Archive for February 2009
The golf world can breathe a huge sigh of relief with Tiger Woods back in the tournament mix. While Phil Mickelson’s win on Sunday made for some must-see television, Woods’ presence at the WGC Accenture match play gives the sport a major headline on weekend where the tournament could be the biggest story out there.
Assuming Tiger makes it to the weekend (which, at the time, seems to be the biggest question mark of all), golf could grab a lion’s share of the television ratings. ESPN is dedicating their entire front page to the story, as are most of the other major sport websites. Finchem and Co. better pray to the heavenly golf gods that the knee holds up. If it does, then it’s game on for the golfing world.
This would have been nice a couple of weeks ago, but I guess we’ll take what we can get from Phil Mickelson. The defending champ — who looked more like a PGA rookie recently — fired an opening round 8-under 63 to take the lead at the Northern Trust Open. Lefty had a laissez faire attitude about him recently that was emanating from his golf game. He had one round lower than 70 so far in his starts on the west coast. And considering how prolific he’s been in his home state in recent years (16 of his 34 wins have been on the west coast), the start was starting to make many worry that he was losing his edge. Read the rest of this entry »
He’s back…and probably better than ever. That’s not a good thing for the rest of the tour, but it is a good thing for golf fans around the world. After eight months away, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up at the Accenture World Match Play Championship next week, turning what was an outside shot for a Tiger sighting into a sure thing. The news couldn’t have come at a better time.
“We are delighted that Tiger is returning to competition and look forward to watching him compete next week,” commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »
How about we just play 54 holes? That’s what Tim Finchem probably said after he took a look at the carnage at Pebble Beach just a day after a storm ripped through the Monterey Peninsula.
Instead of completing the final 18 on Monday, the tour decided it was better to call the event after 54 than play it six months from now, or later in the week. Smart move by the tour. Judging by all the late finishes at the AT&T, it wouldn’t have made much sense to risk it and lose most or all of the field to the Northern Trust at Riviera. Read the rest of this entry »
It took some time, but finally, after all this time, Michelle Wie is doing things the right way. Instead of chasing her dream of playing with the men on the PGA Tour; Wie turned her attention to college and the goal of playing full-time on the LPGA. After qualifying and earning her card at Q School, she made her first start of the season yesterday at the SBS Open and didn’t disappoint. Read the rest of this entry »
Interesting story from Thomas Bonk on Poppy Hills’ fate in the yearly AT&T Pro-Am rotation. It looks like the pro’s have a problem with the drainage and the course in general.
Since Cypress Point dropped out in 1991, the $6.1 million AT&T event has used the same three-course rotation: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Club and Poppy Hills Golf Club. Of the three, Poppy Hills has been the most likely subject of player criticism, in large part because of drainage issues. Speculation has centered on Poppy Hills as the course most likely to be replaced — if one is replaced at all.
Ed Bennett, project manager for Bayonet and Black Horse said that discussions are underway that involve the course as a potential tournament site.
“There have been rumors for years since Poppy Hills came on the scene that some tour players didn’t like it. But we are in the middle of an exciting tournament at a different course and talking too much about a different product right now doesn’t seem right.”
Well Tiger Woods has officially made the game of golf has playground for the next 40+ years. Not only does the greatest golfer in the world have a shot at breaking Jack’s record sometime in the next 5-10 years, he’s now also going to start grooming the next great hopes on the LPGA and PGA Tour.
Woods and wife Elin announced the birth of their son, Charlie Axel Woods, via Tiger’s website today. Golf is officially on notice. Read the rest of this entry »