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)
Rory McIlroy was on level on Thursday in Florida. (Getty Images)


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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 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.

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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Sony extends sponsorship of Hawaii event


Sony Corp. has prolonged its title sponsorship of the PGA Tour occasion on Oahu for one more four years.

Accumulating trophies is a behavior of

Tiger Woods

. He is now three shy of Sam Snead’s record.

The new settlement starts after the Sony Open is completed Jan. 12 at Waialae Country Membership. Sony’s dedication by means of 2018 will mark 20 years of sponsorship.

Sony is among the five longest-operating event sponsors on the PGA Tour. It’s the first full-subject tournament of the year, happening every week after the Event of Championship at Kapalua on Maui.

The match is televised in prime time on the East Coast on Golf Channel.

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Kisner holds on for win at Pebble Beach despite rough final round


Kevin Kisner made a 15-foot par putt on the 18th gap for a 2-over-par seventy four and a one-stroke victory over Chesson Hadley at the Pebble Seashore Invitational on Sunday.

Kisner started the day with a two-stroke lead and finished at thirteen-underneath 275 after a tumultuous ultimate spherical in the tournament that includes eighty professionals from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and excursions.

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”I want I would had a couple of six-stroke lead, so it wasn’t so demanding,” stated Kisner, who rejoined the PGA Tour this season. ”The back 9 was taking part in brutally hard. I simply bought unlucky.”

Kisner, who had a match-low 64 Saturday at Spyglass Hill, moved to 17 underneath and a six-stroke margin after eleven holes. But he bogeyed the 12th, double-bogeyed the 14th and bogeyed the seventeenth.

”I just hung in there,” said Kisner, who in March claimed his second Tour on the Chile Open in Santiago. ”Things like this all the time occur when you are in the hunt. Solely when you’re ready to win does it appear to happen.”

Hadley shot a 70 and was four shots in entrance of Scott Langley (68) and William McGirt (73), who tied for third at eight below.

Hadley, playing in the closing group with Kisner, started the day trailing by 5 pictures. But he remained regular whereas Kisner stumbled.

”When Kevin double-bogeyed 14, I undoubtedly thought I nonetheless had a chance,” mentioned Hadley, a 2014 PGA Tour rookie. ”The circumstances had been powerful on the market, but I believed I had an opportunity on the 18th, however Kevin made a downhill 15-footer to win. My hat’s off to him.”

Mina Harigae had a seventy one to prime LPGA finishers and finished tied for fifth with Sam Saunders (seventy four) and Mark Brooks (70) at 281.

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Brooks, who has won the event three times, moved into competition and was six underneath on the day and eleven below for the match midway through the ultimate spherical before faltering.

Tommy Armour III (sixty eight) and Kirk Triplett (72) were the top Champions Tour finishers and had been among five players at 282.

Jason Kokrak started the day in second two photographs back, however shot eighty and finished amongst seven gamers at 283.

Corridor of Famer Annika Sorenstam, who has performed in the event several times since retiring from the LPGA in 2008, completed at even par after a ultimate-round seventy five.

Kisner earned $60,000 of the $300,000 purse.

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Rookie Matsuyama wins Japan Tour money title

KOCHI, Japan (AP)

Hideki Matsuyama has turn out to be the primary rookie to assert the Japanese tour’s money title with a win at the Casio World Open.

Amassing trophies is a behavior of

Tiger Woods

. He is now three shy of Sam Snead’s document.

Matsuyama turned pro in April and has received five tournaments on the Japanese tour this season. In seven PGA Tour-sanctioned occasions, Matsuyama has six prime-25 finishes. He plans to compete on the PGA Tour in 2014.

Matsuyama shot a 70 in the closing spherical Sunday at Kochi Kuroshio Nation Club to complete at 12-below 276, one stroke forward of Yuta Ikeda. The 21-yr-outdated college pupil acquired $390,000 for Sunday’s win, bringing his earnings this season to slightly more than $2 million.

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Golf pro behind ad urging Jags to ink Tebow

Golf Pro Admits To Tebow Advert


Dewey Arnette insists he’s not the man to prepare a rally or publicly urge others to face up for one thing, but the golf professional, who has tutored the likes of Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke, has discovered himself behind the motion to deliver Tim Tebow to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Arnette – who spends time in Jacksonville, Fla., and the Grenadines, and fees $400 an hour for his wisdom on the links – says he was the one who spent $1,200 to purchase an ad within the Monday editions of the Florida Instances-Union.

Tebow ad

Ex-PGA Tour golfer Dewey Arnette took out this $1,200 ad in Monday’s Florida-Instances Union urging Jaguars boss Shahid Khan to ink Tim Tebow.

“I do not really get behind causes and hold up indicators,” Arnette stated. “But this was different.”

“Pricey Mr. Khan,” the ad says, referring to team proprietor Shahid Khan. “Sign Tim Tebow & we will fill the stadium!” The ad is signed by “The Residents of Jacksonville.”

ESPN asked the Florida Times-Union advert gross sales department to reveal who was behind the ad. Citing confidentiality, the paper declined to reveal who represented “The Citizens Of Jacksonville” till Arnette gave his permission. It turns out Arnette has been behind a slew of latest Tebow propaganda.

Previously six weeks, Arnette and his son John have gauged the reaction after holding up “Tebow to Jax” signs in Jacksonville’s San Marco Square and handing out Tebow T-shirts in the streets. The Arnettes also have purchased ads on radio stations and billboards round city, and have paid to have Tebow phrases written on airplane banners which have flown over stadiums. Dewey Arnette even spent cash to place “Tebow to Jacksonville” messages on place mats at the Metro Diner, a neighborhood scorching spot. The proprietor of the diner, Arnette said, was so supportive, he gave Arnette an even bigger advert than what he paid for.

Tebow, who gained the Heisman Trophy in 2007 while on the College of Florida, performed his highschool ball in Jacksonville.

“I don’t want to come off as odd,” Arnette said. “The thing is, having accomplished this stuff, I know how supportive individuals are of Tim Tebow round right here. And our requirements for the staff are simply so low right now.”

In two years’ time, Tebow has gone from getting a playoff victory because the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos to being out of the league. He performed sparingly last season with the Jets and was cut from the New England Patriots on Aug. 31.

For his or her part, the Jaguars, who have lost nine of their first 10 video games this season, have seemed disinterested in Tebow. Khan, when asked in regards to the idea of signing Tebow final month, advised TMZ, “We’d like lots of good gamers.”

Arnette, whose file of eight straight birdies in a PGA Tour occasion stood for 12 years, says he is a realist.

“I anticipate it to fully fall on deaf ears,” Arnette mentioned. “But I simply needed to give it a strive. Yeah, this isn’t a type of actual injustices on the earth. But I really feel bad for him. He deserves a shot.”

In the meantime, Tebow just lately signed with CAA broadcasting agent Nick Khan (no relation to the Jaguars’ owner) to figure out a attainable on-air future.

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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’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 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 and 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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Tiger, video game maker Electronic Arts part

Certainly one of Tiger Woods’ longest business relationships has come to an finish.

Digital Arts announced Monday that it might be ending its 15-year relationship with the golfer, the namesake for the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” video game series.

“We have at all times been massive followers of Tiger and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavors,” said Daryl Holt, the corporate’s vice chairman and normal supervisor, in a press release, calling it a “mutual choice.”

EA’s “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” franchise has bought $771 million worth of video games over the course of its lifetime, based on market tracking firm NPD Group.

“We had an unbelievable run,” mentioned Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg, who explained the latest contract had expired. “Outside of [John] Madden, you’ll be laborious pressed to discover a sports determine that meant as much to a video game firm as Tiger meant to EA. But times are altering and EA needed to re-evaluate the partnership and admittedly so did we.”

Steinberg mentioned he is presently in negotiations with one other company relating to Woods’ video game rights. EA noted it should continue to make use of the PGA Tour identify on the game.

Although EA officials publicly said Woods’ extramarital affairs and the fallout didn’t hurt his status, the company selected to have him share the quilt in recent times with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Arnold Palmer.

The story was earlier reported by the Sports Enterprise Journal.

It has been a tough couple of months for Electronic Arts. Last month, the online game firm agreed to cease making its faculty soccer recreation as a part of a settlement with ex-players. Despite its current points, shares of the corporate’s stock are up 108 p.c during the last year by the shut of trading Monday.

Because of the scandal that surrounded Woods’ personal life, Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and Tag Heuer both severed or didn’t renew their deals with him.

With EA gone, only two sponsors who were with Woods in 2009 stay: Nike, which first signed him when he turned pro in 1996 and renewed its deal this year, and fractional aircraft sharing firm NetJets. Woods additionally has deals with Fuse and Rolex, in addition to an Asia-only deal with Kowa.

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Analyst firm on opinion of Tiger’s ‘cheating’

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee says he insinuated that Tiger Woods cheated and gave the world’s No. 1 participant an “F” for his 5-win season in a column he wrote for as a result of “ethics matter greater than athletics.”

Chamblee saved Woods for final in his report card of 14 gamers in a column posted final week. He instructed of getting caught cheating on a math test within the fourth grade, and the way the teacher crossed a line by way of his “one hundred” and gave him an “F.”

Chamblee adopted that anecdote by writing, “I keep in mind after we only talked about Tiger’s golf. I miss those days. He received 5 instances and contended in majors and received the Vardon Trophy and.. how shall we say this.. was slightly cavalier with the foundations.” He then gave Woods a “a hundred” with a line via it, adopted by the “F.”

Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports activities Administration, the agent for Woods, was so incensed that he launched a press release to that accused Chamblee of a determined try to garner consideration. In an interview with, Steinberg mentioned he would “have to provide some thought to authorized action.”

Steinberg did not reply to an e-mail from The Associated Press.

No different golfer evokes such a combination of reward and criticism than Woods, the main attraction of any sport for almost 20 years. Chamblee’s column struck a nerve with many, however, due to the implication that three guidelines violations and a penalty drop involving Woods amounted to dishonest – the strongest accusation attainable in golf.

Woods accepted a two-shot penalty in Abu Dhabi for taking relief from an embedded ball in a sandy space covered with vegetation. Augusta National gave him a two-shot penalty for taking the incorrect drop in the second round of the Masters. And the PGA Tour gave him a two-shot penalty after his second spherical of the BMW Championship when video proof showed that his ball moved slightly from behind the first green.

Also in question – at least on Internet blogs – was the drop Woods took on the 14th gap of the TPC Sawgrass through the ultimate spherical of The Gamers Championship. Woods checked with enjoying associate Casey Wittenberg on where to take the penalty drop, which is standard procedure. Wittenberg mentioned it was the proper spot.

Chamblee by no means says outright he thinks Woods cheated. That was by design.

“I think ‘cavalier with the foundations’ permits for these with a dubious opinion of the BMW video,” Chamblee stated Tuesday in an e-mail to the AP. “My teacher within the fourth grade did not have a doubtful opinion of how I full the take a look at. However she was writing to 1, and as I used to be writing to many, I felt it important to allow for the doubt some may need, so I selected my words accordingly.

“What folks want to infer about that’s up to them,” he mentioned. “I have my opinion, they will kind theirs.”

Video exhibits Woods’ ball move as he tried to remove a small branch from in front of it at the BMW Championship. He maintained it only wobbled and returned to its authentic place. Woods watched the video in the rules trailer after the round, however still maintained it solely oscillated. The tour docked him two photographs.

“I do not really feel I am the one that needs to justify the ‘F.’ The BMW video does it for me, adopted by Tiger’s silence – until confronted – and then by his denials within the face of incontestable proof to the contrary of his petitions,” Chamblee said. “To say nothing of the truth that he was disrespecting his position in golf, the traditions of golf and his fellow rivals, in my opinion.”

Chamblee, who has developed a reputation of being essential of Woods’ swing and golf recreation, is a contributor to “SI Golf Plus,” which is not affiliated with Golf Channel.

Golf Channel declined to remark.

“I suspected there could be the same old assortment of divisive banter about me giving Tiger an ‘F,’ however because it seems, it was a sluggish week in golf, so with no a lot to do, my column received extra attention than it ought to have,” Chamblee stated.

He was most stunned by Steinberg’s feedback to

Woods’ longtime agent advised the web site, “There’s nothing you may name a golfer worse than a cheater. That is probably the most deplorable thing I’ve seen. I am not one for hyperbole, but this is completely disgusting. Calling him a cheater? I’ll be shocked, surprised, if one thing is just not completed about this. One thing must be achieved. There are actually things that simply do not go with out response. It is atrocious. I am unsure if there is not legal motion to be taken. I have to present some thought to legal action.”

Asked if he was rattled by Steinberg’s consideration of legal action, Chamblee replied, “No.”

“I believed it incomprehensible that anyone with the slightest understanding of libel legal guidelines wouldn’t know the definition of and the difference between libel and opinion,” Chamblee said.

Woods was voted PGA Tour participant of the 12 months by his peers for the eleventh time. He isn’t expected to play again till a European Tour occasion Nov. 7-10 in Turkey, followed by his Northwestern Mutual World Problem on Dec. 5-eight in California.

Chamblee mentioned he didn’t contemplate whether or not the column would jeopardize – or enhance – his place at Golf Channel.

“I am paid to have and provides an opinion, and I work exhausting to type these opinions primarily based upon facts, not agenda,” he said. “I don’t all the time get it proper however I am all the time trying to get it right. And I know the folks I work for know that.”

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Tiger’s agent threatens lawsuit against analyst

A story in which analyst Brandel Chamblee insinuates that Tiger Woods’ high-profile guidelines violations this 12 months constituted dishonest has the golfer’s agent considering a lawsuit.

Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports activities Administration launched an announcement to and later was clearly angry during a cellphone interview about Chamblee’s evaluation for a function originally published Tuesday during which he gave prime gamers grades and labeled Woods’ season an “F.”

Brandel Chamblee’s comments are shameful, baseless and utterly out of line. In his rulings, Tiger voiced his place, accepted his penalty and moved on. There was no intention to deceive anyone. Chamblee’s uninformed and malicious opinions, handed on as information, and his desperate attempt to garner attention is deplorable.

- Mark Steinberg

“There’s nothing you’ll be able to name a golfer worse than a cheater,” Steinberg said. “That is probably the most deplorable thing I’ve seen. I am not one for hyperbole, but that is completely disgusting. Calling him a cheater? I’ll be shocked, surprised if one thing is just not done about this. Something needs to be accomplished.

“There are definitely things that just do not go without response. It’s atrocious. I am unsure if there isn’t legal motion to be taken. I’ve to give some thought to legal action.”

Woods gained 5 times this 12 months on the PGA Tour, captured the Vardon Trophy for low scoring common, led the money list and was voted PGA Tour Participant of the 12 months for the eleventh time. However he was also involved in 4 excessive-profile rules issues, three of which resulted in two-stroke penalties.

Chamblee, a former PGA Tour participant, current analyst on the Golf Channel and frequent critic of Woods’ sport and golf swing, rated a number of gamers on their years, saving Woods for last.

He wrote: “After I was in the fourth grade, I cheated on a math test and when I got the paper back it had ‘one hundred’ written at the top and just under the grade, was this quote: ‘Oh, what a tangled net we weave when first we follow to deceive!’ It was an oft-quoted line from the epic poem ‘Marmion’ by Sir Walter Scott, and my instructor’s message was clear. Written once more beneath that quote was my grade of ‘one hundred,’ but this time with a line drawn via it and beneath that an F. I by no means did ask my trainer how she knew I cheated and I certainly did not protest the grade. I knew I had accomplished the flawed thing and my instructor the best, however I by no means forgot the way I felt when I learn that quote.

“I keep in mind after we only talked about Tiger’s golf. I miss these days. He gained five occasions and contended in majors and received the Vardon Trophy and.. how shall we embrace this.. was a little cavalier with the principles.”

Under the abstract was “a hundred” with a line through it and “F” beneath it.

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Michael Madrid/USA RIGHT THIS MOMENT Sports activitiesTiger Woods’ drop on the fifteenth gap on the Masters was one among a number of controversial moments for the world’s high-ranked golfer this season.

Although Chamblee never straight said Woods cheated, Steinberg said the story of his dishonest on a grade school take a look at and comparing it to Woods was clear.

Steinberg mentioned Woods was unaware of the report till he brought it to his consideration.

Woods is just not scheduled to play again until a European Tour event in Turkey subsequent month.

“That is, ‘Hey, look at me,’ in its lowest kind,” Steinberg said in his statement. “Brandel Chamblee’s comments are shameful, baseless and fully out of line. In his rulings, Tiger voiced his position, accepted his penalty and moved on. There was no intention to deceive anyone. Chamblee’s uninformed and malicious opinions, handed on as facts, and his desperate try to garner attention is deplorable.”

Chamblee summarized Woods’ guidelines infractions without context.

The first occurred at the Abu Dhabi Championship in January. Woods had taken relief from an embedded lie on the fifth hole of the second spherical after consulting with another player in the group, Martin Kaymer. It was later determined that the bottom was sandy based mostly – from which a free drop is not allowed. Woods would have needed to play the ball as it lay or take a one-stroke penalty for an unplayable. He was given a two-stroke penalty and missed the 36-gap reduce by a stroke.

At the Masters in April, Woods’ third shot to the par-5 fifteenth hole through the second round hit the flagstick and bounced into the water fronting the inexperienced. He had several options for taking part in his fifth shot, after a penalty, and chose to play from the unique spot. The rules name for a player to drop as close to as attainable to the unique spot. Woods, in publish-round interviews, stated he dropped 2 yards back. He hit the subsequent shot within inches and took a bogey 6 on the hole.

A tv viewer – David Eger, a former PGA Tour guidelines official, no much less – known as event officers questioning the drop. Masters officers by no means discussed it with Woods and let him sign for a 6 on the outlet. Only later did they come to understand there may need been a problem, and the following morning they added two strokes to Woods’ rating, meaning he took an eight on the outlet.

An argument ensued as a result of Woods was not disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Masters officials maintained they erred by not discussing the possibility of an infraction earlier than letting him signal.

At the Players Championship in May, Woods was questioned about his ultimate-round drop on the par-4 14th hole, which curves round a water hazard. Woods had hit his drive into the water and requested playing associate Casey Wittenberg the place the ball final crossed the hazard. In interviews afterward, Wittenberg was emphatic about where the ball crossed the hazard and stated he instructed Woods the place to drop. Nevertheless, many felt after viewing videotape that Woods gave himself a break by dropping farther ahead than he ought to have been allowed. He made a double-bogey 6 on the hole however went on to win the tournament.

And last month at the BMW Championship, Woods was assessed a two-stroke penalty as a result of his ball moved whereas he attempted to take away a twig from behind it. Woods argued to rules officials afterward that his ball did not change position, however high-definition video confirmed the ball moved, even if slightly. Because he did not change it to its original position, Woods was hit with a two-stroke penalty. The double-bogey 6 he made turned into an 8.

“Brandel has a right to kind his opinion,” Steinberg mentioned. “If he desires to provide him an ‘F’ for his yr? It’s foolish. However this goes up to now above that and is out of bounds. It’s gorgeous.”

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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.



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.


Tiger Woods continues his major championship struggles at the PGA

Tiger Woods — Getty Images On Sunday at the PGA Championship, everybody knew that Tiger Woods wouldn’t be winning his 15th major championship. Coming in off certainly one of his best performances since he was snagging majors 5 years ago, Woods was the new story and the apparent choose, however his four days at Oak Hill were a reminder that despite how he dominates the common PGA Tour occasions all season, it’s the majors that proceed to flummox the No. 1 participant on the earth.

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Woods shot a spherical of even-par 70 on Sunday, never giving up despite a bogey-double bogey finish to his entrance 9 and the truth that when that driver comes out of the bag, our guess is pretty much as good as his to where it can find yourself.

Tiger shot a again 9 32, never giving up and grinding as onerous as he may, particularly over the past two holes when he could not be extra out of position. Woods grabbed his again after a tee shot on the par-5 thirteenth, but continued to go after tee photographs and attempt to dig irons out of the rough, a testomony to only how much this man cares about all the time taking pictures one shot higher if potential.

But the actual story right here is not his play at Oak Hill, however his play in any respect the majors. Last month I wrote a piece defending Tiger’s play, stating that a T-6 at a serious is a fairly incredible accomplishment considering he had has B sport at Muirfield. This week isn’t as defensible. Woods simply ought to have played better on the PGA, coming in off a giant win at Firestone by which it seemed all elements of his game had been clicking.

This is not a swing drawback or a membership problem, it is all mental. The area between Tiger’s ears that used to be so invincible seems to get rattled when it is main championship week, and no matter if the course is dry and quick or delicate and moist or tree lined or wind-swept, it is the identical story for the man with 14 majors.

Now comes a long offseason of refocusing on these four weeks each year that really matter to Tiger’s legacy. He could win each PGA Tour occasion subsequent season, an accomplishment that solely Woods is capable of doing, and it would not matter to most critics. It’s the majors and the majors alone for Tiger, and for some cause his recreation and his thoughts aren’t sharp enough to compete all 4 days at these occasions.

Tiger said before the week that even with no win at Oak Hill he would contemplate 2013 a profitable season. I tend to agree with the man that has five PGA Tour wins this season, but seven months is a very long time to attend and take into consideration what exactly happens when he is not just enjoying the field, but enjoying history.


Tiger Woods posts another disappointing round at a major championship

There was outdated main championship Tiger Woods and present major championship Tiger Woods, and while lots thought the outdated guy would show up after that performance final week at Firestone, it has been the present Tiger that’s struggled at Oak Hill.

Woods shot a spherical of even-par 70, not dangerous if Oak Hill had played the way in which most anticipated this week but not good contemplating how everyone else is attacking this PGA Championship.

While Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson and Okay.J. Choi weren’t only chasing the course report but major championship historical past on Friday, Woods was combating the green speeds and the distances together with his irons, dropping a number of golf equipment after impact in disgust.

He sits 10 photographs again of Dufner with 36 holes to go, an element by name only.

The putter that Tiger Woods had final week at Firestone, and for a lot of the non-major season, went missing, and it actually showed on the again 9 on Friday. Woods drove the par-4 14th but three-putted for a disappointing par. After picking up a birdie on the next gap it was back to the balky putter, as Tiger three-putted the 16th for a bogey to give the shot he simply picked up right back.

On a day when it seemed everyone was going low, Woods could not get a single bit of momentum on his facet. After his bogey on 16, Woods buried a fantastic birdie putt on the seventeenth to get again to even par for the event, however again it was a foul swing on the 18th tee that compelled Woods to simply pitch out and after a weak wedge shot could not convert the prolonged par putt, settling for a closing bogey.

Now comes the hard part for Tiger. In some way the No. 1 player on this planet needs to figure out a method to block out the truth that he is enjoying in a serious championship and strategy Saturday like it’s Bay Hill, or Sawgrass, or Torrey Pines or Firestone. During his five wins this 12 months on the PGA Tour the man with 14 major wins carried himself like a person that already knew what the longer term held, walking with his chin up and a strut that said this tournament was his.

At the majors it has been a distinct Tiger, enjoying conservatively to a fault and being befuddled on the greens.

Tiger has two more rounds left in 2013 that actually, truly matter to his career. Hopefully he can block out all the pieces that clouds his mind at the major championships and keep in mind that he is still the most effective on the earth, and coming from behind to win a significant championship is one thing he’s very a lot able to doing.

If he does not, it is going to be a protracted offseason for a man with five PGA Tour wins answering questions about the place he leaves his golf recreation throughout the four most vital weeks of the PGA Tour season.

Aug 9, 2013; Rochester, NY, USA; Adam Scott stands under an umbrella held by his caddie Steve Williams through the second spherical of the ninety fifth PGA Championship at Oak Hill Nation Membership. (Winslow..Aug 9, 2013; Rochester, NY, USA; Adam Scott stands beneath an umbrella held by his caddie Steve Williams in the course of the second round of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. (Winslow Townson-USA AT THIS TIME Sports activities)


Bubba Watson went to Chipotle, bought 60 people dinner

Bubba Watson — Getty Images Professional athletes don’t normally hit up fast meals restaurants, however on the PGA Tour if there’s an exception, it is Chipotle.

The burrito chain is a staple on a number of lists, allowing players to eat pretty healthy while getting some fast grub, and Bubba Watson made a cease at an Akron, Ohio Chipotle on Friday.

After rounds of 67-sixty nine have him T-6 at the Bridgestone Invitational, Watson went to Chipotle and apparently was feeling charitable. Webb Simpson’s caddie Paul Tesori tweeted out this image of a receipt of Bubba’s, who apparently purchased dinner for 60 individuals.

It might not be Kevin Durant donating a million dollars to twister reduction or anything, but I feel it says loads about Bubba that he just randomly does stuff like this, probably not asking for attention in return.

Hopefully for Bubba fans the karma will get him again next week at Oak Hill.


WGC-Bridgestone Invitational odds are out with Tiger Woods coming in a heavy favorite

Tiger Woods — Getty Images You realize what happens while you come to a golf course you have received at seven instances after choosing up four PGA Tour wins already in a season? You’re the favourite. The heavy, heavy favorite.

That’s Tiger Woods this week on the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. Woods, coming off a T-6 finish at the British Open, is a four-to-1 favourite so as to add an eighth title at Firestone with Open champion Phil Mickelson coming in second by the oddsmakers at 12-to-1.

This week kicks off an ideal run on the PGA Tour, with Bridgestone happening this week and the PGA Championship taking place the week after. It is also a type of rare instances when Tiger plays the week before a serious, hoping the momentum from a golf course that has produced some nice Tiger moments up to now can propel him to a serious droop buster.

Check out the rest of the chances after the soar and let us know who you like in a few of those spots.

AUGUST 1-4, 2013

BO VAN PELT eighty/1
HARRIS ENGLISH a hundred/1
MATTEO MANASSERO one hundred twenty five/1
MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ a hundred twenty five/1
RICHARD STERNE one hundred twenty five/1
PETER HANSON one hundred fifty/1
JONAS BLIXT a hundred and fifty/1
SHANE LOWRY one hundred fifty/1
DISCIPLINE (all others) 8/1












Why Tiger Woods deserves a bit more credit

Tiger Woods — Getty Images On Sunday at Muirfield, Tiger Woods was once again in the hunt of a major championship. A three-putt on his first hole followed by another on the sixth put him a tough spot, and despite some birdies on the back nine it was another come from behind effort that came up short. It’s now been 17 majors that Tiger has played without a win, the longest stretch of his career, and the questions continue to come about what exactly is wrong with Tiger Woods?

Here is a spoiler for you all; nothing is wrong. This is golf, a game that embarrassed the best in the world at times, and given us plenty of head-scratching moments. It’s a game that doomed the Shark on a Sunday at Augusta, seen Phil Mickelson blow a drive 40 yards left on the last hole to lose the U.S. Open, and big name after big name come up just short when they had one hand on the trophy. For Tiger, it’s been five years of bad weeks or tough breaks (remember the flagstick at the Masters?!) or running into a player that is simply golfing his ball better than Tiger, and while it seems strange that Tiger is majorless since ’08, it isn’t fair to bash him for it.

Fred Couples has one major win. So does Tom Kite, Adam Scott, David Duval and Mark Calcavecchia. Tiger has 14, second only to one man, and despite his continued pursuit of a record most thought was unattainable, we scratch our heads and blow Woods off because he finished sixth and not first.

There is a misnomer around these parts that I’m a huge Tiger fan, that I love the guy and gush about his play and want him to win every golf tournament. That is simply not true. I like Tiger the same way I like any athlete that continues to make the sport I love look easy. It isn’t a love for the man, it’s a love for his talent. His run between 2000-’02 was one of the most fun things I’ve ever watched simply because I love golf and I want to be perfect at the sport and for two years a man was doing exactly that. It wasn’t golf, it was art.

Now we sit around and bash the guy when he doesn’t win a major. I’ve heard people say he choked on Sunday at Muirfield, which is ridiculous. Tiger didn’t choke, he just didn’t play well. He didn’t have a lead with two holes to go and finish bogey-bogey, or miss a two-footer on the final hole for the win, he just couldn’t get anything going all weekend just like nearly the entire rest of the field. For Tiger, the problem is more ours than it is his. We look at a man and see a kid, a youngster that ripped major win after major win like he was playing for the Dobson Ranch club championship. Tiger is now 37, with multiple injuries and a lot of scar tissue from life, some deserving and some not. He is the most famous athlete in the world and the one golfer that can move the needle. When he plays bad most of us turn off our television, rolling our eyes at names like Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel because “they aren’t Tiger Woods.”

This year alone Tiger has finished T-4 at the Masters and T-6 at the British Open. Only Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day have finished in the top-six at two majors in 2013, but that doesn’t satisfy us with Tiger, it frustrates us. We get mad at the guy for not being better, despite his ability to almost always be in the hunt at a major championship.

Tiger Woods has one goal in mind, and that is winning major championships and getting to 19 and passing a number we never thought was possible until he came on the scene in 1997 and blew away the field at Augusta National. That is the one and only motivation for Tiger right now. But he still tees it up at regular PGA Tour events and wins a lot of them, even if nobody notices. This season alone Tiger has four PGA Tour wins, twice as many as anybody else on the planet, but that only holds us over for that Monday after he wins. The talk always circles back to if Tiger is “back” or if he can win the Masters or at Merion or at Muirfield and now the PGA.

We should be impressed by what Tiger keeps doing to the game, even if that means he goes another year without a major win. He will eventually get one, and when he does, the floodgates might open just like they did when he broke his PGA Tour winless streak last year at Bay Hill.

Tiger made himself a legend. Now we sit and wait for him to return to his rightful spot. Eventually his game will click on one of the four weeks it matters to us all and the trophy will be his and everything will be back to normal. For now, why don’t we just enjoy the fight he’s putting up and stop bashing the guy for continuing to put himself in a spot to win?