PEBBLE BEACH SHORT CHIPS
Begay tells Tiger to
quit whining over greens
TIGER'S closest pal in golf, Notah Begay, accused him of "whining" after Woods lambasted the Pebble Beach greens following his first-round 74, describing them as "just awful".
"One of the toughest things athletes experience after a crushing defeat or poor performance is having to talk with the media when you're hot under the collar," said Begay.
"We saw evidence of that with Tiger. He didn't have any time to collect himself and he started whining, complaining.
"Tom Hanks said there's no crying in baseball, well there's no whining in golf," added Begay, underlining why his candid contributions as a pundit on the Golf Channel are so highly valued.
World Cup news
travels fast and far
SOCCER'S World Cup really is making a big impact on the American sporting psyche -- even on the fairways at the US Open.
Shaun Micheel, just one off the lead at the time, was following his tee shot up the fairway at one, his 10th hole, when his wife Stephanie called to him: "It finished in a tie, 2-2, the US came from two behind. They scored in the 86th minute."
"Wow," said the 2003 US PGA champion, clearly impressed: "That's really good."
Woods can't prevent
NBA decider exodus
TIGER'S pulling power ain't what it used to be, if you'll excuse an unintended pun.
The exits to Pebble Beach were clogged in late afternoon on Thursday as thousands of the 37,500 fans attending the US Open streamed off the golf course, even though Woods still had five or six holes to play.
The rush was to local hostelries or homes to get a good seat in front of the television for the live broadcast at 6pm of the NBA decider between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
Tiger would have kept them hanging on to the fairway ropes in 2000.
count cost of competing
IT costs the average Tour professional more than $4000 (€3,235) in expenses to play this week's US Open, including caddie, transportation, lodging and meals ... and we're not referring to the privileged few, such as Lee Westwood (pictured above) and Rory McIlroy, who pay between $595 (€480) and $2400 (€1,940) per night to stay at the Lodge at Pebble Beach.
A season on the US Tour will cost an estimated $300,000 (€242,600) in basic expenses.
Compiled by Karl MacGinty