No new bag logo for Tiger



Tiger Woods won't replace AT&T with a new corporate sponsor on his golf bag when he returns at the Masters Tournament, instead using his Nike brand.

AT&T dropped him as a sponsor on Dec. 31 in the midst of the infidelity scandal.

It will be the first time since he turned pro that Woods has used an existing sponsor's logo on the bag. The golf bag and hat are the two areas in golf where companies get the most television exposure.

"We are not actively pursuing new business partnerships at this point in time," Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent at IMG, said Friday in a text message.

Steinberg said Woods will be using the "TW" brand at Nike, his longest corporate sponsor.

It will be the fourth logo on Woods' bag in his professional career. He started with Titleist from 1996 before signing an endorsement deal with Buick that lasted through the 2008, ending early when GM filed for bankruptcy.

Woods then signed on with AT&T, which also sponsors a PGA Tour event over the Fourth of July weekend that supports Woods' foundation. AT&T was the second sponsor (behind Accenture) to drop Woods over revelations he had been cheating on his wife.

AT&T is still title sponsor of Woods' tournament, although he will not be the host this year.

TOMS HURTING: Former PGA champion David Toms has been losing length off the tee that he can't afford, and now he knows why. Toms said Friday he has a bone spur in his rotator cuff that will require surgery.

Toms, who shot 8-under-par 63 to get into contention at the Transitions Championship, said he plans to take medication to at least get through the Masters. After that, he might have to have arthroscopic surgery that will keep him out two months.

"I've been to two different doctors, and I've got an issue there," Toms said of his right shoulder. "They tell me I'm going to be out eight weeks if I have it done. So I'm just taking medication and trying to get through it."

Toms said the original plan was to have the surgery after the Masters and return in time for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Then comes a round like Friday -- 11 shots better than his opening 74 -- and he wonders if he can go longer.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Rabat, Morocco, Rhys Davies shot 8-under-par 64 to take a two-shot lead of the Trophee Hassan II.

Davies, who trailed overnight leader Nick Dougherty by two shots, had eight birdies on the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat to move to 13-under. Thomas Levet shot 65 to go to 11-under, tied for second place with Ignacio Garrido and Louis Oosthuizen.


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