(1) Adam Scott rises above Tiger Woods in OWGR standings.
(2) The press conference:
- (a) Woods still isn’t hitting full shots and has no idea when he might be able to return. (Did you notice how often Woods said “we”? Not “I,” not “my doctors,” not even “my doctors and I.” It was always, “We want to…”)
- (b) Woods is using his current downtime to play video games. Yup, that’s right, a 38-year old playing video games. He’s not catching up on his reading. He’s not writing his memoirs. He’s playing video games. Did I mention he’s 38 years old?
- (c) In a hilarious turnabout, Woods was asked about Jordan Spieth, showing Spieth is now a more interesting player even to the notoriously behind-the-times golf media.
(3) The World’s 50 Most Marketable Athletes list has just been released by SportsPro Media, and Woods is very noticeably absent. That’s right: Woods is not even in the Top 50. Criteria are: Value for money, age, home market, charisma, willingness to be marketed, crossover appeal. Salt in the wound: Adam Scott is #12, Jordan Spieth is #19, and Rory McIlroy is #24.
(4) Rick Reilly has just released his new book, Tiger, Meet My Sister…: And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said. In an interview with a Baltimore radio station, Reilly labeled Woods’s behavior boorish, and told listeners:
Tiger blows us [the media] off all the time. Jack Nicklaus always stood and answered every question.
Earl didn’t teach him any manners.
He doesn’t have manners. He swears, he doesn’t tip, he doesn’t pick up the check, every joke is dirty.
Next month Reilly will be inducted into The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Hall of Fame.
(5) I guess character counts for something, after all. From Bloomberg:
U.S. House members voted to award the highest honor Congress can give civilians, the Congressional Gold Medal, to five groups of war heroes, Israel’s President Shimon Peres and golf legend Jack Nicklaus.
Nicklaus would be the third professional golfer to receive the award, following Byron Nelson in 2006 and Arnold Palmer in 2009.
Gold medals for professional golfers have had a troubled history in recent years. A bill to present the medal to Tiger Woods was filed in six consecutive sessions, and didn’t advance.