Ogilvy: Woods should tee off with media off course
Former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy is hoping Tiger Woods will speak in public away from the course before playing in a pro golf event. Ogilvy, one of the eight players ranked in the top 20 who are competing at this week's Abu Dhabi Championship, said Wednesday that the attention surrounding Woods at a tournament would be distracting to the other players. "I think he should come out away from the golf course," the Australian said. "I think that would be the best thing for him and for every other player and for the tournament. I don't believe a lot of tournaments want all the tabloid media floating around." Woods has not spoken in public since he crashed his SUV in late November. Since then, he has admitted to infidelities on his Web site and taken an indefinite leave from golf. "The first press conference he does is going to be the crazy one, isn't it?" said Ogilvy, who won the SBS Championship in Hawaii this month. "A lot people who have been afraid to ask questions for the past 10 or 12 years won't be quite as hesitant to ask questions as they used to be. And he's going to have to answer questions."
Nicklaus, 70, goes from skins to fins
Today is Jack Nicklaus' 70th birthday. The 18-time majors champion is showing no signs of slowing down. Last weekend he teamed with 60-year-old Tom Watson to win 10 skins at the Champions Skins Game in Hawaii and won $350,000. Nicklaus is spending his birthday on Christmas Island, three hours south of Hawaii, fishing for bonefish with friends and his wife of 49 years, Barbara.
New Fall Series tournament added
The PGA Tour is adding a Fall Series tournament at Sea Island, Ga., with RSM McGladrey agreeing to a three-year deal to become the title sponsor. The McGladrey Classic will be played Oct. 7-10 on the Seaside Course. Davis Love III, a 20-time winner on the PGA Tour and longtime resident at Sea Island, will be tournament chairman. The announcement means the PGA Tour has five events in the Fall Series, which is played after the FedEx Cup portion of the schedule.
Suspended golfer to play mini tour
Doug Barron, the first player to be suspended for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy, has signed up to play a developmental tour in North Carolina. Barron was handed a one-year suspension last fall when he tested positive for testosterone and propranolol — a beta-blocker that calms nerves — in June at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. He said he was using the drugs for health reasons under a doctor's supervision. Barron last week paid his membership fee of $2,250 for the eGolf Professional Tour, which has an 18-tournament schedule.