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Tiger Woods — Still the Best Golfer in the World?

I was beginning to think about my 2011 Masters predictions post this week, when I woke up this morning to see this interview with Tiger Woods on ESPN. When asked “Who is the best player in the world?” Tiger could only respond with a smirk and another question, “When I get me swing dialed in?”

As much as Tiger now has his doubters, even given the fact that he hasn’t won a tournament since November 2009, I tend to agree with him. He’s had some pretty significant extracurricular activities to distract him and he changed his swing coach, both of which are in fact pretty good excuses for his performance as of late. But the guy is as hungry as ever — he’s just 4 measly little majors away from Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 (4 majors and measly can only be used in the same sentence because of Tiger) and clearly still believes that he will bring that record to his feet. Not to mention he’s still got more talent in his pinky finger than anyone on tour (although I do see that extra gear in Rory McIlroy as well).

As for the Masters, I’ve already predicted a breakout win for Tiger a few times over and missed, so I’m hesitant to do it again. Tiger is playing next week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill — let’s just say that tournament will have a lot to do with my prediction. Stay tuned.

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Tiger Woods 2011 Predictions

Tiger Woods 2011 Predictions

No doubt about it, Tiger Woods had a wild 2010. He didn’t win a golf tournament, he lost his golden boy aura, and despite his graphic text messages and infidelity, he managed to elude the villianized image that enveloped Lebron James for merely announcing that he was taking his talents to South Beach. Tiger has since built a new house, been seen at countless sporting events, and although no one noticed he would have won a golf tournament a few weeks back had it not been for a couple of miraculous putts by Graeme McDowell. Oh yea, and he topped it all of with a healthy dose of “sex rehab.” All of this leads me to wonder — What does 2011 have in store for Tiger?

Let’s start with the timing of this post; the 2011 PGA Tour season kicks off January 3-9 in Hawaii at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (previously known as the Mercedes Championship — talk about downgrading). This is an invitation only event for tournament winners from 2010, meaning this is the first year that Tiger has not been invited in over a decade. You likely won’t even see Tiger in action until February, but I can assure you of one thing:

Now that Tiger is divorced, he’s going to do what he wants to do. And although you think that might be some potent cocktail of, well, cocktail waitresses, I can assure you that’s not Tiger’s main concern. Tiger wants to practice. Tiger wants to be the best golfer ever. And that means winning majors. End of story.

So will he succeed in 2011 or has he lost his game and his nerve? I think his loss to Graeme McDowell was telling enough — the game is in there. So you’re hearing it here and now, before the PGA Tour season begins — Tiger Woods will win at least 5 tournaments, including at least 1 major in 2011. My guess is that Tiger will win the Masters at Augusta, thus silencing his critics, completing his “comeback,” and announcing loud and clear to players on tour that things have not changed all that much.

That said, I do think that you’ll see other tour players take shots at Tiger in the media that much more. His game unchanged, I think that criticism becomes a lot easier for these guys now that Tiger’s golden boy image is deceased. As for Tiger’s response? He’ll kick their butts as usual. Trust me on this one.

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Tiger Woods — Want to Come Back to My New Crib?

Tiger Woods New House

Apparently Tiger Woods’ $100 million divorce settlement wasn’t enough, as he has now dropped an additional $55 million on a new pad in Jupiter, Florida. I guess the man’s not hurting for cash. Let me start this post by saying that there is so much crap floating around the internet about Tiger these days that it is absolutely ridiculous. I tried to boil it all down to what appears to actually be true.

The picture above is Tiger’s new bachelor’s pad. The property sits on the site of 12 previous properties, all of which Tiger purchased. The house is  directly next to the beach and features a guest house, a lap pool, several golf holes, and a state of the art golf training center. Tiger’s mortgage payment on this baby? Approximately $1 million per month. Too bad about the divorce and all, it really would have been nice to pay straight cash.

Woods has since dropped to #2 in the World Golf Rankings, and this house will likely serve as his main home/practice facility for the rest of his career. In other words, this is likely the place he’ll hole up even more than he used to for privacy and these days, the practice he needs. Every builder and contractor that worked on the house was required to sign a confidentiality agreement to not speak about the property or their work there. I’m sure his new lady friends will approve.

Makes me wonder — what’s Elin doing with her dough?
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Tiger, Ke$ha, and Kanye? You Gotta Know…

Ke$ha "Cannibal"

Tiger Woods and pop star Ke$ha are now dating. Well, not really. Not at all in fact. But this morning I have three random tidbits of information that any howiGit reader must know, and Tiger and Ke$ha are involved.

1) Tiger Woods is no longer the #1 golfer in the world. After holding that position for the past 5 years, Tiger’s lack of winning in 2010 has finally caught up to him. So Phil is the new #1 right? Wrong. Lee Westwood is the new world #1, ladies and gentlemen, followed by Tiger at #2, Martin Kaymer at #3, and Phil at #4. Surprised? Who wouldn’t be. Both Tiger and Lee Westwood are playing the WGC-HSBC Championship in China this week. Through two rounds Westwood is in 2nd place at -8, with Tiger in 9th place at -4. The good news is the World Golf Ranking are currently so close we could be seeing the number #1 position flip-flop from week to week.

2) Ke$ha’s new CD entitled Cannibal is to be released on November 22. I know what I want in my stocking this year! The album included her upcoming song, “Grow a Pair.” I told you she was perfect for Tiger.

3) Kanye West is also slated to release his new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, on November 22. Will he be able to outsell Ke$ha’s Cannibal?

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Beiber, Lee, TI, Seau, Magic…Tuesday’s Top 5

Cliff Lee postseasn dominance

Lots of strange and bizarre happenings occurred in the world of sports and entertainment yesterday. In lieu of this, I present you with Tuesday’s Top 5……

1) Cliff Lee pitched 8-innings of 2-hit (both singles), 13 strikeout baseball en route to beating the Yankees 8-0 in game 3 of the ALCS. I see a 2-hitter against the Yankees lineup as being a -1 hitter, a playoff first. Roy Halladay must be sad.  Lee improved his postseason record to 7-0, with a 1.26 ERA. All of this from a guy who doesn’t throw very hard and has something of a loopy curve ball. He’s like a left-handed fusion of Greg Maddux and Curt Schilling. And he’s well on his way to overtaking Curt Schilling’s title of the best postseason pitcher in history (Schilling was 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA).

2) Justin Bieber got in a scuffle with a 12-year-old who insisted on shooting him as often as he could in a game of laser tag. The 12-year-old then called Bieber a homophobic slur. Way to go, Biebs. If you’re so cool, why are you playing laser tag in Canada?

3) TI is going back to jail, this time for 11 months as a result of a traffic stop that violated his probation. Will his new CD ever come out?

4) Magic Johnson sold his ownership share of the Lakers to a doctor, a “tough business decision” that he made for his family. And people were joking before that he’s buying his way out of AIDS.

5) Former Charger and Patriot Junior Seau drove his car off a California cliff after being charged with domestic violence against his 25-year-old live in girlfriend. Stop trying to be like Tiger, Junior.
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2010 Ryder Cup Starts Today

2010 Ryder Cup

The 2010 Ryder Cup begins today at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales. If you don’t know much about the Ryder Cup, it is golf’s biggest team format event, pitting the best players from Europe against the best players from the States. The bi-annual tournament was won by the American’s in 2008, although the US hasn’t won on European soil in 17 years.

While the European team may have several players that aren’t exactly household names — Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, and Ross Fisher, just to name a few — this is by far one of the strongest European teams in recent years. I hate to be unpatriotic, but my prediction is that the US will get crushed. Sure, Tiger isn’t playing his best, but I bet you he plays well. He won’t be the problem.

The format of the event is a bit screwy — today and tomorrow you will see best ball and alternate shot formats, followed up by head to head singles matches on Sunday. This is far and away golf’s most pressure packed event, and one of the most intense events in all of sport. If the matches get close, I’d definitely recommend tuning in on Sunday.

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The Jersey Shore Miami — If Snooki Was an Athlete…

The Situation Jersey Shore Miami

Hey T.O. -- Have we got a Situation?

So I got to thinking — this is a sports and entertainment blog, right? Why not combine the two? The Jersey Shore Miami provided obvious inspiration — the big conflicting personalties and the ripped bodies (minus “Snickers”) pushed me over the top. I mean, Paul Pierce calls himself “the Truth” and Allen Iverson is “the Answer.” Ring any bells? The best part about the Jersey Shore is that it no longer needs to be a guilty pleasure — it is now so mainstream and so well loved that nobody is denying it any longer (guess I have to keep my love for Merideth Brooks’ “I’m a bitch” to myself). Jersey Shore has blossomed into what all reality TV strives to be — a perfect blend of emotions and trashiness thrown together in one hour of brilliance. Here is the end result of all this brainstorming — my list of which athlete is most similar to each of The Jersey Shore Miami’s characters.

The Situation & Terrell Owens — Come on, this one is easy. Both of these guys would have a press conference in their front yard just to do shirtless push-ups. The toned bodies and cocky attitudes match up, and they both run their mouths too much. But at the end of the day, you just can’t defend against em’.

Terrell Owens sit-ups

Snooki & Glen “Big Baby” Davis — Both Snooki and Big Baby are both….well round and babyish. They both get overly emotional (just ask Kevin Garnett…he’s probably made them both cry), overly drunk, and dance horribly.

Sammi Sweetheart & Plaxico Burress — These two are very skinny, very “talented,” and at the end of the day both look like complete fools to the American public.

J-WoW & Serena Williams — This one is tough. These two could both beat the crap out of me. The both make loud noises when around balls. Yet I still sort of see the attraction? Maybe? All I know is if J-WoW saw Serena strolling down the beach she’d chase after her thinking she was one of her beloved “gorilla juice-heads.”

Pauli D & Tiger Woods — To me, this couldn’t be more obvious (and I couldn’t find many athletes with blowouts). Both of these guys do what they want when they want, bring their fans to their feet (Pauli as a DJ, Tiger as a golfer), and are reliable in the clutch. What more could you want?

Vinny & Albert Pujols — Silent and under-appreciated, these two are generally loved by all. And they both swing a big bat (as Snooki so eloquently told the world).

Angelina & A-Rod — This one is easy as well. Nobody cares about them, they should go back to where they came from, and they slap like little girls.

A-Rod slap

Ronnie & Rocky Balboa — These two are both stocky, jacked, stupid, and throw a mean right-hook. I picture Rocky drawling, “Yo Adriennnn!” then yelling at her and begging his way back into her arms. Picture Ronnie saying, “Yo Sammmm,” and then doing the same.

What do you think?

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Monty Leaves Paul Casey and Justin Rose off Ryder Cup Squad

Paul Casey

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has selected his three captain’s picks for the European team — a controversial decision where Monty had to select 3 players with at least 5 very good options. Ultimately Montgomerie selected Italy’s Edoardo Molinari (#15 in the world), Ireland’s Padraig Harrington (#19), and England’s Luke Donald (#11). Just as big of a story is the two players left off of the team — England’s Paul Casey (#8) and Justin Rose (#23).

Each of these players is certainly worthy of being on the team, and following is the case for each player:

Eduardo Molinari — Won on the European tour last week when he birdied the final 3 holes. His brother Francesco is also on the team, and Monty can pair them together during the Ryder Cup.

Padraig Harrington — Recent winner of two majors, although a 7-11-3 Ryder Cup record.

Luke Donald — He’s consistent, #11 in the world, and is 5-1-1 in the Ryder Cup.

Paul Casey — Europe’s best overall player, he’s been on the last three Ryder Cup teams.

Justin Rose — Has 2 wins on the PGA tour this season.

If it were up to me, I would have picked Padraig, Casey, and Donald. While I think Monty is thinking outside of the box in picking Molinari so that he can play with his brother (I bet they kill it), I think that he is easily the least qualified. While Rose is having arguably the best season of any of these players, he ultimately is the most streaky and hasn’t proven himself as well under pressure. I think Padraig is a lock, based off his tough as nails performances in majors and Donald has earned a spot on the team given his past Ryder Cup performances. I just can’t see Paul Casey not making this team. He’s #8 in the world, has a reputation for winning big match play tournaments (which makes him hugely beneficial in the Ryder Cup), and brings some of the cockiness the European team could use.

Now we just need to wait and see who Corey Pavin, the US captain, selects for his squad. Based on his performance this week, Tiger should get one of the nods.

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Shhhhh…..Tiger Woods is Leading a Golf Tournament

Tiger Woods

Don’t talk too loudly now, but as of this morning Tiger Woods is leading a golf tournament on the PGA Tour — The Barclays tournament. He is 3-under par through 14 holes and one shot up on the field. This took him exactly 2 days after his divorce was finalized — Tigers must move on, quickly.

I wouldn’t worry though — he’ll blow it.

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Tiger Woods Lips Out on Marriage, Divorces Elin Nordegren

Tiger Woods Elin Nordegren

Yesterday was a long day in coming, nearly 8-months since Tiger Woods crashed his car after his wife likely chased him out of the house with a golf club. At long last, Tiger and his wife Elin Nordegren have divorced.

When news of Woods’ infidelity first emerged, I was very skeptical that a divorce would ever happen. But when the rampant details of Woods’ double life began to emerge and was subsequently smeared by the media throughout the globe, a divorce soon became inevitable. So what does this divorce mean? What is its relevance? As someone who has long been a Tiger fan, and continues to be despite his affairs, here’s how I see it.

1) The first major question everyone has is what was the divorce settlement? Was there a pre-nup? How much is Elin getting? These questions are pretty foolish, and frankly, who cares? If there was not a pre-nup and Tiger was acting the way that he did, then he deserves to lose however many hundreds of millions of dollars. The man is a billionaire, so both parties will be more than comfortable, needless to say.

2) While Tiger has been villianized by many, both he and Elin are intelligent enough people to know that ultimately it’s all about the kids. Few athletes in the history of sport have talked more frequently, lovingly, and openly about their relationships with their parents as Woods has. Whether it’s speaking of his mother’s Buddhist influences of his “pop’s” regimented approach to developing Tiger’s mental game, Woods has continually credited his parents and the influences they have had on him. He wants to be the same sort of father for his children, which unfortunately for him, he already screwed up. But I can guarantee that the public will see him taking care of and spending time with his children. They are young enough that they will be fine.

3) So what does this mean for Tiger’s golf game? Everything. This season was a complete wash for Woods, as he was rehabing his personal life in an attempt to save his marriage rather than his golf game. Tiger will now have plenty of time to focus on his game, rededicate himself to practicing, and ultimately return to the winner’s circle. When will this happen? Let’s just say that Tiger will win multiple tournaments next year and will go on to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships. From here on out Tiger will be either spending time with his kids or working on his golf game. That’s about it.

So with those questions answered, here is the question nobody is asking yet — When will Tiger start dating again? Who will the lucky lady be? Jennifer Aniston? Lady Gaga? I bet it doesn’t happen anytime soon — but what happens in Vegas,……

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