Someone Finally Stopped Tiger

By Rich LernerJuly 16, 2002, 4:00 pm
It was a lovely day in Scotland. Really, it was.
 
'Nice and sunny,' quipped Andrew Coltart in his distinctive baritone brogue, a steady rain pelting his cap. 'I just hope it doesn't rain tomorrow.'
 
A good soaking rendered Muirfield uncharacteristically soft, but dry weather is expected later in the week, though never, ever guaranteed off the Firth of Forth.
 
'It's probably the softest I've seen in an Open Championship with the fairways this lush,' said Tiger after his early morning practice round. 'But the rough is obviously up and you've got to keep it in play in order shoot some good numbers.'
 
Tiger teed off at 6:40 AM Tuesday with Mark O'Meara, John Cook and Adam Scott. A couple hundred fans followed quietly, in marked contrast to Tiger's boisterous, early week practice rounds at Bethpage Black.
 
'He looks a lot tighter swing-wise, a little more on his game than at the U.S. Open,' offered Cook in a sobering assessment for the rest of the field. But yet, Cook, who came so close to winning here in 1992, believes Tiger's challenge is far tougher than at Bethpage Black.
 
'This is a golf course on which the Nick Prices and the Mark O'Mearas and John Cooks can compete with the Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson,' said Cook.
 
Nearly every player we encountered echoed that sentiment as length is not a pre-requisite at Muirfield. 'The premium's on hitting the fairway,' added Rocco Mediate.
 
Funny, Monday morning delivered a humorous and positive omen for those seeking to stop Tiger. As he made his way to the range, a female security guard who didn't recognize Tiger blocked his path. A colleague stepped in to rectify the situation.
 
'She was following it by the books,' explained the most famous athlete in the world of the least interested golf fan on the planet. 'I didn't have the proper credentials.'
 
And what did Tiger say in response?
 
'I just said I won this tournament two years ago.' The episode should at least allay any security concerns.
 
Nick Faldo cracked that only a woman indeed could derail Tiger.
 
'Who is she? Where is she? And how much can we pay her?--not in that sense!--but we've got to wear him out somehow haven't we?' said the man who has won twice here.
 
Apparently, Faldo hasn't seen Elin Nordegren, Tiger's beautiful girlfriend. She is 0-2 in the 'wear him out for the majors' department.
 
Alas, it'll be up to the old gal named Muirfield to deal with Tiger. And so much of what will happen depends on the wind.
 
In the words of one Scottish caddie, if the wind does not blow they'll destroy it. It's simply too short by modern standards. But if, as is often the case, the wind comes from the west, it'll be a challenge. If it rolls in off the North Sea, it will be, according to author Curtis Gillespie, whose detailed account of Muirfield was just published in a new book, Playing Through, ugly and cold. And, he added with a diabolical laugh, 'fun.'
 
Ultimately, the prevailing sense is that if Tiger is going to win the third leg of the single-season slam, at least make him really sweat. Take a cue from the security guard, fans seem to be saying. Don't just let him walk on through.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.