Tiger Woods angry after shot hits patrons he asked to move back

Bubba Watson, a two-time Masters champion, won the Genesis Open and the Match Play. The company said that with Woods golfing well this year, retailers are selling 15% more Bridgestone golf balls than they did over the same period last year.

"When Tiger plays, fans tune in, it's as simple as that", said Jon Stainer, managing director for Neilsen Sports. However if there's one thing I've learned in my career it's don't underestimate Tiger.

Johnson, who has reigned at number one for more than a year, has catching up to do after a pre-tournament slip on the stairs forced him out of last year's Masters at the 11th hour. Consider what that means.

The 42-year-old, who calls himself a walking miracle less than 12 months after spinal fusion surgery, has astonished in his latest return from injury, a pair of top-five finishes on the PGA Tour fueling expectations that he can resume his pursuit of Jack Nickluas's all-time record of 18 major wins.

Tiger prepares to hit his third shot, after his second shot landed in the gallery.

And yet, we bring you 2018 - and what could happen.

The man behind the Twitter account thoroughly enjoys the guessing game about his identity and said he is approached all the time by people asking if he is indeed Tiger Tracker.

And how better to do that than by helping popularize women's golf? Long respected by his peers as the greatest player of his generation, he now has formed relationships with them.

At the Masters previous year, though, his luck changed.

This year's U.S. Open will be held at Shinnecock Hills, the breathtaking course in the Hamptons, and the golf historians among us will remember that's where, 14 years ago, the greens rolled like marble and Retief Goosen issued Mickelson a hard defeat.

Ghim qualified as the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur last summer at Riviera. Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

At its core, the tournament - as well as the game of golf - is very straightforward. McIlroy has never won here.

McIlroy is making his fourth attempt at completing the career grand slam this week and there's good reason to think he may do it. He had a big birdie on 16 in a spot where he needed something positive out of the final three holes. Woods ranks No. 36 for driving distance and his tee shots average 304 yards, well above the tour average of 295 yards.

Should he be in contention again, Spieth will have that same view, that same challenge Sunday. All eyes will be on Woods in his threesome, especially since his playing partners are relatively unheralded. Jordan Spieth is slightly behind Woods at 13-1, followed by Phil Mickelson at 15-1. He made that putt.

Why, then, would 2018 be different?

Tiger Tracker said he was hired to create a Twitter account devoted to the 14-times major champion in 2012 after blindly sending a resume to Golf Channel and they "never regretted it". It's lost on exactly no one, and it changes the tenor of the event. His dominance in screen time comes despite the fact that Woods competed in fewer tournaments.

The No. 1 player in the world has not won the Masters since 2002 - it was Woods, of course - a streak that Dustin Johnson would love to end. "But I've got a lot of work to do between then and now".

So the stage is set.

Eventual Masters champion has come out of final Sunday pairing 22 out of the past 27 years. Familiarity, in this case, breeds fondness.

The golf world has been looking forward to Woods' return, and the anticipation could not have been higher as he stepped into the first tee box at Augusta National.

  • Stacy Allen