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. And the question lurking in the minds of all is … does he have the “yips?”
Especially when it comes to the part of the game known as “chipping.”
Woods says he’s fine. That the shots he hit that made him look like a weekend, twenty-handicapper were the result of a mechanical problem that he has since fixed. Phil Mickelson, for one, agrees.
A former coach, Hank Haney, thinks otherwise and says so … bluntly:
Let's be serious. Tiger Woods has the yips.
Those who are unfamiliar with the term, can learn more – much, much more – by reading David Owen’s wonderful New Yorker piece on the subject.
Many answers will be revealed in the four hours or so that it will take Woods to complete his round.
ESPN will have it live.
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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