This was Tiger Woods leaving the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC with girlfriend Lindsay Vonn.
Why is Jay Cutler despised? Cutler was named to Forbes’ list of the most disliked athletes in America yesterday. His company on that list includes Michael Vick, Metta World Peace, Manti Te’o, Tiger Woods, and Lance Armstrong.
What has Cutler done to earn his place among the loathed? The answer, in short: He’s engaged to one of the most hated reality show cast members of all time. Whom he proposed to via text message.
As fiancée Kristin Cavallari of Hills fame told E! News:
“It was so silly. I was in the airport, leaving Chicago. We had just spent however many days together and we were texting and somehow it came up, like, ‘Oh, shall we get married?’ We’re like, ‘Yeah, OK.’ And then he sent my ring in the mail. So I actually had my ring sitting at home for a couple of weeks before I put it on.”
Am I the only one thinks this photo of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy drinking coffee through interlocked arms in Abu Dhabi was delightfully awkward?
EA Sports has decided to add golfing legend Arnold Palmer to the cover of the latest edition of Tiger Woods video game. The game still doesn’t have a release date scheduled. According to EA Sports, Palmer has actually been in the 2005 and 2006 versions of the game, and users will be able to play as him in this version as well.
Keegan Bradley, Bud Cauley, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson are newcomers who will also be in the game.
Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational four straight times from 2000-2003, back-to-back in 2008 and 2009, and he won there in 2012 for his first tournament win in nearly three years.
After some years of false starts due to the economy, Tiger Woods has started construction on his first golf course as an architect.
Eamon Lynch of Golf.com reports that ground has been broken at Diamante in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas. The $12 million course will be known as “El Cardonal” and is scheduled for a 2014 opening. it will join a Davis Love III course already at Diamante.
Woods sent an email to golf.com that indicates he feels our pain.
“I’ve played in enough pro-ams to know that not every golfer is a scratch player. Creating wide landing areas and avoiding forced carries whenever possible allow all golfers, even beginners to keep the ball in play and have more fun.”
“I want to be sure that my designs make individuals think their way around the course,” said Woods. “To me, that’s an important part of golf and it’s what I like to do when I play. I think players like risk-reward opportunities and to feel like they’ve been challenged in all aspects of the game.”
In the aftermath of the Americans’ stunning collapse at Medinah, Tiger Woods spoke privately to the team’s rookies Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson and Jason Dufner and apologized for not earning enough points, according to Golf Channel contributor Tim Rosaforte.
A sportsbook is paying back a bunch of losers, SportsBettingOnline announced Tuesday that it’s refunding everyone who put money on Adam Scott to win last week’s Open Championship.
“With so many of the favorites, including Tiger Woods not cashing, it was a good day for sportsbooks. But that wasn’t the case for those who dropped money on Scott,” Dave Johnson, head oddsmaker for SportsBettingOnline.ag, said in a statement. “We feel it’s our duty to refund the players of SportsBettingOnline for taking such a bad beat. His collapse was historic, and we know the bettors who had him must feel as awful as he does.”
For the record, SportsBettingOnline listed Scott’s odds at 45/1 before the tournament began. So say if you put down $100 on him and could practically smell the $4,500 cash when he held a four-stroke lead with four holes to go, news of the refund has to cool the burn.
This is awfully nice of SportsBettingOnline. It’s also beyond belief, but it’s not even the first time the online sportsbook has acted so generously. It also refunded anybody who bet on Manny Pacquiao after his controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in June.
Two of the newest inductees into golf’s Hall of Fame went off on one of the game’s greatest players. Writer Dan Jenkins wondered about the heart of Tiger Woods while BBC broadcaster Peter Alliss pondered his brain and pointed to his thunking coming from his pants.
“I do not understand the thinking of Tiger Woods,” Alliss told Randell Mell of Golf Channel. “I think his golfing brain, for some reason or other, is completely addled. Perhaps the good part of his brain for a period drained from here, down to here. And that caused him great distress, probably a modicum of enjoyment at the time. But he’s gone.”
Alliss believes Woods is getting too many instructions and compares it to Pavarotti going from tenor to baritone for no reason.
He says in 30 minutes he could fix Woods game or “I’d go home and stick my head in a bucket of ice water, because it’s so simple. You stand and you swing.”
Jenkins says if Woods wins another major “he’ll be the first guy that ever did it with three swings,” and doesn’t believe he’ll catch Jack Nicklaus.
“…The thing I always thought, and I don’t know if it’s true or not, but everybody wants to win and everyone says they want to win, but the great champions absolutely despised the idea of losing. I think that’s what Ben Hogan had, what Arnold had, Jack certainly had it. I frankly don’t know whether Tiger Woods has it or not because he has never had to come from behind. Every major he won he was in front and everyone, most of them, dropped dead.”
Tiger Woods has given golf fans a lot of thrills during his career, but not a lot of laughs.
But his latest commercial for Golfsmith, is a departure in that regard.
Golf coach Hank Haney has been slammed for writing a book about Tiger Woods. But that hasn’t stopped him from defending his former client.
When asked by Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel about Woods ever using performance- enhancing drugs, Haney said there is no reason to believe that.
“Tiger works out in the gym like you wouldn’t believe,” said Haney the author of The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods. “His physical therapist for a long time was a very good friend of mine for over 25 years and has always been clean as a whistle.”
Haney also defended himself from charges of violating a bro-code by writing about Woods and his inside circle.
“These aren’t just his memories. He doesn’t have a patent on them,” said Haney. “He doesn’t have an exclusive on them. They’re my memories, too, and I wanted to be able to share them.”
Hank Haney has broken the bro-code. And that is not sitting well with his colleagues.
Haney, the former swing coach for Tiger Woods, has written “The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods.” The tome details not only Woods on the course but off it as well.
Rick Smith, who used to work with Phil Mickelson, says what happens at Augusta (and Doral, St. Andrews, Pebble Beach) stays at Augusta.
“I would rather be broke and not have a penny to my name before I violate the code of player-teacher confidentiality,” Smith told Farrell Evans of ESPN.com. “In 27 years out here, I’ve never done that. I’m personally upset with Hank because he’s broken and violated our code of ethics. If you have the opportunity and you’re privileged to conversations, you will not and should not share anything from them with anyone. I don’t care who it is…. What Hank did is against the rules….your relationship with these players is for a lifetime…..you can’t put a dollar value on something that is an ethical violation.”
Hank Haney said he was told that Tiger Woods tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a military training exercise with the Navy SEALs and not while running at home.
The New York Times obtained a copy of The Big Miss, Haney’s book about his relationship with Woods, in advance of its March 27 publication date. Golf Digest released excerpts of the book earlier this month, which detailed Woods’ obsession with military training in the wake of his father’s death in 2006.
Although Woods said he has not nor will he read the book, he has been critical about it when asked for comment, stating the book “is unprofessional.” Woods had a terse exchange with a reporter during the Honda Classic when asked for his reaction to training with the SEALs. Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, said in a statement that “what’s been written violates the trust between a coach and player and someone also once considered a friend.”
Haney, who was Woods’ swing coach for slightly more than six years, writes that Woods was “inordinately interested in muscle-building,” during his workout regimens, according the Times.
Haney also writes that Woods cellphone would ring with far more frequency in 2007, according to the Times’ account, and that Woods, instead of ignoring the phone or turning it off, started answering the phone and reading texts far more than he had in the past.
The two first met when Woods was 17. Haney quit in 2010 when he sensed he was about to be fired after Woods returned to the game following revelations of extramarital affairs. Woods and his former wife, Elin Nordegren, were engaged when Haney was hired as Woods’ swing coach.
“But as life became more complicated,” Haney wrote, “I thought Elin changed. By the time she and Tiger married, she remained friendly but had become more guarded, even in her own home. She and Tiger developed a calm, almost cool relationship in front of other people, and conversations with them tended to be awkward and strained.”
And Haney writes about Woods’ dislike for various other golfers, including Phil Mickelson. Haney said his disdain for Mickelson was, in part, because of “racial vibes in what he read and heard on and off the course.”
Writes Haney: “For years, Tiger reveled in the idea that Mickelson had trouble playing in his presence. But Phil adjusted, and in recent years he’s outplayed Tiger down the stretch in several tournaments. His increased confidence against Tiger, along with the positive energy of the gallery, has flipped the psychological advantage in their matchup in his favor.”
EA Sports released this ad for their new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 game. It features a duel between “Crimson Cat” and Shaquille “Swinging Giant” O’Neal.
It’s no secret that Indianapolis Colts fans are going to miss Peyton Manning. There is also another segment of the Indianapolis population who’s going to miss Manning and that’s waiters and waitresses.
According to a photograph of a receipt from the Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina, Manning recently left a $200 tip for a $739.58 tab that already included 18% gratuity. The receipt was dated 3/2/12. Earlier that day Manning had been surreptitiously filmed going through throwing drills on the nearby campus of Duke University.
Generally, celebrity tipping habits get publicized and go viral when someone is a particularly poor tipper. In a list of the Top Ten Cheapest Celebrity Tippers compiled by the Miami New Times in August 2011, two athletes cracked the top five. The cheapest celebrity tipper, according to the story, was Tiger Woods. Ranking at No. 4 was Miami Heat superstar LeBron James.
According to NBC-17, the photo of the signed receipt was first loosed upon the Internet when the server posted it on Facebook. The owner of the Angus Barn, Van Eure, was not pleased and fired the server for posting someones private information on the Internet without consent.
Donald Trump, the billionaire mogul who flirted with a run at the U.S. presidency, has a definitive opinion on almost everything. No surprise then that The Donald knows exactly where Peyton Manning should go next.
The star of NBC’s The Apprentice would “love to see” Manning sign with the Miami Dolphins, Trump said Thursday while touting his $150 million purchase of The Doral Resort in Miami, according to the New York Daily News:
First of all (Dolphins owner) Steve Ross is a very good friend of mine,” Trump bellowed before a roomful of reporters and TV cameras at the WGC Cadillac Championship, where Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy were fighting it out in the first round.
“He’s a member of my club in Palm Beach and I think Peyton would be great for Miami. It would be a fantastic thing for this area.
Trump’s endorsement of the Dolphins over his hometown New York Jets didn’t go over well with the paper. Trump’s buddies with Jets owner Woody Johnson. The Jets are said to be one of the dozen or so NFL clubs pursuing the ex-Indianapolis Colts QB — despite the presence of starter Mark Sanchez. Trump “betrayed” his pal Johnson’s Jets when he touted the Dolphins, said the Daily News.
Tiger Woods had a terse exchange with a magazine reporter Wednesday over excerpts from his former swing coach’s Hank Haney’s new book, and ended the conversation with a long stare and a sarcastic, “Have a good day.”
According to a book about Tiger Woods that’s about to be released by his former coach, Hank Haney which he co-authored with Sports Illustrated’s Jaime Diaz entitled Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, hea writes that Tiger at one point had an obsession about the military.
“Tiger was seriously considering becoming a Navy SEAL. I didn’t know how he’d go about it, but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan . . . I thought, Wow, here is Tiger Woods, greatest athlete on the planet, maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime, basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life.”
“Tiger did two tandem parachute jumps, engaged in hand-to-hand combat exercises, went on four-mile runs wearing combat boots, and did drills in a wind tunnel. Tiger loved it, but his physical therapist, Keith Kleven, went a little crazy worrying about the further damage Tiger might be doing to his left knee . . . One morning I was in the kitchen when he came back from a long run around Isleworth, and I noticed he was wearing Army boots. Tiger admitted that he’d worn the heavy shoes before on the same route. ‘I beat my best time,’ he said.”
And by 2007, Haney writes, the job of coaching Tiger became more difficult because of the burden of trying to break Jack Nicklaus record for most majors won
“There was more urgency and less fun . . . He never mentioned Nicklaus’ record, but it started to weigh more heavily at every major. And Tiger’s actions indicated he believed he had less time to do it than everyone thought.”
Fox Sports Jason Whitlock apologized for an insensitive and some called a racist tweet about New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, which Whitlock posted after Lin’s 38-point performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
In a reference to a stereotype about Asian men, Whitlock tweeted, “Some lucky lady in NYC is gonna feel a couple of inches of pain tonight.”
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) demanded an apology from Whitlock.
The tweet “doesn’t hold up to the conduct of responsible journalists, those in sports or otherwise, who adhere to standards of fairness, civility and good taste. Nor does it meet the standards of Fox Sports, with which you are associated,” the AAJA wrote on its Facebook page. “Outrage doesn’t begin to describe the reaction of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) to your unnecessary and demeaning tweet.”
Whitlock later wrote on FoxSports.com, “I’ve cried watching Tiger Woods win a major golf championship. Jeremy Lin, for now, is the Tiger Woods of the NBA. I suspect Lin makes Asian Americans feel the way I feel when I watch Tiger play golf.
“I should’ve realized that Friday night when I watched Lin torch the Lakers. For Asian Americans and a lot of sports fans, his nationally televised 38-point outburst was the equivalent of Tiger’s first victory in The Masters. I got caught up in the excitement. I tweeted about what a great story Lin is and how he could rival Tim Tebow.
“I then gave in to another part of my personality — my immature, sophomoric, comedic nature.”
Tiger Woods hopes to begin the New Year a winner as he announced on his website that he’ll be an honorary captain for Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.
“I will attend the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2 in Arizona to watch Stanford play Oklahoma State. Cardinal head coach David Shaw asked me to be an honorary team captain, and I happily accepted. For Coach Shaw to think highly enough of me to be involved in the game and be able to talk to his kids is very special.”
“I’m very close to Stanford. They’ve done so much for me in my life. Everyone knows Coach Shaw and I had a class together. We go way back. It’s neat to be able to come back and help him any way that I can.”
Yahoo today released its Year In Review data for 2011, and there isn’t a single NFL or MLB player on its 10-deep list of “Top Searched Athletes.” Perhaps far more notable is that five of the top 10 are women, including the top spot, which went to the GoDaddy.com girl, Danica Patrick. Danica jumped all the way to No. 1 from No. 6 last year, when Manny Pacquiao topped the 2010 list.
Last year, the only NFL player to make the list was Brett Favre, at No. 4.
But the biggest surprise is that it appears web surfers have finally given up the hunt for new photos of Anna Kournikova. She was No. 3 in 2010, but didn’t make Yahoo’s list this year. Two others to drop off were skier Lindsey Vonn and soccer’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
- 1. Danica Patrick
- 2. Tiger Woods
- 3. Manny Pacquiao
- 4. Maria Sharapova
- 5. Serena Williams
- 6. Kris Humphries
- 7. Hope Solo
- 8. Kobe Bryant
- 9. Lamar Odom
- 10. Caroline Wozniacki
Yahoo also tracked which teams were searched for most often, and there MLB dominated, with five selections, including the No. 1 New York Yankees. The NFL had three teams, the NBA one and soccer checked in with one. The surprise there is that the Miami Heat didn’t make the list.
- 1. New York Yankees
- 2. Pittsburgh Steelers
- 3. Boston Red Sox
- 4. Green Bay Packers
- 5. Texas Rangers
- 6. St. Louis Cardinals
- 7. Detroit Tigers
- 8. Chicago Bears
- 9. Manchester United
- 10. Los Angeles Lakers
Caddie Steve Williams has some regrets. One of them is not parting ways with Tiger Woods much earlier.
“I think everything you do in life, you’d like to go out on a high as opposed to a low,” Williams told web-based In Depth with Graham Bensinger.
“Looking back, perhaps after Tiger competed down here in Australia at the (2009) Australian Masters, it was a very memorable win. I really enjoyed that tournament. That was the last event he played before all the events transpired. Perhaps I should have, you know, left him then.”
Williams, who also spoke on the courage of Woods playing injured, said he had no idea what drama would unfold but said “looking back, my gut feeling at some time said that was a good way to finish.” He added that “we certainly didn’t click like we used to” after Woods returned from scandal and injury.
Tiger Woods is rebuilding his image and ability to move product. Fuse Science Inc., announced an exclusive endorsement agreement with the golf superstar to promote energy products and will be “Powered by Fuse.”
This from the company’s website: Fuse focus provides revolutionary energy and body replenishment products that combine cutting-edge body absorption technology with two proprietary formulas for powering professional athletes and weekend warriors.
Woods, currently playing in Australia, opened with a 68 on Thursday in the Australian Open.
Greg Norman doesn’t think much of the way Tiger Woods plays golf these days, saying he wouldn’t have picked him to play in the Presidents Cup. Norman, who in a recent magazine interview said he didn’t think Woods will win another major, told the Fort Myers News-Press that PGA champion Keegan Bradley would have been a more logical choice for U.S. captain Fred Couples. Norman is the International team captain for the Presidents Cup, to be played November 17-20 at Royal Melbourne.
“I can understand the name of a Tiger Woods and his history of what he’s done on the golf course,” Norman said. “But I pick the guys who I think are ready to get in there and play and have performed to the highest levels leading up to it.”
“I just don’t think he’s swinging the golf club the way he used to when he won all those major championships,” Norman said. “He’s a different player out there nowadays. He even looks tied up. He looks more confined. I know what it takes to have freedom in a golf swing and I just don’t think he’s technically in the right position to do what he used to do.”
Couples said a month before announcing his picks that one of them would be Woods, saying he was the “best player forever.” Woods hasn’t won in the last two years and has fallen out of the top 50 for the first time since he was a 20-year-old rookie in 1996. Couples also picked FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas.
This happened over the weekend but the world wasn’t in tune to golf since it wasn’t a major and Tiger Woods was once again playing like crap but during the final round of the Frys.com Open a fan threw a hot dog at Woods. Until now the Golf Channel would not release the above clip.
Don’t know why that fool wasted a good hot dog.