A.J. Perez previously worked at USA Today, AOL and CBSSports.com covering beats ranging from performance-enhancing drugs to the NHL. AJ has also been a finalist for an Associated Press Sports Editors award for investigative reporting.
Eight years ago, Woods authored perhaps the most emotional of his 14 major triumphs, winning the 2006 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool after the death of his father and mentor, Earl. Back then, Woods was still in his prime; still golf's most dominant player. Now, very simply, he's not.
Welcome to the most wide-open Masters in years. The days of Woods as the red-hot favorite -- or even one of a core of four or five players being the ones to look for -- are over as the sport moves, for better or worse, into an era of parity.
A shocking Saturday 79 at Torrey Pines -- where Tiger Woods has won nine times -- led to a first missed secondary cut in his PGA Tour career and four listless days in Dubai saw Woods finish Sunday tied-for-41st in a tournament where he's twice won and never placed outside the top 20. Together, these performances represent Woods' worst-ever start to a season in his 18 years as a professional.
Sage Kotsenburg tamed the treacherous slopestyle course at the Extreme Park on Saturday, grabbing the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics. And he did it with a run that left the 20-year-old American who talks like a surfer and rides like a purist momentarily stunned in disbelief.
The paranoia enveloping Team Tiger when it comes to the media
doesnâ€™t need any reinforcement. But it got some
Thursday when the Golf Writers Association of America
controversially handed its highest honor, Player of the Year, to
Adam Scott. The decision was immediately perceived as a snub of
Tiger Woods, who, after all, had five PGA Tour wins in 2013.
If Tiger Woods is to lay claim to being the greatest of all time,
he needs to break Jack Nicklausâ€™ record of 18
majors, and itâ€™s been 5 1/2 years since he won his
last â€” his 14th, the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey