Roger Federer and Tiger Woods No Longer Good Friends

It wasn’t that long ago when Tiger Woods and Roger Federer were dominating their respective sports. Remember this great commercial? That was a Nike ad from 2007 when Tiger had 12 majors and Roger had 10. Now the scoreboard reads 16-14 in favor of Federer.

Roger has fallen to No. 3 in the world behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. He’s getting older, somewhat mentally weaker, and truthfully, Djokovic he’s been surpassed by Djokovic. Tiger has fallen off the map because of physical and mental problems. He hasn’t won a major since 2009 and now he’s switching caddies.

Not only are they no longer Nike’s dream team, they also are no longer friends. That’s what L. Jon Wertheim writes in a Sports Illustrated article.

“As the trajectories of their careers have changed, so it seems—sadly for fans—has the Federer-Woods friendship. When Federer speaks about Woods, he is, characteristically, benign, but it recalls Barack Obama’s distancing himself from Jeremiah Wright before the association affects his approval ratings. (That Federer and Mirka have socialized with Woods’s ex-wife, well, that says plenty.) On the rare occasion Woods talks about something other than golf these days, it’s not to mention the texts and needling his tennis-playing buddy.”

The news really isn’t all that surprising. As Chris Chase says at Busted Racquet, Federer comes across as a dedicated family man while Tiger turned out to be a womanizer. It really seems like Tiger is more of a match with Michael Jordan, whose gambling and partying is pretty well known. At least those two can socialize while still endorsing the same products. Roger seems to have moved on.

Michael Jordan Relates to Tiger Woods, Offers Advice on Return

When the mayhem that is Tiger Woods‘ life began taking its toll on the man who was once considered the greatest golfer of all-time, the last thing he needed was an injury.  Unfortunately for Tiger, he has battled them ever since.  It was already going to be difficult enough to recover from a torn image let alone a torn up knee.  Many believed his latest knee injury would hold him out for the remainder of the golf season, but Woods announced he plans to return for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational this week.

Although they still follow him wherever he goes, most of the questions about Tiger’s personal life will be put on hold while the world watches to see if his surgically repaired knee allows him to contend.  Having faced similar hardships before both physically and emotional, Michael Jordan offered some advice for his buddy Woods.

“He was very fragile over the last year, he was dealing with a lot of different things, mentally as well as physically,” MJ said. “But I think he’s come to the conclusion that he needs to heal himself before he can actually be aggressive again.”

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B.J. Staten Met Fiancee Alisha Reverman on 10th Tee of Pro-Am

This is not your typical love story. Golfer B.J. Staten and fiancee Alisha Reverman will marry on November 5th after meeting last year in Utah.

How did they meet, you ask? The better question is where did they meet.

How about the 10th tee of the Utah Championship pro-am.

Reverman was at the golf tournament to help a friend promote a Mesquite, Nev. casino and happened to be at the 10th tee when Staten and his group was hitting. Staten spotted Reverman and they began flirting. She followed him the rest of the round but it wasn’t until after the round that Staten realized he should give her his phone number.

She invited him to go out for drinks with her and her friends later that night, but he was the anti-Tiger and turned down the offer because he had an early tee time. They went out for dinner the next day following his first round, and she met him at his tournaments the next few weekends.

The relationship continued the next several months and earlier this month Staten proposed to her. They’re scheduled to wed in November.

True love. It’s a story as old as time.

And now we know that pro-ams are good for more than just Happy Gilmore punching Bob Barker’s lights out. Congrats to the couple on their great story and their upcoming wedding.

Thanks to golf pro David Coleman for the story

Rory McIlroy Tells Commentator Jay Townsend to Shut Up After Criticism

Rory McIlroy responded to a commentator with harsh words Thursday. McIlroy double-bogeyed 18 to finish one under (tied for 44th) after the first round of the Irish Open. Commentator Jay Townsend criticized McIlroy while on-air for The Golf Channel and later on twitter.

During Rory’s second shot on 18, Townsend said on-air “And there you go. That’s why you don’t hit it into the bunker. You guys talked about ‘refreshing the way he plays.’ He plays silly, several times already today.”

He continued his criticism on twitter, writing “McIlroy’s course management was shocking.” He followed that up by saying “Rory McIlroy should hire Stevie Williams, as I thought JP allowed some SHOCKING course management today.”

McIlroy did not take the criticism kindly, firing back with this tweet:

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Tiger Woods’ Sex Liason Bryon Bell Will Caddie for him at Bridgestone

If you had Bryon Bell in your “Who will be Tiger’s next caddie?” pool, come forward and collect your prize. Tiger Woods announced Thursday he would return to golf after a three-month layoff. Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel reported that Bell would caddie for him.

Bell was on the bag when Tiger won the Buick in ’99, but he’s been known for much more recently. You might recall that Bell was reported to be the middleman who arranged sex meetings between Tiger and his women.

The two have been friends since high school and Bryon recently was the president of Tiger Woods Design. It was reported that Bell wanted Tiger to be more discreet about his womanizing ways but Tiger didn’t listen. The natural conclusion is to wonder how Bell will get Tiger to follow his advice as a caddie.

Darren Clarke Was Nearly Broke when he Won British Open

Winning a prestigious golf major like The Open Championship is an impressive accomplishment. It’s even more significant when it’s your first major win, as it was for Darren Clarke two weeks ago. The pay day isn’t bad either.

Darren Clarke earned 990,000 pounds for winning The Open Championship and 2.2 million pounds from his sponsor Sports Direct and Dunlop. The extra cash apparently was as important for Clarke as winning his first major was.

Clarke’s manager Chubby Chandler told The Daily Mail that Clarke was almost broke when he won the championship. Clarke apparently was hit hard during the recession because of poor investments. For instance, he purchased a private jet that lost 75% of its value. He also has been trying to sell his mansion since last year, creating even more problems.

“The timing could not have been better,” he said. “Darren has had a big cash flow problem.”

Got that? Even people who have earned millions of dollars during their careers can end up nearly broke because of poor management. Then again, you’ve read about Latrell Sprewell and Mark Brunell on this site, so you already knew that.

Club tap to Devil Ball Golf for the story

Odds on Who Will be Tiger Woods’ Next Caddie

A shocker was sent throughout the golf world Wednesday when it was revealed Tiger Woods was firing longtime caddie Stevie Williams. Tiger seemed to be upset that Williams caddied for Adam Scott at the U.S. Open and AT&T National even though he gave Williams his blessing.

After over 12 years together, the two are parting ways and only two questions remain: how much hush money did Tiger pay Steve to keep quiet, and who will be the replacement? While we can’t answer the first question, we have an idea about the second.

We’ve seen odds placed on two different sportsbook sites and most of the names are the same. Here are the odds (on the left will be Paddy Power’s odds, on the right will be Skybet):

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