Monty: Woods isn't finished, Tiger jokes about 85

Monty backs 14-time major champ, Tiger's "reps" quip, Donald to play US Open

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Tue, 9 Jun 2015

Monty: Woods isn't finished, Tiger jokes about 85

Monty defends Tiger

Colin Montgomerie believes Tiger Woods hasn't “lost it” and said the former world number one needs a busier schedule if he wants “half a chance at tournaments like the US Open”.

Tiger Woods: what the experts are saying

“It’s one thing playing on a range and that’s fine but competition is everything,” the Scot told the Telegraph. “Once a month, or whatever it has been is not enough, especially when you are trying to iron our difficulties.

“People will say he’s lost it for good - it’s the same old question. But I don't think there is any fear of that right now because of the way he played some of the nines.

"He’s struggling because of the fact that he’s not playing enough - that’s obvious. To not come out after the Players until last week was too long. No matter how bad it turned out, I actually think it was very important he made the cut.”

Woods made the cut after rounds of 73 and 70 at Muirfield Village, before the career-worst outing of 85.

Tiger sees the funny side

Tiger Woods joked about “getting reps” following his calamitous third-round 85 at Memorial, and maintained his game is improving.

Woods: mentally I feel beat up

Woods, 39,  often mentions “reps” in his press conferences and decided to have some fun in the media day for the Quicken Loans National, a tournament he hosts.

"I showed signs of what we're working on was starting to come together, and that's pretty exciting to finally hit those shots," he said. "Shots that I didn't think I could hit. Earlier in the week I couldn't hit those shots."

Donald qualifies for US Open, big names fail

Luke Donald qualified for next week’s US Open at Chambers Bay, and will be joined by former champions Retief Goosen and Lee Janzen.

The former world number one had to come through qualifying in Florida after falling to number 66 in the world rankings, but the 37-year-old earned the right to challenge for what would be his first major win.

The Englishman was one of four players to earn a spot, but big names Martin Laird, David Duval, Trevor Immelman, Stewart Cink, Vijay Singh and Steve Stricker all missed out.  

Compton meets donor's aunt

Erik Compton, who has undergone two heart transplants, encountered  the aunt of the young man whose heart he currently has.

Jim Nantz explained the American PGA Tour player was eating dinner while in Ohio when his waitress discovered Compton was a transplant beneficiary. This prompted her to tell him about her nephew who had passed away eight years before in a motorcycle accident.

Compton asked the man’s name, and realised it was the person whose heart he had been given in his second transplant in 2008.

"You can imagine what a tearful scene that was," Nantz said.

NBC seals Open deal

The Open will be broadcast by NBC in the United States for 12 years, starting in 2017.

The R&A finalised the deal with the American television channel, and it comes with the rights for the Women’s Open. 



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