Other Tiger Topics

By Adam BarrFebruary 4, 2007, 5:00 pm
Have mercy. I mean, this Woods character is making it tough for the water cooler crowd, let alone us journalists. All that time away from the buffet table, thinking up new things to say.
And thats the issue, isnt it? New things to say. We have all seen, time and again, how Tiger will wake up on a Sunday, yawn, have coffee, and decide on his usual weekend plan: Pick up the leaderboard like a sheet of paper, turn it around, crinkle it, flatten it back out again, make it into a paper Gulfstream, and land it perfectly in his own little Hangar of Glory.
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We know Tiger can dominate, but what are some of the nuances of his game? (Wire Images).
Dont get me wrong; its still exciting to watch. But its time to stop talking about the guy in terms such as dominance, machine-like, determined, and so on. Its like saying the sky is blue, or that Congress will get nothing done today.
But no one plans to stop talking about Tiger. So here are some topics that will get us past mundane domination and take things one level deeper.
Tee strategy. How has it changed? When did a modicum of restraint creep in? Is it me, or are there more Stingers being hit? I seem to see more 2-irons instead of driver every time. Whats his favorite shot shape? I think he can move it either way, but does that ever go wrong for him? Then what happens? Also, with the driver, whats the best thing to do with the right elbow? If things begin to flare, can you cure it temporarily by jamming that elbow into your hip on the way down? Or would it work for him, but turn me into a pretzel on Advil?
Hangin on. The times Tiger decides to hold on to a mid- or short-iron shot for an extra secondthat fascinates me. Trajectory control, spin control, or both? Anything we golf mortals can learn from this?
Putting. Compare his style on have-to-makes to Nicklaus, who might have been the best ever at that kind of putt. Whats the mental process? How does Tiger quiet his mind on those putts? Does he like putting? Or, as with Hogan, could he do without it?
The Big Kiwi. What do he and Steve talk about, anyway? Is Steve keeping Tiger calm, or the other way around?
Hey, Dad. What will fatherhood be like for Tiger? In that he usually succeeds in whatever he sets out to do, it will be interesting to see how he maintains his golf prowess while having a fulfilling family life. Considering the strong bond he had with his late father, it seems natural that Tiger will be a conscientious dad.
Education. No one who understands modern professional sports can blame Tiger for leaving Stanford when his golf powers came to the fore. He said at the time he planned to finish his education eventually, and he is not one to say such things lightly. Although family life may make his time tighter, I have no doubt hell find a way to finish what he started at Stanford, and well see him in a cap and gown some day. This would be especially important for the example it would set for kids in Tiger Woods Foundation programs, which encourage striving for dreams through work, study and imagination. Other athletes have finished their careers and gone on to school and excellent second jobs (Minnesota Vikings great Alan Page is a state supreme court justice; San Francisco 49ers receiver John Frank became a doctor, to name just two). But Tiger is so high profile that the completion of his education could inspire a lot of kids.
Once the Record Falls. When the 19th major championship comes, then what? Will he get Michael Jordan Disease and have no new worlds to conquer? Or will he keep setting sports goals? Will he design courses full-time one day? Or run the PGA TOUR?
Sotawk amongst yerselves.
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'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

“Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.

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Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

“The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

Tiger Woods is stalking his 15th career major championship trophy. Follow the action with our tracker to see if he can get it done at Carnoustie.

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Pros melting down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 3:42 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros have been watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We're compiling their missives below:

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.