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Tiger Woods yells ‘Jesus Christ!’ at British Open (Video)

Tiger-swearsTiger Woods became frustrated with the photographers lining the 18th hole during the first round of the British Open on Thursday. As Woods was looking to hit his second shot on the par 5, he was distracted by people who were taking pictures. He had to back off of the shot twice.

Tiger was mid-swing the second time he was distracted and stopped at the last second. He shouted out “Jesus Christ!” and the ESPN cameras picked it up perfectly.

The British Open is one of the most difficult tournaments in golf, and it can really frustrate the players. You might remember Tiger cussing up a storm after missing a putt at the same event a few years back. Henrik Stenson also broke a club over his leg on Thursday, so you get the point. It will be a long enough weekend for some guys without having to be distracted by fidgety fans.

Video via Twitter/Brendan Porath

Tiger Woods British Open drive hits someone in face (Video)

Tiger-Woods-driveTiger Woods played extremely well in the opening round of British Open on Thursday, especially when you consider that he has been out with a back injury for most of the season. Woods was 3-under for the day heading into the 17th hole. His drive on 17 was a bit off line, and a course marshall paid the price.

Tiger’s tee shot took a high bounce and hit the unsuspecting gentleman right in the face. Fortunately, it appeared he was OK.

Given some of the high grass that lines the fairways at Royal Liverpool, that guy’s face may have actually saved Tiger some trouble. He went on to make par on the 17th.

Video via Eye on Golf

Report: Tiger Woods paid Anthony Galea $76K for 14 visits

tiger-woodsTiger Woods has long been linked to performance-enhancing drug use, though there has been no evidence to support the accusations against him. The main reason Tiger has been linked to steroids is that he has received treatments from Canadian doctor Anthony Galea — the same doctor who treated Alex Rodriguez and once admitted to smuggling human growth hormone into the United States.

In the new book “Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era,” authors Tim Elfrink and Gus-Garcia Roberts claim Galea visited Woods a total of 14 times between January and August 2009 and that Woods paid him $76,012 during that span. Tiger was recovering from knee surgery after the 2008 US Open at the time.

While GOLF.com reminds us that Galea has admitted to treating professional athletes with HGH, Galea and Woods have both stated in the past that Tiger received only legal treatments involving platelet-rich plasma therapy.

In addition to being treated by Galea, the book also cited records from the Florida Health Department that show Woods visited with Dr. Mark Lindsay a total of 49 times between September 2008 and October 2009. Tiger reportedly paid Lindsay $118,979. Lindsay is an associate of Galea who also treated A-Rod.

Tiger’s former swing coach Hank Haney told the Golf Channel in 2010 that he watched Galea treat Woods and it was all perfectly normal stuff.

“I was there and watched the whole procedure,” Haney said. “There was never anything that went into Tiger Woods’s body that didn’t come out of his body. They take blood out, they spin it, they inject the plasma back in. I totally believe that Tiger Woods has never taken any performance-enhancing drugs.”

While it’s quite possible that Woods never took performance-enhancing substances, you never want to be linked to the same doctors that treated A-Rod. That guy is basically a walking steroid at this point.

Elin Nordegren on Tiger Woods: The word ‘betrayal’ is not strong enough

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Elin Nordegren finally opened up about her relationship with ex-husband Tiger Woods, which she describes as now being pretty positive. But before working things out with her ex post-divorce, Elin says she felt a strong sense of betrayal from the golf star.

“I felt safe with him,” Nordegren told People magazine. “The word betrayal isn’t strong enough.”

Nordegren, now 34, divorced Tiger in August 2010. Everything went sour over Thanksgiving in 2009 when Elin learned that the National Enquirer was planning to release a story about Tiger’s cheating/womanizing ways. That story led to a huge fight between Elin and Tiger at their home. Elin supposedly was so heated she began swinging a golf club at Tiger. Panicked, he attempted to flee in his Escalade and wound up crashing his car. After that, the floodgates opened and every day a new report emerged about a woman Tiger had sex with while married.

Tiger is back playing golf, Elin has graduated from college, and they’ve both moved on in their personal lives. The good news for their children’s sake is that they get along well now.

“I have moved on and I am in a good place,” Nordegren told People. “My relationship with Tiger is centered around our children and we are doing really good – we really are – and I am so happy that is the case. He is a great father.”

Things were really bad between them during that rough first year, but it’s nice they’ve worked things out and can get along. Elin held so much animosity towards Tiger at first that that didn’t even seem like a possibility at one point.

Elin Nordegren cracks Tiger Woods joke in graduation speech (Video)

Elin Nordegren graduationElin Nordegren has moved well past being just a nanny to a golfer and is now an accomplished student and college graduate.

Elin, best known for being Tiger Woods’ ex-wife, was named the “Outstanding Graduating Senior” of the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College. She spoke at the school’s commencement over the weekend as part of the honor.

During her speech, Nordegren recounted how her life has changed since the time she first enrolled in the school.

“When I entered my student advisor office in the fall of 2005, I was 25 years old, I had just recently moved to America, I was married without children. Today, nine years later, I’m a proud American, and I have two beautiful children.”

Nordegren paused and received a loud applause, and then she followed with this zinger, “but I’m no longer married.”

Funny lady, that Elin Nordegren!

We’re actually pretty impressed with her; graduating with a 3.96 GPA regardless of where you went to school takes a lot of hard work.

Tiger Woods will miss the Masters

Nick-Faldo-Tiger-WoodsTiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he will be unable to play in the Masters next week after undergoing a successful microdiscectomy procedure to repair a pinched nerve that has been causing him pain for months. He will need to rest and rehab for several weeks.

“After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done,” Woods said in a press release on his website. “I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters. It’s a week that’s very special to me. It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.”

Woods also thanked the fans for their support, adding that he is frustrated to have to miss golf’s most storied event but is following the advice of his doctors to preserve his long-term health.

It’s hard to imagine the Masters without Woods, as he will be missing the event for the first time in his career. He has won the Masters four times and would have been searching for his first major tournament win since 2008. The last time he won the Masters was in 2005.

Tiger had to withdraw from the Honda Classic last month due to back spasms. It was reportedly the same discomfort he had experienced last year at The Barclays, so this is something that has been going on for a while. He hopes to be back at some point during the summer.

Tiger Woods: Explaining quitting to your daughter is no easy task

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Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic last weekend with back spasms during the middle of the final round. He was putting together a horrible round and later said he had no idea where his shots were heading. Tiger was in the hunt heading into Sunday, so it must have been incredibly difficult to bow it. It was even tougher to explain it to his daughter.

Woods’ 6-year-old daughter Sam walked off the course with him at Palm Beach Gardens.

“Explaining to your six-year-old daughter why you quit is certainly an interesting concept and topic,” Tiger said, via Eye on Golf. “I was telling Sam, ‘hey, daddy can handle pain’ but I just couldn’t move out there. It got to a point where I couldn’t twist.”

Little girls like to think of their daddies as superheroes, so you can imagine why being in pain was no excuse for a 6-year-old. The good news is Tiger said his back feels much better and has not been an issue this week. He should be good to go for the Cadillac Championship this weekend.