Truth & Rumors: Tiger shares childhood pics on Facebook

Looks like even Tiger Woods has given up on that vaunted “intimidation factor.”
As part of the buildup to the release of his Tiger Woods EA Sports PGA Tour 13 video game, Woods has posted some of his childhood pics on Facebook. And, yes, they’re adorable.
The new gimmick in this year’s edition of the popular golf game is the “Tiger Legacy Challenge” mode, where you can compete as Tiger throughout all the eras of his career: from junior golf through his amateur titles to the Tiger slam. You can even hear Tiger’s father, Earl, yelling at Tiger while he gets ready to swing to sharpen his son’s focus. Here’s a video preview: Woods also gave some interviews to EA Sports about his childhood, where he talks about his father and his memories of his famous appearance on “The Mike Douglas Show” as a 2-year-old, and what “Tiger par” was growing up. Tiger Woods EA Sports PGA Tour 13 is scheduled for U.S. release on March 27, the same day as former coach Hank Haney’s book about his time with Tiger, “The Big Miss.” The regular edition is $59.99 on Xbox 360 and PS3; the special Masters Collector's Edition is $69.99. Golf replaces skiing as winter sport in mild Northeast winterBloomberg News reports on golf’s emergence as a winter sport in the unseasonably mild Northeastern U.S. this season.

Without snow in metropolitan areas, Northeast golf courses have capitalized, drawing players throughout the winter and doing maintenance and renovation months earlier than normal.
The Mattawang Golf Club, a semi-private course in Belle Mead, New Jersey, hosted almost 1,000 rounds in January, including one 60-degree Saturday on which the course drew 190 golfers, said Mahlon Dow, the club’s head professional and manager.
“That’s a good number in June,” Dow said in a telephone interview. “It looks like October out there.”
Ernie Els: Take my belly putter, pleaseErnie Els joined Tiger Woods in calling for a ban on belly putters this week at the Northern Trust. One difference though: Els is actually using a belly putter. He explains:
Q. You mentioned the short putter. The USGA has said they're taking a fresh look at the belly putter, long putter, anchoring. Do you welcome that? What do you think about that? ERNIE ELS: Yeah, I think so. Although I've used it, I've used it for, what, six months now, I feel the same as most of the traditionalists. I feel that no club should be anchored to your body. I don't know how they're going to go around it, maybe use a putter as long as you want as long as it's not anchored to your body any way, even up your arm. You see a lot of the guys use it in their armpits now. Nothing should be anchored to your body, and I believe I still believe that. I was in such a state that I felt that I needed to change something, which I did. I went to the belly. It hasn't really helped me that much, but it has helped me. But I'm for it. Ban it. It's fine.
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