Truth and Rumors: Tiger's tally, golf lobbies Washington

Tiger cards a 121Tiger Woods shot a sloppy first-round 74 at Quail Hollow, but a far more damming number surfaced yesterday: 121. That’s how many women Woods allegedly confessed to bedding while married to Elin Nordegren, a source told the National Enquirer. (Move over, Ladies of Tiger Woods Wall Calendar -- here come the Ladies of Tiger Woods Playing Cards!) The complete story is in the print edition only, but the NY Daily News has the dish:

Woods handed a four-page list of conquests to his wife while undergoing sex-addiction therapy at a Mississippi clinic, the Enquirer reported.
At the time, Woods was trying to prevent Nordegren from walking out on him—and taking their two kids and a big chunk of his fortune with her.

Divorce, according to the story (and many others), is imminent, which would be just about the only predictable turn in this sad and sordid saga. Forget Goldman. It's all about 'Golf, man!'Golf is more than just a game—so says the PGA of America and a slew of other golf associations, country clubs and equipment companies that have banded together under the moniker “We Are Golf” to lobby Washington for a little respect. The Washington Post reports:

Represented by the Podesta Group lobbying powerhouse, We Are Golf kicked off its formation Wednesday with a whirlwind visit to Capitol Hill. PGA chief Joe Steranka and other industry leaders met with several dozen members of Congress, including such avowed golfing proponents as Reps. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Greg Walden (R-Ohio).
With a fancy Web site and a $15,000-a-month lobbying budget, the coalition says it hopes to bring the game up to par with other businesses in the realm of Washington politics, although it is still working on its agenda. Citing industry studies, We Are Golf says the game is a $76 billion industry that directly or indirectly supports 2 million jobs.
"This is the first time our industry has come together like this," Steranka said in an interview after his Capitol Hill meetings. "We're not looking for an unfair advantage; our message is that we want to put golf on a level playing field with other small businesses, because that's what we are."

President Obama could not be reached for comment. He was playing golf. Why Ochoa might retire as No. 2 You don’t need to be an LPGA junkie to appreciate the story lines coming out of the Tres Marias Championship—Lorena Ochoa’s last stop before ducking off to The Villages. Ochoa has said she would love to conclude her career as the No. 1 player in the world, but her good friend and World No. 5 Ai Miyazoto—whom Ochoa requested to play with this week—is in position to hijack the fairytale finish after blitzing the course with a first-round 10-under 62, four better than Ochoa.
The rub: a Miyazoto win could bump Ochoa from the top spot. Beth Ann Baldry of Golfweek reports:

LPGA officials will outline all the various scenarios once Round 1 is in the books and they can determine strength of field. World No. 2 Jiyai Shin is playing this week in Japan, so her results will factor into the equation. Suzann Pettersen, No. 4, also has a chance to take over, but she’ll have to play hard the next several days to catch up after a 73.
In typical Ochoa fashion, she's taking it all in stride and enjoying the time with her gal pals. “We never pay attention to how we hit the ball or how many birdies we make,” she said. “It’s more about quality time with your friends.”
Didn't Rory Sabbatini say that once?Tiger's facial hair Tiger’s goatee is back, and according to a Huffington Post poll, the public is torn over whether it’s “handsome” (48 percent) or “hideous” (52 percent). Frankly, I’d like to see Tiger go all NHL and grow out his facial hair until he bags another major. With the way he’s swinging it, he might look like Billy Gibbons before he slips on another green jacket. Any thoughts on the best facial hair the game has ever seen? Gary McCord? Sam Torrance? Fluff McCowan? My vote goes to a true pioneer.

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by Kevin Cunningham