July 1, 2009 |
He walked into the room 16 minutes behind schedule, wearing a tailored pink shirt, a fitted black hat and a big smile for the cameras. But on his feet, Tiger Woods wore silver Nike running shoes instead of golf spikes, and at first glance, it was a bit disarming. Almost like seeing Frank Sinatra in flip-flops. But the shoes were symbolic of what it means to be Woods during the week of the AT&T National, the annual PGA Tour tournament he hosts.
June 17, 2009 |
Tiger Woods is often asked about the knee surgery he had after his triumph at the 2008 U.S. Open. A different procedure was on his mind Tuesday. "I need to have a sex change? Is that what you're saying?" he said. The questioner led Woods down that path by asking about the USGA's decision to play the men's and women's Opens on consecutive weeks at Pinehurst in 2014. "Do you see somebody trying to play both of them?" Woods was asked. "Would you be interested?"
March 30, 2009 |
In the middle of March Madness, when almost nothing can distract us from baskets and brackets, a man named Eldrick slam-dunked on us. About an hour after North Carolina went on a high-flying run past Oklahoma, Tiger Woods soared even higher above the rim. If you think NCAA basketball is a great show, understand that, on this Sunday, it met its match.
March 27, 2009 |
Tiger Woods spent his first nine holes Thursday afternoon at the Arnold Palmer Invitational still shaking off rust from his eight-month absence from competitive golf. Then Woods reminded everyone why he has won 14 professional majors. Playing before swarming crowds that came to Bay Hill largely to see him and playing partner Padraig Harrington, Woods overcame poor ball-striking to record four straight birdies on the back nine to shoot a two-under-par 68.
March 15, 2009 |
The journey back from that disheartening U.S. Open defeat actually started here. That's what would make Phil Mickelson's winning the CA Championship so poetic. If Mickelson's revamped swing is everything he believes it is, if a victory today sets up a major-championship run that forever trumps the memory of his unraveling at Winged Foot in 2006, this is where history will remember the reconstruction beginning.
February 22, 2009 |
Banks are tanking and auto sales are in the dumper. But the economy of golf is about to heat up. Think Tiger and Phil, only-first-names-needed superstars. Think two cowboys, staring at each other down a dusty main street in Dodge City, spurs on their boots, guns in their holsters, hands at the ready. Think cash registers ka-chinging with ticket sales and rocketing TV ratings. As recently as Wednesday, golf was just another business looking to redo a loan until things got better.