Friday, May 07, 2010

Geoff Shackelford of, is on the scene at Sawgrass, and observed Tiger Woods' charm offensive up close Thursday. He says it's working, despite the PG-13 rating.

For those of you keeping track at home: no post round autographs for the kids, three F-bombs on 18 tee and one sky ball from Tiger. That said--and eye-rolling is understandable--Tiger's effort to engage the crowd is having a positive impact on the atmosphere surrounding his group. Hecklers are no where to be found. There feels like plenty of goodwill and forgiveness out there. And plenty of kids who just want to be see Tiger and maybe have their hero acknowledge their screams (which I saw on several occasions).
Hay Carlyon of The Florida Times-Union
Woods didn't have to worry about the fans embracing him.
He received constant encouragement from the large gallery following him and playing partners Hunter Mahan and Ian Poulter. There was no heckling. The cheers grew loudest as Woods walked up the 17th hole to the Island Green.
"It felt great being out there and the people were great all day," Woods said. "The support was great all day."
Woods did not sign autographs after his round. Despite his efforts to curtail his language, Woods did utter three clearly audible obscenities. The first came at No. 12 when he realized his ball was stuck in the sawgrass. After Woods' tee shot got wet on 18, he barked out two more profanities.
Here to see, Mr. Stockton? Take a number

GolfWeek's Jim McCabe
A few putting lessons later, Mickelson closed with a 65 to beat Tiger Woods by three in the Tour Championship, and one could argue that the lefthander has been the best player in the world.
Scott will settle for a more gentle forward progress, the foundation of which might have been poured on the Stadium Course’s back nine. OK, it wasn’t flawless – a missed 10-footer for birdie at the 10th, a missed 7-footer for eagle at the 11th, a missed 9-footer for birdie at the 12th – but what the scorecard doesn’t show is the commitment he felt in his mind.

“I have to say, the putting felt great on the back nine,” Scott said. “It was simple. I gripped down more on the putter.”

J.B. Holmes' private struggles The New York Times Larry Dorman

Confessions of a range rat Singh told Reuters the toughest part of his layoff was not being able to practice
Asked what he had done to alleviate the boredom when he was unable to practice, Singh replied: "I try to walk a lot, you know. Just try to do a lot of other things besides hitting balls because you can't do it.
"You just try to make do with time and do other things. Go to the beach, look at the ocean and watch guys play golf."

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