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“Aware of the various media reports this week that first suggested Tiger Woods was struggling with his recovery from back surgery, Jimmy Walker couldn't help but get out the needle. ‘Wow, you're standing up, you're not dead,’ Walker said to Woods on Wednesday night at a Ryder Cup dinner. ‘Yeah, everyone thinks I'm dead,’ Walker recalled Woods saying to him,” ESPN’s Bob Harig writes in this story on reactions to reports on Woods’ health.
“On another postcard day in San Diego, Kelepi Finau enters The Lodge at Torrey Pines, picks up his family credential and meanders down to the putting green. He surveys the scene, with PGA Tour players grinding over 5-footers, and gently runs his palm along the finely manicured poa annua grass. ‘It doesn’t seem real to me,’ he says. ‘Sometimes I look around, and I can’t believe we got here.’” Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner has the remarkable backstory of the PGA Tour’s Tony Finau.
Making the European Ryder Cup team is Ian Poulter’s top priority (“I will make the team,” he said), but he has to find his game first. “[N]ot even a player of Poulter’s renowned self-belief can guarantee that he will qualify for next week’s WGC Cadillac Championship and carry on a streak going back 12 years,” James Corrigan of the Telegraph writes. “Yet unless he can finish at least in the top seven of the Honda Classic…and move into the world’s top 50 from his current berth of 59th, he will be on the outside looking in for the first time in 41 WGC events.”