Tiger Woods in wine country, playing actual competitive golf … no, not this week, next week, but we think it’s OK to jump the gun a little bit. We’re missing somethin’ in golf with Arnold Palmer gone. Woods is no Arnie, but maybe he can fill the void a little bit, bridge the glamour gap, help us get through the long months until April.
Can he still hit it? You read it here first: Tiger will play at least two rounds at the Safeway Classic in Napa … unless he gets hurt and withdraws. That’s just too painful to contemplate.
It’s squeaky-close at the top in the Race to the CME Globe on the LPGA Tour. Eighty-three points separate leader and defending CME champion Lydia Ko and five-time winner Ariya Jutanagarn, with 500 points in play at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei. Sakura Yokomine is 6-under through 16 in the first round — it gets late early that many time zones away, and it’s on your television sets, right now, on the Golf Channel. I know you’re watching.