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Originally posted on Hollywood Life:
The professional golfer has gotten his career back on track with yet another win, this time at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. His victory comes weeks after a friendly reunion with his ex Elin at a golf event — do YOU think that’s why he’s playing better?
Just weeks after Tiger Woods and his ex-wife Elin Nordegren were photographed together with their kids at an event in Jupiter, Fla., he made a shocking career comeback at the Trump Doral Resort when he won the WGC-Cadillac Championship — his 17th World Golf Championship title.
He may have gotten his game back on track just in time to be a contender at the Masters.
Originally posted on CBS Miami:
DORAL (AP) — That red shirt is starting to look ruthless on Sunday again.
One year after Tiger Woods hobbled off the Blue Monster, he picked up the pace in his march to the Masters. Woods delivered two quick birdies to take the drama out of Doral, and two late bogeys only made his victory in the Cadillac Championship seem closer than it really was.
Woods had full control of his game and never let anyone get closer than three shots until he had locked up his 17th World Golf Championship title. With a conservative bogey that didn’t matter on the final hole, he closed with a 1-under 71.
Originally posted on Cyber Gazing:
Golf sensation Roy McIlroy is the latest in a line of top sports stars seemingly effected by the ‘Curse of Nike’. The 23-year-old Holywood, Co Down, swinger said he was in a bad place mentally after walking off the course midway through the second round of the Honda Classic. He later blamed a toothache. In January, McIlroy signed a money-spinning $300 million deal with the sports brand giant. Since then, all has not gone according to plan. Rory has had a number of bad results — culminating in Friday’s bizarre withdrawal.
However, the Irishman’s Dubai walkout pales into insignificance when you consider the trouble some of Nike’s other high-profile stars have run into.
I’m always pulling for the underdogs especially for a guy to win his first PGA Tour event. Many congratulations to Michael Thompson. I’m left wondering why Tiger Woods finishing with a 74 and ending tied for 37th was truly noteworthy.
Originally posted on CBS Chicago:
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Michael Thompson had one of only five rounds under par Sunday to win his first PGA Tour event at the Honda Classic.
Thompson seized control with a 50-foot eagle putt on the third hole. He stayed in control with superb par saves early on the back nine at PGA National. He made birdie from the bunker on the last hole for a 1-under 69 and a two-shot victory over Geoff Ogilvy.
The 27-year-old Thompson already is in the Masters from being a runner-up at the U.S. Open.
Originally posted on All About Golf:
Very disappointed in Rory’s withdrawal shenanigans at The Honda Classic yesterday. I’m not buying this toothache excuse one bit and this is looking more like someone with amazing talent and a poor work ethic, who is struggling mentally because of a bad decision to change equipment. He’s exhibiting a lack of character more on the lines of what we would expect from a John Daly.
Being seven over-par after eight holes, Rory was clearly on his way to posting a round in the mid-80s. Last year, Rory won the treasured Vardon Trophy over Tiger Woods by .03 strokes per round. Posting a total hack-a-thon number could cripple an attempted repeat. The embarrassment of the defending champ totally chopping and the unwillingness to admit he’s struggling with his new equipment forced the withdrawal. Throw in last season’s run of bad play (attributed to an unwillingness to practice) and we’re getting a very unpleasant picture forming of our world’s number one player.
So breaking news Rory: This is golf and we all hack once in a while. Man up and post your score. What do you think he should have done?
Originally posted on golfadvicetips:
They lie along Ireland’s western and northern coastline like treasures from a shipwreck quietly washed ashore. Golf links inspiring deep local pride, they haven’t yet achieved the renown of Atlantic-shore neighbors Lahinch and Ballybunion. Be advised, however: Strategically and aesthetically they rival the top seaside courses of any other nation.
Introduce yourself to the bumpy, bristled and wave-washed linksland of Clare, Mayo, Donegal and Sligo, Irish counties where, mile upon mile, the scenic power of the landscape outdoes a visitor’s capacity to savor it. Reading these pages, you will likely find yourself reaching for a map to plot your way onto the fescue fairways depicted. Some of the mileage shown on that map will be along “dual carriageways” (Irish for divided highways), but much of it is over ribbony roads that first did duty as herdsmen’s lanes. Travelers of today will find them still framed by smooth, green, sheep-speckled hillsides.
Young courses on ancient sand-dune acreage — this is what awaits in Ireland’s north and west. No course is newer on the scene than Doonbeg Golf Club, which opened only this fall, and none represents the fulfillment of such ancient course-building plans. If not for the diversion of a planned Doonbeg railway line that never arrived, Old Tom Morris, himself, would have laid out 18 holes.