Haney Updates Tigers Progress

By Brian HewittMay 28, 2008, 4:00 pm
Tuesday we heard details from Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus on why Woods isn't playing at The Memorial this week. Now comes word from Hank Haney, Tiger's golf eyes, on what we can expect from Woods at the U.S. Open in two weeks.
First of all, Haney reports all those rumors that Woods is making changes are just that rumors.
As for the notion that somehow Tiger will need to adjust his swing or strategy in order to compensate for his knee, Haney said. That hasn't been considered. I don't see how the rough will be an issue. He didn't have a wrist injury.'
Haney spent much of this past weekend working with Woods and, Haney reported, 'Tiger hit the ball as good as I have ever seen him hit it with all his clubs. Tiger is an amazing individual and he feels good about his chances at Torrey Pines.'
In other words, when it comes to Tiger, Never say Never.
If Woods didnt convince you in his Tuesday press conference that he will be in the field at the U.S. Open June 12-15 ' and if its been making you a little crazy wondering if his recently-repaired left knee will be ready for the rigors of Torrey Pines South ' heres more encouragement:
It is important to note that Woods will have longer to decide whether or not he is ready for the U.S. Open. Actually, hell have six more days, a USGA official said earlier this week.
The official was referring to the fact that, unlike PGA TOUR events when players must commit to an event the Friday before it begins, Woods can wait all the way up to his first round tee time.
In other words, Woods can show up at Torrey Pines whenever he wants to on the week of the championship. There are no pro-am obligations. And Woods, because he already has qualified to play in the event he won in 2000 and 2002, is effectively committed to play.
We would hope if he decides in advance that he wasnt going to play, he would let us know, said the official. But, the official confirmed, absent a withdrawal announcement by Woods, he wouldnt be out of the event until he missed his Thursday tee time.
Then there were these selected Tiger bits from the media day promoting Tigers own tournament'the AT&T National June 30-Aug.6 (Click for full interview transcript):
  • ITCHING: I miss mixing it up with the boys. Thats what I love to do.
  • KNEE PAIN: Its more stiffness than anything.
  • THE LAYOFF: Itd be nice to have a feel going into any tournament. But Ive been down this road before.
  • CURRENT GOLF ENDURANCE: Its a feel thing. Some days its not very long. Some days its all day.
  • FAVORITE: Favored or not favored doesnt really matter.
  • CONCLUSION: It (the recovery) has been slow. Its been cautious. Its been boring. The legs starting to get strength.
    Freshly-minted PLAYERS champion Sergio Garcia, speaking from Ohio where hes playing in Jack Nicklaus Memorial this week, had this to say about Woods and what his presence means to the U.S. Open:
    Tiger is always a big boost for the tournament and the players. We know that it makes it tougher for us to win the event, but it also drives us to play harder to become a better player. So we hope that he recovers and makes it to Torrey Pines. He just needs to make sure he doesnt make too many moves so that he doesnt screw up his other knee.
    Meanwhile, back in the world of golf that doesnt have anything to do with Tiger Woods, heres an update on The Jumper:
    You remember him as the enthusiastic fan who jumped into the lake adjacent to the 18th green moments after Phil Mickelson birdied the 72nd hole to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Sunday.
    It was a terrific cannonball dive. And tournament director Peter Ripa reports the guy was allowed to climb out and leave the grounds without being prosecuted.
    But Ripa said he didnt know the jumpers name and wouldnt release it if he did. We dont want to encourage people looking for a little free publicity in the future, Ripa said.
    Ripa said the area to the left of the 18th green is normally roped off because it bumps up against the left side of the 10th hole. But it has been the tournaments policy in the past to allow spectators to gather in that area once the last group has gone through No. 10.
    Thanks to The Jumper, Ripa said, officials may have to consider closing that area off late Sunday or providing security to discourage more people from taking the plunge.
    It was bizarre, Ripa said. Im not sure whats in that lake. I dont know what would motivate anybody to jump in.
    One possibility is that classes at TCU'located just blocks from Colonial'had ended just days earlier.
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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.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    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.

    Playing with the pros

    Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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    Rory faces criticism

    Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

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    President at the Presidents Cup

    Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

    Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

    Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

    Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

    Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

    Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

    Cart on the green

    Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

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

    Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

    Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

    Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

    Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

    Trump golf properties


    Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

    Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


    Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

    Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

    Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

    Reportedly fake TIME covers

    Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

    Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

    Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

    Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

    Pros comment on the president

    Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 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.