It’s his worst first round in a major. One hour after he started, Tiger Woods was atop the leaderboard Thursday at the PGA Championship and felt like the Tiger of old. He never imagined he would finish with his worst score ever in the opening round of a major.
He opened with three birdies in five holes. He followed with three double bogeys over the next 10 holes.
Woods started out with his name high on the board, right next to Steve Stricker, who went on to tie a major championship record with 63. Woods wound up toward the bottom, next to John Daly and 57-year-old Jerry Pate, with a 77.
It was his worst round in a major since Woods shot an 81 in the vicious wind and pelting rain of Muirfield in the third round of the British Open nine years ago. And it was no mystery to him how it all happened.
“Got off to a great start today, was three under early, was having mechanical thoughts through those holes … and I thought, ‘I can let it go’ and play by instinct and feel,” he said. “And it just screwed up my whole round. I’m not at that point where I can do that yet.”
Woods returned to competition last week and completed his first tournament since the Masters, staying away from golf until he was certain that injuries to his left leg would no longer cause him trouble.
The head — not to mention his swing — still have plenty of work.
Woods looked serious as ever when he walked onto the putting green to begin warming up. Then came an 18-foot birdie putt on the opening hole, an aggressive five-wood from a blind shot in the pine straw on the par-five 12th, followed by a bunker shot from a plugged lie to 3 feet for another birdie.
He hammered a drive more than 300 yards in the air on the 14th, leaving him a wedge to 3 feet for another birdie.
“He’s back!” a fan cried out. Not quite.
It was the worst opening round for Woods in any tournament since he shot 79 at the Australian Open in 1996. He is due to play Down Under again in November. At this rate, that might be his next tournament. If he misses the cut today — he has done that only twice in the majors — he would not be eligible for any PGA Tour events for six weeks.
Not since the final round at Bay Hill in 2007 had Woods made at least three double bogeys in one round. He started this carnage with a four-iron on the 254-yard 15th hole that didn’t look awful until it landed, just to the right of the green and into the pond.
Woods was in the sand a dozen times.
He has talked about returning to his old swing while trying to learn a new one, and he said that was the case Thursday.
“And that’s what’s frustrating,” Woods said. “I thought I was playing well enough that I don’t have to do that. I can just go out there and play and let it go and just play by feel — see the shot, hit the shot, feel it. And I’m not at that point yet. My same motor patterns get in there. I start fighting it, and I couldn’t get it back.”
WATERLOGGED: At least Woods fared better than Japanese teen Ryo Ishikawa, thought to be a contender coming off a strong showing last week in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone.
The 19-year-old should’ve brought his swimsuit, putting six balls in the water and finishing with an 15-over 85 — pretty much assured of missing the cut before much of the field even got on the course. It got so bad at one point that Ishikawa said he “stopped counting.”
His goal for the second round? “Birdies on every hole, all 18,” he said.
Jennifer Aniston Voted World’s Most Eligible Single Woman; Betty White At 4th. Jennifer Aniston is the world’s most eligible single woman, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. The survey result, released Monday, shows that the former “Friends” star beat out Halle Berry and even Betty White for the title. The 41-year-old actress, who famously split with Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, and John Mayer among others, pulled in 29 percent of the overall vote. She amassed 27 percent of the men’s votes and 32 percent of the women’s. She is followed by Oscar winner Halle Berry. The mother of one, who recently split with baby daddy Gabriel Aubry, took in 21 percent of the total votes. Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren gets 15 percent at third place. 88-year-old Betty White is at fourth place. The widow of TV host Allen Ludden garnered 11 percent of the total votes. Following her are Lady Gaga and Justice Elena Kegan, who gathered 5 percent and 4 percent votes respectively. The poll was conducted by telephone at the CBS News interviewing facility among a random sample of 906 adults nationwide from September 6 to 8.
Oprah Winfrey Reclaims Most Powerful Celebrity Throne. Oprah Winfrey is once again the queen of celebrities. The media mogul has reclaimed her throne as the most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, knocking over last year’s number 1 Angelina Jolie. Forbes tallied the names in the Celebrity 100 based on fame and money. Their earnings estimates and their Web hits, including press mentions. For this year, their social standing was also calculated using social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Winfrey was ousted from her comfortable top position last year by Jolie, but quickly regained footing this year. The magazine cited her eponymous talk show, as well as other media. Lady Gaga debuts in the list at 4th place, while America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock sits pretty at 8th place. She was 92nd last year. Beyonce Knowles (2nd), Britney Spears (6th), Madonna (10th), and U2 (7th) make up the music stars included in the first 10 rank. James Cameron (3rd), Johnny Depp (9th), and Tiger Woods (5th) round up the Top 10. Jolie and partner Brad Pitt also make the list at 18th and 30th place respectively, while “Twilight” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson join the power list for the first time at 66th and 50th.
Top 50 of Forbes’ Most Powerful List:
16.Black Eyed Peas
21.Dr. Phil McGraw
David Boreanaz Admits To Cheating On His Wife, Claims Ex-Mistress Threatened To Go Public. David Boreanaz wasn’t a perfect angel when it comes to his marriage. The former “Angel” star has admitted to cheating on his wife Jaime Bergman of nearly nine years to thwart a former mistress’ blackmailing scheme. He said to People, “Our marriage has been tainted with my infidelities. I just want to be open and honest. I was irresponsible.” The 40-year-old “Boner” actor said he has come forward because his unnamed ex-lover contacted an attorney and had threatened to contact media outlets. That attorney turns out to be the infamous Gloria Allred, according to our source. Allred, who has represented some of Tiger Woods’ mistresses, allegedly contacted Boreanaz’s lawyer, Marty Singer, and demanded a six-figure payment. Boreanaz had a short-term relationship with the woman and one source claims they hooked up “2 or 3 times.” He had already paid her several thousand dollars but she began to demand more, threatening to announce their relationship. He then confessed the affair to his wife before telling the public
New Tiger Woods Nike Ad Called “Creepy,” “Disturbing”. Tiger Woods is trying to make amends with the world as he gets back in to the game, and Nike is trying to profit off of it. A new 30-second TV spot for the brand features a close-up on Woods wearing the famous Nike check logo as only the voice of his deceased father, Earl Woods, plays. ”I want to find out what your thinking was,” says Earl Woods, who died in 2006, in the ad, while Woods stares into the camera silently. “I want to find out what your feelings are. And, did you learn anything?” The recording appears as if his deceased father is addressing his son about his recent sex scandal, even heavier considering his father’s alleged history of infidelity and their extremely close relationship. The Earl Woods audio was taken from an authorized DVD biography of Tiger Woods released in 2004. The ad, which aired Wednesday on ESPN and the Gold Channel, has been called everything from exploitative to creepy. “Most of the people I’ve talked to and in a lot of the stuff I’ve read, the word ‘creepy’ is the word that comes up the most,” Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, told the Washington Post. “It’s one thing to bring Dad’s advice in, another to do an apology. To mix this whole thing into a Nike ad really strikes me as really bizarre.” Plenty of viewers agree that they find the ad disturbing, considering how Wood’s now-deceased father’s words have been taken out of context for and how it seems that the golf star is now making money off of his recent affairs. “What’s really disturbing about the ad, though, is how normal it seems for a shoe company to make a commercial addressing an athlete’s sex life,” Hampton Stevens of The Atlantic said. A recent survey found ad viewers saying they felt “confusion,” “skepticism,” “sadness,” and “disturbed” following a viewing of the spot. Others, so offended by the clip, are swearing off purchasing Nike products altogether. But the brand says they are sticking by the ad. “We support Tiger and his family,” said Nike in a statement. “As he returns to competitive golf, the ad addresses his time away from the game using the powerful words of his father.”
Tiger Woods And George Lopez Have Locker Room Encounter. Tiger Woods is returning to golf and the scene which includes him coming face to face with sports bigwigs and A-listers, like chronic Woods joke teller George Lopez. Woods and Lopez, who has taken plenty of shots at Woods on his new hit late-night show, had an encounter yesterday during the Champions Locker Room in Augusta. According to [ur source, the encounter was surprisingly pleasant. Woods was in Augusta preparing for the Masters golf tourney, while Lopez was a guest of 2003 champ Mike Weir. Lopez was in the locker room when Woods and his hitting coach Hank Haney walked in. The two shook hands and exchanged hellos, with no mention of the hundreds of shots Lopez has taken at Woods since the on-going drama first took place. Woods would have been smart to have stayed away from any late-night TV for the past few months. Now a meeting with Leno, Letterman, Kimmel, and even Chelsea Handler would prove to be the real test that would show Woods that, after all, it’s just comedy.
EA Planning Lawsuit Against “South Park” Over Tiger Woods Episode. Video game company Electronic Arts is reportedly planning to sue the animated sitcom “South Park” over the recently aired episode about Tiger Woods.
The Comedy Central series featured EA’s “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11” game during the show, which the game developer didn’t find funny. The show cut to scenes of the embattled golfer and his wife Elin beating each other up, which was later revealed to be a level from “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11.” It also has the infamous car crash that was transformed into an action sequence similar to Street Fighter IV. Company sources told the Daily Informer that EA Sports President Peter Moore was informed of the situation after the episode aired. They are currently contemplating filing a lawsuit, saying “South Park” violated EA copyrights. Legal experts however have said that South Park is likely protected under a parody fair-use defense as the episode was a satire. EA has pledged its support for Woods in January after his womanizing ways was revealed
South Park Season Premiere To Swing At Tiger Woods. All-new adventures are in store for Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny and the rest of the gang. Comedy Central’s “South Park” is set to return for a 14th season on the all-humor network. In the midst of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the season premiere will air at 10 p.m. ET/PT March 17. After last season’s exploits involving motorcycle gangs, 9-year-old pimps and crews of Japanese whalers, the show starts its latest season with a swipe at one of the more controversial figures of recent months: Tiger Woods. In keeping with their topical comedy, series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will feature the boys of “South Park” encountering the disgraced golfer when he comes to their small Colorado town. Woods is one of many celebrities to be lampooned in cartoon form, joining a lineup that includes Paris Hilton, Ben Affleck, Barbra Streisand, Tom Cruise and President Barack Obama, just to name a few big names who have been mocked on the series, which will celebrate its 200th episode April 14. The 14th season premiere will be prefaced by the DVD release of “South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season Uncensored” through Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. The home release, also on Blu-ray Hi-Def, will include deleted scenes for the first time, as well as the featurette “Inside Xbox: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of South Park Studios” and bonus codes for the Xbox Live Arcade game “South Park: Let’s Go Tower Defense Play.”
After broadcast, new episodes will be available on Xbox Live, Sony PlayStation Network, iTunes, Amazon Video OnDemand and SouthParkStudios.com.
Tiger Woods has lost another sponsor. Sports drink Gatorade has dropped the controversial golfer as their sponsor, saying they “no longer see a role” for him in their marketing efforts. A rep for the company said, “We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts and have ended our relationship. We wish him all the best.” Gatorade is the third company to completely drop the 34-year-old womanizer from their contract. The first two were Accenture and AT&T. His other endorsement deals, Tag Heuer and Gillette, didn’t exactly end their ties with him, but they both minimized his role in their ad campaigns. Luckily for Woods, Electronic Arts and Nike continue to stick by him. The golfer’s agent released a statement obtained by TMZ, “We have been in discussions with Gatorade and while we are disappointed they have decided to not continue with Tiger in their marketing plans, we appreciate their continued involvement with Tiger through his foundation.” Woods recently held a press conference to apologize for his misdeeds.
Cheryl Cole Doesn’t Want Ashley’s Money In Divorce Settlement In what is beginning to look like an ugly public split between former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole and estranged husband and soccer star Ashley Cole, new reports are now saying that Cheryl “won’t fight for her husband’s money,” and instead wants to erase him from her life as quickly as possible. Following a string of allegations of infidelity, Ashley – who is beginning to look like the Tiger Woods of the U.K. – has hit back at his wife, blaming her and her mother for the demise of their marriage. Ashley claims that since Cheryl’s mother, Joan, moved in with the couple two years ago, the couple’s sex life has suffered, forcing the Chelsea star to look elsewhere for satisfaction. Meanwhile, Cheryl, who is back in the U.K. after a quick trip to L.A., has kept quiet and instead wants to proceed with their divorce as fast as she can. A source tells the U.K.’s Sun: “Cheryl has not yet appointed a divorce lawyer but she is going through names and setting up meetings. She says she wants the divorce to go through as quickly as possible. Her statement made no mention of a divorce, but that was only for Ashley’s sake.” The source continues: “She will not be fighting for a huge settlement. She just wants to get our fast so she can press on with life and move on. The initial advice is that it speeds up the process if there is no claim for money. The more the couple can agree on, the quicker they can get their divorce stamped.” Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that Ashley’s mother is trying to step in to save the couple’s marriage as a “go-between” person, with little effect.