Fred Couples expects Tiger Woods to bounce back
SYDNEY (AP) — Golf great Fred Couples expects Tiger Woods to play better next
year and revive interest in the PGA Tour.
The 1992 Masters champion, in Sydney for this week’s Australian Open, says “when Tiger
gets going again our tour will get going at a better rate.”
Couples says the PGA Tour was “blessed” by Woods’ arrival 12 years ago, which boosted
interest and sponsorship. He says it’s only a matter of time before Woods overcomes
his technical and emotional issues and his play starts improving.
Couples says Woods is still the same golfer he used to be, he just isn’t playing as
well for “a lot of reasons.”
Tiger Woods has written an intriguing essay for Newsweek. The past year is the most open we’ve seen Woods, although much of the information was not his choice. Today, he started tweeting and Newsweek ran this piece written by none other than Tiger. He says he’s a different man than last year, and “that’s a good thing.”
Jerry West, executive tournament director of the Northern Trust Open, has lowered ticket prices.
“We’re pleased to offer these more affordable ticket prices and new programs to golf fans for next year’s Northern Trust Open,” said Northern Trust Open Executive Director Jerry West. “Our goal is to create an exciting atmosphere here at Riviera, where the community can come together to watch the best players in the world compete, and at the end of the day increase the amount of money that goes back to local charities. To do that, we need to make sure the Northern Trust Open ticket is an exceptional value for a first-class experience.”
For more on the reduced ticket prices and free tickets for youth and military, here’s the release from the PGA Tour: Continue reading →
Jim Furyk was named by the PGA Tour’s player of the year by the PGA of America, and Matt Kuchar won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average at 69.61. Furyk won three events and the FedEx Cup championship, and Kuchar won once and 11 top-10 finishes. Both will play in Tiger’s Chevron World Challenge next month at Sherwood Country Club.
Tiger Woods won just one skin in the four-player event in Thailand, the homeland of his mom, Kultida. Camilo Villegas won the event. The Associated Press reports that Kultida didn’t make the trip because of health problems. Tiger left Thailand for Australia, where he’ll compete in the Australian Masters before hosting the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club next month.
If you know someone who’s looking for a break on the golf scene, check out the qualifications to earn an exemption into the Northern Trust Open. The PGA Tour event is Feb. 17-20 at Riviera Country Club. Continue reading →
As expected, though still difficult to comprehend, Tiger Woods is no longer the No. 1 player in the world. Lee Westwood overtook Tiger as No. 1.
“As far as the world ranking is concerned, yes, I’m not ranked No. 1 in the world,” Woods said Monday. “In order to do that you have to win and I didn’t win this year.”
Woods is in Shanghai to play in the HSBC Championship.