Tigers Nightmare

By Randall MellNovember 29, 2009, 7:49 am

WINDERMERE, Fla. – Corporal Irvin Murr was grilled with questions late Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Windermere Police Department as he prepared to depart for his rounds.

The inquisition didn’t come from media trying to pry details about what led Tiger Woods to crash his SUV into a fire hydrant and tree near his mansion in the early morning hours Friday, but from an irate citizen upset that up to 10 TV trucks were camped along the street outside the gates of the Isleworth community where Woods lives.

Thirty or so vehicles belonging to reporters, photographers and camera crews were squeezed between signs that marked the area as a tow-away zone.

Golf Channel and ESPN were there, but the sports crews were outnumbered by the news crews. CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and their local news affiliates all had reporters there doing remote reports.

“Why don’t you tow them away?” the citizen barked more than asked.

“We’re not enforcing that today,” Murr said.

Where’s Stevie Williams when you need him? Woods’ caddie, who disdains cameras nearly as much as his boss, wouldn’t have liked the spectacle outside Isleworth in the two days after Woods’ crash. Never have the walls Woods has worked so hard to build around his personal life come so close to being breached.

This is Woods’ nightmare.

No matter how innocent his explanation as to what happened early Friday morning may be, he’s enduring a media onslaught the likes of which he’s never seen. In fact, it rivals anything golf has ever seen.

Black Friday took on a different meaning in the world of golf this week.

It was a momentous day because it marked the first time the sport’s protective barrier has been breached by celebrity, gossip and supermarket tabloid journalism.

It may be remembered as the day the paparazzi discovered golf.

TMZ, People and the National Enquirer are all digging into this story.

Actually, their breach of the golf world started two days before the accident, when the National Enquirer featured a story alleging Woods has been having an extramarital affair with a New York night club hostess. Rachel Uchitel, the woman named, denied the accusation when contacted by the Associated Press.

TMZ.com reported that Woods told a friend that an argument between himself and his wife, Elin, preceded the accident. There were other details about a domestic dispute.

Windermere police chief Daniel Saylor told media that Woods’ wife said she broke the window after she heard the accident and “supposedly got him out and laid him on the ground.” Saylor said Woods was in and out of consciousness when his officers got there.

Saylor said his officers heard nothing about an alleged domestic dispute.

The nature of our information age has changed, and nobody in golf is enduring the troubling repercussions of that more than Woods. People are getting their news long before their newspaper hits the driveway or even before the nightly TV news airs before their bedtime, and they aren’t getting it all from traditional outlets.

Celebrity journalism, and the intrusion it brings into the private lives of public figures, is flourishing on the airwaves and on the Web. It’s getting impossible to ignore.

Golf always seemed exempt from that, but not anymore.

Woods, 33, has been married five years. He and his wife have two children. Through more than a decade at the top of his sport, at the top of the sporting world, Woods has lived an exemplary public life. Outside some tossed clubs and some angry cursing over bad shots, he’s avoided the problems that have plagued so many NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball stars.

Woods may have an innocent explanation about what happened, but his declining to meet with Florida Highway Patrol officers for a second consecutive day on Saturday only fuels speculation that does Woods no service. It doesn’t serve the sport, either. Woods is human, and never have more searing eyes waited to see just how human.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.