Tiger starts with competitive binge

By John HawkinsJanuary 23, 2012, 4:50 pm

So Tiger Woods will skip a tournament he’s won six times to play in what is essentially a conflicting event – I guess that “horses for courses” thing comes with an expiration date. At least theoretically, Tiger’s little Abu Dhabi boondoggle will cost the PGA Tour plenty, be it in ticket sales, corporate clout or mainstream-media attention. Consider it another gentle reminder as to who wears the pants in that relationship.

Woods gets about $3 million to show up, a week in the desert sun and style points from all his buddies on the European Tour. Torrey Pines gets Bubba Watson and a half-filled hospitality tent, but before we decry another Tigerless trip to Southern California in the dead of winter, let us pause to look at the big picture:

The field in Abu Dhabi is outstanding, cluttered with all the familiar Euro stars who have revived the game’s international profile. America is still the place to be from March through September, but the rest of the golf calendar has become the property of the Rest of the World.

There are traces of conscience in Tiger’s competitive DNA – he will return to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the first time since 2002, ostensibly as a means of paying back his tome tour for ditching the locals this week. At Pebble, Woods will partner with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who could use a tip or two on how to finish strong while the fellas lumber through those 5 ½-hour rounds.

Whether Woods added the Pebble Beach as official compensation for his release to play in Abu Dhabi or is showing a debt of gratitude to a longtime, semi-loyal sponsor, he’s playing twice in the next three weeks. These days, that qualifies as a binge.

Pro golf is a much healthier game when the Dude in the Red Shirt shows up on Thursday. Doesn’t matter where, doesn’t matter how much he’s getting to be there, although one can see how appearance fees are slowly undermining the product’s credibility. And it doesn’t really matter all that much how Woods plays.

As the immortal Vice Lombardi once said, winning isn’t everything because sticking a peg in the ground has to count for something.


You can watch complete coverage of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship live Wednesday on Golf Channel from 10PM-3:30AM ET and Thursday-Sunday on from 4-8AM ET.

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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.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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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

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

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.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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