Complete coverage of Tiger Woods saga
March 16, 2010
Woods to return to competition at Masters
Finchem responds to Woods' return
R&A hoping for Woods to play Open Championship
Hoggard: The Right Place, the Right Time for a Return
Mell: The Biggest Story Ever
Woods the favorite to win Masters with British bookies
Woods' return a boon for marketers
Fans ready to welcome back Woods
Expect huge TV ratings for Woods' Masters return
March 15, 2010
Shag Bag: Finchem can't avoid Tiger talk
March 14, 2010
Shag Bag: Miller on Woods' return
March 13, 2010
Mell: Players leery of being paired with Woods
Lerner: When Tiger Returns
March 11, 2010
Report: Woods hires Fleisher for PR
AP: Woods likely to return at Masters
March 9, 2010
Hawkins: No place like home for Woods
March 8, 2010
Shag Bag: Woods, Haney spotted on Isleworth range
March 5, 2010
Woods doesn't enter WGC-CA Championship field
March 4, 2010
Shag Bag: Tiger's return will jolt golf
Sabbatini wonders what Woods will be like
March 3, 2010
Woods' caddie says he's mad at boss
Nicklaus thinks Woods will play Masters
March 2, 2010
AP: Woods back from therapy
Feb. 26, 2010
Gatorade dumps Woods
Feb. 24, 2010
Nike sticking by Woods despite issues
Feb. 23, 2010
Procter & Gamble keeping Woods on the shelf
Report: Woods apologizes to school parents
Woods still holds all the cards in the world of golf
Feb. 22, 2010
Report: Federer hopes Woods returns soon
Feb. 20, 2010
Woods' caddie won't allow heckling
Dali Lama says faith can bring Woods peace
Feb. 19, 2010
Mell: Redemption Song
Hawkins: 'I was foolish'
Hoggard: Player reaction to Woods' statement
Baggs: What to Believe?
Tiger's mom offers support
Tiger the pitchman far out of the woods
Reaction to Woods' statement
Experts give Woods high marks on statement
Transcript from Woods Statement
Tiger makes case as millions pause to watch
Highlights from Tiger Woods' statement
Tiger omen in Arizona
Woods: Sorry for behavior, unsure of return
Setting the scene at Sawgrass
Woods to make speech; return to rehab
What do you want to hear from Tiger Woods today?
Man pleads guilty for altering Gatorade bottles
Feb. 18, 2010
Tiger's State of the Union
GWAA to boycott Woods press event
Tour getting ready for Tiger show
Feb. 17, 2010
Making Sense of it All
Tiger Woods to discuss future at Friday meeting
Tiger Woods to break silence
Tiger Woods issues statement on his Web site
Ballesteros urges Woods to be patient but return
Mislabeled Gatorade bottles suspect considers plea
Feb. 14, 2010
Tiger's 'magical year' gone?
Feb. 12, 2010
No Tiger, or Phil, at Match Play
Feb. 10, 2010
O'Meara finally opens up on Tiger Woods scandal
Feb. 9, 2010
Woods' rule over Pebble Beach overstated
Feb. 8, 2010
When will Tiger Woods return to golf?
Feb. 6, 2010
Johnny Miller: 'Woods must show genuine sorrow'
Feb. 2, 2010
Golf in the news for the wrong reasons
Jan. 28, 2010
Tom Watson expects better from Tiger
Jan. 27, 2010
Business list says Woods “most powerful athlete”
Mickelson hopeful of his rival Woods’ return
Perry looking forward to Woods’ return
Bookie cuts odds on Woods playing at Masters
Jan. 26, 2010
Woods' break officially begins this week
Woods' daughter's preschool gets hand from law enforcement
Jan. 22, 2010
Mickelson in, Woods out at Torrey Pines
Jan. 21, 2010
Tiger Woods or not, clinic heightens security
New audio released from Woods car crash investigation
Jan. 20, 2010
Ogilvy wants Woods to speak before playing golf
Tiger Woods photos surface
Garcia predicts earlier return for Woods
Jan. 16, 2010
Ryder Cup among the many question for Woods
Jan. 15, 2010
Goydos' take on Tiger
Woods looking to help Haiti relief effort
Federer: Woods will be back and at his best soon
Jan. 14, 2010
Golfers as TV actors? There's a show for Tiger
Suspect in fake Gatorade labels appears in court
Jan. 13, 2010
Colorado man arrested over fake Gatorade labels
GM says Woods doesn’t get free cars anymore
Jan. 12, 2010
Parnevik staying out of the Woods loop
Jan. 11, 2010
Florida lawmaker calls for investigation in phony Woods claim
Fake Gatorade labels show Woods, say ‘unfaithful’
Jan. 8, 2010
Nicklaus: 2010 a big year for Woods in the majors
Jan. 5, 2010
All questions to the new season begin with Woods
Jan. 4, 2010
Electronic Arts standing behind Woods
Shirtless Woods graces Vanity Fair
Jan. 3, 2010
Mongomerie says Woods will no longer be the same threat
Jan. 1, 2010
AT&T move dives deeper than a staff bag deal
Dec. 31, 2009
AT&T ends sponsorship with Woods
Tiger a control freak who loves to take risks
Dec. 30, 2009
Report: Woods had ‘fat lip’ 4 days after accident
Dec. 22, 2009
Tiger saga dwarfs plenty of ’09 memories
Dec. 21, 2009
Tennis great Becker sympathizes with Woods
Dec. 18, 2009
Ryder Cup captain Pavin sees Woods returning
Tag Heuer to drop Woods from U.S. campaigns
Dec. 17, 2009
Finchem: Tour will survive without Woods
Report: Elin divorcing Tiger
Dec. 16, 2009
Woods voted AP Athlete of the Decade
Dubai moving ahead with Woods course
Dec. 15, 2009
Report: Doctor linked to Woods being investigated
Tour: Nothing suggests Woods violated policy
In Sweden, anger over Tiger, pride over Elin
Upper Deck sticking by Woods
Barkley: Woods ignoring famous friends
Dec. 14, 2009
Tag Heuer to assess relationship with Woods
Phil Knight's take on the Woods situation
Dec. 13, 2009
Accenture ends Tiger Woods sponsorship
Dec. 12, 2009
Golf world in shock over Woods' leave
Official: Woods' wife buys house in Sweden
Gillette to limit Woods' role in marketing
Players react to Woods' announcement
Caddie denies knowledge of Woods' infidelity
Dec. 11, 2009
Woods taking indefinite leave from golf
Full statement from Woods regarding break
Mell: The good news in Tiger's statement
Finchem reacts to latetest Woods news
UK court issues injunction in Woods case
Dec. 10, 2009
Nicklaus wants to respect Woods’ privacy
Golfers say they weren’t interviewed about Woods
Dec. 9, 2009
Tiger 2010 – Where and When?
Congressman drops effort to honor Tiger Woods
Dec. 8, 2009
Elin's mother stable after 911 call
With familiarity, Letterman jokes about Woods
Dec. 7, 2009
Report: Two irons next to Woods' crash scene
Witness says Woods drinking on day of crash
Dec. 6, 2009
'Saturday Night Live' mocks Woods
Dec. 5, 2009
Woods takes golf into a year of uncertainty
Tiger Woods’ caddie says he will stand by player
Dec. 4, 2009
Alleged mistress keeping quiet, as does Tiger
Cut Line: The One and Only
Dec. 3, 2009
Parnevik stands by comments
Woods has gone into crisis mode
Uchitel lawyer cancels press conference
Tiger Woods: ‘Personal failings’ let family down
Lawyer for woman who denied Woods affair to speak
Dec. 2, 2009
Parnevik wishes Elin and Tiger had never met
Where does Woods go from here?
Reactions to Tiger Woods saga
Woods’ sponsors standing behind him – for now
One of Golf’s Great Upsets
Woods crash did $3,200 damage to hydrant, tree
Tiger: 'I have let my family down'
Case closed but Woods scrutiny continues
Dec. 1, 2009
Tiger all the talk at Chevron World Challenge
Silence nothing new for Woods
FHP: Investigation over
Video: Woods careless but not criminal
FHP: Woods cited for carless driving
Attorney: Woods' wife asked neighbors to call 911
Attorney for Tiger Woods’ neighbors to speak out
Woods’ crash hampers wealthy neighbors’ privacy
Tiger Woods checks out for the year
Nov. 30, 2009
Mell: Sixty Hellish Days for Woods
Daly calls for Woods to come clean
Woods not playing own Chevron World Challenge
Woods' quest for privacy meets ultimate challenge
FHP not seeking Woods' medical files
Daly hopes for quick return for Woods
Nov. 29, 2009
Mell: Tiger Woods: A legal analysis
Hoggard: Tiger saga getting weirder by the day
Photos from Woods' car accident
Woods' attorney takes charge
9-1-1 audio tape of Woods' crash
Transcript of 9-1-1 audio call
Woods says accident his fault
Woods' full statement regarding accident
Backspin: A memorable Thanksgiving
Golf Channel programming updates
Video: Golf Central breaks down accident coverage
Nov. 28, 2009
Mell: Tiger's worst nightmare
Lerner: Speculative matters
Woods still unavailable for State troopers
Police plan to speak to Woods regarding accident
Nov. 27, 2009
Statement from Woods' office regarding crash
Woods in serious condition after car crash
"The Men In Blazers" Hosting Nightly Show From The Open, July 18-22 on NBCSN
Show to Include Off-beat Interviews, Unique Features and Men In Blazers Distinctive Takes on The Open
Culminating in France’s thrilling win on Sunday, NBC Sports’ critically-acclaimed The Men In Blazers – Roger Bennett and Michael Davies – have spent the past month breaking down all of the action surrounding the FIFA World Cup. However, there will be no rest for the duo as they leave behind their Panic Room studio in the “crap part of SoHo” in Manhattan to host a nightly show in conjunction with The 147TH Open. The show will feature the pair’s signature, unconventional style in providing unique takes on golf’s original championship while “sporting an arsenal of the finest golf sweaters that could be found on eBay.” Originating from Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland, Men In Blazers will air nightly on NBCSN Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22.
In addition to delivering a series of features for NBC Sports’ coverage surrounding The Open, the nightly Men In Blazers show on NBCSN will offer expanded highlights following each round; off-beat interviews, special guests and cameos; along with non-traditional stories highlighting cultural elements relevant to Carnoustie and The Open.
“Both Davo and I grew up with The Open being the heartbeat of our sporting year,” said Bennett. “To cover it from that beautiful monster that is Carnoustie is the honor of a lifetime. We look forward to savoring every attempt to tame Hogan’s Alley, the futile battle between man and nature, and all those ‘subtle’ Ian Poulter wardrobe changes, in equal measure.”
Dedicated features being showcased over the duration of the week include: a retrospect on past Opens having been staged at Carnoustie; an in-depth recollection of the unforgettable 1999 Open; an introduction to the second-oldest golf shop in the world; a history lesson on Carnoustie and its influence on golf around the world; and an examination of Carnoustie’s local delicacy known as “bridies”.
MEN IN BLAZERS AIRTMES FOR THE 147TH OPEN WEEK (All Times EST)
Wednesday, July 18 11-11:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thursday, July 19 11-11:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Friday, July 20 1-1:30 a.m. (NBCSN, Saturday overnight)
Saturday, July 21 11:30 p.m.-Midnight (NBCSN)
Sunday, July 22 10-10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Woods delofts 2-iron to use off Carnoustie tees
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods has been effective this season hitting a 2-iron off many tees, reverting to a version of the stinger shot he made so popular.
This week at baked out and brown Carnoustie he went to the next level, adding a new 2-iron to his bag that he bent to 17 degrees, down from his normal 20-degree version.
“I took a few degrees off of it, just trying to be able to have the ability to chase one down there,” he explained on Tuesday.
Woods said he still carries the club about the same distance, from 245 to 250 yards, but “it gets to its final destination much differently [on the ground].”
“Obviously, it rolls out whereas mine back home, I've generally liked having it 20 degrees because I can hit the ball into the par 5s as an option,” he said. “This one's not really designed for hitting the ball in the air to par 5s as an option. It's more of a driving club.”
After playing two practice rounds, Woods said he wasn’t sure how much he would use the new 2-iron given the dry conditions which have led to ridiculously long tee shots, and he said he might adjust the club more if the course doesn’t slow down.
“If it softens up, it could be a good club,” he said. “If it doesn't soften up, then I might just add a degree to it and keep it a little softer and not have it so hot.”
The Open is the second consecutive event where Woods has added to his bag. At The National earlier this month, he went with a new mallet-headed putter that he plans to continue to use this week.
Europeans out to end the recent American dominance
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – In golf’s biggest events, the Americans have left the rest of the world feeling red, white and mostly blue.
If you’re wondering whether the U.S. currently holds a meaningful title, the answer is probably yes.
Golf’s four majors? Yep.
The Ryder Cup? Indeed.
The No. 1 player in the world? Absolutely.
The Presidents, Solheim, Walker, Palmer and Curtis Cups? Uh-huh.
It’s been a popular talking point at the men’s majors, as Europe’s finest players have been peppered about why they’ve all seemingly fallen under Uncle Sam’s spell.
After all, the Americans haven’t ripped off five major wins in a row like this since 1981-82 – when Justin Rose was still in diapers.
“I don’t know what I’d put it to down to,” the Englishman said Tuesday, “other than the American boys in the world rankings and on the golf course are performing really, really well. The top end of American golf right now is incredibly strong.”
Since 2000, the Americans have taken titles at eight of the nine courses on the modern Open rota. The only one they’ve yet to conquer is Carnoustie, and that’s probably because they’ve only had one crack at it, in 2007, when an Irishman, Padraig Harrington, prevailed in a playoff.
Not since Tom Watson in 1975 has a U.S. player survived Carnoustie, arguably the most difficult links on the planet. But Americans ranging from Dustin Johnson to Tiger Woods comprise six of the oddsmakers' top 10 favorites, all listed at 25/1 or better.
“America, there’s no doubt about it, and there’s no other way to put it, other than they have an exceptional bunch of players at the moment,” Tommy Fleetwood said. “It just so happens that it has been a run of American golfers that have won majors, but at the same time, they’ve generally been the best players in the world at the time that they’ve won them.
“You don’t really look at them as a nationality. You just look at them as players and people, and you can understand why they’re the ones winning the majors.”
Indeed, there’s not a fluke among them.
Since this American run began last summer at Erin Hills, Brooks Koepka (twice), Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed have hoisted trophies. All were inside the top 25 in the world when they won. All were multiple-time winners on the world stage before that major. And all, most ominously for Europe, were 29 or younger.
“There’s a bit of camaraderie amongst all of them,” Rose said. “I know Brooks and Dustin are incredibly close, and you’ve got Rickie (Fowler) and Justin Thomas and Jordan as a group are all really close. It’s working really well for them. They’re spurring each other on.”
That’s why there’s even more anticipation than usual for the Ryder Cup. The Americans haven’t won on foreign soil in a quarter century, but this band of brothers is better and closer than those who have tried and failed before them. Couple that with a few aging stars on the European side, and there’s a growing sense that the Americans could be on the verge of a dominant stretch.
That should sound familiar.
During an eight-major span in 2010-11, the most common refrain was: What’s Wrong with American Golf? International players captured seven consecutive majors, including six in a row at one point. They took over the top spot in the world rankings. They turned the Ryder Cup into a foregone conclusion. In the fall of 2010, Colin Montgomerie pounded his chest and declared that there’d been a “changing of the guard over to Europe,” and it was hard to find fault in his reasoning.
“European golf was very healthy a few years ago for a long time,” McIlroy said. “It seemed like every major someone from the island of Ireland turned up to, we were winning it. It doesn’t seem that long ago.”
Because it wasn’t.
So even though it’s been more than a year since an International player held any title of consequence, these types of runs are cyclical, and Europe in particular has no shortage of contenders.
Major drought or not, McIlroy is a threat every time he tees it up. Rose turns 38 in two weeks, but he’s playing arguably the best golf of his career, recording a top-10 finish in a ridiculous 17 of his past 21 starts. Fleetwood is fresh off a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open, where he closed with 63. Jon Rahm is a top-5 machine. Alex Noren just won on the Ryder Cup course in France.
“I think Tommy, clearly, showed how close the Europeans are to challenging that dominance as well,” Rose said. “So it’s not like we’re a mile behind. It’s just that they’re on a great run right now, and there’s no reason why a European player shouldn’t come through this week.”
Links to the past: Tiger's return revives Open memories
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods rekindles his love affair with links golf this week at Carnoustie, which seems about right considering his introduction to the ancient ways of the game began here on the Angus coast.
It was here on the most brutal of the Open Championship rota courses that a 19-year-old Tiger first played links golf at the 1995 Scottish Open, an eye-opening and enlightening experience.
“I remember my dad on the range with me, saying, ‘Are you ever going to hit the ball past the 100 yard sign?’” Woods recalled on Tuesday at Carnoustie, his first start at The Open since 2015. “I said, ‘No, I'm just enjoying this. Are you kidding me? This is the best.’”
During this most recent comeback, Tiger has been all smiles. A new, relaxed version of his former self made calm and approachable by age and the somber influence of injury. But this week has been different.
During a practice round with Justin Thomas on Monday he laughed his way all the way around the brown and bouncy seaside layout. Much of that had to do with his return to the unique ways of links golf, the creative left side of his brain taking the wheel from the normally measured right side for one glorious week.
He talked of game plans and strategic advantages on a parched pitch that has seen drives rolling out over 400 yards. At his core, Tiger is a golf nerd for all the right reasons and this kind of cerebral test brings out the best of that off-the-charts golf IQ.
Although there are no shortages of defining moments in Tiger’s career and one can make all sorts of arguments for what would be his seminal moment – from the 1997 Masters to the 2008 U.S. Open –the 2006 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool stands out, based on near-perfect execution.
In ’06 at Liverpool, which played to a similar shade of dusty yellow as Carnoustie will this week, Tiger hit just a single driver, opting instead for a steady diet of long irons off tees. For the week he hit 48 of 56 fairways, 58 of 72 greens and rolled the field for a two-stroke victory and his third, and most recent, claret jug.
This Open has all the makings of a similar tactical tour de force. For this championship he’s put a new 2-iron into play that’s more like a strong 1-iron (17 degrees) and imagines, given the conditions, a similar low, running menu.
“It could be that way,” Woods said when asked the similarities between this week’s conditions and the ’06 championship. “I'm not going to hit that many long clubs off the tees, just because I hit a 3-iron on Monday, down 18, I went 333 [yards]. It can get quick out here.”
If Tiger ever needed a major championship confidence boost the Carnoustie Open would be it, an inspiring walk down memory lane to a time when he was the undisputed king of golf.
“[The ’06 Open] is the closest you can compare to this,” David Duval said. “But I struggle to remember that golf course being as fast as this one. It was close, but this one is something else.”
Ernie Els had a slightly different take, albeit one that was no less ominous to the rest of the field this week.
“Liverpool is on a sand hill, this has a bit more run to it,” Els said. “But it’s got the same feel. It’s almost like St. Andrews was in 2000. Very, very fast.”
It’s worth noting that Tiger also won that ’00 Open at the Home of Golf with an even more dominant performance. It is the unique challenges of the links test that make many, even Tiger, consider the Open Championship his best chance to continue his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors.
More than any other Grand Slam gathering, The Open is blind to age and the notion of players competing past their prime. In 2008 at Royal Birkdale, then-53-year-old Greg Norman flirted with the lead until the very end, finishing tied for third; a year later at Turnberry, Tom Watson came within one hole of history at 59 years young.
“It certainly can be done,” Woods said. “You get to places like Augusta National, where it's just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately. That's just the way it goes. But links-style golf courses, you can roll the ball. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”
Whether this is the week Tiger gets back into the Grand Slam game depends on his ability to replicate those performances from years past on a similarly springy course. As he exited the media center bound for the practice putting green on Tuesday he seemed renewed by the cool sea breeze and the unique challenges of playing the game’s oldest championship.
Coming back to Carnoustie is more than a reintroduction to links golf; for Tiger it’s starting to feel like a bona fide restart to his major career.