Make us your home page

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tiger plays nice, then plays badly

Tiger Woods shakes the hand of former caddie Steve Williams then teams with Steve Stricker to lose 7 and 6 at the Presidents Cup.

Getty Images

Tiger Woods shakes the hand of former caddie Steve Williams then teams with Steve Stricker to lose 7 and 6 at the Presidents Cup.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Tiger Woods made the first move, reaching out to shake hands with his ex-caddie. Twelve holes later, as short a Presidents Cup match that has ever been played, Steve Williams had the last laugh.

In the 112 matches of various formats that Woods has played in his pro career, he never had a loss like Thursday's. He and Steve Stricker didn't win a hole and didn't make a birdie in tying the Presidents Cup record for the worst loss, 7 and 6 to Adam Scott, with Williams on his bag, and K.J. Choi.

"We were just slightly off," said Woods, who fired Williams in July. "On a golf course like this, it doesn't take much."

The squabble meant nothing to Scott, who has tried to stay out of the fray even after Williams disparaged Woods with a racial comment two weeks ago. Woods didn't make too much of it either.

"I put my hand out there to shake it, and life goes forward," he said. "There's some great things that Steve and I did. I know he probably looks at it differently than I do. But, hey, life goes forward, and I'm very happy with what we've done in our career together."

Despite the loss, the Americans led the International team 4-2 after Day 1's alternate shot matches. They got help from two rallies.

Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar won the last two holes with pars to halve their match against Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley. Nick Watney and Bill Haas trailed by two with four holes left but halved with Geoff Ogilvy and Charl Schwartzel.

"My guys felt like they let a few matches slip away, no question about it," International captain Greg Norman said. "But they all understand. It's the game of golf."

Today matches are best ball. Saturday pairings are split between alternate shot and best ball. And Sunday features singles matches.

LPGA: Na Yeon Choi shot 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel and Karrie Webb after the first round of the season-ending Titleholders in Orlando. Choi birdied five holes on the back nine. Pressel, winless on the tour since 2008, also had five birdies on the back nine. Webb, who has only two top-10 finishes since winning the tour's second and third events this year, had four on the back nine. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 2-under 70.

Hall of Fame: Hollis Stacy, who won the U.S. Women's Open in 1977, 1978 and 1984, was selected via the veterans category. She won 18 times overall in 26 years on the LPGA tour, including the 1983 Peter Jackson Classic (later renamed the du Maurier Classic). She, Phil Mickelson and others to be announced will be inducted May 7 in St. Augustine.

Tiger plays nice, then plays badly 11/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2011 9:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Family a driving force for University of Tampa pitcher David Lebron


    TAMPA — For University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron, baseball reminds him of family. He uses it to help honor the memory of his father, who taught him the game. One day, he hopes his career can help support his mother and allow her to rest.

    University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron (Courtesy of University of Tampa)
  2. L.A. delay could re-open Super Bowl chance for Tampa in 2021


    Construction delays on the NFL's new stadium in Los Angeles mean the Rams and Chargers won't be playing there until 2020, a year later than expected, and the ripple effect could give Tampa another chance at landing a Super Bowl in February 2021.

    Tampa and Raymond James Stadium last hosted a Super Bowl in 2009, when the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals.
  3. Bucs' Gerald McCoy, Jameis Winston honored in NFL top 100


    Helping fans pass time through the offseason each summer, NFL Network has been unveiling its top 100 players for 2017 as chosen by the players, and the Bucs' Gerald McCoy and Jameis Winston are the first Tampa Bay players revealed, coming in at No. 52 and 57, respectively.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis WInston and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, shown in the 2016 season finale against the Panthers, have both been named to the NFL Network's top 100 players for 2017.
  4. The play occurred in the third inning when Angels rookie Nolan Fontana, making his major league debut, tried to slide past the tag of Rays second baseman Michael Martinez.
  5. Former Gator Caleb Brantley paying a steep price for nothing


    It turns out Caleb Brantley isn't quite the dirtbag that millions of people presumed. It's too bad the damage to his reputation and bank account is already done.

    Caleb Brantley, who dropped to the sixth round of the draft, works out during Browns rookie minicamp. [Associated Press]