Nick Faldo Does Not Think Tiger Woods Can Catch Jack Nicklaus

On paper, Tiger Woods is within striking distance of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major tournament victories. At age 35, Woods is young by golf standards. We have seen a number of golfers remain successful and contend for major championship titles well into their 50s. Considering Woods has already won 14 majors, it would stand to reason that he could easily capture five more over the next 15-plus years.

As we all know, there is much more to the equation with the highest-paid athlete in the world.  Tiger is no longer cold-blooded Tiger — the machine who was unfazed by cameras, tough questions, and pressure.  The new Tiger no longer intimidates opponents and is no longer a lock to qualify for his own tournament.  The major scandal we have all become so familiar with has thrown him out of rhythm, and Nick Faldo believes it will result in Woods never reaching 18 major victories.

“I do, personally,” Faldo told the Montreal Gazette when asked if he thought Woods’ window of opportunity had closed. “I was one of the few guys that said it right after this all happened and he was trying to get back to the Masters last year.

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Australian Golf Club had to Tranquilize Rogue Kangaroo

Because we tend to think of ourselves as beings who run the universe, we often forget that we actually share the world with other living creatures. In Australia, kangaroos view us as the one’s encroaching on their territory. You remember this kangaroo who interrupted a Rory Sabbatini shot by pleasuring himself on the green? It was a clear statement that the roo had no problem making himself at home wherever he chose. Now it seems as if another marsupial feels the same way.

The Sanctuary Cove golf club in Australia recently had to tranquilize a kangaroo because it had become so disruptive. They were careful to say they “moved her to a new home.” The roo apparently had become such a disturbance they swiped blue paint on her head for identification purposes.

“The animal had been harassing some golf members and we felt it needed to be removed,” the club’s general manager told The Courier Mail.

At this point would anyone be surprised if the kangaroo made its way back to the course? I certainly wouldn’t — those are some territorial beings.

Video: Phil Mickelson Takes Batting Practice at Fenway Park

Phil Mickelson is one of many golfers playing the Deutsche Bank Championship this weekend. The tournament takes place in Norton, Mass. not too far from Fenway Park. Mickelson decided to pop on over to the ballpark Thursday night and took batting practice before the game. Let’s just say it’s a good thing his golf swing brings in the millions:

Not the prettiest of swings, but at least he got some distance on it. Larry Fitzgerald could take a cue.

Elin Nordegren’s New Boyfriend Jamie Dingman a Womanizer Like Tiger?

We are all familiar with the rumors that Elin Nordegren has hopped from one billionaire to another and is currently dating Jamie Dingman.  While one would be inclined to think Dingman is a rebound for Nordegren after a horrendous relationship, that did not seem to be the case a month or so back.  In July, the NY Post sited sources who claimed Dingman has “never been so happy” and that he and Elin have “strong feelings for each other.”  Could the honeymoon already be over?

According to OK! Magazine via the Daily Mail, sources are now saying Jamie is “a total playboy, exactly the type of guy a lot of people believe she should be staying away from.”  A separate source said that they feel sorry for Elin and claimed Jamie has “houses and girls all over the world.”

This type of behavior would not be unheard of from a young billionaire, but it’s tough to feel sorry for Nordegren.  She had to have known what she was getting herself into.  Maybe she cannot fathom being with someone who has to think twice before buying a new $10 million mansion.  The bottom line is it was fine to feel sorry for her after the Tiger situation, but she’s an adult.  If Elin gets herself into a similar situation with another spoiled rich guy she has no one to blame but herself.

H/T to Fan Phooey for the story.

Ian Baker-Finch: Tiger Woods is a Schmuck, Will Return to Top of Rankings

Tiger Woods recently enjoyed a friendly round of golf with Australia’s Ian Baker-Finch.  Unlike others before him, Baker-Finch sees a bright future for Tiger.  Based on his recent play, guys like Bubba Watson have every right to bash Tiger and speak the truth about what they see on the course.  Baker-Finch, on the other hand, offered a different opinion about the way Woods’ golf game is coming along while still taking a shot at his personal issues.

“Tiger’s unbelievable. He seems to be in a really good frame of mind, despite all the stuff that’s been going on in his life and what he’s been dealing with,” Baker-Finch said according to the Herald Sun. “He’s a schmuck – he brought it on himself, we’ve all talked about it.”

Schmuck, huh?  Couldn’t have said it better myself.  The most noteworthy thing Tiger has done over the past few months is appear in a strange Japanese commercial.  His game has been so bad that he may even be in danger of missing the cut for his own tournament.  That would be embarrassing, but Baker-Finch insists Woods fans have nothing to worry about heading forward.

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Tiger Woods May Not Qualify for His Own Golf Tournament

You probably already realized that Tiger Woods has been less than impressive over the past year. The once invincible golfer lost the No. 1 ranking in the world — an honor he held for 281 straight weeks — to Lee Westwood last October. In May, he fell out of the top 10 for the first time since 1997. Presently he’s ranked 38th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

As CBS Sports points out, the low ranking puts him in jeopardy of not qualifying for his own tournament.

Tiger hosts the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Ca. in December. The tournament has 18 spots: the current major winners, the top 11 available players from the World Golf Rankings, the defending champ, and two exemption players selected by the Tiger Woods Foundation. The rub is that players must be ranked in the top 50 as of September 20th to qualify for an exemption.

If Tiger falls 13 spots in the next three weeks, the Chevron World Challenge is going to have an embarrassing situation on their hands. I’m sure this will all be worked out — Tiger is not going to miss his own tournament if he’s healthy — but it’s somewhat ironic that he may not be able to qualify for his exclusive event.

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki Kiss in Front of Yale Football Team (Picture)

The athlete power couple of Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki has come a long way since the first time they were spotted together last month. The only difference is unlike last time where they tried to kiss discreetly, this time they did it in front of the entire Yale football team:

Wozniacki confirmed the two were dating earlier this month and McIlroy acknowledged that Woz is his girlfriend. They’ve become pretty inseparable the last month with McIlroy traveling to support her at various tennis tournaments including this week’s New Haven Open. The good luck kiss helped her win her fourth straight win at the New Haven Open.

Picture Credit: New Haven Open, via Richard Deitsch