Truth & Rumors: Azinger says Tiger might need ‘professional help’
Paul Azinger says he still thinks Tiger Woods will break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors, but he might need "professional help" to do it. That’s not a dig at Woods’s swing coach Sean Foley; Azinger is talking about mental help. Reuters transcribed Azinger’s comments on the Golf Channel.
Woods' problems date back to the breakdown of his marriage following a series of reported affairs and Azinger says that piecing together his life is something he may need help with.PGA Tour considers testing for HGH Hank Gola of The New York Daily News reports that PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said the PGA Tour might include testing for human growth hormone (or HGH) as part of its drug-testing program. The PGA Tour started testing players for performance-enhancing drugs in 2008, but does not currently test for HGH.
"His world self-destructed. I think he needs help, whether it is professional help or really a good friend that he can communicate with. I know he is angry, he is angry at himself and he is angry at the world that tore him down, he is angry at a lot of people. He has got a lot of stuff going on in his head -- he has physical issues and he is trying to make a swing change.
"Tiger needs to be able to have a shoulder to cry on to get over some of the things that have gone on in his life."
"Possibly," [Finchem] said at a press conference. "I think that the big question about HGH is reliable testing. That's the challenge with all sports. That's the first question. And then the second question is if there is reliable testing available and it's only blood, do we want to go to blood, which is another step. And as part of that review, you would want to think about whether HGH makes a difference in this game. We're testing for a lot of stuff right now that candidly doesn't make a difference but we do it so that our program has credibility in the anti-doping world, and that's just part of being part of the anti-doping, which we feel we are very much part of the anti-doping movement today. So I don't know."Man U manager helped McIlroy get over Masters Rory McIlroy probably made more fans for his graceful handling of his final-round collapse at the Masters last month than he would have made if he won the tournament. He also received messages of support from some high-profile names, including Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, McIlory’s favorite football team, according to The Belfast Telegraph.
Finchem admitted that, with golf in the 2016 Olympics, HGH testing could be forced upon the PGA Tour.
"It may be something that comes to our doorstep as part of golf entering the Olympics in '16 because in that year there will be a pool of players who are eligible for the Olympics and they'll be subject to whatever the standards are for the Olympic Games, which might be somewhat different than ours," he said.
McIlroy said Ferguson, who guided United to a record-breaking 19th title on Saturday, sent him a text advising him to share his torment with those close to him.The Telegraph also notes that McIlroy isn’t trying to forget what happened at Augusta, he’s using it to inspire him.
“Obviously you are going to be disappointed and hurting,” texted Ferguson, “but go and speak to the people you trust, family and friends, the people closest to you. Those are the people who will tell you the truth.”
McIlroy said he is banishing the demon of the Masters by confronting it head-on. Augusta's notorious 10th hole, which brought the beginning of his back-nine torment, is currently the screensaver on his laptop.From Arnie’s Army to Choi’s Bois If you can judge a professional golfer by the fans he attracts, then K.J. Choi must be one of the nicest. Why else would a group of guys from Tennessee travel down to TPC Sawgrass with “Choi’s Bois” T-shirts to cheer him on? Stephanie Wei of WeiUnderPar.com has the story (and a photo):
But ‘Wee-Mac' has talked about the infamous c-word (choker) — without actually using it.
“I hate that word,” he admitted. “It's just a terrible word. It's not something you want to be associated with — the worst thing you can be called in golf, apart from ‘cheat’.”
It’s not every week six guys wearing matching T-shirts emblazoned with “Choi’s Bois” travel 600 miles to root for K.J. Choi. In fact, it only happens during The Players Championship. Since 2005 Brad Page (age 27), Bo Page (30), Bobby Page (53), David Clayton (30), Alex Kirkland (30), and Curtis Gribble (27) fly from Nashville, TN, to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, just to watch Choi play.Tweet of the Day If you’re not following Hank Haney on Twitter, you really should be.
How in the world do six guys with no previous ties to the South Korean-born golfer turn into diehard fans? Good question.
“We came out here in ’05 and watched,” said Clayton. “Of all the guys, we found K.J. Choi the most fan friendly and we liked the way he played.”
Added Brad, “No matter if he birdied or double-bogeyed, he still paid the same amount of attention to the fans. Every time.”
Note to players: Simple gestures mean more than you think to spectators.