Woods shot a first-round 1-over 71, thanks to a double bogey on his closing hole Thursday. He is playing with Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III.
We’ll track his progress throughout the day.
No. 7, 461 yards, par 4: Tiger’s tee shot with a fairway wood cuts and cuts but just not quite enough, and he ends up just inches into the intermediate cut of rough. Woods, from the rough and 201 yards out, couldn’t get it all the way to the green, and he is now short-sided and in another batch of thick rough, and there is a bunker between him and the green. Woods hits a very professional shot out of that thick rough … to within about 2 feet from par. Bradley makes birdie to get back to -2, and he is five back. Woods makes par … a good escape. he is even par, seven back. Continue reading →
Memorial 2013: Rory McIlroy Knows Why Tiger Woods Dominates Jack Nicklaus’ Tournament
DUBLIN, Ohio — Rory McIlroy deadpanned the best line of the day. And the most honest.
The world’s No. 2 golfer was asked why Tiger Woods has won five times at the Memorial Tournament.
“The same reason he’s done so well everywhere, I guess,” McIlroy said, prompting loud laughter.
Woods’ dominance isn’t necessarily a laughing matter for the rest of the field at Muirfield Village this week. In 13 trips to Jack Nicklaus’ tournament, Woods has wins in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009 and last year. He’s cashed more than $5 million, also finishing third twice and fourth once. Continue reading →
The typical ritual for a golfer practicing on the driving range is to whack five or six balls and then step back and take a look at the fellow golfers around him also trying to hone their games.
That would be the person who tops his ball and rolls it 20 yards into the range. Also, the person who pops his shot up some 50 yards. And, of course, even the occasional person who makes a complete whiff.
That was the routine at a Miami-Dade course recently when the group on the range spotted somebody down at the far end launching humongous drives and pin-point accurate iron shots. He was definitely somebody of exceptional golf ability. Continue reading →
Caroline Wozniacki says her boyfriend, top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy, has improved his fitness level so much that he likes working out even more than she does.
Wozniacki’s dedication to the gym inspired McIlroy, and now he’s taken it to another level, which sometimes annoys the former top-ranked tennis player.
“Even in my offseason, I’m like, ‘Can you just rest for a second?’ I don’t want to see the gym. I don’t want to hear about the gym. I don’t want to go run. I just want to relax.” Caroline Wozniacki on boyfriend and professional golfer Rory McIlroy
“Even in my offseason, I’m like, ‘Can you just rest for a second?’ I don’t want to see the gym. I don’t want to hear about the gym. I don’t want to go run. I just want to relax,” she said. Continue reading →
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 →