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!”).
These rules do not apply to past Masters winners, however.
The Golf Channel is reporting a rather interesting story from this week’s Shell Houston Open from 1998 Masters champion Mark O’Meara. The good pal of Tiger Woods was asked if he chatted with Tiger after his win last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and he said he sent him a text message. That isn’t surprising. Where he sent it from most certainly is.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 has lots of substance but not much style
Promise: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 promises more features and better game play (Picture: EA)
The Tiger Woods series have been around in various guises for a quarter of a century now, ticking along nicely with a stream of steady if not spectacular upgrades each year.
Game physics, playing and online modes have all been honed and improved in recent additions, keeping up the constant challenge of freshening up a sports sim each year.
This year’s game offers more of the same; evolution rather than revolution, but with a host of intriguing additions that add depth to an already genre leading game.
For starters, the full 20 Championship courses have been added, plus there’s the chance to play for the Grand Slam, with all four majors added for the first time in a golfing game.
Add to that the fascinating ‘take down legends’ mode, that replicates playing with some of the greats of the game dating back generations, and there’s plenty going on to keep hardcore players entertained.
But for the more casual player, or those out of the loop of recent editions, the game comes across intimidating and the controls are initially difficult to master, offering those short of patience little relief.
Tiger Woods Is Back To Number One: His Greatest Feat?
Early on his career, Tiger Woods set a pretty lofty goal for himself: break Jack Nicklaus’ record for most major victories in a career, 18. He’s been stuck on 14 since 2008, going on five years. A scandal sunk his personal life, culminating in his divorce from Elin Nordegren, serious injuries sidelined him, and in November 2011, Woods’ ranking sank to number 58 in the world.
Was he done?
Not quite. After clinching a two-stroke victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla. on Monday — his third tournament win in this young 2013 season, and 77th PGA title in total — Woods regained his world number one ranking, which he lost back in October 2010. Since Woods hasn’t won a major since June 2008, it’s tempting to dismiss this milestone somewhat. Woods set majors as the standard, after all, and the Arnold Palmer is not Augusta.