Truth and Rumors: Tiger to play Memorial, get some air
Tiger Woods will return to competition next week at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament in Ohio, according to the Golf Channel. Tiger has evidently recovered somewhat from the neck injury that forced him to withdraw from the Players Championship on May 9th and will be defending the title that brought him a $1,080,000 paycheck in '09.
Woods's well-publicized injuries will soon be treated to a breath of fresh air. USA Today reports that Tiger has begun making some major additions to his 12-acre property on Jupiter Island, including a practice golf course, a number of pools and an oxygen therapy room. According to the story, Tiger says he has received oxygen treatment in a hyperbaric chamber before. The practice course, which will be designed by Medalist Golf Inc., will supposedly take up to a year to complete.
The bottom line: I want a practice course, a bunch of pools and a hyperbaric chamber too.
Mickelson gets emotional over Colonial
You might remember that Phil pulled out of the '09 Colonial in Fort Worth due to his wife Amy's breast cancer diagnosis. To support Phil, who won the tournament in '08, Colonial officials encouraged both players and fans to wear pink during the third round. Mickelson commented in the Dallas News that the "Pink Out" was "the nicest thing that was ever done for Amy and me," and that his wife was "moved to tears" when she watched the tournament. Mickelson says he will undoubtedly take part in this year's "Pink Out II" to support all women who battle breast cancer, including his own mother.
"It'll be an emotional return for me. Having won in 2008 and not being able to defend the title, I'm looking forward to coming back and being a part of this year's Pink Out to support not only my wife but all 200,000 women who are diagnosed every year."
The bottom line: Phil's current public persona is diametrically opposed to Tiger's.