Twenty-one years after Woods shook the game’s landscape with his first, record-breaking, barrier-shattering victory in the Masters, and nearly five seasons removed from his last PGA Tour victory, his extraordinary comeback from four back surgeries is giving golf a boost many never saw coming.
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.
Heading into the Grand Prix of Baltimore, Marco Andretti's performance has improved significantly this season. On a team that now features reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion and defending Grand Prix of Baltimore champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti is currently fourth in the standings.
For the second time in a month, David Hutsell teed his ball up as defending champion Monday at the 91st Maryland Open, the state's top golf tournament for professionals and amateurs. This year's tournament is being contested at Old South Country Club in Lothian.
"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.
Forbes has released its list of the world's highest-paid athletes, and one of the biggest names on the Ravens defense is ranked 12th on the list. I'll give you a hint: It is not Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs or Ed Reed.
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.
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.