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Every golfer wants a challenge, but he doesn't want to be out there fighting the Korean War.
JOE LEE


    

Monday
Feb022015

As If Tiger Doesn't Have Enough On His Mind, Files...

Jose Lambiet suggests that Tiger Woods has plenty on his mind with a huge divorce payment due early into 2016.

While Lambiet has no insight into whether the final lump sum payment has been made (which could render the item meaningless), he does post the documentation to prove that it's either payment or, failing that, the Jupiter Island home that would go to ex-wife Elin Nordegren.

When he and Nordegren divorced in 2010 in the wake of the infamous car crash incident that exposed Woods’ secret life as a booty hound, Woods agreed to pay Nordegren an estimated $110 million over six years.

The six years are up in 2016, and so is the $54.5 million balance of their deal.

Lambiet also reports on a lawsuit brought by a former security guard who is suing after slipping at the Woods mansion. Love the slip-and-fall king line:

According to the lawsuit, filed by Miami slip-and-fall king Michael Feiler, a badly-oriented sprinkler head made the marble walkway so slippery that Davis’ accident was bound to happen.

Monday
Feb022015

Another Take On R&A's Move To Sky From BBC

The Scotsman's Martin Dempster explains why there are concerns in Scotland that The Open Championship moving to satellite TV from "terrestrial" BBC will not help efforts to grow the game, while the R&A takes an estimated £3 million more per year to have grow-the-game spending money.

Dempster writes:

We’ve already seen lots of youngsters lose interest in the nation’s football team due to almost every Scotland game these days being screened on satellite television.

Though different in that it is predominantly an individual sport, we can expect the same thing in golf in years to come when only those kids with parents able or willing to cough up the subscription will either know or show any interest in the next Rory McIlroy or Lydia Ko, who, at 17, has just become golf’s youngest No 1.

Among active players, Lee Westwood has been very critical of the move.

Monday
Feb022015

Rory Offered Eight-Figure Settlement To The Suit He Brought

The Guardian's Ewan Murray is camped out in Dublin for the courthouse fun for Rory McIlroy's suit against Horizon Sports Management and it seems no settlement had arrived Monday, per his report.

The Telegraph's James Corrigan lays out in detail how the testimony component will work for the World No. 1 and it sounds like a grueling six day period lies ahead, with the eight weeks mentioned as a possible trial length, meaning the decision could come around Masters time.

And for Americans, it's hard to fathom lawyers doing this when they are the ones doing the suing:

Mediation ordered by a judge last September failed and sources have indicated that McIlroy has already made an offer to Horizon – which could have been as much as £10 million – but it was turned down.

Monday
Feb022015

Rahm And Great Amateur Finishes In PGA Tour Events

Nice note from GolfDigest.com's Alex Myers on Waste Management Phoenix Open sponsor's invite Jon Rahm, who finished T5.

Speaking to how rare an amateur top ten finish is in big time pro golf is this, from Myers:

Rahm, aka "Rahmbo" -- a name he sported on the back of an Arizona State football jersey he wore on TPC Scottsdale's 16th hole on Saturday -- finished T-5 at the Waste Management Open in just his second tour start. The 20-year-old Sun Devil became the first amateur since Chris Wood at the 2008 British Open to finish T-5 in a PGA Tour event and just the second amateur to accomplish a top five since Justin Rose's T-4 at the 1998 British Open.

Monday
Feb022015

For Sale: Gleneagles 200 Million Pounds

Matthew Boyle of Bloomberg, working off of a Times of London report (behind paywall), reports on the offering of Gleneagles for sale by Diageo PLC.

Boyle writes:

The maker of Tanqueray gin has had “numerous expressions of interest over the years and particularly since the Ryder Cup,” played at the venue in September, Diageo spokeswoman Rowan Pearman said in an e-mailed statement. “As you would expect, we have a duty to consider such interest carefully.”

Diageo hired real estate broker Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. to handle the sale of the property, which sprawls across 850 acres of central Scotland countryside and could fetch more than 200 million pounds ($301 million), according to The Times of London, which first reported the news Jan. 31.

The sale comes just months after successfully buying and hosting the 2014 Ryder Cup, won by the Europeans.

Monday
Feb022015

Rory McIlroy's Trial: The Only Primer You Need

It's called £35million and six weeks, both of which threaten to put a damper on McIlroy's Masters preparation with the first major just two months away. Not that his dominant play in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic suggests he's worried.

Derek Lawrenson breaks down how it got to this point, the view that a Tuesday settlement is still possible and what else you need to know. The key point though: it's McIlroy who the judge has felt has the most to lose going to trial.

...the judge involved was so struck by the implications if all McIlroy’s financial details were made public he sent the two sides to arbitration. Still, no common ground was found.

And so a case that is expected to last six weeks will begin with McIlroy’s senior counsel outlining the reasons why they believe the original contract he signed with Horizon Sports in 2011 and the subsequent amendment two years ago were ‘unconscionable and an improvident bargain’.

Sunday
Feb012015

"The new trend--bundle the course in with the HOA" 

Mary Shanklin in an Orlando Sentinel front page story (thanks reader Steve) looks at Orlando's ChampionsGate finally finishing a third course after the real-estate collapse and the future of such home-driven developments for companies like Lennar Homes.

I'm not sure how this is cutting edge, in fact it sounds fairly doomed...

Punctuated with white-sand bunkers, Bermuda grass and rolling panoramas, the course will initially open to public play but is intended to become private under the ownership of the homeowner association. Homebuyers have no initiation fees, which can be as pricey as a luxury car at other country-club courses. Renters in the resort-style community can purchase annual passes for as much as $3,500. Upkeep will be part of the monthly association fees, which now run about $300 to $350.

And...

Standing at the 14th hole at the new ChampionsGate course, community manager Mick Toscano said other courses have failed because members have been able to opt out of their memberships, leaving a big upkeep tab and too few members to pay it.

"This is going to be the new trend — bundle the course in with the HOA," said Toscana, regional manager for ICON Management Services Inc.

Oh dear...

Sunday
Feb012015

Haney On Tiger's Game: “There’s so many holes to patch up right now that you don’t have enough fingers for the dike.” 

Adam Schupak of Golfweek listened to Hank Haney's SiriusXM golf show and took down the highlights from Tiger's former instructor, who took calls from the many true believers looking for some assurance that the Waste Management Open debacle was a matter of rust.

Schupak writes:

“It starts with technique and morphs into something else,” he said. “It just doesn’t go away.”

Haney, who suffered from the driver yips for more than eight years, said Woods also played to avoid lofting chips, relying on the bump and run and using a putter on several occasions. In all, Haney counted seven times when a pitch or bunker shot failed to reach the green.

“It’s not just chipping and pitching,” he said. “He’s blading it out of bunkers.”

Sunday
Feb012015

Westwood On R&A: "They are the guardians of the game but it seems to be money-driven."

Lee Westwood, who says he was inspired by seeing golf on BBC, questions the move to paid television in the UK, reducing the potential audience size for The Open Championship.

Derek Lawrenson for the Daily Mail quotes the Englishman, who sounds disgusted.

‘I cannot believe The Open isn’t protected as one of the sporting crown jewels (meaning it is shown live on terrestrial TV). That is an absolute disgrace.

‘I wouldn’t be playing the game if I hadn’t watched Greg Norman win The Open at Turnberry in 1986 and Sir Nick Faldo win the following year. The BBC are doing golf no favours at all by letting The Open go, and you have to question the role of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club as well. They are the guardians of the game but it seems to be money-driven.’

Saturday
Jan312015

Azinger: "In his quest to get better, Tiger’s actually gotten worse"

John Strege summed up Paul Azinger's observations in an ESPN interview, hitting on several areas including work ethic, mechanics and intimidation factor.

“Tiger’s in a mode where he has to know it all. Technically and physically I think he felt like he peaked and that he needed more information to get better. In his quest to get better, Tiger’s actually gotten worse and now he’s confused.”

The full clip:

Saturday
Jan312015

Video: Golfer Hits Ball That Lands On His Head

Thanks to GolfNewsNet for posting this AFVApproved video. The posters say they've asked for the original footage as the skepticism is legit, yet watching it in slow-mo, seeing the replays and the other evidence (rental sets, that swing...), I'm leaning toward real here. And if so, what a feat!

Saturday
Jan312015

Video: Molinari's 16th Hole Ace; Course Showered With Cans 

I'm not sure if they were just happy or sending a message to a PGA Tour forbidding players from throwing gifts into the stands, but the 16th hole fans in Scottsdale showered the course with beer cans following Francesco Molinari's ace.

The video:

Saturday
Jan312015

WM Open: Sponsor's Exemptions That Pay Off

There is a long way to go, but I'm sure plenty of people are offering Waste Management Open tournament director Danny Calihan an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas after his sponsor's invites have excelled.

Nick Piecoro for the Arizona Republic on Calihan giving spots to Daniel Berger (8-under thru 36), Justin Thomas (7-under) and ASU junior Jon Rahm (4-under).

"It's very rewarding," said Calihan, the Open's tournament chairman. "We have a team of people who do (help determine sponsor exemptions) and we take it very seriously. A spot in a PGA golf tournament is a valued thing and we know it means a lot to the players, so we try very hard to make sure we make worthy selections. It's very fun when those young guys come through and play great. They're both great young players and nice young men and we're really psyched to see them playing so well."

Friday
Jan302015

No. 1? Lydia Ko On Verge Of Making History

While Tiger's blaming habits ingrained into his wedge game by Sean Foley and even knocking the bounce on his wedges, 17-year-old Lydia Ko is playing her first tournament without glasses but with contact lenses and despite the huge change, hasn't missed a beat.

Heading into Saturday's final round of the inaugural Coates Golf Championship (scheduled to avoid Super Bowl Sunday), Ko leads a stacked field.

And according to Randall Mell, some history is on the line when Golf Channel's coverage starts at 3 p.m. ET.

If Ko wins Saturday, she’ll vault to the top of the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, becoming the youngest No. 1 in the history of men’s or women’s professional golf. Ko can also take the No. 1 ranking with a solo second-place finish, as long as current No. 1 Inbee Park finishes in a three-way tie for third or worse.

Friday
Jan302015

Roundup: Tiger's Lost Golf Game And The Yips

There's nothing positive in Tiger's 2015 Waste Management Open appearance. His 73-82, last place showing was a disaster in every way. Any yips-sufferer can attest to the damage done by playing through rounds that only solidify, confirm and exacerbate the mysterious mental disorder which largely plagues golfers, but has been known to haunt second basemen too.

I'm certainly do not want to pile on Woods, as a I've experienced yip syndromes in far less public fashion in two areas of my game. However, seeing one of golf's top five all time scramblers lose his scramble ability takes this case of the yips to a level that is far different. Rarely if ever has golf seen a player's strength become his nemesis. For whatever reason--most likely the bizarro demons that come with multiple injuries--the short game yips have infiltrated even a player of Tiger's immense scrambling ability. The weird wedge shots first happened (noticeably) at Torrey Pines last year, but few thought of this as a case of the yips because the rye rough was silly and by Sunday when it was happening regularly during a 79, Woods was out of the tournament, presumably bored as much as anything. Or so we thought.

It's hard to see any upside in taking a yippy wedge game to Torrey Pines next week. You'll see in the roundup some suggestions that more "reps" is the answer, but we yippers know that experiencing even more more yip in front of peers or fans just makes things worse, not better. Tiger patted himself on the back for fighting through his 82 Friday and in a strange way anyone who has been inflicted knows what he means. But the big picture suggests entering high-profile tournaments while still haunted by injury-induced flinchy thoughts will not serve Tiger Woods well.

So here goes...starting with Doug Ferguson's tough assessment in his AP story:

Tiger Woods never had shot a score this high in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro.

He had never looked more lost on a golf course.

From Steve DiMeglio's USA Today story:

Watching the winner of 79 PGA Tour titles and 14 majors hit shots from around the greens these days is as inconceivable as Secretariat losing by 50 lengths, Michael Jordan tossing up bricks for 30 consecutive games and Rafael Nadal losing 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

But it's happening.

John Strege of GolfDigest.com on the lowpoint of Friday's Waste Management 82 and Tiger's explanation, which speaks to a level of denial that many yip-sufferers can attest to.

The worst of his short-game mishaps came on the par-3 fifth hole, where Woods bladed a chip over the green and into a bunker.

“Well, it’s the pattern,” he said, citing the swing changes he has made with instructor Chris Como as the cause of his short-game woes. “My attack angle was much deeper with Sean [Foley, his previous instructor]. Now I’m very shallow. So that in turn affects the chipping. I’m not bottoming out in the same spot. It’s a different spot.”

He did allow that it’s a mental problem as well, “because the physical pattern is different. So the trust is not quite there. I’m not bottoming out in the same spot. Yeah, to an extent, it is [mental], but I need to physically get the club in a better spot.”

Gary Van Sickle at golf.com took the humor route in his lede before getting to the seriousness of the disease at hand. His "Things You Say After Watching Tiger Woods Struggle (and Fail) to Break 80 While He Shoots His Worst Pro Round Ever on a Rainy Friday Morning at the Waste Management Phoenix Open" list:

Well, there goes the Vardon Trophy…

Aww, the Presidents Cup team can win without Tiger, anyway…

Yippy ki-yay…

Operator, get me the number for 9-1-1...

Tiger may be related to Aaron Baddeley’s brother, Chip Baddeley…

Do these new wedges make me look chunky?...

How many more reps can you have in just one round?...

Pardon the jokes, this is actually no laughing matter. Tiger Woods, as stated previously, appears to have caught the chipping yips.

Karen Crouse, writing for the New York Times, says galleries could feel the anguish.

As his round unraveled, the greeting he received at each tee box grew louder and more prolonged. Fans repeatedly shouted, “Keep your head up, Tiger!” and “Keep fighting, Tiger!” By the final holes, Woods was getting a reception fit for the Olympic bobsledders from Jamaica or the female sprinters from Iraq.

Gone is the golfer whose mere presence on the leaderboard Sunday seemed to send other contenders into a free fall. In his place is someone who looked frightfully familiar to the 20-handicappers in the stands. As one weekend duffer in Woods’s gallery mournfully noted, “Watching him makes me feel more normal.”

Jason Sobel looked at the oddity of both Woods and Phil Mickelson missing the cut and the hope for better things to come next week at Torrey Pines.

The two players, who have combined for 121 wins and 19 majors, had only previously missed the cut at the same event in their 198th start together -- the 2012 Greenbrier Classic.

After his second round, Mickelson pointed toward next week’s Farmers Insurance Open as reason for optimism for each of them.

“Next week is a course that we have both played well in the past, and hopefully we will be able to get it turned around for next week,” he said. “I was very optimistic heading into this week. I'm a little more surprised that I had such a struggle today, because I felt after yesterday's round I was going to really come out today and do something special. So this is disappointing, but I'll take this time on the weekend and see if I can get my game ready for next week.”

Bob Harig of ESPN.com was one of several who noted Woods' upbeat demeanor and joke dropping post-round as a positive sign, though the Tiger who won 14 majors would have been so angry that he'd have blown right by the media scrum.

Harig noted this about the golf:

He hit just eight greens for the round and got up and down for par just 2 of 10 times.

"I was caught right between patterns, just old pattern, new pattern," Woods said referring to swing changes he has been making with consultant Chris Como. "And I got it better, more committed to what I was doing on my back 9 and hit some better shots, but still got a lot of work to do.'

Woods admitted to some mental hurdles to overcome in the chipping game, and most observers would admit something is wrong.

Tod Leonard in the San Diego Union Tribune says everyone could understand Tiger WD's from the Farmers Insurance Open, but thinks reps will do the trick.

There isn’t a shot he looks comfortable making right now.

Who could blame Woods if he said he wanted to work out his foibles in private?

Yet Woods is in the toughest of spots, too. What’s wrong isn’t going to just be fixed on the range. In fact, that might be the last place Woods needs to be. And no matter how painful and ego bruising, massaging the kinks in the public eye might be the only way for him to get some mojo back.

It wasn't all bad news for Tiger. The explosiveness has come back! Sean Martin tweeted the shocking number that Woods led the field in driving distance.

The full Woods transcript.

GolfNewsNewt with the opening joke from Tiger, in reference to Marshawn Lynch, Rory McIlroy's media relations hero.

Regarding the yips, Coleman McDowell reports that golf.com surveyed their Top 100 teachers and a huge majority diagnosed the problem as the yips or "maybe" the yips.

As for upcoming reps, Tiger's chances of making the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral appear bleak. Will Gray explains:

Woods entered this week at No. 47 in the world, but after rounds of 73-82 he is projected to fall outside the top 50 next week for the first time since November 2011.

Adam Sarson tweeted this compilation of Tiger's lowlights:



The PGA Tour posted this short highlight package on YouTube.

Tiger's press conference, courtesy of GolfChannel.com:



And in the fun-awkward department, Golf Central's pre-game show recapped Tiger's early morning round, with Brandel Chamblee taking issue with Tiger's choice in consultants. Awkward since Notah Begay, who has been helping his fellow Stanford alum and introduced Woods to instructor Chris Como, was sitting to Chamblee's left.

Most fascinating was Begay's comeback that Chamblee is confusing Tiger's swing with his chipping yips. While that is Tiger's view, we all know that Begay has it right: these are two different issues and right now, the short game issues threaten to completely dismantle Woods's confidence. If it hasn't already.

Friday
Jan302015

Sky Sports To End BBC's 59-Year Open Championship Run

Charles Sale for the Daily Mail says Sky Sports will pay £10 million a year for UK rights and the deal is to be announced next week.

BBC will retain some sort of highlights deal. ESPN, meanwhile, is in the midst of an 8-year, $25 million-annual deal that commenced in 2010.

The 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews will be the BBC's final broadcast.

Friday
Jan302015

Video: Rocco Not A Fan Of Tiger's Swing Coaches

And the Feherty Live guest thinks Lee Trevino has the answers for Woods.

During an epic three-minute rant on Tiger's game, almost as fun to watch are Feherty and McCord, mildly squeamish at the fun-poking at swing coaches (though this elicits a great line from Feherty about how Rocco could "start an argument in an empty room."

It's all capped off with Rocco slamming the idea that Tiger's current coach demonstrates elements of the swing by jumping off a diving board.

Thursday
Jan292015

Roundup: Turns Out, Tiger's Teeth Chip Better Than His Wedges

Reader Matthew sent in that line and I'm never one to turn down an opportunity to copy and paste even as the videographer remains at large.

Reading the roundup of Tiger's season-opening 73 in the 2015 Waste Management Open, few writers chose a dental metaphor but instead wheeled out some pretty strong language to describe Woods' short game. And AP's Doug Ferguson called the wedge issues "grave" while weaving in a reference to Woods' tale of tooth-chipping woes.

Woods is working with a new swing consultant, Chris Como, who is not in Phoenix this week. He still has trouble taking his game from the practice range to the golf course, which is nothing new. But when he last played, at the Hero World Challenge, what stood out was a series of chips that he either stubbed or bladed.

Two months later, nothing changed.

The focus on Woods quickly shifted from a chipped tooth to simply his chipping.

Woods twice chipped with 4-irons, which he called my "old-school shots from Augusta." On two other occasions, one after a chip he knocked across and over the green, he opted for a putter.

Steve DiMeglio got right to the point in his USA Today lede:

Tiger Woods still can't chip.

The rest of his game isn't much better.

Below is the primary Woods quote about the short game performance. The transcript was not the best I've read, so take this with a grain of TPC Scottsdale's ridiculous new white bunker sand. It's worth trying to make sense of this since his wedges are getting some of the blame.

I'm just having a hard time finding the bottom. Because of my old pattern, I was so steep on it, that I have a new grind on my wedge and sometimes it's hard to trust. This is a similar grind I used to use back in the early 2000s, but it's a different grind. Some of my shots were into the green with tight pins, and either I'll flop it or bump it, one of the two. I chose to bump it.

Golf.com's Gary Van Sickle came right and used the y word.

It looks an awful lot like Tiger has the chipping yips. It's kind of verboten to use that y-word in golf but any golfer who's been there knows it when he sees it.

Robert Lusetich of FoxSports.com hears excuses that we're not used to from an all-time great.

Whenever difficult subjects arise, Woods resorts to the most painful mental gymnastics to explain them away.

"Because of my old pattern, I was so steep," Woods said of his chipping woes.

He then went into a lengthy explanation of the grinds on his wedges.
Blah. Blah. Blah.

The thing about golf is that it's just about the numbers on the scorecard. There's no room for explanations. He knows that better than anyone. "All that matters is what you shot," he used to say.

Lusetich noted something that I know has amazed Hank Haney: Woods playing the rust card.

"It's going to take time to get the feel of my hands where they need to be through the entire swing and shaping shots."

And, look, that's all true. But he's had six weeks to prepare. Woods has won his season opener seven times in his career. Was he rolling out excuses then?

By the numbers, John Strege at GolfDigest.com felt there were some good and some awful.

By the numbers, Tiger hit five of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in regulation.
On the up side, he seems to have recovered some of the speed he had lost in recent years, as he said he had. At the 13th hole, his swing speed was clocked at 121.465 miles per hour. Last year, Bubba Watson led the tour with a swing speed of 123.7 mph. On the par-4 17th hole, Woods drove the green, 341 yards.

The round did have a couple of retro moments, noted by Adam Schupak of Golfweek:

With his typical fierce resolve, Woods battled back. The highlight of his round was a 5-iron from 225 yards to the par-5 13th hole that rolled to a stop six inches from the hole for eagle. He tacked on a birdie when he drove the par-4 17th green. Woods could have been deflated, but he spoke with the experience of a man who has his eye on a bigger prize and knew this was just one round.

The outstanding second shot on 13, from the PGA Tour's YouTube.com page, where they also posted Gary McCord's analysis of Tiger's swing.

Woods backed off his 16th tee shot twice, including once after a fan made what sounded like a tooth reference.

And GolfNewsNet.com posted this heckler shot:

You can see part of Woods' post round comments and the full round highlights on this GolfCentral recap.

At the 6 minute mark Brandel Chamblee says its the "worst that I’ve ever seen a tour pro around the greens and it’s a long way from there to playing competitive golf again."

Thursday
Jan292015

Video: 102-Year-Old Golfer's Advice For Longevity

Dustin Cohen is a short filmmaker and this one is short but sweet. Ninety seconds to be exact.

Ida Pieracci, 102, has 11 holes in one and still plays at San Jose Country Club. And she shares her secret for longevity.

Golfing With Ida from Dustin Cohen on Vimeo.

Thursday
Jan292015

Sang-Moon Bae Files For Extension On Military Exemption

Golfweek's Alex Miceli summarizes a report out of Korea where Sang-Moon Bae confirms he has filed for a five-year extension on his exemption from military service and is perplexed why he was denied.

His goals and reasoning will go over well with the International Golf Federation.

“I have a really big tournament, Presidents Cup in Korea, this year," Bae said, "and my goal is medalist in Olympics next year.”

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