Tag:tiger woods
Posted on: November 30, 2009 5:38 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2009 9:24 am

Tiger was whisked away in a blink

ORLANDO -- As the vultures continue to circle, looking for angles and inside information on the Tiger tree-hugging affair, some illumination has come from his infamous episode in the dark.

There has been a smattering of internet activity attempting to describe the scene after Woods slammed into the hydrant and tree, and eventually was left semi-conscious on the street in front of his mansion, but this point should be hammered home, too.

Whatever happened, it happened in a blink of an eye. Small wonder the Windermere Police and supposed eyewitnesses haven't had much to offer by way of play-by-play.

An Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman told CBSSports.com on Monday that its emergency personnel are not allowed to comment on accident treatment particulars because of federal privacy laws governing medical issues. But there are a few basic details that even HIPA can't preclude being released.

2:28 a.m. -- The 911 call is received and paramedics are dispatched.

2:38 a.m. -- Fire truck arrives at the scene with three people on board and treatment begins.

2:52 a.m. -- Woods was transported by private ambulance to Health Central hospital in nearby Ocoee.

In other words, the paramedics were there for 14 minutes before Woods was hauled off. The Windermere police reportedly arrived around the same time as the fire-and-rescue crew. Authorities estimated that Woods was unconscious for six of those 14 minutes, and he was said to be mumbling incoherently at certain points when he was awake.

So with such a tight chronology, nobody had time to ask many questions, form many theories or even take a deep breath before Woods was transported down the road. The Florida Highway Patrol, as we reported earlier, did not arrive to begin the formal crash investigation until Woods was long gone from the scene.

Being the devil's advocate here: Yet, with all this frantic activity taking place in a 14-minute span in total darkness at 2:30 a.m., it was determined by Windermere police that there was no reason to suspect that Woods was possibly under the influence of anything that might have impaired his ability to drive?

Posted on: November 29, 2009 4:34 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2009 4:58 pm

Adios, Tiger: See you in two months?

ORLANDO -- For the second year in a row, Tiger Woods might be hosting a gazillion-dollar golf tournament mostly in absentia.

With his name in the tabloid and mainstream media headlines for all the wrong reasons, Woods is set to host the Chevron World Challenge in suburban Los Angeles later this week, although given the embarrassing news events of the past four days, whether he’ll play is anybody’s guess.

And we do mean anybody.

Tournament director Greg McLaughlin said Sunday afternoon that Woods has not indicated whether he will play or not. Woods missed last year’s tournament while recovering from knee surgery, although he did attend.

“I don't know what his plans are right now,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin was reached a few minutes after Woods had released a statement regarding his solo crash into a hydrant and tree outside his home last Friday morning. In the statement attributed to him, Woods complained of bruises and soreness. He sustained facial laceration in the collision, which left him semi-conscious and mumbling incoherently, according to law-enforcement authorities.

Woods is tentatively scheduled to address the media at Sherwood Country Club, the tournament site, on Tuesday, although the mention of soreness and physical damage certainly gives him an out.

If Woods doesn’t show, he traditionally hasn’t played again until the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, set for the last week of January – eight weeks down the road.

Moreover, the woman with whom Woods is alleged to have been conducting an extra-marital affair is said to be in Los Angeles already, meeting with celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, a notorious publicity hound. If any news briefings are held by Allred and her client, Los Angeles is about the last place Woods will want to be -- especially because he'd be within easy reach of the media covering his tournament. Woods on Sunday all but begged for personal privacy as he sorts through his decidedly uncharacteristic situations.

The Los Angeles Times printed a multi-page special section about the tournament in its Sunday paper, with Woods on the front. Now it looks as though his spot in the 18-man field might be filled by another player. McLaughlin said he has several players willing to fill the spot if it comes to that.

Unlike a traditional tournament, there is no commitment deadline, per se.

“We have until Thursday to decide,” McLaughlin said.

The event, with a staggering $5.75 million purse despite the limited field, is set for broadcast on the Golf Channel and NBC.

Posted on: November 28, 2009 3:27 pm

Even Woods' pals in dark about late-night crash

ORLANDO – If the public feels like there is much left to learn about the particulars of Tiger Woods’ curious car crash in the wee hours after Thanksgiving Day, get in line.

His friends remain equally in the dark.

Two prominent professional players and Orlando-area neighbors who were invited to Woods’ wedding five years ago haven’t been able to reach the sequestered superstar, who is apparently hunkered down inside his Isleworth Country Club home, waiting for authorities to arrive Saturday to begin formally questioning him.

Contacted at midday Saturday, John Cook and Charles Howell, who were on the Isleworth grounds when news helicopters began buzzing the course on the morning after the Woods crash, said they are as befuddled as anybody because of the news blackout in the Woods camp.

Why was Woods in his car at 2:30 a.m., where was he headed, and what happened that caused him to drive headfirst into a hydrant and tree on the wrong side of the street?

“A day later, that remains the million-dollar question,” said Cook, a longtime friend.

Cook said he was across the street from Woods’ house on Saturday morning, hitting balls on the driving range, when Woods’ housekeeper was spotted walking the family’s pet dogs.

“I talked to her for a moment and all she was that he was OK,” Cook said.

Other than that, details have been nil. Cook said he spoke with the director of Woods’ charity and got precious little enlightenment, either. Cook’s phone call to Woods wasn’t returned, he said.

“I have no more of a clue what happened than anybody else,” Cook said. “I think his phone probably blew up.”

Howell, one of Woods’ longtime friends and another Isleworth resident, said he sent Woods a text message expressing concern.

“I have not heard word one back,” Howell said.

Both players said the feeding frenzy has reached ridiculous proportions. Cook said that as he left Isleworth after lunch on Saturday, “there were 50 or 60 people out there at the front gate, doing remotes," he said.

“It was crazy,” Cook said. “Cars were everywhere, either from media or people just out there, I guess, just watching.”

Category: Golf
Posted on: August 6, 2009 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2009 7:10 pm

Woods' fire at Firestone still blazing

AKRON, Ohio -- Sometimes, even if your name is Tiger Woods, it's best not to know.

Woods on Thursday was that he didn’t learn of an impressive career distinction he had amassed at Firestone Country Club until after the first round was in the books.

Seeking to win the Bridgestone Invitational for the fourth time in as many starts and seventh time overall, Woods opened with a 2-under 68 on Thursday and stands four shots behind three-time major champion Padraig Harrington.Despite presenting one of the toughest tests on tour, Woods has never shot worse than a 68 in the opening round at Firestone, a fact with which he was completely unfamiliar until informed after he had signed his card.


"No, no idea, thank god," he said. "After the round, thanks for telling me, not before."

Woods won the Firestone event from 2005-07 and missed last season because of his midseason knee surgery. In a manner of speaking, he's the three-time defending champion as he seeks his 70th career win on the PGA Tour.

He has won $7.95 million in this event alone, though he dropped a surprising bit of tid relating to his prowess at Firestone. After learning the layout early in his career, he has never played more than nine holes of practice before the tournament. This week, he showed up at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and played a few holes, mostly just to get the kinks out.

It's golf's newest cliché, though it isn't likely to catch on: No practice makes perfect?

"Well, it's the same golf course every year, it doesn't change," he said. "They've added some new tees, but you just play a few holes here. It just doesn't change year after year. I haven't played here in two years and it's still the same. They've added a couple bunkers, but you can't tell."

Clearly, his minimalist prep routine is working.

Woods won last week at the now-defunct Buick Open and is in the midst of a three-week run, the longest since his surgery last summer. Next week is the PGA Championship, the final major of the year and Woods hasn’t yet collected a Grand Slam title, despite winning a tour-high four times. No other player has more than two wins in 2009.

Given the medical back story, Woods said he won’t characterize the season as a disappointment if he doesn’t win at Hazeltine next week, though he has often preached winning a major separates great seasons from so-so efforts.

"No, it's been a success to come back and play again," he said. "To come back and play, and play as consistently as I've played this year, considering how I felt at the very beginning of the year, I didn't know. And from what I was playing through last year during the U.S. Open, I thought that was similar to how I was going to be feeling coming back this year. I didn't know.
"All that was an unknown starting out the year, and how long would it take for me to get my game back after taking such a long time away from it and having some big adjustments that I had to make because I've never had a leg feel this way."

Woods is expected to play between four or five times in official U.S. events this year. But four wins is a watershed rebound already and he's way ahead of where he thought he'd be at this point in his recovery.

"Absolutely, absolutely," he said. "To win four times? I don't think anyone would have seen that this year. I know you guys didn't."

Category: Golf
Tags: Tiger Woods
Posted on: June 4, 2009 7:05 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2009 7:30 pm

Tiger tames his driver at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio -- It went all the way down to the last swipe, but Tiger Woods couldn't quite finish off his quest for tee-box perfection in the first round of the Memorial Tournament on Thursday.

No worries. It was a day of marked progress, nonetheless.

Woods shoved a three-wood off the 18th tee at Muirfield Village Golf Club into a bunker, missing his only fairway of the day as he finished off a 3-under 69 that left him five shots after the lead at an event he has won three times.

After three weeks off, there were plenty of eyeballs on Woods, who has been both unpredictable and erratic since he came back from knee surgery. But in the area of his game that has been the most worrisome, he was particularly solid.

He hit 13 of 14 fairways and just missed recording his first perfect day off the tee since the 2003 Bay Hill Invitational. Granted, the Muirfield fairways are wider than the tour norm, but it was greeted as a definite sign of progress, he said.

"I hit the ball well all day today, just leaked it over on 18 and cut it back coming out, didn't get up and down," Woods said. "But overall the day was good."

Woods hadn’t played in three weeks since finishing a disappointing eighth at the Players Championship, where he played in the final group on Sunday and struggled with a closing 73. He spent part of the time off with his swing coach, and on Thursday, seemed to have made palpable progress.

His driving distance, which has been down as Woods favored his left knee, seems to be gradually returning. He added another half-degree of loft, using a 10-degree model, in his driver this week.

With the U.S. Open dead ahead, it was marked improvement from his last appearance, where he was launching careening hooks and slices with no predictable shot pattern. He entered this week ranked No. 145 in driving accuracy at 56.8 percent. As good as he is with the rest of his game, that's a helluva handicap to overcome.

"Yeah, you know, the swing is starting come around," he said. "I'm starting to feel good now. It's been a long time. I'm starting to get my power back. Everything is starting to kind of come around now."

Woods, who has mostly insisted that he has been ahead of schedule in his expectations despite winning one of six starts this season, said Thursday that he's getting a little antsy.

"Not quite there yet," he said. "I don't have all my length back. It's getting better each and every week. My speed is coming back, my power's coming back. It's taken a lot longer than I thought it would, but then again, most people that play other sports take two years to come back. So it's a little bit different."

Woods only birdied one of the four par-5 holes, so he left some birdies on the table.

"But overall, I felt like I controlled the ball well all day," he said. "Especially with the wind blowing like this, you have to hit it flush and I did that all day. I didn't miss any shots.

"I've seen it coming together for the last month or so. It's just that, unfortunately, it's one of those things where I would do it sporadically, because it's coming.  It just needs to be a little more consistent.  Today I did it all day."

Category: Golf
Tags: Tiger Woods
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