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.
"I would certainly say my short game has been something that has taken a hit," Woods said Tuesday at the Congressional Country Club, where he will play the role of host and favorite when the AT&T National begins Thursday.
After sinking millions of dollars into the dream of a world-class tourist destination in the mountains of Western Maryland, the state is poised to cut its losses and turn the Rocky Gap hotel and conference center over to a private company that will open a casino at the lakeside resort.
It is certainly not a stretch to say that this weekend ¿ if it ends with a victory for the 36-year-old Woods in the U.S. Open at San Francisco¿s Olympic Club ¿ could redefine a legacy that added more than a few unwanted chapters over the past three years.
Watching what Tiger Woods did Sunday at Muirfield Village Golf Club, coming from two shots down with four holes to play to win the Memorial Tournament and tie the event¿s legendary host, Jack Nicklaus, with PGA Tour victory No. 73, brought back memories from the years when Woods was undeniably the No. 1 player in golf.
Phil Mickelson pulled out of the Memorial Tournament on Thursday after shooting a first-round 79. He didn¿t make any excuses. He didn¿t say that his well-documented psoriatic arthritis flared up or that he had tweaked the wrist that has given him problems over the years.
Two developers say they are planning to submit bids Friday to operate a casino in Western Maryland, and the head of the state slots commission said there are "multiple people interested" in the Baltimore slots license.
After two unsuccessful attempts to transform the debt-ridden Rocky Gap Lodge in a profit generating casino, Maryland lawmakers are considering a package of financial incentives to slash the tax rate and erase millions in fees in an attempt to attract a bidder.