Reactions to Tiger Woods saga

By Associated PressDecember 3, 2009, 6:06 am

“The best thing you can do is manage it the best way that you can. You can’t mirror anybody else’s image. You can’t mirror Mike (Jordan) or Magic (Johnson) or Tiger or Peyton (Manning). You just have to do it and figure out what works for you and go from there.” – Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James on handling fame.

“Everyone needs to find their own way and find their own happiness. … Obviously, everybody in this room has some degree of notoriety and you have to understand what comes along with that and try to make the best decisions you can.” – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“What a man does in his personal life has nothing to do with his athletic ability. We’re all not perfect. Nobody’s built perfect. For us to judge on anyone what they’re doing in their own private life, it’s a private matter. To see it all aired on ESPN, it’s kind of tragic to me. It takes away what a great golf player he is.” – Steelers receiver Hines Ward.

“With that celebrity status there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that. You have to carry yourself as a professional and be mature when you’re on or off the field. That’s a message for anybody getting into the limelight from high school to college and then getting on into the pros. Those are the types of things that we have workshops about … to carry yourself as a professional. Anytime you go out on the town or out and about, things are going to happen, but you have to be smart about it.” – Buffalo Bills receiver Terrell Owens.

“I think there’s always temptations out there when you’re in this business, in this world, when people know who you are. As long as I’ve been around and in this situation you know what’s out there. You know what goes on. You know sometimes that the sky’s the limit as far as what you can take advantage of or what you want in that regard.” – Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

“It’s crazy. (My wife) and the kids went down Monday after the game, and they said there’s paparazzi everywhere at the gates. Helicopters overhead all day. My wife is a blonde and wears sunglasses in Florida so every time she comes out of the gate they’re snapping pictures. It’s a different thing than we’ve ever faced down there. It’s certainly a new wrinkle to it.” – Minnesota Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell, who lives in same gated community as Woods.

“We made ourselves too accessible to you. It backfires on the athlete. We don’t get to write a story about y’all. An athlete makes a mistake, everybody wants to write about it. It’s a one-way street, like it has always been.” –  Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter on athletes always in the public eye.

“I think there’s more talk about it because people assume athletes have the opportunity and the access. But business people travel just as much as sports people. In the hotels where we’re staying, there’s always a convention, some type of meeting.” – Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm