published Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Woods now has free time

JOHNS CREEK, Ga.—Tiger Woods now has even more time to spend with his kids.

He can see plenty of Sam Alexis and Charlie Axel this weekend after missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

And Woods can do whatever he wants any other weekend for the rest of the PGA Tour season after failing to make the Tour Championship playoffs. The Australian Open in November is the only tournament he has committed to play in.

Woods played out of about 20 bunkers and hit five balls into water in 36 holes to shoot a 10-over-par 150 in the PGA Championship.

It's the final disappointment of a disappointing year for Woods, who completed just one tournament since the Masters. He missed two majors and missed the cut in the last major of the year.

"This year has been frustrating because I was feeling somewhat healthy going into the Masters and put it together there and was leading with a few holes to go," he said. "It's frustrating from the standpoint that I have not been able to practice and work and obviously compete."

He has plenty of time now.

Stallings stalled

Tennessee Tech graduate Scott Stalling sat on the cut line with two holes to play Friday.

He bogeyed No. 8 after flaring a tee shot. Then knowing he needed a birdie on No. 9, he went from fairway bunker to a fried-egg lie in a greenside bunker. He had to hole the shot.

Stallings didn't and finished with a double-bogey exactly two weeks after earning his first PGA Tour win.

"I just didn't play very good," Stalling said. "Golf was hard this week."

R&R for Clarke

British Open champion Darren Clarke and his clubs are going their separate ways for a few days.

Since claiming the claret jug, Clarke has shot 27 over par in eight rounds of golf, including 14 over in two rounds in the year's final major.

"I need a rest. I'm tired," said the 42-year-old. "I won't pick up the clubs for 10 days. I won't even look at them. I'm just mentally tired."

Tardy to the tee

Former Vanderbilt star Brandt Snedeker missed his tee time by 2 minutes, 15 seconds and was assessed a two-stroke penalty.

"I thought my tee time was 8:20 and it was at 8:10," said Snedeker, who arrived at the club about 6:30. "That's the first time that's happened in my career, and I guarantee it will be my last."

Tap-ins

J.B. Holmes, Rocco Mediate and Retief Goosen withdrew from the tournament Friday, one day after first alternate Paul Gydos could have stepped in for any of them. ... The Honors Course head pro Henrik Simonsen followed former roommate Thomas Bjorn from the gallery.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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Livn4life said...

Well TigerTalk will have to shift gears now as he has not qualified for the playoffs. I am sure there will be some reference to "if Tiger had been here" or other nonsense. It seems that common sense would help him see he needs time away from the game. But I am not expecting to see that. He's his own man. Many have him hanging it up. I am not in that group while not being a fan either. To arrogantly think you can just ignore what has gone on with his the past(his misdeeds)and his injuries is ridiculous. But he is "the man" on the PGA and will do what he will do. In some ways it would be a tragedy if he does not rise again although some would say, that is about what he deserves. I for one will not enjoy all the coming references regretting that he is not in the playoffs. But that is the current PGA.

August 13, 2011 at 9:42 a.m.
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