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Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:06 am
Edited on: January 9, 2012 11:11 am
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Tiger Woods took a pass on opening his 2012 season at a famed California venue where he has been a dominant force, not to mention where he claimed one of the game's most memorable U.S. Open victories.

Instead, he substituted another.

Marking one of his earliest commitments to a PGA Tour event in years, Woods on Monday said he will open his U.S. season at Pebble Beach on Feb. 9.

In a move that has caused a good amount of conversation, Woods eschewed starting his season at Torrey Pines, instead electing to make his Jan. 26 season debut the same week on the European Tour in Abu Dhabi, where he will receive an appearance fee.

Woods won the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008, his last Grand Slam win, and has six regular-tour wins at the seaside course. He won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by 15 shots, roundly considered the best performance by any player in major championship history.

The title sponsor at Pebble Beach is the same entity that backs Woods’ event in the Washington, D.C., area, the AT&T National, and the financial ties are a big reason for his presence in the field. He hasn’t played in the regular-season event at Pebble Beach since 2002, when painfully slow rounds were the norm.

Since then, the field has been pared from 180 pros and their amateur partner to 156, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club replaced Poppy Hills as one of the three courses used over 72 holes.

"I haven't been to this tournament lately, but I have a lot of good memories at Pebble,” he said on his website. “It will be fun going back."

In his most memorable regular-tour win at Pebble, Woods came from seven shots behind with seven holes to play to defeat Matt Gogel, now a Golf Channel broadcaster.

"It's always been one of my favorite spots," Woods said. "It might be the prettiest place on earth."

In his last start at Pebble, in the 2010 U.S. Open two years ago, Woods briefly contended but eventually finished T4, which matches his best finish in an official U.S. event since the sex scandal of late 2009. He closed with a 75.

The commitment a month out represents one of his earliest on record for a regular PGA Tour event that wasn't run by his charity -- and there's some overlap there. AT&T dropped the logo-bag deal it had with Woods during the height of the scandal, but remained as title sponsor of his foundation event. The communications giant also donated money to the construction of Woods foundation headquarters in Southern California.

As ever with Woods, there are financial strings attached.

In other words, he quite likely needs AT&T at least as much as the company needs him at this point -- a message seemingly underscored by the early commitment. The title sponsor of Woods unofficial offseason event in Southern California, Chevron, declined to re-sign as namesake last month, leaving a big void for the Woods camp to fill on the benefit-tournament front already.

In the past, Woods has usually waited until the day before the commitment deadline to throw his name in the hat as an entrant at regular PGA Tour events.

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Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut



nytofla and Kingston_Dick

 

Pretty strange when a man defends another man who he does not even know w/ such vigor. I have a good idea why and it has to do w/ a personal problem of putting from the rough. You know a switch hitter, a Judy, a Barbie.  

If you reside in Gods waiting room (Florida) you probable reside inSouthBeachand get a social security check so your mind and memory is most likely slipping.

And thank you for the English. You two might want to look into a FEMALE dating service. A man being obsessed w/ another man is freaky enough but w/ a man that you only know from television is what the characters of Hitchcock were created from. So do get a life but try including a woman fluffers.




Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut



nytofla and Kingston_Dick

 

Pretty strange when a man defends another man who he does not even know w/ such vigor. I have a good idea why and it has to do w/ a personal problem of putting from the rough. You know a switch hitter, a Judy, a Barbie.  

If you reside in Gods waiting room (Florida) you probable reside inSouthBeachand get a social security check so your mind and memory is most likely slipping.

And thank you for the English. You two might want to look into a FEMALE dating service. A man being obsessed w/ another man is freaky enough but w/ a man that you only know from television is what the characters of Hitchcock were created from. So do get a life but try including a woman fluffers.




Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

kubbfan, I know what you mean.  For me, it's translating into a general loss of interest in Americian golf.  Tiger has soiled the reputation of the entire Tour.  Finchem is out there blowing smoke up our tailends, the GC and other television outlets are giving us water torture, with the steady drip-drip-drip of Woods propaganda.  Even Johnny Miller seems to have a muzzle now.  The would-be "edgy" commentators like Feherty bizarrely carry the biggest pom-poms.

Even Elling, my favorite active golf journalist (and one of the few deserving of that term), gives us this article, but no like articles with information
for McIlroy or Cauley or the legions of other more interesting golfers.  Is it laziness?  After all, these Tiger Woods articles are not exactly informative and almost write themselves.

I still have interest in Euro golf and the up-and-coming youngsters like Bud Cauley, but I don't have any use for articles on Woods and by association, Furyk, Mickelson, Stricker, et al.  Those guys need to distance themselves from Woods.  I once read a Dean Koontz horror novel where the main character was a guy whose flesh was rotting off of him.  To try to hide the stench, he covered himself with cologne.  Every Woods article I see now reminds me of the character from that novel.

Lanny H
Lanny H Golf



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

Saying Woods "made a  mistake in his personal life" is like saying Bernie Madoff "didn't properly balance his checkbook."

Go re-read the twisted, misogynistic text messages he sent to Joslyn James.  (His lawyers never contested the validity of these.)

I'm sorry, but as John Feinstein recently wrote, Woods is not a man worthy of admiration.  I don't understand why some people are having such a hard time letting him go.



Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:17 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

Who f'n cares!<br /><br />




Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:54 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

i used to root against tiger. now i feel so sorry for him, i dont mind if he wins.




Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

albeemacaw

If Tiger decides that he does not want to sign anymore autographs that is his choice. If you do not like him because he made bad a series of bad decisions regarding his marriage that is your choice. However I caution you not to judge people to be a bad person because of a bad decision. Have you always done the proper things made the right choice never need someone to forgive you and give you another chance?

In my opinion I watch Tiger because of the golf shots that he makes. I do not know what drove him to make the unfavorable decisions to cheat on his wife, however that has nothing to do with why I know anything about Tiger. I did not see Tiger helping an elderly person across the street or getting a cat out of a tree nor discovering a cure for cancer. I saw him hit a golf ball with unmatched precision and win a tournament.

His ability to win no dominant the tour for so long has increased the prize money, more people that attend the more they earn and this benefits all involved with golf.

You are entitled to your opinion and Tiger is entitled to a second chance and forgiveness.


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Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:47 pm
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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:37 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

I wish Tiger all the luck in continuing his career in golf. It is a lot more fun to watch golf with Tiger making shots, pumping his fist and arm in the air with the crowd applauding his accomplishments.

That made it worth watching the game and pulling for him to win the tournament he was playing at the time..

To announce early what tournament he would be playing is probably a marketing plan to attract more top ranked golfers and perhaps a few minor sponsors that would sweetened the pot.

His personal life is just that his personal life.

If you are liking or disliking a person because of something he did in his personal life this is not what it is all about. His professional life is open and reported on daily through print, news media as well as the internet.

He made personal decision that might not be the decisions you would make, but these decisions were his.

If you don't like the man for the personal decisions he made, you are not required to watch him play golf either in person or on TV. You also are not required to purchase any sports gear he spsonsor, nor are you required to purchase items sold by his sponsors.

If you want to hurt the man, you would be wise to boycott any and all his events, not purchase items he sponsors or sponsor him. You would also lower the tv ratings by not watching events he participate in that wouold appear on tv.
 
I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck..

“ONE MAN'S OPINION”





Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:16 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

When you learn the E So, albeemacaw, get a life of your own where you won't feel the need to comment negatively , henglish language, we'll listen to you write that,"there are some big tome golfers that are intelligent enough to lokk past his gulf swing." We're in America, our language is English, Learn it or don't respond! A few years back, I was at a tournament where Phil Mickelson did the same ting. His excuse, I've signed enough autographs,he said. So, albee, get a life of your own!


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