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.
Playing partners mean something on the PGA Tour, whether that's easy to see or not. On Saturday, Rory McIlroy was paired with the perfect partner, Ernie Els. He happened to shoot 5 under and force his way into contention.
That Woods said his captaincy will be a “collaborative effort” is a remarkable statement, because through most of his amateur career he was the ultimate lone-wolf golfer and, through his first 15 or more years as a professional, that was even more the case.
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.