More Tiger Prose and Cons

By Brian HewittApril 4, 2008, 4:00 pm
The Comebacker, despite what you might think, is more than just a wisecracker. The Comebacker reads all the e-mails that arrive. And The Comebacker understands his responsibility to reflect, in his choices for this space, the tenor of the volume of those cyber missives.
Which means, in this case, mostly more reactions'and reactions to the reactions'of Tiger Woods burst of billingsgate at Doral last month when a photographers motor drive went off in his backswing.
Without further ado:
Sam writes: As far as Tiger is concerned, I do not blame him for going off about photographers snapping pictures when he is about to swing or is in the process of swinging. This is another problem that Tim Finchem must and should address. Further, I am a HUGE Tiger fan and I actually pray that he wins every tournament he enters. I just hope I'm around when he breaks Jack's record of 18 majors.
The Comebacker Am thinking that if Finchem is fining Woods for these outbursts'the TOURs policy is to not announce fines'its going to take some pretty large assessments to dent Tigers bank account.

George writes: I think Tiger has to address his on-air profanity by either controlling it or substituting other not so vulgar or offensive words...I play with a pretty decent golfer who loudly says an exaggerated HAHA whenever he has an extreme mishit, and we all know what he means, but no one has to look for young children to cover their ears!
The Comebacker
Golly, I hadnt thought about that.

Bill writes: I have children who watch golf with me and I do not let them watch when Tiger is playing because of his cursing. You dont have to be a lip reader to know what he is saying. I wonder that God does not slap him down using his name in vain like he does. Its gotten to the point where I dont watch when he is playing. Thank God he does not play every week.
The ComebackerGotta defend Tiger a little bit here. Hes not the only one (Google Bubba Watson) letting an expletive fly every now and then. Seems to me hes otherwise a pretty strong role model for the kids.

Vinny writes: Tiger is the reason for golf's popularity today, and yes he should be outspoken, and yes he is usually correct, and yes its Okay with me if gets angry for the right cause.
The Comebacker
So many causes. So little time.

Stephen writes:Kudos to Tiger for the salty language we all use when some nimrod screws up our rhythm, timing, or enjoyment on the course. In my opinion, it makes him more normal as a golfer. I'd rather hear that than some professional who is so image conscious that even in a fit of anger he doesn't show how he really feels.
The ComebackerHogan never really showed how he felt. And he wasnt terribly image conscious'unless the image was of his swing.

Carl writes: My question is, is shooting 59 a curse? I ask this question because of the following: David Duval shot 59 and then what happened to his career? Chip Beck shot 59 and then what happened to his career? Annika shot 59 and then what happened to her career? Al Geiberger shot 59. I would have to back and look up how successful he was after that! Any thoughts?
The Comebacker Nobody has ever shot 59 in competition on the European Tour. Maybe thats why they always beat us in the Ryder Cup.

Roger writes: I understand that the pros are playing on a razor's edge, where the difference of winning and placing is very small. However they are pros, and should have a bit more ability to concentrate. In my sport, archery, people tell jokes while you are on the shooting line, and if you can not focus on your shot, that's your limitation. Didn't I hear someone cut loose with a nail gun on one rain delayed Monday? Was the roofer banned from building golf course housing for this? Tongue is in cheek, but not far from a cat-call.
The Comebacker
I hate it when the nail gun goes off in my backswing.

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    Koepka (wrist) likely out until the Masters

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 9:08 pm

    Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is expected to miss at least the next two months because of a torn tendon in his left wrist.

    Koepka, who suffered a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU), is hoping to return in time for the Masters.

    In a statement released by his management company, Koepka said that doctors are unsure when the injury occurred but that he first felt discomfort at the Hero World Challenge, where he finished last in the 18-man event. Playing through pain, he also finished last at the Tournament of Champions, after which he underwent a second MRI that revealed the tear.

    Koepka is expected to miss the next eight to 12 weeks.

    “I am frustrated that I will now not be able to play my intended schedule,” Koepka said. “But I am confident in my doctors and in the treatment they have prescribed, and I look forward to teeing it up at the Masters. … I look forward to a quick and successful recovery.”

    Prior to the injury, Koepka won the Dunlop Phoenix and cracked the top 10 in the world ranking. 

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    Cut Line: Color Rory unafraid of the Ryder Cup

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 19, 2018, 7:09 pm

    In this week’s edition, Rory McIlroy gets things rolling with some early Ryder Cup banter, Dustin Johnson changes his tune on a possible golf ball roll-back, and the PGA Tour rolls ahead with integrity training.

    Made Cut

    Paris or bust. Rory McIlroy, who made his 2018 debut this week on the European Tour, can be one of the game’s most affable athletes. He can also be pointed, particularly when discussing the Ryder Cup.

    Asked this week in Abu Dhabi about the U.S. team, which won the last Ryder Cup and appears to be rejuvenated by a collection of new players, McIlroy didn’t disappoint.

    “If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

    McIlroy has come by his confidence honestly, having won three of the four Ryder Cups he’s played, so it’s understandable if he doesn't feel like an underdog heaidng to Paris.

    “The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that,” he said. “The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

    September can’t get here quick enough.

    Mr. Spieth goes to Ponte Vedra Beach. The Tour announced this year’s player advisory council, the 16-member group that works with the circuit’s policy board to govern.

    There were no real surprises to the PAC, but news that Jordan Spieth had been selected to run for council chair is interesting. Spieth, who is running against Billy Hurley III and would ascend to the policy board next year if he wins the election, served on the PAC last year and would make a fine addition to the policy board, but it is somewhat out of character for a marquee player.

    In recent years, top players like Spieth have largely avoided the distractions that come with the PAC and policy board. Of course, we’ve also learned in recent years that Spieth is not your typical superstar.

    Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

    On second thought. In December at the Hero World Challenge, Dustin Johnson was asked about a possible golf ball roll-back, which has become an increasingly popular notion in recent years.

    “I don't mind seeing every other professional sport. They play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball,” he said in the Bahamas. “I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage.”

    The world No. 1 appeared to dial back that take this week in Abu Dhabi, telling BBC Sport, “It's not like we are dominating golf courses. When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy?”

    Maybe it didn’t feel that way, but DJ’s eight-stroke romp two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions certainly looked pretty easy.

    Long odds. I had a chance to watch the Tour’s 15-minute integrity training video that players have been required view and came away with a mixture of confusion and concern.

    The majority of the video, which includes a Q&A element, focuses on how to avoid match fixing. Although the circuit has made it clear there is no indication of current match fixing, it’s obviously something to keep an eye on.

    The other element that’s worth pointing out is that although the Tour may be taking the new program seriously, some players are not.

    “My agent watched [the training video] for me,” said one Tour pro last week at the Sony Open.

    Missed Cut

    Groundhog Day. To be fair, no one expected Patton Kizzire and James Hahn to need six playoff holes to decide last week’s Sony Open, but the episode does show why variety is the spice of life.

    After finishing 72 holes tied at 17 under, Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole again and again and again and again. In total, the duo played the par-5 closing hole at Waialae Country Club five times (including in regulation play) on Sunday.

    It’s worth noting that the playoff finally ended with Kizzire’s par at the sixth extra hole, which was the par-3 17th. Waialae’s 18th is a fine golf hole, but in this case familiarity really did breed contempt.

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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 

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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.”