Originally created 02/22/01

Woods doesn't like Shotlink plan



PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Don't count Tiger Woods among fans of the PGA Tour's new Shotlink System, which will track every player's shot when it makes its debut next week at Doral.

"I don't think it's very good at all," Woods said Wednesday.

Shotlink is expected to revolutionize scoring and statistics on the PGA Tour, recording information on every shot by every player at every tournament. It is designed to enhance television coverage of golf and make the sport more interactive on the Internet.

The only sticking point is that the tour needs caddies to relay information on club selection, although it will not be posted until every player in the group has hit their shots.

When asked if his caddie, Steve Williams, would participate, Woods replied, "He's not doing it."

Woods said he thinks Shotlink will give out too much information. As an example, he said someone in the gallery could use a hand-held computer to find out what club players have been hitting on the par-3 12th at Augusta National, then flash a sign to players.

"There you go. You have the number," Woods said. "That's obviously a huge advantage."

Others, however, like the idea.

"I think it's pretty cool," Phil Mickelson said. "If I were a fan, and I had the opportunity to see what guys are hitting, I'd feel like I have much greater participation in the telecast."

WOODS ON WOODS: Tiger Woods has been using a metal driver as long as he can remember, but he still likes to practice with wood clubs.

That makes him appreciate the forgiveness of new technology.

"I can work the ball so much better with my persimmons driver," he said. "But my mis-hits don't go anywhere. So many drives you hit out here that feel absolutely terrible and shouldn't go anywhere are going out there 280 yards in the fairway, when they should be dying quails."

Davis Love III last used a wooden driver in the 1997 Colonial, but he recently tried one belonging to his brother.

"The shape of it looks funny," Love said. "I think if I used the driver I was playing with the new ball, I could come pretty close. But it wouldn't be as easy to hit it."

SECOND CAREERS: Tiger Woods believes a couple of players on the PGA Tour are so talented they could have made a living in other sports.

How about Jesper Parnevik, downhill champion?

"I started skiing when I was 4 until I was probably 12 or 13," the Swede said. "Any sport you really have talent for, you're going to be up there. If you have eye-hand coordination and a feel for the sport, nothing should stop you from being a top player."

What if he invested as much time skiing as he did on golf?

"I should have been a world champion," Parnevik said.

Davis Love III pondered the same question and decided he made a good career move sticking with golf.

"I always think I could have been a race car driver, but I probably wouldn't have the nerves for it," Love said.

Divots:

Mark O'Meara withdrew from the Nissan Open because of a pulled muscle in his rib cage. O'Meara is supposed to play in the Dubai Desert Classic next week on the European tour. ... Among the four players to make it through Monday qualifying was Ron Kramer, son of tennis great Jack Kramer. His father also happens to own Los Serranos Country Club, where Kramer qualified. ... Tiger Woods doesn't think having Jack Nicklaus as the Presidents Cup captain will put pressure on American players who might not want to go to South African in 2002. Does he expect to get a call from Captain Jack? "I don't know," Woods said. "We'll see."