News & ToursFebruary 7, 2015

Missing Links: Tiger Woods 'equivalent of sad figure Seve Ballesteros cut at end of his career'

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Tiger Woods was in Vail, Colo., on Tuesday, watching skier/girlfriend Lindsey Vonn compete. "Now maybe he wasn't healthy enough to practise or maybe he's just hopelessly in love. Either way, it's quite clear this Woods is a far cry from the merciless athlete who would never have left the practice ground during the glory years until he was sure he could rectify the public humiliation he suffered in Arizona. And so what we're left with is the American equivalent of the sad figure Seve Ballesteros cut at the end of his career," Derek Lawrenson writes in the Daily Mail.

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Tiger Woods in Vail, Colo., watching skier Lindsey Vonn (Getty Images)

"I've been on several all-male buddy trips but never on a women's trip, much less with a monster group like this. How would 63 women—avid golfers who aspire to play 100 rounds a year— approach the buddy-trip experience?" John Paul Newport of the Wall Street Journal writes in this story about their trip to Bandon Dunes.

California's Coachella Valley, also known as the Palm Springs area, is a golf Mecca that largely has been immune from the golf course closures that have plagued the rest of the country. Until now. Santa Rosa Golf Golf Club in Palm Desert is preparing to shutter the course in May. "It's just strictly too many members have died or moved on," Rick Barnes of Palm Desert, a 10-year member at Santa Rosa, said in this story by Larry Bohannan of the Desert Sun.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club choosing to move the British Open from the BBC to cable entity Sky Sports has been widely panned for the effect it will have on bringing new players to the game. R&A members don't agree. "According to them, very few new members are attracted into golf these days on the back of watching it on television, so the change is unlikely to have a significant effect at grassroots level. They reckon trying to speed up the game is more important for golf's health than whether it is on a free-to-air or paid-for channel," Martin Dempster of the Scotsman writes.

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