Is Tiger Woods still a superstar?
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I don’t play golf, am not familiar with all the rules, so I have some questions about Tiger Woods’ transgression. Please help me. Should Woods have known better than to drop the ball where he did? Was he trying to cheat? Is it right that he got penalized two shots after the fact? Should he have been disqualified? Should he have disqualified himself?
Tiger Woods had a bad round today and finished third in the British Open. Third is good, but we notice Woods seems to collapse a lot on the final day of tournaments. Why is it he plays well for three days and washes out on the fourth? Can someone explain?
Here is the opening to my Sunday column about the faltering Tiger Woods at the US Open: SAN FRANCISCO You can’t exactly say Tiger Woods choked. You can’t say he choked even though he shot six bogies on Saturday, bogeyed two of his last three holes like some amateur who’d been invited to play the Open on a lark, even though he came into Saturday’s play tied for the lead at 1 under and left mired in a pack, a… Read More »
Here is the opening to my Friday column about the golf threesome — Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson: SAN FRANCISCO The world stopped at 7:33 Thursday morning. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson were approaching the tee at the ninth hole of the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club — it was their first hole. And the entire planet, at least the crowd at the Olympic, was in a state of pure anticipation. The air was… Read More »
Here is the opening to my Thursday column on Phil Mickelson which really is a compare and contrast of him and Tiger Woods. Hey, I was an English major. SAN FRANCISCO When reporters interviewed Tiger Woods at the Olympic Club this week, they mostly asked about him. But when reporters interviewed Phil Mickelson, they mostly asked about him and Tiger. It’s as though Mickelson exists in a binary universe, a Tiger/Phil universe in which Mickelson is the lesser star, overwhelmed… Read More »
Here is the opening to my Wednesday column about Tiger Woods: SAN FRANCISCO Tiger Woods had just gone full snippy in a Tuesday news conference. He tries to act nice, he really does, but full snippy is right below the surface. A reporter asked the obvious question, the key question of U.S. Open Week: Does he have to win a major to prove he’s a great golfer again? “I think even if I do win a major championship,” Woods replied,… Read More »
Is Tiger Woods turning into a choker? He can make all the shots, at least it seems that way. But he choked at the AT&T and he sure seemed to choke at the Masters on Friday. When he kicked his club it wasn’t rude like some people wrote. Baseball players do worse things all the time. But kicking the club meant he had lost his cool, lost his composure, his focus, whatever you want to call it. And that’s part… Read More »
Tiger Woods faded terribly today at Pebble Beach. I didn’t cover the final round — in fact, I watched it on TV at home. But this is what I saw. Woods can make the shots. Woods is a good player. Woods has lost his confidence. It is strange to write he’s lost his confidence when he used to be the most confident athlete alive. But he could not stand up to the pressure of the final round today and he… Read More »
I trailed Tiger Woods for, get this, six hours around the course at Spyglass Hills in the first day of the AT&T Pro-Am on Thursday, trailed him with my friends Mark Purdy and Cam Inman. My dogs still hurt. I wrote about Woods’ performance — pretty good — and what is at stake for him as this weekend unfolds. He seems much more mature although he doesn’t seem to be as good a golfer as he was when he wasn’t… Read More »