I Know Nothing Nothing

By Mercer BaggsDecember 14, 2009, 12:10 am

Tiger Woods

PUTTING THE CLUBS AWAY: Tiger Woods issued a statement on his Web site Friday evening saying he was “taking an indefinite break from professional golf.”  In the announcement Woods admitted to his “infidelity,” the first time he has used that word since his ongoing saga began two weeks ago.
BackspinEverybody seems to know what’s best for Tiger. You can’t flip a channel, click on a Web site or read a magazine without some genius giving his/her opinion on what Tiger needs to do. What Tiger needed to do was figure out what meant most to him – his family, his career, his image, his legacy – and then focus on that. It appears that he made his decision.
Steve Williams and Tiger Woods

HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL: Woods’ longtime caddie Steve Williams told a New Zealand newspaper this past weekend that he was unaware of his bosses “indiscretions.”  Williams vehemently protested a column written by Rick Reilly, who said Woods should fire Williams because he was “an enabler.”
Backspin Reilly is one of the many aforementioned who has a moral compass to point Woods in the right direction moving forward. As for Williams, he might not have known to what degree Woods was being unfaithful, but he had to know something. “I just work for Tiger Woods” doesn’t wash when you’ve teamed for 10 years and been close enough to where he was the best man at your wedding. If people well removed from Woods had heard rumors of infidelities over the years, it’s hard to believe someone so close to him didn’t know some of the facts.

Tiger Woods

SPONSORS SHAVE TIGER?: On the sponsorship front, Accenture ended its relationship with Woods, saying he is 'no longer the right representative' for the company. Gillette announced that they will be limiting Woods’ role in their upcoming marketing campaign. And, Gatorade announced that they were discontinuing their line of “Gatorade Tiger Focus,” but said it had nothing to do with the recent events surrounding Woods.
Backspin The snowball got rolling once Gillette became the first of Woods' sponsors to publicly distance itself from the embattled superstar. Or maybe that was when the first domino fell. Not sure which metaphor works better here. Either way, thank goodness we may never again have to see a shaving commercial with Woods, Roger Federer and Thierry Henry.

Tiger Woods and Colin Montgomerie

MAJORS IN THE AIR?: Players from across the world of golf spent this past weekend reacting to the news of Woods’ indefinite leave of absence. Most wished him well and hoped for a speedy return to the PGA Tour; though, not everyone is anxiously awaiting his comeback.
BackspinColin Montgomerie quipped that with Woods out of action, it opened the door for others to win tournaments. Not everyone will admit to this, but most have to be thinking it – especially regarding the majors. The 2010 major venues are Augusta National, Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and Whistling Straits. You could have penned Woods in for at least two wins, with a possible chance at a seasonal Grand Slam. Now the doors could be wide open to all four. Not for Monty, but for many others.

Ben Crane and Tiger Woods

WHO SAID WHAT TO WHOM?: “Life & Style” magazine quoted PGA Tour players Ben Crane and Charles Warren as making some very harsh comments towards Woods. Crane and Warren both denied making any statements at all to the magazine.
BackspinThe magazine won’t reveal the author of the article, which is bunk. Just as people in the spotlight need to be held accountable for their actions, so, too, do the people who shine that spotlight. We need a name, we need tar and we need feathers.

Barbro Holmberg

SICK TO HER STOMACH: Elin Woods’ mother, Barbro Holmberg, was taken to an Orlando-area hospital early Tuesday morning after someone in the Woods home called 911 saying Holmberg was experiencing stomach pains. She was later released and reportedly doing fine.
BackspinThat was Tuesday? Of this past week? So much has happened so fast it’s hard to connect the Whats to the Whens. This didn’t appear to have anything to do with the scandal, perhaps a possible case of food poisoning. It was just a chance to ask, ‘What next?’ And hope you didn’t get an answer.

Elin Woods

THE GETAWAY: Elin Woods bought a six-bedroom house on a small island near Stockholm, Sweden that is reachable only by boat. A Swedish official said the negotiations to buy the property likely happened well before Tiger’s crash.
Backspin The Woods’ could buy a house on the moon and TMZ would still manage to get satellite footage – with an US Weekly reporter hiding in a crater.

In Kyung Kim

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In non-Tiger news, Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker won the Shark Shootout. … In Kyung Kim captured the Dubai Ladies Masters. … Robert Allenby won his fourth Australian PGA. … Pablo Martin was victorious at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Backspin All of this really happened. It really did.

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”