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Tiger’s divorce final, now what!


Now that the Tiger’s divorce is finalized will he legally prowl the streets of Cougartown?

And what about golf?

Should the PGA’s most recent icon be concerned he’s been hitting the ball like Charles Barkley lately? The ladies man is single now and that may become more important.

Unless you’ve been hibernating in a cave since November you’re aware of the excessive prowling Tiger did while he was in the state of holy matrimony. Now imagine how many of those nights a single Tiger is capable of pulling off.

One of Tiger’s fellow golfers, John Daly, who overcame a “slight” drinking disorder, has been expressing himself with his wardrobe which stole the headlines throughout a recent tournament overseas. Maybe Daly’s funky wardrobe is part of his 12-step program.

So how will Tiger express himself?

He may choose to sit around cracking his knuckles while readjusting to a laid-back new life or if he’s ready to move on and really unwind; he could always borrow a piece of Daly’s wardrobe to hit the streets and go out on the hunt.

“The Tigerhood of the Traveling Pants”

Tiger Woods is the modern day Casanova and was named Athlete of the Decade.

As one of the highest paid athletes in the world, with earnings closing in on $1 billion, he could wine and dine his dates with bottles of Cristal and pearl-filled oysters. At the minimum we’ve been told he’s good for a ‘sext’ message booty call.

While we’re doing a run-down and preview of the man and his goods, let’s not ignore the elephant in the room. Some of the mistresses in his life have said he’s packing some major heat. With the endurance to juggle up to 14ish women at a time while wearing a wedding band on his finger, it’s no wonder that he is. . . . was. . . a top athlete on the PGA circuit.

It doesn’t matter that Tiger is no longer the greatest golfer in the world. The guy is a stud in the bedroom and that’s all that seems to matter to most of the country and us drooling media.

At the end of the day, he’s capable of bringing the ladies home. . . . or to a hotel. . . or on his yacht, or wherever he wants to take them.

But what is in the forefront of these future ladies’ minds?

Are they thinking white gowns and a walk up an aisle or loads of cash with a Gucci purse full of bottomless credit cards?

Elin Nordegren just finalized the divorce this summer and is probably taking a huge chunk of that pile of cash and the kids but some guys would say that’s a fair trade to get laid by virtually almost any woman walking the planet. And even after the heist, Elin still leaves Tiger a young, multi-zillionaire with a huge dong.

To a lot of guys that sounds like heaven. No longer having the responsibility of taking care of a wife and kids, having more money than some countries and presented with the opportunity to try to break Wilt Chamberlains alleged record of laying 20,000 women.

Maybe Rod Stewart was predicting the future when he sang his 1984 Top Ten hit, “Some Guys Have All the Luck.”

Logan Rhoades and Jay Donetelli contributed to this article.

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Tiger, Did You Mean Bootyism?


AUGUSTA, GA. – At the Masters on Friday, Tiger Woods was spared the exposure of more airplane banners chiding him for his recent behavior.tiger woods airplane banner

The FAA grounded the light airplane that had dragged banners across the sky above Augusta National.

On Thursday, those banners highlighted Woods’ sexual escapades with slogans like:

“Sex Addict? Yeah. Sure. Me Too.”

“Tiger, Did You Mean Bootyism?”

Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a minor mechanical problem kept the airplane grounded on Friday.

During his radio program on Friday, Dan Patrick said he had been told that a banner was to go out on Friday that ridiculed Stevie Williams, Tiger’s caddy. Williams had denied knowing a thing about his boss’ exploits in an interview with 60 Minutes.

According to Patrick, the banner would have mocked that assertion.

By the way, golf was played and the feel-good stories of Fred Couples and Tom Watson got pushed aside on Friday. Both men shot over par to slip down the leader board, making way for others who surged ahead.

The golf course was tougher on Friday with faster greens, difficult pin placements and wind gusts that disrupted everything from tee to green.

Filling out the top 9 places after 36 holes are:

Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are tied for first at -8. Tiger Woods, K.J. Choi, Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim and Ricky Barnes are tied for third at -6. Y.E. Yang ended the day at -5. Tom Watson, Fred Couples, and Soren Kjeldsen are tied for 9th at -2.

Because of the difficult conditions on Friday there were only a few golfers who made any sort of big move. Poulter carded a 68 after going -4, Lee Westwood shot a 69, 3 under par while Woods, Kim and Barnes came in at -2 for a 70 on the day.

The cut is projected to be +3 leaving many big time players out of the weekend play. Some of those projected to miss the cut at +4 and above are Padraig Harrington (+5), Stewart Cink (+8), Vijay Singh at +10 and Jim Furyk at a whopping (+12).

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Woods to skip Bay Hill and Play Masters in Augusta


Tiger Woods called Arnold Palmer to apologize for not competing in his upcoming tournament at Bay Hill. WoodsTiger Woods Photos instead will make his post-sex scandal comeback at Augusta national Golf Club where he will play in the Masters April 8-11.

The world’s No. 1 ranked golfer player and Associated Press Athlete Of The Decade made the announcement in a prepared statement yesterday.

“The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta,” said Woods.

“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played.”

Woods will have to work out the rust while trying his best to ignore all the certain distractions surrounding his personal life and infidelities while trying to win in a tournament he has not won since 2005.

Woods has not competed since Nov. 15 when he won the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

A few weeks after that win, he was involved in a one-vehicle accident in front of his home, where his wife Elin Nordegren admitted smashing out the window of his Cadillac SUV with a golf club.

The couple would soon become the main attraction for both mainstream media and tabloid journalists after several women came forward admitting to affairs with the golfer.

After avoiding the media and going into hibernation for several weeks, Woods finally confessed to the affairs after voice mail messages involving he and one of his alleged lovers were made public.

After avoiding the media for several more weeks, he put together a monitored conference that felt more like a funeral than an apology where several friends and family members attended to listen to him read a rehearsed statement. After the reading,  the golfer refused to accept any questions from the couple of hand-picked members of the media.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational that Woods is skipping is a tournament he has won the last two years and six times overall. This will be the first time Woods has not played in PGA Bay Hill event that is a short drive from his home in Isleworth.

“I called both Joe Lewis and Arnold Palmer and expressed my regrets for not attending the Tavistock Cup and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. I again want to thank them both for their support and their understanding,” said Woods. “Those are fantastic tournaments and I look forward to competing in them again.”

In a recent interview, the Golf Channel asked Palmer about that conversation. “He had some zip in his voice,” Palmer told the network.

“He sounded just fine. He knows what he wants to do with his life and the way he’s going to handle it, and I guess we’re going to give him that respect. I would think for Tiger it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be something that’s going to take him a little time to get used to. He expressed his regret for not being able to play. He said that he was sorry, that he really didn’t feel his game was up to speed to start playing this early.”

More Tiger:

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Tiger Woods’ Caddie Talks to 60 Minutes


Steve Williams has had the dream job of a lifetime, dragging around golf clubs for Tiger Woods, the most famousPhoto Tiger Woods Caddie golfer of all time.

After an interview on 60 Minutes last night where he said he “would have blown the whistle” on Woods if he knew of the affairs, it’s hard not to wonder if the caddie will remain at Woods’ side if and when he ever returns to the game.

A friend admitting he would have “blown the whistle” certainly doesn’t sound like a man you want by your side at a time the Paparazzi is in overdrive to stalk down your every move.

Williams also said he is still a close friend of Woods and will stand by him.

Here is some of the dialogue Williams had with the television production crew for the show.

“In some people’s perception, I’m involved in it and I’ve committed a crime or I’ve done wrong,” Williams said. “I’ve said it before. I knew nothing, and that’s my answer.”

“If the shoe was on somebody else’s [foot], I would say the same thing: that it would be very difficult for the caddie not to know but I’m a hundred per cent telling you I knew nothing and that’s that. “I’m a straight-up sort of person. If I’d have known something was going on, the whistle would have been blown. He knows that, that’s just the way I operate.”

“Of course I’m mad at him. Why would you not be? I’m more disappointed that he’s let his family down and let himself down.” Williams, who says he is close to Tiger Woods’ wife Erin Nordegren, went on to say he still has not talked to Woods about the infidelities.

“It’s not up to me to beat him with a stick right now. He’s getting enough grilling from everybody else; the media have had a feeding frenzy. I’m a friend right now. There’s a time and place for everything. Obviously at some point in time, I’ll have a conversation with him. I’d like to see him back playing on the PGA tour. That’s my role right now.”

“I stand by Tiger as a friend. When I talk to him, I don’t talk to him about what’s happened, I talk to him about the future and what we’re going to try and accomplish and how we’re going to get over it.”

Williams’ wife, Kirsty, said it has been difficult seeing her husband dealing with the public’s speculation and accusations that he knew about the affairs over the years.

“He [Williams] is just seen as a bad guy. People are calling for him to be fired. It’s not fair.”

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Tiger Woods to Meet With Media on Friday


Mark Steinberg, agent of one Eldrick Tiger Woods, announced that his client will meet this Friday with a small groupTiger Woods of people in Florida at the home of the PGA Tour.The Associated Press reported that Woods will take no questions and expects to explain his past and apologize for his actions.

Although three wire services are invited, Steinberg has asked that a pool be set up by the golf writers. Only one camera will record the session and be available for distribution by satellite.

Fellow golfers had hoped Woods would meet off-site of any tournament that he decided to attend prior to his return to the PGA Tour.

They are getting that wish granted EXCEPT that the meeting on Friday is smack dab in the middle of the Accenture Match Play Championships in Arizona.

And similarly to Woods’ pronouncements posted on his web site, this explanation and apology session will not be interactive.

Hot topics for questions that won’t be asked: did he receive treatment for an addiction, what is his post-treatment recovery consist of, what is happening in his marriage and what his golf schedule will look like this year.

The question Sports Climax has is this; ‘Why even bother meeting the media if you are just reading or making a statement? You can do the same on a video feed without the pads and pens in the room.”

Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Phil Mickelson and his wedge get support from the PGA


The story of Phil Mickelson being called a cheat by a fellow golfer has circulated this week at the PGA Tour’s FarmersPGA Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Mickelson is using a wedge with square grooves rather than V-shaped grooves. The square-grooved clubs were banned by the U.S Golf Association (USGA) except for those that were manufactured by Ping prior to April 1, 1990.

That exception was agreed to by the USGA after it was sued by Ping. All square-grooved clubs but the Ping wedge are now illegal on the U.S. PGA Tour.

David Feherty, CBS golf analyst told television viewers on Saturday that the old grooves keep more grass from coming between the club and the ball as it comes off the ground.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Mickelson and at least four other golfers have the controversial clubs in their bags for the tournament. Cue the howls of others, one of whom actually called Phil a cheat. Scott McCarron spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday and said: “It’s cheating and I’m appalled Phi has put it in play.”

A fan favorite for years and seen by many as more accessible and pleasant than Tiger Woods, Mickelson is being counted on by the PGA to keep sponsors, fans and television viewers attending and watching the events in the absence of the big kahuna, Tiger Woods.

Mickelson went on the defensive Friday with media and admitted that he is taking advantage of the loop hole but reminded everyone that he follows the rules of golf, if not in spirit, at least literally.

The PGA buttressed that with a statement on Saturday castigating McCarron but not by name. The full statement can be found here. It says in part: “criticisms characterizing their use as a violation of the Rules of Golf as promulgated by the USGA are inappropriate at best.

In the meantime, Mickelson who has carefully cultivated his good guy image is being asked questions that seem strange to him. There’s a way to fix that. Ditch the Ping.

 

 Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Tiger Woods Wins AP Athlete of the Decade


Article updated on December 18, 2009

The Associated Press selected Tiger Woods as the Athlete of the Decade.

woods-and-elinDuring a period of turmoil surrounding Woods’ personal life and his infidelity to wife Elin Nordegren Woods, Woods received 56 of 142 votes cast by the AP editors.  A majority of those tallies were sent in after the controversial November car accident that involved the golf great.

Woods had 64 wins including 12 tournament majors and 56 PGA Tour victories and lost just one time with the lead going into the final round.

Cyclist Lance Armstrong who defeated cancer and was victorious in the Tour de France six times finished way behind Woods with 33 votes. Tennis star Roger Federer finished third with 25 votes.

Just days after receiving this honor, ABC News reported that Woods wife Elin would be seeking a divorce.

It was reported that “A source close to Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, told ABC News.com that a “divorce is 100 percent on.” this coming just days after Elin was photographed without her wedding ring.

Kate Coyne, senior editor at People Magazine reaffirmed the story when she told the Good Morning America show that “Sources have told us that Elin has told us this marriage is over and she is looking to divorce.” 

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Behind the scenes with Tiger Woods


ORLANDO – When I met Tiger Woods in Orlando during the summer of 1996, he was in the final stages of prepping for a pro career, (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)poised at the starting gate, ready to enter the world of professional golf, a world of guaranteed stardom and wealth.On this particular day, golf’s newest phenomenon was actually going to work to shoot his first commercial for Titleist. Not yet old enough to buy a drink at the local pub, Woods had recently signed an endorsement deal with the company for $20 million.

Tiger’s father, Earl, was also present and participated in the shoot as an on-air talent alongside the son he had raised to master the sport. It was evident Earl and his 20-year-old son had a special relationship making Tiger a natural at delivering his lines during his close up, “He’s a great father figure, he’s my best friend,” he said sincerely, his patented smile covering his face.

Earl was the reason I was present on that shoot. At that time, I was working in the film industry as a one-man medical staff on motion picture sets. Earl was known to be a very strong-willed man and although he insisted on publicly making light of his medical history, Tiger, showing love and concern for his father, directed the production company to hire a medical person to be available to tend to his father in the event he needed care.

Normally I spent my time on large sets with crews of over a hundred people bumping into each other, running around screaming for ‘quiet on the set’ or ‘Bring Mr. Hanks to the location’.

This day was pleasant and more personal. I spent the day driving through the sunny Isleworth golf course observing a father and son enjoying the time that had finally come for them to reap the rewards after nearly two decades of dedication and hard work.

Although Tiger had a mature side, he showed a few streaks of being a kid at heart. While the crew indulged in a mouth-watering prime rib and shrimp catered lunch, Tiger sat in his golf cart, feet kicked up, enjoying a sack of McDonalds burgers listening to the latest hip hop on his headset.

It was refreshing to see. Only a ‘kid’ would opt for a bag of fast food over a home-cooked feast. Only a ‘kid’ would replace the sounds of a steady breeze blowing through the trees with an earful of music.

I took a break between shrimps and observed Woods for a moment and couldn’t help to think that this well-mannered young man who reeked with confidence was clinging onto and enjoying the final remnants of his youth.

It was obvious his life was about to change drastically overnight and would soon include non-stop appearances and tournament play as well as daily doses of camera flashes and autograph requests during dinner on every night out.

That Titleist commercial would be Woods’ first of a long list of endorsements and accomplishments during his rookie year. He signed a $40 million deal with Nike, was named the PGA Tour Rookie-of-the-Year, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and hasn’t landed on the ground since.

After knee surgery and an eight-month absence from the tour that included the birth of his son Charlie Axel, Tiger returns this week to compete at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and although Tiger is still ranked #1 in the world but some experts expect him to experience a little rust.

One thing is for certain though, if Tiger pulls from the inspiration his ‘best friend’ provided to help get him there, don’t expect his Nikes to hit the ground any time too soon.

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John Daly cheeses for another mug shot


When the police arrived at the Hooters restaurant in North Carolina last week, John Daly the golfer and Hall of Fame party guy reportedly didn’t want to go to the hospital. 

He was so intoxicated he had passed out on the sidewalk outside the restaurant. So the cops took him to the drunk tank.

It gives me absolutely no pleasure to post this picture. I am doing it just to show you what he has been reduced to.

The restaurant employees didn’t want him back inside and the group he had been traveling with didn’t want him back in their vehicle.

Daly, who has given up trying to get sober, has hit a new low and my concerns for him are well founded.

I have written to ask PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem whether he is going to wait until Daly is critically injured before says that Daly isn’t welcome on the tour until he’s been somewhere to get his act together. No response yet from Finchem.

Golf pros aren’t employees of the PGA and it has little control over them. If golfers continue to make enough money each calendar year to qualify to play they are welcome on the tour. But Finchem can go to the sponsors of individual tournaments and ask that they stop giving exemptions to Daly. He needs them because it’s been at least two years since he earned his right to play on the tour.

Sponsors have ignored his behavior up to this point because he draws fans and has proven to be one of the most popular golfers to show up on a golf course. But after a while, even fans have to wonder if they are going to see a train wreck or a golfer.

No one is doing Daly any good by encouraging him to continue on his present path. I know he has more than one alimony and child support payment to make each month but if he’s in jail or dead his former wives won’t get paid, right?

Give the guy a break and make him face reality. It might just save his life.

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