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Tiger Woods is back!

You can hear the huge sigh of relief from the entire sports world upon hearing the great news that Tiger Woods is returning to play this week at the Quicken Loans National at historic Congressional Country Club just outside Washington, D.C. Tiger, the former world’s-number-one male golfer, has been out of golf since having back surgery on March 31. The golf industry has been going through a major withdrawal in his sudden absence. From TV ratings to sports golf marketing, apparel, and corporate sponsorships, the industry as a whole has lost an estimated $15 billion this year because Woods could not play. The Masters and United States Open, the first two Majors, suffered huge record losses in TV ratings shares. No athlete since Michael Jordan moves the VU meter like Woods. Continue Reading →

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He looks like Tiger Woods, but…


Health is a wonderful thing. It is a blessing we should never take for granted, and if you have it, be certain to give thanks. The world’s number-one golfer, Tiger Woods, is again battling to regain his standard of excellence. Over his incredible career he has had to overcome several injuries from knee surgery to leg and ankle and Achilles tendon problems. For the first time the dreaded back injury that golf announcers use as excuses for so many of their pro buddies’ play when they hit bad shots has now found its way to Woods. We are midway through March, and Tiger has not played well; he does not look like the record book of golf. Continue Reading →

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No Major for Tiger, no win for Vikings, no hope for Twins



Where do I go? The Majors golf season is over for another year, and no Major for Tiger. The Vikings lose 27-13 in their first pre-season game at home to Houston. The Twins are going nowhere, drifting through another losing season. Paula Deen’s favorite football player is Riley Cooper , wide receiver of the Philadelphia Eagles. Continue Reading →

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Tiger wins No. 79



The more Tiger Woods wins, the greater the expectations become for him to win a Major Championship. Golf has been played for over 100 years, so tradition points to the Majors — the British Open, U.S Open, Masters and PGA Championship. Jack Nicklaus won 18 Majors, the most all-time. Tiger has 14 and is number two all-time. Sunday, Tiger won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational for a record-tying eighth time. Continue Reading →

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Phil Mickelson wins British Open



Trust me, there is nothing like winning a Major championship in professional golf. History tells us there are four really big tournaments: the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and the PGA Championship. The greatest players to ever play the game are measured by how many Majors over their careers they can win. As the old golf saying goes, “Golf makes liars out of honest men, cheats out of altruists, cowards out of brave men, and fools out of everyone.”

The Open Championship played last weekend in Muirfield, Scotland is the oldest championship in professional golf and for me the most important tournament in golf. For 142 years the British Open, as we call it in the United States, has long been my favorite. Continue Reading →

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Sergio Garcia exposes PGA’s racism



No matter how many millions of dollars have been raised on the PGA Tour for worthy charities across the USA and the noble First Tee programs, the game of golf is and always will be defined by its inability to change. This week, the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio is the PGA stop that honors one of the legends of the game. Raymond Floyd is the honoree, Jack Nicklaus is the host, and yes, Tiger Woods is in the field. Woods has again been victimized by the inability of the game to move away from its racist foundation. I refer to the flap between Tiger and Sergio Garcia that started three weeks ago at the Players Championship. Continue Reading →

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Numbers say Tiger is the best



There is an old saying in sports that numbers don’t lie, and Tiger Woods continues his assault on the record books of golf. Tiger, for the second time, wins the rich $9,500,000 Players Championship at the Stadium course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida just outside Jacksonville. It was Tiger’s fourth win this year in seven tournaments, and his third win in the state of Florida. The winner received $1,700,000 and a crystal trophy plus a five-year exemption on the tour. The Players Championship is the strongest field in golf with the top 100 players in the world in the field. Continue Reading →

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Transparent Tiger Woods



For someone who doesn’t want to be called Black because he’s this fraction one thing and that fraction another, Tiger Woods sure is crazy ‘bout having himself a 100 percent White blonde. Let’s see. Woods went and married Elin Nordegren. They were the ritzy-glizty talk of the town. That wasn’t enough, though. Continue Reading →

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Tiger Woods is a 76er


The game of golf has been played for well over 100 years, and there are many who have been called great: Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Nick Faldo, just to name a few. Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear, stands out by consensus as the greatest to ever play the game of golf with 73 career wins and 18 Major Championships. Majors are to golf what the Super Bowl is to football, the World Series to baseball, the NBA Finals Championship to basketball and the Stanley Cup to hockey. By any measuring stick, Tiger Woods, in my view, is the greatest to ever play. The players I mentioned are all Hall of Fame players, but there’s just one problem: Tiger is 37 years old, in his prime, and still relevant. Continue Reading →

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Europe whips U.S. in Ryder Cup


We should have known better than to think that the United States team could wrestle the prized Ryder Cup away from the hungry Europeans. There are losses and there are collapses; what happened at Medina Country Club over the weekend, especially on Sunday, was a collapse. The United States team, led by Tiger Woods, the world’s number-two player, failed on American soil. Europe used the spirit and motivation of the late great Seve Ballesteros to rally on Sunday and retain the Cup. European Captain Jose Maria Olazabal was real close to Ballesteros. Continue Reading →

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