NEW YORK (AP) — Add Gatorade to the list of endorsement deals that Tiger
Woods has lost.
A spokesperson for the drink, sold by PepsiCo Inc., confirmed Friday it had
ended its relationship with the golfer.
“We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts and have ended our
relationship,” a Gatorade spokeswoman said. “We wish him all the best.”
The spokewoman said Gatorade would continue its relationship with the Tiger Woods
Gatorade discontinued its Tiger Woods-brand drinks in November, a decision made
before Woods’ marital problems and infidelities became known.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Golf Writers Association of America’s board of directors
voted overwhelming Thursday not to participate as pool reporters Friday when Tiger
Woods issues his first public statement in nearly three months.
“I cannot stress how strongly our board felt that this should be open to all media
and also for the opportunity to question Woods,” said Vartan Kupelian, president of
the 950-member group. “The position, simply put, is all or none. This is a major
story of international scope. To limit the ability of journalists to attend, listen,
see and question Woods goes against the grain of everything we believe.”
The GWAA said it believes strongly that its presence, without the ability to ask
question, gives credibility to an event that isn’t worthy of it. Nineteen board
members voted for the proposal to protest by boycotting the proceedings. There were
four votes against the proposal and three abstentions.
The organization said Woods’ camp originally made available three pool reporter
positions. After extended negotiations, Woods’ advisers agreed to increase the number
of pool reporters to six, an offer that was rejected.
The Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg News Service have been invited to report
on the meeting at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Steve Stricker, who entered the final round with a six-stroke lead, shot a closing 1-under 71 to hold on for a two-stroke victory over Luke Donald on Sunday in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.
Stricker finished at 16-under 268. Donald (66) was at 14 under, one stroke better than J.B. Holmes (67) and Dustin Johnson (66).
The victory moved Stricker to No. 2 in the world rankings, past Phil Mickelson, and atop the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup point standings.
Mickelson, who was bidding for a third consecutive victory at the NTO, shot a final-round 73 and tied for 45th at 2-under 282.
Paul Goydos, the Long Beach State product who last week was named an assistant captain for the U.S. Ryder Cup team by Oxnard native Corey Pavin, chipped in for a birdie on No. 18 to close with a 65 and move into a tie for fifth at 10 under.
Both Steve Stricker and Luke Donald bogeyed the par-4 12th hole, as Stricker’s lead remained four strokes. Stricker is at 16 under.
Dustin Johnson made five birdies through the first 11 holes to get to 13 under, but a bogey on No. 13 left him tied with Donald.
By Jill Painter
PACIFIC PALISADES – The rain at Riviera Country Club
let up for most of the day, but Steve Stricker’s fine play remained in tact on a nice
Stricker turned the lights out on the Northern Trust Open field long before darkness
suspended play. Stricker is at 14-under for the tournament and owns a five-shot lead
over Luke Donald, J.B. Holems and Andres Romero.
He was on the 15th green when play was suspended, so he’ll arrive early today to
finish the third round before teeing off in the final group for today’s final round
on Super Bowl Sunday.
Stricker is the No. 3 player in the world, which makes his lead seem that much more
“Obviously if Steve plays nicely, it’s sort of in his hands,”
Dustin Johnson and Stricker were co-leaders after 36 holes, but Johnson had a
horrendous front-nine on Saturday. He birdied the first hole then double-bogeyed the
third, bogeyed the fourth and bogeyed the ninth and 11th holes. Johnson is tied for
fifth, but he’s six shots behind Stricker. He, too, has four holes to finish in
After getting himself into contention after a second-round 66, Phil Mickelson
stumbled Saturday to a 71 and is 10 shots off the pace.
Mickelson has won the event two consecutive years, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll
hoist the trophy today. Stricker finished second to Mickelson last year.
Stricker set the tone for Saturday by birdieing the first hole and then making
birdies on Nos. 6, 8 and 10. He didn’t have any chip-ins Saturday but had four over
the two previous days. His putting was impeccable. He made a 14-foot putt on No. 6,
9-footer on No. 8 and tapped in for birdie on No. 10 in which he stuck his approach
shot to seven inches.
“There’s guys up there,” Stricker said. “Even though I have, I don’t even know what
kind of lead I have, whatever it is I still have to come out and play my own game and
makes sure that I do the things that I’ve been doing the previous three days.”
Stricker can’t remember having this big of a 54-hole lead since he won the Western
State Open in 1996.
After his 6-under 65 on Friday, he attended the Lakers game with some other PGA Tour
players. He sat with David Duval. He might be the world’s third-best player, but he
doesn’t get recognized like No. 1 Tiger Woods or No. 2 Phil Mickelson. Only one
person recognized Stricker at Staples Center. Stricker was having fun recognizing
When he pulled into the parking lot, he noticed Denzel Washington in the car ahead of
him. He spotted regulars like Jack Nicholson and George Lopez, too. And he had to ask
Duval who Khole Kardashian was.
“I had to google her,” Stricker said laughing.
“You end up people watching at these Laker games more than anything,” he said. “It’s
quite the scene. It’s quite the event to go to. The atmosphere is pretty cool.”
Donald wasn’t busy leaderboard watching as he posted a bogey-free 66 Saturday, then
had to take a drug test. He’ll play in the final group with Stricker. And he’ll try
not to focus on Stricker much, although that will be difficult.
“I’m sure if I can get off to a good start and string a few (birdies together) and
maybe close the gap early, he might start thinking about it,” Donald said. “But
again, I’ll just try to play my own game, not really try and watch him, just play the
course and try to make some birdies. Hopefully, I can get off to a fast start and put
a little pressure on him.”
Anthony Kim got off to a hot start Saturday. He birdied three holes on the front nine
and played with Ryo Ishikawa and Ricky Barnes to headline one of the biggest
galleries of the day. Kim, who grew up in Studio City, is seven shots back — thanks
to back-to-back bogeys on the back-nine – and knows it’s a long shot to win in his
“It’s got to be pretty ridiculous,” Kim said of shooting a score that could win it.
“I’ve gotta look for some help and shoot 63, 64.”
Stricker was checking out all the celebrities on Friday, but all eyes will be on him
at Riviera today with his gargantuan lead.
Dustin Johnson shot a 7-under 64 to take the lead among those who teed off in the morning Thursday during the opening round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
Johnson had seven birdies and no bogeys on his card.
Andres Romero was a shot back at 65 despite taking a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 ninth hole.
Steve Lowery was alone in third after a 67, with 11 players tied for fourth at 3-under 68, including Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa, who made his PGA Tour debut at the NTO last year.