Tough guy Steve Williams replaced with yes man Bryon Bell as Tiger’s caddy.
A self-destructing human Ouroboros, Tiger has shanked another important decision into the Woods, so to speak, picking the wrong caddy to be his right-hand man as he embarks on a major championship comeback.
Tiger Woods' ex wife has landed on her feet, and into another pile of money.
Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods' ex-wife has apparently gotten over her ordeal with her cheating husband. Well, at least she's dating again. And if poetic justice is worth anything, it looks like she's emerged from the scandal of his infidelities much better than Tiger has.
Parity, in the post-Tiger Woods era, is alive and kicking. Not counting the season’s first two majors, 10 straight PGA Tour events have been decided by one shot or in a playoff. The difference between a two-year exemption and obscurity could be just a missed chip or putt.
Without Woods’ dominating presence, golf has opened up to the masses. And the rank and file continue to climb all over each other each week trying to get to the top.
The trend started after Phil Mickelson’s two-shot win at the Houston Open prior to The Masters. After Charl Schwartzel’s surprising birdie romp to the green jacket, things got interesting. Rookie Brendan Steele fended off two players by one shot to win his first Tour event at the Valero Texas Open. From there, the next four events went to playoffs: Brandt Snedeker stunned current world No. 1 Luke Donald at the Heritage, Bubba Watson beat Webb Simpson at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Lucas Glover ousted former Clemson teammate Jonathan Byrd at the Wells Fargo Championship and K.J. Choi beat David Toms at The Players Championship. Toms recovered to beat Charlie Wi by a shot the following week at The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Rookie Keegan Bradley outlasted Ryan Palmer in a playoff for his first Tour win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Steve Stricker earned the biggest victory of his career at the Memorial, beating Brandt Jobe and Matt Kuchar by a shot. In his 356th start, Harrison Frazar won the FedEx St. Jude Classic over Robert Karlsson in a playoff. And Fredrik Jacobson got his first win by finishing one stroke better than Ryan Moore and John Rollins at the Travelers. Golf has become must-see TV around 4 p.m. Sundays because the back nine of every tournament has been filled with fireworks. All these down-to-the-wire finishes have been good for the game as it searches for an identity without many true superstars.
Anthony Kim was close to the hole. (Just the wrong hole.)
Sergio Garcia Hits A Photographer
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Sergio hates photographers. Or at least he hates photographer's heads by the sound of it.
Charles Barkley Hits A Spectator
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If you've ever seen Charles Barkley's swing, you would know that standing within 200 yards of him is a dangerous place to stand.
Tiger Hits A Guy In A Red Hat
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Tiger tees off and then boom! The guy in the red hat didn't see it coming. Sniper!
Bubba Hits A Fan
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This is why I would never attend a pro-am golf tournament. (Side note: The woman off-camera really seemed to enjoy watching someone almost get killed by Bubba's golf ball.)
Stewart Cink Draws Blood
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The best part of these video is the quiet, hushed tones of the golf commentators broken up by the loud, "Oooh!" Gets me every time. And then he mentions how the players hate when that happens. You also know who else hates when that happens? The guy with blood running down his face because he just got hit in the head with a golf ball.
Woman Takes One For The Team
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Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! I mean, down goes the lady! Down goes the lady!
Putt Putt Knockout
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This one is probably fake since there's an ad at the end, but that only makes it OK to laugh.
Ian Poulter may have poked a sleeping Tiger by announcing that Woods wouldn't finish in the top 5 at Augusta. "Poulter's always right, isn't he?" Tiger said. "My whole idea is to try to win the tournament. That's what I'm trying to do."
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Defending Masters champ Mickelson fired a warning shot that should have everyone’s attention with his win at the Shell Houston Open, where he had a 63-65 weekend. Lefty gets up for this one unlike any other. A fourth green jacket would tie him with Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods.
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The Englishman ascended to No. 1 in the world late last year for the first time, only to lose the ranking to Martin Kaymer. He hasn't quite lived up to expectations in 2011, but he's posted top-3 finishes in four of his last five majors, including a runner-up at Augusta in 2010. The only thing missing from his resume is his first major championship.
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Last time they held a major, Kaymer came out on top, and he's since ascended to the top of the World Golf Ranking. The 2010 PGA champion and European Tour money leader has the game to win anywhere.
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He has only two career top 10s at Augusta, but he seems to have turned a corner. He beat Kaymer 3 & 2 in the finals of the Accenture Match Play in February for the biggest win of his career.
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DJ has all the tools, but does he have the maturity to win amid the crushing Sunday pressure? He essentially blew two majors in 2010, and it remains to be seen if those failures will have any lingering effect.
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Is this America’s top player at the moment? His results in 2011 — a win and four top 10s in five tournaments — say yes. He’ll have the chance to prove it at The Masters.
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The Georgia Tech alum was low amateur at Augusta way back in 1998 but truly emerged in 2010, and he always plays well in Georgia. He has six top 10s in eight events so far in 2011.
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Rory McIlroy has a very good chance to become the youngest winner of a major championship since a 21-year-old Tiger won the 1997 Masters. His torrid start on Thursday indicates that he’s in it to win it — if not this year, then soon.