Golf: Tiger Woods

Lee Trevino on the Masters, Tiger Woods

April, 16, 2013
Lee Trevino joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Masters, Tiger Woods' controversial drop on the 15th hole and much more.

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IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo has become a fixture at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am over the years, playing with John Daly and Tiger Woods. This week he will partner up with Dallas’ Jordan Spieth at the prestigious event.

Spieth earned a sponsor’s exemption into the field and will play at least three rounds with Romo.

Romo and Spieth have played competitively together at the Azalea Invitational, an amateur tournament in South Carolina, as well as in friendly rounds in Dallas.

Spieth, who led Texas to a national championship before turning pro, was unable to earn his PGA Tour card through Qualifying School but will play in several PGA Tour events in 2013. He missed the cut at his first event, the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Is Matt Kuchar really the fifth-best in the world?

May, 14, 2012

Is Matt Kuchar really the fifth-best player in the world? And what's up with Tiger's T-40 finish at The Players? And who will be the next player to use the HP Byron Nelson Championship as a springboard to success?

Richard Durrett joins the panel of experts dish on that and more in the weekly Four-Ball. Here's Richard's take on Kuchar:
Matt Kuchar has eight top-25s in 10 events played, just won The Players Championship and is second on the tour in scoring. He's playing like one of the best players in the world. But I'll admit: I don't care as much about the Official World Golf Rankings as I used to. Maybe it's because there seems to be so much fluctuation in it, though that's simply another nod to the fact that the PGA Tour is deep.

At first glance, Kuchar hasn't won a major and is fifth in the world. But in this day and age, I'm OK with it. More accurately, I just don't care. Players tee it up every week to find out who is the best in that four-day period. That's good enough for me.
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Tony Romo to make another run at U.S. Open

April, 16, 2012

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making another run at his favorite offseason golf event -- the U.S. Open.

Romo, who advanced to sectional qualifying two years ago, will play in the local qualifier on May 14 at Old American Golf Club in The Colony. If he advances, sectional qualifying will again be in Houston. He filed his entry under the name "Antonio" Romo.

He didn't make it out of local qualifying last year, shooting a 9-over 81.

The U.S. Open is June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Earlier this year, Romo was paired with Tiger Woods at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, finishing tied for 17th in the best-ball team competition.

Kelly Kraft savoring Masters experience

April, 5, 2012
Denton's Kelly Kraft, the reigning U.S. Amateur Champion who played golf at SMU, is enjoying every minute of his Masters experience.

Local product Kelly Kraft calls into GAC to talk about his experience playing in Masters for the first time in his career. Kelly says his goal is to go for the win, not just make the cut.

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Kraft played a few rounds at Augusta National the last few months after his U.S. Amateur victory last summer put him in the field. He arrived last Friday and wanted to take in as much of the course and tournament as he could. He watched as the traditional tee shots to open the Masters were hit by some of the greats, including Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. Kraft is staying at the Crow's Nest, a tradition for amateurs. The four-bed room apartment of sorts is in the Augusta National clubhouse.

"I can walk downstairs to the green and right out onto the course," Kraft said. "A lot of great players have stayed up there. You can take in the whole deal. It's a great experience."

Kraft said there are four small rooms with twin beds and a common area with a TV. He only has one roommate -- amateur Patrick Cantlay. Kraft beat Cantlay in the finals to win the U.S. Amateur.

Kraft is paired with defending champion Charl Schwartzel and PGA Champion (and Nelson winner) Keegan Bradley for the first two rounds. And the entire group held its own in the first round. Bradley was 1-under, Schwartzel finished even and Kraft was at 2-over par.

Kraft managed to make four straight birdies during his opening round, doing so at Nos. 12 through 15. That's pretty impressive, considering that's part of Amen Corner. In fact, Kraft went 2-under through Amen Corner -- Nos. 11-13 -- but dropped a shot at holes 17 and 18 to end up over par.

"I'll take 2-under at Amen Corner any day," Kraft said. "I would have liked to have played better on those last holes."

Kraft played in front of Tiger Woods' group Thursday and saw firsthand all the patrons surrounding the most famous golfer on the course.

"He would make a long putt or a good shot and they would go crazy," Kraft said.

His goal remains what it was when the week started: Make the cut and see what happens on the weekend. He tees off at 12:31 central time Friday.

Trevino to Tiger Woods: Go back to Harmon

February, 14, 2012
Hall of Fame golfer Lee Trevino has some advice for Tiger Woods: Become a student of Butch Harmon again.

"I would call a realtor in Henderson, Nevada, and I'd find out where Butch lived and I'd buy the house next door," said Trevino, appearing on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Galloway & Company on Monday afternoon. "I'd go over and ring the doorbell and say, 'Hi, neighbor,' and get back with Butch. That's exactly what I would do."

Harmon is currently Phil Mickelson's teacher and a former instructor for Woods. Harmon worked with Woods from 1996, when he won his third U.S. Amateur Championship, until August 2002. Woods won eight majors and played some of his most dominating golf under Harmon's watchful eye, including his 15-stroke victory at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2000.

At Pebble Beach on Sunday, Woods started the day in contention, but shot 75 thanks in large part to woeful putting, while Mickelson shot 64 to win his 40th career PGA Tour event.

Trevino, who won six majors on the PGA Tour in his career, said he believes both Woods and Harmon should "bury the hatchet" and work with each other. Woods has worked with teacher Hank Haney after his departure with Harmon and is now with Sean Foley.

"I'm sure there's bad blood there, at least that's what I've heard," Trevino said. "I haven't talked to Butch in years, so I don't know how he feels with Tiger and I don't know if Tiger is too proud to ask for the help and if he asked for help if Butch would give it to him. But I think they speak to each other when they see each other at tournaments. If they do that, I don't see why two grown people can't sit down. He's all messed up right now."

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Harry How/Getty ImagesTiger Woods and Tony Romo share a laugh on the fifth hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Tiger Woods couldn't make up any ground Sunday to finish tied for 17th in the best-ball team competition of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The tandem started the day in a tie for 15th, but shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish at 23 under overall.

Woods had his worst round of the tournament, firing a 3-over 75 to finish tied for 15th at 8-under 278, nine strokes behind winner Phil Mickelson.

"I didn't hit it as bad as the score indicated, but I putted awful," Woods said. "As good as I felt on the greens yesterday, I felt bad today. Anything I tried to do wasn't working. Consequently, I made a ton of mistakes on the green."

"Tiger is close," Romo said. "He's building something; it's only a matter of time."

ESPN The Magazine's Sarah Turcotte and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tony Romo will be playing on Sunday after all.

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Harry How/Getty ImagesTony Romo and Tiger Woods had plenty to smile about after their third round at Pebble Beach.
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Tiger Woods vaulted all the way up to a tie for 15th in the best-ball team competition Saturday after a 9-under 63, putting them at 19 under overall after three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Romo’s chances at being around on Sunday looked slim when the duo dropped into a tie for 50th place after Friday’s second round (only the top 25 teams make the cut). But Romo and Woods, who made a charge of his own with a 5-under 67, got off to a quick start with Romo making birdie on No. 10, the team’s first hole of the day.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 12th but finished his front nine with birdies on five of the last six holes. Romo birdied No. 15 and nearly birdied 16, but his chip lipped out. He got unlucky again on No. 17 when his blast from the greenside bunker rolled around the cup and stayed out.

Romo knocked his approach shot close on No. 1 and sank the putt for another birdie and followed that up with birdie on the second. Woods also made birdie on No. 2, and he parred the final eight holes coming home. He is alone in third place at 11 under and trails leader Charlie Wi by four shots heading into the final round.

Romo finished his birdie binge after another shot in tight to the short par-3 seventh hole.

Tony Romo-Tiger Woods tandem fades at Pebble

February, 10, 2012

Tony Romo is used to playing on Sundays. But he probably won't have that chance this weekend.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Tiger Woods slipped into a tie for 50th at 10 under after a second-round 67 in the best-ball team portion of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday.

Playing on the par-70 Monterey Peninsula course, considered the easiest of the three courses being used this week, Woods and Romo got off to a fast start, with each making birdie on the opening hole. Romo followed that up with another birdie on No. 2, while Woods had to settle for par.

The two early birdies put the Romo-Woods pairing at -9 overall and tied for 19th for the moment, but that momentum wouldn't last.

Woods, who needed 33 putts in his second round, missed three putts inside of 10 feet and also had a couple of lip-outs in a round of 2-under 68 that left him tied for 17th, six strokes back of leader Charlie Wi heading into the weekend.

Woods and Romo will play Saturday’s third round at Pebble Beach and will tee off of No. 10 at 10:22 a.m.

But Romo’s chances of being around for Sunday are slim. Only the top 25 teams advance to the final round.

The pair opened the tournament with a 7-under 65 at Spyglass Hill on Thursday and were tied for 25th.

Tony Romo and Tiger Woods tied for 25th

February, 10, 2012

Talk about a power couple.

Tony Romo is paired with Tiger Woods for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback contributed his fair share of shots in the first round Thursday.

Woods made six birdies and two bogeys for a 4-under 68 and a share of 15th place, five shots off the lead. Romo, who does not get any strokes because he is a scratch golfer, made pars on the two holes Woods bogeyed (Nos. 13 and 4) and birdied the par-5 14th with a little advice from Woods, who helped with the read on the birdie putt.

That put the pair at 7 under as a team in the best-ball format, good for 25th place.

Romo seemed to have a bit of stage fright, which seems strange for a guy used to competing in front of 70,000 screaming fans. Of course, he's not playing golf in front of them, and even a strong player like Romo is going to have some jitters in a setting such as this.

"He's an outstanding player and competitor,'' Romo said. "Anybody who walks along and sees the shots knows he's hitting the ball well. He's got a great shot this week.''

Romo and Woods started their round at Spyglass Hill on No. 10. They will tee off Friday at 11:17 a.m. CT on No. 1 at the Monterey Peninsula course.

Bob Harig of contributed to this report.

Pebble Beach possibility: Tony Romo-Tiger Woods pairing

January, 13, 2012
It is widely speculated that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will be the amateur paired with Tiger Woods at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Feb. 9-12.

PGA Tour pro Ryan Palmer, who lives in the Metroplex and is friends with Romo, confirmed as much as well, telling that Romo already told him that he is playing with Woods.

It wouldn't be the first time that Woods and Romo have been paired together. They played a Wednesday pro-am in 2009 at Congressional in the AT&T National.

Woods has not played in this particular event since 2002. However, he did play the course during the 2010 U.S. Open, where he tied for fourth.

Hank Haney stunned Woods fired caddie

July, 20, 2011
Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ former coach, was stunned by the news that Woods fired longtime caddie Steve Williams on Wednesday.

“I’m shocked,” Haney said. “Steve is the best caddie I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe that he got fired.”

Haney, who has worked in Dallas for more than two decades, was Woods’ swing coach for six seasons before resigning as Woods’ coach in May 2010. Woods won 32 PGA Tour events, including six majors, while working with Haney.

Haney said he’s happy that Williams will be working for a top player in Adam Scott. But the coach is surprised Woods would make this kind of change. Woods won 13 of his major titles with Williams by his side.

“He’s won so many tournaments with Steve Williams on the bag,” Haney said. “He’s the best caddie I’ve been around. I’m surprised. He’s been such a great supporter for Tiger.”

Haney believes Woods can get back to competing for major championships again, but has to get fully healthy first.

“You have to get where you can practice,” Haney said. “Will he get healthy enough to practice and prepare? Once he does that, there’s no reason to believe he can’t be competitive again and win tournaments and majors again. He has the experience and skill.”

Haney believes that if Woods is healthy, he can still pass Jack Nicklaus’ mark of 18 major championships.

“He’s got plenty of time to do it,” Haney said. “He hasn’t lost his skills. But he hasn’t been able to play much or practice and nobody’s good enough to compete at golf if they can’t practice or prepare. If he’s healthy, he can do it.”

Who's Michael Whitehead? Let's find out ...

June, 15, 2011

Rick Reilly essay on Michael Whitehead, the golfer who was the alternate out of qualifying in Dallas who will replace Tiger Woods in the U.S. Open.

Quite Please includes Colonial preview

May, 17, 2011

Tuesday's Quiet Please show on includes a preview of this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Also included is a Tiger Woods injury update, a Sergio Garcia conversation, news about the 2018 Ryder Cup and a Jason Day conversation.