Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mark O'Meara on Tiger Woods

Senior Writer,
Posted: February 10, 2010

It seems the media and fans aren't the only ones trying to make sense of the tragedy that has become Tiger Woods' life. Mark O'Meara, one of Woods' closest friends when he joined the Tour in 1996, weighed in on Woods' plight and how the world No. 1 has handled the intense media scrutiny that has descended on him since he ran his SUV into a central Florida fire hydrant.

"I would have handled it differently, myself, personally, but that's who I am. Whether he's handled it right or wrong, only time can decide that," said O'Meara, who added that he hasn't spoken with Woods since last year's British Open in July. "Tiger is being Tiger. You guys have spent a lot of time with him and seen how he is."

O'Meara, who was on a teleconference for the Toshiba Classic media day, also offered his Isleworth neighbor some advice and an invitation.

"I know he wants it to be private, but it's difficult to be private when he's a public figure. That's part of what's happened in our lives. Media is such a big influence. That helps make Tiger a lot of what he is," O'Meara said. "I've tried to contact him a few times, let him know I've been thinking about him and his family. My phone is always on."

And "O," as Woods calls O'Meara, wasn't the only major champion addressing the Woods' predicament on Wednesday. The LPGA's Lorena Ochoa talked to a group of reporters on a national teleconference Wednesday but was limited in her Woods comments.

"I don't have much to say," said Ochoa, who will make her 2010 debut next week in the LPGA season opener in Thailand. "I think for all of us it was a big surprise and a disappointment in many ways, but hopefully he is taking care of his problems and will be back soon. I don't have anything else to say."


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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Johnny MIller on Tiger Woods

RANDALL MELL, Senior Writer,
Posted 02/06/2010, 5:07 PM EST

NBC-TV analyst Johnny Miller weighed in on Tiger Woods during the Northern Trust Open telecast Saturday afternoon.

If you missed it, Miller said he normally reserves his comments on players to what’s happening when they arrive for a tournament, but he offered this on Woods:

“His integrity’s been shattered,” Miller said. “More importantly, he’s injured his marriage and his family and it’s going to be tough for him. President Obama did say something. He said `I’m a strong believer that anybody can look within himself, find their flaws and fix them.’ I hope Tiger, I’m sure he’s heard that, knows he has a heck of a road to hoe to get that respect and integrity back and build the game back up again.”

On the challenge Woods faces in a return, Miller said he is going to have to address some personal issues publicly. Miller referenced media reports that Woods has visited a sexual rehabilitation clinic in Mississippi.

“As Phil Mickelson said, he has got things more important than the game of golf," Miller said. "But I really believe he’s the kind of guy, he’s a fast starter when he takes a lot of time off. He’s been injured before, he’s had his father’s death he’s had to deal with. He’ll come back strong. He has so much talent and so much game, but he’s going to have to go through a lot of media blitz. He’s become almost bigger than the game of golf. He’s come past that, it’s almost Entertainment Tonight and People Magazine. Everybody’s going to want to know what he does, what he’s thinking, what he’s been through. He’s been at Gentle Path there in Mississippi. They are going to want to know all these things, but he’s going to have to face the music. He’s going to have to show people he’s done everything he can to repair his marriage and [show] some genuine sorrow in his voice and feeling from his heart that he wants to change and make his life better.”

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Tiger Woods Leaving Rehab By End Of Week; Wife Picking Him Up |

Friday, January 29, 2010

John Daly Quits

Golf Channel caught up with an emotional John Daly following a missed cut Friday at the Farmers Insurance Open and golf's lightning rod said that he's finished with golf.

"I'm done," Daly told Golf Channel following rounds of 79-71. "I can't compete. I can't play like I use too. I can't keep taking spots from guys out here playing this bad. It's not worth it.

"I'm tired of embarassing myself in front of (my fans). I can't do it anymore."

The announcement comes after his second missed cut of the season. He missed making it to the weekend at the Sony Open in Hawaii two weeks ago.

After serving a suspension for the first half of the season in 2009, Daly played in six PGA Tour events, missing the cut twice and withdrawing from another. His best finish last season was a T-27 at the Open Championship at Turnberry.

Daly's latest television series, "Being John Daly" premieres March 2 on Golf Channel.


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Tom Watson Turns on Tiger Woods

RANDALL MELL, Senior Writer,
Posted 01/28/2010, 9:18 PM EST

Tom Watson has not been shy about praising the skills of Tiger Woods over the years, but he expressed concern in a television interview aired Thursday about how Woods’ bad behavior is affecting the game.

"It’s bad for our game," Watson said of the Woods' sex scandal in an interview with KSHB-TV, a Kansas City NBC affiliate. "It's something he needs to get control of and a handle on and make some amends and show some humility to the public when he comes back."

Watson said some of Woods' questionable behavior on the course can't be ignored, either.

"His swearing and his club throwing, that should end," Watson said. "That's not part of what we want to project as far as the professional golf tour is concerned."

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bookie cuts odds on Tiger Woods playing at Masters

By Associated Press
Posted: January 27, 2010
LONDON – British bookmaker William Hill has cut the odds on Tiger Woods playing at the Masters.

The world’s No. 1 golfer is taking an indefinite break from the game since a November car crash outside his home in Florida and reports of marital infidelity. Shortly after the crash, William Hill was giving 4-6 odds that Woods would be back in time for the Masters in April. On Wednesday, the company cut the odds to 1-4.

"We’ve only taken money on the one side that he will be playing there, so that’s why we shortened it right up," William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said. "Everybody who’s had a bet seems absolutely certain that he’ll make it to Augusta."

Adams said they have taken 224 bets and 217 of them are that Woods will be playing at Augusta National. At 1-4 odds, a $4 bet returns $5; at 4-6 odds, a $6 bet returns $10.

Adams said the bets have come from all over the world, with at least one coming from Dubai via the Internet.

Although Woods has not spoken publicly since the Nov. 27 crash, a celebrity Web site reported last week that he was at a sex addiction clinic in Mississippi. Other reports say Woods and his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren, who have two children, were trying to work things out.

"Within the British press there’s a suggestion that Elin has been to see him for a week. Apparently they are getting along quite well, or rather better," Adams said. "Therefore, obviously if on the private side things start perking up, then what better rehabilitation to him than getting on the golf course."

Woods has won the Masters four times. Adams said it’s the “perfect” tournament for Woods to make his return.

"In terms of security and everything else like that, the Masters is perhaps the perfect place. Not just any old chap can get there. The crowds are pretty quiet," Adams said. "They aren’t the sort who are going to start giving him a bit of the old leg-pulling halfway through.

"I really can see why everyone’s backing it."

William Hill is also offering 5-2 odds that Woods will win this year’s Masters, making him the favorite. But bettors will get their stake back if the American doesn’t play. Phil Mickelson is the second favorite at 11-2.

“He’s the favorite for every tournament he plays in,” Adams said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Woods has won 14 major titles, and he needs four more to equal Jack Nicklaus' record of 18.

William Hill is offering 33-1 odds that Woods will win all four majors in 2010, 16-1 odds that he will win three, 4-1 for two and 11-8 for one. Bettors can also get 5-4 odds that Woods will not win any of the majors, but he has to play in all four for the bets to be valid.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Phil Speaks About Tiger Woods


Mickelson raring to go, hopes Woods absence is short (AFP) – 5 hours ago SAN DIEGO, California — Phil Mickelson says golf needs Tiger Woods to come back, but while the embattled world number one takes a break Mickelson is primed for "one of the best years of my career." Mickelson opens his 2010 season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. The event will be without Woods, who is taking an "indefinite break" in the wake of revelations of marital infidelity. Mickelson, who hadn't previously addressed the tabloid frenzy over Woods' personal life publicly, was reluctant to say much, but he did say the game needed its superstar. "The game of golf needs him to come back.

I mean, it's important for him to come back and be a part of the sport," Mickelson said. "But right now he's got a lot more important things going on in his life. Amy and I are good friends with both Tiger and Elin, and we care deeply about how this turns out. But I'm going to choose not to talk about it publicly anymore, and I appreciate your understanding on that." In the meantime, Mickelson himself is eager to pick up where he left off last year, which he finished playing some of the best golf of his career. Mickelson ended 2009 playing some of the best golf of his career. He held off Ernie Els and outplayed Woods to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in November. Earlier in the autumn he had won the USPGA's Tour Championship and helped America claim the Presidents Cup.

"I'm anxious and excited to start the year for the reasons that first of all, I feel ready, but second, at the end of last year I felt like things were starting to really come together," Mickelson said. "Taking some weaknesses and turning them into that strength gives me the confidence or the belief that this could be an exceptional year." Mickelson, who lives nearby and grew up playing at Torrey Pines, is a three-time winner of this event, but his last victory came in 2001. He said that after playing Torrey Pines often as a youth, it took him some years to get to grips with course changes, and he was looking forward to a solid start to the season here. "I'm expecting to have a good week because it's a golf course that I love but also because my game is feeling much sharper starting the season than it has been," he said. And Mickelson believes this week is just the beginning of what could be a special season. "Well, my whole career I've been trying to get to number one," Mickelson said, "I just haven't had much success. "But this year, whether or not Tiger is in the field, I still believe that this is an opportunity for me to compete in majors, to challenge him. I've had some great head-to-head success in the last year or two, and I expect this year, with or without him, to be one of the best years of my career."

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