It was not at all unfair for Tiger Woods to stay in the moment as the rest of golf cast eyes dreamily forward. Woods’s triumph at Augusta National on Sunday took his major haul to 15. Suddenly, from the recent position where the discussion felt irrelevant, Jack Nicklaus’s record tally of 18 is back within view. “I don’t know if Jack is worried or not,” said Woods. “I really haven’t thought about that yet. I’m sure that I’ll probably think of it going down the road. Maybe, maybe not. But right now it’s a little soon. I’m just enjoying 15.” It did not take long for Nicklaus to respond. Worried? You bet he is. “I thought for a long time that he was going to win again,” Nicklaus said of Woods. “The next two majors are at Bethpage, where he has won, and at Pebble Beach, where he has won. So he has got me shaking in my boots.” As the scale of Woods’s victory, arguably his finest in an … [Read more...] about Will resurgent Tiger Woods beat Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors?
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It is highly rare for those defeated to take such joy from the identity of the winner. That Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka, Bernhard Langer and Adam Scott stood to shake the hand of a victorious Tiger Woods as he headed to sign his Sunday scorecard at Augusta National proved a sign of things to come. The world’s leading players lined up to pay tribute to Woods as he donned a Green Jacket for a fifth time. “Couldn’t be happier for him, what a great day for golf,” said Rory McIlroy. Woods owes McIlroy and co a debt of gratitude as well. As the now 15-times major champion began his journey back towards tournament golf, following a fourth back surgery, Florida’s young professional golf contingent were a constant source of encouragement. Woods regularly played practice matches with them as he sought to ascertain whether his body would allow him to be competitive again. “It’s … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods’s peers all agree his return to the top is great for golf
The golf world developed such a frenzied state as Tiger Woods claimed the Masters that the helpful vagaries of a new schedule were forgotten. Woods was due to go in pursuit of a 16th major within weeks, even before he took the surprising decision to skip the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. Bethpage Black has been afforded the perfect storm: Woods, in his first start since winning in such epic scenes at Augusta National, will chase his fifth US PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy, and his first since 2007, from Thursday. Woods has previous for illustrations of how less is more. In 2008, with knee problems more acute than outsiders had recognised, he finished as runner-up to Trevor Immelman at Augusta National and did not re-appear until the US Open in June. Woods duly prevailed in a play-off at Torrey Pines, with fitness matters meaning that glory is widely recognised as one of the greatest in his illustrious career. Such fairytales had been consigned to past tense until … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods’ hunt for more majors guarantees high drama at US PGA
Rory McIlroy has played down the impact of a temporary change of caddie as he prepares for his final appearance of 2019 this week in Dubai. McIlroy is looking forward to taking an extended break from competitive golf after the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship - his first start since winning his fourth tournament of the year in Shanghai.The 30-year-old insists he is not frustrated at not being a contender for the Race to Dubai, a title he has won three times in his career, and he remains motivated to win the season finale for the third time and maintain his push to regain the world No 1 ranking from Brooks Koepka. McIlroy's regular caddie, Harry Diamond, is not in Dubai having just become a father for the first time, and the world No 2 has turned to former Ulster rugby union star Niall O'Connor to carry his bag this week. Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Ireland "I guess it's … [Read more...] about Rory McIlroy looks forward to final start of 2019 in Dubai with new caddie
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The goal for Jennifer Kupcho was to get to the CME Group Tour Championship. Now that she’s here, a big part of her can’t wait for it to end. Even for a 22-year-old fresh out of college, Kupcho has every reason to be worn out. “I’m looking forward to the end of the tournament,” Kupcho said. “I’m excited to play in it. It was my goal after I made it into Asia events, to get into the CME. But I’m definitely tired.” An NCAA champion as a junior, Kupcho is best known for her back-nine charge to win the Augusta National Women’s Amateur the Saturday before the Masters. The performance was so memorable that Golf Channel has produced a one-hour retrospective to be shown Nov. 26. Equally impressive is what brought her to Tiburon Golf Club. Kupcho qualified for the LPGA Tour last year and deferred her membership until she finished her career at Wake Forest. She was No. 700 in the women’s world ranking when … [Read more...] about Kupcho’s long and successful year comes to an end
CARY, N.C. (Reuters) - Matching or breaking the record for career major titles might just be a bridge too far for Tiger Woods, said his former mentor Mark O’Meara, who nevertheless hoped Woods will prove him wrong. FILE PHOTO: Tiger Woods tees off the 9th hole during the final round of the Zozo Championship, a PGA Tour event, at Narashino Country Club in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, Japan October 27, 2019, in this photo released by Kyodo. Kyodo/via REUTERS With 15 major championships, Woods is three short of the mark held by Jack Nicklaus, and at age 43 is battling ‘Father Time’ in his quest to catch the Golden Bear. A decade ago it seemed a formality that Woods would overtake Nicklaus, but injuries and scandal were followed by a decade-long drought that only ended when he won the Masters in April. “Do I think he’s going to catch Jack’s record? Personally, I don’t, but I’d love to see it happen, love to see him win … [Read more...] about Eighteen majors a bridge too far for Woods says mentor O’Meara