Table Tennis Tiger Clarifies Comment

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 24, 2002, 4:00 pm
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Tiger Woods may be the best golfer on the planet, but his skills are lacking in the table tennis department.
Woods spent Monday night playing ping-pong against teammates, including Phil Mickelson, in the Americans' game room. He rates himself as a double-digit handicapper.
I know that at my freshman dorm I thought I was halfway decent because I could beat about anybody from high school. In my freshman dorm at Stanford I played the Polish National Champion ' I had no chance, Woods said.
Mark Calcavecchia and Tiger WoodsNow he knows how most of the world feels on the golf course.
Woods played in his first ever round at The Belfry Tuesday morning. He was paired with good friend Mark Calcavecchia, and in the same group with Paul Azinger and Stewart Cink.
The golf course is in fantastic shape. The rough is up. The fairways are a lot narrower from what Ive been told it played in 93, he described.
Tigers group was the first of the American foursomes to play Tuesday, but they teed off just after the final European foursome.
Wanting to play at their own pace, Woods and company came from the third fairway and went straight to the eighth tee.
We play at a faster pace, plain and simple,' Woods said. 'I saw Bernhard (Langer) and the guys lining up putts on the third hole. We definitely don't do that, especially on a Tuesday. For me, I like to just take a look at the golf course, get a feel for it and I'm out of there.
'And there was no ill intent. There was no disrespect at all. We went on and played and we came back and we played those holes.'
After his round, Woods met the media for the first time since arriving on site Monday afternoon. He tried to explain the comments he made at last weeks event when he said he would rather win the $1 million first-place price at the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship (which he did) than win the Ryder Cup.
I was trying to be funny, he said. Obviously, things were taken way out of context. And thats what happens if you just read it. You say, Oh, my God, but if you actually saw me on videotape and how I said it, you would say, Oh, OK. I understand.
This is Woods third Cup appearance. Following a stellar amateur career that saw him win six straight U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Amateur Championships, he has compiled a surprising 3-6-1 record at the Ryder Cup.
Well, its just one of those things, Ive played well and Ive gotten beat in this thing and Ive played poorly and won matches, he said. This is a boat race for 18 holes. And guys with less experience can get hot.
Anything can happen. And its a lot of fun.
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Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

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.