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Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 3:20 pm
 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As ever, Tiger Woods is keeping ‘em guessing.

Despite the fact that he hasn’t worked with his swing coach in two months, Woods said Thursday night that he will play next week at the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, where he has seven wins.

It stands to reason that he’ll play the following week, too, at the season’s final major, the PGA Championship in suburban Atlanta. The host PGA of America confirmed Friday that Woods has committed to play.

"I'm excited to get back out there," Woods said on his website.

Nobody has a clue what to expect, frankly.

Quite possibly including Woods himself.

Woods hasn’t completed 18 holes since the Masters, when he injured a ligament in his left knee and aggravated an Achilles problem in the same leg. He quit after nine holes at the Players Championship in mid-May, after tweaking the same two injuries.

The last time he played at Firestone, he had his worst four-round finish as a professional, finishing second-to last in the field. A week later, he began working with Orlando swing coach Sean Foley and began a complete overhaul of his swing, the results of which remain decidedly mixed.

Woods' website said Thursday night: "Following the advice of his doctors, Woods has rested and rehabbed his left leg, and just recently began hitting practice balls."

However, Foley said Tuesday told CBSSports.com and the Golf Channel that he hasn’t worked with Woods on the practice range in weeks and had no idea when he planned to return to the tour. With the announcement, the two are set to practice together Friday, where there's certainly much work to be done and rust to shake off.

Woods, now spending much of his time in Jupiter, Fla., has a backyard practice area with several short holes, so it stands to reason that he’s been practicing on his own. Woods hasn’t won on the PGA Tour in 22 months, easily the longest drought of his career, and this week dropped to No. 21 in the world, his lowest ranking since his first full season as a pro in 1997.

That’s not all that’s in transition, if not upheaval. Last week he fired Steve Williams, his loyal caddie and point man for the past 12 years, and according to the Golf Channel, will use boyhood friend and employee Bryon Bell on the bag next week at Firestone. Bell caddied for Woods at the Disney World event almost a decade ago and the two have been friends since junior high and played on the same prep golf team together in Southern California.

Bell, who was directly linked to the never-ending Woods sex scandal by online news reports, is now the head of Woods’ near-dormant golf-course design firm, so he’s likely got plenty of spare time.

Woods hasn’t hit a shot since May 12, when he shot 42 on the front nine of the first round at TPC Sawgrass and walked off the course. Over the past few weeks, Woods insisted that this time, he would not return until his leg had fully healed. Doctors have green-lighted Woods to play, agent Mark Steinberg said.

"Cleared and ready to play next week," Steinberg said in an email Thursday night. "Sean is his coach and no changes."

After years of defying medical advice and causing even more wear and tear on a knee that has seen four surgeries, the 35-year-old decided to take a more prudent tack. As a result, he’s only played in six PGA Tour events this year tournaments. He has played 21 official rounds globally, including a first-round loss at the Accenture Match Play.

What happens next? At this point, it’s hard to say.

Firestone is a hilly track and Woods hurt himself hitting fairly routine golf shots from moderately flat terrain at Augusta National and Sawgrass.

“Feeling fit and ready to tee it up at Firestone next week,” Woods tweeted. “Excited to get back out there!”

With an exclamation point, mind you.

It was now or never, for all practical porposes, as it related to the 2011 season.

Had he not played next week, or at the PGA Championship, his season likely would have been over. He is ranked 133rd in FedEx Cup points and only the top 125 advance to the four FedEx series events, which start two weeks after the PGA.

Unless he moves up the points list over the next two weeks, he won’t be eligible to play in any of the four, including the third leg in the series, the BMW Championship, where he won his last PGA Tour title in September, 2009, a few weeks before his career-derailing scandal began.

Woods finished a distant T29 at the PGA Championship in 2001, the last time it was played at Atlanta Athletic Club. He actually committed to play the season's final major three weeks ago, a PGA of America official said Friday. The commitment deadline for the PGA was July 7.

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Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:30 am
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

They have closets in Kentucky.

Do you have to have a passport to enter Kentucky or just act like a moron?




Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all


Tiger obviously wasn't completely in love or he would have NEVER done the things he did - I think he did care for her and he didn't set out to hurt her, but a guy that is head over heels in love doesn't behave the way he did - Rumor has it that she was rather fridgid.  Ef that.  Look around the tour - Look at the number of dorks with smokin' hot wifes and you do the math.  




Tiger wasn't in love, huh.   I'm sure he was in love with at least 20+ females. 

You are all full of rumors, aren't you.

I heard you had the hots for Tiger.  You can come out of the closet now.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:35 am
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

Look at Tiger.  Look at EEEElin.   How likely is it that they would be married if he wasn't a BIZZZZZZILLIONAIRE???  If the guy was a manager at Best Buy she wouldn't have even given him the time of day, nor would have anyone wasted their time trying to set them up.  She is a classic gold-digger.  Tiger obviously wasn't completely in love or he would have NEVER done the things he did - I think he did care for her and he didn't set out to hurt her, but a guy that is head over heels in love doesn't behave the way he did - Rumor has it that she was rather fridgid.  Ef that.  Look around the tour - Look at the number of dorks with smokin' hot wifes and you do the math.  



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all


Of course EEElin is a gold digger - Of course hot chicks are trying to cash in when they latch on the these professional athletes


Now Elin is a gold digger.  Man you take the cake.  You tell us not to judge and talk negative of Tiger , but you are judge and jury with Elin being a gold digger.  Maybe you should look in the mirror and maybe take some of your own advice.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 11:01 am
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

Jack Nicklaus was/is a totally class act both on and off the course

Wrong...!!!!.....J.N. was a tyrd when he first came on tour. Loud and arrogant and had his share of temper tantrums on course, and in the clubhouse. He was NOT very well liked. Difference was, there weren't nearly as many cameras to catch him. He finally calmed down and that is when he started winning.There were also many a wink and a nod towards him for his late night carousing.

Class act........what a joke.


Toooo Fuuunnnyy.........




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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:50 pm
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

How much slack did Fuzzy deserve -  he is just like so many of you haters out there -  He hated to see Tiger dominate the golf tournament the way he did - he pretty much made the other players look silly - Fuzzy's racist arse was pissed.  he made an ass out of his OWN self -  Tiger accepted the situation and moved on - Fuzzy messed up -  What kind of slack is he supposed to be cutting Sergio??  
Stevie Williams is a tool - All he had to do was wait a couple more weeks to play with the greatest to ever play the game and he caddied a second time with Adam Scott with out clearing it with the boss -  See ya -  Good riddance - Stevie was the one with no class -   



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

Dear Steve, Why do sport writers keep writing so negative about Woods? Do you think we dont know about Woods problemas? Its getting old and I think its time to turn the page and talk about golf! If you are going to write so negative about Woods why post the article? Because it sells? The truth is that golf fans and sports fans overall are excited with the news his playing next week. Thats a fact!



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

Great comments.  You'd be shocked how few posts there are with these sentiments.  It seems like 75% of the posts @ Tiger are negative.  
Of course EEElin is a gold digger - Of course hot chicks are trying to cash in when they latch on the these professional athletes.  You think EEEElin would have fallen in love with Eldrick Tont, or even been introduced to the guy, if he was a supervisor at Carmax?    Look at how many dweebs on tour have smokin' hot wifes.  It's outrageous.  Even Jim Furyk's wife is hot.   I hope Tiger plays well and puts some excitement back in the game at Firestone - - 



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

It is time to cut Tiger some slack and hope that he can regain his game, challenge Jack's record and make Golf exciting again.

You mean the same kind of slack he cut Fuzzy Zoeller, the same kind of slack he cut Sergio Garcia, the same kind he has always cut anyone? 

When you live by the sword you die by the sword, I have ZERO sympathy with Tiger Woods. I have a long memory and the guy is classless in the way he has treated some of his fellow professionals.  Have you noticed how many of them have come out on his side over the last few months?  Notice how he totally dumped his caddie Steve Williams, a guy who has been faithful and true for years and years. Totally classless!

He is/was a great golfer, one of the very best to ever play the game and his skills are absolutely to be admired but Tiger Woods the man is a grossly irreverent individual.

I understand the Tiger lovers want to watch him win but Tiger Woods is a part of golf, golf is not a part of Tiger Woods.  Its about all the players who play on the various tours around the world.  The American public has been fed a non stop diet of Tigers Woods until it feels it can longer survive without him. Well, it can and it has. America has a a lot of new and upcoming stars who are far more worthy of your attention right now than Tiger Woods is, as indeed does the European tour.

As for your comment about catching Jack Nicklaus, I hope he never ever does. Jack Nicklaus was/is a totally class act both on and off the course and Tiger Woods is not fit to tie up his shoelaces.

Long live the Golden Bear!!!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Woods ambles back at Firestone after all

Eventually Woods has to make his return, and he is coming back at one of his favorite tournaments. I really doubt if Woods will be a force the rest of the year, but if anyone in his type of situation can do it, Woods would be a good candidate. In all honesty, since Woods has been a non factor in golf, the foreign players have really dominated. Perhaps the return of Woods will be the shot in the arm that the American players have been needing. Has Woods been doing steroids most of his entire career? probably Is woods a pompous jerk? He acts that way at times Will Woods break all of Nicklaus's records? I doubt it, but it is possible. Is Wood's return to the game good for golf? From a monetary standpoint, yes without a doubt. Perhaps we have hit bottom in regards to Europe's  dominance the last couple of years, but there is no guarantee.



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