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  • The 1997 Masters: My Story
    The 1997 Masters: My Story
    by Tiger Woods
  • The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    by John Feinstein
  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Sports Media Group
  • Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Golden Age of Golf Design
    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Sleeping Bear Press
  • The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford

It's rich in history, rich in tradition. It's one of the Great Ladies of the golf world. It's a privilege to paly it. You walk with Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Nicklaus, Palmer, even Bobby Jones. When the great Bobby Jones played it for the first time in his prime in the 1930's, he went out, shot 73, and, as he came in, someone asked him what he thought of the course. "Riviera?," he said. "Fine course! But tell me, where do the members play?"
JIM MURRAY on Riviera


  

Monday
Mar012010

Olympic Golf After The Winter Olympics

Suffering from Vancouver Olympic withdrawals tonight, I was forced to consider what made the last two weeks so special. And while the many storylines were wonderful and set up quite beautifully by NBC for a mass audience, it's those once-every-four-years thrills provided by various unique competitions that has me more convinced than ever that barring a complete re-imagining of its format, golf in the 2016 Olympic games will be a complete and utter failure.

Oh I know, because of Olympic golf, governments are funding the sport, Jack Nicklaus will litter China with more signature designs and children across the globe will be introduced to the game through robot-breeding ground academies.

Yet when the world tunes in to those 2016 golf telecasts (if they can find them buried in some odd time slot on some remote channel), they'll watch another 72-hole stroke play event consisting of a world golf ranking-padded field (no 100-shooting qualifiers from Kenya), they'll be asking why golf was added to the Olympic games in the first place.

Without a team competition, most nations will not take an interest.

And without a fresh, once-every-four-years format, no one who follows golf nor anyone under the age of 50 will watch.

But hey, Tiger got on board because of the, uh, lure, of the 72-hole individual stroke play format. So glad golf put all of its Olympic eggs in that basket.

Monday
Mar012010

"Daly’s file, now public record, provides an unprecedented look into his professional and personal life, and the Tour’s efforts to get him help."

Garry Smits gets ahold of John Daly's PGA Tour file on the eve of Daly's positively horrific-sounding reality show. The file became public record after Daly sued Morris Publishing in 2005, and it "became part of the court file after Daly dropped his appeal last fall of a summary judgment issued in favor of Morris on March 23, 2009, and after Daly was ordered to pay Morris’ attorney fees."

The PGA Tour ordered John Daly to undergo counseling or enter alcohol rehabilitation centers seven times, once disciplined him for hitting golf shots off the top of a beer can during a pro-am and cited him 21 times for “failure to give best efforts,” during Tour events.

Daly has also been accused of nearly hitting an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent after failing to stop his car at a security checkpoint at the 2005 U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., and of launching golf balls over the heads of spectators who were sitting in the bleachers during a 1993 golf clinic, according to the PGA Tour’s confidential personnel file on Daly.

Now this is just funny...

Eventually, his personnel file at the PGA Tour swelled to 456 pages, with incidents covering 18 years, through the fall of 2008. Daly was fined nearly $100,000 during that span, suspended from the Tour five times, placed on probation six times, cited 11 times for “conduct unbecoming a professional” and 21 times for “failure to give best efforts.”

Monday
Mar012010

“In China, by tradition, your success is measured by your number of mistresses.”

Good news for Tiger! Kinda, anyway.

Russ Niles, reporting that a federal court has ruled that the FAA must release registration information for jets with blocked tail numbers, but tracking flights still won't be possible.

For about 10 years, private aircraft operators have been able to have their N numbers "blocked" from outside scrutiny under the National Business Aviation Association's Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. In late 2008, a non-profit investigative journalism Web site called ProPublica submitted an FOIA request to the FAA to release the list of BARR participants, claiming the owners of the aircraft were using the program to prevent public scrutiny of their use of the aircraft. The FOIA request came shortly after the Big Three automakers made headlines by using corporate aircraft to travel to Washington to ask for federal bailouts. NBAA went to court to block the release of the information citing security concerns, but on Friday a D.C. district court ruled the FOIA requests must be honored; it did not extend the order to include real-time requests for information on aircraft.

And Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Christophe Babin is gloating about Tiger's brand strength in China following the revelation of numerous affairs.

"Very quickly we have taken sides,” Babin said. “We stay with him but, as he wants more privacy and as he won't play for a while, in the countries where the issue is quite sensitive we won't use him much.”

Consequently, in the US, Woods's image has been removed from the company's advertising. However, it remains on the Tag Heuer website and, in China, use of it has been increased.

“In China conversely you have Tag Heuer with Tiger Woods everywhere because [with] the Chinese it rather increases their esteem,” he said. “In China, by tradition, your success is measured by your number of mistresses.”

Monday
Mar012010

"I guess presidential should be emphasized, the person who did the setup did the same things for President George W. Bush."

Reuters photographer Joe Skipper tells us all about the day of Tiger's statement reading and how the highly orchestrated event played out.

We gathered at the Marriott Sawgrass Convention Center, located about a mile from the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse, where the event was held. We were ‘registered’ by PGA employees, our drivers licenses checked, and we received special credentials labeled ‘pool media’.

It had the feel of a Secret Service wrangling. Where the pool participants are identified, and then placed in a ‘holding room’ prior to a specifically timed and coordinated departure. Reporters from AP, Reuters and several other organizations joined us. The only thing missing was the checking of our gear and the presence of a four-footed friend.

Good to see the PGA Tour coordinating so much and on such short notice!

As we walked into the room, a look at the audience front row revealed Tiger’s mother, Kultida Woods. Further down was Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner, and Tiger’s college friend, PGA golfer Notah Begay. It was remarkably quiet in the room, the most notable sound coming from the television camera operators speaking with their director. Our group took particular interest in Tiger’s mother, who reacted to the camera sounds with an occasional annoyed look. We were given freedom to move in the back of the room and on the side with most of the TV lights on it. We waited for 11 a.m. surrounded by silence.

So, I guess it goes without saying that a good time wasn't had by all?

Monday
Mar012010

"We feel pretty good about the numbers we're giving it."

John Strege explains how the Thunderbirds come up with their Phoenix Open attendance figures:

Here's what we do know: The attendance figures are an estimate and a loose one at that. "We actually count cars (in the parking lots) and there's a formula that is apparently accepted in the industry on the number of people per car," tournament chairman David Rauch said. "We count the cars with aerial shots, and we're looking at it by acreage, each of the parking lots. There's an estimate of the number of cars per acre. You come up with the total (based on) the estimate of the number of cars and 3.2 people per car.

"We feel pretty good about the numbers we're giving it. Honestly, we get accused more often of lowering the figures than of jacking them up. I think people think we don't want to scare people away by saying there are 170,000 people here, so instead we say 160,000.

"Last year, on Saturday, the CBS guys all day were saying they've just never seen anything like it and they've covered the tournaments for decades. The number came in 10,000 below our record Saturday. Their conclusion was we had to have lowered the number a little bit, because they couldn't get over it."

Monday
Mar012010

"The USGA, their heads will explode"

When we last heard from Rob O'Loughlin he was trying to speed up the game with Laser Link, now Gary D'Amato reports on his new gimmick to improve the game: increase the size of the hole.

"It will be worth three shots a nine," O'Loughlin said. "It takes me from 82 to 76 all the time. And let me tell you, that's fun. I've shot a million 82s in my life. It's fun to be in the 70s.

"You won't make many 25- or 30-footers, but you never did. But you virtually eliminate the three-putt. What happens is you're not missing the 3- and 4-footers because this makes them play like 1-footers."

Surely, The Big Cup will never be approved for play by the United States Golf Association. And that's OK with O'Loughlin, who battled the USGA for years over Laser Link before the governing body finally relented and allowed distance-measuring devices for everyday play.

"The USGA, their heads will explode," he said with a laugh. "They've got to understand it's a game, not a gauntlet. Their focus is on the top 300 players in the world. I think they are obsessed with those 300 players and they don't give a damn about the other 20 million.

"The truth is, a little easier is what we need."

Monday
Mar012010

"We'd be foolish not to consider it, although it is extremely controversial."

E. Michael Johnson raises all sorts of interesting questions in considering whether manufacturers should offer non-conforming lines of equipment. 

"We've looked extensively at possibilities in the nonconforming category," said Nate Radcliffe, metalwoods development manager for Cleveland Golf. "We'd be foolish not to consider it, although it is extremely controversial."

It's a category?

Now, 10 years later, might Callaway revisit nonconforming clubs? "Some think we may be likely to go down that path," said Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway's senior VP of research & development, "but one thing we hold highly at this company is authenticity. Playing by the rules is perhaps the most authentic part of golf. I'd say we're more likely to stay inside the rules than go outside them."

Which isn't to say Callaway hasn't looked at the landscape. Hocknell said the company has done consumer research and found golfers split on the topic. Then there's the business aspect. Any company entering the nonconforming arena is likely to be branded by its competition as making clubs for cheaters. "To have our brand positioned that way would be a huge risk," said Hocknell.

Two questions. Do you think this is a good idea for the game and would it be wise for manufacturers to go down this path?

It doesn't bother me much since the game is bifurcated with the groove rule change and if nothing else, just think, we wouldn't have to listen to the manufacturers whine about the big, bad USGA impacting quarterly profit margins!

Sunday
Feb282010

Waste Management Sunday

I can only think of two things the Thunderbirds got wrong in running the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The first would be those where's-Marty-Hackel-when-you-need-him Thunderbird uniforms, highlighted by Native American bling that looks like they were picked up at the Iron Eyes Cody estate sale. Grown white men should not be dressing up like Native Americans as reimagined for the 21st Century by Ralph Lauren.

Some Thunderbirds chat it up with Phil Mickelson (click to enlarge)And the second mistake? Overselling the Bird's Nest for Saturday's O.A.R. concert. A lot of unhappy campers! But otherwise, just an incredibly impressive operation and event.

I spent most of my day writing or out on the 17th hole. The results of that effort will be in this week's Golf World. But I see on Twitter that there was quite an uproar over Ian Poulter's scratch/itch/F.U. to the fans at 16. While I didn't see it, I can imagine that within the atmosphere of a hole where streakers made an appearance today and one in which Poulter enthusiastically embraced the vibe, it was all in good fun. But again, I didn't see it so I don't know.

(By the way, check out Dan Bickley's column about the 16th and how the Thunderbirds have turned around a scene that was threatening to undermine the event, and how it's been a key component in getting Waste Management involved as sponsor. There's also a nice anecdote about the WM CEO mixing it up with fans.)

And as for Rickie Fowler's decision to lay up on 15, again, I wasn't there but when I listened to his post round remarks, he certainly didn't shy away from an explanation nor did he sound remorseful. Helen Ross reports the remarks and also this stat:

People may question Rickie Fowler's decision to lay up at the par-5 15th hole but here are the numbers. A total of 246 players went for the green in two there this week and only 76 made it.

And finally a few images from Sunday:

They think of everything! At the 16th hole merchandise tent a worker offers a mirror for customers to see how a hat looks (click to enlarge image)Trash cans are well marked to make recycling incredibly simple. (Click to enlarge image)

Alvaro Quiros is the only player to tee off 17 with a hybrid while still trying to drive the green (click to enlarge image)

Rickie Fowler tees off No. 17 Sunday (click to enlarge image)

Rickie Fowler still almost made birdie from this nearly impossible approach angle on No. 17 Sunday (click to enlarge)

Saturday
Feb272010

Some Athlete-Clients Of Dr. Galea Face Subpoena

David Epstein and Melissa Segura of SI.com report that the investigation of Tiger Woods doctor Anthony Galea is ongoing and that federal law enforcement officials have "alerted a number of world-class athletes to expect grand jury subpoenas."

While it is unclear which athletes and how many will be subpoenaed, it is an indication that the multi-agency, federal investigation of Galea is progressing. According to a December story in The New York Times, Galea's medical assistant told investigators that he had administered performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes. The FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Food and Drug Administration investigators are working together on the case. Galea has stated that he did not provide performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. According to two sources familiar with the investigation, law enforcement officials have been in touch with NFL players who have used Galea's services.

Saturday
Feb272010

Waste Management Saturday

Saturday's Waste Management Open drew an announced crowd of 121,221 despite the presence of a manually-operated 18th hole leaderboard and reasonably-priced admission tickets. (Yes, I'm still pouting about the PGA Tour eliminating the Northern Trust Open's 18th hole manual board and their non-sensible pricing. If I'm moaning about this in April, then you know it's become an unhealthy obsession.)**

Manual leaderboard on No. 18 Thursday...the horror of it all! (Click to enlarge)Saturday's 16th hole party is revealing in that you find out which players have a little personality and sense of their role as entertainers. You also see who ought to stay home because they can't take a joke.

Only Andres Romero looked spooked by the scene, backing off a tee shot and then chunking it well short of the green. Among the players embracing the scene while I was there bouncing between 16 and 17 tees: Y.E. Yang (threw glove and balls into crowd), Phil (more thumbs ups than normal), Kevin Streelman (brought gifts for the crowd by the tee), Ian Poulter (lots of playful banter with crowd), Rich Beem (full post-birdie putt dance), Matthew Goggin (impersonated playing partner Tom Lehman's signature birdie putt celebration), Lehman (applauded the crowd), and Rickie Fowler (jovial until his missed birdie putt).

On the sourpuss side, Robert Allenby and Zach Johnson gave scornful head shakes after the crowd boo'd a Greg Chalmers missed putt, even though the crowd was booing (in a tough love way) anything but birdie putts made!

A few images from Saturday:

Ky Laffoon's pro-am win with Barry Goldwater is noted on the tournament winner's memorial (click to enlarge)

 Waste Management's "Solar compactors" hold 5x as much trash as a typical waste container, is powered by the sun and reduces fuel and greenhouse gases by 80%. Just one of the cool touches at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (click to enlarge)

Phil Mickelson tees off the 17th Saturday, He posted a 1-over-par 72 and sits at 5-under par (click to enlarge image)

The 17th tee and 16th hole grandstand hasn't deterred a newborn bunny (lower right) (Click to enlarge)The bunny up close, noshing on a light bed of dormant bermuda grass (click to enlarge)

The 16th hole arena viewed from No. 17 (click to enlarge)

**For the aspiring PGA Tour VP's reading this, it's $25, including parking, free admission for 17 and under, and all military, police and fire get in free with a guest!

Friday
Feb262010

Waste Management Friday

The crowd was noticeably larger today but announced at a comical 101,709. Still, even if it was half or 3/4 of that total, it's a mighty impressive turnout. Behavior held steady until late in the day, but overall it's a decently behaved group considering how aggressively the spirits are flowing.

Even more interesting for me is the policy on cell phones. Fans are asked to put them on vibrate but no attempt is made to police usage. I've heard one phone ring in two days even though I was unable to Tweet or receive calls out on the course because of data overload issues brought on by so many people in one spot. I've seen no fans using cell phones on the course other than to send text messages or read emails. The combination of so much commotion at key spots along with the laissez faire attitude toward phones seems to help make it a non-issue. That, or the potential for intense heckling by fellow fans if a phone goes off. Market forces, baby!

A few shots from another perfect day in Scottsdale:

2nd round co-leader Camilo Villegas left himself with an incredibly difficult fairway bunker second shot on the par-4 17th. It looks pretty simple, but the combination of water behind and a tiered green made this quite tough (click image to enlarge)

Both Waste Management and PF Changs are giving out these free "Box Seats" to fans and they're a huge hit. I sat on one and it was quite comfortable. They are also fully recyclable and already made out of recycled materials (Click on image to enlarge)On the par-4 17th and 18th tees, Camilo scribbled numbers furiously. I asked him after the round what exactly he was computing on par-4 tees and it's hard to say whether his cranky answer was a product of (A) thinking I was a novice scribe from the Phoenix Penny Saver making my first tournament appearance or (B) it was a product of his last hole bogey. (Click to enlarge)

The warning for Saturday was posted throughout the course. Players will tee off in threesomes after the cut is made. Only Matt Every has a 3 footer for the field to complete round 2 so the cut can be made, like to 79 players. (Click to enlarge image)

Friday
Feb262010

Friday News Dump Files: Gatorade Drops Tiger Edition

I guess the most newsworthy thing about this is that it comes post statement-reading. Does that mean they weren't impressed? Or were they just waiting until the right Friday afternoon to make their move?

"We have been in discussions with Gatorade, and while we are disappointed they have decided to not continue with Tiger in their marketing plans, we appreciate their continued involvement with Tiger through his foundation," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg of IMG, said in an e-mail.

Friday
Feb262010

"They understand this hurt us. And I believe that."

Ron Green Jr., talking to Cliffs developer Jim Anthony about his project and attending Tiger's statement reading last week:

Anthony was among the invited guests to Woods' public statement last Friday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in which Woods apologized for cheating on his wife. He hadn't spoken with Woods since last fall.

They met by chance in a hallway inside the clubhouse before Woods made his statement. Anthony said he heard someone call his name. He turned and saw Woods.

"He gave me a big hug," Anthony said. "There's been a lot of water under the bridge since I'd seen him. He thanked me for being there and for my support and he said, 'We're really going to work hard.'

"I saw commitment in his eyes. I saw remorse and gratitude. I thought he was sincere, and they pledged to us they're going to work harder than ever. They understand this hurt us. And I believe that."

Thursday
Feb252010

Waste Management Thursday

Walking around TPC Scottsdale Thursday I sounded like Jake and Elwood crashing through a mall avoiding the state police: "this place has got everything."

But that's what is most impressive about the Thunderbirds' presentation of the Waste Management Open: they seem to have thought of everything. The details are staggering, but it's the little stuff I love: Facing portable toilet doors away from play; little balloons alerting folks to first aid stations (you may see those on television); the sheer variety of spectating and entertainment options (Collective Soul at the Bird's Nest tonight!).

It's hard not to walk the property and wonder why every tour stop isn't here taking pages of notes. (I'm told there has been a new dynamic injected into the event by Waste Management, but more on that tomorrow.)

The 16th hole scene was a tad disappointing in that fans seemed a bit disengaged. But it's only Thursday and as Adam Schupak writes, there's more fun to come. And everything I've seen still makes it one incredible setting.

Some images from Thursday, and apologies if the sizes are off but my server is struggling a bit with resizing for some reason:

Camilo tees off No. 17 en route to an opening 62. And yes, my camera is silent. (click image to enlarge)

 

The 16th hole Thursday. Lots of booing or cheering all set to the sound of constant chatter (click to enlarge)The 16th hole has its own merchandise tent with hole-specific items (click to enlarge) 

Doves clearly prefer rye grass seed (click to enlarge)

Charley Hoffman on the 17th...the shoes? He's not a former Oregon Duck. He's on the Waste Management payroll. (Their company colors are green and yellow.) (click to enlarge)

Player bags are stored outside the media center. And it's clear that red, black, white and yellow test well with manufacturer focus groups (click to enlarge)

 

Thursday
Feb252010

Who Is This Man And Why Is He Writing A Preface To My Book?

Thanks to reader Todd for spotting the news (to me) of a Chinese edition for my Cypress Point book and for the news (to me) that the publisher has added a preface by an arms dealer whose father was one of the "Eight Big Immortals Of The Chinese Communist Party."

Thursday
Feb252010

"In light of conversations we have had with Mr. Woods’ attorneys, plans to run our billboard are on hold at this time."

Steve Elling reports that PETA won't be going ahead with their Tiger-themed billboards.

Thursday
Feb252010

Olympic Club's U.S. Open Tweaks

Ron Kroichick reports on the (exciting) tweaks to Olympic Club's U.S. Open setup that should solve the awkward landing area issue and to address the first hole having been rendered obsolete by uh, improved athleticism.

Thursday
Feb252010

Ludacris Puts His Tiger-Thoughts Down In An Artful New Single

Hit play at your own discretion.



Thursday
Feb252010

Getty Images CEO Admits That Sam Greenwood Didn't Just Happen To Be In The Neighborhood

Darren Rovell reports that last week's images of Tiger were staged.

Today, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and I asked Getty Images CEO Jonathan Klein on "Power Lunch" how it all worked out.

On how the deal came together: "Over a long period of time, Getty Images has established itself as the gold standard in terms of not only the image quality, but the way we behave. As a result of that, we don't do paparazzi images and as a result of that, we often get a called in either for a non-profit basis like we do all the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie photos entirely non-profit...We were approached and Tiger happened to know the photographer (Sam Greenwood) and has known him for a long time." 

On how much Getty made on the photo: "Very little because the deal that we did with them was we would make them available to the other wire agencies."

The video:



Thursday
Feb252010

Shock: GWAA Award Winners Actually Include Some Stories You Might Actually Enjoy Reading

Building off their national rebranding as the Rosa Parks' of golf literary rights, the Golf Writers Association of America announced their annual awards early this year to the delight of its members.

Now, I know my headline might cause worry that the annual highlighting of death, misery and press release writing will not provide the final push that will empower the leap off the Swilken Burn bridge you've always contemplated. But not to worry, there's still plenty of death and misery. 

Oh and congrats to Mike McAllister for winning with his December 31, 2009 story on budding architect Cody Carroll.

2010 GWAA CONTEST RESULTS
 
The following is a full list of the winners, including honorable mentions. There were 444 entries in the contest. (Note: *Categories with less 20 entries had first, second and third places only; **category with fewer than 10 entries had first place only.)

Say what?

DAILY
 
DAILY COLUMNS – 1, Ian O’Connor, The Record, Mickelson shows heart in defeat; 2, Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, David Duval’s extraordinary run in the U.S. Open; 3, Doug Ferguson, Associated Press, Cink shows graciousness in Open win.

Honorable mention: Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, Soggy Bethpage Black not the usual U.S. Open test; Ron Green, Jr., Charlotte Observer, By going away, Tiger Woods can start to find his way back; Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal, Marlsaeng’s improbable journey.          
 
DAILY NEWS – 1, Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, Presidents Cup, round two; 2, Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Yang pulls a shocker; 3, David Westin, The Augusta Chronicle, Cabrera wins three-man playoff at Masters. Honorable mention: Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wie has coming out party at the Solheim Cup; Ron Green, Jr., Charlotte Observer, Lucas Glover wins U.S. Open, proves he’s good enough; Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News, Yang beats Tiger at the PGA; Ian O’Connor, The Record, Perry loses the Masters.
 
DAILY FEATURES – 1, Scott Michaux, The Augusta Chronicle, Errie Ball, last living competitor in the first Masters; 2, Ian O’Connor, The Record, Rocco’s loss was Rocco’s gain; 3, Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, The 40th anniversary of George Archer’s Masters win.  Honorable mention: Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press, Public personality of Bethpage Black; Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press, Mystique of the Masters green jacket; Hank Gola, New York Daily News, Sergio returns to New York for the U.S. Open; Randall Mell, Sun Sentinel, Ernie Els and Dan Marino brought together by their autistic children.
 
** DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press, African American progress in golf slow, but optimism remains

Ten or less Daily Special Projects entered. Now it's official, newspapers are doomed. Congratulations, Doug.

INTERNET
 
INTERNET COLUMNS – 1, Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM, Watson’s miracle falls short; 2, Leonard Shapiro, Washingtonpost.com, Tiger Woods: Who knew?; 3, Jeff Neuman, RealClearSports.com, A call to the sports therapy hotline about Tiger.  Honorable mention: Jeff Babineau, Golfweek.com, Tiger Woods has the lead at the PGA Championship, but doesn’t appear to be invincible; Tim Rosaforte GolfDigest.com, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus; Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM, Tom Watson loses a heartbreaker at Turnberry; Dave Shedloski, USGA.org, How Lucas Glover won the 109th U.S. Open.
 
INTERNET NEWS – 1, Alan Shipnuck, Golf.com, Tiger “death watch” begins; 2, Alan Shipnuck, Golf.com, Phil Mickelson and John Daly in Memphis; 3, Cameron Morfit, Golf.com, Doug Barron Faces uncertain future. Honorable mention: Michael Bamberger, Golf.com, Soldiers going to Iraq at Augusta airport; Damon Hack, Golf.com, Stewart Cink ends Tom Watson’s run; Jason Sobel, ESPN.com, Slocum surprises at Barclays.
 
INTERNET FEATURES – 1, Mick Elliott, FanHouse.com/AOL Sports, Dream still in sight for Ken Green; 2, Jason Sobel, ESPN.com, Arnold Palmer turns 80; 3, Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM, 10-year-old course designer. Honorable mention: Rhonda Glenn, USGA.org, Betty Jameson was a rare character; Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM, Lucas Glover wins the U.S. Open; Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM, Behind the scenes in the fitness trailer.
 
* INTERNET SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Jeff Babineau, Jim McCabe, Rich Skyzinski, Ron Balicki, Alistair Tait, James Achenbach, Adam Schupak, Bradley S. Klein, Dan Mirocha, Golfweek.com; Memories of Payne Stewart; 2, Mercer Baggs, Randall Mell, Jay Coffin, Rex Hoggard, Rich Lerner, GolfChannel.com, An unforgettable decade; 3, Erik Peterson, GolfChannel.com, Sleeping in the car to play Bethpage Black.
 
NON-DAILY
 
NON-DAILY COLUMNS – 1, Dan Jenkins, Golf Digest Index, Old Money vs. New Money; 2, Jeff Babineau, Golfweek, Tom Watson makes a run at his sixth Open Championship; 3, Dave Seanor, Asian Golf Monthly, Futuristic look at the LPGA. Honorable mention: Tom Coyne, Sports Illustrated, Ireland and the 9-hole game; Dan Jenkins, Golf Digest, Greg Norman-Chris Evert marriage set to the movie Casablanca; Jeff Rude, Golfweek, O’Meara’s recovery shot- from darkness to light.
 
NON-DAILY NEWS – 1, Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, Angel Cabrera wins Masters; 2, Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Stewart Cink defeats Tom Watson at Turnberry; 3, Jeff Rude, Golfweek, Demise of the golf writer.

That only finished third? Tough year for the hard-hitting stories of tragedy and triumph.

Honorable mention: Beth Ann Baldry, Gene Yasuda, Golfweek, Why Carolyn Bivens failed; Jim McCabe, Golfweek, Masters returns to its glory as Angel Cabrera beats Kenny Perry; Jeff Rude, Golfweek, Cruel in the Sun: Cink ruins Watson’s fairytale.
 
NON-DAILY FEATURES – 1, Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated, Rory McIlroy; 2, John Feinstein, Golf Digest, Paul Goydos and the affliction that claimed his wife’s life; 3, Dave Kindred, Golf Digest, Ken Green after the accident that claimed his girlfriend, his brother and his dog. Honorable mention: Alan Bastable, Golf Magazine, Bob Torrance; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, Michelle Wie; John Strege, Golf World, Missy Farr-Kaye’s battle with breast cancer.
 
* NON-DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, David Owen, Ron Whitten, John Barton, Roger Schiffman, Thomas L. Friedman, Golf Digest , Golf and the environment; 2, Steve Rushin, Ron Kaspriske, Ashley Mayo, Jeff Patterson, Sue Sawyer, Mike Stachura, Golf Digest, Celebration of municipal golf courses; 3, Jaime Diaz, Bill Fields, E. Michael Johnson, Tim Rosaforte, John Strege, Golf World, New groove rules.

All winners will be honored at the GWAA’s Annual Awards Dinner April  7 in Augusta, Ga., an event Tiger Woods won't be attending ever again.