Reading and Writing
Ann from North Carolina writes: I am a HUGE TIGER FAN..Your analysis of Tiger and his game is extremely thoughtful on your part and quite well written.
Response: They like me. They really like me.
Karl writes: You can enjoy and praise Woods all you want.I for one have seen him up close every year at the Mercedes and find a whole lot left to be desired. I agree that his ball striking is amazinghowever his outburst (sic) and total disgust of fans coupled with his sucking up to the media is something I will not misstherefore I will tune out the coming year once again.
Response: I missed the part where Tiger sucks up to the media.
Richard from San Diego writes: Tiger is killing more weeks than Jack did in the 70s. The only chance the golf fans have for any type of life in the next decade is if he plays less and less. The internet is just slightly more demonic than golf is when Tiger is playing. Its addicting to all of us. The only chance we have out here is if the powers to be force them to play under the lights.
Response: He hits it so high. If Tiger played under the lights, wed never see the golf ball. Kind of like watching hockey on TV. Lots of people say you never see the puck.
Frederick writes: Tiger has the competitive desire in each and every tournament and appears even more so at the majors.
Response: Ya think?
Carolyn writes: I think you are right on about Tiger!!! Win, loose (sic) or draw there is not another player at this time to compare to the excitement Tiger produces on the golf course!!! I hope he breaks all the records possible and maybe that will inspire another to do the same.
Response: Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan are the two athletes, in my lifetime, about whom I find it most difficult to imagine any future athletes matching.
Bill writes: I see Tiger almost leaving golf at about 40 after he has broken all the records and working more closely with his foundationwe are very lucky to have himand he will do bigger things
Response: We are very lucky to have him. He is very lucky to have us.
Joel from Iowa writes: How about focusing on the competitiveness and mental toughness the rest of the Tour is required to have to face off with Tiger?
Response: As Jethro Bodine once said on The Beverly Hillbillies when asked about thinking by Uncle Jed: It hurts..Think about it.
Larry writes: How can Mickelsons sponsors (Ford, Bearing Point, Callaway), who pay him millions, allow him to not play in the Tour Championship'an elite field with maximum exposure? It should be in their sponsorship contract. Doesnt say much for their business sense!
Response: Cant help but think of the line about blaming the Johnstown Flood on a leaky faucet in Altoona.
Christian writes: But, sadly, the Tour needs Tiger to be at the top of the leaderboard every Sunday.
Response: The Tour would gladly settle for Woods on the first page of the leaderboard every Sunday.
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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:
|T20||Charles Howell III||-14||$57,754|
|T36||Tyrone Van Aswegen||-12||$27,189|
|T69||Billy Hurley III||-6||$11,623|
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...
Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).
Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.
It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard
On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...
There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.
He sure looks like the real deal, though.
His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.
Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.
He picked up one more No. 2, too.
The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.
In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.
Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.
“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.
He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.
His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.
“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.
Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.