National: Tiger Watch

Palmer Says Age Not Only Obstacle for Woods

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:12 Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:09

Tiger Woods

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

ORLANDO, Florida — Arnold Palmer believes age will be an issue as 38-year-old Tiger Woods tries to break the major championship record.

The standard all along for Woods has been the 18 professional majors Jack Nicklaus won over 25 seasons. Woods reached his 14th major when he was 32, but he has not won another since that 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. And now the world's No. 1 player is coping with an ailing back.

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Bay Hill Will Have to Go On Without Tiger Woods

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 22:53 Wednesday, 19 March 2014 22:50

Tiger Woods

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

ORLANDO, Florida — The four-time Masters champion has an ailing back, and he's been having it checked out even more regularly the last two weeks. It has reached the point that he is planning surgery after the Masters to see if he can get more comfortable playing golf.

Tiger Woods?

No, that would be Arnold Palmer.

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Woods Withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational Due to Back Pain

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:01 Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:52

Tiger Woods

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

ORLANDO, Florida — Tiger Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Tuesday because of persistent pain in his back, creating even more uncertainty for golf's No. 1 player with the Masters only three weeks away.

And that's if Woods can even play in the Masters.

"I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won't be able to play in his tournament this year," Woods said on his website.

"I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff, and the sponsors for having to miss the event. Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven't subsided."

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Tiger Woods’ Ex-Caddie Steve Williams Says He Regrets 2011 TV Interview

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 03:12 Friday, 14 March 2014 03:09

Steve Williams

Canadian Press

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — The ex-caddie of Tiger Woods says his one regret was his television interview on the 18th green after Adam Scott won at Firestone.

Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational in 2011, and Steve Williams got most of the attention for an interview right after the tournament ended. Williams had spent 12 years with Woods until getting fired a month earlier and told David Feherty of CBS Sports, "I've caddied for 33 years — 145 wins now — and that's the best win I've ever had."

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As the World (of Tiger Woods) Turns

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:43 Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:28

Tiger Woods

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

PALM HARBOR, Florida — One lesson Jack Nicklaus imparted on Tiger Woods a decade ago in South Africa was to always be part of the conversation.

They were talking that day about rivalries.

The problem now for Woods is it's hard to have any conversation about him without mentioning his health. The biggest rival for Woods at age 38 might be a body that by his own account appears to be breaking down.

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