Tiger hopes new swing will ease knee stress

By May 29, 2012, 10:13 pm

DUBLIN, Ohio – Tiger Woods again turned to social media on Tuesday to connect with fans ahead of this week's Memorial Tournament. After completing a practice round at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, site of next month's U.S. Open, Woods answered questions from the club on Google Plus.

Woods responded to questions from several social media services, fans connected into the multi-person webcam chat, as well as NBC Sports golf analyst Roger Maltbie and Mark Soltau, editor of Woods' website.

Some of the noteworthy exchanges in the half-hour session included:

Woods said he is working on a swing which prevents injury but allows him to perform at his best.

'I'm always trying to get a little bit better, but also, I'm trying to play around injuries I've had in the past,' he said in response to a question from Roger Maltbie. 'I'm trying to get a swing to ease that stress on the knee over the years, ... but also play at a high level at the same time.'

Woods responded to how he prevented incidents similar to what Zach Johnson experienced on the 72nd hole last week at Colonial. The eventual winner failed to replace his ball mark after moving in on the final green and was penalized two shots. Johnson won by one.

Woods said he marks his ball with a quarter, usually with the head side facing upward. If he moves his mark for any reason, he marks tail-side up as a mental cue to replace the marker at the ball's original resting place.

The 14-time major winner reiterated his love of competing.

'I love competing,' he said. 'That's my passion. I love being out there and mixing up with the guys and trying to beat all of them. That's the rush. That's the fun. It's much more fun when you're winning and not finishing 40th (as he did at the Masters and The Players Championship).'

Asked about his niece, Cheyenne, turning pro, Woods said, 'I'm very proud of her. She hit her first golf ball in the same garage I started, and to see her progress, and quite frankly grow up into a woman, it's exciting to see how she's changed over the years and matured as a person.'

Woods said he will not hit too many drivers at the Olympic Club because of the slopes around the course. His plan of attack will change, however, with the weather.

'It's just a golf course where you have to have an overall game plan, but you also have to be very flexible,' he said. 'Obviously, these conditions change here, playing so close to the ocean and how damp it is. The ball is not going to fly very far.'

He added, 'It was 49 degrees this morning, so it was very different from practicing at home in Florida. ... I had forgotten how cold it can get here.'

Finally, Maltbie asked Woods if there was an increased sense of urgency to win each major he plays so he can catch Jack Nicklaus.

'I figure it's going to take a career,' he said. 'It took Jack, what, 24-plus years to get it done. This is my 17th year into it. I've still got plenty of time. I just have to give myself the most amount of opportunities to win on the back nine on Sunday.'

Woods referenced Jack's 18 wins and 19 second-place finishes as a guide.

'He was there,' Woods said. 'He didn't win them all, but he was there.'

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.

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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:30 pm