By Gary Van Sickle
I was looking for odds on Tiger Woods at the 2017 Masters and couldn’t find any.
Odds on Woods to win the 2017 Masters? Oh, I found those, no problem. One Las Vegas sports book has him at 100-1 to win, a big slip from 20-1 after he played the Hero World Challenge in December without hurting himself. There were no odds to be found (at least by me) on Woods simply to play this Masters. After his latest physical setback, that is a more pressing question and, therefore, a more interesting wager.
All that my web search came up with was something from early 2010 when British bookmaker William Hill offered 1-4 odds on Woods playing in Augusta, which was to be his first appearance since the fire-hydrant incident the previous November and the subsequent global media frenzy that followed.
Michael Thomas “Fluff” Cowan, who recently turned 69, has caddied on the PGA Tour for more than 40 years. He has looped for Ed Sabo (1976-78), Peter Jacobsen (1978-96), Tiger Woods (1996-99) and, for the past 18 seasons, Jim Furyk. Of Cowan, who has been on the bag for 14 of Furyk’s 17 Tour victories, the 2018 Ryder Cup captain says, “He really enjoys what he does. … He's the same guy whether I'm shooting 80 or 60. For me, he's got a slow cadence. When he talks, he kind of labors through his sentences, and it slows me down.” During the recent AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Cowan discussed his improbably long career with Morning Read founder and publisher Alex Miceli.
Readers slap a penalty on lords of golf
I loved your article in today's Morning Read (“A quest for common sense in an uncommonly obtuse Rules of Golf,” by John Gordon, Feb. 10), and you are spot on with each point you make in it. I have never quite understood what the USGA's true mission has been. I am 52 years old and have been playing golf since I was 3 (including a stellar junior, high school, college and a short amateur competitive career).
Victory in 100 career starts as a professional on the PGA Tour for Jordan Spieth, a four-stroke winner Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. (For the record, Tiger Woods racked up his 28th victory in his 100th start as a professional, at the 1999 Memorial. Woods, like Spieth, also was 23.)
Number of victories, in 34 career starts on the PGA Tour Champions, for Scott McCarron with his triumph Sunday in the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla. McCarron also won three times on the PGA Tour, but he needed 442 starts spanning 30 seasons.
Number of consecutive victories on the Web.com Tour for Arkansas alumni as Ethan Tracy won the Club Colombia Championship in Bogota on the second playoff hole Sunday. Tracy had holed out from 101 yards for eagle-3 on the 72nd hole to tie Roberto Diaz. One week earlier, Tracy’s former Razorbacks teammate Andrew Landry won The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic.
LPGA: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Grange, Australia
European Tour: ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia
PGA Tour: Genesis Open
Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Web.com Tour: Panama Claro Championship
Panama Golf Club, Panama City, Panama
Champions Tour: Chubb Classic
TwinEagles Golf Club (Talon), Naples. Fla.
European Tour: Joburg Open
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
PGA Tour: The Honda Classic
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand
Siam Country Club (Pattaya Old), Chonburi, Thailand
Chicago Golf Show
Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.
Toronto Golf And Travel Show
The International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
Northern California Golf Rep Show
Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Pano Hall Lincoln, Calif.
Philadelphia Golf Merchandise Show
Embassy Suites Valley Forge, Chesterbrook, Pa.
Scottish International Golf Course Architects Conference
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