Tiger Woods just can’t catch a break. During his Ryder Cup preparation Celtic Manor in Wales this week, Woods has been on his best behavior, focused during his practice rounds and relaxed at the many team social events. Woods was at his blandest during his Tuesday press conference, saying so little that even the most enterprising newspaper editor was hard-pressed to create a whiff of controversy from his remarks.
Plan B worked a little better. Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins, a beautiful blonde, performed during the opening ceremonies on Thursday and a photographer "caught" Woods checking her out, according to The Daily Mail (UK).
Woods, 34, was caught staring at Katherine Jenkins's bottom as she performed at the opening ceremony of the tournament, which is taking place in her native Wales for the very first time. Thankfully, the singer, who was wearing a Victoria Beckham creation, seemed completely oblivious to his cheeky gaze as she walked past the U.S Ryder Cup team at the event at at Celtic Manor in Newport today.In truth, this is probably just a camera-angle illusion -- other photos from the event show Woods looking amused and even bored. But even if Woods was staring, he could plead entrapment. No jury would ever convict him. Monty ‘1 up’ after Pavin’s opening ceremony slipDuring the team introduction portion of Thursday’s Ryder Cup opening ceremony, U.S. captain Corey Pavin forgot to mention Stewart Cink when announcing his team. Team Europe captain Colin Montgomerie was asked afterward if Pavin’s error meany that Europe was “1 up” after the ceremony.
In response, Montgomerie went into a grandiose explanation about how the teleprompter was difficult to read and it was understandable because the player right before Cink, Zach Johnson, was from Sea Island, Ga., and Cink was from Duluth, Ga. It could have happened to anyone, even Montgomerie himself, had he not so diligently rehearsed his speech earlier in the week.Then came the kicker.
“Yes, we are 1 up,” Mony deadpanned. Tom English of The Scotsman has a nice recap of Monty’s final pre-Ryder Cup press conference, when he wasn’t afraid to fire a few shots at Pavin’s morning four-ball picks and order, especially on Tiger Woods playing the the third group.
Montgomerie sat looking at the respective line-ups for this morning's fourball matches at Celtic Manor and came up with a series of observations that may have his rivals in a rage. Chief among a lengthy list being the idea that by putting Tiger Woods third in the running order (where he and Steve Stricker will face Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher), his captain Corey Pavin was attempting to hide him from Europe's biggest guns.Monty didn’t mention that putting Rory McIloy out second was a clear attempt to keep McIlroy away from Tiger since the last place you'd see Tiger would be in the second group. Celebrity spotting at Celtic ManorAs someone who spent a futile afternoon following up rumors that George Clooney was at the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale (he wasn’t), I’m skeptical of celebrity reports at golf tournaments. However, I’ve been assured that Samuel L. Jackson is here. I haven’t talked to anyone who has seen Michael Jordan, but considering the weather Friday, that’s not surprising. Jordan is a well-known fan of the Ryder Cup and was an assistant captain at last year's Presidents Cup. People in the know have also told me there's a chance that former President Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush could appear. Here’s the latest celeb talk from WalesOnline.com:
"I was expecting Tiger to go first or fourth," said Montgomerie. "I think Tiger being hidden is a different move. I don't know why (Pavin picked him in the third group]. Maybe Tiger asked for that. I don't know what Corey said beforehand. I wasn't in the room. I'm sure there's no-one in that Friday morning fourballs for the States that are uncomfortable with where they are playing. So, obviously, it was a decision between Corey and Tiger."
Never mind the golf, there is another sport that has got everyone in Wales talking as the Ryder Cup landed on our shores – celebrity spotting.Photo: Alastair Grant/Getty Images
Whether it’s Michael Jordan at a Cardiff nightclub, Samuel L Jackson booking a Caerleon hotel or David Beckham in a helicopter, the rumors seem to be getting wilder each day.
The internet was yesterday once again buzzing with speculation about which A-list stars will grace the Celtic Manor with their presence. So far very little, in fact none, of the chatter has materialized in confirmed sightings. But with the action starting today, spectators and photographers will be on the hunt.
The strongest rumour doing the rounds at the Twenty Ten Course was that Beckham had booked several rooms at the Celtic Manor for a cool £75,000.