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Nick Faldo: The Tiger Woods era is over

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Tiger Woods did not make the cut at the PGA Championship at Valhalla this week yet he still was a popular topic of discussion Saturday.

CBS golf commentator Nick Faldo stated the obvious about Woods’ play of late and said Tiger’s era of dominance is over.

“Tiger may win again. And we would love to see him win again, wouldn’t we? But the period — the Tiger era — I have to say is over,” Faldo said early during CBS’ coverage Saturday.

If Tiger’s era of dominance is over, does that mean we’re in a new era — perhaps the Rory McIlroy era?

“We are in a new era now. Whether it becomes Rory McIlroy’s era, we don’t quite know yet. He’s sure making a damn good case for it. But there’s such great quality — the quality left and right of Tiger I think is amazing.

“The era of his dominance is over. We’re definitely on a new era now.”

Eldrick’s last major win came in 2008. He’s had 9 top-10 finishes in majors since then, but he’s also been cut three times including this weekend. Between injuries and simply not winning, it’s been obvious that Tiger is no longer the dominant golfer he was. At 25 and already with three majors, it looks like McIlroy is the new world leader.

Tiger Woods drops another F-bomb (Video)

tiger-woodsTiger Woods has not played well since returning from back surgery, and the result has been at least one F-bomb per week. The latest came during the first round of the PGA Championship on Thursday when Tiger yanked his tee shot on hole No. 2 (his 11th after starting on No. 10) into a hazard.

It sounds like Tiger added a little extra this time. I’m pretty sure that was, “For f—’s sake!”

Woods, who was able to play at Valhalla despite withdrawing from the Bridgestone Invitational last week with another back injury, has been particularly irritable lately. He took the Lord’s name in vain at the British Open last month and swore at a camera crew last weekend. He needs a massage or something.

Video via The Big Lead

Tiger Woods suffered another back injury (Video)

Tiger-Woods-injures-backTiger Woods withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday after he appeared to aggravate his surgically repaired back. The swing where Woods began feeling pain came on the 2nd hole after he hit an awkward shot in front of a fairway bunker.

Tiger had to take a very uncomfortable stance and lost his balance while swinging. He stumbled back into the bunker and appeared to come up gingerly. He was able to grind through six more holes before a drive on No. 9 appeared to push him over the edge.

Woods withdrew from the tournament after that drive and was later spotted in the parking lot struggling to take off his shoes. It remains unclear if he will play at the PGA Championship — the fourth and final major of the season — this weekend.

In all likelihood, another year has gone by and Tiger remains four major victories behind Jack Nicklaus’ record mark of 18. Woods has not won a major since 2008, which seems like an eternity. While it once looked like a virtual certainty that he would surpass Nicklaus at some point in his career, Tiger’s body is simply breaking down.

Tiger Woods wants some f—ing space (Video)

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Tiger Woods did not play particularly well in the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday. While Sergio Garcia and the other players atop the leaderboard were draining birdie after birdie, Tiger was struggling to make par en route to a 72. That’s probably why he was in no mood to have a camera in his face.

After playing his second shot out of the rough on hole No. 6, where he ended up with a double-bogey, Tiger cursed out a camera crew. He not-so-kindly asked for some “f—ing space.” Check it out:

Tiger has had a particularly short fuse with camera people lately, which is probably due to the fact that he is struggling and trying to return to form. He also yelled a naughty word when some photographers interrupted his back swing at The Open Championship a couple weeks ago.

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Video via Golf Central Daily

Charles Barkley not friends with Tiger Woods anymore

Charles BarkleyOne of the odder friendships of the sporting world has ended, sadly.

Charles Barkley says he and Tiger Woods are no longer friends despite being fairly close during Woods’ run as a top golfer.

Barkley was co-hosting with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly on Friday and was asked by a caller if he’s still friends with Tiger.

“We’re not friends anymore,” Barkley answered.

Missanelli, who says he does not like Tiger, believes the golfer removes himself from society. Barkley then gave some insight about Tiger’s personality.

“Well I think that when you’re as great as he has been, and this probably is a negative at some point, like he was so consumed with being the greatest golfer ever, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. Even when was a friend of mine, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. He just had a one-track mind. He just wanted to break Jack Nicklaus’ record.”

[Previously - Charles Barkley: I wish I could put some of my blackness in Tiger Woods]

Barkley then explained what he thinks Tiger needs to consider.

“Golf is just a game. Your life don’t suck. … But I think when you put yourself in that situation where your whole life revolves around how you’re doing on a golf course, you’re gonna develop a negative attitude to a certain degree, instead of saying, ‘I’ve actually got it pretty good.’ It’s like people who say I never won a championship. I understand that. I accept that. But it ain’t like I’m sitting around saying, ‘Oh my God, my life sucks. This is so miserable.”

The friendship between Barkley and Tiger may have ended in 2009, around the time of Tiger’s sex scandal. In 2011, Chuck told Mike Lupica that he hadn’t spoken with Tiger in two years.

“You think you’re friends with a guy. You talk to him once a week for 15 years. You’re like, this dude is my friend, we do things, we have fun together,” Barkley said at the time. “I haven’t talked to him in two years and I’m wondering what the hell is going on.”

Barkley also dismissed the notion that he and Michael Jordan corrupted Tiger, saying that they had no idea Woods was cheating on his wife.

It may be old news that the two are no longer friends, but these comments sure were interesting. Now, whenever a Tiger fan laments his struggles since the sex scandal, you need to say that he’s not only missing all the women, but his good pals Chuck and MJ.

Transcription via Golf Channel

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