The End of Tigers Season is Just the Beginning
Its amazing. Every week Tigers locker is filled with requests from friends, strangers and fellow players to sign something, whether its a flag, hat or simply a photograph. Theres never a dull moment from the time he steps out of his hotel room to the time he returns to it at night.
Wherever - and I mean wherever - he walks, he is coated with two layers of security ranging from tournament officials all the way to the FBI. Despite the attacks on September 11th, this 25-year-olds way of getting from place to place has hardly been affected. He needed high security before that unforgettable day. He continues to need it now.
Each year this phenom adds a substantial number of victories to his resume. In turn, his increasing fame requires him to involve even tighter measures of bodily protection. He has sacrificed plenty to follow his dream.
Based on all of that, you would think that when the end of an official PGA Tour season finally arrives, the worlds most wanted golfer would find time to take a breather. Not this cat. Tigers so-called off-season in 2001 features approximately two weeks of down time.
Over the next two months, Woods is playing in the World Cup of Golf, the Skins Game and obviously, his very own Williams World Challenge. His appearance at the New Zealand Open is still pending. Throw in a few other clinics and commitments made early on in the year and presto! When its all said and done, Tiger may have 14 days to himself by the time the 2002 season-opening Mercedes Championships kick off.
When I asked him at the Tour championship what he was going to do with that time, Woods responded without hesitation, Not much, theres really no time.
His one stretch of time off came unwontedly after the World Trade Center tragedy. For personal safety and security reasons, the world Number 1 stepped off the stage for five weeks. That was my break, he said. It wasnt planned, but it had to happen.
Now its back to business as usual. His aching back seems to be under control. His newly developed goatee may or may not make it to Thanksgiving. He jokingly said it will be hard to shave it off considering it took him the entire five weeks to get the little bit of growth that he did.
As the official season came to a close this past Sunday, Tiger handled his post-game remarks in a kind and gentlemanly manner, despite the fact that his round was disappointing. He expressed his emotions about the day and he ended with smiles as he explained his future plans and reflected on another beautiful season for the history books. For ten months, Tiger provided us with the excellent theater weve become so accustomed to enjoying. For the next two months, he will entertain us unofficially from sites all around the world.
Thats the beauty of this sport. The season never really ends. In effect, we are treated to year-round sightings of perhaps the man who will become known as the worlds greatest athlete when all is said and done. Thanks for another wonderful year, Tiger, from completing the slam to locking up the Vardon Trophy for the third time. We look forward to 2002.
Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open
Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.
Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.
No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.
No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.
No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.
No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.
And No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
At 5 under for the day, and 5 under for the championship, he was one off the lead at this point.
Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.
Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.
Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.
After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.
“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”
Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).
It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:
Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.
Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)
Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.
1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.