There are a lot of interesting news items in the golf world during the middle of this week.
Tiger Woods struggled Sunday in Dubai, and rather than closing in from one shot behind to win he ended up seven shots from the lead. During the round Woods spat several times, a no-no in Dubai which can be punishable by a fine or even deportation. Woods has caught a lot of flack in the media and made an official apology via Twitter.
Woods does not typically play in Riviera, the site of this week’s Northern Trust Los Angeles Open. He won’t be there this year either.
Cell Phones In PGA Tour Gallery
The PGA Tour has announced that it will allow fans to carry mobile devices while in the gallery at PGA Tour events, beginning at the Honda Classic in a couple of weeks. Phones must be in silent mode and can only be used in designated area, away from play. Play by play updates or tweets by fans or the media will not be allowed. Tournaments such as the PGA Championship and the Masters have their own set of rules and will not likely allow mobile devices.
Full Field At Match Play
For the first time since I can remember, ALL of the top 64 players in the world have committed to play in the Accenture Match Play event which starts on February 23rd. Phil Mickelson was questionable due to possible personal conflicts, but he is now confirmed.
Speaking of Phil, Mickelson had announced that he was going to choose a Spanish style dinner for the Masters champion’s dinner this year. The hope was to honor Seve Ballesteros, should he be able to make it. Unfortunately Seve’s health will not allow him to travel to Augusta.
Ernie Els has withdrawn from Riviera due to a neck injury, while Greg Norman had surgery on his left shoulder. Fred Funk, Nick Watney and Jesper Parnevik have also withdrawn at Riviera due to injury.
Scottish Golfer Elliot Saltman has been banned from the European Tour for three months. It appears that he has been improperly marking/replacing his golf ball on the greens. Though he had the option to appeal, he opted not to do so.