Frustration, uncertainty fill Tiger's news conference

By Mercer BaggsDecember 1, 2015, 8:36 pm

NASSAU, Bahamas – Sad. Depressing, really.

There he was, looking like a player. White hat, blue shirt, gray slacks. Sweat beading down his face. He looked good. He looked strong.

But, man, did he sound down.

Tiger Woods’ news conference Tuesday at the Hero World Challenge, the event which benefits his foundation, was wrought with frustration and uncertainty.

He sat before the assembled media, not as a competitor, but as a tournament host. Not as the player who has won 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour events, but as a man just wanting to be healthy again. Someone not focused on winning and records and superlatives. Just normalcy.

When will he return from his third back surgery? “There is no timetable,” he said.

Have you started rehab? “No,” he said.

What is your functionality? “I walk. I walk and I walk some more,” he said.

What do you do during the day? “I am really good at playing video games, really good. I swear, that’s basically how I pass a lot of my time,” he said.


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How do you feel? “Depends on when you ask me, what time of day that is,” he said.

Dang.

There was one question, where a reporter asked Woods if he never wins another tournament will he be at peace with his career.

“I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy,” he said.

“For my 20 years out here I think I’ve achieved a lot, and if that’s all it entails, then I’ve had a pretty good run. But I’m hoping that’s not it.”

Hope is a good thing. But that news conference did not inspire. You wanted to hear: “I’ll be back by the Masters.” Or, “Things are going well, I’m progressing.” Or, some sense of optimism.

It wasn’t there. Just that frustration and uncertainty. The most dominant player of all time, the greatest of his generation, reduced by the unknown.

Priorities have changed. There is no rush to compete again, though, he does have the itch. Right now, he wants to do more than walk. He wants to run and play soccer with his kids. When he can do that, he says, he’ll focus on golf.

When will that be? Sadly, no one, including Woods, can say.

“Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?” he asked rhetorically. “I don’t know.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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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.

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