Report: Tiger coming back in two weeks
According to the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia, Tiger Woods is going to make his comeback at the Accenture Match Play Championship in two weeks in Arizona. The world's No. 1 golfer has not played since reports of marital infidelity emerged in November. He announced last month he would take an indefinite leave from golf. The paper does not use a source, and Woods has not commented.
When Woods does return, Tom Watson said he needs to "show some humility to the public" after sorting out his personal life. Watson, 60, also said Wednesday that Woods should clean up his on-course behavior in order to be considered among the true greats of the game.
"I'll let the cat out of the bag," Watson said ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic. "Tiger has to take ownership of what he has done. He must get his personal life in order. I think that's what he's trying to do. And when he comes back, he has to show some humility to the public.
"I would come out and I would do an interview with somebody and say, 'You know what? I screwed up. And I admit it. I am going to try to change. I am trying to change. I want my wife and family back.' "
McIlroy says focus should be off clubs
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wants golf authorities to reconsider their new regulations on the shape of grooves in clubheads. "I don't see why they don't firm greens up and get the rough longer to bring scores down," McIlroy said. "They can make golf courses a lot tougher and turn 20-under winning scores into 12 under." He'd prefer other ways to make golf more difficult rather than tampering with club design. "I think they are trying to bring the whole professional game and the amateur game closer together," he said.
Daly's 'retirement' appears short
So much for John Daly's retirement. A week after saying he was going to quit the game when he failed to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, Daly is in the field for next week's Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Daly's amateur partner is Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Daly, 43, has a sponsor's exemption to play in the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook in March.
Ryder Cup captain names assistants
U.S. captain Corey Pavin selected four players to be his assistants at the Ryder Cup this year. Pavin said he has picked Tom Lehman, Davis Love, Jeff Sluman and Paul Goydos. Sluman, a former PGA champion, has never competed in the Ryder Cup, and Goydos said his only Ryder Cup experience was watching on TV.
"I hope somebody using a Ping wedge wins the U.S. Open. Especially if it's me." PGA pro Joe Ogilvie, talking about the controversy of square groove clubs
Transitions needs volunteers
The Transitions Championship is recruiting volunteers for Shot Link laser, ticket and transportation committees. Those interested should call (727) 942-5557. Also, the Monday pro-am prior to the tournament will benefit the Shelton Quarles Impact Foundation. Early celebrity commitments include Raheem Morris, Skip Holtz, Vinny Testaverde, Phil Esposito, James Shields and Fred McGriff.