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Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:18 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 6:00 pm

By Steve Elling 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- With these two in the field, it won’t matter much that many of the top internationals aren't heading to Orlando in two weeks.

Tiger Woods announced Monday that he will play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational later this month, joining another popular past champion, Phil Mickelson, in the event hosted by the legendary golfer and tournament namesake.

Woods has titles at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009. He was T24 last year and won the first of his three consecutive U.S. Junior titles there.

It's a busy stretch for the former world No. 1, now ranked 16th globally. He will have played four times in six weeks by the end of the Masters in April.

Mickelson posted on his website last week that he was playing at Bay Hill, where he won in 1997. The tournament starts March 22.

Though it won't be formally announced until Wednesday, Woods will play in Orlando's Tavistock Cup on March 19-20 at Lake Nona, representing the six-man team from Albany, a course in the Bahamas. There are four six-man teams in the event and the full rosters will be released Wednesday.

Rory McIlroy, the newly minted world No. 1, is taking three weeks off after competing this week at the Cadillac Championship outside Miami, where Woods and Mickelson also are entered. Several other top international players instead are playing the week after Bay Hill, in Houston, as a tune-up to the Masters, including Lee Westwood.

Woods and Mickelson were paired in the final round at Pebble Beach last month, where Mickelson shot 64 to come from six strokes back to win.

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Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2012 6:10 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill


Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2012 8:21 am

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

WELL THEY BE WAITING FOR THE tiger-off when he appears and they will be in the hundreds....  He cannot be trusted....lost his appeal....lost his inner drive (he won't admit, but oyu can see it in his sad eyes)......LOST IT.

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2012 2:55 am

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

To be honest I feel sorry for your parishioners. It's not about us golf fans not forgiving Tiger Woods, so kindly give that up. Those of us who care about ultimate forgiveness recognize that in the end it's pretty much up to God. But to use Bible verses to excuse how Tiger Woods treats other human beings just so you can justify fast forwarding to see him hit a golf ball is pretty sad and superficial. So are you going to be sharing next how we should think about Tiger Woods as a modern day suffering Christ because of what the media and the divorce proceedings have put him through? Or maybe how if we look really close we can see the image of Tiger right next to Jesus' image on the shroud of Turin? Give us a break from the holier than thou drivel, and maybe look a bit more honestly at the fact that how we actually live and act towards other human beings IS who we are. In that respect, it's not about judging Tiger Woods at all; it's just admitting that he treats many other human beings as well as the game of golf like bits of crap! If you can find support for that way of living in your Bible, you can read between the lines a heck of a lot better than I can Pastor Heavyhitter. And you can sure as heck NOT expect to see me crossing the threshold of your church doors next Sunday. It's BRUTAL that people like you are responsible to NOT lead others into temptation. Give your heart and head a shake man!

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2012 2:28 am

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

It's actually not about being a Tiger hater at all. I see people simply talking about other golfers consistently being better FOR the game than Tiger Woods. It's a question of character. There is ample evidence that Nicklaus, Palmer, Player, Trevino, T. Watson, Els, Seve and MANY others had game and were fiery competitive with themselves and one another, but they also and always fundamentally respected the game and other players. And most all of them often openly showed that they enjoyed the other players as fellow competitors and friends-  with admittedly the odd human slip which we should all be willing to grant. But it seems to me the point people are making (NOT hating) is that despite Tiger Woods' obvious talent, we see him showing little respect or consideration or appreciation for anyone outside of himself. The most respected and enjoyable golfers in ALL of our lives are those who "GET" what the game is about - it's a competition against oneself and possibly others, but it's always and everywhere a GAME that is a joy to experience with other human beings who are also fallible AND who are nonetheless also to be respected and enjoyed for their willingness to pursue the ever elusive perfect shot. There is an integrity to the game of golf that requires that we play along and well with others. Bottom line about Tiger Woods media/golf persona? He is thoroughly and undeniably athletically gifted. Humble, appreciative or wise? I think all but the most ardent Tiger disciples would agree that there is very little evidence in the media to support any of those. In the end, he is thus simply not "good for the game" regardless how many matches he manages to win.

Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2012 2:15 am

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Yes, Tiger Woods is probably everything that has been spoken of on the threads below!
Yet when I watched the tape replay of the Cadilac Open today, I fast forwarded to
every Tiger Woods shot and ignored most everybody else.  Saw a little Phil M, Rory,
Adams, but little else.  You know I've just forgiven Tiger Woods for his transgression!
He did ask for forgiveness publicly from his wife to the tv viewing couch potatoes! 
His gross sins were not against me, but God, his wife, his kids and maybe the PGA Tour.
Quite frankly, I just like to see Tiger pound a dirve pass everyone, hit an incredible
iron shot next to the pin, or make a nice chip or putt.  I just like to watch the God-given
talented players like Kobe Bryant or Matt Kemp.  If they are horrible people so be it!
Oh, by the way I'm a white, born-again Christian pastor!  Love hardly even notices
when someone else does it wrong!  1 cor. 13 paraphrased

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:41 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill


As I said before Tiger is a once in a generation type of player who won most tournaments before the 1st shot was ever hit. I have never seen so many world class players fold and fold badly if Tiger were in contention on Sunday. I wish someone would look it up but I bet the top 5 guys on the Sunday leaderboard stroke average would be overpar. Tiger like Jack or Watson in his prime could will the ball into the hole when the needed it most. Im glad that we finally have a new generation of players that are ready to take on the challenge of beating Tiger rather than handing him victory the way players of his generation did, it should be good for the game.

I could not agree more we do have more people covering sports and those that cover golf in many cases have no clue. These folks though have a job to do just like Tiger does. I just think Tiger is tarnishing his own image with his conduct on the course, he's better than that and one would think he should have outgrown his child like behaivour by now.

Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:32 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

DC, I can't argue with anything you've written.  I have used the same words to describe his behaviour and it is disappointing.  I was talking only about the will to win and to narrow the focus and to conjure up a magical 1-iron on the 7th at PB or a chip in at 16...and the list goes on for both of them.  It a steely-eyed, lone wolf type behaviour in the heat of competition only.
Having said that I have never seen Tiger embrace a competitor as Jack did Tom Watson at the 77 Open...but, again, during the round, Jack did not yield - in fact, he made a bomb on 18 at that Open to force Tom's hand right to the end.
It is just that one type of focus that they share and I may not even be characterizing it right, but I suspect they know what it is.  I too hope we haven't seen Tiger's best behaviour on and off the course yet.
On a slightly different note I believe thet there are many more journalists now than 3 or 4 decades ago - that is obvious - but i also think that the questions they ask now are asinine.  I'm not sure I would have the patience to listen to half of them...perhaps Jack was spared some of the blanket media and stupidity.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:15 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill


Here is where I have issues. I have never seen Jack send his caddy after someone with a camera. I have never seen Jack drop one F Bomb after the next, I have never seen Jack dress down the media, I have never seen Jack smash his clubs, I have never seen Jack accept an appearence check keep the money and not show up, I didnt see Jack walk away from kids asking for a picture or autogrph after their round.  Tiger is a once in a generation talent nobody disputes that, however I feel he is way better than what he shows the golfing public which is a spoiled pampered entittled jerk. The guy is approaching 40, he lost his wife, his kids, his reputation, dont you think he might start to show some humality to the game which gave him everything or to the fans that stood by him? The answer remains a solid NO. It takes just as much effort to act like an A----- H---- than a somewhat humble person. Jack has gone out of his way to help younger players coming up to help grow the game and pass the torch. Somehow I dont think you will ever see that out of Tiger. I sincerely hope Im wrong.

Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:17 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Yes dc, I suppose i could've regurgitated some statistics in my comparison, IF I was comparing Top 3's, , 2nds, etc.  But I wasn't.  I was imply saying that, in my view, I saw Jack do and say things that were very matter-of-fact during his prime...much like TW does.  I think that gets mistaken for being standoffish but Jack was a great competitor and I believe that mentality, or at least that behaviour, is what TW emulates.

I could've also focussed on the style of pants they both wear as a separate comparison, but chose to focus on their determination and yield to nobody approach.

I grew up in Jack's era so I am all to aware of his consistency, and not just in the majors.

This was a behaviour comparison - I can chack my bookshelf or Wikipedia for the numbers anytime.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:32 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

18 plus 9

The equipment reference was in relation to any under par scoring record where it did make a mjor difference along with the conditions that players compete. I have been to Augusta many many times. I have seen the course play in its original form and when they added the so called 2nd cut or Tiger proof it. Let me say the 2nd cut at Augusta is not much different than the fairways at your local Muni.  If you figure in a better ball, better technology with grooves, weighting of iron heads, along with todays stealth drivers Augusta was just trying to level the playing field. When Jack won in 86 many were playing with persimmon woods,  forged blades with round grooves, and a wound balata ball that went nowhere.

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