25 years later: The shot that might have launched the legend of Tiger Woods, and changed golf forever
In addition to the storyline of it likely being Tiger Woods' first tournament since a car accident, this year also marks the 25th anniversary of his first Masters and major tournament win that forever changed the game of golf.
Detectives find cause of Tiger Woods crash but won’t reveal it
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2021, file photo a vehicle rests on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles. Chiu, File)LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County sheriff said detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV last month in Southern California but declined Wednesday to release details, citing unspecified privacy concerns for the golf star. Woods suffered serious injuries in the Feb. 23 crash when he struck a raised median around 7 a.m. in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles. AdVillanueva claimed investigators need permission from Woods — who previously named his yacht “Privacy” — to make public information about the crash. Woods is from the Los Angeles area and was home to host his PGA tournament, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, which ended two days before the crash.
Gary Woodland among 3 golfers to test positive for coronavirus
It matched the most players who have had to withdraw from one tournament because of a positive test since the PGA Tour returned from the COVID-19 pandemic in June. The tour said Scott Piercy and Doc Redman also tested positive. Three players also tested positive before tournaments at the RSM Classic at Sea Island in November, and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit in early July. The positive tests follow two weeks of the Florida events on the PGA Tour allowing limited fans, with roughly 8,000 in attendance at Bay Hill in Orlando and The Players Championship near Jacksonville. Woodland, who won the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and has been coping with a torn labrum in his hip, and Redman missed the cut at The Players Championship.
Detectives look at ‘black box’ from Tiger Woods crash
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES – Detectives are looking at data from the “black box” of Tiger Woods' SUV to get a clearer picture of what occurred during the Southern California rollover crash that seriously injured the golf star, authorities said Wednesday. There was no immediate information regarding what was found in the black box, Deputy Trina Schrader said in a statement. The 2021 GV80, made by the Hyundai luxury brand, is likely to have a newer version of event data recorders nicknamed “black boxes” after more sophisticated recorders in airplanes. AdUSA Today first reported the search warrant, noting that deputies did not seek one for samples of Woods' blood. Villanueva did not specifically say Wednesday that investigators had not sought a search warrant for blood samples.
Orlando organization has been teaching golf to minority youth for nearly 3 decades
Dr. T.J. Dorsey founded the Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association (OMYGA) in 1991 and it still helps kids succeed in life todayOrlando, Fla. – What started out as a conversation within the Orlando community, lead to generations of kids learning the game of golf and gaining mentors. After hearing from concerned citizens in the community, he teamed up with the City of Orlando to create the minority youth golf program in September of 1991 called Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association, or OMYGA. They were then able to move to the J.B. Callahan Center when a golf facility was constructed in 1993. Dr. T.J. Dorsey says his golf program introduces the game to minority and disadvantaged kids (Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association (OMYGA))“We have many students graduate from High School and go on to college with Golf Scholarships, playing on College Golf Teams. AdDorsey was inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame in 2007 for his decades-long effort helping Central Florida minority kids.
Lucky to be alive, Tiger Woods faces difficult recovery after rollover crash
A law enforcement officer looks over a damaged vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said. Chiu)LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County sheriff on Wednesday characterized the crash that seriously injured Tiger Woods as “purely an accident" and appeared to rule out any potential criminal charges even as authorities were still investigating. Justin King, a personal injury attorney in California, said that if investigators prove the road is unsafe and contributed to Woods’ crash and others, the municipality that controls it could be held liable. He was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club.
UPDATE: Tiger Woods suffers shattered tibia, fibula; rod, screws, pins needed for recovery
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, the first on the scene, poked his head through a hole in the windshield to see Woods, his seatbelt fastened, sitting in the driver’s seat. It was the 10th surgery for Woods, who has suffered knee, back and neck problems for more than a decade. Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend as tournament host of the Genesis Invitational that ended Sunday, and then to film content for his sponsor, Discovery-owned GOLFTV. Woods was injured Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in a vehicle rollover in Los Angeles County and had to be extricated from the vehicle with the jaws of life tools, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department said. The news put a damper on the World Golf Championship in Florida, where Woods was eligible to play.
(Some) fans can attend the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Here’s what you need to know
The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard said in a news release Thursday that it will permit a limited number of ticketed spectators for the sporting event, which takes place March 4-7 at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. “Day-specific tickets will be offered for general admission, priced at $65 for Thursday; $75 for Friday; $80 for Saturday and Sunday. No fans will be allowed to attend practice rounds or Pro-Ams earlier in the week. The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard will follow the PGA Tour fan safety guide to promote a safe environment and quality experience on the golf course. Popular weekly ticket packages and special events like the Mastercard Palmer Patio, Wine & Dine on 9 and Birdies & BBQ will return in 2022.
PGA Championship leaving Trump National in ’22 tournament
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, file photo, golfers play golf at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. PGA President Jim Richerson says the board voted to exercise its right to “terminate the agreement” with Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey. “As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. That was the same year the USGA staged the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National in Bedminster. Now it’s about finding a place to play the PGA Championship, which dates to 1916, for next year.
No caddie needed: Walt Disney World unveils robotic golf carts
ORLANDO, Fla – Forget about hiring that extra set of hands to carry around your clubs next time you tee up at Walt Disney World. The resort unveiled what it’s calling the “robo-cart.”Disney Golf officials said the small robotic golf cart uses GPS and Bluetooth technology to transport your clubs safely around the golf course. In order to use the technology, golfers will clip the cart’s small transmitter onto their belt or waistband, and the cart will follow a few paces behind. Disney said the new carts will be available at the Palm, Magnolia and Oak Trail courses at Walt Disney World. Disney said the carts are also equipped with a beverage cooler, cup holder, sand bottle and USB port.
Dustin Johnson buries some major memories, wins the Masters
Tiger Woods helps Masters' champion Dustin Johnson with his green jacket after his victory at the Masters golf tournament Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. – Nothing ever comes easily for Dustin Johnson in the majors, except for when he slipped his arms through that Masters green jacket Sunday. Johnson overcame a jittery start that conjured memories of past majors he failed to finish off. His five-shot victory was the largest at the Masters since Woods won by 12 in 1997. “As a kid, you're dreaming about winning the Masters, having Tiger put the green jacket on you. No one had a better finish than defending champion Tiger Woods, but only after the five-time Masters champion posted the highest score of his career — three balls in Rae's Creek for a 10 on the par-3 12th hole.
Augusta National in November? 5 reasons why this year’s Masters will stand alone in history
If you’re clicking around on the remote control while watching TV this weekend, odds are, you’ll stumble on som sights of Augusta National Golf Club. Yes, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, that will be the case for the first time in the history of the illustrious tournament. Paul Casey of England plays a shot on the second hole during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 09, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith) (Getty Images)One of the reasons the Masters is often the most-rated golf tournament is the stunning sight of azaleas and other flowers throughout the course. No fansThis won’t be any different from any other golf tournament or major sporting event this year.
Here’s why an albatross is the rarest achievement in golf
While a birdie is 1-under par on a hole and an eagle is 2-under par, a step better than that is an albatross, which is 3-under par on a hole. In the four major tournaments, it has only happened 18 times since 1870, according to GolfLink. An albatross has happened the most times at golf’s oldest major, the British Open, which has seen an albatross occur eight times in its history. The U.S. Open and PGA Championship were the last to see three, by Nick Watney in 2012 and Joey Sindelar in 2006, respectively. Maggert has two of the 18 albatrosses at major tournaments, collecting one at the 1994 Masters and one during the 2001 British Open.
Never golfed, and not sure where to start? 11 notes that will make you feel more at ease
Are you ever flipping around on TV and you come across some sort of golf tournament? Golf looks pretty fun, and somewhat less strenuous than some of the other professional sports. Plus, golfing seems like an enjoyable group activity or a bucket-list item for a scenic vacation.
Need to burn your kids’ energy? Try golf -- as in, real golf
But if you’re in need of more ideas, how about this one: Have you tried taking your kid golfing? Depending on which part of the country you golf, other wildlife such as deer and alligators can also easily be present on a golf course. On a side note, you don’t have to have your kid hit EVERY shot. Golf courses know the value of introducing the game to youngsters, and thus, will often offer heavy discounts for kids to play, if they even charge them at all for a round. Some golf courses also will offer discounts for families who want to play.
Golfing on a Jewel: 5 reasons why playing this course on Mackinac Island is an experience like no other
Here are five reasons why a round of golf on Mackinac Island’s Jewel Golf Course is an experience like no other. The ferry rideSome ferry rides to Mackinac Island will take you underneath the Mackinac Bridge. Spectacular viewsViews from the Jewel Golf Course on Mackinac Island. The Jewel Golf Course on Mackinac Island. The Jewel Golf Course on Mackinac Island.