A Wedding Wish for Tigers Locker

By Kraig KannOctober 1, 2004, 4:00 pm
Dear Tiger,
 
Kraig Kann here from TGC. Hope this note finds you well, and your ailing back feeling better. (Didnt realize those private planes could be so uncomfortable.)
 
I havent received an official or unofficial invitation to the wedding. Reports have all but assured us that its taking place in Barbados on Monday. Reports also say its taking place at a place called Sandy Lane Resort. I did a search and found it to be a breathtaking honeymooners paradise. Good choice.
 
Reports also say Elins been there for a few days at the spa getting ready. Reports also say you and Elin and a few of her girlfriends have been spotted at the resort in recent weeks. So, if I choose it all to be true, Im writing to wish you good luck with this new chapter in your life.
 
But I must admit that as a member of the media, Im a bit leery of reports. After all, reports just prior to the Ryder Cup had you and Elin on the outs. Supposedly a big argument led to the break-up.
 
By the way, we even called the Sandy Lane Resort looking for a room for next week. They told us all 112 of the rooms were booked ' under one guest!
 
Man, you must get sick of all this stuff! Private life be damned! But I want to applaud you for handling it as you have.
 
Sure, Ive been a bit down on some of your on-course behavior of late, but the way youve handled the off-course rumors and even truths has been exemplary.
 
I was in Milwaukee in 1996 when you made the famed statement, Hello world. You tied for 60th that week. Bet you never imagined what your life would be like each and every day after that news conference announcing that you were turning professional. Golf paparazzi chasing your every drive, following your every late afternoon drive, and wedging themselves into every little moment of time your eyes are open.
 
Back to that Ryder Cup week and the questions about your alleged break-up with Elin. While you questioned the medias reporting skills by asking how or why a certain number of us could get away with such reporting, you never demanded an apology. You never singled any reporter out for bad behavior either. Assuming the report was inaccurate, you had every reason to put that reporter in the Dan Rather position.
 
There are times though -- many of them actually -- that I wish we could get a little more from you in the interview setting. As a member of the Sprint Pre/Post Game show, I wish youd storm the set unannounced like our chummy pals Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood giving us entertainment value that any television network would die for.
 
I wish we could get a few more sit-down interviews without having to jump through hoops to get it done.
 
But you know what, I guess I understand. And this report about your break-up with the woman youre set to marry is reason enough to make things tough on us.
 
So, I just want to wish you the best this weekend in Ireland. Get the W as a wedding present to yourself!
 
And I want to give you and Elin my best on Monday. As a married man with three great children, the best of your life is ahead of you.
 
No matter how many people want you to live the same life you did in 1999 (8 wins) and 2000 (9 wins including 3 straight majors), do yourself a favor and dont look back. Dont ever look back.
 
Look ahead to the great life that begins on Monday. I have a great feeling that marital bliss will lead to even better golf. And nothing would make the fans and fellow PGA Tour pros happier than to see Tiger Woods back at his very best.
 
I can guarantee that Vijay wants to beat Tiger when he appears unbeatable. No. 1 in the world is great, but still a bit hollow with a weakened Woods. Ernie, too, wants his shot at No. 1 while Tiger is playing his best game. Even Woody Austin wants a victory to count when a top-notch Tiger is competing alongside him.
 
Please, give us everything youve got toward the goal of reaching your old form. But do it at your pace. Dont rush it. Take time to enjoy the good life and the good wife. Just dont give up the habit of good golf.
 
The best time of your life is set to begin. And it has nothing to do with 18 professional majors. Trust meif you can.
 
Kraig Kann
 
p.s. Are you and Elin registered at Target?
 
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Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.


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“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament



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River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

“It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”


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Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

“I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’” 

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First photos from Norman's 'Body' shoot

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It was revealed earlier this week that Greg Norman would be one of the athletes showcased in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features the models stategically posed in the nude.

Well, the first photos are out from Norman's shoot and ... here they are, if you want them.