April 5, 2014 |
You know the sound a golf gallery makes when a five-foot birdie putt lips out? Ohhhhhhhhh. That's the groan that also accompanied the news that a rehabbing Tiger Woods would miss the Masters for the first time since 1994. That year, Jose Maria Olazabal triumphed on a 6,925-yard course, and Woods was voted "most likely to succeed" by classmates at Western High in Anaheim. Without Woods, there's no "Will he pass Jack Nicklaus" talk. There's less buzz. Fewer casual fans will tune in. CBS' Jim Nantz, during an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show," called Woods' absence "the story that dwarfs all others.
March 23, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Matt Every's comeback was now as complete as Adam Scott's collapse. Winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday after being down as many as nine shots to Scott during the tournament was only part of his rally. Every had been down even further than that: The PGA Tour took away his playing privileges and, effectively, his livelihood with a 2010 suspension. No wonder he at last dropped his stoic shield and choked back tears. Every lightly pounded his fist on a table at his news conference, shaking his head, finally a tour winner.
March 22, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - The third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational revealed there were actually other golfers in the field not named Adam Scott. Meet Chesson Hadley. Say hello to Jason Kokrak. Here's Matt Every, everybody. Ciao, Francesco Molinari of Italy. You remember Keegan Bradley, don't you? The tournament certainly took a different turn, although Scott had warned to hold off on his coronation. Upon seizing a seven-shot lead after the second round at Bay Hill, Scott said, rather prophetically, that his cushion "was not enough.
March 21, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - On a day when news broke that Tiger Woods was diagnosed with a bulging disk, Adam Scott was diagnosed with a bulging lead. Scott will be under observation for the next two days as he tries to carry the Arnold Palmer Invitational on his back with the ease of a world-class weightlifter. The Aussie leads the tournament by seven shots and is 14 under at the midway point, following up his course-record-tying 62 with a solid 68 on Friday at Bay Hill. Scott set more tournament records, besting the previous largest lead here after 36 holes: Paul Azinger (1988)
March 20, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson weren't on the grounds, and then Bubba Watson exited in mid-sneeze with allergies. Short eight Masters green jackets and losing substantial star power by the hole, the Arnold Palmer Invitational needed a break. Adam Scott provided it Thursday with a resounding round of 62 to tie a course record, although the lowest score in 30 years at Bay Hill was in jeopardy of never happening, either. In keeping with the tournament theme, a sickly Scott also considered pulling out just before the event, not that he'd miss it all that much.
February 14, 2014 |
The Northern Trust Open is a home game for Jason Gore. He lives in Valencia, so he commutes to the tournament. However, he said he wasn't sure what he would do this weekend, even joking about finding a dorm room at Pepperdine to avoid the dreaded "Jamzilla" on the San Diego Freeway. The freeway was so clogged Wednesday - days before the freeway closure - that Gore followed a suggestion to keep going east on Sunset Boulevard, then take the 101 to the 170 to the 5. Safe to say he'll never try that route again, because it turned a 32-mile drive home into a two-hour, 45-minute slog.