Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tiger Woods Update

New Year. Same Story.

Tiger continues to provide the only interesting news in the golf world thus far in 2010.

I didn't know you could go to jail for having cheated on your wife but these photos were taken by Annie Leibovitz at Pelican Bay. Just wait until you see the prison tats all over his back.

But seriously, this is definitely a new look for Tiger. These photos were supposedly taken in 2006 and are accompanied by this article.

AP photo / Michael Dwyer

On Tiger's recent trip to Australia, he brought in over 31 million dollars to the economy. Woods was a huge draw at the Australian Masters and brought in over 107,000 spectators to the pro-am, the practice round, and the four day tournament.

"This was truly a great event for Melbourne and Victoria that delivered a massive boost to our tourism industry, attracted thousands of visitors to our state and beamed Melbourne to a global audience," state Premier Rob Hulls said. "Due to unprecedented ticket sales and public interest, the actual impact was almost double what was forecast."

This was the last tournament in played in prior to his car crash, which of course he won.

EA Sports is sticking with Tiger at this point. EA Sports President Peter Moore said that the company decided to stick with Woods because he is "still one of the greatest athletes in history." Moore added that the company spent considerable time developing and testing the new game, "Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online," which he considers a "breakthrough experience."

Even Tiger's caddie, Steve Williams is in the news. The caddie has won two consecutive motorsport races down under while on vacation from his day job.

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie loves talking. He had a lot to say about Tiger on a recent radio appearance such as:

"It is absolutely impossible to play good golf with all that going on."

"There is no question there was an aura about Tiger Woods over this incredible record he has, not just in majors but in other world events. That wall has been split slightly and there are cracks. It gives us more opportunity to find ways of winning these events now and I am thinking of myself as well as my peers."

Sorry Monty, you don't have a chance.