Tuesday is media day for golf tournaments, the chance for the players to look the reporter straight in the eye and think things like, can’t you come up with something better than that?
Typically, not much hard news comes out of these press conferences, but today's session at Congressional had a little spice. Michael Walker of Golf.com put together a good set of answers by Tiger, subjects including Jim Brown’s ridiculous criticism of Woods (hasn’t he seen all the remarkable demographic changes on the courses and at the tournaments in the last 10 years??), Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, the square grooves decisions, and why he invited the Cowboys Tony Romo to the pro-am.
As you can imagine, that last one is getting a lot of attention from football fans here. Showing he understands a little something about promoting, Tiger got Jessica Simpson to sing the national anthem tomorrow for the pro-am. Romo was part of the package deal.
The Washington Post has a good piece on Chick Hernandez, who will host Tee Time at The AT&T National this week at Comcast Sports Network. Alongside are Gary Williams and the Golf Channel’s Steve Sands. Tough duty for Sands, a native of D.C.
Hernandez has developed a good rapport with Woods, and Tiger was once again in a jovial mood in his interview shown tonight with Hernandez and Williams.
The tee times were announced today. On Thursday, Tiger goes off number one at 1:02 pm., and will play with playing with U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Charley Hoffman. The same group will begin the second round at 8:12 a.m. Friday from the 10th tee.
Other threesomes of note are Davis Love III, defending champion Anthony Kim and 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk; Paul Casey, Fred Couples and Boo Weekley; and an Oceania special with Vijay Singh, Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby.
Pro-ams can be a lot of fun, although I’ve seen players like Lanny Wadkins not try one bit to hide the look on their face that said - Lord get me to the clubhouse. Tiger’s pro-am is fun too, but it also has a uniqueness to it with the tribute to the military.
And it’s a meaningful tribute. Hitting the ceremonial first tee shot tomorrow will be Staff Sgt. Ramon Padilla, a U.S. Soldier who lost his left arm in Afghanistan.