What’s next for Charlie Woods as a pro, Tiger on the Senior Tour, Norman being fired, Maltby’s farewell and more | Golf news and tour information



I’d say 22 or 23, once he gets his degree from Stanford. As his old man cringed about his two years at Stanford, it was evident that those were the happiest times of Tiger’s life: finally away from his omnipresent parents, surrounded by other high-achievers, who had little interest in golf, and part of a diverse team that supported him. And he inspired him. No matter what endorsements await Charlie, he’ll never have to worry about money, so I’m pretty sure his dad would tell him to make his college years bigger instead of shorter.

Tiger turns 50 in three years. Will he play in the Champions Tour? yes/no/lol? Has your answer to this changed in recent years? # Asklan @stension

It’s all about the cart. Tiger has made it clear that even if such a thing were possible, he wouldn’t be participating in major tournaments or even regular PGA Tour events. But he’s fine riding at fun events like a father-son. I think he would look at the Senior Tour events in the same vein. Taking a cart will allow him to compete and hit golf putts, two things he will always love. So I think the answer is yes, and certainly shattering his foot in the car accident changed Woods’ thinking, and mine.

How bad is the PGA Tour’s place with its sponsors? With LIV’s selection of high-profile players, as well as many long-running championships that aren’t included in the new elevated events (i.e. areas weaker for them), is there a risk of several sponsors like Honda pulling out? @employee

The Tour managed to put things together for 2023, but 2024 will be the big test. Expect more attrition from sponsors as the newly split tour promotes dozens of mainly starless tournaments. Many tournament directors and corporate masters who serve them behind the scenes grumble about the exorbitant price tag for sponsors and watered-down product. It has already passed into legend that a rich man who single-handedly saved an old and proud touring station, upon receiving a recent phone call from Jay Monahan informing the businessman that his event would not be given high status, offered this verdict to the commissioner: “Go fuck yourself, Jay.”

This whole season I felt like a kid whose parents had an ugly divorce and now my favorite uncles Roger and Gary are leaving. Please tell me next year it gets better?? # Asklan @employee

Supposed to! LIV disorder has reached its peak; The upstart league will select one or more players between now and the start of the new season, because squash signings are an important part of the business model. But there won’t be anything like this summer’s upheaval. The Changing of the Guard on TV has also been largely completed. Gary McCord, Peter Custis, Roger Maltby, Gary Koch, Nick Faldo, Judy Rankin, Jerry Fultz and David Feherty are all gone and established at new gigs, so things should settle down on that front as well. I, for one, look forward to a golf season where we talk more about… golf.

Bill Haas is his roof. The stroke average is 74.7 as a fourth or fifth man on the Stanford golf team, and that’s not half bad.

With LIV’s COO gone, we must now wonder how much time is left for Sharky? If we start the clock on January 1st, who lasts longer – Greg Norman or Head of Lettuce? @employee

I hope the lettuce is freeze-dried because Norman isn’t going anywhere. Things definitely happen behind the scenes at LIV; One executive described it to me as a “corporate restructuring.” Indeed, it is a consolidation of Norman power, and the talk Departure of Chief Operating Officer Atul Khosla It is only one appearance. His day-to-day duties will be handled by the clever pals (Gary Davidson, Richard Marsh and Jed Moore) who are basically LIV born. While Norman was at the front, Marsh and Moore in particular were handling details and drafting contracts. They have a Day One kinship with Norman and are more spiritually aligned with him than Khosla, a sports/media veteran who is brought in as an outside voice. But Khosla’s sudden departure speaks to LIV’s behind-the-scenes dysfunction; At Trump’s Doral, he welcomed the assembled media to a stellar presentation on how the team franchise concept is key to LIV’s financial future. It’s an odd look to make him the public face of organizational competence and then two months later he’s gone. And Khosla had already done the screening for LIV, absorbing the duties of chief commercial officer after Sean Bratches left abruptly in May, four days after the media day in London, in which Norman dropped his infamous reputation. Look, we’ve all made mistakes. A line about the assassination of the Saudis, Jamal Khashoggi. LIV is set to announce on December 21 its 2023 roster of 48 players and 12 reserves, but that is now on hold until after the holidays, just as the release of the full 2023 schedule has been pushed back several times. These delays speak of all the internal turmoil. But the bottom line is that two C-Suite warriors have now been deposed without naming full-time successors, which means Norman is more established than ever and has a more direct line to the Saudi kingmakers dazzled by his star power and willingness to fight for them. As long as the Saudis are happy with Norman, he’s in full swing, despite snipping at Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s press conference.

Brilliant return to first place — Rors or Lydia? I got with Lydia. @employee

Oooh, good. Both are exceptionally impressive, but I do agree that Ms. Koe has returned to the top even tougher because of her long-running victory drought and the struggle associated with it. McIlroy certainly had his struggles but he never was.

Is it just me or is golf too vanilla to watch in any way? Note: It’s not just me, I don’t know any golfers who watch outside of the major tournaments. @Georgebooth73

This is the result of many things. You can blame advances in equipment, which have allowed modern professionals to beat outdated courses, resulting in mindless caveman golf that lacks artistry and creativity. Blame the PGA Tour (and now the LIV) for choosing unimaginably boring venues and setting them up. Blame it on a GQ cover story from 1997 that caught Tiger Woods telling tasteless jokes, which led to a slight media backlash that burned Woods’ brain, it was safer to be bland and boring than risk endorsement by being yourself; Generations of would-be tiger imitators instilled this bleak worldview. You can blame the old dogs on TV networks that rarely innovate and allow golf broadcasts to slander. There’s a lot of blame to pass through, and the bloated and dull state of PGA Tour golf has made it an easy target for a new competitor. LIV has at least tried to do things differently, but its product doesn’t exactly wow disenfranchised golf enthusiasts. At least not yet. It would take much bolder thinking to win back the fans mentioned in this question.

Definitely! Unfortunately, Rory can too, and that’s the problem; He continues to get in his way. But I loved his recent comments that it’s been a long time since his last major, and he seems to be chasing after the first again and he can feel some of that old hunger. I have no doubt McIlroy will compete in at least two majors next year. Can he finally get it done? Judd, I hope so, because he plays at such a high level. If no one gets caught in ’23 I’m afraid it will break irrevocably.

Why was Jason Day underrated during his amazing career? @employee

Because it coincided exactly with one of the greatest seasons in golf history by Jordan Spieth, who was younger, more fun to watch and, yes, an American.

NBC Golf was at its best when Johnny Miller asked Roger to rate a bad lie at the US Open. Do you have a favorite Maltby moment? @employee

I’ve told this story on a podcast, but after coming back from the British Open a long time ago I ended up sitting next to Rouge. I referred to the Devil’s Advocate, which I had never seen before. At one point, Charlize Theron was topless, and as the scene unfolded, I could feel the weight of Maltbie’s gaze on my screen. I looked at him and our eyes widened in a moment of embarrassment. Then he gave me a big smile and two thumbs up! What a character.

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