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SBD/August 7, 2014/Events and Attractions
Date Conflict With Rio Olympics Forces '16 PGA Championship To Move To July
Published August 7, 2014
NOW ON THE TEE: The PGA Championship teed off this morning at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, and USA TODAY's Christine Brennan writes the "mystery" of Tiger Woods -- "would he play or would he withdraw? -- served as a fitting prelude to the last major championship of a year that has been completely overshadowed by Tiger's bad back." Woods withdrew from last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a back injury, but yesterday at Valhalla, crowds "grew as word spread that Tiger was coming." It was "only a day of practice, but for a sport that sometimes appears to be on life support without him, any positive sign from Tiger comes as a great relief to many" (USA TODAY, 8/7). In N.Y., Bill Pennington notes there was a "swarm of about 60 members of the news media encircling an empty parking space reserved" for Woods in the Valhalla parking lot (N.Y. TIMES, 8/7). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's John Paul Newport writes what followed Woods' arrival was "nutty and a bit surreal." Golf Channel "went on red alert, and commercial free, for the next hour" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/7).
MOVING THE NEEDLE: In Louisville, Tim Sullivan writes you could "hear the buzz along the fairways and inside the massive merchandise tent at Valhalla as alerts appeared on spectators' cell phones and people rushed to inform family, friends and, in some cases, total strangers." It was "almost as if Elvis had been spotted on Derby Day, astride Secretariat." It was a "reminder of the PGA Tour truism: Tiger Woods does not move the needle; he IS the needle" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 8/7). GOLF DIGEST's Dave Kindred wrote under the header, "Even In Doing Virtually Nothing, Tiger Woods Is Still The Biggest Draw In Golf" (GOLFDIGEST.com, 8/6).