The US Open will miss the presence of Tiger Woods this year, after the legendary golfer turned down an invitation to join the broadcast team for the famous tournament.
Woods is continuing to recover from a car crash earlier in the year which left him with horrific injuries to his right leg.
The Torrey Pines course playing host to the tournament was the site of one of Woods’ most memorable achievements, when he defeated Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff for the 2008 title.
Producers and announcers from next week’s broadcast held a news conference on Wednesday to discuss US Open coverage.
Announcer Dan Hicks provided the scoop on Woods, per Golf.com.
“We were all thinking how good that would be, who better, if he couldn’t be there to play it, to voice it and have him a part of the show,” Hicks said.
“But we were rebuffed. He didn’t want to do it, and I totally understand his situation.”
Hicks speculated that Woods didn’t want to become a “sideshow” attraction at the site of one of his greatest golf achievements.
“There is a lot going on in his world right now, and there’s also a part of Tiger that doesn’t want to become this, I don’t want to, for lack of a better word, a sideshow at an event where we should be concentrating on what’s happening,” Hicks said.
Reading the statement makes me so sad. This is almost certainly a career ender. But remember, in 2008, @TigerWoods won the US Open with a broken leg. If anyone can come back from this, it’s Tiger. 🐅🐐 https://t.co/Y4CV1mEayS
— Michael O’Herlihy (@michaelo) February 24, 2021
The US Open starts next Thursday, where Jon Rahm remains a +1000 betting favorite despite his withdrawal from the Memorial Tournament last week with COVID-19.
Lindsey Vonn on Her Relationship With Tiger Woods and His Recovery: ‘ I Am Just Happy That He Is Back With His Kids’
Tiger Woods is debatably one of the greatest golfers of all time. Woods is an 82-time PGA Tour winner and a 15-time major Championship winner, who is currently on a road to return to the professional game. Apart from golf, Tiger has always been in the news with respect to his relationships.
Moreover, Tiger’s ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn spoke about Tiger and her past relationships in a recent interview with ET.
Lindsey Vonn on Tiger Woods
Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American-based former World Cup alpine skier for the US team. She won four world championships and is only the second women skier to do so. She won three consecutive championships from 2008, 2009,2010, and her last one in the year 2012. Lindsey is also a former Olympic skier. Apart from being a world-class skier, she was in limelight because of her relationship with Tiger Woods. The duo dated from 2012 to 2015.
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Tiger Woods has been in the news for his relationships for quite some time now. He married Elin Nordegren in 2004 but unfortunately, they got divorced after six years of their marriage in 2010. Tiger has been with Erica Herman for four years, they made their relationship public at the 2017 Presidents Cup in New Jersey.
As for Vonn, here’s what she said about Woods in a recent interview: “We are friends and, of course, I’m happy that he is back and healthy,” she says of their relationship and Woods’ recent car accident and recovery. “And, you know, it was a tough time for him. So I am just happy that he is back with his kids.”
Tiger Woods made probably one of the most miraculous comebacks into golf in 2021 at the 2021 PNC Championship. Tiger who is 46 years old met with an accident in February 2021. Woods played the tournament with his 12-year-old son Charlie Axel Woods. The father-son duo finished with an overall score of 25 under par at second position.
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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.
Wall-to-Wall Equipment: How a 2016 Tiger interview netted Charlie Woods a special Scotty Cameron putter
Welcome to Wall-to-Wall Equipment, the Monday morning gear wrap-up in which GOLF equipment editor Jonathan Wall takes you through the latest trends, rumors and breaking news.
This one’s for you, kid
By this point, you’ve probably heard the story, but it bears repeating if you don’t follow Tiger Woods’ every move in the equipment space.
In the days leading up to the 2016 Hero World Challenge, the 15-time major winner was discussing his putter studio, when the conversation shifted to his putter collection. More specifically, the putters a young Charlie Woods was allowed to roll putts with in the home studio.
“Charlie knows there are two putters he can’t touch,” Woods said. “There’s the black one I won with the Teryllium insert. I won the Masters in ’97 with it and this Scotty Cameron. They sit next to each other. Touch any other putter, do anything you want with any other putter. But these putters are off-limits.”
In other words: Sorry, Charlie.
Scotty Cameron still recalls Woods’ answer to the question — and what he did next for Charlie.
“The next day, I went to the shop and created a putter for Charlie,” Cameron told GOLF.com during a recent putter chat. “On the sole, I stamped: By Scotty, Made Only for Charlie.”
Cameron confirmed it was not the putter Charlie used just last month at the PNC Championship, but a production model with his name stamped on the head. Even still, the putter represented three generations of Woods who’ve used his putters going back to when Tiger put one in play for the first time in the mid 90s.
“I turned 60 this year, which blows my mind,” Cameron said. “In addition to Tiger, I remember making putters for Earl. [Tiger] and I would be hanging out in the shop, and he’d ask me if I could make a putter for ‘Pops.’ That’s now three generations of the Woods family.”
According to Cameron, he had no idea Charlie was going to show up with one of his putters until early in the week at the PNC Championship when he received confirmation from his Tour team that the youngster was carrying a backup version of Tiger’s famed Newport 2 GSS.
“I asked them if it was the putter we made for Charlie, and they confimed it was one of Tiger’s backups,” Cameron said.
From there, Cameron’s Tour team took the putter to the truck, where it was cut down to Charlie’s length and a new grip was added. Slight modifications were also made to the head to make it feel heavier due to the shorter length.
“You don’t hand down irons, wedges or drivers — but you do hand down putters,” said Cameron. “For that to happen naturally — it wasn’t forced — was so cool.”
A secret no more
Speaking of Cameron, the putter designer unveiled a new Phantom X putter at the Sony Open. The overall look is Futura-esque, but shaping falls more in line with what we’ve seen from the recent Phantom X line extension.
Cameron usually offers gearheads a peek at the upcoming retail line when the Tour restarts in Hawaii, so expect to hear more about these putters in the near future.
Tiger Woods has shocking revelation about his car crash
Tiger Woods suffered serious injuries when he was involved in a single-car accident earlier this year, and the 15-time major champion confirmed on Tuesday that he is fortunate he did not lose a limb.
Tiger spoke with the media for the first time since the crash ahead of the Hero World Challenge, which is a tournament he hosts. He was asked by a reporter how close he was to losing a leg, and he said amputation was “on the table” at one point.
Woods suffered severe fractures to his lower-left leg. There were questions about whether he would ever walk again, let alone play golf. Tiger said he feels fortunate to be alive and still have both of his legs.
Tiger shed some light on his comeback plans during an in-depth interview this week. What he said makes even more sense now that we know he nearly lost a leg.