Golf Talk Live - Robert Damron Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
YOU REMEMBER THIS ONE?

ROBERT DAMRON
OH YEAH, I AM ACTUALLY WALKING DOWN THE STAIRS RIGHT NOW OF THE, OF THE BLEACHERS TO GO GET A ROAST BEEF SANDWICH, BUT I'M STILL STANDING THERE WATCHING THIS.

NUTS. EVERYBODY, I'LL NEVER FORGET HOW LOUD THE ROAR.

RICH LERNER
THAT WAS CRAZY.

ROBERT DAMRON
UNBELIEVABLE. MY PARENTS WERE AT THE HOUSE AND THEY SAID, YOU KNOW, WOW WE COULD HEAR IT. IT ALMOST SHOOK THE HOUSE.

RICH LERNER
DID YOU EVER GET THE ROAST BEEF SANDWICH?

ROBERT DAMRON
UH, NO

RICH LERNER
NEVER DID.

ROBERT DAMRON
UH WELL NOW I GOT TO WAIT AROUND. THERE'S A TOURNAMENT ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU KNOW. WELL THAT WAS JUST, WELL, NORMAN'S GOING TO WIN IT.

RICH LERNER
ALRIGHT, SO YOU

ROBERT DAMRON
ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAPPENED GREAT.

RICH LERNER
YOU GREW UP AT BAY HILL.

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
YOU HAVE SEEN SO MANY OF THE GREAT MOMENTS. YOU'RE A ROOKIE IN 1997. YOU'RE TEEING OFF AT BAY HILL. ARE YOU MORE NERVOUS TEEING OFF AT BAY HILL OR TEEING OFF FOR YOUR FIRST MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP LATER THAT SUMMER AT WINGED FOOT AT THE PGA?

ROBERT DAMRON
BAY HILL HANDS DOWN.

RICH LERNER
HANDS DOWN

ROBERT DAMRON
HANDS DOWN. NOT EVEN A COMPARISON. I REMEMBER THERE WAS A TIME WALKING UP THE FIRST FAIRWAY WHERE THE THOUGHT THAT I MAY HAVE TO WITHDRAW BECAUSE MY

CHEST HURT SO BADLY.

RICH LERNER
THAT'S BAD.

ROBERT DAMRON
IT WAS CONTRACTING SO BAD. YOU KNOW ANY DEEP BREATH CAUSED PAIN BECAUSE MY, I WAS SO, AND, YOU KNOW, I MADE A PAR ON ONE AND THEN I DON'T KNOW HOW I PARED TWO AND THREE AND THEN IT JUST KIND OF SETTLED DOWN.

RICH LERNER
YOU HAD A PRETTY GOOD TOURNAMENT. YOU FINISHED

ELEVENTH THAT YEAR.

ROBERT DAMRON
I DID. I DID... PHEW. PROUD OF THAT TOURNAMENT TOO, YOU KNOW, IT WAS, IT WAS DIFFICULT GIVEN ALL THE PRESSURE AND EMOTIONS THAT I WAS HAVING.

RICH LERNER
WOULD YOU RATHER WIN... BAY HILL OR A MAJOR? OBVIOUSLY YOU WON BOTH AND WE THINK

ROBERT DAMRON
WOW

RICH LERNER
BOTH WILL COME AT SOME POINT IN YOUR CAREER.

ROBERT DAMRON
I HOPE SO.

RICH LERNER
WHICH WOULD YOU VALUE MORE?

ROBERT DAMRON
YOU KNOW, I, I, I THINK IN THE LONG RUN, LIKE WHEN I'M TELLING MY GRANDKIDS, A MAJOR WOULD BE PRETTY SPECIAL, BUT I THINK WALKING OFF THE GREEN FOR

THAT MOMENT, THAT, AND REALIZING THAT I WAS, WON BAY HILL, WOULD BE MUCH MORE SPECIAL THAN WINNING ANY, ANYTHING.

RICH LERNER
AND COULD YOU IMAGINE STANDING THERE WITH ARNIE SLIPPING THAT COAT ON YOU?

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL THAT, YEAH, NO

RICH LERNER
YOU, YOU'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT A FEW TIMES.

ROBERT DAMRON
SURE, AND I THINK IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, I REALLY DO. I HAVE A

RICH LERNER
WELL YOU'VE PLAYED THE GOLF COURSE SO WELL.

ROBERT DAMRON
YOU KNOW IT, IT'S JUST EVERY YEAR SOMETHING HAPPENS WHERE IT'S JUST NOT MY YEAR, YOU KNOW. I WAS LEADING AFTER THE FIRST ROUND IN '98.

RICH LERNER
'98

ROBERT DAMRON
AND MY GAME LEFT. WE HAD A RAIN DELAY ON FRIDAY. I NEVER GOT TO HIT A BALL AND WE HAD TO COME BACK OUT AND PLAY 36 HOLES, OR 54 HOLES ON THE

WEEKEND. LOST IT. I MEAN I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY, BUT AND, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THIS YEAR I'M PLAYING WELL. SATURDAY NOTHING GOES IN AND I KNOW THESE GREENS AND I KNOW THESE PUTTS THAT I WAS HITTING WERE SUPPOSED TO GO IN THE HOLE

AND I HIT THEM (??).

RICH LERNER
WHERE DID YOU HAVE THAT GOOD RUN ON THE FRONT SIDE? WAS THAT THIS YEAR WHERE YOU

ROBERT DAMRON
THIS YEAR. YEAH.

RICH LERNER
BIRDIED SIX OF SEVEN INCLUDING EIGHT AND NINE WHICH

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
VERY FEW PEOPLE BIRDIE EIGHT AND NINE BACK TO BACK.

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH I SHOT 30 ON THE FRONT

RICH LERNER
FAIRLY, FAIRLY DIFFICULT.

ROBERT DAMRON
I SHOT 30 ON THE FRONT AND I BIRDIED ELEVEN AND THIRTEEN, SO YEAH, I WAS GOING PRETTY GOOD THERE FOR A WHILE AND THEN I, I HAD A COUPLE BOGIES COMING IN, BUT THAT WAS A KIND OF,

THAT WAS THE LITTLE STRETCH THAT, I FELT LIKE I PLAYED THAT WAY FOR 72 HOLES.

RICH LERNER
HMMM

ROBERT DAMRON
I JUST DIDN'T HAVE THE, THE BREAKS FOR THE OTHER, HOW MANY EVER HOLES THERE WERE.

RICH LERNER
IT'LL HAPPEN THERE.

LET'S GO BACK TO

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH

RICH LERNER
'97 AND YOUR ROOKIE YEAR BECAUSE

ROBERT DAMRON
OKAY

RICH LERNER
I THINK YOU CAUGHT SOME PEOPLE BY SURPRISE. I DON'T THINK YOU WERE SHOCKED AT THE SUCCESS YOU WERE HAVING BUT I REMEMBER THAT YOU SORT OF ANNOUNCED YOUR ARRIVAL ON THE SCENE AT MEMPHIS.

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
IT WAS A GREAT FIELD. GREG NORMAN WAS IN THE THICK OF IT AND WOULD EVENTUALLY WIN AND NICK PRICE WAS THERE BUT YOU WERE THE 54 HOLE LEADER.

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM


RICH LERNER
HOW CRITICAL WAS IT AND IS IT THAT YOU CONVINCED YOURSELF THAT YOU BELONG ON TOUR? NOW THAT MAY SOUND STRANGE BUT I, I'VE RUN INTO SO MANY GUYS WHO JUST AREN'T ENTIRELY
SURE THAT THEY BELONGED THERE IN THE EARLY PORTIONS OF THEIR CAREERS.

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL I, I REMEMBER WHEN I MADE Q-SCHOOL, I'M PLAYING WELL, AND, AND AGAIN FEEDING OFF THESE PLAYERS THAT I PLAYED AT BAY HILL WITH DEFINITELY HELPED, BUT I REMEMBER GIVING MYSELF A DATE. I THINK IT WAS JANUARY FIRST, WHICH WAS A COUPLE WEEKS BEFORE I HAD TO GO PLAY MY FIRST TOURNAMENT.

ON JANUARY 1ST, I'M NOT PATTING MYSELF ON THE BACK ANY MORE. I'M JUST A TOUR PLAYER, THIS IS WHAT I DO AND THAT'S IT. YOU KNOW, THERE'S NO, THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE ANY WALKING AROUND AND
LOOKING AT EVERYBODY OR, YOU KNOW,

WOW, LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE OR THE NEW TITLEIST RANGE BALLS ON THE, ON THE RANGE OR, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I'M A TOUR PLAYER, I BELONG HERE JUST

AS TIGER WOODS BELONGS HERE. I BELONG HERE JUST AS VIJAY SINGH BELONGS HERE AND I'M GOING TO ACT
THAT WAY.

RICH LERNER
YOU CARRIED YOURSELF THAT WAY AND DO YOU THINK SOME PEOPLE MISTOOK THAT FOR A BRASHNESS, FOR YOU BEING A LITTLE COCKY MAYBE

ROBERT DAMRON
MMMMM

RICH LERNER
BECAUSE YOU, YOU HAVE THAT BOUNCE AND YOU HAVE THAT SORT OF

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL

RICH LERNER
GRIN AND

ROBERT DAMRON
I CAN'T GET RID OF THE

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING)

ROBERT DAMRON
BOUNCE WHEN I WALK. I WISH I COULD. THAT'S JUST THERE.

RICH LERNER
YEAH

ROBERT DAMRON
NO, I JUST, YOU KNOW, I, I WASN'T INTIMIDATED BY ANY OF THESE PEOPLE, AND I WAS GOING TO TREAT THEM, YOU KNOW,

RICH LERNER
YEAH

ROBERT DAMRON
VERY MUCH LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT WITH MY DAD AND MR. PALMER. I'M GOING TO TREAT THEM THE WAY I WOULD TREAT ANYBODY ON THE STREET AND I'M NOT GOING TO 'OH, LET ME GET OUT OF YOUR WAY MR. NORMAN'

RICH LERNER
SURE

ROBERT DAMRON
'OR MR. FALDO'. ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

RICH LERNER
AND GREG LIVED AT BAY HILL FOR A COUPLE OF

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
YEARS IN THE MID 80'S SO YOU WERE FAMILIAR WITH HIM

ROBERT DAMRON
OH YEAH

RICH LERNER
AND GREG PASSING YOU ON THAT SUNDAY AND IT WAS VERY EXCITING

ROBERT DAMRON
NOT TO ME IT WASN'T

RICH LERNER
SMALL IRONY.

ROBERT DAMRON
RIGHT?

ROBERT DAMRON
NOT, (LAUGHS), NOT TOO EXCITING FOR YOU BUT YOU HAD A GREAT TOURNAMENT.

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
LATER IN YOUR ROOKIE SEASON JUST PRIOR TO SHOOTING A 65 FOR THE ROUND ONE LEAD AT THE CANADIAN OPEN,

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
YOU WENT BACK HOME AND CADDIED FOR A BUDDY ON THE HOOTERS TOUR.

ROBERT DAMRON
OH YEAH. WOW.

RICH LERNER
WHAT KIND OF A WAKE-UP CALL WAS THAT FOR YOU?

ROBERT DAMRON
OH THAT WAS, IT WAS NICE AND UH TO REMEMBER BECAUSE I PLAYED PLENTY OF HOOTERS TOUR EVENTS

RICH LERNER
MHMM

ROBERT DAMRON
UH UM AND IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO, SO TO REMEMBER THAT AND SAY, WOW THIS IS, YOU KNOW, I HAD FUN CADDYING, I REALLY DID, AND, AND TO BE WITH MY FRIEND BUT HE WAS TAKING IT SO SERIOUSLY ON THE HOOTERS TOUR AND

NOT SUCCEEDING THE WAY, THE WAY HE SHOULD AND I WAS JUST HAVING FUN ON THE REGULAR TOUR AND DOING WELL, SO IT, IT KIND OF OPENED MY EYES TO, TO I THINK WHY I, I DO WELL ON TOUR OR HAVE DONE WELL

RICH LERNER
YEAH

ROBERT DAMRON
ON TOUR, BUT IT WAS, WAS A LOT

RICH LERNER
DON'T, DON'T WANT TO TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED.

ROBERT DAMRON
NO NO

RICH LERNER
BECAUSE A COUPLE OF BREAKS AND YOU COULD BE BACK

ROBERT DAMRON
OH THAT'S,

IT ALWAYS

RICH LERNER
LUGGING YOUR OWN BAG

ROBERT DAMRON
IT ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, UNLESS YOU'RE ONE OF THE TOP, TOP PLAYERS. ONE OF THOSE 15 OR 20 PLAYERS, IT'S ALWAYS THERE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, THE CHANCE OF

RICH LERNER
YEAH

ROBERT DAMRON
YOU KNOW, LOOSING YOUR CARD, THE GAME SLIPPING A LITTLE BIT, SO, YOU KNOW, I'M GOING TO JUST TRY TO STAY CONFIDENT AND ENJOY MYSELF AS MUCH AS I CAN RIGHT NOW.

RICH LERNER
INTERESTING THAT THOSE GAMES, THROUGH ALL OF THOSE YEARS AT BAY HILL, IN A WAY SERVED AS YOUR BUY.COM TOUR EXPERIENCE

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH

RICH LERNER
YOU DIDN'T

ROBERT DAMRON
VERY MUCH

RICH LERNER
PLAY BUT WHAT A HANDFUL OF EVENTS

ROBERT DAMRON
FOUR

RICH LERNER
ON THE BUY.COM TOUR. YOU PLAYED A LITTLE BIT ON THE CANADIAN TOUR

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMMM

RICH LERNER
BUT THAT WAS SORT OF YOUR PROVING GROUND, IT IS.

ROBERT DAMRON
OH DEFINITELY. THAT IS WHERE I LEARNED TO COMPETE AND I LEARNED TO TAKE THE RIBBING FROM THE GUYS AND I LEARNED TO HIT WHILE PEOPLE WERE TALKING AND BEING SILLY, YOU KNOW, AND, AND, AND THINGS LIKE THAT, AND,

AND THAT'S WHERE I LEARNED TO LOVE TO WIN AND, AND YOU KNOW, TO TAKE THEIR MONEY AND COUNT THE MONEY AT NIGHT AND, AND

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING)

ROBERT DAMRON
THINGS LIKE THAT AND, AND YOU KNOW, OF COURSE THE DOLLARS ARE A LITTLE BIGGER NOW BUT IT'S THE SAME THING ON TOUR. I'M JUST GOING OUT TRYING TO PLAY AS GOOD AS I CAN AND BEAT AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN.

RICH LERNER
YEAH, WELL THOSE GAMES FOR TWO AND THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS AT BAY HILL WOULD GIVE WAY TO AN EIGHT HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR PAY DAY AT THE VERIZON BYRON NELSON CLASSIC.

ROBERT DAMRON
WOW

RICH LERNER
WE'LL GET INTO THAT WHEN WE COME BACK WITH MORE WITH ROBERT DAMRON RIGHT AFTER THIS.

(MUSIC)

RICH LERNER
AS WE HEAD TO BREAK, A LOOK AT SOME OF THE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS OF ROBERT DAMRON. BROTHER PATRICK NOW 22, STARTING TO COME INTO HIS OWN. KEEP THAT NAME IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND. HE MAY BE ON TOUR SOME DAY.

GREAT CAREER AT CENTRAL FLORIDA HERE IN ORLANDO, AND OPENED WITH 78 AT THE 2000 PLAYERS AND THEN REALLY PLAYED BEAUTIFULLY AND FINISHED IN A TIE FOR THIRD.

(MUSIC CONTINUES)

(BREAK)

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The Social: G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T.

By Jason CrookJanuary 23, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tom Brady compares himself to Tiger Woods, who coincidentally is returning to the PGA Tour this week, Jordan Spieth hangs out with some decent company and kids these days ruffle some feathers with their friendships.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

Well, it’s finally Farmers Insurance Open week and Woods has been spotted practicing for his official return to the PGA Tour on Thursday.

Some thought this day might never come after a 2017 filled with mostly downs for the 14-time major champ.

But as he has taught the golf world time and time again, you just can't count Tiger out.

So even as Jon Rahm attempts to overtake Dustin Johnson for No. 1 in the world this week at Torrey Pines, all eyes will be on one of the greatest we've ever seen do it, even if that guy is ranked No. 647 in the world.

Speaking of greatness …

There’s not many who can just offhandedly compare themselves to Tiger, but if anyone gets a pass, it’s Tom Brady.

The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback led his team back to the Super Bowl for the second straight year despite playing the AFC title game with a cut on his throwing hand.

When asked about it after the Patriots come-from-behind victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady answered, “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.”

So there you have it. A 40-year-old Brady is winning AFC Championships with his C game. Good luck, Eagles; you’re going to need it.

Also, if for some reason you wanted an update on Justin Thomas' life, it's still awesome:

Yeah, that's last year's PGA Tour Player of the Year hanging with Cy Young winner Cory Kluber in a suite at the Patriots game and teasing us with a possible #SB2K18 cameo.

Curtis Strange likes his competitive golf straight up, hold the friendliness.

This, according to Curtis Strange.

The two-time U.S. Open champ took to Twitter during the CareerBuilder Challenge to vent his frustration regarding the constant chit-chat and friendliness between Rahm and Andrew Landry:

This, of course, makes sense in theory. But good luck watching golf – or really any sport – from here on out. Sure there will be a few old school guys who buck the trend here and there, but for the most part, it’s really hard to share a private jet/dinners/vacations/(insert awesome thing here) with someone, and then completely turn off the friendship coming down the stretch of a big tournament.

Damn millennials. They ruin everything.

By now you've all seen that poor Philadelphia Eagles fan who lost his battle with a subway station pillar (from multiple angles), so instead here is a video of a man attempting to stand on an egg. Bet you can't guess how that goes.

Tony's gonna stand on an egg

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Seriously if you haven't seen the video of that Eagles fan, here's your last chance in this column. You'll be glad you did.

Jordan Spieth, Michael Phelps and Bryce Harper walk on to a golf course … there’s no punchline, that actually happened last week in Las Vegas.

Was the whole thing just a big advertisement for Spieth’s new Under Armour shoe? You bet.

But that doesn’t make the optics of three of the biggest superstar athletes on the planet teeing it up for a round any less awesome.

Off to the next. #Spieth2 #TEAMUA

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The trio has three major wins, five All Star Game appearances and 28 Olympic medals between them, and there they were over the weekend just fake laughing for the camera and driving around individual golf carts with their own personalized logos on them.

Just guys being dudes. Nothing better than that.

Matt Kuchar. Still good at golf. Still overly polite. This according to European Tour pro Eddie Pepperell who had the privilege of hitting on the range next to Kuuuuuch in Abu Dhabi last week.

That image is burned into your brain forever now, thanks Eddie. From now on when you think of Kuchar you're going to think of those Sketches ads and "oopsies."

Which, I suppose is better than a, "Did you get that?"

Blayne Barber's caddie, Cory Gilmer, collapsed and hit his head while at a restaurant at the Sony Open and has been mostly unconscious in the neurological intensive care unit ever since.

The outpouring of love and support from the golf community has been overwhelming on social media, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the mounting medical costs for Gilmer and his family.

Check out the link below for more info or to donate to a worthy cause:

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Top-ranked amateur wins LAAC, earns Masters invite

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 5:38 pm

Joaquin Niemann walked Augusta National Golf Club as a patron last year. He’ll be a competitor in 2018.

Niemann, the top-ranked amateur in the world, shot 8-under 63 Tuesday at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Santiago, Chile, to win the Latin America Amateur Championship.

And with the title, both redemption and an invitation to the Masters Tournament.


Full-field scores from the Latin America Amateur Championship


Niemann finished runner-up in last year’s LAAC to fellow Chilean Toto Gana. He followed Gana around Augusta grounds, watching as his best friend played two rounds before missing the cut.

Niemann, who was going to turn professional had he not won this week, started the final round one back of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz. Niemann was sluggish from the start on Tuesday, but then drove the 313-yard, par-4 eighth and made the eagle putt. That sparked a run of five birdies over his next six holes.

Niemann was bogey-free in the final round and finished five shots clear of Ortiz, at 11 under.

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Judges Panel, Host Announced for Wilson Golf's "Driver vs. Driver 2," Premiering This Fall on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 23, 2018, 4:15 pm

‘Driver vs. Driver 2 Presented by Wilson Currently in Production; Sports Broadcaster Melanie Collins Returns to Host

Morning Drive: Driver vs. Driver 2 Judges Announced

Golf Channel and Wilson Golf announced today the panel of judges and host for the second season of Driver vs. Driver, the innovative television series that follows aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the opportunity to have their driver idea or concept transformed into the next great golf driver from Wilson. The show is currently in production and will premiere this fall.

Joining judge Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf, are two newcomers to the series: 9-time National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star and current NHL on NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick – an avid golfer with a single digit handicap and a self-described golf equipment junkie; and PGA Professional, golf coach, equipment reviewer and social media influencer Rick Shiels.

“Golf is a big passion of mine, and personally I enjoy learning about new equipment and concepts,” said Roenick. “To be able to see this side of the business in how equipment is developed first-hand is fascinating. Being a part of the process in reviewing driver concepts and narrowing them down to an ultimate winning driver that will be sold across the country is a tremendous honor.” 

“Jeremy, as an avid golfer, and Rick, as a coach, equipment reviewer and golf professional, bring incredible, real world insights and different perspectives to the show and this process,” said Clarke. “I’m excited to work alongside these two judges to push the boundaries of innovation and bring a next-generation driver to golfers around the world.”

Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins returns as the host of Driver vs. Driver 2. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS Sports’ college football and basketball coverage, Collins hosted the inaugural season in 2016 and formerly co-hosted Golf Channel’s competition series, Big Break.

Production for Driver vs. Driver 2 began in the fall of 2017 and will continue through the summer, including this week at the PGA Merchandise Show. The series is being produced by Golf Channel, whose portfolio of original productions include interview series Feherty hosted by Emmy-nominated sports personality David Feherty, high-quality instruction shows School of Golf, Golf Channel Academy and Playing Lessons and a slate of award-winning films.

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Tiger Tracker: Farmers Insurance Open

By Tiger TrackerJanuary 23, 2018, 4:00 pm

Tiger Woods is competing in a full-field event for the first time in nearly a year. We're tracking him at this week's Farmers Insurance Open. (Note: Tweets read, in order, left to right)