By Adam Schupak
The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is golf's version of March Madness, and it can be as maddening to pick a golf bracket that doesn't quickly go bust as it is in the NCAA basketball tournament. (I rank somewhere in the 7 millions on espn.com.)
So for a little expert analysis on what it will take to survive and advance through golf's ultimate grind this week at Austin (Texas) Country Club, I quizzed two formidable former Match Play champs, Geoff Ogilvy and Ian Poulter, for their insights.
"Match play," Ogilvy said, "is completely in the head."
By Alex Miceli
On the first day of spring, Tiger Woods finally came out of hibernation.
Woods appeared Monday at the Barnes & Noble on Union Square in midtown Manhattan to sign a few hundred copies of his new book, “The 1997 Masters: My Story.” It was his first public appearance since early February, when he withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Woods’ WD after a first-round 77 in Dubai, continuing back spasms and a decision not to play last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, an event that he has won eight times, all had been communicated on his website or via social media.
By John Gordon
The best golfer of the late 20th – and, thus far, the 21st – century, and a formidable factor in the contentious argument about “the greatest of all time” treated his book signing Monday much as he treated the public and the media throughout his incredible career.
Tiger Woods, whose book “The 1997 Masters: My Story” (256 pages, Grand Central Publishing) was released Monday, made a brief and unprecedented public appearance at Barnes & Noble’s Union Square location in New York.
FILED: By warehouse club Costco, a lawsuit March 17 in U.S. District Court in Seattle, against golf-equipment manufacturer Acushnet. Costco claims that it has not infringed on any patents held by Acushnet, the maker of the Titleist brand of golf balls, and that it has not falsely advertised its Kirkland Signature golf balls. According to the lawsuit, Acushnet sent Costco “a threatening letter” in response to the KS golf balls, which the Kirkland Signature guarantee states “meet or exceed the quality standards of leading national brands.” The balls sold out quickly nationwide at $15 per dozen.
REVERSED: Under pressure from Olympic officials, the membership policy at Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki Country Club, which will allow women to hold full golf privileges. The club was selected to host the golf competition at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
DIED: Ken Still, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour who played in the 1969 Ryder Cup matches, of kidney failure Sunday night in his hometown of Tacoma, Wash., according to The News Tribune of Tacoma. He was 82.
Number of major champions entered in this week’s Puerto Rico Open, which begins Thursday at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club in Rio Grande: Ben Curtis (’03 British Open), Retief Goosen (2001, ’04 U.S. Open), Trevor Immelman (’08 Masters) and Graeme McDowell (’10 U.S. Open).
PGA/European tours: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin (Texas) Country Club
PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open
Coco Beach Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
LPGA: Kia Classic
Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, Calif.
Web.com Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open
Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, Broussard, La.
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship
Morongo GC at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont, Calif.
Symetra Tour: Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club
Amateur: Azalea Invitational
Country Club of Charleston (S.C.)
LPGA: ANA Inspiration
Mission Hills CC (Dinah Shore), Rancho Mirage, Calif.
PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open
Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas
Champions Tour: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.
College men: 3M Augusta Invitational
Forest Hills CC, Augusta, Ga.
Junior boys and girls: Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship
Augusta (Ga.) National GC
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament
Augusta (Ga.) National GC
Symetra Tour: Northern California Classic
Windsor (Calif.) GC
LPGA: Lotte Championship
Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii
European Tour: Trophee Hassan II
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Champions Tour: Mitsubishi Electric Classic
TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
Junior: Sage Valley Junior Invitational
Sage Valley Golf Club, Graniteville, S.C.
European Tour: Shenzhen International
Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China
Web.com Tour: United Leasing and Finance Championship
Victoria National GC, Newburgh, Ind.
PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course)
Champions Tour: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge
Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.
Symetra Tour: Sara Bay Classic
Sara Bay CC, Sarasota, Fla.
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