Ball Doesnt Bounce Tigers Way

By Associated PressApril 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods looked stunned as the ball sped past the hole toward the edge of the 13th green. A collective gasp came from the crowd as the ball kept going, going, going, finally trickling down a hill into a creek in front of the green.
 
Incredibly, the best player of his time had just putted - yes, putted - a ball into the water.
 
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods had problems all over the course on Thursday.
Just four holes into a Masters he came into brimming with confidence, Woods had committed one of golf's ultimate sins. What began as a putt for eagle ended with a nice 2-putt just to save a bogey. Still to be determined is whether it will cost Woods the chance to snap a major championship drought that's lasted nearly three years.
 
Things didn't get any better on a day when Woods tossed clubs, kicked his bag, and watched one of his shots hit a pin and go into a bunker before darkness halted his struggles after only 12 holes.
 
And just for good measure, Woods had to sit through a review by Masters officials over whether he was standing astride the hole while tapping in a putt on the 14th hole. After looking at video, officials ruled there was no violation.
 
Woods finished the day 2-over through 12 holes, already six shots off the lead. And that was just two days after telling the media his game was peaking.
 
'I know my ball striking is there,' Woods said.
 
Whether he felt the same after a gloomy day on rain-soaked Augusta National wasn't known. After being driven in from the course when play was suspended by darkness, Woods declined comment and quickly drove off with a rules official.
 
Whatever he was thinking couldn't have been good.
 
Woods not only putted a ball in the water, he also duck-hooked a drive into a tree on No. 2 and then sprayed his next shot into the trees all the way on the other side of the fairway.
 
Disgusted with himself, Woods kicked at his bag as he walked up to the ball in the woods. He then hit his next shot into a greenside bunker and had to hole a 25-footer for par.
 
And even when Woods hit it good, bad things happened.
 
His wedge on the first hole hit the pin, only to kick back and roll into the front bunker. What likely would have been a birdie turned into a bogey, further dampening his mood.
 
And he didn't get much sympathy from one of his competitors.
 
'He's had a few good breaks over his career,' Chris DiMarco said. 'It's golf. It's just the way it is.'
 
Woods had to start on the back nine when thunderstorms forced Masters officials to juggle tee times. He was 1-over after three holes when he came to the 13th, which traditionally ranks as one of the easiest holes on the course.
 
Woods reached the green of the par-5 with a tough shot out of the pines, but his ball bounded some 70 feet past the pin tucked in front. He lined up his eagle putt, gave it a rap with his putter and watched as it raced past the hole, picked up speed and rolled off the green.
 
Woods was walking toward the hole when the ball disappeared, going down the hill and rolling into the water. He took his cap off in disbelief as his caddie, Steve Williams, ran for the bag he had left on the next tee in case his boss wanted to try to wedge it out of Rae's Creek.
 
Instead, Woods called over a rules official and placed another ball where his had originally been. Then he putted again, this time for par. That putt ended up about a foot from the hole, and Woods tapped in for bogey.
 
Woods will return to the fourth hole Friday to complete his round on a nine that doesn't offer as many birdie possibilities as the back. While only 24 players finished, Woods is in an 11-way tie for 36th, meaning a lot of players are already between him and the lead.
 
Woods, who won here in record fashion in 1997 and had three green jackets by the time he was 26, has not won a major championship in his last 10 tries.
 
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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:

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    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: