Tiger Woods Still Struggling But Back On Top – June 5, 2013

Tiger Woods Is Back On Top Of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes

Tiger Woods had a dramatic fall from grace after his 2009 Thanksgiving car crash. He lost five sponsors, $50 million in annual income, his place atop the world golf rankings and his marriage. But with six victories over the last 12 months, Woods is back at No. 1 on the course and on Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes—a spot he occupied every year from 2001 until 2012, when boxer Floyd Mayweather ranked first.

Forbes estimates that Woods pulled in $78.1 million over the last year from prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and golf course design work. His resurgence on the links boosted his prize money over the last 12 months to $13.1 million, double his total from the prior year. He now has 78 career wins, only four short of the all-time record held by Sam Snead. Continue reading

The Tiger Woods Update for March 29, 2013

Mark O’Meara sent a congratulatory text message to Tiger Woods from Augusta’s 12th green

Mark O’Meara, Tiger Woods — Getty ImagesMark O’Meara, Tiger Woods — Getty Images

One thing you won’t find? A cell phone. That is one of the few modern pieces that Augusta does not embrace, and anyone with a cell phone, golf fan or otherwise, will be escorted off the grounds (in a press conference a year ago Rory McIlroy’s phone rang and as he silenced it he pronounced to the congregated media, “No phones at Augusta!”). Continue reading

Tiger Woods Finds His Groove 2013

Tiger’s all-around game shines in win

A golfer is never really satisfied, but to find fault with Tiger Woods’ game now all but means perfection is expected in a game that never allows it.

Sure, Woods made a sloppy bogey at the final hole to win by 2 shots — the closest anyone got to him Sunday — and he could hit a few more fairways and maybe he needs to figure out a way to climb up the occasional tree when his ball comes to rest in one.

But his performance at the Trump Doral Resort this week in winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship was simply his best since the fourth major overhaul of his swing began under Sean Foley in August of 2010. Continue reading

Golf, PGA, LPGA and Tiger Woods Update

Fathers & Sons: Westwood makes PGA Tour season debut with father at his side

Padraig Harrington of Ireland, and his playing group make their way to the fifth green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during a practice round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (The Associated Press)

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. –  Lee Westwood still doesn’t know why his father took him to the golf course.

He played just about every other sport in England when he was 12, such as football, cricket and rugby. He used to go fishing with his father, but the fish weren’t biting, mainly because Westwood kept throwing stones into the water. So off they went to a golf course called Kilton Forest, neither of them having ever so much as swung a club.

Westwood was hooked.

“I turned pro at 19 and came on tour, and he was still a 12 handicap, so I can’t understand the reasons for that,” Westwood said. “He went to every lesson that I’ve had, drove me there and sat there and listened to it. I just got a bit better than him. Must be down to talent or something like that. I must have my mom’s talent for golf.”

Westwood was particularly sharp with his dry humor Wednesday at Pebble Beach, where it’s easy to be in a good mood when the landscape is colored with a blue sky, green grass, white surf and a blazing sun.

He is making his first start on the PGA Tour, and this week is a reminder to the 39-year-old Westwood where his career all started. Continue reading

What’s Next For Tiger Woods in 2013?

tiger woods 2013For the better part of a decade, whenever anyone talked about golf, Tiger Woods was part of the conversation. He was able to string together one of the most remarkable, and longest lasting, runs of success that the golf world had seen in quite some time.

Every time he entered a tournament, Woods was favored to win. He knew it. The rest of the field knew it. It was like they were beaten even before they stepped on the course. As long as Woods was anywhere near the top of the leaderboard, it was likely he would pull out a victory. And forget about going head to head in the final group with him. His intensity and skill were too much to overcome.

He currently has 14 major championships under his belt, and is still very much in the running to at least take aim at Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major victories. Despite the fact that he has failed to win a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, things are looking up for Woods.

He was able put together a string of very solid performances in 2012 and that is something that his competitors should be keep an eye on. If Tiger is able to get back to playing anywhere near the level he was at when he ruled the world of golf, then he may very well end his career with over 20 majors to his name. Continue reading