A Course That Woods Has Yet to Master
Hogan’s Alley is an outmoded nickname for Riviera Country Club, one golfing icon’s long-ago success here superseded by a more recent superstar’s vanishing act. The fabled grounds where Ben Hogan, in an 18-month span, notched three victories, including a United States Open, have become Tiger’s Abyss.
The course, where a teenage Tiger Woods made his first PGA Tour appearance, is one he now conspicuously avoids. The former N.B.A. great Jerry West, the Northern Trust Open’s executive director, has tried to talk Woods into returning, as has Woods’s caddie, Joe LaCava. Neither has made headway.
A Southern California native, Woods last played a competitive round at Riviera in 2006, completing two rounds before pulling out because of influenza. Before then, his results at the club were anemic: no victories and two top-five finishes, including a 1999 playoff loss, in 10 competitive starts. (He is 0 for 11 in the Northern Trust, which was held in 1998 at Valencia Country Club.) Among the tour events Woods has entered at least four times, it remains the only one he has not won.
Over the years, Woods has expressed his love for the golf course and the tournament, which he first attended as a fan with his father, Earl, while in grade school. He played on a sponsor’s exemption while in high school in 1992, finishing 125th out of the 143 players.
Tiger Woods commits to the Match Play, Honda Classic and Cadillac Championship
There is no real shock that Tiger Woods will be at next week’s Accenture Match Play (besides the fact that Phil Mickelson will be skipping the WGC event once again), but it is nice to hear that Woods will be hitting up three events in a row on the PGA Tour.
Starting next week, expect to see as much of Tiger as you can stand (as long as he sticks around in the match play longer than he has lately) as he is expected to hit up the Accenture, then the Honda Classic and finally Doral.
Tiger has won the Match Play three times, with the last being in 2008, the only time he’s triumphed since the event was moved to Arizona, and while he’s never won the Honda Classic it was last year that really got him going with his final round 62, leaving him just behind champion Rory McIlroy.
Woods has won the Cadillac Championship six times in his career.
So there you have it. Tiger, golf, three weeks in a row. It’s the 2013 PGA Tour season in full swing.
MIA Tiger Woods to play three straight events starting at Match Play
Tiger Woods made it official that he would play in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship at Doral in Miami in a statement on his website Tuesday.
Woods disappeared from the PGA Tour after winning the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego last month, but he’ll return at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson next week. Then he’ll begin a busy month in Florida, playing the Honda Classic, which begins Feb. 28, followed by Doral.
If he follows his normal schedule, Woods will have an off-week after Doral, when the Tour stops at Innisbrook near Tampa for the Transitions Championship, then he’ll return at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he is defending champion, on March 24.