Baby talk Pondering Tigers fatherhood and his return

By Associated PressFebruary 10, 2009, 5:00 pm
The uncertainty facing Tiger Woods at the start of the year is almost cleared up.
 
He is practicing at full strength with no restrictions, and playing golf at his home course in Florida. He became a father again when his wife gave birth to a boy on Sunday ' Charlie Axel Woods.
 
The only thing left is when he returns to the PGA Tour.
 
The first possibility is the Accenture Match Play Championship, where he is the defending champion, which starts Feb. 25.
 
I dont know what this affects, tournament director Wade Dunagan said Monday afternoon. Were hopeful hell make the Accenture Match Play Championship his first event back. The truth is, I dont know where we stand with that. Its one less obstacle, but he may want to stay home for another week now that the baby is born.
 
The CA Championship held its media day Monday across the country at Doral, where Woods is a three-time winner. That World Golf Championship starts two weeks after the Accenture, on March 12. Tournament director Eddie Carbone had answers to every question, except whether his All-Star field would include the biggest star in golf.
 
The tournament showed some of its public service announcements that will run in the Miami area, featuring the likes of Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Camilo Villegas. Woods was not in any of them.
 
For the moment, Woods has other priorities.
 
Elin and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Charlie Axel Woods, Woods wrote in a short statement on his Web site. Both Charlie and Elin are doing great and we want to thank everyone for their sincere best wishes and kind thoughts. Sam is very excited to be a big sister and we feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful family.
 
Sam Alexis was born on the Monday after the 2007 U.S. Open, and Woods did not play for three weeks, even skipping a title defense the week before he returned at the Buick Open.
 
But he is not new to fatherhood any more. And even with a son, if Woods follows his own fathers routine, it still will be another six months before he puts Charlie in a high chair to watch him swing a golf club.
 
We look forward to introducing Charlie to you at the appropriate time, Woods wrote.
 
Woods likely wont be available to comment until he shows up at a tournament, so the significance of his sons name was not clear. His daughters name'Sam'was the pet name that Earl Woods called a young Tiger.
 
Woods has great respect for Charlie Sifford, the first black to become a PGA Tour member; Sifford playfully refers to Woods as my grandson. Axel is a Swedish name that means father of peace, according to the Web site birthcare.com (his wife is Swedish).
 
But the big question remains the left knee.
 
Im full-bore with my practice sessions and have no restrictions, Woods said in a newsletter last week. Its just a matter of getting my golf endurance up. I dont have my golf stamina back yet.
 
The date of birth is significant only because Woods always to seems to celebrate on Sunday of the Buick Invitational, where he was the four-time defending champion.
 
Woods also won the U.S. Open last summer at Torrey Pines for his 14th career major, but that was the last time anyone saw him play. He had reconstructive surgery on his left knee a week later, ending his season.
 
Since then, Padraig Harrington won two majors, the Americans won the Ryder Cup, Woods wife became pregnant, the economy went in the tank, Barack Obama was elected president and the Arizona Cardinals reached the Super Bowl.
 
Woods said last week that his return depends largely on the birth of his child, which takes precedent over anything I do golf-wise.
 
But I must admit, I am also excited about returning to competition, he said. Early on, I didnt miss golf because I enjoyed staying home with Elin and Sam and I knew I wasnt physically able to play. The truth is, I would have embarrassed myself. Now, Im getting my feel and practice back. Its just a matter of playing more on the course.
 
Now, its a matter of which course.
 
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  • Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    David Feherty:

    Jack Nicklaus:

    GC Tiger Tracker:

    Steve Stricker:

    Golf Channel:

    Frank Nobilo:

    Ian Poulter:

    Tyrone Van Aswegen:

    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

    Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

    By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

    Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

    Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

    “Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

    Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

    “When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

    Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

    “Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

    In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

    “Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

    Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

    “The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

    Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

    “Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

    Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

    Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

    LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

    Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

    Christina Kim:

    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

    LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee: