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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: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:37 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

wonder where he'll be staying?  does he still have the house where his world started to unravel and where he took a wedge to the mouth just down the street from denny's?

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:04 am

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

dcpirate28, if you talk equipment, it doesnt support your argument, bcos the competitors these other greats faced used similar equipment .. so that does not give TW any advantage over the oldies in rgds to number of wins..( perhaps only the how many under par records are the  exception here).. but u know what is the biggest disadvantage TW has over Jack?..the Tiger Proofing of Augusta after he won in 1997 by 18 under... It is the only major on the same course.. they never did that after Jack's win(s).. Had they left it like that, he'd have had a better chance at more wins at the Masters.. And BTW, I am a Jack fan too,..loved his 1986 win at The Masters...

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:17 am

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

If I have 18 major victories along with 19 runner ups, 18 3rds and you don"t how does that make Tiger the greatest of all time? You are correct I am judging Tiger and last I checked his numbers dont add up, I dont call that hating I call it the facts. Bobby Jones retired in his 20's. If you compare the equipment that Jones, Nicklaus, and Palmer used compared to what todays players have, not to mention the conditions of the courses compared to the past who has had it better? I dont give a hoot about Tigers personal life away from golf but I do care the minuet he shows up for an event. Maybe if Tiger showed some class and stop acting like an entittled punk more of us would root for him.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:09 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Oh and by the way when Rory has 70 PGA wins and 14 majors, just maybe he can be compared to Tiger.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:07 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Would all you Tiger haters get a life.  He is by far the greatest golfer of all time.  Sure Jack has the records but one on one at their prime Tiger would of beat Jack, Ben, Bobby, Arnold and every other "greats" of golf.  Sorry if this upsets some people but it is the truth.  And about the scandal, Arnold did his job of bedding the babes as did a whole lot of other golfers.  Get over it and judge him on his game, past and present.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:32 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Last I checked Jack still holds all the records. You left out another one of Tigers greatest performances scoring with a waitress at the local Waffle House.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:02 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

goodphd: What a sad, pathetic little person you are...must have had a very unhappy childhood.  TW is a terrific golfer, and a sad excuse for a decent human being...please don't mention him in the same breath as Jack Nicklaus again, or you will invoke the terrible wrath of the Karma Gods!!

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:54 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Jack was fat, Arnie was a philanderer, and neither one is a hair on Tiger Woods' ass.

Tiger owns the three greatest performances in the history of sports :

1) Winning the US Open on a broken leg

2) Winning the 2000 US Open by 15 strokes.

3) Winning the 1997 Masters with a never-to-be broken 18 under masterpiece.

The notion that Jack is somehow in the same realm as the supernatural Tiger, is like saying Milli Vanilli is a good as Mozart.

Speaking of geniuses, nice try Einstein!        

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:46 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Big Divot

I could not disagree more with your Tiger vs Jack compairson. First, all we hear is Tigers quest to break Jacks record the media and the non golf fan has bought into this hook line and sinker. Its a great personal goal for Tiger but it should remain just that a personal goal. Jack did not walk out on tour thumping his chest about winning 18 majors. Jack was a family man who never played more than 2 weeks in a row, he went back home to be with his wife and raise his kids. Jacks record in majors also included 19 runnerup finishes and 18 times he finished 3rd. If both players played all 4 majors from the age of 20 til 50 thats 120 majors. Jack would have come in the top 3 roughly 50% of the time. Perhaps Tiger might make it to 20 wins but he will never sniff the 19 runnerup or 18 3rds.

Jack also conducted himself with class and dignity. I have never seen Jack chuck clubs, drop F bombs at will, dress down the media, not sign autographs for kids, sick his caddy on an old lady for taking his picture the list goes on. Both Jack and Arnie are ambassadors for the sport and try to grow the game, Tiger could care less. Tiger continues to act like a spoiled entittled brat.

The only thing Tigers fans obsess about is the breaking of this one record and if it happens so what. Does it mean we found a cure for cancer?  world peace? or more money in your pocket? No. What happens if someone comes along and breaks Tigers record would the world then come to an end? I dont think so. The tour is filled with all sorts of players all playing for different reasons. Some guys are playing for wins while others are just trying to feed their families. Tom Gillis was a great story a guy in his early 40"s who thanks to his performance last week will in all likelyhood be able to keep playing tour next year. A great story for a guy who was ready to quit the game. Tiger has been the best player since he stepped on tour so he plays a great round on Sunday and we are supposed to be shocked by this. Westwood shot 63 and nobody noticed and the Harman kid shot 61 and it was never reported. In the end a kid named Rory won the tournament . Tiger is playing better but remains in his longest winless streak of his career.

Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:00 pm

Woods heading back to familiar haunts -- Bay Hill

Tiger has done more than study Jack's record - he has tried to emulate him in his stoicism.  Jack was fine to have Arnie be the crowd pleaser because Jack was all business.  He gave his opponents nothing and remained stone faced during competition.  Why should TW spend time winning people back?  These boards are full of people who probably cheered for him before and then are content to stab him now. He knows who his friends are and remains still single-minded in his focus to pass Jack's record.  Even if he gets the record, many of the posters on these sites won't likely give him the recognition because they are blinded by something.  I personally don't care how poker-faced he is as long as I get to watch a master at his craft...and the WGC, Bay Hill and Augusta is going to be great theater.

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