—Tiger Woods was during Augusta National quickly final week for a Champions Dinner dual nights before a start of a Masters. Even yet he wasn’t personification as he continues his liberation from behind surgery, he managed to make some news.
It came a day after when he went home to Jupiter, Fla.
“Tiger Woods was attack drivers full speed currently during Medalist GC,” Tim Rosaforte of a Golf Channel reported on Twitter.
Woods, who has not played given a Wyndham Championship final August, is holding his quip solemnly during a age of 40 and insists he will lapse to movement someday this year.
It wasn’t until a week before a Masters that he announced that he would not play in a initial vital of a year, that he has won 4 times, though he also seemed speedy by his improvement.
“I’m positively creation progress, and I’m unequivocally happy with how distant I’ve come, though we still have no calendar to lapse to rival golf,” Woods wrote on his website.
Woods, who has 79 PGA Tour victories, including 14 vital titles, has pronounced he still believes he can mangle Sam Snead‘s record of 82 in a former difficulty and Jack Nicklaus‘ symbol of 18 in a latter.
Nicklaus pronounced again that he believes Woods can do it.
“Tiger and we both won young, and he competence camber 25 years (in his career) himself,” Nicklaus pronounced during a Masters. we don’t consider he’s done. we consider Tiger’s going to win some-more tournaments.”
Woods’ subsequent aim could be to play before or during a U.S. Open in Jun during Oakmont.
–Golf is being played in a Olympic Games this summer for a initial time given 1904 in St. Louis, and a particular bullion medalists will acquire combined prizes.
The winners in Rio de Janeiro will accept exemptions into all a vital championships.
The men’s leader will be certain of a mark in a Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship in 2017.
The leader on a women’s side will automatically validate for a final vital of 2016, a Evian Championship in September, and a initial 4 majors subsequent year — a ANA Inspiration, Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open and Women’s British Open.
“Whether it’s someone that is in a tip rankings in a universe or someone who is a Cinderella story, in both ways it’s a positive,” pronounced Pete Bevacqua, arch executive officer of a PGA of America.
While a leader competence already be competent for a vital championships, there is a possibility that a lower-ranked golfer competence play his or her approach into a majors.
Some players have voiced doubt that a Olympics will lift as most significance as a majors, nonetheless others such as Jason Day of Australia and Jordan Spieth are entirely on board.
“There is nothing, nothing, some-more absolute than representing your country,” pronounced Billy Payne, authority of Augusta National Golf Club and conduct of a 1996 Olympic Organizing Committee in Atlanta.
“I think that we will see that take over and totally constraint a unrestrained of a players for golf. … We trust a game’s prominence will be dramatically towering by a tellurian height that usually a Olympics offer.”
The PGA Tour, that does not conduct any of a men’s majors, also is deliberation giving a men’s leader a mark in a Players Championship.
–Esteban Toledo never competent for a Masters in 21 years on a PGA Tour, so he figured out another approach to finally get to Augusta National.
The 53-year-old from Mexico walked inside a ropes for most of a week during a initial vital of a year as a caddie for his friend, Sandy Lyle of Scotland, a 1998 Masters champion.
“A dream come loyal for me,” pronounced Toledo, who never won on a PGA Tour though has claimed 4 victories on a PGA Tour Champions. “You travel by a gates, and we get a feel for a honor, a prestige. Walking these fairways, it doesn’t get any improved than that.”
Toledo done $3.7 million in his career on a PGA Tour, and he had several chances for a feat that would have put him in a Masters.
Standing underneath an aged ash tree outward a hall during Augusta National, he talked about some of a victories that got away.
Said Lyle: “He always done it transparent to me, he said, ‘I wish to caddie for we someday during a Masters.’ we adore his enthusiasm. It’s usually nice, sometimes, to make somebody’s dream come true.”
The dream finished a small early, as Lyle shot 76-81–157 and missed a cut by 7 strokes.
–Masters rookie Rafael Cabrera Bello of Spain hoped to play use rounds with two-time champion Jose Maria Olazabal final week to learn some of a secrets of Augusta National.
However, a 50-year-old Olazabal remained during home in Spain given he is traffic with rheumatoid arthritis.
So Cabrera-Bello found another approach to do it, communicating with his one of his idols around text.
“(Olazabal) texted me to honour me when he knew we was in,” Cabrera Bello told Reuters. “I told him we would be hassling him for recommendation inside a ropes and for his memories of his championship moments.
“He’s been unequivocally useful and good about this.”
Olazabal is partial of a considerable Spanish bequest during Augusta, carrying claimed dual of a 4 Masters titles won by Spaniards, in 1994 and 1999. Seve Ballesteros won in 1980 and 1983.
“I’ve suspicion about Ollie a lot some-more given he’s won here, though (Jimenez) is a unequivocally good friend,” Cabrera Bello said. “I reached out to him, too.”
Cabrera Bello warranted his mark in a Masters by climbing into a tip 50 of a World Golf Rankings, reaching No. 33 when he kick Rory McIlroy, 3 and 2, in a satisfaction compare of a WGC-Dell World Match Play.
The 31-year-old Masters rookie played 9 holes during Augusta with 2003 champion Mike Weir of Canada on Tuesday and played 18 holes with Garcia on Wednesday.
“It’s some-more ideal than perfect,” Cabrera-Bello pronounced of Augusta National. “I was roughly 10 a initial time (Olazabal) won and roughly 15 a second time. Obviously, we always dreamed about personification here and dreamed about winning here. we feel unequivocally respected to be here.”
Cabrera Bello done a cut in his initial Masters and sealed with a 70 to tie for 17th.
—Fred Couples, a 1992 Masters champion, was forced to skip a contest final week for a initial time given 1994 given of ongoing behind issues.
“Actually, it’s left down into his hip,” pronounced Jim Nantz, CBS commentator and Couples’ good friend, who was his roommate during a University of Houston.
Couples, 56, has remained applicable during Augusta National notwithstanding his age. He common a 36-hole lead in 2012, was one shot behind going into a weekend in 2013 and has 5 top-20 finishes given branch 50, including sixth in 2010.
This season, Couples has played in usually 3 tournaments, dual on a PGA Tour Champions and in a Northern Trust Open during Riviera, where he claimed dual of his PGA Tour victories in 1990 and 1992.
He missed a cut this time in Los Angeles and was in apparent discomfort.