Engaging Tiger

By Brian HewittDecember 10, 2003, 5:00 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Cal. - Tiger Woods is spoken for. He is engaged to be married to a 23-year-old Swedish woman named Elin Nordegren.
Tuesday afternoon at a few minutes past noon at the picturesque Sherwood Country Club, Woods showed up wearing a blue sweater, a blue cap and white running shoes. And, for the first time in public, spoke about his pending nuptials. His voice was calm. His eyes were clear. There was a peace about him.
No, he didn't tell us the date of the ceremony. That remains to be determined. And no, he said when asked, he is not 'registered' yet for wedding gifts He did reveal that he received shopping help on the engagement ring from his mother, Kultida.
But the actual act of proposing to the woman who is now his fiance?.....well.....here are Tiger's own words on how excruciating that was:
'The words, 'Will you marry me?' ..... even if you say them perfectly, you can get denied......It's amazing how many things go through your mind.'
How long had Woods been planning to pop the question to Nordegren?
'Months,' he said. 'I've been very lucky to have met the right person for me. You don't want to blow it, or yip it like a two-foot putt.'
Nordegren has learned a lot about golf from Woods and, prior to that, serving an apprenticeship as Jesper Parnevik's nanny. Now Woods will have to study a little more about his wife-to-be's nationality.
'I don't know a whole lot of Swedish,' Woods confessed. 'But I'm learning.'
Then, with an impish grin, he added, 'Elin has taught me all the wrong phrases.'
So now the whole sports world will be watching. Will marriage take the edge off Woods' ferocious focus? Or will Nordegren and the prospect of a family life lessen the distractions? Will he become a better player after marriage the way Jack Nicklaus did?
Hitting balls on the range in the brilliant sunshine Tuesday at Sherwood was Justin Leonard. Woods' tournament, the Target World Challenge presented by Williams, will begin Thursday. Leonard has been married almost two years now. His daughter is two and half months old.
Leonard was asked if he had any advice for Tiger Woods, the man who is spoken for. He paused. Leonard rarely speaks without thinking carefully.
'Elin's been around kids,' Leonard said. 'Tiger can baby-sit for us any time he wants.....as long as he brings Elin around.'
Leonard went back to hitting golf balls and thinking about what to get his daughter for her first Christmas. 'Maybe a portable DVD player,' he said. 'For when we're all together on the road. Or maybe I'll get the tools out and make something with my hands.'
Tiger Woods has a lot to look back on. Now he has even more to look forward to.
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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:

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:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.