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Is it too much to expect a resurgence from Tiger Woods, now or ever? "Is it legitimate to declare Tiger is toast', as so many are doing in America?" Derek Lawrenson of the Daily Mail asks. Lawrenson cites the examples of Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan to argue that a comeback is not out of the question.
Did winter ice storms assist Bubba Watson in winning the Masters last year? Watson's drive on the par-5 13th hole on Sunday was headed for the trees, Scott Michaux of the Augusta Chronicle writes. "Several Augusta National caddies think there's no way a ball could have gotten through the trees on the line Watson took if not for the ice storm that thinned the canopy considerably all over Augusta." The drive traveled 370 yards and left him with a sand wedge second shot, leading to a birdie and ultimately a victory.
"Charley Hull goes into the season's first major extremely happy with her form. But the English starlet knows that her fine recent run pales in comparison with that of her fellow teenager Lydia Ko and appreciates that she will likely have to produce something special at the ANA Inspiration to deny the world Noâ1," James Corrigan of the Telegraph writes in advance of the LPGA's first major of the year.
At least two decades in the making, Trump Golf Links of Ferry Point fronting the East River in the Bronx will open today. "There's never been anything like this ever built in the history of golf," Donald Trump told Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post. "You have a world championship course that fronts the East River that has among the most magnificent views of the city. The skyline of New York is the backdrop for many of the holes."
Did the LPGA face the future prospect of losing its first major of the year and maybe its most popular one? "LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said things might not have been at a point of no return back in November when All Nippon Airways decided to become the event's new sponsor," Larry Bohannan of the Desert Sun writes. I probably have told the players a hundred times we're not going to lose this event. But players know how this process goes,' Whan said. Somebody's got to pay the bills. We were prepared to continue playing if we didn't have a title sponsor, but that's a formula that couldn't last forever.'"