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Review of the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 Coupe

December 21, 2020 | BY Randi Payton, Decisive Media Network

Hoping to satisfy the enormous appetite for Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUV) in the U.S, Mercedes-Benz introduced an AMG version of its popular GLE class. The 2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 is a powerful, customized upgrade to the newly redesigned GLE class, but with a hybrid powertrain.

The Mercedes AMG GLE 53 Coupe, which is now available in U.S. dealerships, includes a sophisticated AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter Inline 6-cylinder turbocharged engine with EQ Boost. The combination generates 429 horsepower with 384 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged six-cylinder features a 48-volt motor-generator that gives a quick and effortless lift of power to the nine-speed automatic transmission upon take off from a stop.

The 2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 adds another dimension of luxury and engineering to the redesigned GLE Class, which includes the GLE 350, GLE 450, and the high performing GLE 580 that generates 504 horsepower from a 48-volt hybrid and twin-turbo 4.0-liter eight-cylinder engine.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe

Produced by independent engineers and contractors in Affalterbach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, AMG vehicles are recognized by two digits, as in GLE 53, rather than the three numbers, GLE 350, on the base Mercedes models.

The creation of the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 crossover to the model line-up is sure to win the hearts of younger SUV buyers who want attention, sportiness, and style. The target customer includes both men and women who consider themselves enthusiasts, according to Mercedes marketing representatives.

The GLE 53 Coupe I tested started at a base MSRP of $76,500 and included an extensive list of options that brought the sticker price to $105,324, including a $995 destination charge.

2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 Coupe
Randi Peyton alongside the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 Coupe

The 2021 AMG GLE came with a broad list of luxury and performance features. You can’t help but notice the sparkling red cardinal metallic paint job. Once inside, the interior is plush with Nappa diamond-stitched leather, natural oak wood trimming, contour front massage seats, and an instrument cluster with two infotainment screens: a 12.3- inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch widescreen digital instrument display.

There are several ways to execute commands, including a touchpad, waving your hand, steering wheel push buttons, or voice commands. Like Alexa or Siri voice commands, in the GLE, you can say “Hey Mercedes” and then state your request.

Performance and safety options include 22-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels and high-performance braking and exhaust pipes. Other options contain a technology package that includes a head-up display, video navigation, parking assist, AMG night package, acoustic comfort, and a host of other driver-assist and safety technologies.

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Tiger Woods Saw ‘Incredible Golf Shots’: His Son’s – www.nytimes.com – via tiger woods blog

Normally Woods tries to keep his private life separate from his career, but playing with his son, Charlie, in the PNC Championship was an emotional bonding moment.

By Karen Crouse

  • Dec. 20, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. — As he does with the accessories in his golf bag, Tiger Woods neatly arranges his life in tidy compartments. His life as a high-profile golfer goes in one slot, his family goes in another and, like his favored chunky peanut butter and banana sandwiches and the rest of his luggage, he’d prefer to keep it all separated.

When Woods made an exception this week, teaming up with his 11-year-old son, Charlie, at the PNC Championship, the results were perhaps predictably distinct.

Charlie had a blast and Woods was a nervous wreck.

The dynamic duo, as they were described by breathless television announcers, finished seventh at 20-under, five strokes behind the winning team of Justin Thomas and his father, Mike, who were grouped with the Woodses in the first round.

But as far as Tiger Woods was concerned, this was one event where success was all about the details, not the digits.

“I’m just making sure Charlie has the time of his life,” he said on Saturday.

Woods’s father, Earl, who died in 2006, possessed a pride in his child’s precociousness with a golf club that led to Woods, 44, making his first television appearances and submitting to his first interviews before he started kindergarten.

Because of Woods’s accomplishments, which include 15 major titles, Charlie has also grown up in the spotlight, widely photographed and gawked at since birth. Over the past year, as his interests have shifted from soccer to golf, his swing has been scrutinized on the internet as if it contained the meaning of life.

“This is a different world that we live in now,” Woods conceded. “Everyone has a phone, everyone has an opportunity to video, he’s been out there.”

But it’s one thing to exist in a fishbowl and quite another to be dropped into the shark tank of a 36-hole televised competition featuring 20 teams in which major winners or Players champions are paired with family members in a scramble format.

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With Tiger and his cub in the mix, the low-key event became a major production, eclipsing the L.P.G.A.’s tour championship, held roughly 200 miles — and a distant universe of hype — away and won by the women’s world No. 1, Jin Young Ko. More than 200 people and multiple television cameras were gathered around the first tee to watch Charlie’s opening shot Saturday.

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Woods insisted that Charlie be excused from media interviews throughout the week. When he met with reporters, Tiger Woods’s usual facility with words escaped him. Many of his thoughts trailed off.

“I’m trying to make sure Charlie has the right environment, that he’s sheltered and away from this,” Woods said Saturday while addressing a small group of reporters. “I do all of this so he can practice and play and enjoy the golf side of it.”

On one hole during the first round, Woods spoke with Justin Thomas about how excruciating it was to want so badly for Charlie to play well but to be helpless to do anything but watch.

Tiger Woods need not have fretted. Charlie, playing from forward tees set up for him and the octogenarians Gary Player, 85, and Lee Trevino, 81, split the fairway with most of his drives and often placed his approaches inside his father’s efforts.

The opening round featured Charlie’s first-ever eagle on a par-5, which he took in stride until his excited dad squeezed a bashful smile out of him with a bear hug.

“He hit some of the most incredible golf shots,” Woods said.

In introducing the golf world to his son, Woods revealed the man behind the golfing machine. Woods, an 82-time PGA Tour winner who says he competes to win, repeatedly used the word “perfect” on Saturday to describe a round that ended with the Woodses trailing by four strokes.

Woods can bore holes in his competitors’ games with a glare, but a few times over the weekend his eyes pooled with emotion as he talked about the father-and-son bonding opportunity the tournament provided.

From his mannerisms to his mechanics, Charlie came across as a miniature version of his father. He seemed comfortable in the company of adults and well-schooled in golf’s etiquette, walking to every tee box with the club he was going to use in one hand and his teed ball in the other. He stayed out of the way when it wasn’t his turn and wasted no time hitting once over the ball.

Tiger Woods, who said he constantly emphasizes having fun on the course and being “respectful,” beamed at the mention of Charlie’s good manners and said he had to share any credit with his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, who showed up Sunday with their daughter Sam to watch Charlie play.

Neither Thomas nor Woods expressed surprise at the quality shots that Charlie consistently produced. They’d seen them all when they practiced and played alongside him during the months when the tour was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I knew he was going to wow a lot of people,” Thomas said, adding, “The kid’s a gamer, he’s a grinder, he’s competitive.”

Every afternoon when he was finished playing 18 holes, Charlie made a beeline for the range to hit more balls. During one post-round session, the children of another major winner were on the range not far from him. As they twirled and tossed their clubs like they were batons and cried out to get their parents’ attention, Charlie was a few yards away, quietly and methodically working his way through a bag of balls.

The retired L.P.G.A. star Annika Sorenstam, a 10-time major winner, noticed that her 9-year-old son seemed enamored of Charlie and more enthusiastic about the game after watching him play.

“When you see somebody your age and your size do what Charlie’s doing, it’s a little more inspiring to see what you can do,” Sorenstam said.

Trevino crossed paths with Woods before the first round. “Now you know how your father felt,” he said he told him.

Woods’s voice grew thick. “It’s unbelievable,” he replied.

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The Masters day one sees Marc Leishman lead the Australian challenge, as England’s Justin Rose hits the front by ABC News .AU

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Marc Leishman had four birdies after eight holes, but he was forced to scramble for the rest of day one at Augusta.  (AP: Matt Slocum)

Marc Leishman is no stranger to wild swings at the Masters. 

And the Victorian is certainly in the middle of one as the Australian tilt at the 85th Masters struggles in tough conditions at Augusta National, with Englishman Justin Rose leading the tournament at 7-under in the latter stages of day one.

Key points:

  • None of the five Australians are under par on day one of the 85th Masters at Augusta
  • Marc Leishman got to 4-under at one stage, but he finished at even par after a round of 72, seven shots behind clubhouse leader Justin Rose
  • Northern Ireland star Rory McIlroy had a day to forget, shooting 4-over 76 and hitting his father in the leg with an errant shot 

Despite an incredible start from Leishman, none of the five Australians were under par late in the opening round of the 2021 edition, but they weren’t alone as rock-hard greens and blustery winds returned the teeth to Augusta National.

There was a little bit of deja vu for Leishman. In 2014 he came out firing in the second round with three quick birdies taking him to the tournament lead. Incredibly he would then drop 10 shots in the next 12 holes to ultimately miss the cut.

It wasn’t quite as bad this time around.

Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus’ ceremonial tee shots get the 85th Masters underway.pic.twitter.com/ROHcJ2NtV6— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 8, 2021

Leishman’s first six holes on Thursday (local time) yielded four birdies, some of which were as good as you’ll see on the hallowed turf. But after a couple of pars he added four bogeys between the ninth and 14th holes.

He continued to battle away to finish at even par to pace the Australians, with Matt Jones next best after he fought back with two late birdies to shoot a two-over 74 in the second group of the day.

“I came home strong. I made a couple of mistakes out there, but it’s getting windy so it’s going to be very tough this afternoon for these guys,” Jones said in his first Masters appearance since his debut seven years ago.

“I would have liked to have played a few better than 74, but I don’t think it’s going to be too bad overall.”

Adam Scott, the 2013 champion, was still trying to claw something out of his round as he made the turn.

He was 2-over through 10 holes.

Cameron Smith, the 2020 Masters runner-up, was four-over through nine, while former world number one Jason Day could muster no better than a five-over 77 and is well off the pace.

A golfer carries a club as he walks past colourful flowers on the way to the green at Augusta.
Justin Rose kept his focus as he made a stunning run up the Masters leaderboard on day one.(AP: Charlie Riedel)

Justin Rose makes eagle at the par-5 8th hole. #themasters pic.twitter.com/j4KUyekzM7— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 8, 2021

Later in the day, Rose took the lead thanks to a run where he gained six shots in as many holes starting with an eagle at the eighth.

He went from 2-over to 4-under, and then birdied the par-five 15th before a perfect tee-shot on the famous 16th left him with a 3 metre birdie putt, which he dropped.

By the time he birdied the 17th as well he had established a four-shot break on the field. He finished with a 7-under 65.

Among the favourites, defending champion and world number one Dustin Johnson was even par through his opening 16 holes, before a double-bogey on the last left him with a 74.

Big-hitting Bryson deChambeau had a horror start to be 4-over after 15, Patrick Reed had a 1-under par 71, while Spain’s Jon Rahm — who arrived late at Augusta after the birth of his first child on the weekend — had an even par 72.

Rory hits dad with errant shot

A golfer stares down the fairway after hitting his drive on day one of the Masters.
It was a rough opening round for Rory McIlroy at Augusta, but his dad had an even more painful day.(AP: Charlie Riedel)

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy didn’t get off on the right foot in the opening round.

Rory McIlroy hit his dad with an errant approach shot on No. 7 during the first round of #theMasters pic.twitter.com/uEle8iqeyR— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 8, 2021

In fact, he capped a sequence in which he recorded three straight bogeys by striking his father, Gerry, on the leg with an errant approach shot on the seventh hole.

Gerry McIlroy was unharmed and even quick with a joke, telling reporters: “I should ask for an autograph.”

The younger McIlroy unintentionally has provided a source of comedy with some of his recent misfires.

4-over in Round 1.

Rory McIlroy hopes to continue this trend into the weekend. pic.twitter.com/fEIHr9woJ2— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 8, 2021

Lest we forget when McIlroy took on water on March 24 at the World Golf Championships Match Play event in Austin, Texas.

The four-time major champion’s tee shot on the fifth hole sailed wide left at Austin Country Club, bounded off the cart path and bounced over a fence before resting in a nearby swimming pool.

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12 Mar, 2021

  • Bob HarigESPN Senior Writer

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — His opening tee shot suggested it was not going to be a fun day for Rory McIlroy.

Set up to cut his drive into the 10th fairway — his first hole of the Players Championship — McIlroy hit what pros call a “double-cross” and instead hooked his tee shot into the rough and started the tournament with a double-bogey 6.

His body language said it all as he headed toward the green.

He is still struggling.

The round would not get much better for McIlroy, who has lamented his inability to get the bad stuff out of his game in order to let the good stuff shine. The problem is there has been too much of the bad stuff. For example, he hit two balls in the water at the 18th hole Thursday for a quadruple-bogey 8. Later, after posting 43 on his first nine, he closed the day with a bogey at the par-5 ninth to shoot 79 — 14 shots worse than first-round leader Sergio Garcia, who played in the same group as McIlroy on Thursday.

“I just think it’s hard to recover when you just haven’t played good,” McIlroy said. “I mean, regardless, if you take the [quintuple at 18] out, it still wasn’t a very good day.”

At this time last year, when he entered this event as the defending champion before it was called off after the first round because of the coronavirus pandemic, McIlroy was coming off a stretch of seven consecutive top-5 finishes, including a win at the 2019 WGC-HSBC Champions event in China.

That is his last victory.

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Last year, in the final round before golf was forced into a 13-week shutdown, McIlroy struggled at TPC Sawgrass, needing three consecutive birdies to finish at even-par 72 and trail leader Hideki Matsuyama by 9 shots. Later that night, the tournament was canceled and McIlroy and the tour didn’t return until June. And when it came back, McIlroy admitted his motivation might not have come back with him. And now, his game has gone missing for stretches.

“The good stuff is there,” McIlroy said earlier this week. “It always will be. I’ll always be able to figure it out and find a way.

“But it’s when it goes slightly off, how do you manage that? I feel like over the last few years, I’ve been really good at when my game hasn’t been fully there still be able to shoot 69, 70, still being able to get it under par. I feel like the last few weeks when it hasn’t felt quite right, I’m sort of treading water and I’m just trying to shoot even par. That was sort of what it felt like last week.

“It’s just when you’re not feeling quite 100 percent, that’s when you need to just be able to manage it a little better. I just haven’t managed it well over the last few weeks.”

On Thursday, McIlroy hit just 6 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens. He also needed 34 putts and ranked near the bottom of the field in strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained tee to green.

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“This course, you don’t have to be that far off to get penalized a lot,” Garcia said. “So it happens. Unfortunately, he didn’t hit a good tee shot on the 10th hole, made double, which is never the kind of start you want. And then just a little bit off and just missed a couple of birdies, feels like you’re not making any ground, you try to force things a little bit and unfortunately for him it bit him a little bit.

“But I told him when we finished, just go out there [on Friday] and get it and you never know. I shot 7 under so he can shoot 7 under and hopefully make the cut.”

McIlroy, 31, fell out of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking on Sunday for the first time in more than three years when he shot a final-round 76 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to finish in a tie for 10th.

On Sunday at Bay Hill he hit two balls in the water at the sixth hole and walked off the course after his round muttering in frustration. He talked that day about changes he was considering, though that turned out to be heat-of-the-moment stuff.

“I think it was just me walking off the course not having my best day and I guess sort of venting a little bit to whoever was there at the time,” he said. “So that was really it.”

When the pandemic hit, McIlroy was No. 1 in the world. After the pandemic, he needed nine tournaments before finally posting a top-10 at the Tour Championship. He tied for eighth at the U.S. Open and tied for fifth at the Masters, though he was never really a factor after opening with 75. He finished 9 strokes behind winner Dustin Johnson.

Those were the only two top-5 finishes in his past 19 worldwide events. The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January was really the only event where he was truly in contention; a final-round 72 after holding the 54-hole lead saw him tie for third.

McIlroy didn’t want to blame the shutdown or the pandemic for his on-course issues.

“I think it would be wrong of me to sit here and say that life has been hard for the past year because I recognize and I think everyone else out here on tour recognizes that we’ve been very lucky compared to the vast majority of people that have had to live through this,” he said.

Still, during the long stretch when fans were not allowed, McIlroy was honest, saying it was difficult competing in silence after being surrounded by crowds for so long. Now, though, the fans are slowly coming back, but McIlroy’s game is not. He has a lot of work to do in the second round here to make the weekend. And looming is the Masters, less than a month away. It remains the one major McIlroy has not yet won.

“The good golf is in there, and I feel capable of going out and shooting good scores,” he said. “But it’s the days where you don’t feel so good that you need to manage it and get it around in a couple under par. That’s the challenge for me right now.

“I feel like I can go out there and string four good rounds together, but it’s maybe just a bit more of a challenge than it maybe felt a couple years ago. But that’s on me to try to get a little more comfortable and work pretty hard and feel like I’m in a bit of a better place with it all.”

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“Excessive Speed” The Cause Of Tiger Woods’ Car Crash by Golf Monthly . com

The 15-time Major winner’s car accident was caused by speeding, it has been revealed

Cause Of Tiger Woods' Car Crash

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“Excessive Speed” The Cause Of Tiger Woods’ Car Crash

Tiger Woods was driving at nearly twice the speed limit prior to his February car crash in LA, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

“Excessive speed” was the primary cause of his accident, with police saying that Woods was driving too fast for the bend of the road.

His car hit a tree at 75mph according to the police after travelling at speeds of up to 87mph in a 45mph zone.

The findings come after the black box from his vehicle was analysed.

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Woods was driving at an unsafe speed for the road conditions and was unable to negotiate the curve of the road, it has been revealed.

The 15-time Major winner did not brake, with police guessing that he may have pressed the accelerator instead of the brake pedal amidst panic.

The cause of the incident was revealed last week, with Woods giving the police permission to release their findings.

“There was no evidence of intoxication or impairment,” police said.

“No citation was issued and there were no independent witnesses.

LA County Sheriffs released an image of the scene

“He has no recollection of the incident,” a police officer said.

“He was dazed and confused, being in a state of shock.”

Woods responded on Twitter after the police released the findings;

pic.twitter.com/uN8lsmDO1D

— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 7, 2021

Tiger Woods was recently visited by a number of his fellow tour pros including Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler.

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The American is currently back home in Florida recovering, with his rehab set to take 1-2 years after the accident.

He had to have a rod inserted into his leg as well as screws and pins in his ankle.

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Los Angeles cops keeping what caused Tiger Woods crash a secret by News.Com.Au

The Los Angeles County sheriff has refused to disclose newly-discovered details on the cause of Tiger Woods’ devastating crash in Southern California last month, citing vague privacy concerns for the golf legend.

On Wednesday local time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said detectives have figured out what led Woods to crash his loaned 2021 Genesis GV80 on February 23 — but claimed to need his permission to release the details.

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“A cause has been determined, the investigation has concluded,” Villanueva said during a live social media event.

“It’s completed, signed, sealed and delivered. However, we can’t release it without the permission of the people involved in the collision.”

The department has reached out to Woods and his reps for permission to divulge the cause of the wreck, Villanueva said.

“There’s some privacy issues on releasing information on the investigation so we’re going to ask them if they waive the privacy and then we will be able to do a full release on all the information regarding the accident.”

The vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods.

The vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods.Source:AFP

A tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by Tiger Woods.

A tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by Tiger Woods.Source:AFP

The sheriff has previously been slammed for comments he made about the crash, including calling it “purely an accident” and saying there was no evidence of impairment.

He defended his agency’s investigation of the crash earlier this month, saying the 45-year-old golf great did not receive special treatment from law enforcement.


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A witness who was first on the scene just outside Los Angeles said he found Woods unconscious in his mangled SUV. But a sheriff’s deputy said the athlete later appeared to be “calm and lucid” and able to answer basic questions.

Investigators reportedly did not seek to collect blood samples from Woods to screen for drugs and alcohol.

In 2017, Woods checked himself into a clinic for help dealing with prescription drugs after a DUI charge in his home state of Florida.

Detectives, however, did obtain a search warrant for the data recorder of the vehicle, known as a black box — Villanueva wouldn’t say what information had been found on the black box.

American golfer Tiger Woods.

American golfer Tiger Woods.Source:AFP

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Woods was hospitalised with serious injuries due to the crash, which occurred around 7am in Rolling Hills Estates. The golf star struck a raised median and his vehicle crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police said is known for wrecks.

He is in Florida recovering from multiple surgeries to his legs.

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Cause of Tiger Woods’ crash being kept secret, unless golf icon decides otherwise by Channel 9 Australia

The cause of Tiger Woods’ crash is for now being kept secret.

Los Angeles Country Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Thursday (AEDT) that detectives had figured out why Woods crashed a borrowed SUV but would not disclose details without the golf icon’s permission.

“A cause has been determined, the investigation has concluded,” Villanueva said during a live social media event.

“It’s completed, signed, sealed and delivered. However, we can’t release it without the permission of the people involved in the collision.

“There’s some privacy issues on releasing information on the investigation, so we’re going to ask them if they waive the privacy and then we will be able to do a full release on all the information regarding the accident.”

Tiger Woods and the scene of his Los Angeles crash. (Getty)

The County Sheriff has previously been criticised for being quick to deem the incident an accident. Woods was not blood tested for alcohol or drugs.

The golfer was driving the SUV at about 7am local time on February 23 when he crossed the median strip of a downhill section of road. The SUV left the road and rolled, with Villanueva saying that Woods was fortunate not to have been killed.

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Villanueva would not say what information had been discovered on the SUV’s ‘black box’. Authorities gained a warrant to retrieve the item from the trashed vehicle, in the hope of finding useful data.

Crash experts have told USA Today since the investigation that the scene of Woods’ accident was consistent with the driver having been asleep of otherwise inactive at the wheel.

TMZ reported that there was no evidence of Woods ever using the brakes during the crash.

Woods is recovering at his home in Florida, having undergone surgery for serious fractures to his lower right leg.

There are doubts about the future of the 15-time major winner’s golf career due to his injuries, on top of long-term back problems.

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Detectives determine cause of Tiger Woods crash, but won’t reveal details until golf star gives permission By ABC News Australia

Tiger Woods's Chrysler Genesis SUV is craned up in the air after his crash in Los Angeles.
The investigation into Tigers Woods’ car crash has concluded. (AP: Ringo HW Chiu)

The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV last month in Southern California, but would not release the details, citing unspecified privacy concerns for the golf star.

Key points:

  • Detectives obtained the SUV’s black box, but would not reveal what they found
  • Sheriff Alex Villanueva says they need permission from Woods before the information can be made public
  • Investigators did not seek a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples to screen for drugs and alcohol

Woods suffered serious injuries in the February 23 crash when he struck a raised median around 7:00am in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles.

The Genesis SUV he was driving crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police said is known for wrecks.

Woods is in Florida recovering from multiple surgeries.

After the crash, detectives obtained a search warrant for the SUV’s data recorder, known as a black box.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva would not say what data had been found.

“A cause has been determined, the investigation has concluded,” Mr Villanueva said during a live social media event Wednesday.

Mr Villanueva claimed investigators need permission from Woods to release information about the crash.

“We have reached out to Tiger Woods and his personnel,” Mr Villanueva said.

“There’s some privacy issues on releasing information on the investigation so we’re going to ask them if they waive the privacy and then we will be able to do a full release on all the information regarding the accident.”

Mr Villanueva has been criticised for his comments about the crash, calling it “purely an accident” and saying there was no evidence of impairment.

Woods told deputies he did not know how the crash occurred and didn’t remember driving.

He was unconscious when a witness first approached the mangled SUV. A sheriff’s deputy said the athlete later appeared to be in shock but was conscious and able to answer basic questions.

Investigators did not seek a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples, which could be screened for drugs and alcohol.

Tiger Woods, wearing his traditional red shirt and black pants, completes a drive in the final round of the Masters at Augusta.
Woods is still recovering from multiple open leg fractures he suffered during the accident.(AP: David J Phillip)

Greg Risling, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney, said in an email that no felony or misdemeanor complaints against Woods had been filed through their office regarding the crash.

Woods’ agent at Excel Sports, Mark Steinberg, did not respond to questions.

Woods is from the Los Angeles area and was back home to host his PGA tournament, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, which ended two days before the crash.

He was driving an SUV loaned to him by the tournament.

Woods has never gone an entire year without playing, dating back to his first PGA Tour event as a 16-year-old in high school.

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ClubTest First Look: TaylorMade’s Spider EX, Spider X Hydro Blast, Spider S and Spider SR putters by Golf.com

BY: JONATHAN WALL MARCH 2, 2021

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From left, TaylorMade’s Spider EX, Spider X Hydro Blast, Spider SR and Spider S putters.

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The expansion of TaylorMade’s popular Spider line brings some new head shapes into the picture for 2021. The distinct profile of each Spider putter is the first thing that grabs your attention, along with four unique True Path alignment systems that were specifically designed for each putter’s shape.

The True Path alignment system found on TaylorMade’s Spider EX, Spider X Hydro Blast, Spider S and Spider SR was initially introduced in 2019 with the original Spider X. The wider white sightline running down the center of the head was designed to improve focus while increasing the potential for more putts to catch the center of the face.

“A lot goes into hitting a solid putt,” said Bill Price, TaylorMade’s head of product creation for putters and wedges. “With this new class of Spider putters, we focused on removing two of those variables: aim and alignment. Each model features its ownTrue Path that simplifies the aiming process and helps golfers set up to the ball the same way time after time.”

The multi-material Spider EX is slightly larger (plus-3.5mm heel-toe and plus-2.7mm front-back) than the Spider X and features softer curves and a more rounded back. The lightweight aluminum frame and carbon center section are paired with two 28-gram steel heel-toe weights and a rear tungsten weight — the amount of tungsten varies depending on swing weight — reducing unwanted twisting during the stroke.

The True Path system on the crown consists of a “reflective white,” also known as the focal point, that runs along the topline, allowing “golfers to use the face for alignment.” Three dots positioned near the face help center the ball and promote a consistent address position. A new multi-material, co-molded PureRoll2 insert is comprised of white TPU urethane and eight silver aluminum beams creating 45-degree grooves to generate a consistent roll with an improved feel.

The final piece of the putter is a new Fluted Feel shaft developed in conjunction with KBS for Spider EX, Spider S and Spider SR. The shaft features a softer tip section that’s designed to enhance feel and stability while tightening dispersion at the same time. Multiple versions of the shaft were tested during the collaboration process before the final iteration was selected.

“With existing shaft options, many players told us they couldn’t feel the full weight of the putter head or feel the toe release,” Price said. “We didn’t want to just make the shaft softer (add flex) to improve feel at the sacrifice of stability. That inspired us to go this journey with KBS and develop a shaft that delivers on both fronts.”

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Spider X Hydro Blast is built on the popular Spider X platform and includes a new silver colorway created with the help of a high-pressure water application that smoothes out the finish while adding an extra layer of durability at the same time. According to TaylorMade, the absence of paint greatly reduces scratching and the opportunity for surface blemishes related to chipping.

The True Path alignment system and TPU Pure Roll insert — the white surlyn was increased to 5 millimeters to improve the insert’s sound, feel and roll characteristics — are a carryover from the first Spider X. So, too, is the combination of aluminum (2 grams), steel (6 grams) and tungsten (12 grams) that optimizes forgiveness and stability. A traditional KBS Chrome C-Taper Stepless shaft is attached to the head.

The True Path alignment found on the Spider S, first introduced last year, received a slight makeover. A new “arrow-shaped” True Path — inspired by “archery’s pinpoint precision” — makes it easier to aim the head with a clear focal point that’s the exact width of a golf ball.

Made from machine-milled aluminum, the square frame is equipped with two 42-gram tungsten heel-toe sole weights to stabilize the head. Tungsten was added to the backbar — ranging from 40 to 70 grams — to dial in swing weight depending on shaft length, performance and feel. With an MOI over 6,000, Spider S is touted as the most forgiving putter in TaylorMade’s current lineup.

With a smaller footprint (5mm shorter front-back), the multi-material Spider SR (Stability Refined) offers a different look with tour-inspired weighted wings. Two back weights — 10 grams (steel), 15 grams (tungsten) and 20 grams (tungsten) — can be added to the head to optimize swing weight.

In addition to having a smaller profile and shape, the SR’s arrow-inspired True Path design is positioned in the recessed cavity to promote a consistent ball position at address.

All four Spider putters will be available on March 12 in three lengths (33, 34 and 35 inches). The Spider EX (Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip) has a $350 price tag, while the Spider X Hydro Blast, Spider S and Spider SR (Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip) retails for $280.

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Best Scotty Cameron Putters by Golf World

Check out the latest putters from Scotty Cameron and get some guidance on the model that might be best for your game

Best Scotty Cameron Putters

Best Scotty Cameron Putters

A brand that has crafted some of the best putters in the world for a number of years now, Scotty Cameron is a name synonymous with excellence.

In terms of the current range, there are two in the current Scotty Cameron family; the Special Select and Phantom X, the first for traditional blades and the second for the mallets.

Titleist’s traditional blade and mid-mallet familia’s have been called some version of Studio or Select and the thinking was there were too many names so Studio went and Special Select, inspired by a favourite wine of Scotty Cameron, was chosen.

Phantom X is the most high-tech putter line that Cameron has designed to date. This is a big leap in performance with a variety of flange set-ups, alignment options, shaft bends and smaller profiles to provide more options.

Below we have taken a look at the best Scotty Cameron putters in the current range to help you narrow your search.

Alternatively if Scotty Cameron is not for you, then we have also created guides on other brands, such as the best Ping putters, the best TaylorMade putters, and even the best Odyssey putters currently on sale.

Best Scotty Cameron Putters

Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport Putter

+ If you weren’t a fan of the insert then you’ll enjoy the feel that this now produces
– The trend is to go with more forgiveness and you’ll need to find the middle of the face here 

Given the classic nature of the Newports the plan here was to take the best traits of previous incarnations and make it better. There is, according to Titleist, better milling technology, material and know-how. Cameron has gone back to the pure-milled shapes and faces and ditched the inset of recent blades in a search to improve consistency and produce more of a solid feel and there is a revamped plumbing neck, face, grip and weight.

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Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 Putter

+ It’s as good looking as ever and it really should inspire you on the greens
– It’s a premium product and therefore you’ll be paying premium prices

This is probably the most famous putter, if not design on the planet, thanks to Tiger Woods and 14 of his 15 major wins. It first came out in 1997 and the goal here was to make a new Newport 2 but not to reinvent it, just make it better. The width of the putter is quite a bit thinner and the, compared to the 2018 Select, is more stripped down and sleek. The topline had become thicker over the years to incorporate the weight but the tour stars wanted the putter to sit flatter on the ground and be thinner looking and this is the stunning result.

It’s subtle and Cameron says it’s the most tour-like product they’ve ever made for everyone.

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Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2.5 Putter

+ Sits beautifully and looks fantastic before you’ve even pulled the trigger
– Won’t suit some strokes (or wallets)

The Newports all have a soft tri-sole design which is another tour-inspired feature. This is another tweak to help the player get the club behind the ball and know where the flat part of the sole is straightaway. Now players are able to tell when the toe might be sitting too high and it’s a huge confidence boost that the putter is sitting in the right position before pulling the trigger. You’ll notice the difference in the neck from the Newport and Newport 2.

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Scotty Cameron Special Select Del Mar Putter

+ Like any blade in this family it really is a thing of beauty
– You might need plenty of feel in those hands to get the most out of it

In reducing the size of the Special Select blades (Newport, Newport 2, Newport 2.5) Cameron has picked up the weight by using tungsten sole weights in the heel and toe. Tungsten is more expensive than stainless steel but it’s also heavier. For the mid-mallet, like this Del Mar, stainless steel sole weights are in place because the head shape has more places to make up the weight. This is a fantastic looking creation and you might notice the Cherry Bomb look as opposed to the full red circles. Cameron wanted it to look different from previous models and to look cool – there’s no performance benefit, it’s just a visual and evolution of the line. As such the Del Mar is a no-brainer inclusion in this list of the best Scotty Cameron putters. 

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Scotty Cameron Special Select Flowback 5.5 Putter

+ This curvy mid-mallet os precisely the sort of wand that will catch your eye
– If you like to see it go straight back and through this might not be for you

The previous GoLo range ended up being amalgamated into the Phantom and Select families and this model is almost an homage to the old GoLo. Like the 2.5 this has a slant back neck and, also like the 2.5, this has the near maximum toe flow – this is the amount the putter opens and closes during a stroke. The more toe hang a putter has, the more toe flow it will have.

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Scotty Cameron Special Select Squareback 2 Putter

+ Yet another high-performance putter that is aesthetically pleasing
– It comes with a high-performance price (but you might never buy another putter)

As the shape suggests this might not be notorious with forgiveness but there’s more than in previous iterations. It’s worth noting that all Select putters come with a new Pistolini Plus grip which is larger, thicker and fuller lower hand and heavier than older versions. They used to weigh in at 56g, now they’re 77-80. 

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Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5 Putter

+ It’s exciting and sets up really nicely behind the ball
– Each to their own with putters and the mid bend might not suit everyone’s eye

This wingback mallet has been a long-time performer on tour and this has now become this racier model. The players wanted a smaller head with a simple dotted alignment, a wide toppling and tapered wings. Cameron chose the neon yellow paint and dots to make it act like a rifle sight to improve your focus and alignment and the neon contrasts ideally with the black aluminum topline. This is a feature of the Phantom X range with a variety of alignment and framing options.

Scotty Cameron Phantom X Putters Review

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Scotty Cameron Phantom X 6STR Putter

Best Scotty Cameron Putters

+ The ultimate set-up for the straight-back straight-through kind of guy or girl
– Using with a centre-shafted putter will take some getting used to

This is as near as this range comes to a centre-shafted option and this is the zero offset offering. Again this is all about options. Cameron says he talks to lots of golfers who like a face balanced set-up and so he came up with this straight-shafted set-up for players who want to create a straight-back-straight-through stroke. Like the Phantom X 6 it has all of the visual alignment guides but comes with a straight shaft.

All Phantom X putters come with the Pistolero Plus grip which has a less tapered low hand.

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Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 Putter

Best Scotty Cameron Putters

+ Great for alignment and great on any off-centre strikes
– You might need to get past the looks first before picking one up

This is the flagship putter in the range and there is plenty going on here with wings like a jet. A raised flange tapers back for plenty of alignment help and this is forgiving on your off-centre strikes and there is a lot of stability here. Part of the overall Phantom X mantra is to provide a host of options so there’s something for everyone and, across the board you’ll find something to suit. Given all of the technology and top performance, it features in our most forgiving putters guide. 

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Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12.5 Putter

Best Scotty Cameron Putters

+ Big sweet spot = big fun on the greens
– This will appeal visually to some but not others

The looks may not be for everyone, but we like this putter so much it also features in our best mallet putters guide. It is the most forgiving version in the Phantom line and, with the wings on the back, the objective is to make the sweet spot as large as possible. This is the latest in the Phantom X range and it features a low-bend shaft – every X model with a .5 in the name has this for more toe flow to promote an arc in the stroke. The other models have a slightly taller, mid-bend shaft while the Phantom X 6STR has zero offset.

“Every time we introduce a new putter line, I receive requests from tour players and dedicated golfers for additional set-ups and configurations. Phantom X 12.5 is the result of some of those requests,” explained Cameron who has employed a single-miller sight line here.

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Tiger Woods’ history with Ambien, details of latest car crash raise questions by USA Today

Brent Schrotenboer USA TODAY

In the early morning hours of Memorial Day in 2017, a police officer in Florida observed a black Mercedes stopped on the road in the right lane with its brake lights on and the right blinker still blinking.

The officer then approached the driver, who was asleep at the wheel and had to be awakened.

The driver said he did not know where he was and acknowledged that he “takes several prescriptions,” according to the police officer’s affidavit. One of the prescription drugs found in his system was the sleep medication zolpidem, which is commonly known as Ambien.

The driver was golf legend Tiger Woods.

Nearly four years later, on Feb. 23, Woods was found off the road in a crashed car by a local resident who said Woods was initially unconscious. A Los Angeles County Sheriff deputy at the scene asked Woods how the crash occurred.

“Driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving,” according to a deputy’s affidavit obtained by USA TODAY Sports. When Woods was asked again later at the hospital, he repeated that he did not know and did not remember driving.

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Tiger Woods' vehicle after he was involved in a rollover accident in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Feb. 23, 2021. Woods had to be extricated from the wreck by Los Angeles County firefighters, and is currently hospitalized.

Despite those statements, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said there was no evidence of Woods being impaired. The sheriff’s department therefore didn’t request blood evidence to check for drug use, prompting another question surrounding the incident: Was this latest crash another case of Woods driving on Ambien?

Experts say the evidence supports that suspicion, including the way they say his vehicle left the road as if he had been asleep at the wheel.

Then there’s his history. After another single-car crash in Florida in 2009, Woods was found unconscious in his SUV and snoring, according to a witness statement in a police report. Woods later acknowledged he used Ambien but didn’t directly answer when asked at a news conference if Ambien played a role in that crash.

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The experts contacted by USA TODAY Sports cautioned that they couldn’t draw conclusions yet and that there could be other explanations for what happened, such as other medicines or a medical emergency.

“But I know where you look at the prior conduct and suspect there may be something else here at play,” said Charles Schack, a former New Hampshire state police trooper who is now president of Crash Experts, which analyzes traffic accidents for law firms and insurance companies.Get the Sports newsletter in your inbox.

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Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, didn’t respond to a message Friday seeking comment.

The investigation into the crash on Feb. 23 is still active, though the actual cause may never be known without a toxicology report on Woods.

“We can’t just assume that somebody’s history makes them guilty,” Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl said March 2 when asked by USA TODAY Sports why they weren’t pursuing a search warrant to obtain blood evidence from Woods.

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Schloegl said the sheriff’s department lacked the “probable cause” necessary to obtain approval from a judge for such a warrant. He noted that first responders observed Woods to be alert after he crashed his SUV.

But the fact that Woods was awake on the scene after the crash is not in dispute. Whether he was conscious when his vehicle drifted into the median and off the road is an open question.

Woods, 45, suffered multiple broken bones in his lower right leg, jeopardizing his golf career. Woods was wearing a seatbelt, and “the majority of vehicle airbags had deployed,” according to a deputy’s affidavit sworn on March. 1. The affidavit did not mention any head injuries other than “injuries/lacerations to his face” with blood on his face and chin. Airbags can cause facial injuries but also combine with seat belts to help prevent head trauma.

With Ambien, the warning label says side effects may include “sleep-driving,” which is described as driving while not fully awake and then not remembering it.

“Peer-reviewed scientific research has shown that Ambien usage among drivers has been associated with reports of amnesia, despite remaining interactive with the environment,” said Rami Hashish, principal at the National Biomechanics Institute, which analyzes the cause of accidents. “So the current available evidence may be consistent with ‘sleep-driving.’” 

Such sleep-driving is familiar to former police detective Jonathan Cherney, who now works as an accident reconstruction expert in Southern California. He said he has investigated several car crashes in which Ambien was involved.

“I can tell you I do not recall a case where the driver had an independent recollection of what occurred immediately prior to the actual collision itself,” Cherney told USA TODAY Sports. “Now that’s not to say that there are some drivers who may recollect what happened, but I personally do not recall any who were able to provide a detailed description of how a crash occurred.”

Cherney and other car accident reconstruction experts told USA TODAY Sports that the evidence indicates Woods wasn’t paying attention and had a “very delayed response” to the emergency at hand on the morning of Feb. 23 near Rolling Hills Estates.

Cherney previously said it was “like a classic case of falling asleep behind the wheel, because the road curves and his vehicle goes straight.” Cherney walked the scene after the crash and said he saw no evidence of steering input or braking on the road. The other independent experts cited in this story are not involved in the sheriff’s investigation and are making observations based on the available evidence.

To learn more about what happened, the sheriff’s department recently executed a search warrant to obtain the “black box” data from Woods’ vehicle, which could include his speed, steering, braking and acceleration activity shortly before impact.

Woods was traveling north on a curved downhill road when his vehicle went straight into the median on the left instead of staying with the road as it curved right. His vehicle, a Genesis GV80, then took out a sign in the median, traveled into opposing traffic lanes, went off the road, hit a tree and rolled over. He traveled about 400 feet after hitting the median, in a relatively straight line, with no apparent evidence of steering input or braking in the form of skid marks.

The evidence didn’t seem to indicate that Woods was merely looking down at his phone momentarily or that he was simply fatigued.

“If a driver falls asleep and strikes a curb or somehow travels off the roadway, typically the jarring of the vehicle is enough to waken the driver, and then the driver makes some sort of reaction or overreaction,” said Schack of Crash Experts, which is part of the Expert Institute, a network that provides expert witnesses in litigation. “There is usually some evidence. If there isn’t, and he continues traveling 400 feet, you would think some sort of reaction would have taken place. … The lack of reaction really goes beyond what you would expect for simple fatigue and you start looking into other factors that may have played a role in this.”

Schack noted that “even with anti-lock brakes, there would be some evidence of braking and deceleration,” such as faint skidding. Villanueva said there were no skid marks.

“I don’t want to hang my hat solely on Ambien,” Schack said. “Certainly, Ambien could have been a factor here.”

Woods announced in January that he had undergone the latest of several surgical procedures on his back.

In 2017, after Woods was found asleep at the wheel, he was arrested for driving under the influence. In contrast to the recent crash, Woods’ speech at the time of his arrest was slow and slurred. He also failed sobriety tests.

A toxicology report later showed he had Ambien, Vicodin, Xanax, Dilaudid and THC in his system. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving, received one year of probation and was required to complete DUI school. He even checked into a clinic to get help for his use of prescription pain and sleep medications.

Woods made a statement regarding that case in 2017:

“Recently, I had been trying on my own to treat my back pain and a sleep disorder, including insomnia, but I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance,” he said.

In the 2009 incident outside his mansion in Florida, Woods crashed a Cadillac Escalade into a tree and fire hydrant, giving him a cut lip and sore neck. A neighbor at the scene then reported seeing Woods in the vehicle unconscious and snoring, according to a police report. 

The Florida Highway Patrol determined then that there “was insufficient evidence available to issue a subpoena for additional medical information that may exist in this case.”

Woods was cited for careless driving and fined $164.

Woods was asked about his Ambien use several months later when he appeared at a news conference for the Masters Tournament in April 2010.

Question: “Tiger, it’s been reported that you took prescription drugs, Ambien and Vicodin. Can you speak to when you started taking those, how you need them for tournament golf, if you did, and if you ever became addicted to either one of them or received treatment?”

Woods: “I have taken them, yes. I’ve had some, as everyone knows, pretty interesting knee situations over the years. I’ve had, what, four operations now on my left knee? And last year, with my torn Achilles, it hurt quite a bit at times. And, yes, I did take that. And I took, most of the time I was on the Ambien was when my dad was sick.

“When my dad died, that was a tough time in my life. And, you know, so that’s when, yes, I was taking that, some of those things, to help me sleep. And that’s about it.”

He said he had not received treatment for addiction to those drugs.

In another question, Woods was asked if Ambien played a role in the 2009 crash.

“You were described by the witnesses as mumbling, snoring,” a reporter stated.

“Well, the police investigated the accident and they cited me,” Woods replied. “And it’s a closed case.”

Contributing: Josh Peter

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Updates: Tiger Woods returns home, continues recovery by PGA Tour

      • March 16, 2021
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    • Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident on Feb. 23. (Jaime Squire/Getty Images)Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident on Feb. 23. (Jaime Squire/Getty Images)Update on March 16:

      Tiger Woods is back at home in Florida to continue his recovery from leg injuries suffered in a single car accident in Los Angeles last month.

      The 82-time PGA TOUR winner wrote on social media that he had been released from hospital care in California and was back in his state of residence on the East Coast.

      He used the opportunity to thank those helping him through the process of healing from the comminuted open fractures in both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula, and extensive damage to his ankle, suffered when his vehicle rolled over.

      “Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery. I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks,” Woods said in his statement.

      “Thank you to the incredible surgeons, doctors, nurses and staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. You have all taken such great care of me and I cannot thank you enough.”

      Woods gave no update on the progress of his recovery other than to say, “I will be recovering at home and working on getting stronger every day.”

      Speaking ahead of his title defense at THE PLAYERS Championship, Rory McIlroy revealed Tiger Woods is hopeful of returning home to Florida in the near future.

      Joining Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show”, McIlroy revealed the 82-time PGA TOUR winner has been talking about making the move from his hospital bed in Los Angeles back to Florida to continue his recovery from the accident.
       
      “I’ve spoken to him a little bit,” McIlroy said. “He’s doing better. I think all the guys have reached out to him. Hopefully if things go well over the next week or so, he might be able to get home and start recovery at home, which would be great for him. See his kids, see his family. But yeah, he’s doing better. And I think all of us are wishing him a speedy recovery at this point.”

      McIlroy also revealed Woods’ trademark humor and ribbing hasn’t diminished since he suffered multiple leg fractures in the single-vehicle accident. The Northern Irishman received texts during and after the final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard where he was in contention before fading to a T10 finish.

      “He texted me some words of encouragement before the final round of Bay Hill on Sunday,” McIlroy added. “And things didn’t quite go to plan, and he was the first one to text me and be like, ‘What’s going on here?’ So even from the hospital bed, he’s still giving me some heat.”Update on February 28:Golfers from the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, LPGA Tour and even the maintenance staff at the Puerto Rico Open wore red and black on Sunday to support Tiger Woods. Woods shared his appreciation for the gesture on Twitter.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=PGATOUR&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-2&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1366187915542413315&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pgatour.com%2Fnews%2F2021%2F02%2F23%2Ftiger-woods-injured-single-car-crash-leg-injuries-california.html&siteScreenName=PGATOUR&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550pxUpdate on February 26:LOS ANGELES – Tiger Woods is “recovering and in good spirits” after receiving further procedures on the injuries he suffered in a single-car accident earlier this week.Woods underwent unspecified follow-up procedures at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being transported from the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday night.Cedars-Sinai has catered to professional athletes on numerous occasions due to a renowned Sports Medicine Institute and a rehabilitation program for sports-related and orthopedic injuries.“Tiger has moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and received follow-up procedures on his injuries this morning. The procedures were successful, and he is now recovering and in good spirits,” a statement on Woods’ twitter account said.“Tiger and his family want to thank you all for the wonderful support and messages they have received over the past few days. We will not have any further updates at this time. Thank you for your continued privacy.”RELATED: TOUR players, sports world, celebrities wish Woods well
      Update on February 24:Tiger Woods suffered significant injuries to his right leg and remains hospitalized after a single-car accident in Rancho Palos Verdes on Tuesday morning.The 82-time PGA TOUR winner underwent surgery after suffering comminuted open fractures to the upper and lower sections of his right leg along with significant trauma to his ankle.“As previously communicated, Tiger was involved in a single-car accident earlier (Tuesday) morning in California. He has undergone a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle after being brought to the hospital,” a statement on Woods’ Twitter account from the TGR foundation team read, before passing on an update on his condition from the hospital.“Mr. Woods suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level one trauma center,” Dr. Anish Mahajan, Chief Medical Officer & Interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center added.“Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle was stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.”The statement closed by confirming Woods is in recovery.“He’s currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room. Thank you to the wonderful doctors and hospital staff at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department and the Fire Department. Your support and assistance has been outstanding.“There are no further updates at this time and we continue to thank you for your well-wishes and privacy for him and his family.”Woods, who was in town to host The Genesis Invitational last week, was driving alone in an SUV when his vehicle rolled over while traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said via statement earlier Tuesday.“On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7:12 AM LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage,” the statement read in part.“The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA (TOUR) golfer Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods. Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck … then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.”The Sheriff’s Department said Woods was conscious when first responders reached his side and was calm and lucid. He was extricated with the help of a Halligan tube (pry bar) and an axe to get him through the front windshield before being transported to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.“He was alive, and he was conscious. There was no evidence of impairment at the scene,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first to respond to the scene, confirmed Woods was wearing his seatbelt.“The fact that he was wearing his seatbelt, I would say, it greatly increased the likelihood it saved his life.” Gonzalez said.PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan said the entire TOUR community had Woods’ well-being in their thoughts.“We have been made aware of Tiger Woods’ car accident today. We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers,” Monahan said via statement.The 45-year-old Woods stayed back after the tournament to film GOLFTV content that included giving celebrities golf lessons – actors David Spade and Jada Pinkett Smith were among those who tweeted about their encounters on Monday prior to the accident.On Sunday Woods told the CBS broadcast he was unsure of when he would return from his recent back surgery, a fifth such procedure since April 2017. The last time he played competitive golf was with his son Charlie in December’s PNC Championship.“I’m feeling fine,” Woods said Sunday. “I’m a little bit stiff. I have one more MRI scheduled so that we’ll see if the annulus (fibrosus) is scarred over finally and see if I can start doing more activities. But still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab, the little things before I can start gravitating towards something a little more.”
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Tiger Woods recovering from lengthy surgery to repair ‘significant’ injuries to right leg by ESPN

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Tiger Woods is recovering from a lengthy surgery to repair what a doctor said Tuesday night were “significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity” suffered in a single-car rollover crash hours earlier on a steep roadway in a Los Angeles suburb.

As part of a statement on Woods’ official Twitter account, Dr. Anish Mahajan of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center updated the famed golfer’s condition, saying in part that Woods had multiple “open fractures” to his lower right leg, and he had a rod placed in his tibia and screws and pins inserted in his foot and ankle during an emergency surgery.

“Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia,” said Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA. “Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.”

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A comminuted fracture means the bone is broken into more than two pieces; open means a break in the skin.

Woods, 45, was “awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room,” according to the statement.

The update on his condition came almost 15 hours after Woods needed to be extricated from his heavily damaged SUV following the one-vehicle crash near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

In a news conference earlier Tuesday, Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Woods was conscious and able to communicate with officials who arrived on the scene at approximately 7:18 a.m. PT in Rancho Palos Verdes, after they received a 911 call from a neighbor near the crash. L.A. County Fire Department’s fire chief Daryl Osby said Woods was in serious but stable condition upon arrival.

Authorities said there was no immediate evidence that Woods was impaired. They checked for odor of alcohol or other signs that he was under the influence of a substance but did not find any.

The two-lane road on which the rollover occurred curves through upscale suburbs, and the northbound side that Woods was driving on descends steeply enough that signs warn trucks to use lower gears. The speed limit is 45 mph.

According to Villanueva, Woods’ vehicle, a midsize SUV (2021 Genesis), appeared to first make contact with the median, then went across the two southbound lanes. It hit a curb, hit trees and rolled over several times, with the vehicle ultimately settling several hundred feet from the road. There were no skid marks and no evidence of braking, and weather was not a factor, per Villanueva. Authorities did not say how fast Woods was driving, and he was wearing a seat belt.

Osby said a pry bar and ax were used to remove the SUV’s windshield and pull Woods to safety. The sheriff’s department had said earlier Tuesday that Jaws of Life were used, but officials later said that was not the case.

The airbags deployed, and the inside of the car stayed basically intact, and that “gave him a cushion to survive the crash,” Villanueva said.

Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who first arrived on the scene, said he sometimes catches people topping 80 mph in the 45 mph zone and that crashes are common there.

“I will say that it’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” Gonzalez said.

The midsize SUV that Tiger Woods crashed in Southern California sustained major damage and was eventually taken away by tow truck Tuesday afternoon. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

When the deputy arrived, a neighbor told him the driver was still in the vehicle. Gonzalez said he poked his head through a hole in the windshield and saw Woods with his seat belt on. The deputy asked Woods questions, including what day it was and where he was.

“Tiger was able to speak to me lucidly,” Gonzalez said. Woods appeared “incredibly calm,” the deputy said, likely because he was in shock.

The vehicle of another driver, who pulled over to the side of the road to assist Woods shortly after the accident, was struck by another car coming over the hill, but there were no injuries.

Villanueva said it will take anywhere from days to several weeks to complete the investigation into Woods’ crash.

Woods, who was rehabbing from a Dec. 23 back procedure, was in the area for the Genesis Invitational, a PGA Tour event that he hosts at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. The tournament is run by his foundation.

On Sunday, in an interview with CBS during the final-round broadcast, Woods suggested that he had yet to ramp up golf activity following his fifth back procedure and gave no timetable for his return.

On Monday, Woods filmed various outtakes and scenes for Discovery-owned GolfTV, a streaming entity with which he has an endorsement deal. In a statement, GolfTV said Woods was filming on-course instruction as part of his latest series, and actor David Spade and former NBA star Dwyane Wade posted photos with him on social media from Rolling Hills Country Club. GolfTV and Golf Digest have a collaboration in which Woods is paid to provide content.

Woods was set to film more for the series on Tuesday, per GolfTV. According to ESPN’s Shelley Smith, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees were to be part of it. Neither QB could understand why Woods was late for the 8 a.m. meeting, Smith reported.

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Tiger Woods leaves L.A. hospital, returns home to South Florida to continue recovery from car accident by Golf Digest

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Tiger Woods has returned to his South Florida home to continue his recovery from leg injuries suffered in a single-car accident outside Los Angeles on Feb. 23.

“Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery. I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks,” Woods said in a statement. “Thank you to the incredible surgeons, doctors, nurses and staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. You have all taken such great care of me and I cannot thank you enough.

“I will be recovering at home and working on getting stronger every day.”

After initially being treated for his injuries at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the closest Level 1 trauma center to the site of the accident, Woods was subsequently transferred on Feb. 26 to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to undergo “follow-up” procedures on his right leg.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.447.1_debug_en.html#goog_1383929080PlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:15Loaded: 0% Fullscreen

The 15-time major champion and 82-time PGA Tour winner suffered comminuted open fractures to both the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving on a windy stretch of road in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. He had a rod inserted into the tibia to stabilize the fractures, as well as screws and pins inserted into his foot and ankle. Additionally, trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required a surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.

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Woods was in California after hosting the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, and he was scheduled to participate in a GolfTV/Golf Digest shoot at Rolling Hills Country Club the morning of the crash.

The accident took place in close proximity to the golf course at roughly 7:12 a.m. local time., when Woods’ car crossed onto the wrong side of the road before tumbling onto a hillside. According to an affidavit provided to the Los Angeles Sheriff Department, a bystander found Woods unconscious after the incident, but Sheriff Department personnel said Woods was lucid and calm when they arrived on the scene.

There has been no indication that Woods was impaired while operating the vehicle. The Sheriff Department has executed a search warrant to retrieve data from the “black box” in the Genesis GV80 Woods was driving, with the goal of obtaining additional detail into what exactly happened before the accident.

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The accident sparked an outpouring of support from the sports and golf world, with many players wearing Woods’ signature red and black on Sunday of the WGC-Workday Championship as a tribute to the man who almost single-handedly elevated golf through his stardom.

The accident occurred as Woods, 45, was recovering from a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment from his back. The surgery took place after Woods played with his son Charlie in the PNC Challenge in mid-December. Woods had not yet announced a potential return date to competition, telling CBS’s Jim Nantz two days before the accident that he hoped to be ready for the Masters.

It was the fifth operation Woods had on his back and the first since a spinal fusion in 2017. He has also had four procedures on his left knee.

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Tiger Woods returns home after three weeks in hospital following serious car crash by Golf News

Tiger Woods: “Thank you to the incredible surgeons, doctors, nurses and staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. You have all taken such great care of me and I cannot thank you enough.”

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Tiger Woods has announced he has left hospital following his car crash last month

Tiger Woods says he is happy to be home after leaving hospital following a serious car crash in California last month.

Woods underwent surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle following a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles on February 23.

The 45-year-old, who was on his way to Rolling Hills Country Club for a publicity shoot when the crash happened shortly after 7am local time, was pulled out of the vehicle through the windshield by emergency services.

Woods, 45, suffered several injuries in the single-car crash

In a statement released on Tuesday night, Woods said: “Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery. I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks.

“Thank you to the incredible surgeons, doctors, nurses and staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. You have all taken such great care of me and I cannot thank you enough.

“I will be recovering at home and working on getting stronger every day.”

Woods’ vehicle struck a median strip, rolled and came to a rest on its side near a steep road police say is notorious for crashes.

The former world No 1 underwent surgery that day for multiple fractures to his right tibia and fibula – including having a rod inserted in the former – with additional screws and pins inserted into bones in his foot and ankle.

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Rory McIlroy, who has a home near Woods in Jupiter, Florida, said in an interview last week with talk show host Jimmy Fallon that Woods was “doing better” and it would be “great” for him to be back at his home with his family.

Woods said it was “touching” to see several of his peers wearing his trademark Sunday red for the final round of the WGC-Workday Championship on the PGA Tour in the days after his crash.

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Tiger Woods 2005 Masters: Chris DiMarco Reflects On ’That Chip’ – by GOLF MONTHLY Magazine

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Tiger Woods 2005 Masters: Chris DiMarco Reflects On ’That Chip”

Think back to Augusta 2005, and you’ll invariably think of ‘that chip’ on the 16th in the final round, when Tiger was vying for the title with playing companion, Chris DiMarco.

In the commentary booth, Lanny Wadkins’ final words just before Tiger played were: “There’s a good chance he won’t get this inside DiMarco’s ball.”

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He should have kept quiet, for we all know what happened next.

We caught up with 2005 runner-up, Chris DiMarco back in 2015 to ask him about Tiger Woods’ Master miracle chip in 2005.

Chris DiMarco talks us through Tiger’s miracle chip on 16 in 2005

When you were walking up the 16th in 2005, did you manage to shut out thoughts of potentially walking off the green leading the Masters?

I did and I owe a lot of that to Gio Valiante who worked with a lot of guys on tour. We were working on expecting the unexpected, and certainly that was unexpected.

But I was really good that whole year at just kind of putting myself in various possible positions… what if he doesn’t get up and down and I make the putt – now I’m one up; what is my gameplan?

Or what if he makes a par and I make a birdie; now we’re even. I had myself in every scenario, I really did. I said, if he chips in we’ve just got to make our putt. I mean, it’s Tiger Woods – nothing shocks you! But I was definitely not counting on that.

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How did it feel watching the ball roll slowly towards the hole?

I’d watched Davis Love kind of do the same thing, I guess a couple of years earlier. So I knew that that was where he was going to play it – he had to play it up and then let it roll back.

And like he said in his interview afterwards, he was just trying to chip it inside me so he knew what he had to do. But great champions produce great things in the biggest moments, and that’s what he did.

Tiger Woods hits ‘that chip’ on the 16th at Augusta in 2005

When he then bogeyed the last two did you feel you had the upper hand going into the play-off?

Do you expect him to bogey the last two? No. But he certainly wasn’t hitting the ball like he normally hits it.

You could tell he was going through a swing change. But I think it’s the only time they ever started the play-off on the 18th.

Every other year it started on 10, so I walked out of the tent and was going to the 10th, and someone said, “No we’re going to 18.” “18?” I said. “They’ve never done that in the past.”

I’m not saying it had anything to do with it, but I felt like the way I was hitting the ball there was no advantage for him on 10.

On 18 there was an advantage because he could hit a good 3-wood, which he did, and then an 8-iron into the green, whereas on 10, no matter where you hit it you both end up playing from the same spot.

Did you think it was just a matter of time before you tasted Major success?

You can never count on it. Look at guys like Sergio Garcia, who have won big tournaments and done great things, but haven’t won Majors. It’s hard!

Other than Tiger Woods, if you win 5% of the time, that’s a lot. You think about it, you have four tournaments a year and for most guys you’re talking about only 40 or 50 chances.

And for me, I was playing against Tiger Woods and guys like that. I felt for sure that I could do it, and one thing I always took away from my close misses – I lost to Tiger again in The 2006 Open by two – was that at least I always played well coming down the stretch.

I didn’t make any bogeys, so I got beat – I didn’t beat myself. There are a lot of guys who’d love to have some putts back or who kick themselves about bogeys and doubles down the stretch.

But I always made birdies coming in and just got beaten… but by the best in the world.

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Tiger Woods’ Rolex watch

Tiger wears a dedicated Rolex divers watch, diving being his favourite past time. It’s a Sea-Dweller model. All Rolexes are perpetual which means they have an Automatic watch mechanism, no batteries. All Rolexes are ‘Superlative Chronometre Officially Certified’. It’s a bit of a motherhood statement and doesn’t mean anything. Oyster means it’s water proof. All Sea-Dwellers have a date function. Tiger’s model is made from stainless steel, not yellow or white gold, but who knows what sort of dress watched he owns at home. Due to the stainless steel construction this is one of Rolexes cheaper models. Great watch, buy one, you won’t be disappointed.

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Police execute search warrant on Tiger Woods’ black box recovered from wreck by NEWS.com.au

Police have reportedly taken a major step forward in their criminal investigation into Tiger Woods’ car roll-over after a revealing find.

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Police have combed through the “black box” of Tiger Woods’ rolled over car after executing a search warrant on the data recorder.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department retrieved the data on Tuesday night (AEDT) with the device able to show investigators the speed of the vehicle before the collision and whether its brakes were applied, according to USA Today.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters last week there was no indication Woods was impaired by alcohol or any other substances at the time of the incident, which is why no tests were taken and why no criminal charges were laid.

However, the investigation into possible criminal action remains ongoing. Data from the device has already been downloaded according to reports, and also has the potential to show information on steering before impact.

“We’re trying to determine if a crime was committed,” Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl told the news outlet.

Tiger Woods is not facing charges of reckless driving following the car crash. Getty.

Tiger Woods is not facing charges of reckless driving following the car crash. Getty.Source:AFP

“If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision. If there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”

The 45-year-old links legend was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 alone when he veered across the median on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes, went off the road and struck a tree — causing the car to roll over.

The injuries sustained in the incident have been described as “horrific” by people close to the golf icon, including a shattered ankle and two leg fractures.

Woods over the weekend had a second round of surgery, described as a success by his surgical team, according to a statement released by Tiger Woods’ team on social media.

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The ongoing police investigation comes after claims Woods appeared to not be paying attention in the moments before his devastating crash — and may have fallen asleep at the wheel of the luxury SUV he was driving, according to a report citing forensic car accident experts.

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Triumphs & scandal

Aug, 1996

Tiger Woods wins his third US Amateur title, and turns professional aged 20.

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Triumphs & scandal

Oct, 1996

Wins the Las Vegas Invitational for his first PGA Tour victory.

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Apr, 1997

Wins the Masters at 21 with a record low score (270) and a record margin (12 shots) to be its youngest champion.

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Jun, 2000

Wins the US Open at Pebble Beach by 15 shots, the biggest margin in major championship history.

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Apr, 2001

Completes the “Tiger Slam”, winning the Masters to become the only player to hold all four majors.

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Oct, 2004

Marries Elin Nordegren.

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Jun, 2007

Nordegren gives birth to their first child, Samantha, a day after Woods finishes second in US Open.

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Jun, 2008

Wins the US Open in a playoff for his 14th major. A week later has surgery on his left knee to repair a torn ACL and two stress fractures in his tibia. He is out for eight months.

Feb, 2009

Wife gives birth to son Charlie.

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Nov, 2009

Crashes his SUV near his Florida home. His life unravels with reports of extramarital affairs. He loses sponsors, spends 45 days in a clinic and does not return to golf until the 2010 Masters.

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Mar, 2012

Wins Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Apr, 2014

Undergoes back surgery.

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Aug, 2014

Misses the cut in the PGA Championship and says he will take the rest of the year off to get healthy.

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Feb, 2015

Shoots 82 in Phoenix Open to miss the cut. A week later withdraws at Torrey Pines after 11 holes.

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Aug, 2015

Misses the cut in his third straight major at the PGA Championship.

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Sep, 2015

Has a second back surgery, followed by a third in October.

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Apr, 2017

Has a fourth surgery to fuse lower spine.

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May, 2017

Arrested in Florida after police find him asleep at the wheel of his car. He blames pain medication.

Takes the lead in the final round of the British Open, only to double bogey the 12th hole and finish sixth.

Closes with a 64, his lowest final round in a major, and is runner-up in the PGA Championship.

Wins the Tour Championship.

Woods right leg is shattered, requiring extensive surgery, in a car crash in California, sparking fears he may never play professionally again. 

Woods broke several bones in his lower right leg, which indicates he was applying the brake at the time of impact, experts told USA Today, adding that the evidence indicates he braked late into the collision sequence.

“To me, this is like a classic case of falling asleep behind the wheel, because the road curves and his vehicle goes straight,” Jonathan Cherney, a consultant who serves as an expert witness in court cases, told the news outlet.

The former police detective examined the crash site in person.

“It’s a drift off the road, almost like he was either unconscious, suffering from a medical episode or fell asleep and didn’t wake up until he was off the road and that’s where the brake application came in,” Cherney told USA Today.

A tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods in Rancho Palos Verdes. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

A tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods in Rancho Palos Verdes. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)Source:AFP

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has said there were no skid marks to indicate braking — but the vehicle had anti-lock brakes, so even if Woods slammed on the brakes, “you wouldn’t necessarily see tire marks,” Felix Lee, an accident reconstruction expert, told the outlet.

Lee said a key clue is how the SUV did not change direction entering the curve.

“My feeling is that speed wasn’t that much of an issue. It was just some kind of inattention that caused the kerb strike,” said Lee, who is part of the Expert Institute, a network that provides expert witnesses in court cases.

Cherney also said he didn’t see evidence of “any steering input” that would show the golfer tried to avoid the accident, The New York Post reported.

Rami Hashish, principal at the National Biomechanics Institute, which investigates accidents, told USA Today that this suggests a “very delayed response.”

“It was suggesting he wasn’t paying attention at all,” said the expert, adding that he suspects the damage would have been much greater if Woods had been travelling at an excessive speed.

A Los Angeles County sheriffs department officer carries a broken "Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates" sign destroyed from the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

A Los Angeles County sheriffs department officer carries a broken “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” sign destroyed from the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)Source:AFP

In 2017, police found Woods asleep at the wheel in Florida. A toxicology report said he had Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien — which is used to treat sleep problems — and THC in his system at the time.

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The moments before and after everything changed for Tiger Woods by ESPN

THE DINNER INVITATION came in as Justin Thomas was already on his way home.

He had played poorly and missed the cut at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles on Feb. 19.

Tiger Woods had been flying from Florida to Los Angeles, and if Thomas had still been in town, the two friends likely would’ve met that night or at some point that weekend to catch up.

But this wasn’t a real dinner invitation. Woods knew Thomas had missed the cut and was already on his way home to Florida. Woods just couldn’t resist the chance to rub it in.

Yes, Woods, 45, is nearly two decades older than Thomas. But that’s the role Woods has come to play on tour in recent years. Part icon, part older brother — an equal-opportunity needler. And this was a good one.

But what could Thomas say? There would be another time to take his shots and get back at Tiger.

It’s always assumed there will be a next time between friends on the PGA Tour. For dinner, for a round of golf or just to catch up.

That was shattered in an instant on the morning of Feb. 23 when Woods’ car sped down a winding hill, crossed over the median into oncoming traffic, rolled over several times and crashed head-on into the sign welcoming residents and visitors to Rolling Hills Estates and then a tree.

The front of his car was crushed. So were his lower legs.

A neighbor heard the crash and called 911.

The first officer to reach Woods after the accident found him alert, but in shock. He knew his name, but not the extent of what had happened.

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Deputy Carlos Gonzalez shares details about Tiger Woods’ car crash, including Tiger’s initial reaction to the accident.

“Tiger,” he told Deputy Carlos Gonzalez.

“And that moment I immediately recognized him,” Gonzalez said.

But at that moment, all that mattered was that a man was trapped inside a mangled car. Not that he’d been summoned to help one of the greatest golfers of all time.

“I have seen many collisions,” Gonzalez said. “It’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive.”

It took a few hours for news of Woods’ accident to spread around the golf world. By then Woods was already in surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center, 7.5 miles away.

It will take weeks or months for authorities to piece together what caused the crash. It will take far longer to know what it means for Woods’ career.

There might never be complete answers.

But nothing will ever be as it was before.


RIVIERA COUNTRY CLUB in Pacific Palisades, California, is a special place for Tiger Woods — even if it is the venue he has played the most without a victory on tour.

It is the PGA Tour stop — known back then as the L.A. Open — closest to Woods’ boyhood home in Cypress, California. It is where he made his debut in a professional tournament, playing as an amateur in 1992 at age 16. And it is where, in 2017, his TGR Foundation became the beneficiary of tournament proceeds, with Woods as tournament host.

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That’s why he traveled by private jet from Stuart Aviation near his home in Jupiter, Florida, to Los Angeles on Feb. 19.

Woods wasn’t playing in the event. He was just eight weeks removed from his fifth back surgery in seven years. There was still plenty for him to do, though: meet and greet tournament sponsors, converse with foundation employees, catch up with other players and preside over the trophy presentation.

On Saturday, Woods ran into Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele, a young player Woods has befriended who, along with Johnson and Brooks Koepka, was a runner-up to Woods at the 2019 Masters.

Woods said he hadn’t been practicing much, just hitting chip shots and putts. He was waiting to ramp up activity after an MRI scheduled for March 1, which would have been 10 weeks after the back procedure. But he seemed to be in a good place.

“I was picking on him for being old,” Schauffele said. “He was looking forward to his MRI. He talked about his kids. And you could definitely tell he wanted to be as fresh as possible for Augusta [and the Masters in early April]. You know he really gets up for that thing. He was a little anxious about the result [of the MRI], but he was really looking forward to it as well. Once he was cleared, then he could start practicing more.”

On Sunday, Woods presented the trophy to Los Angeles native Max Homa, who had defeated Tony Finau on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Woods and Homa met at the 2013 U.S. Open and saw each other sporadically over the years. But this time Woods made a point of pulling Homa to the side and complimenting the way he had regrouped to win the playoff after missing a short birdie on 18 that would’ve sealed his second career victory.

“He said great job hanging in there after missing the putt on 18,” Homa recalled. “It felt good coming from a guy who understands quite well the process of winning. … I felt like he was happy that I was happy. It was cool. It’s kind of what you’d want. For me, it was probably the longest I ever talked to Tiger.”

The tournament had been Woods’ first public appearance since he underwent a microdiscectomy, a minimally invasive procedure to relieve pain caused by a herniated disc in the spine. Woods had had the procedure three times before, so he understood the recovery timeline: a whole lot of nothing for about a month, so scar tissue can form and hold the remaining disc in place, then a careful ramp-up in core-strengthening exercises to hold it in place long term.

It’s the kind of recovery that shouldn’t be sped up, as Woods has learned. In 2014, he came back too soon, returning to action in less than three months. Five back surgeries and five knee surgeries later, Woods was determined to take things slower and listen to his body this time.

The Masters was a goal, but not the only goal. And when CBS’ Jim Nantz asked him if he would be at the Masters, some seven weeks hence, Woods gave a measured answer.

“God, I hope so,” he said. “I have to get there first.”


THAT INTERVIEW WAS replayed so many times Tuesday in the immediate aftermath of the crash, as the world searched for answers to what had happened.

It’s not just what he said — “I have to get there first” — that was so jarring in retrospect. But the way he said it, and how he looked as he said it. There has always been a bit of mystery behind Woods’ eyes. Even his best friends can’t always decode what’s behind them.

He is fiercely private, as one would expect from a man who has lived his life in the brightest of spotlights. But he has also been in tremendous physical pain for the better part of a decade, which makes it impossible to know when one of his thousand-yard stares is an attempt to build a moat around his privacy or just to get through another day of pain.

There is also his history of car crashes. In the early-morning hours the day after Thanksgiving in 2009, his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree near his home in Isleworth, Florida. That began a far-reaching scandal that derailed his career and his marriage.

Then, in May 2017, Florida police found him asleep at the wheel of an awkwardly parked car on the side of a road. He was arrested on a DUI charge, which he later said was due to prescription pain medication given to him after back surgery.

It wasn’t hard to connect the previous accidents — and back surgeries — to this one. But Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tried to quickly put an end to that speculation when he noted at a Tuesday afternoon news conference that first responders did not see any evidence of impairment.

“We’re looking at signs of impairment under the influence of either narcotics, medication, alcohol, odor of alcohol, all these different things that would give you an idea and their behavior,” Villanueva said. “But there was none, none present.”

On Wednesday, Villanueva went even further, stating that Woods would not face charges from the crash, because “This was purely an accident.”

Still, questions remain. And the answers, so far, range from simple to unsatisfying.

According to doctors familiar with the back procedure Woods had, it is normal to be cleared to drive within several weeks of surgery if an individual’s pain tolerance allows. Which meant it was up to Woods, and he likes to drive himself. He has almost always shown up for tournament rounds with his caddie Joe LaCava, or Steve Williams before that, or with friend Rob McNamara in the passenger seat. He has even been known to make the four-plus-hour drive from his home in Jupiter to the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, with people recognizing him along I-95 or at a gas station.

Woods had driven himself to Riviera on Saturday and Sunday. He’d driven himself to the set at Rolling Hills Country Club in Palos Verdes, where he was filming a documentary style series called “Tiger Woods: My Game”with actor David Spade and former NBA star Dwayne Wade on Monday. And he was familiar with the area from previous trips.

While locals who live near the crash site initially speculated Woods could have been surprised by the steepness of the grade going north on Hawthorne Boulevard, that does not appear to be the case.

That particular section of road just happens to be exceptionally dangerous — Villanueva said there have been 13 crashes since January 2020 there. While the speed limit is 45 mph, it’s easy to travel faster due to the downhill slope, and there are numerous signs warning trucks of the steepness and even a runaway vehicle lane just ahead of where Woods crashed.

The investigation will seek to determine why Woods did not appear to brake as he hit the median. Photographs, videos, black box data from the SUV and cellphone records will be used to determine that, investigators said. They can also request a warrant for blood samples that were taken at the hospital, though Villanueva did not indicate whether they would.

Hawthorne Boulevard was shut down for nearly eight hours on Tuesday as authorities collected evidence from the scene. Camera crews and reporters from dozens of outlets filed reports from the middle of the road throughout the day as helicopters broadcast gruesome images of Woods’ wrecked SUV lying on its side, several hundred feet away, up the hillside.

For a city still traumatized by the death of former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in a helicopter accident in January 2020, the horrifying photos were hard to process.

But soon word came from the sheriff’s department and Woods’ longtime agent, Mark Steinberg, that he had survived the crash with serious leg injuries.

By 3 p.m., authorities were preparing to open Hawthorne Boulevard back up to traffic. A deputy gave warnings to the camera crews and local residents who had gathered in the street.

Thirty minutes … 10 minutes … 5 minutes…

Then, in an instant, cars came speeding down the hill, as they always do.


NOTHING IS THE SAME after an accident like that. Not for the man involved and not for those who care about him. Not for a world that has been fascinated by him since he debuted on “The Mike Douglas Show” as a precocious 2-year-old alongside his father, Earl.

It has been hard to watch as his body failed him these past few years. To see him struggle to walk all 18 holes or grimace each time he had to bend at the waist to retrieve a ball. In December, before Woods’ latest back surgery, his 11-year old son, Charlie, was knocking his ball closer to the hole than his father on routine wedge shots during their appearance at the PNC Championship. It has also been incredible to watch him battle through that pain and rise up for seasons like 2018, when he won the Tour Championship, contended at The Open (T6) and the PGA Championship (T2), and rose from 656th in the world at the end of 2017 to 13th at the close of 2018.

Before the Masters that year, he was asked if it would be the greatest sporting comeback of all time for him to win in Augusta again.

Woods was too much of a historian of the sport to accept that designation.

“I think that one of the greatest comebacks in all of sport is the gentleman who won here, Mr. Hogan,” Woods said, of nine-time major champion Ben Hogan, who spent 59 days in an El Paso, Texas, hospital after suffering a broken left ankle, broken collarbone, cracked rib, double fracture of the pelvis, head abrasion and internal injuries when his car collided with a bus in 1949.

And the night before the tournament began, here’s @TigerWoods accepting the 2019 Ben Hogan Award for overcoming a serious injury . . . this speech was from the heart.. now this …. WOW. #themasters #ISPSHANDAGWAADinner https://t.co/vvcHDxQtG5— GWAA1946 (@gwaa1946) April 14, 2019

Hogan was just 36 at the time. But he had pain and circulatory issues in his legs for the rest of his life. When Hogan finally did return to golf less than a year later, he had to wrap his legs in Ace bandages every day, then soak them in hot water and Epsom salts after every round.

“I mean, he got hit by a bus and came back and won major championships,” Woods said in 2018. “The pain he had to endure, the things he had to do just to play — just how hard it was for him to walk, walk period — and he ended up walking 36 holes (on the final day prior to the playoff) and winning a U.S. Open.

“That’s one of the greatest comebacks there is, and it happens to be in our sport.”

Like Woods’ interview with Nantz that Sunday, this speech has been replayed hundreds of times in recent days as the golf world ponders what Woods’ future in the sport will be.

He likely will need many more procedures on his legs before he or his doctors will have any idea whether he can play again. He suffered multiple open fractures in his right lower leg, which caused tremendous vascular and soft tissue trauma as well. He’s also 45, with the accumulated scars from five back surgeries and five knee surgeries, not 36 like Hogan.

But he has come back from so much before, so it’s hard to count him out.

ESPN producer Raajik Shah contributed to this report.

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Sheriff’s department executes warrant for black box crash data from Tiger Woods’ SUV

Mar 4, 2021

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant Monday to get data from the so-called black box in the SUV that Tiger Woods was driving when he was seriously injured in a crash last week.

To get a warrant, probable cause that a crime was involved has to be determined, even if it’s just a misdemeanor. A sheriff’s deputy downplayed the warrant as routine to USA Today Sports on Tuesday, saying he considered it due diligence.

“We’re trying to determine if a crime was committed,” Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl said. “If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision, if there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cellphone or something like that. We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”

During a live social media event Wednesday. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the new data could provide more information on the cause of the accident.

“And that’s all it is, and we’ll leave it at that,” he said.

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The black box data can show a vehicle’s speed, steering angle, acceleration and braking activity. There was no information regarding what was found in the Genesis SUV’s black box, Deputy Trina Schrader said in a statement Wednesday.

“As far as getting a warrant or getting the download from the car, we just do it automatically,” Schloegl told USA Today Sports. “We want answers, so that’s the route we take.”

Schloegl also said there was “no probable cause” for a warrant to obtain Woods’ blood, which would help determine whether he was under the influence of medication.

He said that Woods’ camp has been cooperative.

Villanueva said last week that the crash was “purely an accident” and that his department would not file charges against Woods pertaining to the Feb. 23 single-car crash near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

Villanueva said the department is considering it an accident, which could lead to a misdemeanor at most.

“The Sheriff spoke about the information known at that time, and said it appeared to be a traffic accident,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement to USA Today Sports on Tuesday. “However, the traffic collision investigation is (on)going and traffic investigators have not made any conclusions as to the cause of the collision.”

Woods, 45, is recovering at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was moved from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center “for continuing orthopedic care and recovery,” according to Dr. Anish Mahajan.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Tiger Woods unable to remember driving on day of crash as authorities retrieve black box data by CBS Sports

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As the investigation into the Tiger Woods single-car crash from Feb. 23 continues, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has “executed a search warrant to obtain data from the black box in the car,” according to USA Today.

Woods crashed his Genesis SUV just south of Los Angeles in an area of town where, according to officers, a lot of car accidents take place because of the way the road is structured. At the time, the LASO said the crash was “purely accidental,” but that got walked back a bit Tuesday.

“The sheriff spoke about the information known at that time and said it appeared to be a traffic accident,” the LASO said in a statement. “However, the traffic collision investigation is (on)going and traffic investigators have not made any conclusions as to the cause of the collision.”

A warrant was obtained to get the black box as “a routine part of [the sheriff department’s] probe.” This is done to determine if a crime was committed, the LASO told USA Today. But because officers determined at the scene of the crash that there was “no evidence of impairment” as they stated last week, Woods’ blood was not taken from the hospital by the department. 

Tiger had no memory of the events of the morning of Feb. 23, according to an affidavit for a search warrant obtained by USA Today, neither at the scene of the crash nor later on when he was taken to the hospital.

Woods initially was unconscious after the crash in Southern California when a resident found the golfer trapped in a loaner car and with blood on his face and chin, according to the affidavit, which was submitted by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Johann Schoegl. 

“The deputies asked him how the collision occurred” at the scene of the crash, according to the affidavit. “Driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving…  Driver was treated for his injuries at the hospital and was asked there again how the collision occurred. He repeated that he did not know and did not remember driving.”

Tiger has a history of driving under impairment. He was arrested in Florida in 2017 after falling asleep at the wheel with multiple drugs in his system. However, he was more or less cleared of that even being part of the investigation when officers examined him the morning of his crash. As USA Today noted, there would need to be probable cause of a felony to obtain medical data now. Getting the black box is a much lower bar at this point (only probable cause of a misdemeanor) and a much more routine part of any investigation.

The path Woods’ car took is absolutely terrifying. He went over a median, up the street the wrong way, past a massive light pole and down into a small gulley on the other side where it rolled over. All without evidence of any skid marks or that he ever hit the breaks. 

The black box information should disclose more of what happened, though only Woods could potentially know the full story. Presumably, the LASO will release that information in the days ahead as well as a more robust conclusion about what they believe happened. They could also charge Woods with some sort of crime depending on what the black box reveals, although it would likely not be a serious one.

Woods was recently moved to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he is undergoing further treatment for multiple breaks in his right leg as well as his ankle. Tiger was originally transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, which was closer to where his car crash happened. He was treated there for a few days before being moved to the more private Cedars-Sinai.

His recovery time will be extensive, and there are questions about how healthy he will be as a human being, not to mention whether he’ll ever compete again as a professional athlete. Woods seems to be in good spirits following the tribute his colleagues paid to him last week at the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession by wearing red and black on Sunday for the final round. 

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Tiger Woods unable to remember driving on day of crash, police say by the Guardian

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Los Angeles county sheriff’s deputies inspect the vehicle of golfer Tiger Woods, who was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple injuries, after it was involved in a single-vehicle accident last week. Photograph: Gene Blevins/Reuters

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Tiger Woods told responding deputies to his single-vehicle crash last week that he did not know how the accident happened and didn’t remember driving, USA Today reported Thursday.LA sheriffs execute search warrant on Tiger Woods’s car after crashRead more

USA Today cited a copy of the search warrant affidavit that was used by the Los Angeles county sheriff’s department to obtain the black box in the SUV Woods was driving.

“The deputies asked him how the collision occurred,” according to the affidavit. “Driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving … Driver was treated for his injuries at the hospital and was asked there again how the collision occurred. He repeated that he did not know and did not remember driving.”

The black box houses data related to speed and acceleration, braking sequence, steering angle changes and other instrument activity.

A sheriff’s deputy said Wednesday the warrant is a matter of course in LA County and considered part of the department’s due diligence.Tiger Woods: what now for golf’s comeback king?Read more

“We’re trying to determine if a crime was committed,” sheriff’s deputy John Schloegl said. “If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision, if there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that. We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”

Woods, 45, was hurt last week in an early-morning, single-car crash near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Emergency personnel extracted him from his car and transported him to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

The Los Angeles County sheriff characterized the crash as “purely an accident” and appeared to rule out any potential criminal charges even as authorities were still investigating. Deputies saw no evidence the golf star was impaired by drugs or alcohol after the rollover wreck on a downhill stretch of road known for crashes, sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

“He was not drunk,” Villanueva said during a livestreamed social media event. “We can throw that one out.”

Woods underwent surgery Tuesday to treat multiple injuries to his right lower leg, including the insertion of a rod into the tibia. Additional screws and pins were needed in the leg, and he was treated for muscle and soft-tissue injuries. He underwent another procedure last Friday, before being moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

McIlroy’s fast start at Bay Hill inspired by Woods

Rory McIlroy has revealed he tackles Bay Hill in a similar way to course specialist Tiger Woods after making a superb start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

McIlroy fired seven birdies, including five in a row on his back nine, and one bogey in an opening 66 to set the early clubhouse target. At six under par, McIlroy led by one from US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau.

“I feel like you don’t have to do anything special to shoot a good score here,” McIlroy said after his round. “You can be really conservative off the tees if you want to be. I’ve watched Tiger enough here over the years. He played [Bay Hill] very conservatively, took care of the par fives and that was usually good enough to get the job done – so [I took] a leaf out of his book.”

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Fed Officials See Strong U.S. Rebound, Fanning Talk of Taper BY Bloomberg.com

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  •  Fed’s Barkin says U.S. faces ‘bumpy’ six months before pickup
  •  Bostic open to late 2021 bond-buying taper, hinging on economy

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Federal Reserve officials said that more fiscal support and the mass distribution of vaccines could lead to a strong U.S. economic recovery in the second half, setting the stage for a discussion of potential tapering of bond buying before year’s end.

“I do think you’re looking at a second half that is going to be very strong and the question I think is how do we get through where we are today to that second half,” Fed Richmond Bank President Thomas Barkin, who votes on monetary policy this year, told CNBC in an interview Monday.

The Fed last month signaled interest rates would stay near zero at least through 2023 and said it would keep buying bonds at a $120 billion monthly pace until it has seen “substantial further progress” toward its goals for employment and inflation.

Fed aggressively buying bonds since virus struck

“I’m open to that” potential late-2021 tapering, Fed Atlanta Bank President Raphael Bostic told reporters after a speech earlier in the day. “A lot of it will depend on how the virus and the vaccine distribution goes. But if it goes well — if we learn quickly — I think there is some good upside potential.”

Bostic said growth could turn out to be stronger than expected, which he noted could lead to a discussion of raising rates in the second half of 2022 or 2023 — earlier than other policy makers are forecasting.

Dallas Fed chief Robert Kaplan, speaking later on Monday, said he was hopeful the economy would rebound sufficiently to at least allow the conversation about tapering to begin later in 2021.

“I don’t want to prejudge right now — while we’re in the teeth of the pandemic — when we’re going to get there. But I would hope it might be this year,” he told a virtual town hall hosted by his bank. Kaplan said he sees U.S. growth around 5% this year.

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Barkin wouldn’t predict a date but sounded optimistic about the U.S. outlook, while acknowledging the early part of the year would be weakened by the continuing Covid-19 crisis. Still, fiscal support and an elevated savings rate would create backstops for the economy, he said.

“We’ve given outcome guidance, not date guidance so I couldn’t tell you the day. I do think this notion of ‘substantial further progress’ is the right way to think about it,” he said. “So there are scenarios certainly where we see strong recovery in unemployment and inflation, but there are lots of scenarios where we don’t.”

“Unemployment was 6.7% when we gave that guidance, inflation was 1.4%. It is still both in the same place,” Barkin said, referring to the Fed’s description of when it would adjust bond buying. “I think you would need to see substantial progress against those numbers toward our goals before the discussion gets on the table.”

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Fed officials have stressed that tapering of bond buying would be communicated well in advance to avoid a surge in Treasury bond yields. Vice Chair Richard Clarida said Friday he doesn’t expect the central bank to begin tapering its asset purchases this year despite an expected strengthening of the economy.

The debate recalls the 2013 taper tantrum, when the unexpected disclosure by then-Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke that officials were thinking about dialing back their asset purchases provoked violent financial market volatility. Barkin made clear that they did not want a repeat.

“I think we have learned lessons certainly from six or seven years ago,” he said, noting that Fed Chair Jerome Powell was at the central bank during that episode. “I expect us to do our best to communicate well there.”(Updates with Kaplan comments in seventh paragraph.) TIGER WOODS BLOG

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How much is Tiger Woods worth? Answered!

When Tiger made is pro PGA Tour debut in 1996, and after he had signed his Nike contract, my father-in-law, who was a quantum smarter than I am said Tiger Woods could be the first ever sportsman to earn a billion dollars. I thought this was the dumbest thing anyone had ever said. Do you realise exactly just how much a billion dollars is? One.billion.dollars. Is Tiger going to do well? OF COURSE he is. But that’s not a billion pal….Well, what do I know?…

Forbes says Tiger has earnt $1.5 billion since 1996.

But that’s just earnings – what were his expenses over the same period? The expenses need to be deducted for a ‘net’ figure. (It’s nett BTW). If Tigers expenses have been 25m$ a year, over 24 years, that’s 600m$ in expenses,

giving Tiger Woods a net worth of 900m$.

Golf Monthly Magazine say it’s $900m.

Fox Business say it’s $800m in 2018.

Statista say it’s in the 1.27 billion$ range.

Business Insider . com say it’s $800m

FWIW I think the Statista estimate is the most accurate. See separate Statista article below:

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How much is Tiger Woods net worth? Forbes says Tiger earnt $1.5 billion! since 1996….

#26 Tiger Woods – 2020 CELEBRITY TOP 100 EARNINGS Forbes

  • Tiger Woods nabbed his first PGA Tour win in five years at the 2018 Tour Championship and added a fifth green jacket at the 2019 Masters.
  • Since he turned pro in 1996, Woods has earned $1.5 billion from endorsements, appearances and course design fees.
  • HarperCollins acquired the rights to “BACK” in late 2019. It is the first-ever memoir authored by Woods.
  • TaylorMade and Woods released their first co-created set of irons in 2019. It is the first signature club for Woods.
  • His latest project, Payne’s Valley, is set to open in 2020 in Missouri and will be the first public golf course he designed.

ON FORBES LISTS#26 Celebrity 100 2020 #8 The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2020 #26 America’s Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 2015 Dropped off in 2016 STATS AGE 45 SOURCE OF WEALTH Golf SALARY/WINNINGS $2.3 ENDORSEMENTS $60 RESIDENCE Jupiter Island, Florida CITIZENSHIP United States MARITAL STATUS Divorced CHILDREN 2 AGENT Mark Steinberg AGENCY Excel Sports Management SPONSORS Bridgestone, Discovery Communications, Inc, Hero Motocorp, Monster Energy, NikeRolex, TaylorMade, Upper Deck EDUCATION Stanford University Tiger Woods news

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Tiger Woods’ Net Worth – How much? by Golf Monthly Magazine answers

Tiger Woods became the first billion dollar athlete in 2009

Tiger Woods' Net Worth

Tiger Woods is one of the most successful golfers of all time, winning 15 Major titles and a total of 110 professional tournaments worldwide.

The American is by far the richest active golfer on the planet, with his net worth estimated at $800m back in 2018.

Since then he has won his 15th Major at the 2019 Masters and his 82nd PGA Tour title at the 2019 Zozo Championship.

His net assets maybe be closer to $900m in 2020.

The 15-time Major winner has earned $1.5bn from endorsements alone since turning professional in 1996 according to Forbes, having topped the $1bn mark from all earnings back in 2009.

The Californian has won over $120m on the PGA Tour, which is $28m ahead of second-placed Phil Mickelson.

It is thought that Woods is single-handedly responsible for prize money increasing on the PGA Tour throughout his career.

In 1996, when Woods turned pro, Tom Lehman topped the PGA Tour money list with £1.78m and Nick Price was 50th with $402,000.

Fast forward 10 years to 2006 and Woods topped the money list with $9.94m and Richard Johnson in 50th place won $1.56m.

In 2019, 50th-placed JB Holmes won $2.15m and FedEx Cup winner Rory McIlroy won just shy of $23m thanks to a $15m bonus.

Woods was 8th in Forbes’ 2020 Highest Paid Athletes list with his endorsements coming in at $60m for the year added to $2.3m on-course earnings.about:blankjavascript:void(0)

He has sponsorship deals with Nike, TaylorMade, Monster, GOLFTV, Bridgestone, Kowa, Hero, Upper Deck, Full Swing Simulators and Centinel Spine.

These deals collectively net him $60m per annum.

Rory McIlroy reportedly receives a combined $20m per year from Nike and TaylorMade so Woods’ income may be closer to $30-$40m from his club and apparel deals.

Woods has been with Nike since 1996, where he signed a huge $40m deal over five years, which was renewed for a reported $100m over a further five years.

The Nike contract after that one is said to have been worth anywhere in between $20m-$40m per annum for eight years.

Since then, his contracts have been undisclosed.

Apex Marketing estimated that his 2019 Masters victory was worth over $22m to Nike just from the screen time.

Nike have stuck by Woods through thick and thin, especially after his high-profile late-2009 scandal where the likes of Gillette, Gatorade, Accenture and AT&T all dropped him.

As well as his on-course and endorsement incomes, Woods is also a course designer, a restaurant owner and is in the events business, with the Genesis Invitational, Hero World Challenge, Nexus Cup, Tiger Jam and Tiger Woods Invitational.

These are all in aid of his TGR Foundation charity, which helps offer education resources to students and teachers.

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Rory McIlroy is trying to accomplish something he’s never done in Abu Dhabi this week

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Rory McIlroy’s resume — or CV as it’s known where he’s from — is as long as it is impressive. He’s ticked off nearly every box anyone could have ever dreamed of over the course of his career. And when your career is that great and seemingly without holes (save that green-shaped one he can fill in April), there’s a tendency to start digging for ridiculous things a player has never accomplished.

LeBron James has never scored 65 points on a Tuesday in December in a city where the temperature was below 20 degrees. Fact. Mike Trout has never hit for the cycle on Columbus Day. Fact. Rory’s hole at hand is not quite as outlandish as those very much made up ones above, but it is a bit of a quirk in his career. He’s never won the first event he’s played in at the start of a calendar year.

What’s crazier, as Justin Ray recently pointed out, is that McIlroy has largely been in the mix at the genesis of his annual campaigns but never cashed in at the top of the heap.

McIlroy has never won in his first start of a calendar year, but has finished fifth or better in his first event in 12 of the last 13 years. That includes a top-five everywhere he’s started his year since 2014.

Most of these openers have come in Abu Dhabi where the European Tour kicks off its year, and even from a young age, McIlroy was competing for championships.

YEAREVENTFINISHLOST BY
2009Abu Dhabi ChampionshipT54
2010Abu Dhabi Championship32
2011Abu Dhabi Championship28
2012Abu Dhabi Championship 21
2013Abu Dhabi ChampionshipMC
2014Abu Dhabi ChampionshipT21
2015Abu Dhabi Championship21
2016Abu Dhabi ChampionshipT32
2017South African Open2Playoff
2018Abu Dhabi ChampionshipT34
2019Tournament of ChampionsT48
2020Farmers Insurance OpenT33
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The run he went on from 2012 to 2017 was pretty wild. He missed out on winning five events by a total of 10 strokes over the course of six years. The closest call he had came in 2017 when he opened in South Africa and lost to Graeme Storm in a playoff. McIlroy missed the next seven weeks after that with an injured rib, and it marked the first calendar year in his career he had not won since 2008 (he also failed to win in 2020).

At the Abu Dhabi Championship, he’s finished runner up to Martin Kaymer, Robert Rock, Pablo Larrazabal and Gary Stal. Not exactly a collection of hall of fame talent, but guys who had great weeks — like Kaymer who, at 24 under, won by eight in 2011 — nonetheless.

“I saw something the other day, of the 13 times I’ve played a first tournament of a season in my pro career, I’ve had 11 top fives,” McIlroy said this week. “The fact that there is no win in there is a little surprising I guess. I come out at the start of the year, and I don’t think you’re as fully sharp as you would want to be, but at least the optimism is there and the enthusiasm is there. There’s not any scar tissue built up from previous tournaments that year. I feel like every year is a fresh start and I like that feeling.”

This week, McIlroy again has a chance to break the streak at the spot where he’s almost done it so many times before. He also has a chance to break a 14-month winless streak, which is among the longest of his career. 

He tees it up at this year’s Abu Dhabi Championship as a 11/2 co-favorite with Justin Thomas. While the field is solid — and players like Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick pose a threat — McIlroy and J.T. are clearly at the head of the class and one of them (or both) should have a chance to add to prodigious win totals come Sunday. For McIlroy, it would be another win in a seemingly endless run of them but also a specific first achievement for him after 13 years as a pro.

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This is one of those weeks.

It’s a week where a golfer’s preparation and patience will be tested, exposing all of their weaknesses. If you didn’t do your homework—it’ll show.

It’s a week-long chess match, pitting the minds of the world’s best golfers against a brute test of angles, risk and nature.

For the members of Team TaylorMade, it’s one of those weeks they’ve had set in their minds ever since those first tee shots were struck back on the wide and welcoming fairways of Kapalua.

This week is the U.S. Open. At Winged Foot.

Yup, it’s shaping up to be one of those weeks.

With all that a U.S. Open layout demands, you can be sure the likes of World No. 1 Dustin JohnsonRory McIlroyJon RahmCollin Morikawa and Tiger Woods have spent the past few weeks dialing in their setups to meet the challenge. Let’s dive into their bags and take a look at how the world’s best are setting up their TaylorMade equipment this week.

Dustin Johnson is on a hot streak that will be remembered for a long time. Over a three-month stretch, the unflappable World No. 1 won three times and finished runner-up at the PGA Championship. DJ put an exclamation mark on the season by capturing the Tour Championship, and the FedEx Cup title in the process, just two weeks ago.

DJ relied primarily on the same equipment setup to get the job done late this season, but has made a slight change for Winged Foot. He’s added a SIM DHY 2-iron into the mix to help him hit specific yardages off the tee.

While we all know DJ’s calling card is his power off the tee with SIM driver and precision iron play, it’s his putter that helped fuel his late-season charge up leaderboards.

DJ ranked 134th on Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting after the RBC Heritage on June 21. The next week he won the Travelers Championship gaming the Truss TB1 putter. He eventually switched again, this time back into his old reliable black Spider Tour, and hasn’t looked back.

DJ never finished outside the top-12 in SG: Putting in three playoff starts and ended the season ranked 48th on Tour in the stat. That’s quite the turnaround.

DJ will need to have his Spider Tour and TP5x working in harmony again this week to tackle the West Course at Winged Foot’s tricky greens.DJ was red-hot with his Spider Tour.ExpandDJ was red-hot with his Spider Tour.

DUSTIN JOHNSON WITB

SIM driver (10.5°)

SIM Max fairway (15°)

SIM Max fairway (21°)

P·730 irons (3-PW)

Milled Grind Wedge (52°, 60°)

Spider Tour IB Limited

TP5x

Tiger Woods’ quest for a fourth U.S. Open and 16th major title begins this week—if that doesn’t get you excited to tune in, we can’t help you.

A master of course management and iron play, look for Woods to lean on the combo of his SIM driverP·7TW irons and pair of Milled Grind 2 TW grind wedges to put him in the best positions this week.

Tiger’s also tinkered with his setup this week, adding a P·790 2-iron to the top end of his bag.

In a rare occurrence, given his status in the game at that point, Woods missed the cut at Winged Foot the last time the U.S. Open was held there in 2006. Let’s see if the Big Cat can erase that blemish and make some noise this time around.

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SIM driver (9°)

M5 fairway (15°)

M3 fairway (19°)

P·7TW irons (3-PW)

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Jon Rahm enters this week is in a good position to capture his first major title—and for good reason. When looking at Rahm’s 2020 stat sheet, it reads like the menu at a 5-star restaurant. There’s not a bad course to be found.

Rahmbo leads the Tour in Strokes Gained: Total (+1.82), is third in Tee-to-Green, fourth Off-the-Tee and 22nd in Putting.

Rahm usually carries a trio of Milled Grind wedges with him, mixing between the HiToe and MG 2, which should serve him well at Winged Foot. He’ll have to be precise around those bending complexes. But not to worry, even if you look down the menu, Rahm is still proficient in that area, registering 24th on Tour in SG: Around-the-Green.

JON RAHM WITB

SIM driver (10.5°)

SIM fairway (15°)

RSI TP UDI (4)

P·750 irons (3-PW)

Milled Grind HiToe Wedge (52°)

Milled Grind 2 Wedge (56°, 60°)

Spider X Chalk

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As a former champion, Rory McIlroy knows that it requires ALL of the shots to hoist the U.S. Open trophy. Lucky for us, we can watch him hit every low, high, medium and towering wedge shot he’s got in the bag on repeat here.

Rory was an early adopter of the all-new P·7MB irons and continues to carry those in the bag this week.

RORY MCILROY WITB

SIM driver (10.5°)

SIM Max fairway (15°)

SIM Max fairway (19°)

P·7MB irons (3-PW)

Milled Grind 2 Wedge (54°, 60°)

Spider X Copper

TP5Collin Morikawa is eyeing back-to-back major titles.ExpandCollin Morikawa is eyeing back-to-back major titles.

There’s only one player on the Winged Foot property who can say he’s gunning for back-to-back majors, and that player is Collin Morikawa. Morikawa flashed the brilliance, and patience, needed to win a major championship at TPC Harding Park last month.

While he played in last year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach as an amateur, Winged Foot should prove a more difficult test for the reigning PGA Champ. But Morikawa’s sharp iron play (second on Tour in SG: Approach) should make him a contender just about every time he tees it up.

Morikawa added a few of the all-new P·7MC irons to the top end of his setup at the TOUR Championship, and will carry the longer 4- and 5-irons with him this week as well.

COLLIN MORIKAWA WITB

SIM driver (8°)

SIM fairway (14°)

SIM Max rescue (19°)

P·7MC (4-5)

P·730 (6PW)

Milled Grind 2 Wedge (52°)

Milled Grind HiToe Wedge (60°)

TP Juno

TP5Matt Wolff's setup ahead of the 2020 U.S. Open.ExpandMatt Wolff’s setup ahead of the 2020 U.S. Open.

Rookie nerves? Nah. Matthew Wolff showed no signs of them playing in his first major at the PGA Championship in August. He fired off four rounds in the 60s to finish in a tie for fourth. That’s some big-time stuff from the 21-year old phenom.

Wolff has switched into the all-new P·7MC irons this week, going away from the older P·750 set he used for so long.

Wolff absolutely cranks his TP5 pix golf ball off the tee with his SIM driver. The California kid ranks 12th on Tour in SG: Off-the-Tee and ninth on Tour in driving distance (311.6 yars), so he’ll need to find the short stuff off the tee to capitalize on his strengths this week.


MATTHEW WOLFF WITB

SIM driver (9°)

SIM fairway (15°)

SIM Max rescue (22°)

P·7MC irons (4-PW)

Milled Grind 2 Wedge (50°, 56°, 60°)

Spider X Chalk

TP5 pixJason Day enters the U.S. Open off a T-4 finish at the PGA Championship.ExpandJason Day enters the U.S. Open off a T-4 finish at the PGA Championship.

Outside of DJ, there might not be another member on the Team TM squad looking forward to teeing it up again more than Jason Day.

The Aussie was a maintstay on leaderboards down the stretch of the season, never finishing outside of the top-7 in his final four starts before the playoffs, which included a T-4 finish at the PGA Championship.

Day’s combo of skill around the greens (he ranks first on Tour in that stat) and steady putting with his iconic Spider Tour bodes well for a major setup.

JASON DAY WITB

M6 driver (10.5°)

SIM Max fairway (15°)

SIM Max fairway (18°)

P·760 irons (4-PW)

Milled Grind 2 Wedge (50°, 54°, 60°)

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Every single putter Tiger Woods has used throughout his golf career

By Andrew TurskyFEBRUARY 19, 2020

Tiger Woods reads a putt.

Tiger Woods’ equipment is the most closely observed and critiqued in the game of golf. Any time Woods makes a switch, especially with the putter, it’s major news.

As such, most golf fans know about the Scotty Cameron Newport TeI3 putter he used to win the 1997 Masters. They also know about the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype that Woods currently has in the bag and has used for 14-of-15 majors.

Those aren’t the only two putters Woods has used throughout his career, however. He’s used other Scotty Cameron models, as well as Ping, Odyssey, Nike and TaylorMade putters. He’s also experimented with mallet options and different hosels, not just the Newport/Anser-style models golf fans are used to seeing.

Below, we highlight all of the putters that Woods has used in competition during his career.


Throughout most of Woods’ amateur days as a junior and collegiate golfer, he used a Ping putter. In his younger days — around 1990 and 1991 — Woods used a bronze Ping Anser model. Then until about 1996, he used a silver Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel model; the one with the Pingman on the toe portion of the face and “Ping” stamped on the heel of the face. He used this Ping Anser 2 model to win the 1994 and 1995 U.S. Amateur championships.

Woods also revisited the Ping Anser 2 model in 1998, but we’ll get to that further down this list.

An Odyssey for the 1996 NCAA ChampionshipMANDATORY CREDIT: PATRICK MURPHY-RACEY/ALLSPORT


During his victory at the 1996 NCAA Division I Men’s Individual Championships, Woods used an Odyssey Dual Force 660 putter. It had an Anser-style head shape, a black insert on the face, and a cord-style Golf Pride grip. Certainly, due to the face insert, the putter offered a softer feel off the face than what he was using previously. By the time he played in the U.S. Amateur later that year, though, the putter was out of his bag.

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Sometime after his 1996 NCAA victory, Woods started using a new Scotty Cameron Newport putter with a Pro Platinum finish and no face insert. Like the Odyssey putter he used prior, the putter had a cord grip on it, and it also didn’t last too long in his bag. Woods did, however, have that Scotty Cameron putter in play during his professional debut at the 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open.

The controversial Scotty Cameron ScottydaleTiger Woods during his first professional win at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational at TPC Summerlin Golf Course.Tiger Woods during his first professional win at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational at TPC Summerlin Golf Course. J.D. CUBAN/ALLSPORT/GETTY IMAGES


During his first two wins on Tour — the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational and the 1996 Disney World Oldsmobile Classic — Woods used a controversial Scotty Cameron Scottydale putter, as reported by the Sun Sentinel. According to the rules of golf, the neck of the putter cannot exceed 5 inches, and officials were skeptical that Woods’ putter broke this rule. Woods, however, apparently switched into a slightly different model before the Tour Championship, where the putter was measured and deemed conforming.

Regardless, the rules of golf say that if the golfer unknowingly used nonconforming equipment, he/she is not subject to retroactive penalty.

By 1997, Woods switched into a putter where there was no question the neck measured less than five inches, and the conforming Scottydale popped up again only briefly later that year.

The famous Scotty Cameron Newport TeI3AUGUSTA NATIONAL/GETTY IMAGES


During his 1997 Masters victory, Woods used a Scotty Cameron Newport TeI3 putter that had a Teryllium face insert, and five rows of sound-dampening white dots in the back cavity. The putter didn’t stay in his bag for very long, but it caught the attention of the masses, including a young Webb Simpson.

Replicas, limited-edition releases and remakes of the putter remain extremely popular today. In fact, Brooks Koepka is currently using a Scotty Cameron T22 Teryllium putter, which is based on Woods’ original.

Going with the flowMATTHEW STOCKMAN/ALLSPORT


For a very brief moment in time, Woods used a Scotty Cameron putter with a flow neck, which Titleist confirmed was a Laguna model. Woods had the Laguna in his bag for the 1997 Buick Open at Warwick Hills Country Club in Michigan, but it looks as though it never made it back into the starting 14-club roster after that.

A flow-neck-style putter returned briefly in 2018, but we’ll get to that later.

Back to the AnserTiger Woods watches Mark O'Meara putt ahead of the 1998 PGA Championship. Tiger Woods watches Mark O’Meara putt ahead of the 1998 PGA Championship.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES


In 1998, Woods switched back into a Ping Anser 2 putter, which was actually one of Mark O’Meara’s backup putters. Woods nearly beat out O’Meara using the backup to win the 1998 Open Championship, where O’Meara emerged victorious.

After the event, O’Meara famously quipped: “That’s my backup putter. I finished first, he finished one shot off. That’s why it’s the backup.”

Classic.

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In 1999, Woods started using the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS (German Stainless Steel) prototype putter that he currently uses today. It’s quite possibly the most famous putter in golf, and it would surely go for at least 8 figures if it were to have ever hit an auction table. (EDIT. Tiger says he wouldn’t accept 100 million $

It famously has a “cherry bomb” red dot on the heel portion of the face, “Tiger Woods” stamped in red on the back bumpers, a single red dot on the topline for alignment, another “cherry bomb” in the back cavity, and it’s equipped with a Ping PP58 grip. After two decades using the putter, he’s worn a spot on the face directly in the sweet spot.

Woods has used the putter in 14-of-his-15 major championship victories, and it consistently stayed in the bag from 1999 until 2010, before reemerging in recent years.

The Nike Method era beginsTiger Woods in 2011 using the Nike Method 003 mid-mallet (left) and Woods in 2013 using the Nike Method 001.Tiger Woods in 2011 using the Nike Method 003 mid-mallet (left) and Woods in 2013 using the Nike Method 001.GETTY IMAGES


In 2010 and 2011, Woods began using Nike Method putters. He bounced back-and-forth during this time between a 001, which was a classic Anser/Newport-style putter, and a 003, which was a mid-mallet. The latter option, of course, was shocking because Woods never used anything before in competition that even resembled a mallet putter.

Woods used the 001 style putter in the 2010 U.S. Open, but he opted for the mallet in late 2010, and then he finished T4 in the 2011 Masters using the 003 mallet.

He didn’t play in the 2011 U.S. Open or Open Championship, but he used the 001 putter in the 2011 PGA Championship. By 2012, and until Nike exited the hard goods industry in 2016, Woods used the Nike Method 001 putter. This time period includes his five-win 2013 season, but Woods never won a major in the six-year stretch that he used Nike putters.

TaylorMade Ardmore 3 malletMONTANA PRITCHARD/PGA OF AMERICA VIA GETTY IMAGES


For Woods, 2018 was a year of putter experimentation. While he started the year using his famous Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS proto putter, he began trying different putters during the season.

By the 2018 PGA Championship, Woods had committed to a mallet putter, which was a TaylorMade TP Ardmore 3 with a black copper finish and a flow neck. The switch nearly worked out, too. He almost won the event with a Sunday 64, finishing runner-up to Brooks Koepka by two shots.

The Ardmore 3 lasted a total of five events in 2018 before he went back to a more familiar style head.

The TaylorMade JunoTiger Woods lines up a putt at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.Tiger Woods lines up a putt at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.GETTY IMAGES


For a brief period, Woods opted for a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Juno putter, which was the same style head as his Newport 2. He used the flat stick during the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship, where he finished T24.

By the time he teed it up at the 2018 Tour Championship, though, the Juno was benched.

Of course, Woods went onto to win the Tour Championship, and then the 2019 Masters, using his famous Newport 2 GSS prototype. The popular putter remains in the bag today, and unless something happens to it (knock on wood) or he hits a nasty dry spell on the greens, it’s likely the putter has the starting job for the foreseeable future.

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During his recent comeback, the strongest part of Tiger Woods’ game has been his putting. He ranks fourth on Tour in one-putt percentage (45.06 percent), 13th in three-putt avoidance (1.85 percent), 18th in putting from inside 10 feet (89.77 percent) and 14th in strokes gained: putting (0.739).

Not too shabby for a 42-year-old who effectively had been away from competitive golf for three years and had multiple back surgeries.

Woods has used a Scotty Cameron putter to win all 14 of his major championships. At the 1997 Masters, he used a black-finished Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3 with white vibration-dampening dots on the back, but for his other 13 titles Woods used a custom Newport 2.Tiger Woods Scotty Cameron putter

Tiger Woods’ Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter, with which he won 13 major titles.

Cameron has made heel-toe weighted blade putters such as Woods’ since before he joined Titleist in 1994. The first Newport putter was part of the Classics family in 1995, and like the other Classics that year—the Catalina, Coronado, Del Mar, La Costa, Laguna and Napa—it was named after a town in California.

The first Newport 2 was made available in 1997. The main difference between Newport and Newport 2 putters is the look at address: Newport putters have rounder lines, while the back bumpers and edges of the Newport 2 putter are sharper for players who like a mechanical look.

Newport 2 putters from the late ’90s were 35 inches long and had a plumber’s neck to create a small amount of toe hang, along with a dark finish. They came standard with 4 degrees of loft, a 71-degree lie angle and a single alignment line.

Woods put his now-famous custom Newport 2 into play in 1999. While the basic shape has not changed much over the years, there are significant differences between Studio Newport 2 putters available at retail and the putter Woods uses.Tiger Woods' Scotty Cameron putter

Tiger Woods’ Scotty Cameron putter

Materials
Woods’ Newport 2 is made from German Stainless Steel (GSS), a very expensive material Cameron only uses on putters that are going to be used by professionals or sold in his gallery in Encinitas, Calif. It has a slightly softer feel at impact, but Cameron has said on many occasions that it would not be practical to use GSS in retail putters because many recreational golfers would not feel a significant difference, and using GSS would substantially increase the price.

The Select Newport 2 you can buy in stores today is made from 303 stainless steel. Numerous pros on the PGA Tour use Scotty Cameron putters that are made from 303 stainless steel, and Cameron prefers it for retail putters because it delivers a soft feel and looks good when polished but is not excessively expensive.Tiger Woods' Scotty Cameron putter

The face of Tiger Woods’ Scotty Cameron putter is smooth.

Face
The face of Woods’ Newport 2 was milled and then made smooth, but starting in 2005 with the Studio Style line, the milling pattern in putters such as the Newport 2 became more pronounced. Like corduroy pants, if you pull your finger across the face of a modern Scotty Cameron Newport, you will hear a zipping sound. The circular milling patterns are created by the machines as they shave off ribbons of material while shaping and honing the hitting surface.

Today’s Select Newport 2 not only features milling patterns, it also has a 303 stainless steel face insert. Using a face insert allowed Cameron to add vibration-dampening material inside the head to enhance sound and feel.Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2

Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 putters have adjustable weights in the sole. (Titleist)

Weight
When it was new, Woods’ Newport 2 putter weighed 326 grams. At the time, that weight would have been considered typical for a 35-inch putter. Many consumers today are showing a preference for heavier putters, so the current Studio Newport 2 weighs 345 grams.

Since 2008, Newport 2 putters have been designed with adjustable weights in the sole. They are not designed to be changed by golfers, but custom fitters and technicians in the factory can change the weights using a tool. The same head can be modified so the overall weight and swing weight can be adjusted based on the putter’s length and player preferences.

Alignment Aids
Woods’ Newport 2 has a single dot on the top line that helps him put the sweet spot directly behind the center of the ball. Today’s Studio Newport putters come with a single black alignment line on the back flange.Tiger Woods' Scotty Cameron putter

Tiger Woods uses a Ping grip on his Scotty Cameron putter.

Grip
Woods does not use a Scotty Cameron putter grip. Instead, he has preferred a Ping PP58 grip for years. It is the same grip that was fitted to the Ping Anser 2 putters Woods used as a junior.

Today’s Studio Newport 2 putters come standard with an 11-inch, mid-size Matador grip that weighs 77 grams. The larger, heavier grip matches the heavier head and aligns with the trend to larger putter grips.

Even a good custom fitter can’t change the materials used to make a putter, but he or she can do a lot to personalize your flat stick. Grips can be changed, alignment aids can be added or modified, and a putter’s weight can be tweaked. So while you probably will never win 14 majors, with the help of a good fitter and the right putter, you certainly will give yourself a better chance of holing more putts and lowering your scores.

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BLOG ‘Why I Dislike Tiger Woods’

April 8, 2015 at 11:08 am Filed Under: Jeff LessonThe MastersTiger Woods

LA JOLLA, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Tiger Woods plays his tee shot on the 15th hole of the north course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 5, 2015 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)LA JOLLA, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Tiger Woods plays his tee shot on the 15th hole of the north course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 5, 2015 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

By: Jeff Lesson

I don’t. Really.

All I did was innocently predict back in 2010 that the now world number 111 would never win another major championship.

Since then, I have received nothing but hate mail every time the guy chokes away another one.

News flash: It’s not my fault every time the guy yips another chip, hits a drive into the woods, chokes on a 4 foot putt, or meets another Perkins waitress.

Contrary to popular belief, I do not control the news flow as it pertains to one of the biggest quitters on the PGA Tour (eight times in his career).

All I do is report the facts-as they happen. I leave it up to the mighty listeners of 97.1 The Ticket to interpret them.

For instance, on a recent Karsch and Anderson show update I pointed out how the mighty Tiger had actually shot a 30 on the front nine of a practice round without throwing a single club or injuring a spectator with an errant shot.

Therefore, no one can say that I ignore positive news about world number 111.

The only place you will regularly hear opinions about Tiger from me is on “Lesson ON Golf”-Saturdays 7am on 97.1 The Ticket and on Twitter @jefflesson. Everywhere else it’s just the facts.

I am amused by Tiger returning to play the Masters with the most obvious case of the yips in golf history-at the toughest course to chip at in the world.

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I wish him well. Really.

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“I over-coached him” admits Tiger Woods’ former coach

By Michael McEwan — 09 December, 2020

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Tiger Woods’ former coach Sean Foley has admitted to “over-coaching” the former world No.1 during their four years working together.

Foley, the Canadian son of a Glasgwegian ex-pat, was Woods’ swing coach between 2010 and 2014. During that time Tiger won eight times on the PGA Tour but, significantly, failed to add to his haul of 14 major victories.

Despite finding success as the coach to a string of other high-profile names – including Justin Rose, Danny Willett, Sean O’Hair and Hunter Mahan – Foley continues to be best known for his four-year stint alongside Woods.

And, with the benefit of hindsight, he admits he would do things differently if he had the chance again

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Speaking in the latest edition of bunkered (issue 182), Foley said: “Looking back on it now, I think I probably over-coached him. I was there at a time when he needed someone to support him.

“It was a time in his life when a lot of people who’d been in his life for a long time started to ditch him. I think, unfortunately, I approached it from the point of view that good technique will take care of everything.

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“Honestly, sometimes I giggle to myself when I think about it. Like, what was I even trying to tell Tiger Woods? Honestly. I remember one time he wasn’t chipping well and he asked me to take a look. If I had the chance again, I’d probably say, ‘Dude, you’re Tiger Woods. It’s chipping. Look within yourself. I’m sure you have the answer.’”

Foley added that the timing of their partnership was unfortunate, too. They started working together at the 2010 US PGA Championship, just nine months after Woods’ sex scandal was exposed.

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“I started with Tiger when golf was pretty much as hard as it had ever been for him,” said Foley. “He said to me, ‘I came to you because you’ve helped good players become great.’ So, it was amazing but it wasn’t by any means easy. Imagine starting anything with someone as they’re going through the crushing aspect of divorce and custody issues.

“I don’t care how mentally strong you are, that’s not a function of your mind; that’s a function of your heart and when your heart is broken, it’s tough to really do anything well.”

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Tiger Woods’ son Charlie stuns with eagle, trash talk at PNC Championship event

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He sent social media into meltdown with his perfect carbon-copy swing.

Then Charlie Woods, son of golf icon Tiger Woods, wowed with an eagle and some snappy trash talk at the PNC Championship father-son event.

Woods Jr, 11, drilled a 175-yard three wood to within three feet of the cup on the third hole at the Grande Lakes Orlando course. He made no mistake with the putt.

“That’s your first eagle,” Tiger said to Charlie.

After footage of him swinging the club alongside Tiger went viral, the world was watching Charlie – including NBA megastar LeBron James.

This is so 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥!!!!!!!!! Love to see it https://t.co/urLt26CO76— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 19, 2020

But it wasn’t just his game that made an impression. Charlie apparently has his dad’s penchant for sledging.

Team Woods was paired with Justin Thomas, a former world No.1 and major winner, who was playing with his father, Mike. On the 13th hole, Charlie Woods nailed a driver, while Thomas Sr found a bunker.

Woods Jr walked to the bunker and dropped a note for the Thomas pair to find, which said: “DRAW HOLE!”Latest Golf VideosTiger’s son’s incredible eagleGolf world goes crazy over Charlie Woods’ swingJohnson claims first Masters title

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Tiger Woods’ close friend and former college teammate, Notah Begay, said on the broadcast.

AP reported that Mike Thomas, a junior coach, had left the ball beside a wayward shot from Charlie on the previous day.

“In typical Woods’ fashion, he kept the paper,” Justin Thomas said. “My dad hit in the bunker, and he took that exact paper and put it behind the ball. So a little karma there.”

Charlie Woods left a note in the bunker talking trash to JT after he found the bunker.😂 pic.twitter.com/EE9XniRcu3— By The Flagstick (@ByTheFlagstick) December 19, 2020

Justin Thomas, a polished trash-talker himself, could only laugh; as he looked around bemused after finding the note, Charlie Woods doffed his cap with a grin. At least Thomas already known what he was in for, playing with Woods Jr.

“Although he’s never beaten me in golf or a putting contest, he still talks trash just like his dad,” Thomas said of Charlie Woods pre-tournament.

“It will be fun. We’ll have that like inner tournament within a tournament, trying to shut his little mouth up, but it will be fun.

“He likes to needle me a little bit and I have to remind myself that he’s 11-years-old sometimes. I need to remind myself sometimes that I need to watch what I say.

“They are very similar. Who wouldn’t want to be like your dad if your dad was Tiger Woods? He definitely has all the mannerisms.”

Thomas was impressed with his showing in the first round, saying: “I knew he was going to wow a lot of people.

“It was cool to see him shape the ball both ways and hit great shots. We feel probably what our parents felt growing up watching us play. You want them to do well, but you can’t do anything about it.

“It was competitive, it was joyful, it was memorable and we had some banter.”

Charlie Woods plays his shot from the second tee as Tiger Woods looks at the PNC Championship. (Getty)

Tiger Woods said he hadn’t been surprised by Charlie’s play and enjoyed watching him play well, especially given the scrutiny.

“I don’t really care about my game,” Woods said. “I’m just making sure that Charlie has the time of his life. And he’s doing that.

“I’ve seen this all along. Probably not a lot of people have. A lot of the shots he hit, I’ve seen them back home at The Medalist this entire year. The junior events he played in, he hit a lot of these. It was a matter of stringing these out for three-and-a-half hours. It’s a totally different deal.”

Team Woods was down the leaderboard at 10-under after day one of the scramble tournament, yet Charlie Woods is the youngest player ever to compete in the special two-day event. He was able to hit from a forward tee, sometimes 100 yards ahead of that used by the professionals.

The field features 20 players who have either won majors or the PGA Tour’s Players Championship. Team Kuchar, comprising PGA Tour veteran Matt Kuchar and his son Cameron, held the lead at 14-under.

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Clue?: It was manufactured by Scotty Cameron answer: Tiger used a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS. GSS stands for German stainless steel. More interesting reading – the tri-sole design and very recognizable red lettering have been with tiger for 14 of his 15 major titles and 66 of his 82 PGA tour victories. Check out the wear mark on the face, above.

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