The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: ????

By Bailey MosierMarch 3, 2013, 7:10 pm

Everything in the world seems to be exactly as it should when Tiger Woods is winning golf tournaments. His 74th career PGA Tour victory highlights this week's edition of the Good, the Bad & the Ugly.

The Good

Tiger Woods

1. Woods' waterlogged par save

I'll admit, I've never hit my ball out of a water hazard. 

2. Boo squelches mass hiss-teria

It's a large enough feat to tame the Bear Trap at PGA National and post a first-round 66, but towering mammals were the least of Boo Weekley's concerns Thursday at the Honda Classic.

A small water moccasin, about 18 inches long and poisonous, was found near the fifth green on Day 1. As marshals were calling on the radio for help – hoping someone could bring out a shovel or something to use to remove the snake – Weekley came to the rescue. He scooped up the snake with the end of his driver and deposited it into a canal.

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2. Chamblee: There's no comparison in the Tiger vs. Rory comparison

Rory McIlroy walking off the course midway through his round in a Florida event is just the latest similarity between him and Tiger Woods (2012 Doral, 2012 Players.....Woods withdrew in the second round of the WGC-Cadillac with Achilles heel pain last year. He withdrew from Players in 2011 with pain in his left knee. He WD’d from The Players in 2010 with a neck injury). While we (the media) have been trying to aniont McIlroy as the next Woods, the following graphic shows there's really no comparing the two.

During Thursday night's edition of Golf Central, analyst Brandel Chamblee spoke strictly about the numbers, saying '????????????????????'

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The Bad

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1. Camilo Villegas

Camilo Villegas goes from cloud nine to ?? After posting a first-round 6-under 64 and jumping out to the 18-hole lead, he posted a 7-over 77 the following day to miss the cut by one. Villegas lost his fully exempt status on Tour in ?? and did not make it through Q-School last year. Having won the Honda Classic in 2010, he was exempt this week as a past champion. but has only posted one top-10 since (???)


The Ugly

AT&T storm damage

Violent, tornado-like storms pummeled across the mid-Atlantic region and the eastern U.S. this past Friday, taking lives, causing power outages and knocking down trees.

The storm blew through the Washington D.C. area late Friday and littered Congressional Country Club with limbs, fallen trees and debris. Roughly 10 full-time tournament staffers, the Congressional maintenance crew and a small cast of others worked through the night to make the course ready for the 80-man Saturday field at the AT&T National. But in the interest of safety for fans and volunteers, tournament officials decided to close Congressional to spectators and volunteers for Saturday’s round.

In total, reports estimate 13 lives were taken and 3 million are left without power across the entire mid-Atlantic region.

What’s more, is that The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, host to next week's Tour stop, the Greenbrier Classic, was also hit by the storm.

Approximately fifty 200-year-old trees are down on the Old White TPC course and a number of skyboxes, spectator areas and camera towers were destroyed in the storm.

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Rory: Phil said RC task force just copied Europe

By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2018, 7:21 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy quizzed Phil Mickelson about what the Americans got out of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force’s overhaul.

McIlroy and Mickelson were paired together at Pebble Beach.

“Basically, all they are doing is copying what the Europeans have done,” McIlroy said.  “That's what he said.”

The Europeans claimed their sixth of seven Ryder Cups with their victory at Gleneagles in 2014. That brought about a sea change in the way the United States approached the Ryder Cup. Mickelson called out the tactics in Gleneagles of captain Tom Watson, who was outmaneuvered by European captain Paul McGinley.


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The Americans defeated Europe at Hazeltine two years ago with that new European model.

“He said the first thing they did in that task force was Phil played a video, a 12-minute video of Paul McGinley to all of them,” McIlroy said. “So, they are copying what we do, and it's working for them. It's more cohesive, and the team and the core of that team are more in control of what they are doing, instead of the PGA of America recruiting and someone telling them what to do.”

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 21, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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Woods happy to help Furyk at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:58 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods didn't hesitate when Jim Furyk asked him to become a vice captain at the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Woods said Wednesday that Furyk asked he and Steve Stricker “a while ago” whether they were interested in being assistants in Paris as the Americans try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Woods said of Furyk, “and whatever he wants, whatever he needs, I’m there to help him. We’re worked well the last couple of years in the cups together.”


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Though Woods has said that he wants to be a playing vice captain, he has been an assistant at each of the past two international team competitions.

Furyk, Woods and Stricker were all assistants at Hazeltine, where the U.S. won in a rout.

“Jim is very detailed, very smart, very analytical, and he’s just a fantastic leader,” Woods said. “For him to ask Stricks and I together, it will be special for both of us.”

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Woods to hit '4 or 5' drivers each day at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:25 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Those hoping Tiger Woods will wield the driver early and often this week at PGA National likely will be disappointed.

Depending on wind direction, he said he will only hit “four or five” drivers each round.

During Wednesday’s pro-am, Woods hit driver on six holes. He found two fairways with the big stick and found the right rough four times, though a few of those misses were only a few yards off the fairway.


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In two starts this year, Woods has struggled mightily with every club off the tee, but driver has been especially troublesome. He has found only 36 percent of the fairways so far (30 of 84).

The Champion Course here is a par 70, with water and bunkers often lining the fairways. Putting the ball in play off the tee will be at a premium, and so Woods opted for a low, penetrating 2-iron six times in the pro-am.

Woods said he did not make any equipment changes following the missed cut at Riviera.