Category: Annika Sorenstam

January 08, 2013

Truth & Rumors: Annika Sorenstam cuts off tip of left index finger

Posted at 3:39 PM by

Annika-sorenstam-2011-solheim-cup-gettyAnnika Sorenstam cut off a chunk of her left index finger last week and shared an image of the sewn-up digit with her Twitter followers on Tuesday.

According to, Sorenstam was cooking dinner for friends in Lake Tahoe on Jan. 3 when she injured herself while cutting chicken. Her husband told the paper that the wound was closed with five stitches.

Before linking to the photo of her finger, we'll offer the same caution that Sorenstam sent to her followers today: "Warning, don't look if you can't handle it." The image is here.

As bad as the finger looks, Sorenstam reassured her Twitter followers after sending the image: "Photo of my finger might be disgusting, but no worries healing nicely. Stitches out in a week :)"

Photo: Sorenstam was an assistant captain at the 2011 Solheim Cup. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

November 15, 2012

Truth & Rumors: PGA, LPGA, Champions, and Tour stars tee off together

Posted at 1:08 PM by Samantha Glover

The Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational, now in its 41st year, is the only event in golf that features players from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and tours all competing against each other.

The field includes a wide variety of players, including big names like Annika Sorenstam, Fred Funk, Juli Inkster and Jonas Blixt; new pros like Cheyenne Woods and Luke Guthrie; and 324 amateurs, according to the The Herald of Monterey County.

"I'm really looking forward to competing in this year's Callaway Invitational at Pebble Beach," said Sorenstam, who'll have her husband Mike on the bag as caddie. "Callaway has been a wonderful partner of mine for my entire career and now beyond, and the Monterey Peninsula is one of our favorite places to spend time."

The tournament, which uses a tee placement system based on the average length of shots on each tour to give each player a fair chance at the $300,000 purse, will take place Thursday through Sunday at Del Monte, Spyglass and Pebble Beach. There will be a cut after Saturday's round, and the top 40 golfers will advance to a final round at Pebble.

October 15, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Phil Mickelson Q&A, Justin Rose wins in Turkey, and more

Posted at 1:13 PM by

Phil Mickelson answered questions from his fans:

Christine Kim and Brittany Lincicome feuded via Twitter:

The tweets that sparked it all:

Things heated up as fans took to both golfers' sides, eventually resulting in explanations/apologies from both Kim and Lincicome:

Jonas Blixt, Shane Lowry, Inbee Park and Justin Rose won tournaments:

Cristie Kerr, Annika Sorenstam, and Michelle Wie celebrated birthdays:

The Vice Presidential debate sparked strong feelings from golfers:

February 16, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Annika Sorenstam declines Solheim Cup captaincy

Posted at 12:51 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Last month, Meg Mallon was picked to lead the U.S. team at the 2013 Solheim Cup. So who's going to captain the European squad? Well, not Annika Sorenstam. On Golf Channel's Morning Drive show Thursday morning, Sorenstam announced she has declined an offer to be the European captain. She also made the announcement on her website.

The Solheim Cup has been an important part of my career, and I hope to one day lead the European team. However, after working with Captain Alison Nicholas and her team this past year as Vice Captain, I saw firsthand the incredible amount of work and dedication it takes to be the Captain. With my young family, foundation, businesses, and other commitments I have already made to try and help grow the game, I simply cannot provide the necessary time that the European team, Solheim family, and the entire event deserves.

Something doesn't add up
I was told there would be no math with this job, so fortunately Golfweek's Alex Miceli points out the absurdity of Phil Mickelson earning fewer world ranking points from his win at Pebble Beach than Tiger Woods did for his win at the Chevron in December.

When Woods beat Zach Johnson by a stroke at the Chevron, which is an unofficial event, he earned 44 world-ranking points and moved from 52nd in the world to 21st in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Mickelson, with his two-shot margin against Charlie Wi at Pebble Beach, earned only 38 points. That also was 10 less than the 48 points that Rafael Cabrera-Bello gained for winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the same amount that Lee Westwood garnered for winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge, a 12-man exhibition event in South Africa in December.

Golf gets really social
Players can't tweet during their rounds, but starting this week players sponsored by TaylorMade will have a Twitter hashtag on their hats, #driverlove. The hashtag name plays off the club company's recent advertising campaign. Mashable has the details.

While other sports have added interesting social media twists to their players and fields, golf is a game deeply rooted in tradition and not necessarily eager to humor cutting-edge fashion trends and tech fads. But that leaves an opening for brands willing to innovate, according to TaylorMade’s chief marketing officer, Bob Maggiore.

“For our sport as whole, the social media space has really been a slow-moving river,” Maggiore told Mashable. “So it’s interesting for us, because we’ve kind of given up on doing certain things the old way. We like to get out in front and try different things.”

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December 19, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Lee Westwood says tour pros are overpaid

Posted at 9:43 AM by Mick Rouse

Fresh off becoming the career money-earner on the European Tour, Lee Westwood revealed to James Corrigan of The Independent that money is not what motivates him to win. In fact, Westwood believes that there is too much money being thrown at the players.

"When you first come out on tour, you play for the money because you need a certain amount to keep your card," he said. "But gradually as you win more, get exemptions and things like that, you get more confidence in your ability and you turn up to tournaments with the mindset of trying to win the trophy ... you know the money's just going to come along with it."

"We play for a staggering amount of money, no doubt about it and I've always stressed we are very very fortunate. I think we are paid too much money –- compared to police and teachers and nurses. But then compare it to footballers. I think the only thing you can probably justify it by is that when golfers have a bad day, we don't get paid anything, but when we have a great day we get paid a lot. It's part of the pressure involved. There isn't a wage as such."

Rather than winning money titles, Westwood is more focused on grabbing his first major. But what drives him even more than winning majors is providing for his family.

"Careers are defined by major championships. I get constantly asked about it so they must. And I'd love to win a major; it's the reason why I keep practicing and driving myself on. But the security of my family, my kids means more to me than that. I wouldn't sacrifice all I had for a major, no.”

While Westwood would love to claim his first major, he doesn’t feel that he deserves some of the flack he receives for the hole in his resume.

"I'm sometimes amazed when I get criticized. I look back at my career and I think I'm an over-achiever. I've always worked fairly hard. I've won 36 tournaments in five continents."

Rory McIlroy says he 'choked' at Masters

Rory McIlroy’s collapse at the Masters has been well documented, but the Irishman is letting on to the emotions he felt after losing out on the green jacket, opening up to Karl MacGinty of the Belfast Telegraph. According to McIlroy, he did choke at Augusta National. 

"I hate using the word 'choke', but that's exactly what happened," he concedes.

While clearly emotional out on the course during the back nine of his final round, McIlroy reveals that he didn’t actually shed any tears until he spoke to his parents the following day.

"It all just came pouring out," he recalls. "I hadn't spoken to my mum and dad until then. It might have been something they said -- you know, 'it'll be okay' or something like that.

"I remember thinking, 'no, it won't be okay'. At the time I felt I'd blown my only chance of winning the Masters; so many thoughts and feelings were going through my head."

Don’t expect McIlroy to be dwelling on his meltdown at the Masters when he returns to Augusta in 2012, though.

"What happened at Augusta won't happen again. There's no demons waiting for me there, just extra motivation to perform well and, maybe even a little redemption."

"It's not worth crying over, it's only a game."

John Daly performs 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' in Thailand (and writes new verse)

While John Daly may be living in his own fantasy world when it comes to his suspension by the Australian PGA, he did take the time to memorize a couple chords and serenade guests at the Thailand Golf Championship, performing Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door," with a special golf verse:

Momma, I can't hit my wedge no more,

It's getting really hard to score,

I haven't made a cut in weeks,

My career looks so bleak.

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door.


Daly’s American flag-blazer has officially crept its way into my Christmas list this year.

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December 14, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Annika Sorenstam pregnant again

Posted at 12:29 PM by Steve Beslow

Mother Dear
For all you hardcore Annika Sorenstam fans holding your breath for her eventual might want to exhale. This generation's most successful female golfer took to Twitter Tuesday morning with a big announcement:

Mike and I are happy to share that our family will be a foursome by early summer. Ava is ready to be a big sister.

Ava, of course, is the daughter that Annika had after retiring in 2009. No word yet on how far along Sorenstam is this time around, but this news will likely keep her from playing even the occasional charity event for the next year. Congratulations to the whole Sorenstam clan, and condolences to LPGA Tour commissioner Michael Whan, who probably still has dreams of Annika and Lorena Ochoa dueling it out in a sudden-death playoff before waking up in a cold sweat.

Call it a Comeback
People don't tend to get too worked up about the Comeback Player of the Year award, as it's more of a feel-good acknowledgment than it is a true evaluation of a golfer's season. CBS's Steve Elling, however, has taken exception to Stuart Appleby being named this year's winner--and he's not shy about shouting it from the rooftops.

In a vote of tour members, he bested India's Arjun Atwal and U.S. veteran Rocco Mediate for the award, granted annually to a player who has overcome some sort of obstacle, personally or professionally. Appleby overcame what, exactly? Apathy?

After struggling through an uncharacteristically bad 2009 season, the popular Australian was outside the top 125 in earnings coming down the stretch when he told the Golf Channel that he would be skipping the season finale at Disney World and heading to Australia instead...

Rather than try to salvage his season in credible fashion, Appleby instead elected to put the arm on tournaments for one of their limited sponsor exemptions in 2010. He eventually won the first-year Greenbrier event, shooting 59 in the final round, a creditable achievement, to be sure...

Continuing its ridiculous policy, the PGA Tour did not release the voting totals of any of its peer-ballot awards from 2010. To me, the guy who should have won -- and he wasn't even on the ballot -- is Matt Kuchar, who led the tour in earnings and scoring average, then made the Ryder Cup team, just four years removed from being sent down to the Nationwide Tour for more seasoning.

Since this is a completely subjective award, it's difficult for anyone to say anyone's opinion is right or wrong. Oh wait, not it's not: Elling is wrong. He's really, really wrong. Steve Stricker being the obvious exception (read: ridiculous fluke), it's the "Comeback" Player of the Year, not of the "Most Improved" Player of the Year. While Kuchar had an incredible year that was a vast improvement over 2009, he still had a win and five top 10s last season, and he has shown consistent improvement since 2006. Appleby had an atrocious 2009, finishing 141st in the FedEx Cup standings with only one top ten (after finishing 17th in 2008). No, he didn't have as good a year in 2010 as Kuchar, but at least he came back from something.



November 17, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Tiger's attitude change leads to better results

Posted at 11:21 AM by Ryan Reiterman

Could we be witnessing the birth of a new Tiger Woods? Robert Lusetich at hopes Tiger's recent display of comedy at a dinner in Melbourne is a sign of a more likeable character emerging from the often stoic figure we've been used to.

Eddie McGuire, a man-about-town in Melbourne, wrote in his column in The Herald Sun that “we learnt more about the real Tiger Woods (that night) than we had seen in years and the audience loved it.”

“What we found was that having a laugh at your own expense can be the best way to move on from situations and get on with your life.”

Sage advice. Not surprisingly, Mark Steinberg, the never-smiling agent for Woods and IMG’s head of golf, wasn’t amused by the tone of the session. And he’s part of the problem in the sense that his job is to monetize Tiger Woods, the brand.

But what about the human being?

At least one source within the Woods camp told me the pressure to be “Tiger Woods” took a heavy toll. So why not wish that cardboard cutout good riddance and move on with life?

It would be nice to see Woods let his guard down a little, but there's no way he will do a complete 180 and be next in line to host Saturday Night Live. Woods has won too many tournaments, and too much money, to start changing his persona now.

Golf Killed the Radio Stars?
Howard Stern may not be the only franchise leaving Sirius/XM. Steve Elling reports the PGA Tour's radio network might be off air after this season.

According to a source, the PGA Tour has been paid $4 million annually for the radio rights fees, and the celestial broadcaster isn't going to re-up. Moreover, it doesn't want to pay the salaries and travel costs for the folks who handle the live tournament broadcasts, either. Consequently, last week at Disney, the tour's radio crew had no idea whether they'll be back in 2011, and if so, in what form or fashion. Pardon the pun, but stay tuned.

I agree with Elling that the talk shows would be missed, but it's really no surprise that Sirius/XM wouldn't miss broadcasting PGA Tour events, especially for $4 million. Despite the best efforts of the broadcast crew, golf just doesn't translate to radio.

Annika's Empire
Lorena Ochoa returned to competition last week for the first time since announcing she was leaving the game to start a family. Don't expect to see the return of that other recently-retired former No. 1 player. USA Today's Steve DiMeglio caught up with Annika Sorenstam, who still isn't saying she is retired, but she's not hinting at a comeback either.

With 15 full-time staff members and a 3,000-square-foot office outside the gates of Lake Nona Country Club, Sorenstam is working at least 60-hour weeks on a collection of business interests that includes her charitable foundation (nearly $600,000 in grants have been committed to numerous organizations), golf course design (eight courses are under contract or finished and two others are on hold), wine (her 2006 Syrah and 2008 Chardonnay have been released), a clothing line, perfume, headwear, a cookbook, a boutique, and a golf academy modeled after the programs that led her to eight years as the No. 1 player in the world.

Obviously, a couch potato she is not.

Sorenstam also says she is interested in hosting her own LPGA Tour event. With the LPGA struggling to secure sponsors and events in the U.S., Annika, who still has multiple endorsements deals, is a no-brainer to host her own event. Who knows, maybe she'll take a cue from Lorena and dust the clubs off once a year.

Can We Go Off the Back Nine?
The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal found a stunning picture of a golf course in Indonesia that was partly destroyed by the recent eruptions from a volcano.



September 29, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Paddy cleans out Poulter, U.S. pride on the line

Posted at 11:58 AM by Steve Beslow

En Fuego Irishman

There's no doubt that European captain Colin Montgomerie has taken a lot of heat for selecting struggling vet Padraig Harrington in lieu of (among others) Justin Rose and Paul Casey. If the practice rounds this week are anything to go by, Monty might be able to breath a sigh of relief when all is said and done. According to the Irish Golf Desk's Brian Keogh, Harrington and partner Luke Donald took a nice chunk of change off their teammates yesterday.

Padraig Harrington sent Ian Poulter scuttling to the cash machine to pay off his debts after hitting red-hot form at Celtic Manor.

Poulter confessed that he and Irish Open champion Ross Fisher were “cleaned out” by Harrington and Luke Donald to the tune of nearly €450 when the Dubliner hit two eagles and a handful of birdies in a practice fourball clash.

Believing Harrington will justify his wildcard and become a real danger man this week, Poulter groaned: “Paddy played exceptionally well this morning, which is great for the team but bad for my pocket.

“He drove it straight and long and put it in position for 18 holes today and that’s great. I’ve got nothing left thanks to Luke and Padraig. They cleaned me out, cleaned Ross and myself out. “Paddy had two eagles today and he horseshoed out from 40 feet to make it three eagles. They made an awful lot of birdies and eagles out there. Good fun - for them.”

Did you feel a sudden draft? Don't go to close your window, that's just Monty patting himself on the back from 4,000 miles away:

Harrington’s brilliant form has delighted European skipper Colin Montgomerie who is convinced that the triple major winning Dubliner is going to do the business for him when the action starts on Friday. Asked abut the flak he has taken for handing Harrington a wildcard, Monty said: “I feel the criticism was very unjustified to be honest. “I know what Padraig Harrington can do, and that’s why he was picked. He’s like a rookie out there today...

“There’s reasons why Padraig Harrington was picked, and judge me about that selection on October the 4th and not on September the 28th.”

While I believe there is no one (including Harrington himself) happier than Monty to see Padraig playing well, his tone has as much fear as pride. Monty knows what's on the line here -- he went out on a huge limb taking Harrington with two vastly more defensible options in front of him. Montgomerie already dodged one bullet when Paul Casey couldn't close the deal at the Tour Championship, but unless Harrington plays well this weekend (or the Euro team rolls even without him), that decision could haunt Monty for a long, long time.

Pride on the Line?

If the Ryder Cup had to be boiled down into one word, it would have to be "Pride." Every great Cup moment (and most of the terrible ones -- Azinger and Seve anyone?) came down to personal, professional and national pride. This year will be no different, but NBC's Dan O'Neill says that the U.S. team members are playing for more than just their country, they're playing to show they still own the "American" tour.

So what's on the line here? What are we really talking about: gift bags, cocktail parties, patriotic pomp? Or is there really something of substance on the line at Celtic Manor?

On at least one level, albeit somewhat undefinable, there is.

From late April until the start of the FedExCup Playoffs, non-Americans won 12 of 17 events on the PGA Tour, also known as the American tour. The season started with Phil Mickelson's feel-good story at Augusta National. It ended with foreign-good stories, as the next three majors were won by players not fully affiliated with the PGA Tour. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open, South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen won the British Open and Germany's Martin Kaymer captured the PGA Championship...

The bottom line is the Red, White and Bland has its work cut out, as well as something to prove. The game may not have been invented in America, but for many years it was perfected here. That is becoming less obvious as the PGA Tour becomes increasingly cut with European, Australian, South African and global talents.

The integration hasn't quite reached the flush level of the Asian presence on the LPGA Tour, but the trend is undeniable. The balance of power in golf is shifting, and the Ryder Cup is the perfect backdrop for an American rebuttal.

Our preppie pros truly are competing for some semblance of American pride. This time, it appears the Boys of Ashworth have a statement to make, an affirmation that says the backbone of competitive golf still resides in the good, ol' U.S. of A.

Sure it's got an odd mix of jingoism and self-effacing preppie-bashing, but it's hard to argue with O'Neill that this Ryder Cup presents a great opportunity for the U.S. team to stand up and say "Hey, we're still pretty good over here." The press has done a great job making a team with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker an underdog, now it's their job to finish off the fairytale with a win.

Hubba Bubba

The New York Post has a small note about remarks Bill Clinton made at the Great Sports Legends Dinner in New York on Monday. The former leader of the free world decided to honor one of golf's greatest players...and may have missed the mark.

When Clinton remarked, "I've dreamed of getting a lesson from Annika Sorenstam," the crowd interpreted the comment as a double entendre, not the compliment it presumably was meant to be. The nervous laughter that ensued had Clinton quickly moving on to the next honoree.

I think you've got to give Clinton a pass on this one. Despite what the Post seems to think (they refer to Sorenstam as a "hottie" twice in this piece), Annika isn't exactly a sex symbol in golf or otherwise. Still, something tells me Clinton won't be getting an invitation to speak at any Paula Creamer events in the near future.

March 01, 2010

Daily Flogging: Technically, Tiger Woods broke the law--a very old law

Posted at 10:33 AM by Gary Van Sickle

More than a week after Tiger Woods performed his scripted mea culpa, you probably figured, well, at least things can't get any worse for him.

You probably figured wrong. Gatorade dropped Tiger from its marketing campaigns, quietly announcing it Friday during the Winter Olympics so it would garner as few headlines as possible. That may have worked, actually.

Tiger also has two legal issues hanging over his head. One seems laughable, not that Camp Tiger is going to think it's funny; the other seems pretty serious.

On the laughable side, Diane Dimond cleverly reports for the Huffington Post that Tiger Woods has admitted his criminal activity.

So, did you notice what I noticed as Tiger Woods delivered his 14 minute nationally televised mea culpa?  What jumped out at me was... he confessed he'd broken the law. Adultery is a crime.

But the truth is that more than 20 states, including Florida where Wood's keeps his primary residence, still have laws on the books against cheating on your spouse. It's also illegal in North Carolina where disgraced Senator John Edwards recently admitted he'd fathered a child with a long time mistress. In most of the states with anti-adultery laws those found guilty can be imprisoned.

Usually both parties involved in the act are considered to have committed the crime. That means Tiger's fifteen (at last count) gal pals... could be punished if a third party wanted to press the point.

So, what's the prescribed punishment? It ranges from a mere $250 fine in Virginia to several years in state prison (as well as a fine) in states like Massachusetts, Michigan and Alabama.

Okay, I know what you're thinking. The laws may be on the books but they're hardly ever used anymore, right? That's right. But how long do you think it will take some sharp divorce attorney to get wise? Some lawyer with an extra vindictive spurned spouse will almost certainly land upon the strategy to force their state to adhere to its anti-adultery law.

Attention horndogs: You've been warned.

In a more serious matter, Tiger can probably expect a grand jury subpoena in the case against Canadian physician Anthony Galea, according to's David Epstein and Melissa Segura. So can a lot of other world-class athletes, and that can't be good news.

According to a December story in The New York Times, Galea's medical assistant told investigators that he had provided performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes... According to two sources familiar with the investigation, law enforcement officials have been in touch with NFL players who have used Galea's services.

Galea, who is based in Toronto, faces charges in his native Canada of conspiring to smuggle human growth hormone (HGH) and the drug Actovegin into the U.S., conspiracy to smuggle prohibited goods into Canada, unlawfully selling Actovegin, and smuggling goods into Canada in violation of the Customs Act. The doctor's client list is elite; it includes Tiger Woods, U.S. Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, Broncos quarterback Chris Simms, former Browns running back Jamal Lewis, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and Donovan Bailey of Canada, who won the 100 meters at the 1996 Olympics. These athletes have acknowledged being treated by Galea but deny receiving any performance-enhancing drugs from him.

So you were wondering why Tiger threw that non-sequitur about never using performance-enhancing drugs into his mea culpa? Now you know.

The Florida Department of Health also launched its own investigation because Galea had flown to the state on four occasions last winter to treat Woods, who was recovering from knee surgery. At a news conference last week, Woods denied use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Galea is not licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. Jamal Lewis told that Galea has helped keep him healthy in recent years with PRP therapy, but said Galea told him he was aware that he was not supposed to treat patients in the U.S., so Lewis, like other athletes, flew to Canada for treatment.

The fact that Woods had any kind of relationship with a Canadian physician allegedly involved with PEDs will not go unnoticed. Gary Peterson raises the issue in the Contra Costa Times and makes this point about Tiger's public image rehab: No matter what Woods says from now on, can we ever believe him?

While Woods has been in double-secret therapy, a story has been percolating. The story actually began last September, before the walls came tumbling down, when the doctor who helped Woods recover from his 2008 knee surgery came under suspicion for possessing performance enhancing drugs.

In December, the New York Times reported that Catalano told investigators that Galea had administered PEDs to athletes. Even as secondhand news it was an attention-grabber.

Woods' stance on performance enhancing drug use is a matter of record. He has always emphatically denied it, most recently during his made-for-TV apology. "This is completely and utterly false," he read, er, said. Two problems with that. One, pretty much every high-profile athlete who has issued similar denials under similar circumstances over the past few years has been proven to be lying. Period.

Two, and this would be the game-changer, we now know that Woods has been lying for years about matters of tremendous import on a personal level. He told us himself: He has lied habitually, repeatedly, with a complete understanding of the nature of his actions and without regard to the consequences.

For years the best story in golf has been Woods' quest to equal the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus. That story loses air if Woods is dirty. Even if he surpasses Nicklaus' gold standard, he's left with a hollow achievement (see: Bonds, Barry, and baseball's career home run record).

You'd expect Woods to fight hardest in defense of his honor. His problem is that he would be asking us to take the word of someone who just 10 days ago told us this: "I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself the normal rules didn't apply."

So you can see our dilemma.

There's piling on, and then there's just plain malicious and irresponsible behavior. Apparently, the animal-rights activists at PETA believed their cause was so just that they could cut a few legal corners. From

The animal rights group announced last week it would put up a billboard in Florida featuring Woods with the text: "Too much sex can be a bad thing." It was meant to encourage people to spay and neuter their pets. 

Tiger will not appear on the billboard after all, according to a report on Page Six of the New York Post:

Lawyers for the horndog golfer threatened to sue the activists if they used his once-valuable image in their campaign urging owners to neuter their pets. So now PETA says it will feature another famous philanderer, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford... 

Questions about Tiger often lead to lines of self-interest. Those who wonder how long Tiger will stay away from golf are really asking, is he going to skip my (local) tournament? Garry Howard of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel worries about the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and Wisconsin missing the full economic impact of Tiger's presence:

Will the state's golf fanatics go out on a limb and purchase tickets as if the world's No. 1 golfer will actually participate? The answer here is a resounding, "Yes."

If he returns this year to competitive golf, you can pretty much bet that he will be playing in this year's PGA Championship. Why? It is the last major of the year, and if he misses the Masters and the U.S. Open, he will have only the British Open and PGA left... And with 14 (major titles) on his pristine record, just four behind the great Jack Nicklaus, he has incentive to keep pressing forward.

Do I forgive him for his transgressions? It's not up to me... If you are like me, however, you just want to see the man play golf. So what's next? Tiger has nowhere to go but back to the golf course.

It's time to forgive him for being sleazy. From here on, golf should be the topic of discussion. And his participation in this particular golf tournament should be a no-brainer. Heck, at least his wife will know where he is that week.

Actually, knowing where he was didn't work so well for that tournament Tiger played in Australia. And several other places.

Annika Sorenstam had some advice for Tiger, courtesy of her chat with

Don't come back until your life is right. "He has some things to work on -- for sure," said Sorenstam. "I do know you have to take care of your personal life first. It has to be in order, to be able to compete on that level."

Sorenstam said Friday that she has not talked with Woods since his troubles began in late November after crashing his car at the end of his driveway. She has remained a close friend of his wife Elin, which was why she was reluctant to speak on the topic. Both Sorenstam and Elin Woods are from Sweden. And they knew each other before Elin and Woods were married.

"What we saw (from him) shocked everyone," Sorenstam said. "I don't think anyone can predict now what's going to happen next. I have no idea."

"Golf needs him. I hope he gets everything in order. And I hope he gets back to doing what he's good at – golf. I don't think it's my place to say too much more." 

September 01, 2009

Annika Sorenstam gives birth to baby girl, Ava Madelyn

Posted at 8:50 AM by Anne Szeker

Annika Sorenstam announced a new addition to her family on her blog early this morning.

From the blog:

Mike and I are happy to announce that I gave birth to our little girl at 3:30AM this morning. Ava Madelyn McGee is six pounds 10 ounces and 19 inches long. We are all doing well and we truly appreciate the support we have received. We are VERY excited about our new addition and will keep everyone posted in the coming weeks. Thanks!

Read the post on Annika's blog

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