Tigers new world of treatment

By Associated PressJanuary 27, 2010, 11:42 pm

Hello, I’m Tiger Woods and I’m a sex addict.

Those might be the toughest words Woods ever had to say, assuming, ofcourse, he stood up and said them at a clinic in Mississippi.

That’s also assuming Woods is currently residing at the Pine GroveBehavioral Health and Addiction Services clinic in Hattiesburg, though photostaken by a certain tabloid suggest it to be true. If so, the world’s greatestgolfer is under the care of a superstar in his own field, sexual addictiontreatment pioneer Patrick Carnes.

Unfortunately for Woods, greatness on the greens doesn’t count in grouptherapy. Unlike golf, he has hardly any way of controlling what goes on.

It begins the same way for all. You can’t be treated until you acknowledgethere’s a problem.

“I don’t know if he can stand up and say it,” said celebrity shrink Dr.Drew Pinsky, who hosted a TV sexual addiction reality show. “But it’s a keycomponent of these things.”

For now, the frantic hype over where Woods is has begun to subside, if onlybecause the consensus is that he indeed is behind guarded gates. The paparazzihave, for the most part, left Hattiesburg, driven out by a new fence encirclingthe clinic and the fact the money shot has already been taken.

Desperate times reportedly drove Woods to a place he never would haveimagined.

It’s easy to see why. There’s no driving range, no chipping green to work onthe short game. So far, no one has spotted Woods at the nearby athletic clubwhere patients sometimes pump a little iron.

And if Woods thought preparing for the Masters was tough, he’s likely nowspending long days filled with lectures, group sessions and the ever-present12-step program every patient must conquer. Patients must dress a certain way,address each other a certain way and, most importantly, can never touch anotherpatient without permission.

Cell phones are left at home.

“These kind of programs are very structured,” said Maureen Canning, aclinical consultant for sexual compulsive programs at the Meadows treatmentfacility in Arizona. “It’s basically a 12-hour day every day, plus homework.”

Treatment centers like the Meadows and Pine Grove are places where peopleend up only when the consequences are so painful they have no choice. For someit’s divorce, while for others it’s a lost job, jail or even disease.

International scorn? Well, that, too.

Indeed, for Woods the pain has to be magnified by the fact he’s such apublic figure. People cheered his every move, dreamed of what it would be liketo be him.

Behind it all, though, may have lurked a very different person.

“Most sex addicts are extremely lonely emotionally,” Canning said. “Theylook really good. They’re intelligent, bright and personable. But emotionally,they’re lonely because they don’t know how to feel feelings or allow anyoneclose. They confuse the intensity of sex with that of intimacy.”

Canning says the best part of her job is helping a patient sift through hisor her life to find the underlying reasons behind the addiction. For almost all,she says, there was a traumatic incident in childhood, anything from beingspanked to more extreme things.

Often, it has something to do with the parent of the opposite sex.

That, at least, is Carnes’ theory and that of his followers in a relativelynew field. There are other skeptics who believe the whole thing is a bunch ofpsycho babble and that some people, mostly men, are inclined to want to have sexwith reasonably attractive people of the opposite sex because it’s in their DNAto do so.

The American Psychiatric Association does not list sex addiction as adiagnosable mental disorder, and there are no real statistics on how many peopleit might affect or the cure rate.

“It is what alcohol was 25 or 30 years ago,” Canning said. “People don’twant to talk about it and, because of the shame, people don’t have a lot ofplaces to go. They stay isolated in their pain and behavior.”

If Woods is to change that behavior, his wife, Elin, likely will need toplay a role. Spouses are encouraged to join some of the therapy because they areconsidered part of the overall problem.

“There’s a reason that person chose to be with that identified addict andthat tells you that person needs to do a bit of work, too,” said Pinsky, anaddiction specialist and longtime radio advice show host. “It’s often difficultto get them to do so because they’re thinking ‘Why should I be doing anythingwhen I’m so betrayed?’ But you do hope in Tiger’s case that his wife commits tothe relationship and appreciates the effort.”

The six weeks of inpatient therapy is just the beginning for a program thatcan stretch up to five years.

This long-term program is much like one for alcohol or drug addiction, whichmeans making sure Woods’ environment is structured so he doesn’t have the urgeor opportunity for sex outside his marriage. Usually that involves havingsomeone around to make sure he stays out of trouble and keeps up with his12-step meetings.

That can be tricky for someone who travels around the world to make aliving, especially if his wife and kids aren’t along. Woods will have to abideby new rules, and his Las Vegas haunts will surely be out.

He may find it particularly difficult to adjust to a confining lifestylewhile trying to regain his dominance on the golf course.

The reward is that it may be the only thing that can save his marriage.

The bonus is that it may some day also help salvage his reputation.

Tim Dahlberg is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him attdahlberg(at)ap.org

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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.

Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.