The spat between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia seemingly started at the recent Players Championship took a somewhat more sinister turn earlier this weeks after Garcia’s comments at the European Tour Players Awards Dinner.
Asked by the host if he would be willing to have Tiger Woods around for dinner, Garcia flippantly replied “We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken”.
Those words were singularly ill-advised, to put it mildly.
As we’ve already explored in our articles about some of the best golf apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, the marriage between new app technology and the world of golf is sometimes an uneasy one.
While many players, especially those of a younger and more fashion-conscious age, are all too willing to adapt new technology as part of their golfing game, traditionalists can fear that the historic principles of the game are being somewhat eroded by this new technology.
The 26th March was a day circled in the calendar for many fans of computerised golf games as the long-awaited next installment of EA Sports golf franchise is released; Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14.
While we normally take a look at the latest golf apps, this week we are previewing this imminent release and looking at some of the key features of the game, ostensibly for the XBox and PS3 systems, but with an eye to whether it would also make a good purchase for those users who would enjoy playing the game as an app.
So, with just a few days to go before release, is the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 worth buying?
In the end, the 2013 Masters became a test of resolve, character and nerve as once again, two golfers, Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera, were tied after a compulsive 72 holes of golf to decide the winner of the 2013 Masters tournament.
In the end, it was a sense of redemption for the 32-year-old Aussie as just a few months after his last four hole capitulation at the British Open, Scott lifted his first ever Major with victory at the second play off hole at Augusta.
Over the past 30 years, The Masters has provided us with some of the most incredible golfing moments in the history of the game.
In this article, I look at my personal top ten Masters Moments of the last 30 years, starting with merely the miraculous before finishing with a stroke of genius.
10. Fred Couples gravity-defying ball at the 12th in 1992
The Par 3 12th hole is a famous part of Amen Corner with a very narrow green protected by water, a bunker and then flower beds behind.
In 1992, Fred Couples was embroiled in a battle with Ray Floyd and Corey Pavin for the Masters title as he teed up at this notoriously windswept hole.
Couples shot landed on the green but spun back and with the cut of grass in the rough severe, it seemed inevitable that the ball would roll into the water. Indeed, the ball started rolling down the bank but incredibly, came to rest just six inches above the waterline, seemingly defying the laws of physics.
The video below shows Couple’s second shot and he eventually saved par and went on to claim the green jacket.
The first Major of the golf year takes place starting tomorrow as the world’s finest players take to the famous fairways of Augusta to compete in the 2013 Masters. This year has so far been the year of the Tiger, as the erstwhile Mr Woods has risen back to the top of the golfing rankings on the back of several outstanding performances.
But will this week see another of golf’s finest roar back to form, or will Tiger Woods once again be the Master of Augusta?
Many of us have seen the videos of a fresh-faced Tiger Woods on the Bob Hope show many years ago, similarly we watched years later as a freckle-faced Irish child chipped balls into a washing machine on a popular Irish television show, the child’s name was Rory McIlroy (video below).
Yet while these tentative television appearances heralded the start of a career at the top of one of the most popular sports in the world, for some youngsters a heart-warming piece on the television about their prodigious talents is not enough and in China, children as young as 12 or 13 are making a real name for themselves.