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.
"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.
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.