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Tiger’s Top Ten List

November 30th, 2009 No comments

Tiger-Gate Day 4

Day four of Tiger-Gate calls for some humor. Maybe we all are taking this accident a little too seriously. Since Tiger has hired a big time lawyer to handle this mess, we probably will never hear from Tiger on this subject. We certainly can speculate on what Tiger might have told the police if he had ever agreed to talk to them. Here are what might have been Tiger’s Top Ten Statements to the Florida Highway Patrol.

10. Do you guys want some Orlando Magic tickets? Courtside?

9. Hey….I was just crusin for chicks!

8. Did you hear Nike’s new slogan…”Just Crash It”

7. Anybody see my nine iron?

6. Elin’s lessons with Hank Haney have really paid off.

5. Man….I wish I hadn’t lost that deal with General Motors. I need some new wheels.

4. I can’t wait to move out of this neighborhood…the streets aren’t safe anymore.

3. Everyone knows I’m not the greatest driver.

2. It was just like Bay Hill…first I had trouble with a water hazard then I hit a tree.

1. I’d like to make a donation to the “Fire Hydrant Awareness Foundation.”

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Tiger Woods Feeds “Tiger-Gate”

November 29th, 2009 No comments

Tiger-Gate Day 3 Continued

by Jeff Skinner

Tiger Woods has decided to cancel another meeting with the Florida Highway Patrol and instead released a statement on his website. Woods is taking a hard-line stance here in refusing to cooperate with the police. Granted, he is under no legal obligation to answer police questions at this time but this only fuels more speculation as to why Woods has failed to cooperate.

Woods has burned up any good will he had cultivated with the local police force as he is making them look foolish. Is it that he has something to hide? Or is it that his ego won’t allow him to be put in a submissive position when it comes to the police? Either way Woods comes off looking obnoxious and in the wrong. He continues to feed the monster that is now “Tiger-Gate.”

Tiger’s Statement:

As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore.

This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.

This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.

The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.

This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.

Tape of 911 call:

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Tiger’s Crash is Now “Tiger-Gate”

November 29th, 2009 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

There was an exciting finish at The 55th World Cup of Golf in China. The Molinari Brothers (Francesco and Edoardo) became the first brother combination to win the World Cup. They also gave Italy their first World Cup Championship ever. The Italians shot four under to beat both Ireland and Sweden by one stroke. The USA finished tied for seventh at twenty under par.

Tiger-Gate: Day 3

In other golf news, actually in the only golf news, day three of Tiger-Gate begins the same as day two. The Florida Highway way Patrol will again try to speak to Tiger and his wife to get the full story on Friday’s 2:00am accident. Tiger and Elin have found excuses to avoid speaking to authorities and have left the door open for days of speculation on what really transpired when Tigers’ SUV met a fire hydrant.

Tiger and Elin Woods have tried to live a private personal life. That almost seems impossible with Tiger as the most recognizable athlete in the world, but they have made a valiant effort to keep their life as private as they could. Friday morning’s accident has thrust them into a world of tabloid headlines and public scrutiny that they are unfamiliar with. Tiger-Gate is in full bloom and they have only themselves to blame.

A search on Google News today brought up 5,583 articles on Tiger Woods. At the same time a search for President Obama registered only 4,835 articles. More disconcerting for Woods must be the total for Rachel Uchitel, her search showed 5,550 pieces. Uchitel is the woman The National Enquirer claims is having an affair with Woods. This is the world that Tiger has tried so hard to avoid: a sordid world of lying, cheating and tabloids that prey on any sign of imperfection from its celebrities.

Whatever happened behind the closed doors of Tiger’s mansion on Friday spilled out into the street and into the international headlines. Tiger and his wife have contributed to the feeding frenzy by avoiding the questions by police. He’ll have to answer the questions one way or another. The police are being very accommodating right now. However, if they continue to be rebuked by Woods they could show up the next time with arrest warrants for lying to the police and destruction of public property.

This is a story that will not die easily. Uchitel is now speaking to the media outlets and has hired high profile lawyer Gloria Allred. The firestorm that is Tiger-Gate continues to grow larger and hotter. The gated, walled in, private community can’t keep it from growing. Neither can Tiger’s battalion of handlers. Woods needs to wake up and talk to the police and make a statement to the press. The sooner he does the quicker he’ll be able to get Tiger-Gate off the front page. From the looks of the sharks circling the gates of Isleworth, that won’t be anytime soon.

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Tiger’s Crash Has More Questions Than Answers

November 28th, 2009 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

And we thought this was going to be a slow weekend for golf news. Thanks to Tiger and a fire hydrant, things have changed a little bit. In case you have been in a cave or still sleeping off the Thanksgiving hangover, Tiger is all over the news. Woods and his accident is not only the number one story in sports, he is also dominating the celebrity gossip headlines.

Here are what we know to be accurate facts from local authorities:

Woods hit a fire hydrant and a tree right outside his house around 2:00am Friday morning.

Police arrived and found Woods lying in the driveway in a less then coherent state.

Elin Woods was “hovering” over Woods.

The back window of the Cadillac SUV Woods was driving was broken out.

Woods was transported to the hospital, treated and released in “good “condition later.

Here is what has been happening to Tiger in the tabloid press lately:

The National Enquirer claims that Woods is having an affair with a NYC nightclub executive. They claim that Rachel Uchitel was with Woods in Australia.

While Uchitel has a history of trying to date celebs, she has come out with a denial concerning Woods when Waggle Room was able to contact her.

Now here is where things get a little sketchy. There are reports circulating on the web that some local law enforcement officers stated that a “domestic issue” preceded the crash. I was never very good in math but if we put two and two together we get a golf club to the back windshield.

Speculating can be a dangerous thing, but there is plenty more than meets the eye here. Could it be possible that Elin and Tiger had an argument about the alleged affair? Maybe Tiger’s denial didn’t wash with Elin. Maybe Tiger admitted an affair. If there was such an argument, it isn’t a stretch to think that Tiger was storming out of the house, or told to get out by his wife. Maybe Elin wanted to get a few licks in and grabbed the golf club to have a go at Tiger. Could it be that Elin was taking a swing at the SUV as Tiger was pulling away? Tiger might have been “distracted” by the breaking of the back window and turned to see his wife smashing the window. It’s easy to assume if your wife is coming at you with a club that you could be distracted. Woods then hits the hydrant and tree and what was a domestic squabble becomes a national story.

Tiger Woods has lived his life trying to avoid the off course spotlight. The only time Tiger likes press is when he is winning a major championship or raising money for his foundation. His handlers are all sworn to secrecy and never speak to the press. Tiger will be trying to ignore any inquiries into this incident by the press but he may be over matched here. It is a shame if there is trouble in Tiger’s personal life. He has earned a life of success and wealth that we can only imagine. Whether or not the allegations of infidelity are true, this is the first real legitimate crisis involving Tiger’s life and his family. Tiger will need to do some damage control to set things right. It will take a “major” effort on his part.

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Nothing Good Happens at 2:30am, Just Ask Tiger Woods

November 27th, 2009 No comments

So on a slow news and sports day here’s the headline that could scare the heck out of some people: “Tiger Woods Injured in Car Crash. According to various reports Woods hit a tree and a fire hydrant just outside his home about 2:30am this morning. True to the old adage “Nothing good happens after 2 o’clock in the morning” Woods was treated and released from the hospital with facial lacerations and left in good condition.

This will certainly start a whirlwind of speculation on what happened to Tiger at 2:30 am. Maybe Woods was heading out to get medicine for his kids or whatever, but the media will be all over this for days. However it does point out just how fragile life can be. For the past dozen years Woods has been expected to continue his march to surpass Jack’s major record without any problems. In the opinion of many, it is just a matter of time before he wins his 19th major.

Jack has said it isn’t as easy as you would think. He still has to win the tournaments. It could be something as minor and random as this auto accident that could stop Woods from completing his quest. Heck, he could pop his knee playing hoops or trip over his kid’s toys and injure himself, or he could get in a car accident just like this. You never know what could happen to Tiger or any of us to radically change our lives. Just ask Phil Mickelson or Ken Green. Neither of them ever thought their lives would take the paths they took this year. Golf is important to Woods, Mickelson and Green, but it isn’t their life, and it never should be.

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Trevino and Casper: Self Made Champions

November 27th, 2009 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

There are plenty of great players on the PGA Tour today and the debate continues as to whether the tour is stronger today than it was years ago in the Nicklaus Era. Two of the most underappreciated players of the sixties were Lee Trevino and Billy Casper. Trevino came from a poor background and taught himself the game. He was one of the guys that could take Jack down under pressure. In Trevino’s six major wins Nicklaus finished second four times. If it wasn’t for Trevino, Tiger would be trying to get to 23 majors, not 19. Trevino gave Nicklaus all he could handle when he and Jack went head to head.

Billy Casper was another self-taught golfer who knew how to get it done. His legacy is that of a superb putter but really he had to deal with being the most overlooked golfer of his day. During the early sixties he won more times than Nicklaus, Palmer and Player combined. Casper won three majors and fifty one career PGA Tour wins trailing only the immortals, Snead, Nicklaus, Woods, Hogan, Palmer and Nelson.

In this month’s Golf Digest Jaime Diaz has a revealing interview with Trevino at his mansion in Dallas. Jeff Rude speaks with Casper at Casper’s second home, the putting green. Take a minute to check out some words from two of golf’s truly self made champions.

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A Special Thanks to Our Troops

November 26th, 2009 No comments

Remember our troops today and every day. It is because of their sacrifice that we can live our lives.

Thanks to all our troops serving all over the world.

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Golfers Say “Thanks” at Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2009 No comments

If you follow the true spirit of Thanksgiving you have to take a minute to stop and reflect and give thanks for something in your life. In my family we all do it as we are sitting around the table as we feast on that poor turkey. Me, I’m thankful for my pitching wedge (it’s unstoppable), a family that loves me and a pair of sisters that cook a meal that makes Martha Stewart look like hack. Thanks guys!

Here are some of the “thanks” that we might hear if we were sharing our bird with the guys we watch play golf all year.

Anthony Kim: “I’m thankful that I won last year so I could goof off this year.”

Stewart Cink: “I’m thankful that Tom Watson finally felt his age on the 18th at Turnberry.”

Y.E. Yang: “Do I really have to tell you? Thanks Tiger!”

Tiger Woods: “I’m thankful for all those zeros on my bank account and a successful season even though I didn’t win a major. Oh hell, even I don’t believe that!”

Sergio Garcia:”I’m thankful that I look this good even if I don’t win a major.”

John Daly:”I’m thankful that those guys at Loudmouth Pants are dumb enough to pay me and everyday is Thanksgiving for me.”

Michelle Wie: “I’m soooooooo thankful for my trophy, Duh!”

Rory McIlroy: “The hair, man, the hair!”

Phil Mickelson:”This is an easy one: Amy and the kids.”

Adam Scott: “I’m thankful for so many hot chics out there to console me.”

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A New Tradition: Thanksgiving Golf

November 25th, 2009 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

This time of year we all look forward to the traditions of the Thanksgiving holiday. A big turkey dinner with all the family, a full day of NFL Football (even if the games stink, it’s still football), pigging out on all those special desserts, sneaking a turkey sandwich about midnight and watching golf all night long. That’s right, watching golf.

Since Thanksgiving is an American holiday the rest of the world misses out on a real great deal tomorrow but we still get to see some golf if we want to. The 55th World Cup of Golf starts tonight in China at The Mission Hills Golf Club. Two man teams from twenty eight countries will compete over the next four days. The US is represented by Nick Watney and John Merrick but my money is on the English team of Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher. Poulter is 13th in The World Rankings, Fisher is 20th and they both are coming off great finishes at The Dubai World Championship.

So here’s your chance to start a new Thanksgiving tradition. This evening while you’re prepping for tomorrow’s Turkey Day and having a few celebratory cocktails, flip on The Golf Channel, coverage starts at 10:30pm EST. A little bonus golf on Thanksgiving has got to be a good thing.

The 28 Nations to contest the Omega Mission Hills World Cup:

1 Spain (Sergio Garcia / Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano)

2 Sweden (Henrik Stenson / Robert Karlsson)

3 Ireland (Rory McIlroy / Graeme McDowell)

4 England (Ian Poulter / Ross Fisher)

5 Germany (Martin Kaymer / Alex Cejka)

6 South Africa (Rory Sabbatini / Richard Sterne)

7 United States (Nick Watney / John Merrick)

8 Australia (Robert Allenby / Stuart Appleby)

9 Denmark (Søren Hansen / Søren Kjeldsen)

10 India (Jeev Milkha Singh / Jyoti Randhawa)

11 Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee / Pryad Marksaeng)

12 Argentina (Tano Goya / Rafa Echenique)

13 Italy (Francesco Molinari / Edoardo Molinari)

14 Japan (Ryuji Imada /Hiroyuki Fujita)

15 France (Thomas Levet /Christian Cevaer)

16 Chinese Taipei (Lin Wen-Tang / Lu Wei-Chih)

17 New Zealand (David Smail / Danny Lee)

18 Korea (YE Yang / Charlie Wi)

19 Wales (Stephen Dodd / Jamie Donaldson)

20 Scotland (David Drysdale / Alastair Forsyth)

21 Canada (Graeme Deleat / Stuart Anderson)

22 China (Liang Wen-chong / Zhang Liang-Wei)

23 Singapore (Lam Chih Bing / Mardan Mamat)

24 Philippines ( Angelo Que / Marc Pucay)

25 Venezuela  ( Jhonattan Vegas / Alfredo Adrian

26 Chile ( Martin Ureta / Hugo Leon)

27 Pakistan (Muhammad Munir / Muhammad Shabbir)

28 Brazil (Rafael Barcellos / Ronaldo Francisco)

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English Golf is Back

November 24th, 2009 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

When Lee Westwood won The Dubai World Championship and hoisted that massive trophy overhead he was doing more than showing that all those days in the gym had paid off. He was flexing the collective golfing muscles of all the English golfers that are playing so well recently. Westwood’s victory and his winning The Race to Dubai (formerly called The Order of Merit) signals the resurgence of English golf.

In past years there has been a scarcity of English golfers atop the leader boards of the world and few Englishmen cracked the top spots of The World Golf Rankings. Gone are the glory days when Nick Faldo was earning his title of “Sir” as he won six majors and was number one in the world.

Those days are gone but this year has seen a sudden change in the fortunes of English golf. With Westwood’s ascension to number four in the world he is now England’s top golfer. His countryman, Paul Casey is one notch below him in the ranking at number five. Fellow Englishmen, Ian Poulter (13th) and Ross Fisher (20th) give England four of the top twenty golfers in the world. Contrast that to the same time over the last two years when there was only one English golfer in the top twenty. Lee Westwood was tenth in the world this time last year and in 2007 Ian Poulter was ranked twentieth in the world. In the final Race to Dubai standings England dominates with six of the top ten spots claimed by Englishmen.

The top Englishmen have sprinted up the World rankings this year. Westwood (4) has moved up six slots, Paul Casey (5) jumped 33, Ian Poulter (13) gained eleven, Ross Fisher (20) picked up thirteen, Oliver Wilson (40) was 41st, Simon Dyson (45) leaped up 74 slots from 119th and Ross McGowan (70) catapulted 128 places from 198th in the world. These seven golfers have claimed nine worldwide victories this year. This does not include Luke Donald who is 28th in the world and has had an injury filled season or Justin Rose who after being 18th in the world last year has slipped to 68th this year.

The future looks bright as well. Fisher, Wilson and McGowan are all under thirty and Poulter, Dyson and Casey are all thirty three or younger. Westwood is the senior man and he is only thirty six.

The next step is winning a major and Westwood has been close this past year with ties for third at The Open and The PGA Championship. Immediately after his win at Dubai Westwood said his goal is to win a major.

This group of golfers has made great strides this past year and English golf is in better shape than it has been in a very long time.

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