Jordan Spieth's extended courtship by Under Armour provides a high-profile example of how the Baltimore-based sports apparel company scouts potential endorsers, often targeting young up-and-comers, and how it pays off.
We have reached the halfway point in the LPGA schedule, and there is some great golf being played by a lot of gals out here. The Ricoh Women's British Open marks our third major of the year and second major in the past three tournaments leading up to the International Crown at the end of the month.
The galleries were noticeably thinner and more spread out for Saturday's third round than they were the first two days, when most of those who came to the tournament seemed to be following the trio of Woods, 20-year-old American phenom Jordan Spieth and Jason Day of Australia.
Tiger Woods never felt so good after playing so badly. Taking two shots to escape a plugged lie in a bunker put him a hole. Four straight bogeys on the back nine Friday in the Quicken Loans National buried his chances of making it to the weekend. Over two rounds at Congressional, he missed 16 greens and managed to save par only three times. Woods was back ¿ just not for very long.
I swore off 4:30 a.m. wakeup calls for the British Open two years ago, when Louie Oosthuizen introduced himself to the golfing world -- and me -- by winning at St. Andrews in a runaway. But back then, Tiger Woods was in the midst of what seemed to be a never-ending free fall from the top.
In the old days, Tiger Woods might have won the AT&T National with ease. In the old days, Woods might not have needed his closest competitor to bogey the last three holes at Congressional Country Club.
It has taken three years, a stretch of time when their career arcs crisscrossed, when their successes and failures were dissected like frogs in a high school biology class, when they seemed to share little except the same swing coach. Such is the way things have gone for Hunter Mahan and Tiger Woods since the final round of the 2009 AT&T National.