“Don’t call it a comeback ... I’ve been here for years! Rockin’ my peers ... puttin’ suckas in fear!”
I’m not sure if Tiger Woods is actually a fan of LL Cool J, but if he had been pumpin’ that bass and screamin’ those lyrics from the clubhouse locker room at Augusta National following his final-round 67 that gave him a temporary share of the lead at the 2011 Masters, you really couldn’t blame him. Read More
Tiger Woods was almost there. Adam Scott was almost there. Rory McIlroy was there and then was nowhere. The final day of the year’s first major golf tournament turned into an unsuspected Sunday afternoon of drama, disappointment, and for a skinny kid most Americans have never heard of, success.
The Masters became a carousel of emotions, became a comeback for Tiger, and most significantly, became a breakthrough for Charl Schwartzel, who may not have an "es" on his name, but has no flaws in his game. Read More
He could be called the second-most famous golfer currently at Stanford. He could be called the one Stanford golfer in the Masters field who hasn’t won the tournament. Such negative observations about the most positive of young men.
You know what’s happening at Augusta this first Thursday in April. The Masters, the first major of the year, begins at a course where the legends crowd along with the pine trees. Over here is where Jack Nicklaus holed that long birdie in ’75. Back there is where Phil Mickelson curved that ball around the tree in ’10. Read More
They’ve got an airport up Interstate 10 used as a parking lot for dozens of obsolete jets. This is a region for retirement, the Arizona desert, planes and people, a place to reflect on what used to be.
Such as Tiger Woods’ golf game.
He keeps saying he’s getting close, keeps believing he’s about to wake up the echoes. “My game is progressing,” he said Tuesday. “And it feels like we’re heading in the right direction.”
Where he was headed Wednesday was home, out of the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play tournament. Read More
Thousands of fans came to Pebble Beach for sunshine, scenery and celebrity entertainment. The leaders were somewhere else Saturday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Far away from the commotion, Steve Marino struggled with the speed of the greens on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula and ended his round with a three-putt bogey from 4 feet for a 1-over 71. Read More
It was just like pitching. Rhythm and motion. Except there wasn’t a guy holding a bat 60 feet, 6 inches away from Matt Cain, there was a pin maybe 240 yards away. Or a cup 10 feet away.
The man who didn’t allow a run his last 21¹⁄³ innings of the most memorable postseason in the history of the San Francisco Giants was off the mound Thursday and with his partner on the leaderboard after Day 1 of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Read More
This is the golf tournament less about golf than it is about people.
This is the one Bing Crosby started in the 1930s for his “fellas” in the entertainment business, the one that since 1947 has been as much a fixture on the Monterey Peninsula as the crash of the waves and the sweep of the fairways.
This is the one where handicaps and glasses both are raised and laughs are as prevalent as cheers. Read More
It was one-fifth contrition, four-fifths intention. Tiger Woods was on a seat in the press room, and if it wasn’t particularly hot, there was a mention of “feeling heat again.”
Presumably he meant from being in competition and not in the line of journalistic fire.
Woods comes back to golf today, to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, his tournament — he’s won it a half-dozen times — at his course. That U.S. Open title of 2008 made it seven victories at Torrey. Read More
There was a considerable amount of gloating about Tiger Woods squandering a lead down the stretch in his own tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, the “See, I told you he can’t win anymore” crowd gleefully reminding, “See, I told you he can’t win anymore.”
In the old days, before the accident and the scandal, we were advised, Tiger never would have been beaten when he was ahead with six holes to play.
Probably accurate. But more significant is the fact Woods was ahead with six holes to play.For the first time in 13 months. Read More
Graeme McDowell capped off an unforgettable year for himself — and for Europe.
In a Ryder Cup that came down to the very last match Monday, McDowell rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole, then closed out Hunter Mahan to give Europe the 14½ points it needed to reclaim the precious gold trophy.
It was the first time since 1991 that the Ryder Cup was decided by the final singles match, a thriller made possible by the Americans getting big wins from its best players and a stunning comeback by 21-year-old rookie Rickie Fowler. Read More