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

Golf Update – TIger Woods 2013 The Domination Begins

Tiger Woods cruises to victory at Torrey Pines

(Photo: Jake Roth, USA TODAY Sports)

SAN DIEGO — It looks like it will be a major year for Tiger Woods.

Hindered by the dawdling pace of play and a faulty driver, Woods nevertheless polished off another tour de force around these parts on a sun-splashed Monday to win the delayed Farmers Insurance Open for the seventh time.

LEADERBOARD: Farmers Insurance Open

Struggling but never in any danger of collapsing over the final 11 holes on the South Course at seaside Torrey Pines, Woods finished at 14 under par with his even-par 72 in the final round to win his 75th career title by four shots over defending champion Brandt Snedeker and John Teater.

The win bodes well for Woods — and not so much for his colleagues.

In the six previous seasons that Woods won the Farmers, he never won fewer than four tournaments that year. That included eight wins twice and years of seven, six and five victories. The year he won four — in 2008 — he played just six events as he had season-ending surgery to his left knee following his win in the U.S. Open — at Torrey Pines.

In five of those six years when he won the Farmers, Woods triumphed in a major championship. The lone year he didn’t pull a Farmers-major double was 2003. Continue reading