MONDAY  | DECEMBER 4, 2017
by Steve Elling

Tiger Woods completed his second 72-hole tournament in 28 months over the weekend in the Bahamas, so you might have felt the breeze from the blowback, which at times roared like a summer hurricane out of the Caribbean.

The controversial former world No. 1 has been missing in action for most of the past three seasons, but his return at the Hero World Challenge generated levels of huffing, hyperventilating and hating that were reminiscent of his peak years.

 



Too much Tiger Woods 

Ad nauseam Tiger Woods coverage (“Woods turns back clock: ‘I did great’,” Dec. 1; “Woods influences young Tour stars,” Nov. 30). 

I don’t loathe him as a golfer. I probably loathe what he became due to the intense media scrutiny. Woods is as much of a victim as a villain regarding his past.

I don’t argue his accomplishments on the course. The media created a “holier than thou” persona that Woods, to a degree, bought into.

 



7

Number of consecutive holes that Rickie Fowler birdied to start his round Sunday as he shot a bogey-free 11-under 61 and surged to a four-stroke victory in the Hero World Challenge. Fowler, who started the day seven strokes behind third-round leader Charlie Hoffman, birdied every hole except the par-3 eighth on the front nine at Albany Golf Club in New Providence, Bahamas, and made the turn at 8-under 28. He added birdies at Nos. 11, 13 and 15 before closing with three pars and an 18-under 270 total. Hoffman (72) placed second at 14-under 274. The tournament, an unofficial 18-man PGA Tour event that featured eight of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, marked the competitive return of Tiger Woods, who had been out since early February because of back surgery. Woods closed with a 4-under 68 to tie for ninth. At No. 1,199 in the OWGR entering play, Woods was the only player ranked outside of the top 32. He is projected to move into the top 700 in the world when the updated rankings are released today.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. will showcase its smoked meats at Booth No. 2103 during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 23-26. The exhibit will include hand-carved jerky as part of the company’s product samples and giveaways.

 

CALENDAR
December 7-10
European Tour: Joburg Open
Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa
Web.com Tour: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage
Whirlwind GC, Chandler, Ariz.
December 8-10
Men’s pro: QBE Shootout
Tiburon GC (Gold), Naples, Fla.
December 14-17
Exhibition: PNC Father/Son Challenge
Ritz-Carlton GC, Orlando, Fla.

      
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