Tweet of the week: @TigerWoods “You’ll always be The Greatest for more than just what you did in the ring. A champion to so many people in so many ways.” Muhammad Ali’s passing last week drew plenty of reaction, but Woods’ tweet was among the most poignant. Cut Line met the champion during the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla and remembers European captain Nick Faldo being speechless afterward. It was a common reaction.
DATE: Jun 16 – Jun 19
TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open Live
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jordan Spieth
Silver lining. Tuesday’s announcement that Woods would not be playing next week’s U.S. Open or the Quicken Loans National as he recovers from multiple back procedures was not all gloom and doom.
Woods did say via his website that he is “making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.”
Give Woods credit for clearing the speculation table before next week’s U.S. Open, if not a recovery that has now stretched to nearly 10 months since his last Tour start.
Woods is also showing an impressive amount of patience, which hasn’t always been the case for the 14-time major champion and that might be the most encouraging part of this entire process.
Low down dirty Shane. The turf war that cropped up this year between the PGA Tour andEuropean Tour took its first casualty this week when Shane Lowry announced he would defend his title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and not play the French Open the same week.
Lowry’s decision is notable only because the European Tour, unhappy with the scheduling of the Bridgestone the same week as the centennial celebration of the French Open, pulled its sanctioning of the World Golf Championship and offered double Ryder Cup points for those playing in France.