David Toms celebrates
with son, Carter, and
his daughter, Anna
Done ( 5)
French Style ( 9)
Poulter Wins Volvo
Match Play ( 17)
If somebody had told you 18 months ago
that Tiger Woods would go winless while
becoming wifeless, clueless, mirthless and,
sadly, an increasingly unsympathetic figure,
would you have believed it?
If somebody had told you last month that
an Asian consortium would win the bidding
for Titleist and FootJoy, would you have
If somebody had told you last week
that European officials would award the
2018 Ryder Cup to
, would you have
Such are the vagaries of the growing
global popularity of the game and the wid-
ening unpredictability of developments on
and off its courses.
Ian Poulter, who won the Volvo Match Play
on Sunday in Spain to go with his Accenture
victory last year in Arizona, now lays claim
to the unofficial title of the world’s No. 1
match-play specialist. David Toms had a
victory locked up in Texas, before he gave
it away, before he reeled it back in. On the
LPGA, Cristie Kerr’s flat stick temporarily
forgot to remember that its boss was the
best putter on that tour.
Woods, meanwhile, has dropped out of
the world’s top 10 for the first time since the
Could we have seen any or all of this
coming 18 months ago?
Of course not. Which is part of the pull
of our sport, especially right now.
Meanwhile, think you know the favorite
for next month’s U.S. Open at Congressional?
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