Archive for March, 2010

Tiger Woods TV coverage could be limited to just 1 shot

Tiger Woods will hit his opening tee shot at the Masters in front of a national television audience.

That could be the only shot we see him hit the rest of the day.

The Masters limits TV coverage of the first two rounds, allowing broadcasts to air only from 4-7 p.m. EST. According to the New York Times, Augusta National is allowing ESPN to broadcast Woods’ tee shot on No. 1, but nothing else until live coverage begins at 4 p.m.

If Woods draws an early tee time, he likely would complete his round before coverage begins.

Tee times will be announced Tuesday.

Only one spot left in field

The Masters field grew by five Wednesday.

K.J. Choi, Louis Ooosthuisen, Charles Schwartzel, Alvaro Quiros and Thongchai Jaide, a 40-year-old ex-Thai Army paratrooper, moved into the top 50 in the World Golf Rankings this week, earning an invitation to tee it up at Augusta National

The only way to get into the field now is to win the week’s Shell Houston Open.

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AP report: Couples to practice with Woods Monday

Just in from AP: Tiger Woods will play a practice round Monday with Fred Couples. Couples, of course, did his best to shrug off the news to focus on golf, something that will be difficult for all golfers not named Tiger (and ones named Tiger) next week.

Said Couples:

“This is not going to be questions and answer. This is going to be strictly golf. I play with him a lot at Augusta. This is not unusual.”

MORE: Who will play with Tiger? Vanity Fair rolls out big story on Tiger. Tigers takes spotlight off others. Duh. SI.

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Who will win the Masters?

Though the player on the right is favored, don't be surprised if Ernie Els is wearing green on Sunday.

Though the player on the right is favored, don't be surprised if Ernie Els is wearing green on Sunday.

Because Tiger Woods has already been tabbed the favorite and needs no more analysis,  and Billy Payne’s aim as chairman of Augusta National is to grow the game globally, here’s each continent’s best chance to put on the famed Green Jacket that comes with winning the Masters.

Africa

Which player will finish with the best score?

  • Ernie Els
  • Y.E. Yang
  • Geoff Ogilvy
  • Stewart Cink
  • Camilo Villegas
  • Tiger Woods
  • The field

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Ernie Els

Masters played/cuts made: 17/12

Best finish: 2 (2001, ‘04)

Masters average: 72.04

2010 average: 69.17

Why he can win: The big South African seems to have finally gotten comfortable with his swing after years of frustration. He’s won back to back tournaments this season with two additional top-10s and two more top 25s. Before this season he had just one win in  the previous five years, causing some to …

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Vanity Fair promises ‘most complete’ Tiger Woods tell-all

By Kristi Swartz
kswartz@ajc.com

It’s big, and Vanity Fair claims to have it.  (NSFW)

A scoop on Tiger Woods’ life of sex, gambling and complicated attempts to cover it up.

“The Temptation of Tiger Woods” runs through how the golfer conducted himself with his mistresses, on the road and around his friends. Vanity Fair talks up the tale on its own Web site, under the headline “Tiger Woods’s Inconvenient Women.”

Among the details VF says its writer discovered include: Mistress Jamie Jungers saying every time she flew somewhere to meet up with Woods, she would make the arrangements through the president of Tiger Woods Design.

Another mistress, Mindy Lawton, was told to talk to Woods’ agent at IMG Worldwide when she alerted the golfer that The National Enquirer had caught on to their affair.

Each of the mistresses said Woods was “cheap” and didn’t spend money on them. All, but one: Loredana Jolie Ferriolo, a former Playboy model told Vanity Fair she spent $15,000 shopping sprees …

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Teeing off: Wednesday, March 31

Associated Press golf reporter Doug Ferguson wrote more on the attention that will surround Tiger Woods Thursday pairing at the Masters. Most golfers say it’s always different being in a Tiger pairing, but particularly the Masters and particularly this Masters.

Among the golfers quoted in the article are former Ga. Tech golfer Stewart Cink, who played at the Masters with Tiger in 2000 and 2009.

Said Cink:

“I’d be OK with it. I’ve known him for a long time. You have to remember this: At the Masters, playing with Tiger Woods is always a little different than it is anywhere else because there’s always more of the people that want to see him play there than anywhere else. This year, I don’t expect it to be a whole lot different than other years just because it’s always a little different. There would be more scrutiny, but I’d be fine with it.”

A week ago, Kenny Perry made headlines when he said, essentially, he’d take one for the team. For a list of Tiger’s past pairings, see …

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Who will win the Masters?

Tiger Woods is the favorite, but if he can’t get it done, who will?

Here are 10 candidates who have a chance at donning the green jacket.

MORE: Brits bet on Tiger’s first drive.

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Tiger Woods A to Z

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Tiger Woods, the world’s biggest sports star, actually was famous before TMZ and other news gossip shows began leading their nightly shows with  the latest of his scandals. For those who have only recently become interested in his life, here’s an A-to-Z:

A: Augusta National. Home of the Masters and where Woods will make his return to professional golf after 4 1/2 weeks of tabloid tell-alls. He will address the media on Monday; play begins Thursday. He is favored to win.

B: Billionaire. Woods is the sports’ world first billionaire, with most of his money coming from endorsements. He has made $105,592,843 on the course.

C: Cablinasian. Woods told Oprah Winfrey in 1997 that he wasn’t African-American, he was Cablinasian. Woods is one-fourth black, one-fourth Thai, one-fourth Chinese, one-eighth white and one-eighth American Indian. He said he came up with the term when he was a boy.

D: Driving distance. Woods has the reputation as a long hitter. His drives forced Augusta …

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Ludacris track tackles Tiger sexting

AJC feature writer Nedra Rhone had a quick interview with Atlanta-area rapper Ludacris last week and here’s an excerpt that deals with his “Battle of the Sexes” bonus track.

With regard to “Sexting” the album’s bonus track that mocks Tiger Woods’ frantic call to his mistress, Luda is matter-of-fact. It was, he said, his effort to tap into the zeitgeist.

“[Sexting] is something I feel like is going on with all of mainstream America behind closed doors. Tiger is the face of sexting right now. If I am making fun of Tiger Woods, I am making fun of myself,” said Luda, who has no idea if Woods has heard the song or not.

However, Luda, who is celebrating the second anniversary of his midtown restaurant Straits as well as working on a venture with Conjure cognac, wouldn’t tell us who he has been sexting.

“That’s private to a certain degree,” he said. “Some things aren’t meant to be shared.”

MORE: Vote for your Masters winner. AJC Masters Page. Hole-by-hole guide. …

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Teeing off: ‘I’ll play with Tiger’

There’s been some interesting talk about the pairings for the Masters, especially on the first day. Mainly, who gets to play with Tiger Woods on Day 1, when galleries are expected to be even larger than normal Woodsian major galleries. Which are not normal.

Here’s an excerpt from a good NY Times article:

On Wednesday, Augusta National officials would not reveal how they would go about choosing Woods’s playing partners other than to say the selection would be made by the club’s competition committee. The club’s elders have always tried to make contestants comfortable and have scrupulously avoided attention-grabbing gestures.

So do not expect Phil Mickelson in Woods’s group. At the same time, will it be fair to put the less-experienced or the less-seasoned players in a setting of unparalleled distractions?

Who should be paired with Tiger Woods on the first day? (Choose two)

  • Kenny Perry (he asked for it) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Phil Mickelson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mark O’Meara (0%, 0 …

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Teeing off: Tiger texts revealed

UPDATE: The alleged Tiger texts have been posted, according to TMZ.com. Just a note of caution: the texts posted at TMZ.com are very sexually graphic.

Original post from this morning: One of these days, we’ll have some non Tiger news, but that day will not be March 18. Here’s a quick roundup of of Masters-related news heading into next month’s tournament. Just a note: if you want to head to the Web site to see the texts, let me shout out a figurative “fore” in your cyber direction: it’s supposed to be very graphic.

  • TMI? Yes, extremely TMI. Alleged Tiger mistress and confirmed porn star Joslyn James to release Tiger texts to the world. TMZ. NY Post.
  • Tiger’s aura gone, probably for good. AP analysis.
  • Vegas Insider has Tiger Woods favorite; Mickelson second. VegasInsider.
  • Reviews from Wednesday’s South Park sendup of Tiger Woods and successful rich men with women problems. CNN Marquee Blog. EW. View at your own risk: Clip from the show.
  • How do you think Tiger Woods will …

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