Joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1996 after spending nine years at The Aiken Standard. Served as copy editor, South Carolina bureau chief and Metro Editor before being named Sports Editor in April 2000.
 
Posted May 25, 2011 12:18 pm - Updated May 25, 2011 02:55 pm

What to make of Tiger news

Tiger Woods bends his left knee on the seventh green during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Woods withdrew from the tournament after playing nine holes.

Tuesday was a big day for Tiger Woods news.

First, he held a press conference to promote his AT&T National tournament, and he said he plans to play in the upcoming U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.

Then, Tuesday evening, the news broke that his longtime agent Mark Steinberg was no longer with IMG. Tiger has been with both IMG since turning professional in 1996. Steinberg took over as his agent in 1999.

Tiger's health is the No. 1 topic on the PGA Tour these days. He said he'll begin preparations next week for the U.S. Open, but I wonder if that will be enough time. He laid off before the Players Championship, and then was only able to complete nine holes after aggravating his injuries.

But I would never count him out, especially at a major.

As for the departure of Steinberg from IMG, that's a bit more tricky. I can see him sticking with Steinberg and leaving the IMG stable. Tiger had a relationship with IMG founder Mark McCormack, who passed away a few years ago. Now, the head of IMG is Ted Forstmann, and he and Tiger are not as close.

Tiger is 35 and the clock is ticking on his quest to catch Jack Nicklaus for most majors. Woods has 14, and Nicklaus has 18. What once was believed to be a slam dunk for Woods is looking like a halfcourt shot these days.

Congrats to Hines Ward

The former Georgia Bulldog won the latest version of Dancing With the Stars. (No, I didn't watch Tuesday night's finale, but I heard about it.)

According to a release from UGA this morning, Ward is still a fixture in the school's record books:

"Ward, a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last 13 seasons, played for the University of Georgia from 1994-97. The Forest Park native tallied 144 receptions, placing him fifth in the record book for career catches as a Bulldog. In 1995, Ward was also the Bulldogs' passing leader with 872 yards and led the team with 1,120 total offensive yards."

Ward joins an impressive list of athletes who have won the coveted mirror ball trophy.

Last call

I'm still looking for feedback on what auto racing movie is the best of all time. So far, Talladega Nights is getting a lot of support. And remember, just because fast cars are involved doesn't make it a racing movie. That leaves out Bullitt and Smokey and the Bandit, unfortunately.

Check back later this week to see my take on the best racing films.