so Spieth's 63 wasn't totally unexpected after that he shot a 1-under 71 at the south course on Thursday, but it was still impressive.

When asked why he scored so well on Friday, Spieth told Golf Channel the answer was pretty simple.

"I putted a lot better. I was more stable over the ball, " said Spieth.

He also hit greens – 17 of 18 in regulation in fact , in accordance with Justin Ray of ESPN. Here's a sampling:

That he also said he was undaunted having fun with current world No . 1 Woods (who could only post a 1-under 71).


"I've spent lots of time with him. That positively helped. He is easy to play with, he talks to us. I just played my game. I was not looking at the scores, " said Spieth.


Everyone says this, of course, but with Spieth and the way he talks and just how he carries himself, well, you actually sort of believe it.


He could be golf's unicorn.


Every 20-year-old who plays out here (which isn't many) has immense talent. But none of them has the poise Spieth has to go out with Tiger and best him by eight strokes in a tournament he's owned. I mean, get free from here with that – it's unusual.


Spieth led by one over Stewart Cink after the dust settled on Friday and with that lead will be gunning for PGA Tour win No . 2 this weekend. This isn't the John Deere Classic, though, this is a big-boy tournament and everybody knows it.


Spieth was asked about his chances to win soon after he completed his 63, he was realistic but confident.


"The south course is a different animal than that north course. I want to play it like I did yesterday. It's an US Open type venue, " said Spieth.


Yet another tournament Spieth might be winning in the near future.


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Tiger still driven to win as new season dawns

Given his lengthy extend (more than five years) without a major title and the seemingly favorable major locations (he's won at 3 of them and finished runner-up at the other) in 2014, it was suggested this is a large year for him.

"I view it as every year's a big year, " Woods stated. "Every year that I get a chance to compete and perform in tournaments and main championships for as long as I decide to do it, every year's a big year, every year counts.

"Looking back again from the beginning of my profession to now, I know that I don't have 20 years in my primary… But the outlook is still the same. I still prepare the same, I still work the tail off to be ready to compete at this level plus beat everything that I'm actively playing against. "

Woods, who switched 38 on Dec. thirty, was presented the jack port Nicklaus Award as 2013 player of the year simply by PGA Tour commissioner bernard Finchem. Although Woods did not capture a major last year, this individual did win five times on the PGA Tour – the particular 10th time he has done so – to run his profession victory total to seventy nine. That puts him simply three wins behind mike Snead's record.

He will try to get 1 closer by defending their title at Torrey pinastre, a place he has won in eight times. A 9th victory would set the tour record for wins at the same venue. Among their eight wins here is the 08 U. S. Open.

That, of course , was his 14th and most recent major victory. a lot has happened to forest since, including another golf swing overhaul that has yet to produce the desired results in the game's biggest tournaments.

There were two top-six finishes in majors last year, but also two lackluster shows.

increasing expectations even more this year is the fact Woods has won 4 Masters at Augusta nationwide, as well as the last Open tournament played at Royal gatwick (2006) and the last PGA Championship played at Valhalla (2000). Woods also has been second at the 2005 oughout. S. Open at Pinehurst, as well as third at the same location in 1999.

Woods noted that the program conditions at Torrey pinastre skewed more toward the difficulty of the U. S. open up than what he normally views during the regular tour occasion.

"The rough is thick, it's a little more lush than coming from seen it with these eco-friendly conditions, " he stated. "We've seen it like this when it's wet but not when it's like this. This is very similar to an Open. "

Woods is grouped for the first two rounds along with reigning rookie of the 12 months Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker, who has won two times in the new season. They first tee off at 1: forty p. m. ET on the South Course on thurs.

John Daly thought he won car with a hole-in-one

John Daly — pictured in December. rapid made an advisor in the Humana Challenge pro-am.

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I can't picture a nicole Daly story getting a different twist to this, can you??


On wednesday, while playing in the Humana Challenge pro-am, Daly designed an ace on the par-3 No. 7 at the Nicklaus Private Training course at PGA West.

An ace on that will hole was supposed to take home some loot your pet a new Hyundai.

"I don't even look at the shot, inch Daly told the Hillcrest Union-Tribune. "I leaned to get our tee plus was telling the particular Callaway representative that it felt very good. He mentioned, 'Good, because it just proceeded to go in the tooth cavity. '"


He or she also said can get some run out associated with the brand-new Hyundai.


"Trust me personally, with a few kids I actually will put the brand new Hyundai to good apply. "


The shot came in the first swing with the new Callaway 9-iron, based to PGA. apresentando. Yet that's not even the particular strange part!


Apparently the hole-in-one failed to count because that came immediately after he hit a second party.


@PGA_JohnDaly expert in pro-am @HumanaChallenge these days was actually another training shot with different organization which does not meet the criteria for motor vehicle.

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I wonder who tattled on Huge John. we wouldn't want to be around when he finds out.

Also, if Hyundai is smart they'll use typically the opportunity to give one regarding golf's biggest attracts the particular car anyway and obtain some really good publicity out regarding it.


Z. Johnson wins Tournament of Champions

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Zach Johnson is taking his place among the large boys in golf with two of the shortest clubs in his bag.

On a Plantation Course at Kapalua that needs to be paradise for the game's longest hitters, Johnson chipped in for his opening birdie after which hit 4 beautiful wedge pictures on the back 9 Monday to rally from two shots behind, close with a 7-under sixty six and win the Event of Champions.

"I simply picked it apart," Johnson mentioned.

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AP Photo/Marco GarciaZach Johnson's year acquired off to a good begin with a one-shot victory over Jordan Spieth in the Tournament of Champions.

That was pivotal on the back 9, where five gamers had a chance to win. Johnson ran off 4 birdies in a five-gap stretch, all of them with a wedge in his hand, none of the photographs significantly simple. He wound up with a one-shot win over Jordan Spieth, the perfect solution to begin a brand new yr.

Particularly after he ended the outdated one with a win.

Johnson didn't want any heroics this time, not like last month in California within the World Challenge when he holed a shot from the drop zone – with a wedge – on the final hole and wound up beating Tiger Woods in a playoff. Kapalua was mainly about chipping and putting, and Johnson is among the many finest.

"Getting the ball in the fairway and giving my wedges a chance was essential," he mentioned. "It's about plotting my manner, placing myself in a yardage spot that I do know goes to give me a chance."

Johnson, beginning his eleventh season on the PGA Tour, won for the 11th time in his profession. Since his rookie season in 2004, solely Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have received more on the PGA Tour. It additionally was Johnson's third win in his last six begins, relationship to the BMW Championship exterior Chicago in September that certified him for this winners-solely tournament in Kapalua.

Spieth had a one-shot lead going into the back nine and thought solely of constructing three birdies. He started approach too late, dropping three good birdie chances in the gentle, middle portion of the again 9 and then ending with two birdies that solely gave him a runner-up end. He closed with a 70.

"I was more than happy with the finish, having the ability to birdie the final two holes and not less than have considerably of an opportunity on 18," said Spieth, who had a 100-foot eagle putt just off the entrance of the green to power a playoff. "But in the end, 14, 15, 16 really kind of hit me onerous in the course of the back 9."

He made par on all of them, twice missing putts from about 6 toes.

That's where Johnson thrived.

He caught Spieth for the lead with a wedge from eighty three yards to about 2 toes for birdie on No. 12. Johnson laid back with a three-wooden on the 14th gap and hit wedge to about 8 feet beneath the outlet for birdie and the outright lead. Maybe probably the most daunting shot came on the par-5 15th, up a steep slope to a green with a false entrance. The grain from the fairway and on the green was in opposition to him.

"For those who simply missed it just a little bit, it's come back at you," he said. "I hit an excellent shot."

He adopted that with a wedge to 5 feet and a tough, downhill putt that broke sharply toward the ocean that he made for his closing birdie.

Webb Simpson, tied with Spieth and defending champion Dustin Johnson to start out the ultimate spherical, by no means caught up and closed with a 70. Simpson tied for third with Kevin Streelman, who had a sixty seven.

Jason Dufner was four strokes back in fifth after a sixty nine.

Dustin Johnson made three bogeys earlier than making his first birdie. He shot seventy three and tied for sixth.

Jordan Spieth

Spieth had a one-shot lead going to the again nine.

Spieth was playing within the last group for the first time and seemed poised as ever. With birdies on both par 5s on the front nine, he had the outright lead and regarded as if he would possibly grow to be the youngest participant with two PGA Tour wins since Ralph Guldahl in 1932. The signature shot was from a bunker in need of the 14th green. He blasted out to 6 feet above the hole for a chance to match birdies with Zach Johnson, in the group ahead.

Besides that he missed it.

After which he had to scramble for par on the 15th when what he thought was a perfect shot rolled down the slope 45 yards away. "Yes!" Spieth mentioned when the ball was in flight. However when he saw it land softly and tumble down the hill, he adopted that with, "You've got to be kidding me."

It took two chips to reach the green, and solely a ten-foot par putt saved him in the sport.

Spieth missed an eight-foot birdie putt on the 16th, and the 2 birdies on the end not less than gave him a superb begin to his new yr. He earned $665,000.

Simpson, who received some encouraging news concerning the new child of caddie Paul Tesori before starting his spherical, additionally discovered the incorrect gear with consecutive bogeys early in the spherical and spent the remainder of the day trying to catch up. He birdied three of his final five holes, but that wasn't sufficient to keep tempo with the leader.

Masters champion Adam Scott got inside one shot of the lead with an eagle on the fifteenth hole, just for his wedge to hit the flag on the sixteenth. He had to settle for par, and he closed with a bogey to complete within the tie for sixth.


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Writers pick Scott over Woods as ’13’s best

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Masters champion Adam Scott narrowly beat out Tiger Woods because the male player of the yr in voting by the Golf Writers Association of America.

The GWAA takes into account players' performance on extra than just the PGA Tour. Scott received 4 instances around the globe, none larger than his playoff victory at Augusta Nationwide to turn out to be the first Australian to win a green jacket. He also gained a FedEx Cup playoff event as well as twice in Australia, and he joined Jason Day to win the group portion of the World Cup for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Out of 218 ballots, Scott received by five votes.

"It's an honor to be recognized as the most constant male golfer of 2013 and it's appreciated to have the respect of the Golf Writers of America. Thanks," Scott mentioned from Kapalua, the place he's playing in the Hyundai Event of Champions.

Woods gained five times on the PGA Tour, together with The Players Championship and two World Golf Championships, although he went a fifth straight yr without winning a serious. Woods additionally won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring common.

Woods received player of the 12 months from the PGA Tour (a vote of players) and PGA of America (based on factors). These awards consider only a player's PGA Tour file. The PGA Tour doesn't disclose vote totals.

The opposite GWAA awards have been landslides.

Inbee Park, who had three straight majors amongst her six victories on the LPGA Tour, received 91 percent of the vote to win feminine player of the year. Women's British Open champion Stacy Lewis and Evian Championship winner Suzann Pettersen acquired the opposite votes.

Kenny Perry, who won two majors on the Champions Tour and captured the Charles Schwab Cup, also had ninety one percent of the vote for senior player of the 12 months over Bernhard Langer and David Frost.

"It is my highest honor, from the players or the writers, to be named player of the yr," Perry mentioned. "Here I'm at 53 doing stuff I probably should not be doing, so I am honored that the writers are paying attention to me."

The winners might be honored April 9 on the GWAA awards dinner in Augusta, Ga.

Scott acquired seventy five votes, or 34 p.c of the vote, compared with 70 votes for Woods. In a season that had so many players accomplish a lot, Phil Mickelson obtained 17 p.c, whereas Henrik Stenson received sixteen %. Mickelson gained the Open Championship together with the Phoenix Open and the Scottish Open. Stenson grew to become the primary participant to win the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in the same season.

Scott played 20 occasions world wide. Along together with his 4 wins, he had the lead briefly on the again 9 of the Open Championship, where he tied for third, and he tied for fifth on the PGA Championship. Woods had two prime-10s within the majors, a tie for fourth on the Masters and a tie for sixth in the British.

Park rose to No. 1 in the ladies's world rating shortly after successful the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She gained the LPGA Championship, then made it three straight majors on the U.S. Girls's Open. She failed in her bid to develop into the first player to win 4 majors in a single season however still led women's golf with six victories and captured the LPGA Tour money title for the second straight yr.

"Final yr was a year that I could always remember," Park mentioned. "I was able to put my identify among the greatest gamers all over the world. Now, on prime of that, I'm being acknowledged and honored by golf writers. They're those who know what has simply happened final year in every detail. I can nearly say that they know me higher than I know myself. That's why this honor could be very special and means loads to me."


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McIlroy, Wozniacki announce engagement

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Rory McIlroy is claiming his first win of the brand new year – his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

One of the high power couples in sports activities announced their engagement Tuesday night time on Twitter, which was Wednesday morning in Australia. A spokesman for McIlroy confirmed he popped the query in Sydney, the place Wozniacki is beginning to prepare for the Australian Open in Melbourne.

"Glad New Yr everyone! I've a sense it's going to be a terrific year!! My first victory of 2014," McIlroy tweeted. He added a hashtag, "She mentioned sure!!" Wozniacki sent out an analogous tweet a couple of minutes earlier that mentioned, "Completely happy New Yr everybody! Rory and I began 2014 with a bang!.. I mentioned SURE!!!!"

They included a collage of three photographs – her engagement ring, a photo of them together and fireworks over the Sydney Harbor.

That ought to put to rest two stories out of Ireland at different occasions this 12 months that they have been splitting up. A kind of reports was in August, regardless that McIlroy and Wozniacki had dinner in New York the next night time forward of the U.S. Open in tennis.

They first started to see each other in the summer of 2011, shortly after McIlroy received his first major with a report-setting efficiency in the U.S. Open at Congressional. They confirmed they had been courting a couple of months later, and so they had been by no means shy about sharing their relationship on social media.

He changed his avatar on Twitter to an image of the couple when Wozniacki was No. 1 and McIlroy was No. 2. That modified within six months, when McIlroy first ascended to No. 1 on the planet and Wozniacki started a gradual decline down the WTA ranking. She now's No. 10, while McIlroy goes into the 2014 season at No. 6.

McIlroy is coming off a tough season through which he failed to meet monumental expectations and changed golf gear. He additionally left his administration company in a nasty cut up that is to be settled next 12 months in an Irish court docket. The 24-yr-previous from Northern Ireland did not win a event till the Australian Open in December.

It was his first 12 months of great. criticism, and McIlroy said it solely bought to him when it concerned his personal life.

"I don't care what individuals say about my golf," he said. "It is when individuals begin digging into my private life, that's the place it begins to annoy you – whether it's Caroline, whether it is management, all that stuff shouldn't be a consequence to how I play my golf."

When he was asked jokingly whether or not they broke up 5 or 6 instances this year, McIlroy gave a hearty snort and stated, "One thing like that."

Wozniacki joined him at the World Challenge in California, and then they headed to south Florida and his new dwelling for the first a part of the vacations. He later went to Northern Ireland earlier than heading Down Under.

Tweets of congratulations about their engagement began pouring in from Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Francesco Molinari.

McIlroy makes his 2014 debut on Jan. sixteen-19 within the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

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Chamblee makes on-air apology for column

Brandel Chamblee on Wednesday made his first on-air feedback since an Web column he wrote two weeks ago insinuated that Tiger Woods had cheated because he had a number of rules violations through the 2013 season.

“In providing my evaluation of Tiger to you, and particularly wanting at the incidents in Abu Dhabi, Augusta, Ponte Vedra and Chicago, I stated Tiger Woods was cavalier in regards to the guidelines. I should have stopped proper there,” Chamblee informed Golf Channel host Rich Lerner. “In evaluating these incidents to my dishonest episode in the fourth grade, I went too far.

ChambleeI stated Tiger Woods was cavalier in regards to the guidelines. I ought to have stopped right there. In comparing those incidents to my cheating episode in the fourth grade, I went too far.

- Brandel Chamblee

“Dishonest entails intent. I do know what my intent was on that fourth-grade math check. However there is no way I could know with 100 percent certainty what Tiger’s intent was in any of those situations. That was my mistake.”

Chamblee stated Golf.com’s editors asked him to rewrite the portion pertaining to Woods and that he declined. He mentioned he would not be writing for the site or for Golf Journal after this 12 months.

A former PGA Tour participant and frequent critic of Woods’ swing beneath coach Sean Foley, Chamblee had written an analysis during which he assessed a number of top gamers’ years by giving them letter grades.

He gave Woods, who received five instances this 12 months on the PGA Tour, an F.

“After I was within the fourth grade, I cheated on a math check and when I got the paper again it had ‘a hundred’ written on the high, and slightly below the grade was this quote: ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!'” Chamblee wrote. “It was an oft-quoted line from the epic poem ‘Marmion’ by Sir Walter Scott, and my teacher’s message was clear. Written as soon as extra beneath that quote was my grade of ‘a hundred,’ however this time with a line drawn via it and beneath that an F. I by no means did ask my teacher how she knew I cheated and I certainly did not protest the grade. I knew I had achieved the wrong thing and my instructor the correct, but I never forgot the best way I felt when I learn that quote.

“I bear in mind once we solely talked about Tiger’s golf. I miss those days. He received 5 instances and contended in majors and gained the Vardon Trophy and.. how shall we say this.. was somewhat cavalier with the principles.”

Below the summary was “one hundred” with a line through it and “F” beneath it.

He had not made any feedback on Golf Channel for the reason that story appeared on-line.

The suggestion that Woods cheated – he had four high-profile guidelines issues, together with three that resulted in two-stroke penalties – angered Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg, who instructed ESPN.com that he would take into account legal action.

On Wednesday, Steinberg stated neither he nor Woods would remark any additional on the matter.

“There’s nothing you can name a golfer worse than a cheater,” Steinberg stated Oct. 18. “That is the most deplorable thing I have seen.”

On Oct. 22, after first standing by his story in an interview with The Related Press, Chamblee took to Twitter.

“Golf is a gentleman’s sport and I’m not happy with this debate. I want to apologize to Tiger for this incited discourse,” Chamblee tweeted.

He added on Twitter: “My intention was to note Tiger’s guidelines infractions this yr, however evaluating that to cheating in grade college went too far.”

During his dialogue with Lerner, which lasted barely greater than three minutes, Chamblee strongly denied a vendetta against Woods.

“In fact not,” he stated. “My job as an analyst at Golf Channel requires me to analyze the golf and provide my opinions. I’d wish to assume I am fairly good at it. Tiger Woods is the perfect player in the recreation by miles. Maybe the perfect player of all time. And through the years, I’ve stated quite a lot of positive things about Tiger’s golf swing and his accomplishments, and at times I’ve been critical, but that’s my job…

“I is usually a bit forceful with my opinions. Some would say too forceful. That was clearly the case on this instance.”

Woods said Monday previous to an exhibition with Rory McIlroy in China that he was ready to move on however that the next step would have to come from Golf Channel.

“There is a battle and a confusion if you work for one firm and write for one more firm,” Chamblee stated Wednesday. “So going ahead I am not going to be writing for Golf Journal beginning subsequent year. I’ll be writing solely for GolfChannel.com and NBC.com. And that method, if Tiger and his camp have a problem with one thing I write, they might a minimum of be yelling at the right individuals.”

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U.S. ahead by 1 at delayed Presidents Cup

DUBLIN, Ohio – One other rain delay minimize brief some exceptional golf Friday in the Presidents Cup.

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley shot 30 on the front 9 at Muirfield Village, an astounding efficiency in foursomes. Only some sloppy play allowed the match to go 15 holes in a four-and-3 win over Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.

“We have been down but, boy, on 5 we just turned it on and played a few of our greatest golf,” Mickelson stated.

Proper behind them, Brendon de Jonge started to emerge as a star of the International workforce. He teamed with Ernie Els and they never trailed in a 4-and-3 win over Hunter Mahan and Invoice Haas, going 8 beneath when the match ended on the fifteenth.

“This man, he performed lovely and we each played effectively right this moment,” Els said.

The Americans had a four½-3½ lead, although 4 matches had been still in progress when darkness descended on Muirfield Village.

For the second straight day, storms interrupted play and left a bleak outlook for finishing Sunday. Heavy rain – and the time it took to get small swimming pools of water out of the bunkers and fairways – led to a delay of almost three hours.

The opposite 4 matches – the Americans were up in two, the Worldwide led the other two – were to renew Saturday morning.

Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar were 6 below via eight holes and still only had a 1-up lead over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Oosthuizen missed a short par putt on the ninth to lose one other hole, and the previous Open Championship winner made an excellent higher blunder on the par-3 twelfth. After Woods went long of the green, Oosthuizen’s 7-iron leaked to the appropriate and hopped into the water. The Individuals gained with a bogey and have been 3 up with six holes to play once they stopped.

Steve Stricker and 20-12 months-outdated Jordan Spieth finally seized control of their match when Spieth made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-three eighth, and the Texan made one other key birdie on the twelfth. They had been three up with 4 holes remaining.

What appeared to be the decisive match of the foursomes session was Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman, who overcame an early deficit and have been 1 up with 5 holes remaining towards Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker. The International workforce had control of the opposite match. Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott lost just one gap and had been 4 up with seven holes remaining towards Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

[+] EnlargePhil Mickelson and Keegan BradleyBrian Spurlock/USA AT PRESENT Sports activitiesPhil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were plenty glad after securing some extent for the U.S. workforce on Friday.

Saturday is the busiest day for the Presidents Cup, with five fourballs matches early and five foursomes matches late. It concludes with 12 singles matches Sunday, though the forecast isn’t any higher, especially for Sunday.

One thing was becoming clear by way of the relentless look of clouds – the course Jack Nicklaus built has been groomed for birdies.

Nicklaus stood at the back of the press heart peering at the scoreboard, and he couldn’t consider the scores he saw from each side. “They are saying this golf course is tough,” Nicklaus mentioned, though he knows better. The greens are among the most pure on the PGA Tour, and they’re comfortable because of the rain. In match play, with 24 of the very best players from every continent except Europe, Muirfield Village does not stand much of a chance.

“They aren’t defending the course like they might do on a Sunday of the Memorial,” Els stated. “So they’re establishing the course where you can make some birdies in case you play correctly.”

It was an enormous change from two years in the past at fast, fiery and frightening Royal Melbourne. In eighty holes on Friday, there have been 51 birdies and two eagles. That is good for the fourballs format – not often for alternate shot.

“People need to see birdies,” Mickelson said. “We do not need to be taking part in protection. We want to be playing offense. And if you try this, you are winning holes due to nice photographs, not because of other’s mistakes. And I believe that’s exactly the way it needs to be in these staff events.”

Mickelson and Bradley, coming off their first loss in 4 matches as a staff, fell behind early and wanted a pair of huge putts from Bradley to keep from falling additional behind. It took a 15-foot eagle putt by Mickelson just to square the match on the par-5 fifth. However there was no stopping them from there. They adopted with three straight birdies and gained three straight holes on the again nine with pars.

Mickelson tried to hole out a pitch simply wanting the thirteenth inexperienced – an up-and-down was all he needed – and it hit the opening and spun 4 feet away. Bradley missed the par putt, bungled the 14th for an additional bogey and they halved the fifteenth with birdies.

Even so, they made six birdies and an eagle in 15 holes of alternate shot.

“I just suppose that when Phil and I get rolling in this alternate shot, we complement one another so nicely,” Bradley mentioned. “I think that we each really enjoy type of exhibiting off in entrance of one another.”

De Jonge and Els opened with two fast birdies via three holes and never gave Mahan and Haas a lot of an opportunity. They did not lose a single gap.

“Brendon performed awesome,” Els said. “He played nice yesterday. Actually, he even performed higher at this time.”

The Zimbabwean, in his first Presidents Cup, stated Els contributed in his own means.

“Do not let Ernie give me all of the credit,” de Jonge said. “He is by far probably the most calming affect I’ve ever been on the golf course with. It’s nice to play with a Hall of Famer who hits it in the course of the golf green and middle of the inexperienced. He makes it very straightforward.”

The conclusion of the second session might be pivotal for captain Nick Worth and his International crew, which has misplaced the last seven foursomes sessions on this occasion.



Germany physio suffered double injury while going to treat player during World Cup Qualifier


Germany made easy work of Austria, winning three-zero to proceed their unbeaten run atop UEFA World Cup qualifying Group C, however they did undergo an necessary setback in the course of the match. To their physio.

From the PA:

Klaus Eder, who has worked for the German federation for 25 years, tore a muscle in his left leg as he went to tend to Marcel Schmelzer, inflicting him to fall over and break a finger. “I now must put into practice what I all the time inform my patients,” the 60-year-old informed the German federation’s website on Sunday. “Persistence is essential and you should not expect a variety of progress too soon.

“The way in which the gamers reacted was very comforting,” he stated. “Philipp Lahm brought me the ice pack, Mesut Ozil and Miroslav Klose held me and led me off the sphere.”

Schmelzer, who got here on at halftime, was able to stay in the match. Maybe because he realized that he wasn’t in as unhealthy of form as Eder.

Still, for Eder it must to be nice to know that after so a few years of helping the German players, they’re prepared to do the identical for him.


Cristiano Ronaldo welcomes Gareth Bale to Real Madrid

Dear Gareth,

Please enable me to formally welcome you to Real Madrid. As you’ll be able to see by the look on my face, I’m very completely happy you have joined us. I’d have most well-liked to offer this greeting in individual, however with each of us busy in the course of the international break — you playing for Wales and me playing for an actual nation like Portugal — I felt it could be finest to jot down, rather than wait till we’re each in Madrid again. Especially since I do not actually know what you seem like and I wouldn’t need to decrease your shallowness by not recognizing you. That’s how thoughtful of a teammate I’m.

Much has been made in regards to the astonishing value of your switch, but don’t concern yourself with that. Opposite to common perception, I do not really care if yours was dearer than mine or not. Though, for the sake of accuracy, I do believe that inflation over the last four years implies that mine continues to be technically larger even when yours was for €one hundred million. Plus, I had the decency to complete mine early in the summertime, rather than subject the world to a protracted and tedious battle filled with unseemly tactics like not showing up at coaching. That alone is worth greater than any amount of money. Nevertheless it’s not honest to expect everybody to be a courteous gentleman, I suppose.

It is flattering that my price is the benchmark by which yours was measured. As I am certain you understand, I’ve followed up that historic switch by scoring 202 targets in 202 appearances for Real Madrid over the last 4 years, including no fewer than 50 goals in each of the last three season. I’m positive only some million people will criticize you once you fail to match that top stage of return on funding, since everybody else might be too busy praising my continued success. Please do not ever really feel the need to thank me for that compassionate distraction.

But this isn’t about me and the three Premier League titles, one Champions League title and Ballon d’Or I won before turning into the most costly footballer of all time or how you have got solely achieved none of that by the identical age. This is just to say welcome and give you a friendly, written reminder not to use any of my hair products on that €2 reduce of yours. I will be checking the degrees in every bottle every day.

In conclusion, it is really a surprise to have you ever right here and as long as you don’t get in my way, I’m sure we are going to obtain many nice issues collectively.

Confidently yours,

The Boss

P.S. If our other teammates appear chilly and unfriendly, don’t take it to heart. They’re simply upset that you’re here and Mesut Ozil isn’t.


Tiger Woods injured again…this time, by hotel bed

Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship. (Getty Pictures)

Tiger Woods enters this weekend’s Barclays, the initial occasion of this year’s FedEx Cup, as the favourite to win the entire deal as soon as again. And, since it is not a major, he’s probably going to throttle your entire subject and stroll away with another two-comma check.

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But it will not be easy, no. Woods has taken his first lumps this playoff season before swinging a single competitive membership. The perpetrator? A delicate resort bed.

Woods skipped drives and approaches on the back 9 of a Wednesday professional-am, saying that he’d suffered the damage the night before. And, sure, somebody asked Woods if he’d have a brand new bed, and Woods simply smiled and answered, “We’ll have something.”

This is the most recent in a spread of injuries that have beset Woods this year, although this seems relatively minor compared to the elbow and back problems that gave him difficulty throughout a lot of the summer season. Woods, naturally, says he’s high-quality now.

Now, earlier than you go make some joke about golfers not being athletes because they can’t even beat up a mushy mattress, needless to say back and neck injuries suck, and the back and neck are form of necessary in golfing situations.

The Barclays begins Thursday, and the FedEx Cup playoffs run until the late-September Tour Championship finale at East Lake in Atlanta.


Paulina Gretzky engaged to golfer Dustin Johnson, expected to tweet entire wedding (Photo)

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Paulina Gretzky and PGA golfer Dustin Johnson are just about lovable: They take goofy images together, she attends his tournaments, he apparently has no problem with her being a self-promoting object of lust for hockey nerds in all places that follow Wayne Gretzky’s beautiful daughter on social media.

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So congrats to the pleased couple, who announced their engagement on Saturday as Johnson tweeted a photo of her ring.

Her gigantic, monumental ring so huge that it might need its own gravitational subject.


For comparison’s sake, right here’s Wayne Gretzky’s Stanley Cup ring from 1988:

For the record, Johnson’s 2013 earnings: $2,572,844. So, based on the three months’ wage rule …

Paulina Gretzky, 24, and Johnson, 29, were first linked collectively in January when she walked the course throughout his match in Maui. Since then, they’ve dated publicly, together with some beach enjoyable. (And sure, that is Paulina’s ‘99’ tattoo above her bikini line, in honor of her father.)

Johnson was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Sorry Canada … seems another American has taken a Gretzky off the market. U-S-A!


The PGA Tour bans caddie races at Waste Management, totally miss the tournament’s theme

Getty Images Yearly, as January kicks off, my telephone starts vibrating. It is from buddies throughout the country or golfs fans on Twitter or even business associates on-line informing me that this is the year they’re traveling to the Greatest Present on Grass.

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The Waste Management Open isn’t a golf tournament, it is an expertise. These those who message me aren’t coming to watch Mark Wilson play the fifteenth, they’re coming as a result of they comprehend it is one of the most insane, and unbelievable sporting occasions they will ever be part of. For that week at TPC Scottsdale, golf is not just secondary, it is third, fourth and fifth, relying on who you speak to, and the golfers perceive that.

That’s why the PGA Tour’s announcement that the caddie races can be banned this coming year appears so shortsighted. The tour focuses on the craziness that is the Waste Administration, yet are attempting to outlaw probably the most fun parts of all the week? What subsequent, solely non-alcoholic beer within the tents?

The Tour instructed the Golf Channel that the rationale for this ban on the caddie races at each the Waste Administration and the Colonial is as a result of they’re involved with the safety of the caddies.

“We have now advised the parents at Colonial and out in Phoenix to discontinue the caddie races. It was a state of affairs where we developed a little bit concern about caddies’ security. Working 150 yards puts caddies at risk for harm,” Andy Pazder said to the Golf Channel. “I had caddies come to me in Phoenix and at Colonial saying, ‘That is ridiculous, it’s like we’re a carnival show.’”

Okay, first, I am all for caddie security. I’ve spent my justifiable share of time looping on the LPGA Tour, and have the upmost respect for the caddies, but the caddies should perceive more than anybody that the Waste Management is a carnival! It’s a circus and a party and all the things you possibly can think of apart from a golf tournament, and that’s why folks adore it!

Here are some things everyone ought to know concerning the caddie races on the Waste Management Open.

First, not every group participates within the caddie races. Honestly, I’d say less than half really dash and run to beat the opposite caddies to the sixteenth green at TPC Scottsdale, and whereas I perceive that operating 150 yards is likely to be powerful for some, most of those caddies are in fairly fine condition considering they carry a 50 pound bag 4-5 miles a day for six days every week.

Second, this is similar occasion that the Waste Administration has been promoting with their iPhone app and different places, a signature should you get to the stadium gap and are planning to observe some golf. Fans absolutely love these races, and hunker down on the par-three for hours just to be part of it.

We’ve had guys put on football jerseys while they hit, come out and sing songs before they tee off, and spend loads of time tossing stuff to followers as they stroll to the inexperienced. The 16th is as a lot a traditional golf gap as Justin Bieber is a standard teenager, and I believe this ban merely misses the point of the occasion.

It’s a disgrace that this might be gone as the lots of of 1000’s of golf fans, and beer fans, and high heel followers, come to Scottsdale next season, however at least we are going to perpetually have some of these highlights to look back on.

Now PGA Tour, after outlawing one of the more fun elements of the golf season, how about you are taking a second to concentrate on all those individuals screaming out ridiculous sayings as players are hitting golf pictures? That seems like it could have an effect on the game much more than two guys operating one hundred yards with smiles on their faces because the fans arise and applaud.