For those of you looking for something to be happy about, here are 3:
1. Tiger Woods is back. After a long respite from injury, his new caddy is also a long-time friend.
Steve Williams’s recent split from Tiger’s camp came as a shock to many, including Williams. Tiger fired him. Some say it was a loyalty issue. Some say Tiger made Williams the richest man in New Zealand. Whatever the case is, he’s back, but it was Williams who relished the win.
Williams was with Tiger for 12 years and all 14 of Tiger’s majors, but in a post-tournament interview with David Feherty after Adam Scott won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational yesterday, Williams said, “This is the greatest victory in 33 years of caddying.”
Byron Bell, Tiger’s new man on the bag, is also the head of Tiger Woods Design. They’ve been friends for years and Tiger actually won the 1999 Buick Invitational with Bell.
2. PGA Tour chick magnet Adam Scott won on Sunday with Tiger’s former caddy Steve Williams.
Adam Scott played like a champion, winning by 4 shots. His opening-round 62 gave him the lead on day 1. Other golfers like Jason Day, Ricky Fowler and Ryo Ishikawa battled for shares of that lead but Scott distanced himself from the pack Sunday and won stateside for the first time since 2004.
The WGC Bridgestone Invitational, held each year in Akron, Ohio, is the site of 7 wins by Tiger Woods and caddy Steve Williams. Now, Steve has one more than Tiger. And Adam Scott has one of the best loopers in the business.
3. 19-year-old Japanese golf sensation Ryo Ishikawa is donating 100% of his earnings this year to his country’s Tsunami and earthquake victims.
Completely selfish acts like this are rare. But they do happen from time to time. John Daly donated a portion of his first-prize winnings to the families of victims who were struck and killed by lightning at Crooked Stick, the site of Daly’s first major win, the 1991 PGA Championship. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods each have their own foundations and contribute immensely to peoples’ well-being. Tiger also helped out local economies by dating waitresses who worked at Applebee’s. But Ryo Ishikawa’s decision to give ALL his winnings from 2011 to victims of one of the greatest natural disasters to ever hit Japan is a gesture more grand than the Tsunami itself. And he’s just 19!
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