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The above photo tells you all you need to know about today’s first round of the WGC-Cadillac at Doral: It was a slog. A thunderstorm cell ripped through the area just 30 minutes after play had started and delayed things for a while; crews were then forced to clean up the carnage from wind gusts upwards of 50 miles per hour.
The storm knocked over a television tower and leaderboard near the 18th green. Thankfully, nobody was hurt … except for the golf course, which promptly got ripped to shreds by the players in the field just after the weather delay was over. Hunter Mahan was 7-under after 11 holes when play was called due to darkness; seven other players were two shots back at 5-under, including new number one Martin Kaymer and Matt Kuchar. And your obligatory Tiger Woods update for the day: he’s was one-under with three holes to go.
As Hank Haney and Butch Harmon can tell you, being Tiger Woods’ swing coach comes with a whole new set of rules of regulations that most coaches don’t have to live by. One of the biggest changes is the media interest, good or bad, that is suddenly part of your every day life.
While Sean Foley was able to deflect most of the questions and talk early on, Woods’ recent run of poor form has the sharks in the water sniffing for blood. And boy does Foley realize what’s going on, because he’s getting mighty defensive with the media and some of his prize pupils biggest detractors. In a recent interview with Golf Canada, Foley went after a number of talking heads and former players who recently tried to poke holes in the Foley swing.
“They don’t know the truth,” Foley said in the interview. “They don’t even have a clue. They just wait until he hits one to the right, then put it on the bizhub (a slow-motion camera) and slow it down. But he might not have committed to the club. He might not have trusted where the wind is and so on.”
Not a clue, huh? I understand Tiger isn’t there just yet, but why not just let the swing speak for itself? I guess Foley feels the need to defend his swing — especially when there are still stories out there questioning if he’s using the Stack and Tilt principles with Woods. That’s an old story, but I’m pretty I’d be defending my player’s honor if rumors like that were floating around.
But that wasn’t even the best part of the interview. Foley also called out Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee and questioned his knowledge of Woods’ swing, right before he used Tiger’s made cuts to finish off the former pro.
“The crap that these guys are writing – golfchannel.com and all these different avenues of pure judgment on Tiger,” Foley said.
“When did (Golf Channel analyst) Brandel Chamblee and (NBC’s) Johnny Miller and guys like that forget how hard golf is when you have conflict and you don’t have clarity?
“Brandel Chamblee made 180 out of 398 cuts on the PGA Tour (in his playing days). Like, when did this become so easy for him? That’s like 43 per cent. You’re talking about a guy (Woods) who’s missed six cuts in his life. It’s just sensational. That’s what they do.”
That’s what we look to call a “burn,” folks. I don’t think there’s anything Chamblee can say to come back from those comments. It’s clear Foley has some pent-up anger, and a lot of that has to do with being in a situation he’s never experienced before. With a high-profile player like Woods in his stall, he’s going to take criticism like this until Tiger wins. One victory and a lot of the criticism goes away.
It’s official: Tiger Woods has decided to make Doral his next tour stop, passing over a chance to get more reps at this week’s Honda Classic to take care of some “existing commitments.” Doral is pretty predictable when you look at how Woods has gone about things in the past. Sure, he may say things are different now, but he continues to stick to his guns and play the same tournaments he played in the past.
While media outlets continue to announce his next tour stop (including this site), you have to wonder when people are going to wise up and just shrug their shoulders when he adds his name to the field. It used to be that Tiger playing a tour event was a big deal. Considering how few tournaments he played per year, every time he teed it up seemed to be a cause for celebration for the fans, and the network that was lucky enough to broadcast his event.
But since his game has gone into a tailspin, his “aura”, as Rory McIlroy called it in his recent SI article, has disappeared. Tiger announcing his next tournament no longer seems like a cause for discussion; it really just seems like a way to fill space and discuss a golfer that continues to disappoint with a new swing and a fragile psyche.
So the big question is: should we even give Tiger his own article when he announces his next event? Probably not. Assuming he gets things in order, then maybe we start talking about his tournaments like we used to in the past. For now, I just don’t see the point. Maybe it’d be better if we just let Tiger do his own thing and took the spotlight off of him for awhile. Yeah right, like that would ever happen.
The great neck wear debate is over! Just one day after Martin Kaymer made headlines with the scarf/snood/keffiyah he wore during Sunday quarterfinal and semifinal, Florida Times-Union golf writer Garry Smits was able to settle the debate by getting the answer directly from the horse’s mouth.
Apparently, the neck warmer that was called every name under the sun wasn’t any of the above. It’s actually called a “Buff” and is used by fly fisherman as a piece of headware to prevent them from getting sunburned. The item, designed by angler Vaughn Cochran, somehow made its way into Kaymer’s hands where he immediately turned it into one of the most talked-about items in Saturday’s telecast.
Turns out Martin Kaymer of Germany, the last no. 1 seed remaining in the tournament and one of the finalists Sunday, was wearing a scarf designed by Cochran, the owner of Jacksonville-based Black Fly Outfitters. Cochran’s business, located on Beach Boulevard in the Strike Zone Fishing Center, sells clothing and equipment for adventure travelers.
“[Cochran] said Kaymer may have stumbled onto another use for the scarf, which has been sold by Black Fly Outfitters for four years.
“It protects against the sun, but it certainly could be useful for protecting against the cold,” Cochran said. “There are a number of ways people could use it. We’re thankful for the attention Martin is bringing to the product.”
Thanks to Garry Smits, we can officially let this debate die. I, for one, couldn’t sleep last night without knowing the official name. /sarcasm
The photo, posted by Nick Faldo earlier this morning, shows a winter wonderland of sorts for the Saguaro Desert, a sight you probably don’t see too often. Apparently, the course got an inch of snow overnight, but the good news is it should be gone by this afternoon.
According to the Associated Press, the course is supposed to be mowed prior to today’s 12:25 p.m. final, which means they obviously expect all of the white stuff to be gone by then. I know players wouldn’t have been happy playing in the snow, but how crazy would it have be to have those guys pipe one down the middle and spend the next 10 minutes looking for their ball? Each hole would probably take 20-25 minutes to finish, so maybe it’s not such a good idea.