Why Tigers Taking a Pass
What wasnt reported are his reasons for taking a pass on the event. In no particular order, here are some rumored excuses:
10. Elin has the ultrasound scheduled that week ' sex of baby will be told.
9. Tigers fancy sunglasses he used at Dubai broke ' in for repair.
8. Too many Nationwide Tour grads playing well ' needs extra week.
7. Woods at Nike headquarters testing Nikes new triangle-shaped driver.
6. Els and Garcia both making their 07 U.S. debuts ' two superstars is enough.
5. His Stanford Cardinal has must-see home games with Oregon and Oregon State.
4. Valentines Day, Valentines Day, Valentines Day.
3. Kakuya Grass.
2. Bored with winning in U.S. ' changing coaches and his swing that week.
1. Hes never won Nissan ' the streak means more than we can think.
Come up with your own, but I really think Woods wants to go into the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as fresh as he possibly can. That week is a grind and winning it will take everything hes got. And yes, I do think his past record at the Nissan is a bit of a factor.
The good thing for golf fans is that I really believe he cares about the current PGA TOUR streak quite a bit.
A couple of other notes. As mentioned, Nissan will give us Ernie Els who ' on his website - says hes really excited about his game and the year in front of him. He clearly has goals and winning at the Nissan would be a big thing for Ernie and the PGA TOUR in general. At this point Tiger is the only big name that comes to mind when forecasting the Masters. Phils not playing well, Vijay hasnt been able to carry his great week at the Mercedes beyond Kapalua, and we havent seen Sergio or Retief make a statement in quite some time.
This is a big weekend for Mickelson ' whos still a mystery. Last week it was reported that he was using a new Callaway driver as a bit of a test balloon for Augusta. What worries me is that Phils thinking about Augusta and not the current event. Ive been on record as saying that hed win twice before the Masters. At this rate, that wont happen. A Lefty win this weekend would be a big shot in the arm for both him and the PGA TOUR.
Anybody else ready for the LPGA season to get going? I am. Next week at Turtle Bay from Hawaii.
If the starts by Hoffman, Quinney, Baddeley and others isnt enough to make you watch the Nationwide Tour this year then I dont know what is. The next win on the PGA TOUR by a Nationwide Tour graduate will be No. 200.
Selfishly speaking, I wish Tiger Woods was playing next week at the Nissan Open. Well be there doing the Sprint Pre/Post Game shows and the buzz is always a bit louder with T.W. in the field.
Thats all for now. Enjoy the week and as always, I appreciate your comments.
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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:
|T20||Charles Howell III||-14||$57,754|
|T36||Tyrone Van Aswegen||-12||$27,189|
|T69||Billy Hurley III||-6||$11,623|
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...
Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).
Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.
It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard
On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...
There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.
He sure looks like the real deal, though.
His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.
Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.
He picked up one more No. 2, too.
The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.
In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.
Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.
“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.
He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.
His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.
“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," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “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.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.
Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.