Just Tiger being Tiger. I should probably be a little more specific given the various types of behavior Tiger Woods is known for.. Tiger being Tiger could be dominating a tournament, playing through pain, or cheating on his wife. In this particular instance, it was Tiger being Tiger by throwing a hissy fit and swearing loud enough to hear on national television after missing a putt. Check out the video of Tiger Woods dropping f-bombs after missing a putt at the British Open. You might have to turn the volume up a little at around the 20-second mark when the curse words start flying.
If only Nan Fowler could see this! For those of you who don’t understand that reference, Nan Fowler is the woman who was allegedly considering pressing charges against Ben Roethlisberger, or a member of his foursome, for urinating on the side of a golf course. Cameras caught a golfer doing the same during a wind delay at the British Open on Friday. Check out the video of a golfer peeing in the bushes at the British Open, courtesy of Deadspin:
I really, really hope this isn’t becoming a trend. Peeing on the side of a golf course where people may be able to see? That’s just horrible. Someone needs to do something to clean this new fad up, and fast.
A few months back, when 20-year-old Rory McIlroy finished 15-under and dominated the Quail Hollow Championship, we talked less about his golf game and more about his better half. Holly Sweeney, who is Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend, is certainly worthy of the attention. However, now that McIlroy has set an opening round British Open record by shooting a 9-under 63, it’s probably important to remind you that we’re in the process of witnessing something special.
McIlroy’s Quail Hollow performance made him the youngest PGA Tour winner since Tiger Woods. When he shot a 63 at the British Open, he became only the eighth player to do so in one of the four major tournaments. The last golfer to do it was — you guessed it — Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship in 2007. Picking up on any kind of a pattern here?
The now 21-year-old from Northern Ireland registered an eagle on the ninth after driving the green from 352 yards out and sinking his putt. He then went on to birdie six holes and shoot a 30 on the back nine, which tied a tournament record.
I didn’t get off to a flying start,” McIlroy said. “The eagle on 9 really sort of turned things around for me, and I just got going from there. It was great to get into the rhythm of the round and get into a flow. And yeah, it was a very pleasant round of golf.”
One could say that the Tiger Woods firestorm has cooled off over the past few months. Sure, he’s faced rumors that he’s fathered children out of wedlock and dealt with the occasional heckler, but things have calmed down for the most part. He’s no longer making covers of the tabloids on a daily basis nor is he the brunt of every comedian’s jokes. Tiger played in the charity J.P. McManus Invitational Pro-Am on Tuesday, his first foreign tournament since all the madness went down. He was peppered with questions unlike any other media session since the Tom Rinaldi interview. Witness the following video of Tiger being questioned by the Irish media as shared by You Been Blinded:
The questions arose because Tiger’s heading back home from Ireland rather than sticking around in the U.K. to prepare for the British Open at St. Andrews. While all the questions were fair and much harsher than what Tiger will face from the U.S. media, it’s pretty clear that he’s keeping matters private. That’s probably the best thing he can do.
One would think that golfing with eight carts filled with Secret Service men would make you a nightmare to share the golf course. To his surprise, however, Golfweek’s Jeff Rude had the pleasure of letting the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, play through at the Dallas National Golf Club on Monday.
It seems that being a U.S. President out of office is a pretty sweet gig. Playing three to four rounds a week when home in Dallas, Bush clearly rolls out in style, sporting an exclusive, custom made number “43” cap and, as Rude describes, “those cool looking, Fred Couples style black Ecco shoes.” Apparently, “number 43” isn’t afraid to use a little presidential privilege on the course either.
“After he scuffed a chip just short of the green, he looked at me and said, “There’s mud on my ball. Can I wipe it off?”
I had been introduced to him as a Golfweek writer. Now I was playing rules official.
“I suppose you have some sort of presidential privilege,” I said.
Given that unofficial permission, he picked up his ball, cleaned it, looked over and said, “I’m not going to read about this in the magazine, am I?”
I smiled but didn’t answer. I’ll answer now: No, not in the magazine.
On the Web site.”
Say what you will about W’s track record in public office, he doesn’t seem like the worst guy to have in your foursome. Playing 18 holes with eight secret service cars is probably the safest day on the links you could ask for—now watch this drive!
Hate to be Rude: A President plays through [Golfweek]
Tony Romo’s success story in the NFL is pretty well documented (although the success part would be debated by many). Much like Kurt Warner, Romo was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Cowboys before eventually taking over the team’s starting job from Drew Bledsoe. Before making it as a starting quarterback, Romo made attempts to qualify for golf tournaments such as the Byron Nelson Championship and the U.S. Open. Romo was planning to attempt to qualify for the Byron Nelson this year but his tee time conflicted with a Cowboys practice so he decided to skip the golf dream. Romo however is trying to make it into the U.S. Open this year as a qualifier and has moved one step closer to reaching that point.
As Todd Wright mentioned on Sporting News Radio, Romo won the a third playoff hole to become the sixth golfer from his local qualifier to make the sectional qualifier. Romo finished his 18 hole round at 2-under 69 and left the course before being called back to play in the playoff. Romo parred all three playoff holes and won when his opponent bogeyed the third playoff hole. He now moves onto sectional qualifying with a chance to become one of 90 sectional qualifiers who will make the U.S. Open field of 156. What’s the best part of all? Romo won’t have to miss any practice time with the Cowboys to participate in the sectional qualifying! Can you imagine if he does make it into the U.S. Open?
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo advances in U.S. Open golf qualifier [Dallas Morning News]
Romo pars playoff holes, moves on [Calvin Watkins/ESPN Dallas]
Here’s a new idea, Tiger. Instead of apologizing for all the terrible things you’ve done to your family and all the lies you’ve told over the years — why not embrace your new image? Rather than fretting about the millions of dollars you’re missing out on as sponsors drop you left and right, why not seek out new sponsors — ones who want you to essentially say, “I’m a scumbag, I’m still rich, deal with it.” That’s exactly what Calvin Ayre, founder and owner of the popular online gambling website Bodog, would like Tiger Woods to do. In fact, he’s willing to give him $100 million dollars to do it. Here’s what Ayre had to say about his offer to Woods, courtesy of CTV News via Sports by Brooks:
“If Tiger would just come clean and admit he likes to do the same things I like to do, I think he’d fit our brand perfectly. As is always the case in these situations it is the fact that you are living a life that is not true that actually causes the problem. If he’d just come clean and admit ‘This is who I am’ that I think there would be a lot of opportunity for him with a different image.”
Ayre is obviously a very smart and successful businessman, so he must know as well as we do that there’s no way Tiger is going to agree to something like this — no matter how much he offers. If nothing else, he’s creating enough of a buzz just by making the offer known publicly. I have to admit it is interesting to think about, however. While Nike is running ads that are meant to more or less showcase the humility Tiger supposedly feels, there’s a whole new industry out there waiting for him to embrace his “bad boy” image and become even more wealthy doing it.