That thought crossed my mind in the past 48 hours of the Travelers Championship as one golf name kept popping up and popping up Friday on ESPN, during
Of course, it's
Not sure if you've heard, but Woods, who hasn't won a major title in six years, is returning to the
"I think it's great for the tour and great for golf," said Garcia, one stroke behind Moore and Baddeley heading into the final round of the Travelers. "He's one of our top players, so it'll be kind of interesting to see how he is, how he's feeling. I guess he wants to be as ready as possible for the British Open, wants to have maybe a little bit of a try. It's obviously very nice to see him come back and hopefully he stays healthy."
I admit that I asked Sergio the Tiger question Saturday, halfway hoping he'd say he didn't given a flip. Sergio and Tiger haven't had much use for each other through the years and the feud reached a boiling point last year. Matters have quieted down, of course, and it is no exaggeration to say that Garcia and every current player owes some level of debt to Woods for all the attention and money he has brought to the
So it was zero surprise that guys like
"I'm so pumped," Bradley said. "It's great news for golf and great news for the tour. A no-Tiger Tour is not the same.
"We need Tiger. The whole tour needs Tiger and golf needs Tiger."
Bubba has won two Masters, two more majors than Tiger has won since 2008. And as popular as Bubba is in some quarters, he knows he is no match for Woods. He knows, anybody who follows golf knows, the Tiger-less U.S. Open TV ratings were down 45 percent from 2013. It wasn't only because Martin Kaymer lapped the field. The numbers were also down 35 percent from the 2011 Open when
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"It is a pretty cool move that he got back for his tournament, makes his tournament that much better," Watson said. "Obviously, there will be one or two more [media members] watching, more people watching the Golf Channel, more people watching the coverage on the weekend. More than likely they sold one or two more tickets. If he had a jersey, they'd sell more jerseys.
"It's a great thing for golf if he's back, even if he struggles. But he won't struggle."
There is no evidence that he will excel, either. Tiger's history is that he wouldn't even step on the course if he didn't think he'd win. After undergoing surgery at the end of March, however, he has said he just started hitting full shots and expects to be a little rusty. Unless he is sandbagging, this is going to be like a major leaguer going on a rehab assignment. Only it won't be treated as such. It will be treated like it's Sunday at the Masters. How does he look? How does he feel? Let's analyze that swing? Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. ... I'm just hoping after devoting so much of its first hour Saturday,
This is no
The problem is at the national level, I'm afraid nobody knows the rest of field is at the Travelers, either. The Travelers Championship never had a chance against 11-year-old
Good grief, if we only had a real Irish setter puppy playing in the Irish Open we'd have the entertainment hat trick. Part of me wants to write an entire column about
For some in
There are good story lines here, story lines that extend beyond Sergio's admitting that no win at the Travelers could ever make up for the pain of
J.D. Rastovski, who usually served as his trainer, caddied for Moore that day because Ryan's brother Jason got sick. Rastovski, who was on Moore's bag when he won the 2009 Wyndam Championship, has been Ryan's best friend since they were in grade school in the
"Ryan woke up this morning and said, 'We're going to go win the golf tournament,'" Rastovski said that day in 2011.
He didn't. Moore, who has
"I've had a lot of success here," said Moore, who has had two seconds, a fourth and a seventh in eight previous appearances at
It would be terrific if he did. It would be even better if the golf world, the sports world, if
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