Tiger Woods Game on upswing despite rough start

By Associated PressFebruary 9, 2011, 6:37 pm

2009 European Tour

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Tiger Woods insists his game is coming together and it’s just a matter of time before he wins his first tournament in more than a year.

Appearing relaxed and upbeat at the Dubai Desert Classic, the third-ranked Woods said Wednesday his game “was progressing” and he took away positives regarding his overhauled swing from finishing in a tie for 44th in his season-opener at San Diego two weeks ago.

“I still feel I can win golf tournaments,” said Woods, who has won 14 majors among 82 titles around the world. “I’m not that old. I figure I’ve got some years ahead of me.

“I don’t always win. I’ve certainly lost a lot more tournaments than I’ve won. But it’s the goal every week you tee up and that doesn’t change,” he said.

Woods’ result at Torrey Pines was his worst to start a season since he turned professional. Last year, his marriage ended following a string of extramarital affairs and he lost the No. 1 ranking to Lee Westwood in October.

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Tiger Woods has the chance to move up a spot in the World Rankings this week at the Dubai Desert Classic (Getty Images).

Woods said he wasn’t going to return to the top soon because of the “complete overhaul” he’s made to the movement and philosophy of his swing with the help of his coach, Sean Foley.

“Obviously I still have to pay attention to the short game and my techniques there, all the different shots, as well as the putting stroke,” Woods said. “It’s progressing. I’m putting pieces together and working on the same things.

“Sean and I, we are sticking with the game plan and just trying to get better each and every week,” he added. “Good things happened in the last event I played in, and it’s nice to have some things that showed up that I had not had in practice. So we were able to identify that, work on it and I feel a lot more comfortable coming into this week.”

Woods acknowledged his struggles have been “frustrating” but he takes some solace from the fact that he has been through similar slumps before, especially from 1997-99 when he won only one tournament.

“Certainly it was frustrating that I didn’t perform the way I know I could,” he said of Torrey Pines. “But … I’ve been here before. It takes time. I went through, as I said, a two-year period where I didn’t do anything and a year-and-a-half period where I didn’t do anything … You don’t make changes and just start winning a bunch of golf tournaments.”

This week, Woods is grouped with Westwood and No. 2 Martin Kaymer on Thursday and Friday, the first time the world’s top three golfers are playing in a regular European Tour event in 17 years.

“It’s fun,” he said. “The last time I played in a pairing like this was the U.S. Open in 2008, the top three guys and we had a lot of fun. It was fun competing and playing in the group. I think tomorrow will be the same.”

Along with the sight of the top three playing together, there is much at stake this weekend which is not only exciting fans but many of the golfers as well.

Westwood could lose the top spot if Kaymer wins and he finishes lower than second, and if Kaymer finishes second and Westwood is out of the top 10. If Kaymer is tied for second, he could still become No. 1 if Westwood finishes out of the top 36.

Woods could jump ahead of Kaymer if he wins and the German finishes outside the top five.

“It feels different because you’ve got the best three players in the world here this week,” said seventh-ranked Rory McIlory, who is also playing in Dubai. “Plenty of points up for grabs and plenty to play for. Westwood could be No. 1, Kaymer could be No. 1. Not sure if Tiger could quite get to No. 1 with a win. It’s great.”

Woods won in Dubai in 2006 and 2008 but did not play here last year. He played in a pro-am on Wednesday.

“They (the greens) are running very true,” said Woods, who lagged behind on several holes Wednesday to practice his putting and chipping.

“We’ll see what happens as the tournament progresses, see if they dry out or not because they have the potential of being pretty firm,” he said. “You know, today, this morning, it was pretty soft … I suspect if you get any kind of wind or warm weather, it will dry them out and it will be a really good test come this weekend.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.