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March 19, 2014 | By David Wharton
Arnold Palmer will miss having Tiger Woods at his Bay Hill tournament this week, but says he sympathizes with the ailing golfer. "He called me to tell me that his back was still giving him a lot of trouble and he didn't feel he should play," Palmer said in a statement. "I told him I understood and wished him well. " Back spasms have pestered Woods since the Barclays last summer. Pain recently forced him to withdraw from the Honda Classic, and he was visibly hurting during the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
April 22, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Elin Nordegren and Lindsey Vonn are reportedly becoming good friends - a scenario that's no doubt making life easier for golfer Tiger Woods, who had a spectacular marriage meltdown with the former and has been dating the latter for a while now.  "You'd think it would be weird, but Elin loves Lindsey and they talk all the time," a source told Us Weekly . "Elin likes that Lindsey is a strong woman. "  Apparently, the whole gang went on a vacation recently, with the 29-year-old skier and the 34-year-old mother of two taking off together on occasion to get drinks, according to the mag. Daddy Tiger was left to care for daughter Sam, 6, and son Charlie, 5.  "Elin found that they are very similar and have a lot in common," the source said.
February 25, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
Last seen amid the Torreys in June, Tiger Woods materialized Tuesday morning amid the saguaros in February, luring one of the thicker practice-round galleries on informal record. Eyeballs resumed their craven need to tag along as he played and walked the 18 holes of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club northwest of Tucson on the eve of golf's most momentous return since Ben Hogan at Riviera in 1950.
April 15, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
 Brandon Ahn, a freshman who lives in Glendale, won  the L.A. City Junior golf championship at the Sepulveda Golf Complex, defeating Samuel Kim of Irvine on the third hole of a playoff. Ahn and Kim each finished with three-round totals of 202. Ahn shot 66, 70 and 66. Daniel Lopez of Los Angeles was next at 204 and Spencer Soosman of Westlake Village shot 206. Elizabeth Wang of San Marino won the girls' flight with a 207. Lydia Choi of Beverly Hills finished second at 208. There were nearly 600 competitors.
April 29, 1997
Tiger Woods has convinced me that golf is just a kid's game! MAX D. ENFIELD Camarillo
June 1, 2013 | David Wharton
On an afternoon when Tiger Woods suffered through his worst nine holes as a professional, Matt Kuchar overcame the inclement weather to take a two-shot lead at the Memorial Tournament. With swirling winds and fast greens that continue to bedevil much of the field at Muirfield Village, Kuchar shot a two-under 70 for the third round. He had talked this week about the difficulty of dealing with the weather conditions. "If you've got steady winds, you're fine," he said. "But when it comes up and down you have to make changes.
January 25, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn have been dating since November. The superstar golfer and skier have found enough time in their busy schedules to take a romantic vacation to Antigua in January and Vonn has been spending time on the slopes with Woods' kids. Sounds pretty serious -- that is, if you believe the anonymous sources close to both athletes quoted in the Hollywood Reporter, which started the gossip mill churning with a report about the alleged romance on Wednesday. A "source close to Lindsey" told the Reporter that the two "met through the ski community, because Tiger is an active skier.
September 23, 2013 | By David Wharton
Most people will look at Tiger Woods' season on the PGA Tour and focus on one statistic: 0 for 4 in the majors. The world's top-ranked golfer prefers to take a glass-half-full approach, calling it "a pretty good year. " "Very satisfied," he said after the Tour Championship on Sunday. Woods shot a fourth-round 67 to tie for 22nd in Atlanta. The result did not win him the FedEx Cup's $10-million bonus, but he will receive $3 million for finishing second to Henrik Stenson.
February 20, 2010
Reaction from across the golf sphere -- and elsewhere -- to Tiger Woods' apology speech: NOTAH BEGAY III, PGA Tour golfer and former Stanford teammate: "I was emotional and got a little choked up. . . . It's tough to get any man in America just to go to marriage counseling, let alone go into a 45-day rehabilitation. Plus he's going back tomorrow, and that tells me that he's trying to learn about the issues." TIM FINCHEM, PGA Tour commissioner: "There's some anger in quarters, but mainly it's a sense of sadness.
February 27, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
It looked nauseating from contact. It screamed wildly right and ricocheted through a brutish array of cactuses and barged to the other side of a barbed-wire fence. Had the rattlesnakes in the hills not slept through February, one might've mistaken it for an egg and eaten it. This zany tee shot on No. 15 Thursday epitomized Tiger Woods' back-nine inconveniences, quashed the momentum he'd gathered by holing from a greenside bunker on No.
April 10, 2014 | Dan Wiederer
The echoes amid the pines at Augusta National provided evidence Wednesday that the excitement of the 78th Masters was kicking up. The annual par-three tournament produced its usual crowd-pleasing theatrics -- from the aces delivered by Matt Jones, Buddy Alexander and Mark O'Meara to the dialed-in, six-birdie victory claimed by Ryan Moore. But the serious business begins Thursday with 97 players teeing it up and many eager to see just how wide open the doors to contending will be. Finding an obvious favorite seems as difficult as ever, particularly with the absence of the world No. 1 Tiger Woods.
April 10, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, GA. - As the shadows lengthened, so did the scowls. The man with one of golf's most famous smiles angrily screamed, "Are you kidding?" The man with the gentlest of postures stiffened, turned his club upside down, and ground the grip into the turf. On its first day in 20 years without Tiger Woods, the Masters should have embraced Phil Mickelson, his veteran presence, his star power, his three green jackets. But as a warm Thursday afternoon became a somber early evening, the Masters once again proved it doesn't need anybody, and turned on him. On an Augusta National course that Mickelson earlier called a "magical place," that magic was as black as his shirt and pinstriped pants.
April 10, 2014 | By David Wharton
It is one of the grandest traditions at the Masters -- the honorary starters hitting ceremonial drives off the first tee. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player did the honors to begin the first round at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday morning. And they had at least one noteworthy fan watching on television. "It never gets old watching the honorary starters tee off," Tiger Woods tweeted . "One of the oldest and best traditions in the game. " Recovering from recent back surgery, Woods is skipping the Masters for the first time since he made his amateur debut in 1995.
April 9, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It was a quiet, nondescript moment deep in the pine trees at the end of a sunny practice round. It was a moment unspoiled by smartphones or smart alecks. It was the perfect Masters moment. At a spot where fans could cross the 18th fairway Wednesday afternoon, the marshals did not spot any oncoming golfers and dropped the ropes. But the fans didn't move. In the distance, they could hear a shuffling and a whistling, and so they waited. And waited. Finally, coming down the hill, with no caddie or entourage, accompanied only by his twirling golf club, was smiling former Masters champion Angel Cabrera.
April 8, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The slow and awkward decay of the powerful aura of Tiger Woods continued here Tuesday on a rain-soaked golfing cathedral that smelled like a damp towel. For the first time in 20 years, Woods will not be here for the Masters, a tournament he has won four times, his virtual ownership of Augusta National symbolizing his decades of dominance. Yet his fellow golfers do not sound relieved. They do not act as if reprieved. They spoke of this giant, haunting presence with neither fear nor reverence.
April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
Tiger Woods and his surgically repaired back certainly won't be teeing off at Augusta National this week, but it seems the rest of the injury list for the Masters has dwindled considerably. As recently as a week ago, there had been concern about numerous stars pulling out of the first major championship of the season. The list of questionables included Phil Mickelson, who was battling a pulled muscle. He finished four rounds at the Shell Houston Open on Sunday and announced that he "didn't feel any discomfort swinging and playing and the game is not far off. " Jason Day, who has missed tournaments with a sore thumb, reportedly played a practice round at Augusta over the weekend and, despite wrapping on his injured hand, declared himself ready.
May 22, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The feud between golfers Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia took a turn for the worse Tuesday when Garcia, asked at a European Tour awards banquet whether he would invite Woods to dinner during next month's U.S. Open, said: "We will have him 'round every night. We will serve fried chicken. "   Later that night, Garcia attempted to make amends for the remark, saying, "I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during the European Tour Players' Awards dinner.
April 7, 2014 | By Gary Klein
The ball teetered on the lip of the 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. It was 2005, and after Tiger Woods' now-famous chip shot fell in for a birdie and Woods went on to win the Masters for the fourth time, Jim Michaelian made a decision. With Woods' popularity and Tiger-driven television ratings soaring, Michaelian was convinced that the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach should not be run on the same day that the winner of a golf major was being fitted for a green jacket.
April 5, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein
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.
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