Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

PGA golfer Geoff Ogilvy wants Tiger Woods' first public comments to come away from course

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.

Times wires

PGA golfer Geoff Ogilvy wants Tiger Woods' first public comments to come away from course 01/20/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 10:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee.

    30 Oct 2001:  Left wing Dave Andreychuk #25 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates towards the blue line during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 3-2.  Mandatory Credit:  Dave Sanford /Allsport
  2. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  3. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108
  5. What they're saying about Dave Andreychuk making Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    "Dave helped me so much when I was just starting my career, a young kid that was looking to find his way as a hockey player, a person and a member of the Tampa Bay community. In addition to watching him compile such awe-inspiring statistics, I remember him as a big brother to me and many others, making sure all the …