Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sports Illustrated: "READ Follow The Roar"

There are three easy ways to track down Sports Illustrated's fantastic plug for Follow The Roar.

1) Wait until your flu shot proves worthless and then read it in your doctor's waiting room.

2) Click on the image below for a closer look.

Or 3) pick up a copy of SI's Dec. 1st issue, on newsstands now.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Federal Government Announces Bailout of Tiger Woods

In yet another move to save America's economy, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson has announced the government is engaging in a hostile takeover of Tiger Woods. Spurred by the news that Tiger has lost his sponsorship with General Motors, the Feds were quick to step in and take action.

Congress is expected to approve the move later today, at which point the U.S. government will own 80% of Tiger Woods. As a part of the deal, Woods must agree to the following conditions:

*First, the Federal Reserve logo will replace the longtime Buick logo on Tiger's golf bag.

*Second, Woods will be forced to make bi-monthly visits to Congress to report on his play and what he is currently doing to stay competitive on Tour.

*Third, Tiger will be giving members of Congress a series of lessons in order to get their games ready for Capitol Hill's annual Cherry Blossom Invitational in nearby Bethesda.

A spokesman for Woods said he has no desire to be bailed out and is actually "doing just fine, thanks." President Bush, on the other hand, lauded the efforts, calling it the first bailout idea that might actually make money.

In related news, a request by John Daly to be bailed out was unanimously voted down.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Best story lead of the year...

Courtesy of the Press Trust of India comes this whopper. I promise this is not a typo, at least not on my part...

"Jeev Milkha Singh saved Indian golf contingent the blushes as he roared into title contention once again with a stunning seven-under 63 that raised him to tied 10th place at the midway stage of the $2.5 million UBS Hong Kong Open here on Friday."

For the full story, if you dare, click here.

Q-School: The Fall of Devoll

I felt it coming yesterday, when second stage Q-School leader Casey Devoll played his last four holes in 5-over par. The bleeding continued today as Devoll shot a 76 to drop from 1st to 8th. His first three rounds now go 67, 71, 76. If the SAT's asked me what number is next in the pattern, the correct answer is 82, but let's hope not. 20th place (the cutoff for Q-School's final stage) currently sits at Even par. Best guess is that Devoll needs no worse than a 73 to keep his Tour dream alive.

As for my old high school pal Whitson, he's going the right direction with rounds of 76, 74 and a 72 today. But a 70 tomorrow won't be enough for him. At 6-over, only a 66 or 65 tomorrow will punch his ticket to PGA West in December.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Q-School --- Leaking Oil...

The second stage of Q-School is halfway done in Texas and it's a safe bet that current leader Casey Devoll is sleeping with a bottle of Tums next to his bed. Here is how he played his back nine at the Lantana Golf Club...

#10 -- birdie
#11 -- par

#12 -- birdie
#13 -- eagle
#14 -- birdie

Wow, -5 through 5 holes. Just par in and call your parents, right? Uh...

#15 -- bogey
#16 -- double-bogey
#17 -- bogey
#18 -- bogey

Should be fun to see which Casey Devoll shows up tomorrow morning.

Also teeing it up at Lantana this week is Nate Whitson, a high school teammate of mine. He's a Gateway Tour grinder who has never had his PGA Tour card but always makes things interesting when he goes to Q-School.

Nate's currently 4 shots back of the top 20, that all-important cutoff that decides which players advance to the final stage next month at PGA West in La Quinta. To quote (without permission) from another high school teammate of mine, Nate's "obviously not standing around doing the floppy chicken."

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Follow The Roar on Pardon The Interruption...

When I heard the cool news that Tony Kornheiser was going to bring a copy of the book to the set of PTI, I didn't realize that meant he would actually put it ON the set. It's okay if you don't see it at first. It's like one of those Magic Eye puzzles from the 1990's.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's Officially the Silly Season...

Case in point, this photo taken of Camilo Villegas trying to ride a unicycle during last weekend's Riffa (River) Views Invitational Skins Game in Bahrain.

A close second is this shot of Michael Campbell (also in Bahrain) preparing to go Formula 1 racing while, best, I can tell, still wearing golf shoes.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Follow The Roar on Golf Channel...and Geoff Shackelford

Golf Channel had me on this past week to talk about Tiger and Follow The Roar. They packed the 3 minutes with some great 2008 Tiger footage. Check it out below!

Also, the book was featured along with a fun Q and A on Geoff Shackelford's blog, one of the game's best. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

# 1!

Thanks to all of you, Follow The Roar charged out of the gate on Tuesday morning and climbed all the way to be's #1 golf book and 445th-ranked book overall by Tuesday night!

Keep spreading the word to all your favorite golf fans, and if anyone out there wants their copies signed, just drop me a line.

Found another great picture from my year -- this one from the driving range at the U.S. Open (converted out of the 9th and 10th holes at Torrey Pines North). And no, those 12 cameramen are not there to watch Rickie Fowler warm up.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tiger's Back! In Hardcover.

Follow The Roar is now officially on sale in bookstores. You've been so patient. So patient in fact that I wanted to share with you a few exclusive pictures from my year that DIDN'T make it into the book's 16-page photo insert. Click to enlarge and enjoy. (Then, after enjoying, go pick up a copy!)

Early morning before Tiger faced K.J. Choi in the Quarterfinals of the Accenture Match Play.

Wednesday at the Masters. While Tiger worked on his putting on the far side of the green, coach Hank Haney and caddy Steve Williams compare notes off to the side.

You can't appreciate this unless you click on it. This was taken outside the golf office up at Stanford. Lining the hallway are the plaques of every All-American golfer in the school's history. The two that just happen to be right over the door... Eldrick "Tiger" Woods. And that framed photo in the office is worth a closer look too.

Monday, November 10, 2008

"I took my gloves off and put them back in the bag."

So said yesterday's runner-up Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey after killjoy Davis Love III got up and down for par to kill any chance of a playoff. The only way Gainey would have secured his Tour card for 2009 was with a win at the Children's Miracle Network Classic Presented by... (almost done)... Wal-Mart.

And I refuse to post anything else until his quote fails to make me laugh.

We know who the guy on the right is, but...

Apparently the golf world is so desperate for Tiger Woods' return that Yahoo News is just slapping his name on photos that aren't even of him. Just check out this photo from yesterday's Children's Miracle Network Classic in Florida.

Although now that I think about it, it's been over 12 years since Mickey Mouse and Tiger Woods have been seen the same place at the same time (below).
No word on whether yesterday's Mickey left the golf course in a Buick Enclave.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Book News: A Sneak Peek...

FOLLOW THE ROAR doesn't arrive in bookstores until Tuesday, but showed up early at our house this week.

Next week is a busy one. Here's a bunch of things you can catch:

*I'm scheduled to be interviewed by Kelly Tilghman on Golf Central (Golf Channel's nightly news show) early next week. I'll let you know when.

*On Tuesday, is planning to run an excerpt from the book.

*And starting Wednesday, I'll be doing a bunch of radio interviews across the country. So far I'm popping up everywhere from Anchorage to South Florida. Here's the current schedule (all times local) which I'll update as things change. Catch me if you can!

Wednesday, November 12th

The KFAT Morning Chaos -- Anchorage, Alaska

WCBQ-WHNC-AM -- Oxford, NC

1420 -- The Morning Report with Dan Kennedy -- Davenport, Iowa

Next Trip Radio -- Topanga, CA

ESPN RADIO 770 AM -- Crunch Time with Gentry Thomas -- Estero, FL

Thursday, November 13th

WKTY's Talkin Tribune Golf -- La Crosse, WI

WCHS-AM 580 -- Sports Page On the Air -- South Charleston, WV

Saturday, Nov. 15th

104.1FM -- 2 Guys, 1 Sports Show -- Orlando, FL

Sunday, Nov. 16th

790 The Zone -- On The Green -- Atlanta, GA

ESPN Radio 760 -- Golf Exchange -- South Florida

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Commissioner Finchem to Join European Tour

Ponte Vedra, FL -- PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem shocked the golf world Thursday when he announced that he is becoming a member of the European Tour. Finchem joins Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas and a handful of other U.S.-based players who have made the decision to partake in more overseas events in 2009 instead of in the States.

Finchem denied the rumor that his decision has something to do with the perilous nature of the PGA Tour and the fact that many of his own Tour's tournament sponsors are currently or soon-to-be bankrupt. "I just like Europe," Finchem explained. "The food, the fashion, driving on the other side of the road..."

Finchem insists that the PGA Tour remains strong and can weather this economic storm. That said, in a related story, Wal-Mart announced that it has purchased the lake surrounding the 17th green at TPC Sawgrass from the Tour and plans on building its first floating supercenter store, opening in time for the 2009 Players Championship.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

McCain Calls for Restricting Florida Vote to PGA Tour Players

Tallahassee, FL -- With polls showing Arizona Senator John McCain needing to win many of the crucial swing states for a realistic chance at the White House, lawyers for the Republican Presidential nominee have filed an injunction with Florida's election board, asking officials to consider invalidating all votes not cast by card-carrying PGA Tour professionals.

A spokesman for Illinois Senator Barack Obama immediately decried the idea as "the opposite of democracy," noting the fact that Tour players overwhelmingly vote Republican.

But leading experts say otherwise, citing current voter rolls which show long-deceased PGA players such as Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, and Ben Hogan all currently registered Democrats in Miami-Dade County. "We got Hagen registered in every county," boasted chief Obama consultant David Axelrod, "and not just once."

Should the injunction be approved, experts believe the final tally will be close, with Harry Vardon (an English citizen and dead since 1937) possibly casting the tie-breaking vote.

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Reviews Are In...

Or at least a review is in. From Booklist (the publishing world's leading trade magazine) comes the first review of FOLLOW THE ROAR...

You’re an unemployed writer with an idea: you want to follow Tiger Woods throughout his 2008 season, every hole in every tournament, from San Diego to Dubai to Augusta to wherever he chooses to play. Thanks to an understanding wife, Smiley did just that, but he had no way of knowing two things in advance: it would prove to be the shortest season in Woods’ career, thanks to a disabling knee injury, but it would also be perhaps his most memorable year ever, beginning with four consecutive victories and culminating with a herculean effort in the U.S. Open, playing in excruciating pain but still outlasting Rocco Mediate over 91 holes. And, yes, Smiley was there, somewhere in the gallery, for all 604 holes of Tiger’s year, and he has a book to prove it—a good book, too, both as a fan’s perspective on a stunning display of athletic prowess and as a sterling example of a growing sports-book subgenre: the crazy fan’s extreme travelogue. Give this both to Tiger fans and to anyone who loves demented road trips (Bill Ott).

Just a week left! And now back to our regularly-scheduled fake golf news...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Cry For Help

Yes, I did this. Anyone got a good caption?