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Is golf interesting again?

Is it me, or has it been a hell of a lot more exciting to watch the PGA Tour this weekend?

For the first time in a long time I cannot only hear the reaction of a crowd, but I can also feel the emotion that they are radiating. Quite frankly, it’s because of Tiger Woods.

Now I have not had the chance to look at television ratings yet, but I’m pretty sure that viewership is up a great deal. It is good to see him contend. Typically, I say it’s good to see him make a cut.

People are tuned in for one of two reasons. They either want to see Tiger succeed or fail. That’s it. It is one or the other. Jason Gore has been a quality player some time now, but no one is looking forward to watching his round.

This is the first time in a long time I actually planned a weekend around watching golf and one of my favorite athletes. Woods will be catapulted back into the main event picture he can pull this win off.

Can the guy in red and black make a come back? Do you want to see him win?

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Am I the only one losing patience with Tiger?

I cannot articulate my feelings as I watched arguably the greatest golfer play the fourth worst round of his career for well over four hours. I am a Tiger Woods fan, but my patience is wearing quite thin.

The guy looked defeated at Chamber Bay. His body language communicated to the world that he was living up to his 195th official world golf ranking.

From 1996- 2014, Woods had only one 80+ round. He has had three 80+ rounds in 2015 alone.

In every tournament I notice that he is going to play in I say to myself and others, “Tiger will turn it around this week!” Apparently, I am a chronic liar. If only I were a politician I could be paid to say those inaccurate words.

To make his day even worse there was banner that said “Cheater” that flew above him while he was playing.

He was not been able to hit fairways and greens consistently like a player of his caliber should. Woods did sprinkle in a few good looking shots, but not enough to save his amateur-like round.

I believe it’s because he does not play enough. Tiger should play in more tourneys. That is the only way he can gain some type of momentum. What, if anything, do you believe is his problem?

Woods commits to a summer schedule

World number 106, Tiger Woods, announced on Twitter that will be playing in a quite a few tournaments this summer.

Last week, Woods announced that he will be defending at the PLAYERS Championship May 7-10.

You can read here about other tournaments that he may possibly enter before the U.S.Open this June.

Of course, this schedule does depend on his health.

Tiger happens to be coming off of a T17 performance at Augusta.

For more info please see the press release.

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Tiger announces next appearance

Tiger Woods announced on Friday that he will be teeing it up at TPC Sawgrass next month.

It will be his first time competing at the event since he won there in 2013. Well Sergio Garcia choked it away.

The event will also be his first time playing since he finished T17 at The Masters last weekend.

If Tiger wants to win his 15th major championship he will have to play in more events. That’s the only way to a title.

Woods’ schedule is fairly predictable. Let’s see how many times he will play before the U.S. Open in June.

Date Event Chance of playing
4/30-5/3 WGC- Cadillac Match Play Skip
5/7-5/10 The PLAYERS Championship Confirmed Playing
5/14-5/17 Wells Fargo Championship Doubtful
5/21-5/24 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Doubtful
5/28-5/31 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Doubtful
6/4-6/7 the Memorial Tournament Confirmed with Jack Nicklaus
6/11-6/14 FedEX St. Jude Not Chance
6/18-6/21 U.S. Open Golf Championship Confirmed

With a schedule like that he will have to play a lot more. It is going to be tough, but I believe he can pull it off.

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Sunday at Augusta (Anything can happen)

As Jordan Spieth looks to record his first major championship, we have to look back at some of the greatest moments to ever happen on a Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club.

Jack in ’86. Need I say more.


Tiger with arguably the greatest shot ever in 2005.


Lefty finally gets it done in 2004.


Adam Scott brings the jacket Down Under.


Norman crumbles


Rory learns to fail before succeeding 


Crenshaw grieves his way to victory


Faldo wins his 2nd major


Well Bubba


Mize takes the title from Norman 


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Woods -2 thru 36


Through 36 holes it appears as if Tiger Woods is playing like himself again.

He was able to shoot a 3-under 69 on Friday.

Woods did not take advantage of the very gettable par 5’s however. He was able to birdie hole eight, but pared the other three holes.

It seems as if he has found his short game and will no longer is a hinder his game.

He trails Jordan Spieth by twelve going into the weekend.

Tiger not playing at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods announced on his website that he will not be playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2015.

I spoke to Arnold today and told him that I will not play in his tournament this year. I’m sorry I won’t be in Orlando next week, but I know it will be a really successful event.

I’ve put in a lot of time and work on my game and I’m making strides, but like I’ve said, I won’t return to the PGA TOUR until my game is tournament ready and I can compete at the highest level, Woods said.

Woods had won the tournament eight times.

It really comes as no surprise as he stated last month that he would be taking a break away from the sport.

Hopefully, he will return to play at the Masters. The event will take place April 9-12 in Augusta GA.

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Should the club throw be glorified?


For the past 24 hours I have seen the media glorify the three-iron that Rory McIlroy propelled on Friday. I must say that it was a heck of a throw, but should this throw be celebrated.

If Tiger “bleeping” Woods would chuck any club any where on the course he would be chastised and told about why clubs should not be thrown.

Yes, it is true the world hates Tiger. I do not, but most people do. We need to be fair across the board and criticize all players equally.

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Tiger out indefinitely

Tiger Woods just announced on his website that he will be out indefinitely because he needs “a lot of work on my game.”

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“Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me,” he said. “My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back,” Woods said.

Tiger is now ranked 62nd in the world. This is his lowest ranking since coming on tour in 1996. He will surely fall even farther on the Official World Golf Rankings as long as he is out, The Masters is in eight weeks, so the chances of him playing there are quite bleak.

He went on to add that the injury he suffered last week at the Farmers Insurance Open had nothing to do with he deciding to take a break.

Jason Day wins the Farmers Insurance Open. 

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Jason Day outduels J.B Holmes to win the Farmers

The Farmers Insurance Open was nothing but exciting to the last stroke of the tournament.

It came down to the second playoff hole where Jason Day was able to par the 16th to clinch to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

With the win he is now ranked fourth in the world. This was he fourth PGA Tour victory.

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Day and Holmes were able to salvage birdie to force the second playoff and eliminate Scott Stallings and Harris English.

Jason Day nearly put his third shot on the par 5 18th in the drink. He was able to get up and down to shoot a 70.

Holmes couldn’t make his birdie putt on 18 to clinch the tourney.

Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Jason Day -9
T2 J.B. Holmes -9
  Scott Stallings
  Harris English
T5 Charles Howell III -8
  Alex Prugh
T7 Nick Watney -7
  Jimmy Walker
  Martin Laird
  Shane Lowry

Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -6
T19 Bill Haas -4
T41 Keegan Bradley E
T53 Angel Cabrera +3
T61 Rickie Fowler +4
Cut Justin Rose
Cut Jordan Spieth
Cut Dustin Johnson
Cut Luke Donald
Cut Phil Mickelson
WD Tiger Woods

FedEx Cup Standings

Place Player Score
1 Jimmy Walker 1039
2 Robert Streb 879
3 Bubba Watson 833
4 Charley Hoffman 756
5 Sang-Moon Bae 757

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Tiger withdraws from the Farmers Insurance Open

In Tiger Woods’ second outing of the year he was forced to withdraw due to a back injury.

On the day he began on the back nine of the north course of Torrey Pines. Woods received bogey on his first and third hole. He was able to get back to par before getting a double bogey on the 11th. He then had to pull out of the tournament due to the injury.

The Masters is nine weeks away, hopefully he will be able to play at Augusta.

You can see his pitch in below.

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Koepka wins the Waste Management Phoenix Open


Brooks Koepka was able to shoot a 66 en route to winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was his first tour victory.

Hideki Matsuyama had a chance to send the tourney to a playoff, but missed his left-to-right breaking putt. However, he did record a fairway eagle on the first.

Martin Laird was tied with Koepka after his birdie on the par 5 15th, but he stumbled into the clubhouse as he recorded a bogey on the drivable 17th and he doubled on the 18th after driving into the drink.

The shot of the tournament had to go to Francesco Molinari who recorded an ace on the signature 16th hole.

You can preview next weeks Farmers Insurance Open here.


Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Brooks Koepka -15
T2 Bubba Watson -14
Ryan Palmer
Hideki Matsuyama
T5 Jon Rahm (a) -12
T5 Martin Laird

Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T10 Zach Johnson -10
T17 Keegan Bradley -8
T30 Boo Weekly -5
T40 Patrick Reed -4
76 Bill Haas +8
Tiger Woods CUT
Phil Mickelson CUT
Robert Allenby CUT
Sang-Moon Bae CUT
Jason Dufner CUT

FedEx Cup Standings

Place Player Score
1 Jimmy Walker 957
2 Robert Streb 879
3 Bubba Watson 833
4 Charley Hoffman 757
5 Sang-Moon Bae 721

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Farmers Insurance Open Preview

Event Name:   Farmers Insurance Open
Course: Torrey Pines South
Where: San Diego, CA
Dates of the event: February 5-8
Course Yardage: 7,569
Par:      72
Defending Champ: Scott Stallings
Purse:  6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday/Friday)                                   CBS (Saturday/Sunday)

One of my favorite tournaments on the PGA Tour is the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. The course is beautiful and quite challenging.

Dustin Johnson returns to the PGA Tour after taking the last five months off because he wanted to seek professional help for personal challenges. He has won at least one event each year since 2008. You may expect him to come out hot but he may some rust to knock off.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Dustin Johnson Paul Casey
Phil Mickelson Jimmy Walker Hideki Matsuyama
Rickie Fowler Camilo Villegas Davis Love III
Jordan Spieth Luke Donald Ryo Ishikawa
Justin Rose Ryo Ishikawa Angel Cabrera
J. B. Holmes K.J. Choi Stewart Cink
Jason Day Jeff Overton Seung Yul Noh
Marc Leishman Padraig Harrington Bill Haas
Charley Hoffman Sung Joon Park Rory Sabbatini
John Senden Harris English Brandt Snedeker
Scott Stallings Nick Watney Mike Weir

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Scott Stallings -9
T2 K.J. Choi -8
Graham DeLaet
Jason Day
Pat Perez
Marc Leishman
T7 Charley Hoffman -7
Ryo Ishikawa
Will MacKenzie
T10 Seung-Yul Noh -6
Russell Knox
Justin Thomas
Brad Fritsch
Gary Woodland

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T16 Keegan Bradley -5
T19 Jordan Spieth -4
T43 Bill Haas E
T47 Hunter Mahan +1
MDF Tiger Woods
CUT Jimmy Walker
CUT Rickie Fowler
CUT Vijay Singh
WD Phil Mickelson

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Tiger Flops (not the golf swing)

The first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open got underway today and Tiger Woods, well he disappointed. Arguably, he is the greatest player from around the green and he proved that was a myth in the opening round.

“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 grain with tight pins, and either I flop it or bump it, one of the two. I chose to bump it,” Woods said post round.

Through the first four holes he was +4. He was able to calm down and get into the tournament. On the 13th Woods was able to get his first eagle since the 2013 Firestone Invitational. He finished at 2-over for the day.

His playing partners didn’t play much better. Jordan Spieth finished at -1 and Patrick Reed concluded at even.

If you don’t know who else is in the field you can view the Waste Management Phoenix Open preview here.

Also, Darius Rucker will be performing at the Birds Nest tonight. You can view his top 10 songs countdown here as well.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview

Event Name:   Waste Management Phoenix Open
Course: TPC Scottsdale
Where: Scottsdale, AZ
Dates of the event: 1/29-2/1
Course Yardage: 7,216
Par:      71
Defending Champ: Kevin Stadler
Purse:  $6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Tiger Woods will make his season debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This is his first time playing the course since 2001 when happened to ace the par-3 16th in the third round. The last time Tiger played in a competitive tournament was his Hero World Challenge where he came in tied for 17th. He has a new swing consultant and it will be very interesting to see how he performs in his first outing of 2015. Rickie Fowler is making his first start on the PGA Tour in Scottsdale. He played at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship earlier this month. He finished T66 2-under. Darius Rucker will be performing at the Coors Light Birds Nest He will both be performing on January 29th in Scottsdale. You can view the top 10 Darius Rucker songs here.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Jason Dufner Bill Haas
Jordan Spieth Keegan Bradley Brandt Snedeker
Phil Mickelson Bubba Watson Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar Patrick Reed Billy Horschel
Kevin Stadler Hunter Mahan Kevin Na
Geoff Ogilvy Hideki Matsuyama Zach Johnson
Gary Woodland John Senden Kyle Stanley
Robert Streb Kyle Stanley Mark Wilson
Kenny Perry J.B. Holmes Angel Cabrera
Retief Goosen David Toms Mike Weir
Padraig Harrington Ryan Moore Ryan Palmer
Sang-Moon Bae Aaron Baddeley Kevin Streelman
Martin Laird K.J. Choi Ben Crane
Matt Every Charley Hoffman Russell Henley
Carl Pettersson Scott Verplank Bo Van Pelt
Scott Stallings Boo Weekly Camilo Villegas
Seung-Yul Noh Ryo Ishikawa Charles Howell III
Stewart Cink Jhonattan Vegas Nick Watney

Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Kevin Stadler 1 -16
Graham Delaet T2 -15
Bubba Watson
Hunter Mahan T4 -14
Hideki Matsuyama
Charles Howell III T6 -13
Brandon Steele
Harris English 9 -12
Webb Simpson 10 -11

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Matt Jones T12 -9
Kevin Na T19 -7
Gary Woodland T37 -4
Phil Mickelson T42 -3
Martin Kaymer T53 -1
Vijay Singh 77 8
Lee Westwood CUT
Rickie Fowler CUT
Keegan Bradley CUT

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Spieth wins by 10; Woods last

Jordan Spieth won the 2014 Hero World Challenge by ten shots at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club.

Spieth shot 66 en route to his wire-to-wire victory. This is only the second win of his young career. The other came at the John Deere Classic in 2013.

Tiger Woods finished at even par for the tournament. He may have lost by twenty-six strokes, but Woods battled through awful shots and sickness to secure T-17. There’s a bright side for Tiger, however. He said that he could now hit the golf ball as hard as he wants and not feel any pain.

Other Notables who played in the tournament:

Henrik Stenson           -16

Keegan Bradley          -15

Jason Day                   -14

Rickie Fowler              -11

Justin Rose                 -11

Zach Johnson             – 9

Tiger Who?

TIger Woods swinging his driver.
TIger Woods swinging his golf club.

The 2013 PGA Tour season concluded Sunday at East Lake Golf Course.  Henrik Stenson fired four rounds in the 60s en route to the victory.  With the win Stenson also won the $10 million Fed Ex Cup prize.  He had a great year, but the story is not about him.

This year, Eldrick ”Tiger” Woods won five big tournaments at courses that the previously played well at.  Woods always plays well at Torrey Pines, TPC Sawgrass, Firestone Country Club, TPC Blue Monster at Doral, and Bay Hill Club & Lodge.  Yes, the five wins are remarkable and they still may win him the 2013 Player of the Year Award.  Tiger Woods, however, has made it no secret that he only cares about major championships.  Since Tiger was a child he has always had a dream of surpassing Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors.  With 14 majors it appears that Tiger may not catch Jack.

Why has Tiger not passed Jack?

Is it because of Tiger’s alleged cheating scandal?

NO! Tiger won tournaments prior to getting married, and he has won after the divorce, but he has still yet to win a major.    He has moved on to Lindsey Vonn.  Woods has appears to be happy with his relationship with Vonn.  He has been smiling.  Too much, well that’s a different story.

Is he to likable now?

Tiger used to be this intimidating figure that scared his opponents.  Those days are long gone.  Tiger now walks alongside his playing partners and have conversations.  Tiger is now a good friend of Rory McIlory, the future of the PGA Tour.  He never did this with Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, or even Sergio Garcia.  No one is afraid of him.

Did the talent surpass Tiger?

Maybe.  Yes, players are better.  However, no one can match Tiger.

So, what is the missing piece to the Woods puzzle?

The only thing that makes sense is Steve Williams, Tiger’s former caddie.   Steve Williams carried Tiger’s golf clubs from 1999- 2011.  In that span Tiger Woods won 14 major championships, which is more than anyone else in that span.

In 2011, Tiger and Steve decided to go there separate ways.  It may not be obvious, but Tiger is missing Stevie.  Williams kept Tiger focused.  He didn’t let Tiger self-destruct.  He was the only guy Tiger spoke to on the course.

TIger Woods major championship total according to tigerwoods.com.
TIger Woods major championship total according to tigerwoods.com.

Who is Tiger Woods?  That is a question that is being debated by every fan he has.  Is he this adulterer that won major after major.  He was hated by some, but loved by many because he won a lot.  Is Tiger this guy that wants to be liked on the course because his skill set is dwindling?  Is he a sex addict that is not being truthful to himself?  Maybe he needs “extra attention”.   If that is who he is would the real Tiger Woods please stand up.  If not, Eldrick Woods can go home.