April 10, 2007 |
Not long after dark Sunday night, about the time new Masters champion Zach Johnson was sitting down to dinner with the high-ranking members of Augusta National Golf Club, Tiger Woods had already hopped on his jet and flown home to Florida. He was probably trying to digest how he'd spent his week in Augusta and couldn't have been happy with the answers. Tiger-watchers will devote much of their post-Masters downloading to figuring out how long a tie for second place will linger.
April 9, 2007 |
And to think that it all started so nicely for Tiger Woods, a drive to the middle of the fairway on the first hole. When he three-putted from the fringe for bogey moments later, it was like a flare in the middle of the road, a message from a boat in distress, a signal that this particular Sunday at the Masters wasn't going to turn out anything like many people thought. Woods didn't win the Masters. Zach Johnson did. Woods didn't close with a 69. Johnson did.
April 9, 2007
Woods lives in Florida now, but he grew up in Orange County playing the courses of Southern California. He describes how the experience helped him become the dominant force in the game. 'Growing up in Southern California and being able to play on so many courses as a junior was such a highlight for me, and a great learning experience.
April 4, 2007 |
The winner of the last two major championships has a lot on his mind right now, with the Masters only a couple of days away. Tiger Woods is thinking about hitting the ball straight, trying to solve the sloping greens at Augusta National Golf Club, planning on how to stay away from the bunkers, trees and water.
February 10, 2007 |
Tiger Woods just said no to the Nissan Open on Friday, deciding against playing the PGA Tour event he has entered the most times in his pro career without winning. Woods did not commit to the 144-player entry list by the afternoon deadline -- although Phil Mickelson did -- and will miss playing the tournament at Riviera Country Club for only the second time in his 11 full years as a professional.
February 7, 2007 |
Where's that Tiger? Apparently, not at Riviera, where Tiger Woods doesn't have next week's Nissan Open on his schedule. Woods, who played last week at Dubai, returned to his home in Isleworth, Fla., Tuesday morning and on Woods' website soon after, he listed his next tournament as the Accenture Match Play Championship at Tucson, the week after Riviera. That would mean that Woods' winning streak of seven PGA Tour events would carry over until Tucson. "We have to see if he plays L.A.
January 30, 2007 |
Anything you can do, I can do better. The old Irving Berlin lyric from the Broadway musical "Annie Get Your Gun" seems apt these days when discussing Tiger Woods and Roger Federer, friendly rivals who seem bent on pushing one another to new and greater heights, burnishing their outsized legacies while relentlessly pursuing history in their respective sports. Woods, 31, reigns over golf. Federer, 25, rules tennis.
January 29, 2007 |
Ah, order is restored to the sports world. For a moment there it looked as if the laws of physics were unraveling when Tom Brady's pass was picked off in crunch time of the AFC championship game last week. Then Roger Federer won a Grand Slam tennis event, and the PGA golf tournament here at Torrey Pines ended up with Tiger Woods as the champion. In a related story, the sun rose in the east and set in the west. That's seven consecutive times Woods has played in a PGA Tour event and won.
January 21, 2007 |
The last time he played, in mid-December at his own tournament, the Target World Challenge, Tiger Woods boarded his jet afterward for a skiing trip to Colorado. His clubs were not invited, but Woods didn't want them to feel neglected, so from the jet, he called his swing coach, Hank Haney. "He wanted a list, 'What's our plan?' " Haney said. "He said he needed to be thinking about something when he was off skiing."
December 18, 2006 |
It's almost time to flip the golf calendar to 2007, which can mean only one thing: Is it too early to talk about another Tiger Slam? Maybe not, says Tiger Woods, who is already thinking about it. "You've got to keep plugging along and make sure you peak at the right time," Woods said. "Augusta is obviously a long way away, but it's still in the back of all our minds. The whole idea is to play well leading up to the tournament and have your game peak at the right time that particular week.