Take 2

The Morning Line

Doug Ferguson

No Tiger at Tour Championship is appropriate

Leave it to the


Tour to find the upside of Tiger

Woods missing out on the Tour Championship.

In a press release Monday promoting the 30-man field at East

Lake, it notes that Woods’ failure to qualify for the last playoff

event guarantees there will be a new FedEx Cup champion this


Phil Mickelson said it “absolutely” will be strange not having

the world’s No. 1 player at the Tour Championship, although it’s

nothing new. Woods has only played East Lake twice in the past five

years, skipping in 2006 after a long year coping with his father’s

death and in 2008 when he was recovering from knee surgery.

The difference, of course, is that Woods couldn’t play the Tour

Championship even if he wanted. He needed to shoot 65 in the final

round of the BMW Championship, and it took him until the 17th hole

just to get under par for the final round, and the tournament.

In an explanation he offered Sunday he blamed only himself.

“I didn’t play well in the beginning of the year and I didn’t

play well in the middle of the year,” he said.

He said he is starting to play well now, but that only shows how

far he had fallen. Woods tied 12th at The Barclays, tied for 11th

at the Deutsche Bank Championship and tied for 15th at the BMW


Three straight weeks out of the top 10 used to be called a


Now it’s called …


But there are other examples of Woods’ weird year on the golf


He has gone seven consecutive tournaments out of the top 10, the

longest stretch of his career. His previous worst was five straight

tournaments out of the top 10. That was in 2001, between victories

at the Memorial and Firestone.

And to get an idea of how he is playing, just look at when he is


Woods is typically among the last to arrive because he is in or

close to the lead so often. This year, he has teed off before noon

in the final round at nine of his 12 tournaments.

This is no time to take pity on Woods. He’s the one who created

this mess he’s in. But only Woods knows what’s going on inside his

head and with his swing.

Perhaps the only shock is that he’s still No. 1 in the world


For Woods, the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, where Phil Mickelson

is the defending champion, is more meaningful than ever. It will be

his last chance this year for a PGA Tour victory (this World Golf

Championship only counts as one if a PGA Tour member wins it).

Woods has gone 14 consecutive seasons with at least one tour

victory, three years away from the record held by Jack Nicklaus and

Arnold Palmer.

That’s not a streak Woods can start over.

Doug Ferguson covers golf for the Associated Press.


The List

Baseball power rankings

1. Yankees (1, last week) – In new career as guitarist, Bernie

Williams has high on-bass percentage

2. Rays (2) – Major Cy implications: Price vs. Sabathia on


3. Twins (5) – No Cy implications whatsoever: Blackburn vs.

Carrasco on Saturday

4. Phillies (9) – Just imagine a rotation of Halladay, Hamels,

Oswalt and Cliff Lee

5. Giants (11) – Aubrey Huff wearing red thong to break slump,

just like Mel Ott used to do

6. Reds (3) – Mysterious surge of Cincinnati-area newborns named


7. Padres (8) – Reeling Padres implore Eckstein to rush order

extra shipments of grit

8. Rockies (14) – For Rockies, September means Back To School

and Back To Pennant Race

9. Braves (4) – Omar Infante may win batting title … but he

still shouldn’t have made All-Star team

10. Rangers (6) – When Nolan Ryan throws out ceremonial first

pitch in playoffs, expect a brushback

Best of the rest …

11. White Sox (10) – Dayan Viciedo drew 1st walk in 83rd plate

appearance; Yuni nods approvingly

13. Cardinals (12) – Very conceivable La Russa

won’t be back in Cards’ dugout

next year

14. Blue Jays (13) – Jose Bautista and Jarrett Hoffpauir have

combined for 46 home runs

15. Tigers (17) – Since he threw his no-no, Galarraga has thrown

a lot of yes-yeses

16. Marlins (15) – Marlins trying to trick their fans into

thinking Sanabia is Sabathia

17. A’s (18) – Power-challenged

A’s have traded Nelson Cruz, Andre Ethier, Carlos


18. Dodgers (16) – Torre seeks advice from ex-Pirates managers

on October vacation sites

22. Brewers (22) – Bud Selig statue cancels World Series of


23. Cubs (23) – Piniella retroactively ejected by Bob


29. Mariners (29) – Pete Carroll got so carried away last week,

he cut four Mariners

30. Pirates (30) – Pirates already mathematically eliminated in

2011 through 2013

– Larry Stone, McClatchy Newspapers


Today’s talker

NFL talks to female reporter behavior

NEW YORK – After a summer in the spotlight, the Jets are under

scrutiny again.

The “Hard Knocks’’ stars are

being investigated by the NFL for the way Jets players and coaches

carried on when they were visited by a female reporter from a

Mexican TV network during the team’s practice


Ines Sainz, of Mexico’s TV Azteca, said on her

Twitter account Saturday that she felt “very

uncomfortable!’’ in the

Jets’ locker room, where a few players let loose

with some “Whooo-weee!’’ catcalls

as she waited with two male co-workers to interview quarterback

Mark Sanchez.

“Of course you feel it when you are being stared at and when you

are being spoken of in a certain

way,’’ Sainz told The Associated


“I opted to ignore it … I tried to not even pay



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