The Tiger Saga Week 2

By Mercer BaggsDecember 6, 2009, 10:50 pm
Reports surface courtesy, from the proverbial “unnamed sources,' that the Florida Highway Patrol is seeking a warrant to get Tiger Woods’ medical files regarding his car accident. Similar reports also say FHP wants security tapes from Woods’ house at the time of the accident. FHP officials deny the stories.

Backspin'Celebrity Witch Hunt' would be an awesome reality show. Of course, maybe this isn't a witch hunt. Maybe there is reason to investigate. Unfortuantely for Woods, it's not the golf media who is going to be digging through his closet; it's outlets like TMZ.

John Daly, playing in the Australian Open, first says what happened to Woods is no one’s business. The following day he backpedals, saying Woods should come clean about the crash details.

BackspinThere’s a guy at CVS who sits in the back of the parking lot and talks to a shopping cart. I’d just as soon get domestic advice from him as from Daly.

As first reported on GolfChannel and, Woods announces that he will not compete in his own Chevron World Challenge. He says doctors have advised him not to travel to California for the tournament that benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation.

Backspin Andrea Bocelli saw this one coming. If Woods isn’t talking to the police, then he’s definitely not addressing the media. But don’t hide behind a white coat. If you could win the U.S. Open on one leg, you could play a charity event – one that benefits your charity – with a few cuts and bruises. Just say now is the time for family, not golf – everybody gets that.

A lawyer for the neighbors who phoned in the 911 call says Woods’ injuries were consistent with a car accident and not domestic violence.

Backspin Is there anyone in this soap opera who hasn't lawyer-ed up? If anyone is offended by my commentary, please contact my attorney, Mr. Lionel Hutz.

Florida Highway Patrol, as first reported by, cites Woods with careless driving, which carries a fine up to $164 and a dock of four points on his license. They say they will not pursue criminal charges, that there was insufficient evidence for a subpoena to seek medical records relating to the crash, and that their investigation is over.

BackspinSo Tiger’s “Nightmare on Deacon Court” comes to an end. Or does it? Don’t all big money-makers have sequels? Especially the horror flicks. This is a cash cow for the tabloids. They aren’t going to let this thing die. Woods is dealing with people who have the soul of a Kraken.

Woods releases another statement on his Web site apologizing for his “transgressions” and says he let his family down. The statement comes in the wake of a recorded voice mail released by alleged Woods mistress Jamie Grubbs in which a voice implores a woman to take her name off her cell phone because his wife might be calling her.

BackspinWoods' statement was much more admonishment than contrition. It was two paragraphs mea culpa, three paragraphs you-a culpa. It's obvious that Woods is trying to contain this wildfire. He just doesn't realize that it has already spread beyond his control.

While Woods’ corporate sponsors offer their support, Jesper Parnevik, the man who introduced Elin [his former nanny] to Tiger, says he wishes he had never done so. “He lost all my respect,” Parnevik said.

Backspin “You don't care about anything except you. You just want to persuade people that you love 'em so much that they ought to love you back. Only you want love on your own terms. Something to be played your way, according to your rules.” – Jedediah Leland.

A lawyer for Rachel Uchitel, who had previously denied a relationship with Woods, cancels a scheduled news conference. It was rumored that Uchitel was going to admit to the affair.

BackspinGloria Allred canceling a press conference for “unforeseen circumstances?” Did Uchitel get paid off [as Allred’s daughter claims]? Did she keep her silence to protect Woods and any other people involved with him [as Uchitel claims]? I could sooner buy back time as to buy any nobility in this saga.

It is reported that Tiger and Elin have entered “intense martial counseling.” Meanwhile, experts and specialists are chiming in across every medium offering their opinions on how Woods has handled the situation, what it means to his reputation, his future earnings, his quest to win 19 majors, his legacy, etc., etc., etc.

Backspin How about Elin? Sam? Charlie? The pain, the humiliation, the intrusion – the fact that Elin can never again trust anyone inside Tiger’s secretive inner circle. A sinful man such as myself will not cast stones on Tiger, but I’m not overly concerned about him. Still, everyone needs prayer.

So what else is there: Just an apparent email, from Woods' buddy and business partner Byron Bell, sent to Uchitel with flight plans to Australia; a purported prenuptial alteration that would significantly enhance Elin’s net worth; multiple mockings on 'SNL'; a possible cover up involving a magazine feature Woods did; at least four more possible mistresses. Those are just the things that have surfaced in a wasteland too murky to tell fact from fiction. What’s next? John Waters couldn't begin to write a script. How did we get here? That one is easy to answer.

Backspin“There's only one person in the world who decides what I'm going to do, and that's me.” – Charles Foster Kane.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."