Daily Flogging: Steve Williams to join Tiger Woods at Augusta
We didn't have to wonder about Stevie. Robert Lusetich FoxSports.com confirms that when Tiger Woods returns at the Masters next month, bag man Stevie Williams will be by his side.
"I told Tiger I'd be there," he said.
Williams also denied porn star and alleged Woods mistress Jocelyn James's claim that she met Williams at a nightclub with Woods.
"If she's met me maybe it was in passing at a golf course, that's all I could think of," Williams said, "But as far as I'm concerned, I've never met this woman.Woods, meanwhile, played a practice round at Augusta National on Monday. Why CBS turned down Tiger interviewCBS declined the opportunity to interview Tiger Woods because the five-minute time limit meant the interview didn't have much value to the network, according to The New York Times.
"I'm tired of having my name dragged through the mud over this. I've done nothing wrong. As I've repeatedly said, I knew nothing about what was going on."
CBS declined an opportunity to be the third outlet speaking with the golf star Sunday, primarily because executives at the network did not believe the interview would hold much value – not after he had already given his five minutes' worth to ESPN and the Golf Channel.The Woods story does appear to be receding from the public interest, at least its more scandalous elements. My hometown newspaper, The New York Post, is much more interested in Sandra Bullock's husband, Jesse James, and his affair with tattooed, Nazi-memorabilia-loving stripper Michelle McGee than the latest Woods news. God help us if McGee turns out to have been one of Tiger's mistresses too! Golf writers gone wildThe golf media has a new motto: "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore." First, the Golf Writers Association boycotts Tiger's weird public statement in February. Now, at least two reporters refused to cover the Tavistock Cup because they were forced to wear either Lake Nona blue or Isleworth red shirts. That's right, at this exhibition tournament that only a swampland developer could love, Orlando's upper income bracket and well-heeled retirees like to pretend they are the Crips and the Bloods. The Associated Press's Doug Ferguson said via Twitter: "First exposure to Tavistock Cup. They require media to wear Tavistock logo shirts to cover the event. And thus my last exposure. ...Think will stay at Bay Hill instead of watching some players who don't live in Orlando play for club pride and money, not in that order."
Though they declined to speak on the record, CBS executives described their reluctance Monday less as a journalistic stand against an interview subject trying to control questioning than as a practical decision about what benefit the network could get from the interview.
Ron Sirak, executive editor of Golf World, reported on his run-in with a zealous Tavistock organizer.
So I get to the shuttle and a friendly enough chap says, "Didn't they give you a shirt?" to which I replied: "Yes they certainly did and a damn nice one it is." That was apparently the wrong answer. The guy, who now was getting very serious about his job, says: "In the spirit of the competition, everyone is expected to wear either Lake Nona blue or Isleworth red," or maybe it was the other way around. Frankly, the absurdity of the request -- which wasn't really a request -- directed my attention away from the details. Anyway, I replied: "In the spirit of journalism, I cannot wear your corporate uniform while I am covering your event. I am here as a journalist, not as a billboard."I liked Bloomberg News' Mike Buteau's take the best (via Twitter): "At #Tavistock Cup. Have yet 2 be stopped and asked to change my shirt to Lake Nona or Isleworth. If I am, I'm going with the mesh tank top." Haitian golf course still home to 44,000 refugees The New York Times checks in on the Petionville Club, Haiti's only golf course, which became a refugee camp after the earthquake in January.
The Pétionville Golf Club, soaked by heavy rains late last week, has transformed itself into a mucky makeshift city. Home to at least 44,000 displaced people living under tarpaulins on its steep slopes, the club has a quasi-mayor, a ragtag security force, a marketplace, two movie theaters, three nightly prayer services, rival barber shops and even a plastic-sheeted salon offering manicures and pedicures.Sports Illustrated's Farrell Evans report on the course and the club manager's terrifying account of the earthquake is here.