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Woods' Return, Wie's Success Provide Golf A Much-Needed Shot In The Arm
Published June 24, 2014
NOT OUT OF THE WOODS: In Atlanta, Steve Hummer wrote it has "become almost impossible to imagine a healthy, thriving PGA Tour" without Woods. The 14-time major winner "may be unwisely rushing back to play this week at an event that benefits his foundation," but at "this point, it’s not about him as much as it is the current health of the Tour." Hummer: "Just get him out there, somehow, if only to get someone to notice." His "reflected glow remains golf’s brightest spotlight" (AJC.com, 6/23). In Orlando, David Whitley wrote under the header, "Tiger Woods Returns To Save Golf From The World Cup" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 6/23).
WIE DID IT! In N.Y., Karen Crouse writes Wie's win at Pinehurst No. 2 continued the U.S.' "resurgence in women's golf." Led by Wie and No. 1-ranked Stacy Lewis, "Americans have captured 9 of 15 events this year, including both majors," while three of the five multiple winners on the LPGA Tour this year are Americans. Meanwhile, the PGA Tour has been "stuck in a rut this year, its tournament results a few bright lights shy of a marquee." Phil Mickelson has "failed to record a top-10 finish, Rory McIlroy has not posted a victory." But the women have "staged stirring duels, with Lexi Thompson holding off Wie in the first major and Wie holding off Lewis in the second" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/24).