Friday, June 26, 2009

Tiger Woods on the Jimmy Fallon Show

Tiger Woods on Jimmy Fallon Show video

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Tiger Gets Revenge on Jimmy

After getting his ass whooped by Jimmy, Tiger returns to face off against Jimmy

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Jimmy Fellon Takes Down Tiger Woods

At 10am on Wednesday morning, the gauntlet was thrown down between the greatest golfer of all time (probably) and the newest Late Night host. Tiger Woods and Jimmy Fallon had a mini 3-hole tourney to determine just who is the greatest Wii golf aficionado, using “PGA Tour 10″ as the point of contention.

As it happens, Tiger got crushed by Fallon, needing a hole-in-one on the last hole to have a chance. Tiger was quick to recall that he’s had 19 hole-in-ones over his career, but sadly this was not his 20th and he fell to Fallon by a large margin.
On a sidenote, this was the best press event ever, ’cause it took place literally 50 feet outside my building. Note to future PR people…plan every event to take place in the island in the middle of Times Square, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

by Russ Frushtick:

And here's a video from the of Jimmy Fellon taking down Tiger Woods

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Tiger Woods 2nd Round Highlights

Tiger Woods 2nd Round highlights from the 2009 US Open at Bethpage Black from NBC Sports

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Tiger Woods on 2nd Round

Tiger Woods gives his thoughts after the 2nd round of the 2009 US Open at Bethpage Black

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Tiger Woods Learning Center Video

Tiger Woods learning center video

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Tiger Woods Man-Crush Photo Gallery

Confident in their heterosexuality, these fans have no problems showing off their Tiger Woods man-crush.

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Tiger Woods Players Championship Interview

Tiger Woods interview at the Players Championship video.


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Friday, June 19, 2009

Tiger Woods US Open 2009 Round 1 Highlights

Tiger Fades at US Open


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- It was not the start he was looking for. And the reason was all about the end.

Tiger Woods was right where he wanted to be Friday morning during the completion of the weather-delayed first round of the U.S. Open -- even par after a birdie at the 14th. He then made a double-bogey and two bogeys coming in to finish with a 4-over-par 74 at Bethpage Black.

"I was hitting good shots. I was even par with four to go," Woods said. "It's not like I was hitting it all over the place. Hit a lot of good shots. Unfortunately didn't finish off the round the way I needed to."

When Woods finished, he trailed clubhouse leaders Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and amateur Drew Weaver, who each shot 1-under 69.

For the first time since the first round of last year's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Woods made two double-bogeys in the same round. Of course, he went on to win that tournament in a playoff over Rocco Mediate.

Woods' woes

When Tiger Woods won at Bethpage Black in 2002, he hit fairways and greens, ranking in the top seven in both. In his rain-delayed 2009 first round, he didn't -- and it cost him. (Source: ESPN Stats and Information)
Category '09 '02 (Total)
Driving Accuracy 57.1 73.2
Green In Reg. 55.6 73.6
Scrambling 37.5 63.2
Sand Saves 25.0 42.9
Putts 31.0 30.75

But Woods finished that day at 1-over 72. The last time Woods shot in the 60s during the opening round of a U.S. Open was when he shot 67 here in 2002 on his way to victory.

Woods completed six holes of the first round on Thursday morning when the round was suspended due to inclement weather. He left himself a 10-footer for par before the delay, then missed that putt when play resumed at 7:30 a.m. ET. That dropped him to 2 over.

But Woods rebounded with birdies at the 11th and 14th holes to get to even par. A poor chip at the 15th led to a three-putt double-bogey, and he added bogeys at the 16th and 18th holes when he missed the green at each.

"Hit a bad tee shot on 15 but got a great lie there, went for it," Woods said at a brief post-round meeting with the media. "Plug it in the face, took a drop. Hit a decent pitch but I didn't think it was going to come all the way back to my feet like that. Blocked the first putt and hit a bad second putt. [At] 16, caught a mud ball there and didn't make the putt. Didn't get up-and-down on 18, bad tee shot, led to another bogey."

While several players had yet to begin their first round when Woods finished and faced a long day in what could be the easiest conditions of the week, the world's No. 1 player said he was glad to be done, and didn't necessarily believe he was at a disadvantage for having played in the horrible conditions Thursday.

"I think the guys who are playing today and tomorrow morning are going to get more mud balls," Woods said. "It's only going to get worse, unless we get more rain.

"If we get more rain we won't catch them again, but if it dries out more, this is going to get interesting, because you're going to have to hit -- you would think you would have to hit low tee shots and run it off but the problem is, the fairways are so soft, it's not going to go anywhere. If you take the chance of carrying the ball out there, you also have a chance of picking up mud on the ball, too."

Weather permitting, Woods will likely tee off at some point midmorning Saturday, when more rain and storms are expected.

The torrential rain that didn't allow play beyond 10:16 a.m. ET Thursday had many wondering how the course could possibly be suitable for play on Friday morning. But it was.

"It looked great," Woods said. "The staff did a hell of a job getting the golf course ready. I'm sure they worked all night to try to get this golf course playable, and it was great out there."
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tiger Woods Fan With Big Balls

From Alex Miceli at Golf World

In one of the best cases of chutzpah in modern media centers, a fan sneaked into Tiger Woods’ news conference Sunday after The Memorial and sat amongst the ink-stained wretches, two rows from Tiger, waiting for a chance to get a Woods autograph.

After 19 questions, the guy could wait no longer.

“Jack’s going to hate me for this,” the interloper said, standing. “Tiger, congratulations for winning The Memorial. I’m a normal person that snuck in here with a patron badge. I was just wondering if I could get an autograph.”

After a lot of stunned media looked at one another, Tiger snickered before red-faced security staff escorted the man out of the interview room.

Nicklaus was classic with his response.

“If he’s got that much guts, he can get it, right?”

And then the patron’s badge was passed up to Woods, who signed it and passed it back to security to deliver to the very gutsy patron.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

U.S. Open press conference: Tiger Woods


BETH MURRISON: Good morning, and welcome to the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage. We're honored to have with us today Tiger Woods, three-time U.S. Open champion, not only defending his exciting win at Torrey Pines but also is the defending champion at Bethpage. Can you talk about what it's like to come back to Bethpage this week.

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, excited to be here. Obviously the golf course is phenomenal. It's playing long this week. It's not exactly dry out there. And obviously this golf course brings back some great memories for me, seven years ago. It's good to be back. I've enjoyed playing out here. The practice rounds have all been good, and really looking forward to Thursday.

BETH MURRISON: In addition to your major quest, you also have a chance this week to become the first person in history to win 10 USGA national titles. Have you given that any thought at all?

TIGER WOODS: I didn't know that. So that would be nice. Certainly wouldn't complain about that.


Q. What do you think is the most important thing to win this tournament? Is it different from the last year?

TIGER WOODS: As all U.S. Opens you have to drive the ball well. This U.S. Open, with it being this wet and this long, the rough is so thick. I mean, you have to get the ball in play.

Obviously the greens are a little bit flatter than normal. So just getting the ball on the green, you'll have a pretty good look at a putt. I will be curious to see how the USGA sets it up, how much they can move the tees around like they did last year.

Last year it supposedly was supposed to be the longest U.S. Open in history, but we never played it that long. Tees were mixed and matched. And you had to really think about what you were doing out there. I'm sure they'll probably do the same thing this year with it being so wet.

Q. You've repeated in every other major but this one and only Curtis and Ben have done it in the last 70 years. What makes the U.S. Open the toughest one to win?

TIGER WOODS: One, you have to have every facet of your game going. You have to drive the ball well. You have to hit your irons well, and at most Opens, you know speed on the greens is usually an issue. Not this year, obviously, it being so wet and soft.

But generally this is the hardest major we face year in, year out. Narrowest fairways, highest rough. And probably only here and Augusta throughout the year are going to have the fastest greens. But certainly that's not going to be the case this year.

Q. First of all, what do you think about playing a course on which Michael Jordan shot 86; he broke 92. And also why so many different, why do you think so many different players have won majors over the past decade or so?

TIGER WOODS: As far as Michael is concerned, it's a pretty impressive score considering his start. I mean, he tripled 1 and doubled the next three holes and still turned around and shot a good number.

Especially the back nine, he really played well. So it goes to show you that just like all athletes or entertainers they're used to performing in front of crowds. So once you put a little bit of pressure on them it's amazing how well they perform.

They're accustomed to it, and for Michael to be in front of a gallery, he usually plays better. But as far as -- what was the second part of the question?

Q. So many different guys.

TIGER WOODS: I think it's just the depth of the TOUR. The TOUR is so deep now. The margin between a player who is just barely on the TOUR at 125 to some of the top players, it's not that big anymore. It's very small.

If you look at the cuts, when you have top 70 and ties week in, week out, a lot of times it's eight or nine shots that separate the guy from leading from the guy just making the cut. The margin is so much smaller now than it used to be.

Q. Just so many more good players?

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, there's a lot more good players. Guys have access to video cameras. Technology has certainly helped a lot. We're so much better at getting the right ball, the right equipment that fits you and your particular swing. You don't have to adjust to the equipment like in years past.

And the guys have gotten so much more efficient at shooting better scores.

Q. Doing a story kind of Bethpage memories from last time around. Have you ever played in front of an audience that was that loud and that into it? And I think we probably remember the reasons why, it was kind of a cathartic thing, post 9/11. What things do you remember and wonder whether you think it could ever be like that again.

TIGER WOODS: Last time we played here, it was just -- I've never played in front of an atmosphere that loud for all 18 holes. Phoenix has one hole or a couple of holes. But I think just the atmosphere in general.

After what transpired here in September, I just think that everyone was just looking to celebrating something else. That's one of the reasons why people got into the playoffs in baseball and basketball, anything to kind of escape it. When they came out here, everyone was so excited to have it out here on their golf course because it seemed like everyone who's played golf in this area has played this golf course. There's something to be said for that.

Same thing with what happened to us last year at Torrey Pines; it just makes for a better environment, because everyone can relate to what we're doing because they've actually played the same golf course.

And as far as just overall atmosphere, I've never seen anything like it. I don't think we ever will, given circumstances surrounding the event.

Q. What do you think about the long par-4s here, and what makes the 15th hole so difficult?

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, there are a lot of long par-4s. I believe there's three that are over 500 yards. That's long. I remember growing up and a 420-yard hole was a long par-4. It's amazing how golf has changed. But it's just a number and just gotta go out there and obviously hit good shots. The 15th hole is a very interesting hole because you have to get the ball in play in order to get the ball on the green. To get the ball on the correct level is -- it's really hard to do, coming in there with a long iron to an elevated green.

Generally it's going to bounce over the back if you land it up on top. But this year at least you have a chance. It's softer; if you land the ball on top it has a chance of stopping. But you'll see most of the guys putting from the bowl and then putting up and making their 4. If you can play it at 16 for the week, that's a great score.

Q. Is that the most difficult hole here?

TIGER WOODS: It's one of the more difficult holes to make birdie on. As far as making par, normal drive, the shot into the bowl and just work on your speed, you can make pars.

Q. How do you go about kind of keeping the pot boiling after everything clicking so well at Memorial, just in terms of your preparation for this week? Is that kind of the natural platform to then be able to tailor your preparations for what you need?

TIGER WOODS: You need to get better. The whole idea of practicing this week was to make sure I became more comfortable on what we're working on and more efficient at doing it. I've had some good practice sessions at home, and my practice rounds here this week have been really good. Really looking forward to getting out there and competing and playing.

Q. I know you've been playing fantastic, but you usually win two years in a row for all the majors except for the U.S. Open. And this time I'm sure you're planning to win. But how are you going to manage to win and what's the key hole to you this year?

TIGER WOODS: Not really a key hole here. Just like any U.S. Open, they're all hard, especially this golf course. This is probably the most difficult golf course we've faced from tee to green. Obviously it's not the green complexes this week, certainly not Oakmont, or it's not Winged Foot. But from tee to green, this golf course is all you want. With the weather coming in here this week, it's only going to get longer and harder and it's going to be even more difficult.

So I think just like any U.S. Open, you have to be patient. You have to get the ball in play. And at least this week if you put the ball on the greens, you'll have a lot of good chances at birdies because the greens are relatively flat. There are a few exceptions. But put the ball on the right section, you get a lot of good putts.

Q. Tiger, a year ago obviously you had all the issues and the disappointment to not be able to finish the year and everything. Just curious, though, with hindsight, do you think it all worked out for the best? Was it better to get that over with as opposed to waiting until the end of the year to have the surgery? And if you had been able to do that, are you glad it worked out the way it did?

TIGER WOODS: If you look at the overall picture of it, yes. Because if I -- given the circumstances that I had after the U.S. Open, could I have played the British? Yeah, I could have played the British but I would have had to let my leg heal. It was broken. I would probably rebreak it again during the British. That was going to be the constant theme. My leg was probably going to keep rebreaking.

So this is better just to go ahead and fix it. The reason why I had the instability is because I had no ACL. Let's go ahead and make the leg stable, give myself plenty of time to recover and get ready for this season, and then hopefully be back for the Masters, which I was able to do.

So everything worked out well in that regard. And I certainly feel a lot more stable in the leg. I wish I could have competed in the majors and the rest of the events. But long term, it was the best thing to do.

Q. You are swinging differently now than you were in 2002 when you won here. I'm curious, beyond the changes to the course, does it feel different playing it now the 18 holes you've played in practice or do you feel it's the same strategy, same way you approached it in '02?

TIGER WOODS: It's a little bit different. The fairways are much softer than what we faced in '02. We had one day of rain on Friday, I believe. But it still dried out pretty good on the weekend. It's not going to be the case this year.

The golf course is playing long. They moved the tees back. And I don't feel like I've gotten any shorter since 2002, but man, I'm just wearing out my long irons.

So it is a little bit different. But again, if you hit long irons or hybrids or whatever you have into the greens, the ball's holding. It's not repelling. So it really doesn't matter what you're hitting into the greens too much, the ball's going to hold.

Q. At the Memorial you stated one of the reasons that you drove it so well is that it was one of the first tournaments you were able to consistently practice after rounds because of the knee. Does the weather affect that at all, whether you get just normal aches or pains, or will you be able to do the same this week? And also you stated that back when you were growing up, long par-4s, 425 yards, do you think courses are going to need to keep changing to become longer, or should there be rollbacks on equipment, golf balls, anything like that?

TIGER WOODS: The first part of your question, I was able to start practicing at TCP -- sorry, at Wachovia, only for a couple of days, practiced at TCP for a couple of days. I was able to start hitting more balls after a round at Memorial. I was able to have a practice session, not just go hit a couple of balls. So that certainly helps. And put in the time. To get better at this game you have to put in the time. Can't think about it and magically it get better each and every day. You have to do the work.

I'm able to start doing that now. So as far as, what was it, rolling the ball back or equipment or anything like that, you know, I think the golf courses, we're running out of room on a lot of golf courses. And they've tried to put limitations obviously on the speed of the faces, how fast the golf ball can move now.

But if you look at it, guys are getting bigger and stronger. People forget that. When Jack and Gary and Arnold played, and Hogan, they're all about five-nine. I'm at six foot and I'm the shortest guy in the top players of the world.

Guys are just taller and bigger. All the guys who move the ball are out there six-three to six-four, they're bigger guys. We're getting more athletic guys playing the sport. Even if you roll the ball back, even if you slow down the clubs, the guys are still going to get bigger, stronger and faster and more athletic. And that's just part of any sport.

Q. The swing change that you made or the adjustment you made prior to Memorial which worked so well, do you feel that you could bring it here where power is going to be such an important aspect of winning? And secondly, do you like your chances? If it does get wet, it is a long iron course. Do you prefer your chances on something like that?

TIGER WOODS: I like my chances in any major. I just enjoy having to think your way around a golf course. It's not -- a lot of the TOUR events we play you just have to make birdies. If you don't shoot 68 you're losing ground. Here if you shoot 68 you're moving up on the leaderboard. To me that's fun. Par is rewarded and a birdie is really rewarded. That to me, it's how the game of golf should be played. As far as my swing changes and everything, I think that you have to get the ball in play. So whatever it takes. Get the ball in play. Granted, we'll have much longer clubs, but as I said earlier, I don't know how the USGA is going to move up the tees or not, how much they're going to move them up. I think I'm still one of the longer hitters on TOUR and I'm hitting long irons. A lot of the shorter guys are obviously hitting woods into the greens. If it rains, how much are they going to move up the tees is going to be the question. But still, we all know that you shoot something under par you'll be looking pretty good.

Q. At Memorial you had a great week off the tee, hitting 14 out of 14 on Sunday. You put a different set of irons in the bag, you added loft in your driver. Can you tell us why you decided to go with a different set of irons, and talk about the difference with what you played there and so far what it looks like you have in the bag and what you had been playing with previously?

TIGER WOODS: I went back to an old set that I played before and I've had some success with. I went back to that. As far as my driver is concerned, as we all know, loft is your friend. And the reason why you hit a 3-wood straighter is obviously because it's got more loft. That helps. My release has changed over the years and just need a little bit more loft now.

It's working out. I'm driving the ball more efficiently, and I still have the same power. But I certainly need the loft now to -- when I first came out here on TOUR, I used a 6.5 driver, and now I'm up to 10.5. I hate to see when I get to 40, how that's going to be, have to get a 46-inch driver and 15-degree lofted driver. But it is what it is. Technology has changed, the ball doesn't spin as much as it used to. You have to have more loft than you used to to play.

Q. You've mentioned a couple of times already where the USGA might put the tee boxes. In the past where the tees were was where they were; they weren't going to move. Could you talk a little bit about the change of philosophy under the way Tom Meeks and the previous USGA the way it is now with Mike Davis and more leeway with the course setup?

TIGER WOODS: Absolutely no doubt. Tom liked to set up the golf course right on the very edge. And for all those years he did a great job, except for one year, got away from him on Sunday at Shinnecock. But other than that he did a great job but he would always like to push it to the edge. Mike's different. Mike's trying to make the golf course more playable, bring back shot-making and unpredictability of the flyer.

Should I go, not go for the green? And I think that what the guys saw at Pinehurst when we first did it, everyone liked it, to be able to have the chance to be able to go for the green. But in the end it brought in over the green. More guys were making doubles than they used to. Before you used to just wedge out and know you have a little sand wedge in, make par most of the time.

The guys got a little bit aggressive. You saw last year at Torrey Pines how many guys tried to hit shots and put themselves in worse trouble than if they had a long rough and hacking out sideways.

Q. Another Father's Day coming up. At Bay Hill you talked about how when you had to get back to your putting fundamentals you would remember things that your father said. I was wondering in what other ways your father's voice still resonates where you will still hear him, if you could give any examples of that?

TIGER WOODS: Well, probably every time I play. I always think about Dad, and especially when I take the time off and I come back and I start playing again. All my practice sessions I'll go back to my old fundamentals I learned from Dad.

So for me going out there and competing and playing and some of the thoughts that I've had over the years all go back to his original teachings. So it's pretty much every time I play I always think about Dad.

Q. In 2002 the 15th hole had the largest differential over par of any hole on the PGA TOUR that year. You just said you thought it might be a decent place to make a par. Is there any hole on the course that you think might be harder to make par on than 15?


Q. Back at Medinah in '99, after you won that PGA, did you assume that Sergio would be a guy who would win a bunch of majors, and if so, how surprised are you that he hasn't broken through?

TIGER WOODS: I think we're all surprised that he hasn't yet. He's had his chances. He's been right there a few times in the final group. But just like anything, it takes time. It takes time to understand how to do it.

You know, look at how many years it took Paddy to learn. Once he's learned, he's won three real quick. So it's just a matter of time, I think. He's got all the talent. It's just a matter of hitting the right shots at the right time.

Q. Given what the U.S. Open demands in order to win it, something you know a lot about, is there a prototypical U.S. Open player? Can there be one? Are you that player or the closest thing to it?

TIGER WOODS: There used to be a mold of it. I'm sure some of the years past it seemed like every person was a pretty short hitter, very straight. Look at Scott Simpson, Curtis. Even though Faldo didn't win it, he was always right there. That seemed like that was the type of player that it took to win U.S. Opens. But now I think that it has changed a little bit. There's different ways of playing. You can do what Angel did, hit driver every hill at Oakmont. If it works out, it works out, which it did. Or you can play a shorter, more conservative game.

The whole idea of a U.S. Open is obviously to grind it out and make pars. How you do that, it's up to you. You just can't afford to make too many bogeys or doubles because you can't make birdies. So however you feel you can make a bunch of pars, I think that's what you're looking for.

Q. What are the specific shots, and what about the golf do you remember from '02 for yourself personally? What are the things that stand out in your memory?

TIGER WOODS: I remember quite a bit of the final round. I remember how miserable it was in the morning on Friday. But not as bad as the guys in the afternoon.

I certainly remember how loud it was on Saturday, when guys were making their runs, Sergio and Phil making putts there at the end. I think I was back there up on 15 and hadn't made a birdie yet. And I'm hearing these huge roars go up there down on 16 and 17 from Phil and Sergio. And I finally made my first birdie of the day.

I think just the overall atmosphere is what I truly remember here because it was extraordinary. We hadn't seen anything like it. Probably never will.

Q. During this tournament, it will be your daughter's birthday. How will you celebrate that, by winning?

TIGER WOODS: It's not a bad thing. I certainly would like to have that happen, no doubt. It's hard to believe it's already been two years. Time flies. It was at Oakmont, looked like she could have been born any day during that week. Luckily it was on Monday, Monday night, technically, late night.

It's just hard to believe that time flies so fast, and it's been so much fun. And to have her see her in the photos at the U.S. Open last year to where she is now, running around and speaking English and Swedish, and more Swedish than English. But it's just amazing. It's so much fun.

Q. As someone who knows a little bit about playing with other things on their mind when people are sick, I don't know if you've spoken to Phil at all, but how difficult do you think it will be for him this week? And I know you spent a lot of time around Amy, at least at Ryder Cup. How would you describe her as a person?

TIGER WOODS: Is it easy? No, it's not easy. When my dad was sick, that's kind of the natural progression anyways. Your parents are supposed to pass away before you. And God forbid how they get sick or how it ends. But to have a spouse, you're supposed to go together. And to have, I couldn't imagine dealing with what he has to deal with on a daily basis. And hats off to how he's handled it because certainly it's so hard to do. Everywhere you go people are reminding you of it, and you can't get away from it. And you think that the golf course would be your escape, but it's not. You're surrounded by people wishing you well the entire time and hope everything works out. But then again, they keep reminding you of the same circumstance you're dealing with on a daily basis, and you just can't get away from it. It's hard, and I don't know how they're doing it. But certainly it's difficult.

And Amy as a person, she's a sweetheart. She's been just so nice and so generous to everyone she meets. And all the years that we've played doubles and table tennis, Elin and myself and Phil and Amy, those are priceless times. Myself and everyone out here hopes that she gets well and she's back out here as soon as she can.

Q. You obviously have seen how much he's embraced everywhere, but certainly there's something about New York that's really embraced him. Do you have any -- can you imagine what it's going to be like when he gets here tomorrow and begins playing in just terms of the reaction? You talked about how loud it was in general in '02.

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, it's going to be -- it's going to be loud. It's going to be -- you know, hopefully it's one of those things where you try and find energy somewhere, because I can only speak from my experience with my dad and losing someone close to me. You don't sleep much. It's hard. To find energy from outside the ropes, sometimes that's a great thing.

Q. Compared to when you came out of Bay Hill physically, where are you now and this week do you have any physical restrictions on you?

TIGER WOODS: No, I feel great. Compared to Bay Hill, it's night and day. Like everyone says, you think that after the surgery I feel so great, six eight months later. But everyone says just imagine what you feel like in another six months. But I keep getting better and better.

It's fun, because before no matter what I did I kept getting worse. No matter how hard I trained, the leg was deteriorating. I kept doing more damage to the thing. Now it's the exact opposite.

Q. In your opinion, who do you think at this point is the best golfer of all time and why?


Q. How close are you?

TIGER WOODS: He's got 18. I'm at 14.

Q. Sometimes players seem to try to change their golf swing soon after winning a major. Ian Baker-Finch did it years ago and recently Michael Campbell and Harrington, as well. Do you think there's some times it's not -- why do players do that, do you think? I realize they're individuals and you may not know. Do you think players can go too far to change their swing?

TIGER WOODS: You're asking the wrong guy. After I won the Masters by 12 I changed my swing. People thought I was crazy for that. I said just wait. Just be patient with it. It will come around. And in '99 and 2000 I won 17 times.

So sometimes you have to take a step or two back before you can make a giant leap forward. And that's the hard part, sticking through those periods. And even though you're making those changes, finding a way to post a number or shoot a score and win a golf tournament, that becomes a lot more difficult.

Anyone can do it when they're hot. But to grind it out and suck it up and get it done somehow and turn it around, that could cost you a tournament, a round that keeps you in the tournament, those are testing times. Plus everyone's always asking you about it, too.

Every round you finish, you complete, someone asks you about your swing changes, is it worth it, blah, blah, blah and you keep getting it all the time until you turn it around.

Q. The announcement this week that Pinehurst is going to host two Opens back to back in 2015, your thoughts on that? It's never been done, and how do you think it will work?

TIGER WOODS: It will certainly be interesting. I think it will be great for the people in that area to see that much golf at the highest levels. I think it certainly is creative. It's probably the only golf course you could probably do that on.

We'll see what happens. Hopefully the weather will be good for both weeks.

Q. Do you see somebody trying to play both of them? Would you be interested, there's been talk of Michelle Wie or someone might try to qualify?

TIGER WOODS: I need to have a sex change; is that what you're saying? (Laughter.)

Q. I mean, if Michelle Wie or somebody tried --

TIGER WOODS: You go that way. You can't go the other way. Probably. I mean, she's played men's events before. She's the only one besides Annika to do it, in recent years. If anyone is going to try and do it or has set a precedent in doing it, it is Michelle. We'll see what happens. That's the great thing about our U.S. Open. It's open to anyone.

Q. You spoke about the atmosphere, the crowds and the environment back in 2002. You obviously inspired the crowds. Did they inspire you, and do you feel that this week they could act like an extra club in the bag?

TIGER WOODS: No doubt. It was incredible. The energy that was out here, it's just phenomenal. We've never seen anything like it. It wasn't just the four rounds that we competed in. It was even the practice rounds.

Monday was loud. It was like 40,000 people out here on a Monday. It was just electric the entire week. And even when it was raining the people were out there cheering and having a great time, tipping back a couple.

But it was just an atmosphere that if you're playing well, you feel like you could keep it rolling; if you weren't playing well, people were cheering so hard for you to turn it around. It was just a great crowd to play in front of.

Q. Tiger, I know you followed the NBA Finals with a keen interest. Just curious when you watch somebody like Kobe Bryant in action, the best in his sport, which ingredients in his champion makeup do you most identify with?

TIGER WOODS: Well, just his work ethics is phenomenal. The hours he puts into it from just shooting on his own to all the film study. Look at him on the court, how he guides his team throughout the game. That's steady. That's knowing the offenses, knowing defense you're going against, knowing basically all the chess pieces. That takes hours upon hours upon hours of study.

His preparation is second to none, how he does it. And that's certainly something that anyone can appreciate. The time he puts into it, you just think -- it shows up on the courts. Averages 32 a night. It's not that easy. What he does off the court in preparation is just phenomenal.

Q. How much did you need the Memorial before this to play that way? Obviously you had finished top 10 several times I realize. But even you acknowledge on Sunday you hadn't played as much as you wanted to. How much did that help this week to prepare you?

TIGER WOODS: I played -- unfortunately the Sundays I didn't play well and didn't win, that was kind of how I was playing the rest of the week. A lot of those times I did it was smoke and mirrors and making some putts or hitting a key shot at the right time, get a good bounce. But I hadn't actually put it together that week or for the whole week. Sunday was just a culmination of what I've been doing. I missed -- one of the days, I forgot what it was, hit 13 out of 14 fairways and missed it on 18.

So that was just a culmination, Sunday was a culmination of what I had been doing. It wasn't like I stood out. It was just what I've been doing. The other tournaments, unfortunately that's what I've been doing leading into it but somehow put myself into a position where I could win. Unfortunately, I performed on Sunday like I was performing the first three days.

Q. Does that matter much this week what you impressed in your mind two weeks ago?

TIGER WOODS: It's always nice to play well going into a major championship, no doubt. To get a win always adds to the confidence, and no matter how you win, if you can win this way, ball-striking, hitting it that well, especially going into a U.S. Open, it always makes you feel pretty good.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Charles Pierce's GQ Article Relived

Esquire Magazine recently featured Tiger Woods 1997 GQ article by Rory Sabbatini and Stephen Ames fan - Charles P. Pierce (the P surely stands for one of Steve Williams' favorite adjectives).

An excerpt...

He was rolling now. The women were laughing. They were also still flirting. The clothes were sharp, and the photographer was firing away like the last machine gunner at Passchendaele. And Tiger told jokes. Tiger has not been 21 years old for a month yet, and he tells jokes that most 21-year-olds would tell around the keg in the dormitory late on a Saturday night. He tells jokes that a lot of arrested 45-year-olds will tell at the clubhouse bar as the gin begins to soften Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening.

Of course, we can't give you the whole thing, but if you want to read the entire article, go here

Since the article Chucky's handicap has gone from a +4 to a 35, a sure sign that some higher being is in fact involved.
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Tiger Woods PGA Tour Racks up $500 Million

EA Sports recently shipped the latest iteration in the Tiger Woods series, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010. The game features expanded crowds for more tension on each shot, real-time weather, and on the Wii full support of the new Wii MotionPlus controls. Impressively, the franchise has no produced more than $500 million in sales in the U.S., NPD analyst Anita Frazier has revealed on her Twitter page.

With yesterday's release of the May video game sales data, Frazier noted, "Tiger Woods titles are typically released in August or September. It will be interesting to watch how the title performs when it's not competing at retail with Madden, and with the impact of the Wii MotionPlus for the Wii version. Releasing it during the month when the U.S. Open (and consequently Tiger) is getting air time can't hurt either."

Frazier raises an interesting point. Has EA been cannibalizing sales of Tiger Woods with Madden? After all, a bulk of these sales on sports titles are coming from the slightly more casual consumer that's only going to buy a handful of games all year. As popular as Tiger is, there's no doubt that people will pick football over golf. Putting some more room between the two releases seems like a smart move.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Tiger Woods Lost Commercials

Check out these rare Tiger Woods commercials from Japan in which he raves about Wonda Coffee.




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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tiger Woods Plays Practice Round at Bethpage

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Tiger Woods returned to the Black Course at Bethpage on Monday, tuning up in preparation for his U.S. Open title defense.

Woods made a detour on his way home from winning the Memorial in Ohio a day earlier, playing 18 holes with swing coach Hank Haney.

Newsday reported that several dozen golfers who planned to play at Bethpage State Park’s four other courses spied the world’s No. 1 player and immediately pulled out cell-phone cameras.

Woods planned to return home to Florida later Monday and practice on his home course at Isleworth leading to the Open, which is June 18-21.

Woods won last year’s Open at Torrey Pines in a 19-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate. He won the U.S. Open in 2002, the last time it was held at Bethpage Black, and was the only player to finish under par.

The Black Course has been lengthened to 7,426 yards since. It features graduated rough that should allow players to reach the green instead of hacking out to the fairway.
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Tiger Woods Wins Memorial

By Bob Harig

DUBLIN, Ohio -- While trying to deal with the emotion and commotion of playing with the best player in the game, a thought occurred to Michael Letzig as he fought to keep from getting swallowed in the hysteria Sunday at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Why did anybody ever think something was wrong with Tiger Woods?

Letzig, a second-year PGA Tour pro, had the best time anyone ever had shooting 75 and blowing a wad of cash. He played alongside Woods in the final round of the Memorial Tournament, and had a front-row seat to an amazing show, even for a guy who has now won 67 times on the PGA Tour.

He saw Woods hit all 14 fairways, something the world's No. 1 player had not done in six years and now has accomplished just six times in his PGA Tour career. He saw Woods hit 13 of 18 greens. He watched him somehow gouge a flop shot out of the deep rough that trundled into the hole for an eagle.

And then he watched Woods hit approach shots stiff at the 17th and 18th holes that set up birdies to cap a final-round 65 and a 1-stroke victory over Jim Furyk.

"I tried not to watch him, but it's hard not to," said Letzig, who began the day tied with Woods, 4 shots back, and ended up tied for 14th. "Some of the shots are just unreal. ... He's a lot better than everybody else. It's tough because it's golf to us. The way he plays, the way he hits his irons ... it's unreal."

Woods made seven birdies, an eagle and two bogeys and won for the second time this year since coming back from knee surgery.

But what made this victory so satisfying to Woods was the way he played all week -- despite a second-round 74, his highest score in nearly two years. Woods hit 49 of 56 fairways, matching his best performance ever, which came at the 1998 Masters. For the first time since 2003 at Bay Hill, he hit every fairway in a round.

Tiger Woods hit 49 out of 56 fairways this week at the Memorial. His 87.5 percent of fairways hit ranked second in the field.
You can quibble about more generous fairways, but the fact is Woods had never hit it so straight here or anywhere. And on Sunday, he gave himself perfect angles to the pin, his only bogeys coming at par-3s where he misjudged the wind.

"It was just a matter of time," Woods said. "It came together this week."

Although Woods has said he was fully prepared to return in February at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, in truth he was unable to practice as much as he would have liked. It wasn't until the Masters that he hit balls after a round. It wasn't until the Quail Hollow Championship last month that he did so after even two of the rounds.

"My practice sessions started getting longer at home," he said. "Hit more balls, play more golf, all these things. People don't realize you need to do that. You need to have that ability. You can't just think about your swing and how to be great the next day. I needed to do the reps and do some good practice sessions the past couple of weeks.

"I knew I could do this. It's just a matter of give me a little bit of time. I just came off a pretty extended break, and I was close to winning, but the game wasn't quite there when I really needed it on Sunday. I rectified that."

After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March -- in just his third start back -- Woods had periods of difficulty driving the ball at the Masters, Quail Hollow and the Players Championship, and yet finished sixth, fourth and eighth in those events.

But his indifferent play at all three of those tournaments left him vulnerable to the critics. His game was second-guessed so much that some wondered if his coach, Hank Haney, might have more time to spend with Charles Barkley on their reality TV show. Hearing all the criticism made Haney cringe.

"I heard people on TV say he was lost," said Haney, who arrived for the final round Sunday. "How can anybody say he's lost? It makes no sense. I thought he deserved an opportunity to get himself back feeling good. It was a pretty serious injury [ACL reconstruction] for an athlete. And then you consider how long he was out of competition. This was a huge confidence boost for him."

Other players heard the criticism, too. Letzig couldn't believe it.

"Everybody was saying how bad he drives it," Letzig said. "From what I saw, he drives it perfect."

"I wish you'd all quit [ticking] him off," said Furyk, laughing, after a final-hole birdie left him 1 shot short of Woods. "Wish you'd quit chapping him so much and make him come back and keep proving stuff. Tiger Woods is always Tiger Woods. He can't be 100 percent every week, but I'm sure he answered a lot of questions today."

If you're keeping track, that's two victories in seven starts this year for Woods, who has been among the top 10 in all six of his stroke-play tournaments. He now trails tournament host Jack Nicklaus by six for second place on the all-time PGA Tour victory list.

And, of course, he'll try to put a dent in another hallowed Nicklaus mark, the game's gold standard of 18 major championship victories, when the U.S. Open commences on June 18. Woods won his 14th major in epic fashion a year ago at Torrey Pines, where he played on one leg.

All of that is fixed now, and it appears his game has come around, too.

Woods and Haney were headed to Long Island on Sunday night and were scheduled to get a good look Monday at the Bethpage Black course where Woods won his second U.S. Open in 2002. Then it's back to Orlando, Fla., to prepare more for a tournament at which he will now be an even bigger favorite.

"I suspect that No. 15 will come to Tiger Woods in about two weeks," Nicklaus told the crowd at Sunday evening's awards ceremony. "If he drives the ball this way and plays this way I'm sure it will. If it not, it would surprise me greatly."
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tiger Woods Newsletter June 2009

Here we go, just in from TW

June 2, 2009

By Tiger Woods

I'm looking forward to competing again at the Memorial Tournament. I've been working hard on my game since The Players Championship, although we've had a lot of rain recently in the Orlando area. It rained six inches one day at Isleworth Country Club.

In six starts this year, I've won once and had five Top 10 finishes, which isn't too bad considering how long I was away from the game after my knee surgery. It's just frustrating when you're in position to win and don't get it done. I just need more repetitions.

I recently hosted Tiger Jam XII presented by AT&T in Las Vegas. No Doubt kicked off their first tour in five years - it was an incredible concert, and we were able to raise more than $1 million for my Foundation. I'm very grateful to the donors, sponsors and fans who helped us. Special thanks to Ben Roethlisberger for lending his support as well. I made a purchase during the silent auction: a one-of-a-kind guitar autographed by Bruce Springsteen. I'm a huge fan and saw him play in Australia. I also got to spend some time with three students from our programs - Alma, David and Ramses. They were phenomenal and their stories really helped the crowd get into the spirit of the night.

On a more somber note, Elin and I were saddened to hear that Amy Mickelson has breast cancer. She's such a great person and it's a shame she and her family have to deal with this. Hopefully, the prognosis is good and she can make a fast and full recovery. I called Phil to offer our support. This is a tough time for the Mickelson family and we're all thinking about them.

I was also sorry to hear about the death of former ABC fairway reporter Bob Rosburg. Like me, he attended Stanford University and won a PGA Championship. I just remember him always saying you had no shot. Rossie was very good at his job and in tune with all the players.

On a happier note, it was awesome to hear that Jose Maria Olazabal has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. I always enjoy playing with Ollie, because I learn so much from how he chips and manages his game. He has a phenomenal understanding of how clubs work around the greens with different lies.

In July, I'll be hosting the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club. We have a great field, headed by defending champ Anthony Kim. Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Danny Lee, Sean O'Hair and Nick Watney have also committed, making this year's field pretty strong. The course is in fantastic shape as well, so I'm really looking forward to playing against those guys and hopefully posting a W.

I recently had a chance to meet with President Obama in the White House. I would love to be able to play golf with him and just talk. Maybe one day we can do that. He's got a lot on his plate, but is a very down-to-earth person, especially for someone who is the leader of the free world.

I got a tour of the White House. What I especially enjoyed was learning about its history and details about all the different rooms. It was pretty neat stepping back in time. I also enjoyed talking with the Secret Service agents.

The U.S. Open will be here soon. I'm definitely going to try to go to Bethpage to play and take a look at the course. They've made a few changes since I won there in 2002 and I want to check them out.

I'm really torn about the NBA finals. I grew up a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan, but have season tickets to Orlando Magic games. Hopefully, it will be a great series.

Thanks for reading and I'll talk to you soon.



By Tiger Woods, Golf Digest Playing Editor, Edited By Pete McDaniel and Mark Soltau

What's changed in my swing

More stability means a good move into the ball

My reconstructed left knee enables me to finally make the swing that my instructor, Hank Haney, and I have been working on for years. That's because my legwork is so much better with a knee that doesn't shift all over the place and is pain-free for the first time in 10 years. I'm excited that I can hit shots I couldn't hit before without making compensations in my swing.

This driver sequence, taken the week of my win at Bay Hill, shows my normal setup and backswing as I load up on my right side to the top. On the downswing, my arms are coming down in front of my body; my shoulders are turning forward, and my arms aren't swinging past my turn at all. You can also see that I'm making a lateral move toward the target while transferring my weight to my left leg. This is something I really couldn't do before. I'm able to make this lateral move by shifting my hips forward instead of backing them up through the hit--a habit I'd developed to protect my knee from further injury and, quite frankly, because it hurt like heck sometimes when I didn't. When I would back up, my tendency was to hit the ball to the right. Sometimes I could save the shot with my hands, but it was pretty difficult to do, especially with consistency.

Another difference is, now I can really post up: My left leg stays flexed into impact and straightens in the follow-through. Before, it would straighten well before then. This better leg action allows a natural release and extension down the line.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Tiger Woods and Jack to Play Together

By Michael Buteau


June 2 (Bloomberg) -- Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus will compete against one another in the same group for the first time in nine years thanks to Morgan Stanley’s departure from golf’s Memorial Tournament.

Woods and Nicklaus will participate tomorrow in a nine-hole Skins Game, an event that’s replaced the tournament’s annual pro-am competition at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio.

The pairing of Woods, golf’s No. 1-ranked player, and Nicklaus, the winner of a record 18 major tournaments, is a direct result of Morgan Stanley’s decision not to entertain clients and employees at the annual tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Prior to this year, Morgan Stanley filled all 54 amateur spots in the pre-tournament pro-am event as part of a sponsorship agreement that expires in 2010.

“I’m sure the sponsors will miss it, but to me it’s going to be truly a fun day,” said Kenny Perry, the tournament’s defending champion. Perry and Stewart Cink will complete the foursome with Woods and Nicklaus.

A second foursome will feature Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk and Camilo Villegas.

The last time Nicklaus and Woods competed in the same group against each other was at the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Woods shot 66 in the opening round to share the lead before going on to win the event in a playoff over Bob May.

Nicklaus shot 77 in the first round and said he was simply trying to stay out of Woods’s way. He then shot 71 in the second round to miss the cut by one shot. That was the last tournament round the duo ever played together, although they teamed to win a made-for-television “Battle at Bighorn” match against Sergio Garcia and Lee Trevino in July 2002.

Empty Villa

While the format change for the Memorial Tournament’s pro- am is embraced by players like Perry, it’s made things difficult for Dan Sullivan, the event’s executive director. Sullivan was unable to resell the corporate hospitality venue used by Morgan Stanley in previous years. The use of an on-course villa at Muirfield Village costs $110,500 and has enough space for as many as 300 guests. Because Morgan Stanley is honoring their contract through 2010, the empty villa will have no impact on the tournament’s bottom line, Sullivan said.

“We have a nice, healthy group of companies out here,” he said, declining to name those involved in the tournament.

Pinpointing the names of companies supporting PGA Tour events has become difficult after members of Congress criticized the spending by companies who have received funds as part of the U.S. government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Northern Trust

Morgan Stanley decided against sending company executives to Ohio a day after Northern Trust Corp., which received $1.6 billion in bailout funds, was heavily criticized in February for entertaining clients at a Los Angeles-area PGA Tour stop.

Sullivan disagreed with the criticism golf has received, saying the sport has been “unfairly targeted” by people who “didn’t have all the information.” Those who are “trying to poke holes” at golf sponsorships need to have a better “understanding of what the business model is,” Sullivan said.

While companies like Morgan Stanley still want to be involved in sponsoring golf, Sullivan said they have stepped back because they don’t “necessarily want to be put in the same light” as companies that have been criticized, “not because they don’t think its valuable.”

“For Morgan Stanley not to be here physically isn’t necessarily the end of the world for us,” Sullivan said. “We still have a great relationship with them and will continue to have a good relationship with them.”

In the meantime, Woods and Nicklaus will get to resume building their relationship, something that brought a smile to Perry’s face on the course’s driving range two days before the event.

“I’m playing with Jack and Tiger, which is awesome,” Perry said. “I get to stick the needle in Tiger a little bit and aggravate h
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