November 27, 2012 |
Tiger Woods on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to the use of so-called belly putters in golf, a day before two of the game's governing boards were expected to announce a possible ban of the putting practice. The use of belly putters, also called "anchoring," mainly involves using a long putter whose grip rests against the stomach. The practice has gained growing attention because three of golf's last five major tournaments were won by players using belly putters: Keegan Bradley at the 2011 PGA Championship, Webb Simpson at the 2012 U.S. Open and Ernie Els at this year's British Open.
February 26, 2009 |
Has any competitor ever meant more to his sport -- in terms of creating buzz, drawing fans, etc. -- than Tiger Woods? . . . Maybe Muhammad Ali? . . . Babe Ruth? . . . Lance Armstrong? . . . ESPN's so-called Mt. Rushmore of sports for California: Woods, John Wooden, Magic Johnson and Jackie Robinson. . . . Here's a Northern California alternative that wouldn't be bad: Willie Mays, Joe Montana, Bill Russell and Bill Walsh. . . .
March 23, 2013 |
Tiger Woods is one round away from returning to No. 1 in the world. With key par saves early in his round and an eagle for the third straight day at Bay Hill, Woods seized control Saturday with a six-under 66 to race by Justin Rose and build a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Orlando, Fla. Woods was at 11-under 205, two shots ahead of Rickie Fowler (67), John Huh (71) and Rose, who at one point was six shots ahead of Woods. Rose had a 39 on the back nine and wound up with a 72. Woods hasn't been No. 1 in the world ranking since the last week of October 2010.
April 8, 2010 |
Turns out, he is what they say he is. He is what they shout. He is what they crave. He is what they believe. No matter how much his sleazy behavior has betrayed everything he claimed to be, Tiger Wood is still The Man. That's how it happens in sports, remember? That's how it happened at Augusta National on Thursday, in a roaring, revealing way that will ensure you never again forget. On golf's grandest stage, Woods crawled out from beneath a five-month sex scandal into the arms of an adoring public and the strength of an astounding swing.
April 6, 2010 |
The voice is apologetic, the posture accommodating, the presence appreciative. But the aura remains. Tiger Woods still has it, still works it, still lords it over a game he embarrassed and players he compromised. Tiger Woods still owns golf. Strippers and porn stars couldn't take it from him. A murky automobile accident couldn't damage it for him. Steroid allegations haven't even begun to cling to him. Tiger Woods still owns golf, a fact made clear this week as he returns from a five-month sex scandal not as a heel, but a hero.
December 19, 2009
"Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Those words were spoken to Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1954 McCarthy-Army hearings. The same question can be asked of columnist Bill Plaschke, who is attempting to link Tiger Woods with using human growth hormone without a shred of hard evidence. It isn't enough to join the chorus of voices condemning Tiger for his extramarital activities; it seems Plaschke enjoys hitting the man when he's already down. Tom Turner Dana Point If Bill Plaschke suspected that Tiger Woods was cheating two years ago, he ought to have had the courage to tell his readers instead of merely confiding to his friends.
March 16, 2010 |
Tiger Woods will return to competition on perhaps the biggest stage in golf -- the Masters. The humbled golfer, whose winter of discontent included revelations of multiple affairs and subsequent therapy, ended weeks of speculation this morning with a five-paragraph statement sent to media outlets. "The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods began. "After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta.
January 27, 2011 |
On Thursday, the first day of the rest of his golfing life, Tiger Woods held serve. The skies framed him in stunning blue. The fans who either always loved him or have decided they do again surrounded him and rooted him on. The golf course, Torrey Pines North, challenged him with narrow fairways, undulating greens and rough twice the length of his putter head. Last year was the season of his discontent. Thursday was the beginning of his tomorrow, his first round of his first PGA Tour event of 2011.
August 5, 2010 |
With Tiger Woods struggling, long-hitting Bubba Watson stole the limelight from the game's biggest names by surging into a two-shot lead in Thursday's opening round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio. Competing in the elite World Golf Championships event for the first time, Watson birdied five of the last eight holes on a hot, humid afternoon to card a six-under-par 64 at Firestone Country Club. He ended his round by finding the left rough off the 18th tee before hitting a lob wedge over trees to 36 feet and coolly sinking a curling putt from just off the green for a birdie.
August 19, 2012 |
PGA champion Tiger Woods has sold his condominium in Corona del Mar for $2,213,875. But like many other residential real estate owners, Woods landed in the rough when it came to selling a place bought before the housing downturn. Public records show he bought the property in 2004 for $3 million. The town-house-style unit features an open-plan living room on the second story to take advantage of views of Santa Catalina Island. Features include high ceilings, a balcony, three bedrooms, a loft, three bathrooms and 2,000 square feet of living space.