Tiger Woods on Sunday won the Tour Championship to capture his first PGA Tour win since 2013. To say fans in Atlanta were excited to witness his title would be an understatement.
The crowd that followed Woods at East Lake Golf Course was truly remarkable. Take a look:
Tiger Woods is a popular guy. pic.twitter.com/oKFzA26NRf
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 23, 2018
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 23, 2018
The crowd around Tiger right now lol pic.twitter.com/0EBKIoTDv0
— Ryan Feber (@feeb_r) September 23, 2018
“I just can’t believe I pulled this off after what the season’s gone through,” Woods said after his win.
Woods has long captivated fans due to his dominance in the sport and subsequent drama that led to his fall. He’s dealt with a back injury and had complications related to substances used for pain management. But now he finally appears to be regaining his top form.
America loves a good comeback story, and right now that’s what Tiger is giving them — a great comeback story.
- Tiger Woods
Steph Curry sent a perfect tweet to Tiger Woods while the golfer was playing a great round at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Saturday.
Tiger entered the weekend tied for the lead with Justin Rose through 36 holes. He began to distance himself with a stellar front nine in which he birdied six of his first seven holes. That led to this tweet from Curry:
.@TigerWoods I want whatever you had for breakfast this morning! This is insane
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) September 22, 2018
Woods was six under through 12 holes on Saturday and improved to 13 under par — giving himself a four-stroke lead over Rose.
Tiger impressed himself with his play at the PGA Championship, but now he just might have to get used to it.
The sports world is paying tribute to Celia Barquin Arozamena, the Iowa State golfer who was found murdered on Monday.
The body of Barquin Arozamena was found dead by police by the 9th hole of Coldwater Golf Course in Ames, Iowa on Monday. Police said the 22-year-old had “several stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck” and appeared to have been attacked in what authorities believe was a random act of violence.
Here are the shared facts of the alleged crime:
Per @alexwilsonwoi, criminal complaint lists Collin Richards as homeless. Celia Barquin Arozamena "sustained several stab wounds". Police made contact w/ man on trail, who said he had lived in same temporary area as Richards. Stated Richards spoke of having urge to rape & kill. pic.twitter.com/gEwkPI2n0i
— Mario Rossi (@mariovrossi) September 18, 2018
A man, Collin Daniel Richards, was taken into custody, held on $5 million bond, and has been charged with first-degree murder.
Barquin Arozamena was a three-time All Big 12 golfer, three-time Academic All Big 12 selection, the conference’s golfing champion in 2018, and a member of Spain’s national team. Even though she completed her eligibility as a golfer, she was remaining in Ames to finish her degree in civil engineering.
As news of the tragedy was disseminated, many people and organizations began to send their tributes to the slain golfer.
Heartbroken over what happened to #CeliaBarquinArozamena I had the pleasure of meeting her and I know she was a special person. Sending my thoughts and prayers to her family and loved ones in this difficult time
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) September 18, 2018
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Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky are still together as a couple despite a rumor of infidelity, according to a report.
TMZ Sports reported on Tuesday that Johnson and Gretzky have not broken up. The woman at the center of the alleged rift has also taken to Instagram to defend herself and state that she has never had an affair with Johnson.
On Monday, we published a story about Gretzky scrubbing Johnson from her Instagram page. Not long thereafter, British media outlet “The Sun” reported that a woman named Yassie Safai is at the center of problems between the professional golfer and his longtime fiancee.
The Sun says Safai “caused the sensational split” between Johnson and Gretzky.
They further reported that “Johnson and California socialite Yassie Safai are said to have struck up a relationship that has infuriated Gretzky.”
Johnson and Safai are said to have met at Sherwood Country Club, an exclusive club west of Los Angeles. The Sun even quoted a source who said that Safai causing a split between Johnson and Gretzky was the “talk of the club.”
Safai issued a statement on Instagram Tuesday to deny having any improper relationship with Johnson.
“I am not in a relationship with Dustin Johnson. Nor have we had any prior relationship,” Safai wrote. “I met Dustin Johnson at Sherwood Country Club. I have run into him at Sherwood maybe 4 times since then and yes briefly spoke with him, like I’m sure any avid golfer and member would.
“I am sure he is a great person but we do not have a close friendship. I have never met Paulina Gretzky and do not know the Gretzky family, but again, I am sure they are great people.
“I have no insight into the rumors around Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky’s relationship. I wish them nothing but the best. I just want to go back to living my normal life.”
Johnson and Gretzky have been engaged since Aug. 2013. They have two children.
Keegan Bradley secured his first win on the PGA Tour in more than six years on Monday, and he needed plenty of help from Justin Rose to get there.
Both Bradley and Rose played well during the final round, making three birdies each on the back nine before bogeying the 18th. However, Rose’s bogey on 18 was particularly bad, as a par would have given him the win. He hit a rough second shot and then a poor pitch before lipping out on a lengthy putt.
Justin Rose … for the win … pic.twitter.com/eRYqLVnCgS
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 10, 2018
That miss sent the tournament to a playoff. Both Bradley and Rose struggled again on the sudden death hole, hitting their second shots over the green. However, Bradley chipped his third shot to tap-in distance while Rose left himself some work. Rose ended up missing the putt, giving Bradley the win.
Golf is hard. pic.twitter.com/DxAC6aHvr4
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 10, 2018
The silver lining for Rose is that the top-two finish moved him to No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings. He has also secured a top-five spot in the Tour Championship next week, and anyone in the top five who wins that event automatically wins the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus. Still, losing like he did had to hurt.
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PGA golfer Dustin Johnson has been engaged to Paulina Gretzky for years, but you wouldn’t know it if you looked at Gretzky’s Instagram page.
Those who follow both Johnson and Gretzky on Instagram have grown accustomed to photos of the two embracing on a yacht or posing with their children, 3-year-old Tatum and 1-year-old River. However, Barstool Sports noticed over the weekend that every photo of Johnson has been scrubbed from Gretzky’s Instagram page.
Strangely enough, even posts like one where Dustin and Paulina announced they are expecting their second child have been deleted. Photos of Gretzky remain on Johnson’s Instagram page, however.
There could be a logical explanation for why Paulina has deleted Dustin from her Instagram life, but we have seen instances in the past — like with this NFL player and his girlfriend — where such activity is the first sign of relationship trouble. Here’s hoping that isn’t the case for one of golf’s power couples.
If there were any doubts about whether or not Tiger Woods has his mojo back, Jena Sims may have answered it for us.
Sims, who is the girlfriend of PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka, was on hand in St. Louis to celebrate her boyfriend’s third major title. She accompanied Koepka as he walked off the 18th hole as the event champion.
The two then approached the clubhouse for Koepka to sign his scorecard and came across Tiger, who was waiting outside. Woods congratulated Koepka on his win, and then gave a hug to Sims.
Brooks taking his eye off the ball pic.twitter.com/Zr8K6hKNEq
— Big Cat (Tiger’s Back) (@BarstoolBigCat) August 12, 2018
Sims seemed pretty giddy about the hug from Tiger.
— Boneless Bill (@IamDJBillyC) August 12, 2018
Tiger is officially back pic.twitter.com/xN0PN3WvgI
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) August 12, 2018
Seeing a reaction like that seems to show that Tiger still has an aura about him. And for what it’s worth, Tiger has a new girlfriend who also was in St. Louis.
Video h/t Barstool Sports