The List: Tiger fireworks and grilling out

By Golf GuyJuly 4, 2012, 1:00 pm

Welcome to The List, where the Golf Guy offers golf-related topics and useless items. Feel free to add your own 'list' in the comments section; just refrain from comments like, 'This guy gets paid for this crap?' I'm a sensitive guy. Anyway, this week's Fourth of July edition includes my top Tiger Woods firework moments as well as the my favorite things to grill:

All-time Tiger firework moments:

1. Sinking that insanely ticklish putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate en route to his 2008 U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines. One of the greatest moments in golf history. Pure Tiger. And his double-barreled fist pump was one for the ages.

2. Chipping in on the par-3 16th in the 2005 Masters. While the high-five with former caddie Stevie Williams was weak, the real-time, slo-mo of the ball falling into the cup will stand the test of time as one of the greatest highlights in sports history. The fact that he was looking at bogey and ends up making birdie en route to the title takes it over the top.

3. Bob May may have already drifted from our consciousness, but the duel that played out at the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla was preposterous. Back and forth they went coming down the stretch and then into a playoff. When Woods walked his 20-foot putt into the cup on the first extra hole – pointing at it the last few feet – goose bumps grew on my arms ... as did the legend of Tiger (not on my arm).

4. 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational: The 72nd hole. Facing a 24-foot putt for the victory. At Arnie's place. Bam! Then the hat slam! Seeing Tiger get that fired up after big wins never gets old.

5. Granted, the 2000 edition of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC was already in the books – Tiger won the event by an eye-popping 11 strokes – but it was another case of Tiger closing the deal with fireworks. Almost literally. In drowning darkness, Woods' stuffed his final approach shot of the day to within a foot of the hole ... while fans still at the course held up their Bic lighters as if at a rock concert.

All-time favorites to throw on the grill:

Burgers: Is there anything better than a burger from the grill at a picnic, tailgating party or just with friends and family on the porch? And I like the three different burger combos – straight cheeseburger, the BBQ burger, and the burger with lettuce, tomato and Miracle Whip. Throw in a side of potato salad and you have yourself a party.

Sweet Italian sausages: I know most people are 'brat' fans, but I prefer the Italian sausage. Why? I have no idea. Well OK, maybe I do – the word 'bratwurst' sounds bad, and not as inviting as 'sweet Italian sausage.' With a little brown mustard and honey.

Filet mignon: A special treat for someone as poor as the Golf Guy. Rubbed lightly with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and served with some grilled onions, this is the equivalent of making back-to-back-to-back birdies. And yes, medium rare, please.

Chicken kabobs: Lathered in Italian dressing, and mixed with green, red and yellow peppers, the visual alone is scrumptious. Plus, the word 'kabobs' is fun to say.

Hot dogs: I have not had a hot dog in four years. I read the back of a package and was freaked out by the words 'mechanically separated meat from the bone.' That said, I loved hot dogs. And I love seeing people eat hot dogs. Whether at a baseball game, at the turn or even my dad as as he motors through an entire package – raw. I miss you, hot dogs.

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Woods admits fatigue played factor in Ryder Cup

By Jason CrookOctober 17, 2018, 12:35 pm

There’s was plenty of speculation about Tiger Woods’ health in the wake of the U.S. team’s loss to Europe at last month’s Ryder Cup, and the 14-time major champ broke his silence on the matter during a driving range Q&A at his annual Tiger Woods Invitational at Pebble Beach on Tuesday.

Woods, who went 0-4 in Paris, admitted he was tired because he wasn’t ready to play so much golf this season after coming back from a fourth back surgery.

“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season,” Woods said. “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf and on top of that deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”

The topic of conversation then shifted to what's next, with Woods saying he's just starting to plan out his future schedule, outside of "The Match" with Phil Mickelson over Thanksgiving weekend and his Hero World Challenge in December.

“I’m still figuring that out,” Woods said. “Flying out here yesterday trying to look at the schedule, it’s the first time I’ve taken a look at it. I’ve been so focused on getting through the playoffs and the Ryder Cup that I just took a look at the schedule and saw how packed it is.”

While his exact schedule remains a bit of a mystery, one little event in April at Augusta National seemed to be on his mind already.

When asked which major he was most looking forward to next year, Woods didn't hesitate with his response, “Oh, that first one.”

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Podcast: Fujikawa aims to offer 'hope' by coming out

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 17, 2018, 12:03 pm

Tadd Fujikawa first made golf history with his age. Now he's doing it with his recent decision to openly discuss his sexuality.

Last month Fujikawa announced via Instagram that he is gay, becoming the first male professional to come out publicly. Now 27, he has a different perspective on life than he did when he became the youngest U.S. Open participant in 2006 at Winged Foot at age 15, or when he made the cut at the Sony Open a few months later.

Joining as the guest on the latest Golf Channel podcast, Fujikawa discussed with host Will Gray the reception to his recent announcement - as well as some of the motivating factors that led the former teen phenom to become somewhat of a pioneer in the world of men's professional golf.

"I just want to let people know that they're enough, and that they're good exactly as they are," Fujikawa said. "That they don't need to change who they are to fit society's mold. Especially in the golf world where it's so, it's not something that's very common."

The wide-ranging interview also touched on Fujikawa's adjustment to life on golf-centric St. Simons Island, Ga., as well as some of his hobbies outside the game. But he was also candid about the role that anxiety and depression surrounding his sexuality had on his early playing career, admitting that he considered walking away from the game "many, many times" and would have done so had it not been for the support of friends and family.

While professional golf remains a priority, Fujikawa is also embracing the newfound opportunity to help others in a similar position.

"Hearing other stories, other athletes, other celebrities, my friends. Just seeing other people come out gave me a lot of hope in times when I didn't feel like there was a lot of hope," he said. "For me personally, it was something that I've wanted to do for a long time, and something I'm very passionate about. I really want to help other people who are struggling with that similar issue. And if I can change lives, that's really my goal."

For more from Fujikawa, click below or click here to download the podcast and subscribe to future episodes:

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Davies takes 2-shot lead into final round of Senior LPGA

By Associated PressOctober 17, 2018, 2:00 am

FRENCH LICK, Ind. - Laura Davies recovered from a pair of early bogeys Tuesday for a 2-under 70 that gave her a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Senior LPGA Championship as she goes for a second senior major.

In slightly warmer weather on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, the 55-year-old Davies played bogey-free over the last 11 holes and was at 6-under 138. Brandi Burton had a 66, the best score of the tournament, and was two shots behind.

Silvia Cavalleri (69) and Jane Crafter (71) were three shots behind at 141.

Juli Inkster, who was one shot behind Davies starting the second round, shot 80 to fall 11 shots behind.

''I had a couple of bogeys early on, but I didn't panic,'' Davies said. ''I'm playing with a bit of confidence now and that's good to have going into the final round.''

Davies already won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open this summer at Chicago Golf Club.

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Miller's biggest on-air regret: Leonard at Ryder Cup

By Jason CrookOctober 17, 2018, 12:00 am

Johnny Miller made a broadcasting career out of being brutally honest, calling golf tournaments exactly like he saw them.

His unfiltered style is what kept him on the air for nearly 30 years, but it wasn't always the most popular with players.

After announcing his upcoming retirement, Miller was asked Tuesday if there were any on-air comments he regretted over the last three decades. One immediately came to mind.

"I think that I didn't say the right words about Justin Leonard at Miracle at Brookline about he should be home watching it on TV. I meant really - I did say he should be home, but I meant the motel room. Even then I probably shouldn't have said that," Miller recalled. "I want so much for the outcome that I'm hoping for that I actually get overwhelmed with what I want to see. Almost the kind of things you would say to your buddies if you were watching it on TV, you know? He just couldn't win a match."

After struggling on Friday and Saturday in team play, Leonard ended up the U.S. hero after halving his Sunday singles match with José María Olazábal by holing a 40-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole - one of the most famous shots in Ryder Cup history.

"Of course he ended up - after the crappy comment I made that motivated maybe the team supposedly in the locker room, and he ends up making that 45-, 50- foot putt to seal the deal," Miller said. "Almost like a Hollywood movie or something."

Not only did the putt seal the comeback for the U.S., but it also earned Leonard an apology from Miller. 

"I apologized to him literally the next day; I happened to see him. I tried to make a policy when I go over the line that I get ahold of the guy within 24 hours and tell him I made a double bogey, you know. That's just the way I have done it through the years."