People reporting on future of Tiger's marriage
It may be stating the obvious, something that People magazine excels at, but its sources say the Tiger Woods-Elin Nordegren marriage is all but over. Not only did Elin not attend the Masters, but she was also reportedly outraged by the controversial Nike commercial that included a voiceover by his late father. People said Elin flew out of Florida, leaving her two children behind with nannies, for an unknown destination.
"Elin was violently angry over this commercial and thought it
was a cheesy thing to do," one friend tells PEOPLE. "She wouldn't have
gone near the Masters under any condition, but that just made her
madder. She is over Tiger. I wouldn't be surprised if she files for
divorce sometime soon."
So far, though, it's only been talk among friends. No legal papers have
been filed, and it hasn't even been confirmed that she's retained a
Still, another friend says Nordegren has run out of patience
with Woods, taking offense with his return to golf – she had been led
to believe he was going to take more time off.
"She's so far beyond hurt now. If she were angry or if she hated him, they might still have a chance to work it out. But she's beyond that. She's numb. She just doesn't care anymore. She's like,
'Whatever.' Elin's not the type to get all weepy or have pity parties
for herself. She mourned the loss of this marriage, and now she's
moving on. It's the only thing she can do."
Rice's Nationwide debut
Jerry Rice is going to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, but first he's going to take a shot at professional golf. Rice thinks he's good enough to compete, and since he's hosting this week's Nationwide Tour event -- the Fresh Express Classic in Hayward, Calif. -- he took one of the tournament's exemptions. Art Spander covered Rice's delusionary plans for the San Francisco Examiner:
Rice showed up at Stanford Golf Course maybe 15 years ago to hit a
few balls, and an undergrad named Tiger Woods asked him if he wanted a
game. Jerry declined, explaining he wasn't very good and didn't want to
"Next time," Rice told Golf Digest magazine, "I'll say yes."
He said Tuesday in a conference call that he just hopes to make the cut.
"These guys are really good golfers," Rice said. Not that anyone
doubted it. Some 70 percent of the players on the PGA Tour had their
start with the Nationwide, including recent major winners, Zach Johnson
(2007 Masters) and Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open).
"To line up against these guys," confirmed Rice, "I'm honored ... I can hold my own."
Rice is wrong about holding his own. He has said his best score is 68. If his average score was 68, then he could hold his own. Thinking he's got a chance to make the cut indicates that he has no idea about the quality of play on the Nationwide Tour or about what it's like to compete in a serious golf competition. This isn't "Dancing With the Stars," Jerry. You're probably not breaking 80 in either round, but thanks for hosting the event, and thanks for taking up a spot in the field that a real player could've used.
Harbour Town looking for a sponsor
The Harbour Town lighthouse is a symbol as well known as any on the PGA Tour. The Heritage has been a stop on the tour for 42 years, and it's had financial issue before, but like a lot of other tour events the future is mostly cloudy. Rex Hoggard outlines the challenges on GolfChannel.com:
The Heritage's days may be numbered. Late last year Verizon, the title sponsor since 2006 when Verizon Business purchased MCI, pulled the corporate plug after this week's cocktail party, and despite the best efforts of tournament director Steve Wilmot, a cozy home and a unique slot on the schedule, no one in corporate America has come buying.
"We have a unique product and a special event, a lot of things on our side but it's a difficult economy," Wilmot said.
Last month Wilmot said he'd pieced together enough zeroes, between $7 million and $8 million, to assure the tournament's existence through
2011 but the Tour seems lukewarm to stopgap measures. Even the South
Carolina legislature got into the act, earmarking a $10 million loan to
keep the event going through next year.
Simply put, find a sponsor or find yourself the Champions Tour's newest stop. The Buick Open was
played for the last time last year. The Milwaukee stop became a
footnote in 2009. Seems the modern Tour has little use for charm when
cash is king.
"You don't get a smile at every event," said Boo
Weekley, the circuit's quintessential son of the south and a two-time
winner at Harbour Town. "This week and next week in New Orleans . . .
they were put together. You've got the camaraderie of the south. To me
it's about playing the game. It's not about how much money you can
Bless his deep-fried heart, but it is likely Weekley is in
the minority in this respect. Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has been
clear on this, there will be no retreat in purses. Not on his watch.
All of which means the cruel combination of a bear economy and a
Draconian business model could cost the circuit one of the
most-looked-forward-to stops of the year.
Weekley's shoulder has hurt his game
Speaking of Weekley, Alan Blondin has an update on him for the Sun News. You were wondering what ever happened to the man who reminded some of Jethro from the Beverly HIllbillies? Weekley, a highlight of the U.S. Ryder Cup victory in 2008, suffered a partial tear of the labrum in his left shoulder last May at the Players. He has struggled ever since he got hurt.
"It feels like it's been an uphill climb ever since, my ball-striking, my driving. Every
stat that I felt that I was good at has gone downhill. Now I feel like
I've got to climb my way back up out of it. No, golf ain't been fun
lately, not for a while."
If there's a venue that can assist in Weekley's quest to make the game more enjoyable, it's Harbour Town Golf Links. Weekley has played in the Verizon Heritage three times. He earned his only two
PGA Tour wins in his first two visits in 2007 and 2008, chipping in on
the final two holes to earn his first title and winning by three
strokes in the encore. He tied for 13th last year, and his highest score in 12 Heritage rounds is a 1-over-par 72.
"I've got the feeling that this week is the week I come back, that I feel
like I can do something," Weekley said. "... It's good to always come
back to a place where you won. I'm hoping I can carry that trend, keep
the mojo going this year. It's been a struggle so far this year, I'm
hoping to find something here to turn it around."
Gay's wife offers her take on Tour life, Verizon Heritage
One way to add to the down-home charm of the Heritage Classic is a personal touch. Kimberly Gay, wife of defending champion Brian Gay, is writing a diary for the Hilton Head Island Packet. According to Kimberly's diary, The Gays are still recovering from their first Masters appearance.
The par-3 contest Wednesday at the Masters was one of life's great highlights, really. To see our girls caddying for Brian and see how they enjoyed that experience was just awesome.
Then, Brian was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of
Fame, so we had a party on Friday night. We decked out the house we
were staying in with orange and blue, and we were staying in a Georgia
Bulldogs fan's house, so thank goodness they weren't home.
And then this week started with the opening
ceremonies for the Heritage, and that was just a huge thing for us as a
family. We decided to deck everybody out in tartan plaid and
show support for this community that is working so hard to keep this
event alive...The parade certainly brought tears to my eyes behind
the sunglasses. We love it here, and to be a part of that in the way we
were was just a great way to start the week.