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Tiger Woods: “Getting back to No. 1 will take time.”

Two years after losing the world number 1 title, Tiger Woods admits that getting back the number 1 rank may take some time. The title is currently held by Rory McIlroy after winning the USPGA championship plus other consecutive winning tournaments in the FedEx Cup.

Woods admitted that he’s got to win to hold the title back. He said, “Rory is playing a lot of events, and so am I, toward the beginning of the year. It’s about winning golf tournaments. That’s how I got to No. 1, that’s how Rory got to No. 1. You’ve got to win golf tournaments, and when you don’t, you’ve got to be consistent and finish high. I’m looking forward to that.”

Though Woods won three US tournaments this year, his trademark of winning consistently was hardly seen. “Things are progressing nicely. Last year I was 127th on the money list, this year I was second. So I think that’s pretty good improvement in a year. And given that I’m healthy, I’m really looking forward to next year,” he shared.

McIlroy is the first rightful competitor of Woods who is more than 13 years younger. Woods said that time will only tell if the golfer from Northern Ireland is the best opponent he ever had. “Trust me, I’ve played against a lot of guys over the years that have been really good. All these guys have won two to four major championships during the time that I’ve been on tour. And Rory has too, but he’s still young. He’s only 23 years old. Let him grow, let him develop over the next decade. He’s still learning how to play the game. He’s only going to get better with age,” he said.

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Prolonged Rivalry Foreseen Between Tiger and Rory

Tiger Woods versus Rory McIlroy

Tiger Woods was said to have found his good match through the person of Rory McIlroy and he believes that the rivalry between them will last quite long, that is, it may be over a decade.

Tiger, the 14-time major winner, will go and play against Rory, currently world number one, in an exhibition game at the Jinsha Lake, Zhengzhou. The two also had a tough fight at the World Golf Final in Turkey but Tiger eventually turned out winning over Rory with a six stroke difference.

Currently world number two, Tiger is so excited to meet Rory for another exhilarating golf game. Rory is foreseen to be the “next Tiger Woods” by many golf followers. “We’ve all seen how talented Rory is. It’ll be fun to battle him for the next decade or so and hopefully we’ll have many battles to come,” says Tiger.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun going head to head with Rory. I enjoy head-to-head events so it’s great to do this in China. China is a growing market and what they’ve done in golf over the past decade or so is incredible. China is young in golf terms but rising fast, especially with the sport joining the Olympics,” Tiger added.

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Tiger Woods May Join the European Tour

tiger woodsSince there were changes made in the membership qualifications, Tiger Woods is now thinking over the probability of joining the European Tour which is anticipated to soon announce its participation in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and the Seve Trophy. The tour membership currently requires 13 events in all.

Woods expressed that he considered going for a membership in the European Tour in 2000 when the requirement was 11 events. He said, “I knew I would have to play one of two more events back then when it was 11 but now that criteria is 13. I don’t know what my numbers are as I know I played 19 in the States this year and whether it crosses over or not but I will again look at it.”

“I did play Abu Dhabi but then 13 are certainly a lot more than 11, especially playing full-time in the States,” he added during an interview at the World Golf Finals held in Belek, Turkey.

If the European Tour includes the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, four majors, four World Golf Championships and an appearance in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, Woods will be left with two or three more events to comply the membership.

The organizers, on the other hand, still hope that Woods will consider competing in the inaugural event of Turkish Open, come 2013. The event is set to happen at The Montgomerie Course in Belek from November 7 to 10, 2013. Seventy-eight professional golfers, including world champions, are expected to compete not just for the trophy and honor but also for the whopping $7 million prize.

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Who’s Who in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final

Turkish Airlines World Golf FinalsAfter defeating Webb Simpson with a score of 62 in the final group match, Justin Rose is heading to meet Tiger Woods in the last four rounds of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.

The third day of the event closed with Rose winning three of the three rounds with a nine-under defeating Simpson with a four-under while Lee Westwood at seven-under won over Hunter Mahan with two-under. Matt Kuchar at six-under lost to Charl Schwartzel who recorded eight-under.

Rory McIlroy also lost to Woods with an unbelievable score of one-under against seven-under. While Rose meets Woods, Westwood will go against Schwartzel in the tour’s semi-final round.

McIlroy, after suffering from previous two consecutive losses, had less chances of qualifying early on. He had difficulty catching up with Woods, gave not so good shots until the 16th and 17th holes which he both birdied and got him under par. His score of 70 was not enough to beat Woods’ seven-under 64. The event was held at Belek’s par 71 PGA Sultan Course, in Turkey.

Woods, who is currently world number two, admitted that he could have played better. This was after making seven birdies-without bogeys in 64. He said, “It felt good today. I really hit it good. I missed quite a few putts out there too which is interesting; it could have been a really low number.”

“The greens are soft from the rain we had yesterday and the greens are perfectly smooth. If the ball’s plugging, you can take dead aim,” Woods added.

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Similarities between Golf’s Tiger and Rory

The American Tiger Woods is with no doubt a living legend in the golf world. He did a remarkable history winning four-straight majors between the US Open and the Masters, in 2000 and 2001, respectively. With all due respect, Tiger Woods is Tiger Woods. There can only be one Tiger Woods in the world of golf.

But, since the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy seems to be moving with a similar direction as what Tiger took, we cannot negate the comparisons going on between the two. Here are some notable similarities between their experiences:

Both golfers experienced dominant major championship victories. That is, Tiger won the 1997 Masters while Rory in the 2011 US Open. These are considered trial periods and were described as adjustment phases since Tiger won only once in the 1998 season while Rory missed four out of five cuts.

The two players came out from their respective experiences with very astonishing victories. Tiger held off Sergio Garcia in the 1999 PGA at Medinah while McIlroy finished up leading by eight shots at Kiawah Island.

Both Tiger and Rory made their stances even stronger by bagging their follow up wins for second majors. Tiger won the tournament which is now called the Bridgestone Invitational just two weeks after his first one followed by another four consecutive wins at different tournaments in the same season, and immediately another two victories for the succeeding season. McIlroy, on the other hand, did a back-to-back to win at the Deutche Bank and BMW after his US Open victory, locking up in his record the honor of being the Player of the Year.

Aren’t these two golfers interesting? Yes, Tiger and Rory definitely are. Let us just all wait and see what these two have in the near future.

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Tiger Woods was Too Relaxed

Tiger Woods’ mental behavior affected him much that he lost zest and focus in the recent USPGA Championship especially in the last two remaining rounds.

Formerly the world number one and the highest paid athlete of the world was joining the lead until halfway of the competition but gave not-so-good 74-72 shots near the end of the closing rounds. The tournament at the Kiawah Island was also affected by the weather closing with Tiger being 11 shots behind Rory McIlroy.

“I was right there … but I came out with probably the wrong attitude yesterday. And I was too relaxed, and tried to enjoy it, and that’s not how I play. I play intense and full systems go. That cost me. I putted really well today and had the speed good. Unfortunately, I just didn’t give myself enough good looks,” said the American professional golfer who is a four-time winner of the USPGA Tour.

Tiger also paid tribute to the 23-year-old Rory saying, “He’s very good. He’s got all the talent in the world to do what he’s doing. And this is the way that Rory can play. When he gets it going, it’s pretty impressive to watch.”

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PGA Championship’s Table of Birdies and Bogeys

The PGA Championship was held at the Ocean Course and here is a close look at who’s who on that Sunday’s golf event.

Rory McIlroy performed impressively well on this tournament just how he performed when he won the US Open at Congressional. His strikes and putting were remarkably sensible bringing himself back in line after collapsing at the Masters. Tiger Woods, on the other hand, fell short and wasted his opportunity for another major despite playing better on Sunday compared to his performance on the day before. Starting out so good with a 36-hole lead, Tiger’s third round was mostly unsuccessful.

Vijay Singh made it to the final group but this three-time major champion was unable to maintain his momentum. The 49-year-old golfer played the third round at four over and doing the same in the final round, scoring at a depressing 77 and finishing at T-36.

Ian Poulter did a good job hitting five greens and making five birdie putts through five holes. Whoa! Though he faded later, the Englishman added two more birdies on the back nine setting an example of how substantial he can be. His efforts paved way as he is considered to meet European Captain Jose Maria Olazabal in the upcoming Ryder Cup in fall.

Carl Pettersson got upset after being informed that he was penalized with two-strokes on the first hole but he didn’t let his emotions ruin the entire game and delivered back-to-back birdie shots right after. Though the shots weren’t enough to win the major, he made the highest finish with T-3 at one of the biggest golf events aside from winning the heart of a new fan like me.

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Comfort Courtesy of Nike TW ’13


Golf shoes have advanced during the past few years towards one common goal: to keep your feet more comfortable as you play golf.

The Nike TW ‘13 golf shoes, originally labeled as the Nike Frees, have achieved that goal. They are immensely comfortable. Referring to the Nike Frees, Woods was even quoted on the company’s web page as saying, “I love training in it, running in it, lifting in it. So … why can’t I play golf in it?”

The concept of the Nike TW ’13 golf shoes was born when Tiger Woods asked Nike to come up with a new line that resembled the Nike Frees he used for running and working out, which he really loved.

Going out on a golf course to play during scorching hot summer days can be even more uncomfortable if you are wearing the wrong shoes. A golfer can’t be expected to deliver his best shots under those circumstances.

The Nike TW ‘13s are exceptionally wearable on and off the golf course. Even non-golfers describe the shoes in this way: “It looks like you wouldn’t even have to take them off after 18 and they look a lot better with shorts.”

Another surprising fact about these golf shoes is the amount of traction they offer. When you look at the shoes, they don’t appear much different from Nike’s older product lines. The difference can’t be seen with the eyes, it is felt by the feet. The traction of the new model is better than that of older models and you can actually feel the difference.

There is no doubt that because Tiger Woods wears the Nike TW ‘13s, they will be hugely popular. But what will make them successful in the long run is not Tiger Woods’ endorsement but how good the golf shoes are. People who might have been against the shoes because of Tiger Woods will definitely have a change of heart once they experience the comfort provided by these golf shoes.

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Tiger Woods Knocked It Again

Tiger Woods recently made one of the most amazing shots in his career. Starting from a downhill lie to a running green, with a wall of water on the far side, the ball incredibly landed as a birdie in the 16th hole with a par-3. The remarkable shot helped give Woods his 73rd victory.

This is Woods’ fifth win at the Memorial Tournament, which places him second in career victories, tying with Jack Nicklaus. Tying with someone like Nicklaus is really an awesome record for Woods, who is only 36 years old. In contrast, Nicklaus marked his 73rd win at the 1986 Masters when he was 46. All these accomplishments give Woods a shot of adrenaline and momentum as he prepares for the upcoming US Open, to be held at the Olympic Club.

With this win, Woods rises to fourth place in the World Ranking. The much talked-about shot would have been a nearly insurmountable challenge for anybody except the phenomenal Tiger Woods. He had just proven that he is still an exceptional golfer, despite having undergone four knee surgeries and numerous problems in his personal life.

“I went for it. I pulled it off, and for it to land as soft as it did was kind of a surprise because it was baked out and it was also downhill running away from me. It just fell in. I didn’t think it was going to get there at one point,” said Woods.

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Time Marches On – Can Tiger Turn the Clock Back?

Tiger may have returned to form, but can the 36-year-old muster enough to regain the Masters title?

Woods will be the center of attention when he tees off Thursday morning at Augusta National for the 76th Masters, seeking a fifth green jacket.  He has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, and all eyes will be on him to see if he can turn the clock back.

Now on the comeback trail, Woods is fresh off his win at Bay Hill where he snapped a 2 1/2 year PGA drought.

But while Woods possesses 72 career PGA titles, he still considers himself as an underdog compared to a younger generation on his heels.

“Consistently, with this type of control, it has been a few years,” Woods said. “As far as having the speed and the pop in my game, it has been a very long time.”

“I would like the green jacket more,” Woods said. “I know the 73 would be a by-product of it, but I’m here for the green jacket.”

And as he progresses into more of a role model for the younger players coming up, he also comes to Augusta to provide advice to other players when needed. One such player is Sean O’Hair, his playing partner in Tuesday’s practice round.

“I help him as much as I possibly can. I think it’s just the role of being here as a champion and being here a number of years is that you pass knowledge on. It’s not something that we hold and are going to keep sacred. We pass it on from one generation to the next.”

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