With Tiger Woods out of the field at the PGA Tour's Shell Houston Open, his last chance to compete before the 2015 Masters at Augusta National, our panel of senior writers discuss whether he will compete or contend at the Masters.
From Adam Scott's humility and style in winning the Masters to the off-the-course distraction of deer-antler spray to Mother Nature's effect on the world of golf, our Jim McCabe reflects on an incredible year in golf.
Padraig Harrington is a staple late in the afternoon during Masters practice days, and he says it's to gain experience in the shadows. Plus: A previous Tiger Woods penalty ruling at Augusta, some major contenders and more.
Finishing tied for sixth at last week's Masters, Thorbjorn Olesen has been top 10 in seven of 20 tournaments – including a T-9 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and a T-27 at the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
Chances are, given his unassuming nature and dignified demeanor, Adam Scott has chosen to sit back somewhere not to bask in the glory – it is not the man’s style – but to savor the sense of accomplishment.
Angel Cabrera’s thumbs-up to Adam Scott was a highly-visible display of sportsmanship on the second hole of their Masters playoff. It was foreshadowed in 2009 when Cabrera told a slumping Scott, “You’re a great, great player.”
Jason Day was quick to follow his round by saying he'd pull for fellow countryman Adam Scott in his playoff because he'd come close in majors and deserved it – an endorsement of which Day also is worthy.
Angel Cabrera simply loves Augusta National and will play in the final group for the third time in the last five years on Sunday, hoping his 2009 victory will give him advantage over the top of the leaderboard.
While many may have a problem with a television viewer calling in the Tiger Woods penalty on Friday night, the timing actually helped the 14-time major champion. And punishment ultimately fit the crime says Jeff Rude.
Bubba Watson on viewers calling in rules infractions: “I’m going to start calling in (as a protest against callers). You can put bad press on somebody. All it takes is one person to say something and bad press gets on you, even though you did nothing wrong.”
Tiger Woods responded to being assessed a two-shot penalty before his round to shoot 2-under 70 Saturday at the Masters. He trails leaders Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker by five shots heading into the final round at Augusta. See how it all unfolded!
The “Harrington Rule” arrived too late to save the Irishman in Abu Dhabi. When asked whether he had any thoughts on Tiger Woods being spared a similar fate at the Masters, the Irishman shook his head no.
Dow Finsterwald isn’t sure whether the story of his two-stroke penalty at the 1960 Masters influenced the Committee’s decision regarding Tiger Woods, but the similarities make an argument that past precedence existed.