Category: Honda Classic

March 01, 2013

Serena Williams scolded for taking Tiger's picture

Posted at 8:47 PM by Mike Walker

Serena600Serena Williams got in trouble with PGA Tour security when she tried to take a picture of Tiger Woods at the Honda Classic on Friday, according to the Associated Press. Williams was in the gallery following Woods's round at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., when she tried to snap a photo of Woods, a PGA Tour no-no.

She took a picture of the 14-time major champion after his tee shot on the 17th and was scolded by security. The PGA Tour does not allow photos on competition days.

Fortunately for WIlliams, the PGA Tour does allow tweeting, so Williams got to share the exchange with her 3.5 million Twitter followers.




But while Serena might not know much about golf, her sister Venus does. Venus used to date 1998 U.S. Amater champion Hank Kuenne.


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(Photo: David Walberg/SI)

Tiger Woods fights to make the cut at Honda Classic

Posted at 8:38 PM by Ryan Reiterman


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- For the second day in a row, Tiger Woods walked off the sixth tee at the Honda Classic cursing at himself.

On Thursday, Woods pulled his drive left and found the water hazard. He got a lucky break -- his ball was only partially submerged -- and he was able to blast out. Woods then spun a wedge to eight feet and saved his par.

On Friday, he wasn't so lucky. Coming off back-to-back birdies, Woods was at two under par and getting himself in contention. He tried to fade a driver off the tee, but as soon as he swung through the ball, his shoulders slumped as he watched his ball sail into the water.

"There's not a lot of room out there," Woods said of the tight fairway at the 479-yard, par-4 sixth. "Martin [Kaymer] hit it over there 70 yards right of the fairway and had a shot. That's how you can play the hole, and probably how I should be playing the hole."

After laying up with his third shot, Woods was once again able to get up-and-down from the fairway, this time to save a bogey. It kept him under par, but Woods gave another shot back with a sloppy bogey on the 226-yard, par-3 seventh.

A 30-foot birdie putt on No. 9 put Woods back in red figures heading to the back nine, but a bladed bunker shot on No. 13 led to a double bogey and Woods spent the rest of his round fighting to make the cut. Fortunately for Woods, he did make it on the number thanks to a birdie on 14 and masterful up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the par-3 17th.

"I didn't hit the ball very good today," Woods said after signing for an even-par 70. "I hit it really good yesterday and got nothing out of it. Today I didn't hit it very good and got a lot out of it."

Woods will be in the third group in the third round Saturday morning. Last year, Woods rallied with a final-round 62, but came up two strokes short to Rory McIlroy. He wasn't sure if there was another 62 at PGA National this weekend.

"Depends on the weather," Woods said. "If you get it cool like this, it's going to be tough. There was a 63 out there today. But we had some easier pins. Tomorrow, the pins, as we saw from the dots going around the course, they are going to be a little more difficult than today. We'll see what they do on Sunday, as well."

(Photo: David Walberg/SI)

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February 28, 2013

Boo Weekley wrangles a snake, fires a 66 at Honda Classic

Posted at 6:02 PM by Ryan Reiterman

P1-BooPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Somebody needs to give Boo Weekley a show on the National Geographic channel. He's boxed an orangutan. He's perfected the alligator call. Now add another title to Weekley's wildlife resume -- snake charmer.

The two-time PGA Tour winner heard some course marshals needed help removing a poisonous water moccasin. That's when Boo came to the rescue.

"He blended in perfectly with the grass, wasn't but 18 inches long, but he was good enough that he could have bit you and hurt you pretty bad," said Weekley in his laid-back, Southern drawl.

"A guy come running up to us right before we teed off and when we got done I told the guy not to worry about it. I took my driver and turned it over and just moved him."

In addition to wrangling a snake, Weekley fired a four-under 66 Thursday at the Honda Classic. It couldn't have come at a better time.

Weekley got into the Honda Classic on a sponsor's exemption, and he made the most of his opportunity with six birdies and two bogeys.

"Right now my putter is feeling good, and if I can get it feeling good and keep it feeling good, I think I'll be right there," Weekley said.

Other highlights from Weekley's press conference ...

On describing a breathing technique he's using while putting: "Kind of like when I'm shooting my guns long range. I have to take a deep breath and exhale and blow it out and then pull the trigger."

On finally being healthy after dealing with a bunch of injuries: "I'm not eating good, but I feel good."

On why he's skipping turkey hunting season: "I'm not much on them turkeys. I have done it a bunch, but I don't have time. I'm more worried about golf. If I can get this taken care of, I can turkey hunt the rest of my life."

Tiger Woods saves round with shot from the water at Honda Classic

Posted at 4:00 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Tw_640Tiger Woods saved his round with this shot from the hazard on the sixth hole at the Honda Classic (David Walberg/SI).

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—As he walked off the tee of the par-4 sixth hole at the Honda Classic on Thursday, Tiger Woods wasn't having the best of days.

He was one over par, not much was happening in his round, and he had just pulled his tee shot into a hazard. After smacking the ground with his driver, Woods unloaded a string of profanities that led one woman in the gallery to remark, "Oh my, he needs anger management."

But when he got to his ball, Woods discovered he had a shot. That's all he needed to save his opening round.

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"It was only half-submerged, so I could play some kind of explosion shot and get it back in the fairway," Woods said. "I got in there, and I wasn't trying to advance it very far, just make sure I got it back in the fairway."

Thinking the ball was unplayable, the gallery cheered when they saw Woods remove his shoes and socks. For good measure, Woods donned his rain pants and took off his cream-colored sweater.

A big splash went up, and Woods was able to advance his second shot 76 yards with a nine-iron. After toweling off, he hit a 60-degree wedge to eight feet and drained the putt for par.

Woods took advantage of his good fortune by dropping a 20-foot birdie putt on the 226-yard, par-3 7th to get back to even par.

"Could easily have been three [over], and all of a sudden I'm even," Woods said.

It was one of the few putts to drop for Woods, who spent most of the round burning lips with birdie putts.

"I was getting fooled on the grain, some of it was snagging, some I would blow right through the top side," he said. "It was a bit challenging. The greens speeds are a little bit faster than they were yesterday, but, still, it's an adjustment I need to make and obviously didn't make it as well as I would like."

He needed 32 putts to complete the round, but because Woods hit the ball solidly for the most part -- nine of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens -- he is hopeful everything will come together on Friday when he tees off at 12:25 p.m. Eastern.

"I hit so many putts right around the edge that just were not going in," Woods said. "Just [need to] stick with what I'm doing because it's not very far off."


February 27, 2013

Bubba Watson: Rory McIlroy will be No. 1 'for a while'

Posted at 5:45 PM by Mark Dee

Bubba Watson has never been one to sweat equipment changes. So it's not surprising that he isn't concerned about a certain peer who has struggled of late after a notable gear switch.

"I think Rory is going to be No. 1 for a while," Waston said of Rory McIlroy during a Wednesday teleconference hyping Watson's upcoming Masters title defense

"Think about it, we change equipment every year," he said. "We have a new driver come out from Ping, you have a new 3-wood, you have new irons, you have a new golf ball. It might be the same company but it's all new. You've got new golf shoes coming out, so they feel different on your feet. You've got all these new things coming out, so I don't see [switching] as that big of a change."

But there is one thing that does bother Bubba: "I think the biggest change in changing a product would be the logo... I'm a feel player. When something is changed like that, I know it."

Watson added that a couple poor results here and there isn't cause for hitting the panic button, either -- especially if one of those results comes in match play.  

"There's nobody in the history of the game that's been 100 percent on making cuts, so Rory missed the first cut... That's why I think match play is such a goofy tournament anyway. [Losing in] the first round [as McIlroy did last week], I don't see that shows us anything. And a missed cut is a missed cut; everybody going to do it. No matter how many times you try, you can't make every cut."

McIlroy will defend his title at the Honda Classic starting Thursday, a tournament he won last year playing clubs with noticeably different logos.

Watson, meanwhile, won't be there with him. He's got a birthday party to host on Saturday. His son Caleb just turned one.

Tiger Woods on Rory McIlroy: 'He's a friend of mine, who just happens to be the No. 1 player in the world'

Posted at 5:31 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Woods_roryPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- For those who think Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are only being friendly because they share the same sponsor, Sunday's doubleheader at The Medalist, Woods' home club, proved they do like to get together when they're off the tour.

"He moved down here, and we figured let's get a game sometime," Woods said after his pro-am Wednesday at the Honda Classic. "We were kind of hoping that it wouldn't be that Sunday, but we were both free."

Woods was referring to last week's WGC Match Play Championship, where he and McIlroy were both knocked out in the first round. McIlroy said Tuesday Woods was the one who sent an invite via text. The No. 1 and 2 players in the world played 36 holes at The Medalist Sunday. Woods won one match, while McIlroy took the other.

"It was really enjoyable," McIlroy said.

When asked Wednesday to elaborate on his relationship with McIlroy, Woods said, "He's a friend of mine who just happens to be the No. 1 player in the world. That's about it."

Woods did go on to say it's different than when he first came out on the tour, and players such as John Cook and Mark O'Meara took him under their wing.

"We went out to dinner all the time and basically traveled together on tour, went fishing all the time," Woods said. "They were like my big brothers at the time. They basically still are. It's a different type of relationship."

The two superstars developed a friendship after getting to know each other at last year's Abu Dhabi Championship. McIlroy, who grew up idolizing Woods, said that experience helped him feel comfortable around his hero.

"Once you get to know him, he's just a regular guy," McIlroy said of Woods.

At the Honda Classic last year, Woods fired a final-round 62 to put pressure on McIlroy, who was in the final group. The roars from Tiger's closing eagle didn't faze McIlroy, who wound up winning by two strokes to take over the No. 1 ranking.

(Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Live Coverage of 2013 Honda Classic: Round 1

Posted at 4:08 PM by live blogged Tiger Woods' opening round of the Honda Classic.

Tiger Woods stands behind ban on anchored putting

Posted at 3:15 PM by Ryan Reiterman

WoodsPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA Tour is against the USGA and R&A's proposed ban on anchored putting, but that doesn't mean all the tour players share the same view.

Tiger Woods said Wednesday at the Honda Classic that despite the tour's bold stance Sunday against golf's governing bodies, he still thinks the USGA and R&A should ban anchored putting.

"My position hasn't changed," Woods said after his pro-am round at PGA National. "I still think it should be swung, it shouldn't be anchored, and that hasn't changed at all."

Woods later added, "Hopefully we don't have to bifurcate or adapt a local rule."

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced at last week's Match Play Championship that after talking with players, the tour is opposed to the proposed rule.

"We hold the USGA in highest regard as a key part of the game of golf," Finchem said. "We don't attempt to denigrate that position in any way whatsoever. It's just on this issue, we think if they were to move forward they would be making a mistake."

The rule was proposed on Nov. 28, and there is a 90-day comment period, which ends Thursday, before the USGA and R&A decide if they want to move forward with the ban. If adopted, the rule would go into affect in 2016.

Despite being legal for decades, the anchored putting stroke has come under scrutiny after several young players have adopted the stroke with much success. Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els have all won majors using belly putters, while Adam Scott has become a regular contender in majors since he started anchoring a putter to his chest.

"I understand his position," Woods said of Finchem. "But I still feel that all 14 clubs should be swung. That hasn't changed at all."

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February 26, 2013

VIDEO: Rory McIlroy does a trick shot at Bose announcement at 2013 Honda Classic

Posted at 8:29 PM by Ryan Reiterman

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Turns out Tiger Woods isn't the only top golfer who can do trick shots with a wedge.

During a press event Tuesday night to announce his new endorsement deal with Bose, World No. 1 Rory McIlroy wowed the crowd by using two wedges to bounce a golf ball, ala Woods' famous Nike commercial.

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