Could Tiger Woods Actually Be ‘Hurting’ for Money?

Only 24 hours after we revealed to you that Elin Noodegren may have a new boyfriend that is swimming in money, could it really be true that Tiger Woods is struggling financially?  No way, right?  This is the guy that is atop the list of wealthiest athletes year in and year out.  Even after his infamous sex scandal, Tiger was still pulling in more money in an endorsements in a single year than most of us sports bloggers combined will earn in a lifetime.  Nevertheless, the rumors are out there.

According to NESN.com, Daniel Roberts of Fortune recently indicated that Tiger’s divorce and decreased marketability could have him in a bit over his head.

“Now he may actually be hurting for funds,” Roberts said. “At the very least, there are signs that he isn’t generating enough to comfortably his costs.”

Naturally, Woods’ agent denied that there are any problems with money.  Let’s keep this in perspective: being able to cover costs and hurting for money are two different concepts.  The worst case scenario for Tiger is he would have to sell off some assets and cut down on his “debt.”  He would still be a lot more wealthy than we are, but the point is the demise of Tiger’s public image could be catching up to him.  You didn’t really think he would do a commercial like this simply because he felt like it, did you?

Tom Watson Hits Hole in One (Video)

Just when Dustin Johnson had his chest all puffed out from acing 16 in the first round of The Open Championship, along came Tom Watson with his metamucil and motorized scooter to put him to shame. Check out this video of Tom Watson’s hole in one on the 178-yard par 3 6th:

Watson followed it up with a birdie, so it’s possible he can get on a roll. If you recall, Watson had a brilliant showing at the ’09 Open Championship, becoming the oldest golfer to lead a major after a round. Hopefully he’ll hang on this time if he does take the lead.

Video via Biowax on YouTube

Dustin Johnson Sinks Hole-in-One at The Open 16th Hole (Video)

Because The Open Championship took place in the middle of the night/morning on United States time, those of us who work normal hours and have standard sleep schedules have already missed a lot of the first-round magic.  Highlighting the special moments a lot of us could not witness was some guy who likes to ground his club making a spectacular shot on hole 16.  Check out the Dustin Johnson hole-in-one video:

H/T to YouTube user streamsvip for the clip.

Rory McIlroy Says No Thanks to Extra Security at The Open Championship

Is it too soon to say that Rory McIlroy gets it?  For a young man who is constantly compared to Tiger Woods, McIlroy has done an awfully great job of remaining grounded — or at least giving us the impression that he has.  Whether it is begging for his ex-girlfriend back or pounding Jagermeister, the 22-year-old comes across as someone who can relate to the common fan.

A couple weeks ago we told you how we think the Tiger Woods comparisons can only help McIlroy and keep him from making similar mistakes along his career path.  In other words, Rory should focus on keeping his golf game where Tiger’s was throughout the best years of his career and avoiding all the “other stuff” — like having extra security guards follow you around at The Open Championship.

According to The Independent, McIlroy kindly declined the offer to have personal security guards with him during The Open.  The reason?  He would rather not snub his fans.

“I asked him if he wanted extra security but he said no,” McIlroy’s manager, Andrew Chandler, said. “It will be the same for Rory as for any other player. He wants to remain accessible to his fans.”

Rory is saying no to the added security despite playing closer to his home and despite teeing off at 9:09 a.m. — what is considered prime time for a big golf tournament.  Bottom line: the kid gets it.  If I had Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend, I probably would too.

Rory McIlroy: I Had to Beg to Get Holly Sweeney Back

It takes a real man to admit his mistakes, especially when that man is a 22-year-old superstar who already has more money than he knows what to do with.  Even the most chauvinistic bro who has seen Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend probably would be not upset with Northern Ireland’s finest taking an extremely humble stance when talking about his better half.  If talking about having to beg to get his girlfriend back makes McIlroy sound a little soft, he clearly doesn’t care.

That’s right — the same confident and arrogant golfer who won the U.S. Open less than a month ago and turned the trophy into his own personal cocktail glass admitted in a recent documentary that getting Holly Sweeney back after a brief hiatus was one of the more difficult tasks he’s ever had to tackle.

At the start of the year I wanted to take a break and just focus on my game,’ McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland, via Mail Online, in a documentary entitled Rory’s Major Breakthrough.

“But I realized pretty quickly I had made a huge mistake, and I had to do a lot of begging and grovelling to get her back. Holly (left, with McIlroy) is fantastic. I have known her for six years and for someone my age that is a huge chunk of my life. She keeps my feet on the ground and knows the things to say to me. She has been such a great support. She takes my mind off golf and everything else that is going on.”

Oh yeah, and she’s one of Steve’s smokin’ hot sports girlfriends for those of you who weren’t aware.  This isn’t the first time Rory has credited Sweeney for keeping him grounded, so our boy is obviously just comfortable in his own skin.  Got a problem with that?

Thomas Levet Breaks Shin Celebrating French Open Win (Video)

Golfer Thomas Levet won his sixth European Tour event Sunday when he became the second Frenchman to win the French Open. He decided to celebrate in the most logical way possible — by jumping into the water after the 18th hole. Hey honey, look at me, I’m hang-gliding. Take a good picture!

What an idiot! They totally jumped about 10 feet in on a water hazard that only appeared to be a few feet deep. Where was the caddy on that one? I thought they’re supposed to have the course all measured up and be recommending proper advice? And how about the dude being unable to pull himself out of the pond like he were in a wading pool? Pretty sad, huh?

No surprise, Levet is out of the Scottish Open after breaking his shin. What is a surprise is that he’s not the first athlete to be injured while celebrating. Check out the full list of athletes hurt while celebrating and try not to shake your head too many times.

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Tiger Woods Featured in Japanese Heat Rub Commercial (Video)

Once upon a time, Tiger Woods was a great pitchman.  He may never have been as good as the goofballs of the world like Greg Oden, but his popularity made him a heck of a salesman.  Then a certain sex scandal arose and most companies wanted nothing to do with Tiger.  Sponsors dropped the world’s greatest golfer as though the well-being of their businesses depended on it.  As it turns out, he’s still huge in Japan — no pun intended.  Check out the Tiger Woods Japanese heat rub commercial:

I can think of a lot of other things that have to do with heat and rubbing that Tiger would probably make a better pitchman for, but that’s neither here nor there.  The fact that he has become such an off-limits marketing tool in the U.S. makes this commercial 100 times funnier than it normally would be.  Does this heat rub ad mean he’s more versatile than the great Peyton Manning?  It’s definitely up there with this Aroldis Chapman commercial, but nowhere near as hilarious as Danilo Gallinari’s commercial which could be the funniest marketing campaign we’ve ever seen.  Could Tiger be on his way to a Michael Vick-like comeback in the coming months?  Time will tell.

H/T to Black Sports Online