Tiger Woods knows how it works. When he plays well, the television commentators gush. When he struggles — like he did missing the cut last week at Quail Hollow — they dig. Woods says he understands that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but he made it clear at his press conference Tuesday that he doesn't have to agree.
Q. …there's a lot of people that scrutinize your psyche, as well, for example, Nick Faldo was on that conference call that was referred to earlier today, and he's said it on the air a few times recently, that it feels like you've lost your self belief. I was wondering, do you have to fight that? And kind of where is your confidence when things go sideways like it's gone the last couple tournaments and you're trying to fight the swing issues? TIGER WOODS: I always find it interesting since they're not in my head. They must have some kind of superpower I don't know about. Q. Just as a follow up on that TIGER WOODS: About the superpowers? (Laughter.)
Tiger's not taking suggestions from Golf Channel commentator and frequent Tiger critic Brandel Chamblee either.
Q. Today on a conference call, Brandel Chamblee suggested that you should go back to Butch; that that would be the way to best get to where you want to be. Do you take offense at a suggestion like that, or do you simply chalk it up to media analysts just searching for a theory as to why you're not at the form that you want to be? TIGER WOODS: Well, I can understand that everyone has an opinion, and he's entitled to his. But he's no longer playing anymore, so, so be it.
Rickie-Rory = Larry-Magic? At his Players press conference on Tuesday, Fowler talked about his budding rivalry with Rory McIlroy — which has more history than you think. And yes, someone brought up Larry and Magic.
Q. One thing going back to '07 Walker Cup and kind of the first time you met Rory and sort of what your impressions or takeaway was from the first time you guys met or played against each other. Secondly, how closely have you kind of followed his career, whether it's week to week or since then and that sort of thing? RICKIE FOWLER: '07, the first time I met him, I hadn't really heard a whole lot about him prior to that. I knew he was one of the top players, and once I got over there, I knew he was kind of their stud on the team. Their team as well as ours was fairly loaded. I didn't play any individual matches against him, I played alternate shot against him; Billy Horschel and I versus him and Johnny Caldwell, which we came out on top, which was nice. We had some good times there. Unfortunately he had to take off right after. I wasn't able to kind of stay for the celebration the last night. A few of the guys took off for Q‑school right from there; so fairly brief. But caught back up I think at the U.S. Open and kind of continued from there. I've definitely watched him, stayed up with his career, and in a way, seeing other young guys like him play well motivates me to play well just because‑‑ same thing, like through college, same against some good players on the team, in a way you don't want to be outdone. So it kind of motivates you to push yourself and do better. I feel like if some of the guys like Rory and the guys like Keegan, a lot of us keep playing well; I feel like it'll just push all of us to be the best that we can be. Q. Do you guys feel like when each other are playing, you sort of check results, when you're off maybe and Rory is playing or vice versa, keep up that way? Go back to basketball that way, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were notorious for that. RICKIE FOWLER: Yeah, I keep up. I wouldn't say I'm looking every week just to see exactly where certain guys are at. You know, like on the PGA TOUR App, there's definitely guys I have as favorites and buddies and guys I like to follow and just check up with. And obviously guys that win or some of my buddies that play well, I'll send them a text or give them a call and say, hey, good playing. Rory is a guy that I like to follow, and obviously I like watching him play. Like I said earlier, I respect his game, and he's where he's at for a reason. He's one of the best players, and he's been playing‑‑ one of the best between him and Luke as of late. He's fun to watch, and I definitely respect the way he plays, and I look forward to playing against him for a long time.
Mickelson to host military charity event at TPC Sawgrass Gary Smits of the Florida Times-Union reports that Phil Mickelson will host a pro-am at TPC Sawgrass to benefit military charities Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Mickelson and his wife Amy, plus Jim and Cathy Justice, owners of the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, are presenting the Military Appreciation Gala and Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament, with Mickelson and 11 other members of the World Golf Hall of Fame scheduled to participate. The tournament will be 36 holes, one round each on the Players Stadium Course and Dye’s Valley.
Mickelson has lined up Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Nancy Lopez, Sandy Lyle, Vijay Singh and Curtis Strange from the Hall of Fame, along with other professionals such as past Players Championship winners David Duval, Fred Funk and Mark McCumber; and major champions Mark Calcavecchia, Larry Mize, Andy North, Mark O’Meara, Fuzzy Zoeller and Corey Pavin.
Tweet of the Day
Tiger says it takes millions of balls to grove a "pattern"? The average balls a pro hits in a yr is aprox 60,000 so it would take 30 yrs?
— Hank Haney (@HankDHaney) May 9, 2012