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Tiger Woods set to break silence Friday at PGA Tour headquarters

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For those of us who’ve never had the distinct pleasure felt the pain of sitting through a Tiger Woods press conference before, allow us to let you in on a little secret about those so-called “pressers” where Mr. Woods is involved: They’re boring. No, scratch that. They’re REALLY boring.

Cookie-cutter answers for the press? Check. Ah-shucks comments about his most recent ‘Ranger Rick’ round? Check. Yep, Tiger Woods isn’t the best guy to interview when it comes to filing a story. He’d prefer to let his game do the talking, which it usually does.

But On Friday morning at 11 a.m., the world’s number on golfer will, for a couple of minutes, be part of the most interesting press conference we’ve ever seen. Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, confirmed his client will be giving a formal statement to a select media group at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

“This is all about the next step,” Mark Steinberg, his agent, told The Associated Press. “He’s looking forward to it.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

02/17/2010 at 8:41 pm

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Open Championship announces venue for 2014; Tiger will be happy

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If there’s one thing Tiger Woods likes more than anything else, it’s a home course advantage. Sure, St. Andrews wasn’t the course he grew up playing during his younger years, but you’d swear that was the case given his complete and utter domination of the Open Championship when it’s played on golf’s most hallowed track.

While Royal Liverpool might not fall into that category, Mr. Woods’ most recent win at the course back in 2006 added further credence to the thought that the Liverpool course is one that could soon enough be on Tiger’s home course advantage list. Anytime you thoroughly dominate a course like he did, pulling the driver out on only one occasion through 72 holes, it becomes obvious the course is tailored to his game.

Tiger will get another shot at Royal Liverpool in 2014, after the R&A announced that the course would be hosting the Open Championship in five years. That’s good new for Tiger; bad news for the rest of the field.

Written by Jonathan Wall

02/16/2010 at 4:30 pm

The PGA Tour should consider paging Tiger Woods

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Commissioner Gordon had the Bat-Signal whenever he had a problem that needed fixing in Gotham City; it’s just too bad Tim Finchem doesn’t have the same option because If he did, he’d be throwing up his Tiger-Signal right now.

While Tiger hasn’t been back to Riviera since 2006, when he withdrew after the second round, there was talk that he may return this year after a long hiatus. The fact that he was a huge Lakers fan, coupled with the appointment of Jerry West as executive director of the tournament was supposed to put the ball in Woods court to pass on such an opportunity to come back.

We all know what happened next. The tournament never even had a chance to land Woods after his transgressions forced him to put golf on the back burner. While it would have been impossible get Woods this year, the tournament did boast a field that included Anthony Kim, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker, all big names in their own right.

Like many expected, fan interest has been lower to begin the year; but if you wanted an idea of just how bad it was, you needn’t look any further than the Northern Trust, a tournament that I’m not sure even Tiger Woods could have saved this year.

Case in point: how about some photos from Geoff Shackelford, who apparently was out at the event this past week. The photos on his site were, to put it nicely, beyond shocking. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

02/08/2010 at 10:30 pm