Moms knows best: 2013 will be good to Tseng

By Randall MellFebruary 13, 2013, 2:02 pm

World No. 1 Yani Tseng believes the stars may be aligning for her to have a big year again.

At least that’s what her mother is telling her.

“My mum told me last year was a bad year for Dragon, and I was Dragon,” Tseng said in her news conference Wednesday leading into the start of the 2013 LPGA season at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. “So my Mum say, `It’s OK, your bad year is over. Your good year is coming this year, the [Year of the] Snake.’ I go, `OK, that’s good. So, I’m very excited for this year.”

For Dragons, here’s what lies ahead in the Year of the Snake, according to Feng Shui, a Chinese system of divination: “The year 2013 offers many opportunities and lucky breaks that will help you attain big improvement both in work and at home. Make sure you make the most of the good vibes and favorable stars blowing your way in your Feng Shui chart.

“According to your Bazi Birth Element chart, your Life Force and Spirit Essence are excellent, which means your vitality, energy and enthusiasm are very high. Your success luck is also fabulous. You will have lots of vigor and zest to pursue your goals and attain prosperity and big success. Your wishes and life’s aspiration are very likely to actualize in the Year of the Snake 2013. Treat the year as a magical wish-fulfilling year.”

Tseng won three times in the first three months of 2012, giving her 15 victories in 15 months. She couldn’t maintain that remarkable level of success through the rest of last year and. She missed three of four cuts in the summer and went 12 consecutive rounds without breaking par.

Still, overall, Tseng won three LPGA events in 2012 with 11 top-10 finishes. That prompted Karrie Webb Wednesday to offer a dose of perspective.

“Yeah, that was a terrible year she had last year, three wins, $1.5 million,” Webb said. “I would have hated to have a year like that.”

Tseng said she is focusing on what went right last year and learning from what didn’t go right.

“I know it’s been a tough year for me, but when I look back, I have three wins, I have [11] top 10s, so that’s still pretty good,” Tseng said. “All the people are putting high expectations on me, even myself, too.  I’ve been putting so much pressure on myself, and then it’s like I practice so hard. It’s almost overdoing it, because I never practice so much like last year and then all the expectation were way high . . . I’ve been learning a lot.  I think last year was very challenging for me, and I’m growing a lot from last year.”

Tseng’s run at No. 1 reaches exactly two years this week. She said she’s trying to focus on what she has to be grateful for through all her success. She cracked that she’s even going to show more appreciation to her golf clubs.

“I never say thank you to my club,” Tseng said. “My club is my best friend. I do my job and my club does his job.”

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

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

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.

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Woods shares emotional embrace with his kids

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:21 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would’ve vaulted him into a tie for second place at The Open. It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful week for the 14-time major champion, who is just happy to playing majors again.

Then he walked off the 18th, saw his two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie, and they all took a moment for a long embrace. Turns out, that was the perfect way to end the week.

“I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,'” Woods said Sunday after putting the finishing touches on an even-par 71 to end at 5 under for the week.


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“It’s pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again.”

In 2008, when Woods won his last major, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Sam was a year old and Charlie was not yet born. They don’t know how much their father used to dominate this game, especially majors. The last time Woods won a PGA Tour event was five full years ago. Woods has joked in the past that they only know him as a YouTube sensation.

“So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career,” he said. “The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. Man, it’s just such a great feeling.”

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TT postscript: Not a win, but an amazing week

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 6:04 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods had a chance to win his 15th major Sunday at The Open at Carnousite:

• Tiger shot 71-71-66-71 to finish at 5 under par and tie for sixth place.

• When Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele both bogeyed the fifth hole Tiger was in the solo lead. Amazing to think that only last September he said he never knew if he’d ever play golf again. Here he was, nine months later with a chance to win a fourth claret jug. Amazing.

• For 10 holes, Tiger was the calmest, coolest, most composed player on the golf course. Birdies at Nos. 4 and 6 looked easy, while most everyone else was struggling to make par.

• To me, the biggest mistake of the week, and certainly of the final round, was Tiger’s decision to get cute and hit a flop shot up and over a bunker into the 11th hole. It checked up and rolled back down and off the green. He failed to get up and down and made double bogey. If he’d have pitched the ball 12-15 past the hole he’d had have a chance to save par and would’ve made no worse than bogey.

• The double bogey felt worse when Tiger made bogey on the 12th hole. This two-hole stretch cost him three shots and he finished three shots off the lead.


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• Tiger moved to 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking, which qualifies him for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which he has won eight times.

• One of the best moments of the week came after Tiger’s round when he gave his kids, daughter Sam and son Charlie, long hugs. Tiger said it was especially emotional because both kids knew how much this week meant to their old man. They had only seen Tiger struggle; it was great for them to see his success.

• Tiger: “Today I did everything the way I thought I needed to do it to win the championship. This entire week, I felt like I needed to keep building my way into this championship. It's one of those where, as I said earlier in the week, it's going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win it on Sunday because we're all driving the same areas. Kind of turned out that way. There are a bunch of guys packed, a bunch of guys with a chance to win, and I was one of them.”

• Overall, an amazing week. Truly tremendous to watch.