Category: Ian Woosnam

April 05, 2013

Past champs pick Tiger to win the 2013 Masters in Poll

Posted at 4:31 PM by Mark Dee


Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, the first of this three wins in 2013 (Robert Beck/SI).

With Tiger Woods coming in as a 3-to-1 favorite to win next week's Masters, the betting public is pretty confident Tiger is back and prowling.

But Vegas sharps aren't the only people bullish on the four-time champ's chances of adding a fifth green jacket to his wardrobe. Some guys who own a few of their own like Tiger's odds as well.

In a poll of past Masters champions, nine out of 10 respondents picked Tiger Woods to take home hardware come Sunday evening, although Arnold Palmer hedged a bit, saying he'd take the field over Woods.

The one dissenter? 2009 winner Angel Cabrera. He chose himself ("Me!!").

Here's what some of the pros -- including a few legends -- had to say about their pick:

Gary Player: "Most people will not argue with Tiger Woods as the overwhelming favourite to win the Masters.  Tiger is off to a great start this year with tons of momentum going into this year’s tournament. Plus, he is a phenomenal putter and to win at Augusta you have to putt well.  Other favourites include Phil Mickleson, and Rory McIlroy. But I like the chances of Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood, and Adam Scott. I would love to see Sergio Garcia win, but I personally feel that Tiger is due to have a great year."

Arnold Palmer: "I think there are numerous people who could take a run. I think Tiger should be the favorite, no question. If I were arbitrary about it, I would still take the field."

Billy Casper: "Tiger. Tiger’s playing well. He’s won so many times there. He’s really playing well. It looks like Rory is starting to come into his own. With those two playing well, it would be a great Masters."

Trevor Immelman: "The level is so consistently high on the PGA Tour now that it’s harder to pick winners, I believe. Obviously with Tiger starting to play really well again, he’s going to have a couple of weeks off and will be arriving there with so much confidence knowing he’s already won the tournament four times, he’s going to be a hard guy to bet against purely because he’s won there in so many different styles in conditions. Nothing that happens there will be catching him off guard, so I imagine he’ll be pretty comfortable and hard to bet against."

Ian Woosnam: "You have to go with the form player: Tiger." 

Charl Schwartzel: "I’m sure there are a lot of bookmakers around the world filling their pockets with the money of punters trying to pick golf tournament winners. It’s definitely not easy. I always feel that if I am playing my best then I have the chance to win whenever I tee it up, but I would never say that I am going to win. There are so many contenders and I suppose top of that list now would be Tiger Woods, who has had such an impressive start to the season."

November 02, 2011

Truth and Rumors: Rory says firing agent was ‘difficult’

Posted at 11:52 AM by Mike Walker

Rory McIlroy said his decision to split with his manager Chubby Chandler was difficult, but that he thought a new environment would help him play better, according to an interview with the BBC (audio here). McIlroy announced he was splitting with Chandler and the ISM agency in late October and moving to Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management.

“It’s a decision that I didn’t take lightly. I thought long and hard about it, and had a lot of chats with my mum and dad. Sometimes to forward in your career you just need to make decisions and I just thought it was a decision I need to make.”

McIlroy added that he made the switch because he thought it would help his game.

“It’s about me trying to play my best golf and that’s all there is to it. I feel like with a new environment around me might enable me to play even better.”

He said that it was difficult to fire Chandler, whom he first met as a teenager.

“Chubby’s been with me since Day 1 and it was very difficult for me. I’m very close to him and remain very close to him. It was purely a business decision and nothing personal at all.”

So does that make everything clear to you? Me, neither. Somewhere Tiger Woods is nodding.

PGA Tour demands Aussie news sites not report live Prez Cup results

Australian news services are fighting back against PGA Tour restrictions on live reporting from the Presidents Cup. Tom Dick of The Sydney Morning Herald has the details

The American organizers of this month's Presidents Cup tournament in Melbourne, the PGA Tour, have demanded Australian news organizations delay posting scores online by half an hour and not provide readers with real-time coverage.

Under its rules, TV stations would also be banned from showing any footage until Fox Sports and Channel Nine, who hold the broadcast rights, have finished their coverage. Even then, other broadcasters will be allowed to show only three minutes a day if they accept the PGA Tour conditions, despite Australian copyright law protecting news reporting.

However, those Australian media organizations -- never known as shrinking violets -- aren’t rolling over for tour officials.

News Ltd has labelled the rules "completely unacceptable", and it has been joined by Fairfax Media, owner of the Herald, and several news agencies in refusing to sign the terms on which PGA Tour allows their journalists and photographers to cover the tournament.

Ian Poulter blames new house for poor play this season

Ian Poulter is in Shanghai this week for the HSBC Champions event, but he said the reason for his middling play this season is that his mind has been on the house he’s building in Orlando, according to Oliver Brown of The Telegraph (UK).

“There’s no getting away from it, I’ve played terribly,” he said. “It has all been way too much. I’ve had too much going on in my mind. So, I need to get rid of all that ---- and concentrate on playing golf again.

“I have been building a house and I won’t be moving in until March. It’s my house, and whether it’s a plug socket or the smallest furnishing, I have to make the final decisions. It’s my house — I don’t want someone else to choose something for it.

"That’s a time-consuming project and it eats away at time when I could be doing other stuff.”

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September 07, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Tiger prepared for Ryder Cup heckling

Posted at 4:08 PM by Mike Walker

One of the subplots to this year’s Ryder Cup will be how the post-scandal Tiger Woods will be received by his teammates, their wives and the Wales fans. Well, we know how Woods is going to be received by the fans: he’ll be mercilessly heckled in the tradition of the Ryder Cup, which means he’ll get the business as he walks the fairway but respectful silence (we hope!) when he’s preparing for his shot.

“On the road it's very different,” Woods said Monday. “You get booed a lot, you get jeered, and people say things they probably shouldn't say.”

Woods has seen it happen in Europe and the U.S., and he said he’s prepared for anything the Wales fans might throw at him.

“Unfortunately I've seen it on both sides,” Woods said. “They did it with Monty in I think three of the four team matches, so it goes both ways, and I've had that experience and understand how to deal with it and make it a positive thing.”

The Dude abides at the Deutsche
With his Jeff Spicoli hair and his laid-back demeanor, Charley Hoffman is golf’s new counterculture hero (not that we had a lot of guys to choose from). And if Hoffman looks like a guy who knows how to have fun, that’s because he is, according to Hoffman’s UNLV teammate Adam Scott.

“He's a real down-to-earth guy,” Scott said after Hoffman won the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 62 on Monday. “I can't say enough about Charley. As much as I joke about all the bad stuff he made me do at college, he made me feel very comfortable, a 17-year-old kid from Australia moving to Vegas, and he drove me around all year my freshman year because I didn't have a car or anything.”

Plus, he’s got the best T-shirt in golf, available on


Woosie says he would have picked Paul Casey
Ian Woosnam, who lead the Europeans to Ryder Cup victory at the K Club in 2006, says he would have picked Paul Casey for the team. Casey was left off the team when captain Colin Montgomerie picked Eduardo Molinari, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald for the team, but Woosie told WalesOnline that Casey’s distance off the tee would have been an advantage at the Celtic Manor course.

"You can’t say it’s the strongest team because the world number eight Casey is not there. You need to get the strongest team possible out on the golf course.

“Someone had to be left out and it was a difficult job. As the captain Colin’s the one who has to make the decision and ultimately stand by it.

“I’m not saying who should be picked but I did find it a little bit strange not having Casey, who’s such a long hitter, in the side.

“I would have seen that as an advantage at Celtic Manor and against an American team that includes some of the longest hitters in the world at the moment. Paul Casey would have been in my fantasy team, let’s put it that way.”

Stray Shots
Some stories we saw when wondering if it’s a coincidence that all of Corey Pavin’s Ryder Cup picks not ranked No. 1 in the world are regulars at the Tour bible study group...

Tiger’s golf advice to President Obama: “Stay in balance.” (Via The New York Times)

Justin Timberlake reopened his green golf course in Tennessee. Maybe someday he’ll record some new music. (Via The LA Times)

Colin Montgomerie weighs in on Man U striker Wayne Rooney’s sex scandal. Monty’s well-reasoned take: Soccer’s non-stop action makes it easier for players to cope with personal problem on the field. (Via The Daily Mail UK)

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