There’s a lot of deja vu in watching the media trip over each other in trying to be the one who pinpoints when Tiger Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour. One thing is certain, it won’t be at this week’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., but all bets are off after that as media continue to check his accommodation arrangements and tournament registrations. It all reminds me of when Tiger was in his prime and tournament director Bill Paul would be bombarded with questions in the months leading up to the Canadian Open about whether Woods was coming. The fact that Woods played five holes with buddy Mark O’Meara at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Tx., a Woods design, has the frenzy ramped up, but his appearance for the first time since last August is only half the story. The Tiger Woods that returns will not be the same Tiger Woods that Paul was questioned about. He will be a work in progress with the media having as many answers as to when (or if) he’ll return to top form as they do right now about when he’ll actually play. In both cases, if Tiger doesn’t know, why would the media? But there’s nothing like good speculation
I read a hand-wringer on Twitter who was concerned that Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., missed his opportunity to go back to the PGA Tour after a couple of late double bogeys at the United Leasing and Finance Championship dropped him out of the lead and into a fifth-place finish. While I’m sure Sloan wasn’t happy, I did check the
calendar just to make sure and it did say we’re only at the beginning of May with plenty of tournaments left on the Web .com Tour schedule. By the way, Sloan, who finished T5 the previous week in Mexico, is only one spot away from the top 25 on the money list who graduate to the PGA Tour at the end of the season. He’s 26th with $50,951.75, after going into the tournament in 42nd spot. Brad Fritsch, who missed the cut after going 1-T2 in his previous two events, is second on the money list with $186,989.58. The Web .com Tour is off this week … Graham DeLaet, Mackenzie Hughes, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn and Nick Taylor are the Canadians in the field at the Wells Fargo Championship … On the Champions Tour, Stephen Ames, Jim Rutledge and Rod Spittle will play the Insperity Invitational in the Woodlands, Tx. … The Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala., will include Brooke Henderson, Samantha Richdale, Alena Sharp, Maude-Aimee Leblanc and SooBin Kim … Her top-10 streak may have ended at nine, eight on the LPGA Tour, on the weekend, but Henderson remains fifth in the world rankings … Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Brogan McKinnon, Brittany Marchand, Megan Osland, Christina Foster, Augusta James, Sara-Maude Juneau, Jessica Wallace, Sue Kim and Jennifer Kirby are at the Symetra Tour’s Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic in Greenwood, S.C. … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers if golf has a responsibility to take a stand on societal issues, or should it remain neutral? The majority, or 44 per cent, felt it should tread very lights on such topics, while 39 per cent felt it should always remain completely neutral. Another 17 per cent felt it should take stands on such issues … This week’s poll asks readers if they see any grow-the-game potential to golf being in the Olympics this summer. As of this writing, 44 per cent of respondents said the Olympics have some grow-the-game potential, while 38 per cent said it had no potential and 18 per cent said it had huge potential. If you haven’t done so already, you can vote on the GNN home page.