10:37 AM, Aug 17, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If he were a race horse, then up-to-now the smart play would have been to bet him to show. On six occasions, Jason Day had finished among the top five in the big golf tournaments known as the "majors." But never first. He seemed to lack that urge to run out ahead of the pack, where the view is clear and the going is good. Unfortunate things just seemed to happen to Day in those big golf tournaments that you need to win for membership in the elite. Most of these things were, of course, self-inflicted. Long drives in to deep rough. Missed putts. The usual woes. And in one case, he was even finished by a bout of vertigo. Yesterday, though, at a peculiar golf course called “Whistling Straights,” Day went out ahead and stayed there. He finished with the lowest 72-hole score in the history of the majors. The record he broke belonged to the Secretariat of golf, Tiger Woods.
Okay, enough with the horse racing stuff. Simply said, Jason Day arrived, yesterday, where people who follow golf had been expecting him. At the top of the game. It was great fun to watch, especially since he is such an appealing figure. A poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks in Queensland, Australia, with a big game and a big smile and a three-year-old son who has taken over first in the cute kid competition among PGA golfers. The kid’s name is Dash. As in Dash Day and have you ever. “Adorable” doesn’t really do him justice.
As for Dad … well, yesterday, he was a killer. He was plainly concentrating hard to shut out the demons that had distracted him in previous efforts and caused him to come up agonizingly short. His moment may have come on the 9th hole where he launched one of his signature earth-orbit drives. Three eighty, or something, and landing in perfect shape. Easy lob wedge to the hole. Birdie puts him another stroke up on the field, including Jordan Spieth, his playing partner, the phenom and favorite who had won two of three majors this year and barely missed making it three.
Day chunked the shot like some ten-handicapper or worse and left the ball short of the green.
Everyone watching no doubt wondered if this was the beginning of the fold. Another bad shot, forcing a two-putt or worse, would open the door for Spieth. After studying for what seemed like a very long time, Day dropped it on the green just soft enough and in just the right place leaving himself 6 feet for the par save and Spieth still looking at his back.
He never faltered again and brought it on home with a strong, unfailing stretch run (okay, one more of those horse racing metaphors).
Then, he broke down and cried.
Eighty.7:48 AM, Jun 19, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Well, Tiger Woods answered yesterday’s question – can he find the magic again? – and did so emphatically. In a field of 156 golfers, one of them 15 years old, only two finished behind Tiger who shot an 80. There was no one thing wrong with his game. It was a total wreck and it left the broadcasters feeling embarrassed and borderline speechless.
8:26 AM, Jun 18, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
When he steps onto the first tee today, Tiger Woods will be coming off some of the worst rounds of his career and a last place finish in a tournament that he was accustomed to winning. In golf, as in all sport, anyone can have a bad day. But for Tiger Woods, this was something different. You wonder if he even bothered to pick up the check for his winnings of $12,276.
1:28 PM, Apr 9, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Today, at 1:48 EST, Tiger Woods will be teeing it up at the Masters. It has been a long time since he has played in a tournament. Longer still since he has won. His round today will be closely scrutinized by fans of golf and millions of others whose interest in the game pretty much begins and ends with Woods and how he is doing.
11:01 AM, Feb 7, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden had an interesting exchange with the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. The two were speaking in front of reporters at the Munich Security Conference.
The exchange was captured by the on-site pool reporter:
As the pool came in, Mr. Biden and Mr. Poroshenko made small talk over the press pool and their handlers.
They had it all . . . and then.Apr 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
A Masters without Tiger: It is not quite the case of an athlete dying young. He will almost certainly recover from the back surgery that kept him out of the tournament and play at Augusta again next year and, probably, for many years after that. He may even win again. After all, Jack Nicklaus won the Masters when he was 46 years old and Woods is only 38.
9:15 AM, Jun 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Tiger Woods shot a 44 on the front, 79 for the round, and finished 16 shots off the lead, yesterday, in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village. Later, speaking the royal plural, Woods explained:
12:59 PM, Apr 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
For the third weekend in a row, President Obama is hitting the links. CBS's Mark Knoller reports on Twitter:
11:30 AM, Apr 13, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The world of golf (an admittedly precious domain) held its breath Friday night and Saturday morning, waiting to learn if Tiger Woods would be disqualified at the Masters for a rules violation.
2:14 PM, Feb 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama, who is on a weekend getaway in Florida this weekend, hit the links with Tiger Woods today, the White House reveals.
"The President played golf today with USTR Ron Kirk, Jim Crane and Tiger Woods," deputy press secretary Josh Earnest says in a statement.
11:01 AM, Jan 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Phil Mickelson had a bad weekend on the golf course and was almost 20 strokes behind the leader, Tiger Woods, when play was suspended Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open tournament at Torrey Pines.
Business as usual in Arizona.7:00 AM, Aug 29, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
Funny what the game of golf can drive a man to do—and no, I'm not talking about Tiger Woods. Rather, when I learned of a package deal involving unlimited golf at the Phoenician hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, I took advantage of it faster than a Masters champion takes advantage of a cocktail waitress. (Okay, that time I was referring to Tiger.)
The whole notion of 'role models,' especially in the ranks of professional athletes, is naïve.3:49 PM, Feb 22, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
I don't know whether it's age or climate change, but the Tiger Woods Crisis has left me in a mystified state. I say this as a non-golfer who follows the pop cultural news with some fidelity. But both Woods' televised statement of apology -- for which the networks interrupted their scheduled programming last Friday -- and the near-universal consensus that he wasn't sufficiently contrite, leave me in what appears to be a minority of one.
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