Michael Bamberger joined Sports Illustrated as a senior writer in 1995 after 13 years as a newspaper reporter. Bamberger's versatility as a writer and his lucid, open style are hallmarks of his work. He has written a play ("Bart & Fay") and five books, among them This Golfing Life. He is also the inventor of The E-Club (eclubgolf.com), a utility golf club. His work has appeared in three editions of the annual anthology The Best American Sports Writing.
What Woods has done over his three rounds here is remarkable. He has shown that he is capable of being a top-50 player in the world again. He has shown that he can contend. And if he can contend, he can win.
Tiger Woods is playing in yet another return-to-competition event this week, and while its significance is limited to just 18 players playing December golf in The Bahamas, it will be a welcome distraction for us and for Woods himself.
You're hearing from Arnold Palmer's grown daughter, who has dealt all her life with both the manufactured image and the actual man. The private moments she describes with her famous father are intense, fragile and ordinary. They are filled with heartache and love.
Two of the modern game's greatest heavyweights, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, faced off at the Northern Trust. Johnson was trying to make up for a season that started hot and sputtered, and Spieth was trying to strangle the life out of a tournament, a la Tiger.