Woods six back after 36 holes in AT&T

By Jason SobelFebruary 11, 2012, 1:36 am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Tiger Woods injured himself while playing golf Friday.

I know what you’re thinking.

Maybe it was a recurrence of last year’s knee injury that kept him out of action for three full months. Perhaps it was the Achilles problem that doesn’t get as much pub, but has impaired his progress over the years. Or it could have been – gasp! – a tweak of the very same ACL that he had repaired after winning the U.S. Open four years ago.

Nope. In those three instances, you’d be wrong, wrong and wrong.

Instead, it was his right wrist that was injured during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – and when Tiger first addressed it after his round, it sounded pretty serious.

“It hurt like hell when I did it,” he said.

Uh-oh. Could this be another in a long line of injury issues for Woods? Could this inhibit his ability to play what he says will be his first 20-start season since 2005? Could this be something that plagues him throughout the remainder of his career, adding to the list of aches and pains that keep him from passing the game’s most hallowed records?

Not exactly.

“Once I popped it back in, it was good,” he explained. “It was just a joint. No big deal.”

Oh, right. No big deal. Just a joint. All he had to do was pop it back in.

Just another day at the office, huh?

It may sound like Woods should make the All-Madden Team for his tough-guy performance at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, but listen to him and the quick fix seems like the most normal thing in the world.

The incident in question occurred on the par-4 eighth hole. Woods’ drive landed in a fairway divot and from there, he was forced to hit down on the ball with a little more power. He found the green with his shot and two-putted for par, but not without hurting his wrist – for a few minutes, at least.

“[It was] just that one shot,” he said. “I was in a divot on an uphill slope and it was a tough combo.”

That was about all that went wrong for him Friday.

Playing his first competitive round as a professional at MPCC, Woods carded four birdies and two bogeys, resulting in a 2-under 68. It was hardly the best score his game could have elicited, but following an opening 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill, it brought him to 6 under at the midway point of the tournament, six shots off the lead of Charlie Wi and in a share of 17th place on the leaderboard.

“I hit it well, I just didn't give myself the exact right looks today,” said Woods, who’s hit 83.3 percent of greens in regulation in the first two rounds. “I was above the hole or had some downhill breaking putts. I just needed to leave myself below the hole. With the greens getting bumpy like this, you just have to be aggressive on these things and take out some of the movement, and I just didn't do that.”

Woods may not have sounded too enthused about his ball-striking, but to borrow a few of his favorite phrases, his tee shots have often been “on a string” and his iron play has appeared “dialed in.” At MPCC, he hit 11 of 13 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation, improving on his numbers from one day earlier at Spyglass.

His bigger issues have come on the greens. Woods endured four second-round misses of about 10 feet or less, but somewhat surprisingly characterized his putting afterward as “good.”

If that was “good,” just think what could happen if “great” returns to his arsenal for Saturday’s third round at Pebble Beach.

Woods has enjoyed a love-hate relationship with the admittedly bumpy greens on the famed links over the years, but he’ll have the benefit of playing in the third group off the 10th tee, likely meaning smoother greens than later in the day.

He doesn’t need to go extremely low in order to remain in contention entering the final round, but Woods should bring some optimism into the day, considering the way he’s hit the ball and the fact that a potentially serious situation with his wrist was a mere quick inconvenience.

For one of the only times in recent memory, no matter what happens over the weekend, we can still say of Woods: Hey, at least he has his health.

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Noren so impressed by Rory: 'I'm about to quit golf'

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 5:33 pm

Alex Noren won the BMW PGA Championship last year, one of his nine career European Tour victories.

He opened his title defense at Wentworth Club in 68-69 and is tied for fourth through two rounds. Unfortunately, he's five back of leader Rory McIlroy. And after playing the first two days alongside McIlroy, Noren, currently ranked 19th in the world, doesn't seem to like his chances of back-to-back wins.

McIlroy opened in 67 and then shot a bogey-free 65 in second round, which included pars on the pair of par-5 finishing holes. Noren walked away left in awe.

"That's the best round I've ever seen," Noren said. "I'm about to quit golf, I think."

Check out the full interview below:

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Bubba gets to drive dream car: K.I.T.T. from 'Knight Rider'

By Grill Room TeamMay 25, 2018, 4:42 pm

Bubba Watson is a known car aficionado.

He purchased the original General Lee from the 1980’s TV show “Dukes of Hazzard” – later saying he was going to paint over the Confederate flag on the vehicle’s roof.

He also auctioned off his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk custom roadster and raised $410,000 for Birdies for the Brave.

He showed off images of his off-road Jeep two years ago.

And he even bought a car dealership near his hometown of Milton, Fla.

While recently appearing on the TV show “Jay Leno’s Garage,” the former “Tonight Show” host surprised Watson with another one of his dream cars: K.I.T.T.

The 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was made famous in the ‘80s action show “Knight Rider.”

Though, Bubba didn’t get to keep this one, he did get to drive it.

Bubba Watson gets behind the wheel of his dream car—the KITT from Knight Rider from CNBC.

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Cut Line: USGA readies for Shinnecock 'mulligan'

By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 3:26 pm

In this week’s Memorial weekend edition, the European team adheres to the Ryder Cup secret formula, the USGA readies for the ultimate mulligan at next month’s U.S. Open and a bizarre finish at the Florida Mid-Am mystifies the Rules of Golf.

Made Cut

Cart golf. When the U.S. side announced the creation of a Ryder Cup task force following the American loss at Gleneagles in 2014, some Europeans privately – and publicly – snickered.

The idea that the secret sauce could be found in a meeting room did stretch the bounds of reason, yet two years later the U.S. team emerged as winners at Hazeltine National and suddenly the idea of a task force, which is now called a committee, didn’t seem so silly.

To Europe’s credit, they’ve always accomplished this cohesion organically, pulling together their collective knowledge with surprising ease, like this week when European captain Thomas Bjorn rounded out his vice captain crew.

Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald (a group that has a combined 47-40-13 record in the matches) were all given golf cart keys and will join Robert Karlsson as vice captains this year in Paris.

Perhaps it took the Americans a little longer to figure out, but Bjorn knows it’s continuity that wins Ryder Cups.

Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

The USGA’s mulligan. The U.S. Open is less than a month away and with it one of the most anticipated returns in recent major championship history.

The last time the national championship was played at Shinnecock Hills was in 2004 and things didn’t go well, particularly on Sunday when play had to be stopped to water some greens that officials deemed had become unplayable. This week USGA executive director Mike Davis was asked about the association’s last trip to the Hamptons and, to his credit, he didn’t attempt to reinvent history.

“Looking back at 2004, and at parts of that magnificent day with Retief (Goosen) and Phil Mickelson coming down to the end, there are parts that we learned from,” Davis said. “I’m happy we got a mulligan this time. We probably made a bogey last time, maybe a double bogey.”

Put another way, players headed to next month’s championship should look forward to what promises to be a Bounce Back Open.

Tweet of the week:

Homa joined a chorus of comments following Aaron Wise’s victory on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, which included an awkward moment when his girlfriend, Reagan Trussell, backed away as Wise was going in for a kiss.

“No hard feelings at all,” Wise clarified this week. “We love each other a ton and we're great. It was a funny moment that I think we'll always be able to look back at, but that's all it really was.”

Missed Cut

Strength of field. The European Tour gathers this week in England for the circuit’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, and like the PGA Tour’s marquee stop, The Players, the event appears headed for a new spot on the calendar next year.

As the PGA Tour inches closer to announcing the 2018-19 schedule, which will feature countless new twists and turns including the PGA Championship’s move to May and The Players shift back to March, it also seems likely the makeover will impact the European Tour schedule.

Although the BMW PGA currently draws a solid field, with this week’s event sporting a higher strength of field than the Fort Worth Invitational on the PGA Tour, it’s likely officials won’t want to play the event a week after the PGA Championship (which is scheduled for May 16-19 next year).

In fact, it’s been rumored that the European Tour could move all eight of its Rolex Series events, which are billed as “unmissable sporting occasions,” out of the FedExCup season window, which will end on Aug. 25 next year.

Although the focus has been on how the new PGA Tour schedule will impact the U.S. sports calendar, the impact of the dramatic makeover stretches will beyond the Lower 48.

Rules of engagement. For a game that at times seems to struggle with too much small print and antiquated rules, it’s hard to understand how things played out earlier this month at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship.

In a story first reported by GolfChannel.com, Jeff Golden claimed he was assaulted on May 13 by Brandon Hibbs – the caddie for his opponent, Marc Dull, in the championship’s final match. Golden told police that Hibbs struck him because of a rules dispute earlier in the round. Hibbs denied any involvement, and police found no evidence of an attack.

The incident occurred during a weather delay and Golden conceded the match to Dull after the altercation, although he wrote in a post on Twitter this week that he was disappointed with the Florida State Golf Association’s decision to accept his concession.

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf,” Golden wrote. “Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated ‘ex-caddie’ punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

Because of the conflicting statements, it’s still not clear what exactly happened that day at Coral Creek Club, but the No. 1 rule in golf – protecting the competition and the competitors – seems to have fallen well short.

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Watch: Pieters snaps club ... around his neck

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 1:19 pm

After opening in 3-over 75, Thomas Pieters was in no mood for more poor play on Friday.

Unfortunately for Pieters, he bogeyed two of his first three holes in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship and then didn't like his second shot at the par-5 fourth.

Someone - or some thing - had to pay, and an innocent iron bore the brunt of Pieters' anger.

Pieters made par on the hole, but at 5 over for the tournament, he was five shots off the cut line.

It's not the first time a club has faced Pieters' wrath.