Friday 19 December 2014

Tiger shrinks as Watney's wife carries him to victory

Nigel Whittaker

Published 29/10/2012 | 05:00

Tiger Woods of USA in action during the Duel of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy at Jinsha Lake Golf Club. Photo: Getty Images

TIGER WOODS shed so much weight playing golf in oppressive tropical heat at the CIMB Classic that he left Kuala Lumpur complaining his trousers were too big for him.

Conditions were so tough at this US PGA Tour-sanctioned event that winner Nick Watney had to ask his wife to carry the bag on his final hole last Thursday after caddie Chad Reynolds was struck down by heat stroke.

Reynolds went to hospital that evening. Still feeling unwell on Friday, he arranged for a friend to cover for him but was back on duty at the weekend.

He received bouquets from Watney for playing a pivotal role early in the stunning final-round 61, which edged his man one stroke clear of Robert Garrigus and defending champion Bo van Pelt.

Like Tommy Gainey at last week's McGladrey Classic, Watney failed to birdie the last for a 59 -- sadly, he made bogey instead.

Tiger burned up The Mines Resort course yesterday, a faultless eight-under-par 63 vaulting him into a share of fourth.

Drained

Still, Woods complained of feeling drained as he headed for his 18-hole showdown with Rory McIlroy early today at Lake Jinsha, China.

Tiger may soon be celebrating a significant win in golf's corridors of power.

Representatives of the world governing bodies, the R&A and USGA, are to brief players on the action they plan to take against long putters at this week's HSBC World Golf Championship and next week's Singapore Open. They spoke with US Tour players at the McGladrey.

With an official announcement on the vexed questions of long putters expected next month, it now seems certain that 'anchoring' any club to the torso or chin will be banned, perhaps even as soon as the new year.

Tiger has long campaigned for belly and broom-handle putters to be outlawed.

Irish Independent

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