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One thing that hasn’t gotten enough attention in Tiger Woods’ post-Thanksgiving 2009 life is the commitment he made to his kids in the divorce agreement that granted him joint custody of Sam and Charlie Woods. He became the father anyone would want their kids to have. The father that did exactly what was asked of him, exactly what his kids needed him to do, and the father so many would-be dads aspire to be.

How do we know this? Because when your ex-wife, ex-girlfriend (Lindsey Vonn), best friend (Notah Begay), and best acquaintance on tour (Jason Day) are ALL in agreement on something involving divorce and joint custody of kids, you know the information is pretty much factual.

Ever since the first microdisectomy in 2014 and the two comebacks since Tiger has talked about how grateful he is to be able to do the things he loves to do with his kids — namely play soccer with them. He’s a bonafide soccer dad, in the same role so many of his fans are in on many weekends throughout the year.

So when you head to Dubai and a 16-hour flight so soon after two additional back procedures and have previously admitted that basically any ill-advised move, especially when not activated, can cause you major pain, you’re taking a major risk. Tiger isn’t a good sleeper. Planes aren’t great places to be for long stretches of time. You never know jet lag will impact you. This wasn’t a good plan to begin with. Stay home and hone your game on more familiar, controllable turf.

But moreover, this was a bigger risk than that, a bigger risk than something involving your golf game or making your sponsors happy. It was a risk but involving those very fatherly duties he cherishes so much.

Now let me be clear: we don’t know what damage if any the Dubai trip has caused. There have been indications by reading tea leaves that he’s had spasm issues before during this comeback, months prior to this issue. So taken as a whole it’s only speculation as to what impact this has had on Tiger’s overall medical state.

But what has been clear through multiple news conferences that the travails of late 2015-early 2016 led him to see the mortality that is not being able to be that soccer-playing father with Sam and Charlie, not able to be to be as hands-on as he’d like in their lives on a daily basis.

And while no one is doubting that he still won’t or wasn’t or couldn’t be a great dad even in massive discomfort, who wants that lifestyle? No one would.

So here we are, with Tiger Woods having withdrawn from his next two starts with recurring back spasms and staring into the unknown once again: will he yet again chance his back when it may not be ready to be chanced? Will he once again risk that unspoken promise he made to not only a judge and some attorneys but also to Sam and Charlie when he signed those divorce papers?

We can only hope — as golfers hoping to see him rise again and as everyone who wants to see him be a great dad — that all decisions are made with his family being the number one priority from here on out.

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On the latest edition of Teeing It Up with Jeremy Schilling, the Senior Director of Rules for the United States Golf Association Thomas Pagel joined me to talk about the newest local rule involving balls accidentally moved on the putting green:

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[The following is a Transamerica sponsored post.]

The Masters will be here before you know it, and that means that we start looking at the possible contenders. And in a PGA Tour season that has had winners from every corner of the golf landscape – proven winners, new talent and guys who names you’ve never heard of – one winner stands out: Zach Johnson. The 2007 Masters champion won the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions and now looks to add a second major to his title.

Johnson, sponsored by Transamerica, will be participating in a Google Hangout on Tuesday, April 1 with Golf Channel’s Steve Sands from Sea Island, Georgia. It’s the start of a series of Hangouts Transamerica will be doing with their players, which include Tom Watson. Up to four fans will have a chance to participate in the chat, as Zach will be answering questions about how he’s preparing to tackle Augusta National in just under two weeks.

In addition, there’s a good chance Zach will work in his work with Transamerica in addition to his charitable endeavors with the Zach Johnson Foundation, which helps the lives of children and their families in his beloved area of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Zach and Transamerica both have something in common: focusing on the future. For Zach, it’ll be about his prep to repeat that amazing moment he had in 2007. He comes in hot, with four top-10s and six top-25s in 10 starts so far in the wrap-around PGA Tour season. Transamerica, meanwhile, focuses on helping its customers plan for the future, transform tomorrow, and engage in strong teamwork. That mission is partly why the partnership of Zach and Transamerica has been so successful since they first got together in 2004.

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Here’s SiriusXM Radio’s coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 PGA Championship:

SiriusXM Offers Live Coverage of 2013 PGA Championship
Live hole-by-hole coverage airs Aug. 8-11 from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., on XM channel 93 and Sirius channel 208
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and other top players headline major championship field

NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that it will broadcast the 95th PGA Championship, the season’s final major golf championship, this Thursday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 11, on channel 93 on XM and channel 208 on Sirius Premier.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101014/NY82093LOGO )

SiriusXM’s live coverage, from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., will be hosted by Earl Forcey alongside analyst John Maginnes, with hole-by-hole updates from roving reporters Fred Albers, Mark Carnevale and Dennis Paulson.

On-course coverage will start daily at 12:00 pm ET (Thursday-Sunday) and will continue until the conclusion of each day’s play. Live play-by-play will be preceded by the PGA Championship Preview Show, hosted by Matt Adams, starting each day at 10:00 am ET. After the conclusion of each round, John Maginnes will host a special edition of his show, Maginnes on Tap, to provide listeners with a wrap-up of the day’s action with highlights and analysis.

The PGA Championship perennially showcases the strongest field in golf. Currently, 99 of the top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are in the field for the 95th PGA Championship. The event is returning for the third time to Oak Hill Country Club, which is widely recognized as one of America’s finest courses and owns the distinction of being the only club to have hosted all six of the men’s major championships that move around the U.S. — the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship.

This year’s field will include Tiger Woods, the world’s top-ranked player and a four-time PGA Champion; 2005 PGA Champion Phil Mickelson, who won the 2013 Open Championship last month; defending PGA Champion and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy; reigning U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose; 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott, and many more of the world’s best golfers.

In the days leading up to the Championship, SiriusXM hosts Matt Adams, Brian Katrek and John Maginnes will broadcast their daily shows live from Oak Hill, providing fans with daily golf talk and an in-depth analysis of this year’s field. East broadcast day starts at 7:00 am ET with Fairways of Life with Adams. Katrek’s Teed Off can be heard at 9:00 ET and Maginnes on Tap airs at 5:00 pm ET. Listeners can also tune in on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET to hear live coverage of player press conferences from the media center.

For more information visit http://www.siriusxm.com/siriusxmpgatourradio.

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Here’s CBS Sports’ coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 PGA Championship:

For some reason I either can’t find their press release or they never issued one, but here’s the lineup according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Subsequent to this release, Ed Sherman reported that Peter Kostis will not be on CBS this weekend as he continues recovering from cancer:

CBS Sports will air live 18-hole third and fourth coverage of the 2013 PGA Championship from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 (2:00-7:00 PM, ET, both days). Last year Rory McIlroy ran away from the field with an eight-stroke victory. Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo will serve as host and lead analyst. The hole correspondents include Ian Baker-Finch (17th hole), Gary McCord (16th hole), Peter Oosterhuis (15th hole), Lundquist (14th hole) and Bill Macatee (13th hole). David Feherty, Peter Kostis and Billy Kratzert will serve as on-course reporters. (Note: As of this writing, Time Warner had dropped CBS in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other cities).

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Here’s CBS Sports Network’s coverage plans and announcers for their coverage of the 2013 PGA Championship:

CBS SPORTS NETWORK TEES UP PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WITH
NEW AND EXPANDED COVERAGE

For First Time Network to Air “PGA CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBHOUSE REPORT”;
Weekend Encore Replays Complement CBS Sports’ Live Broadcasts of
2013 PGA Championship

CBS Sports Network once again tees up exclusive coverage of the PGA Championship with new expanded coverage including, for the first time ever, the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBHOUSE REPORT show live from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. CBS Sports Network’s coverage pairs with CBS Sports’ live 18-hole broadcasts of the third and final-round of the 95th PGA Championship.

CBS Sports Network airs the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBHOUSE REPORT live after the conclusion of play on Thursday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET). Andrew Catalon, Billy Kratzert and Billy Ray Brown host the show each night with highlights, analysis and player interviews. Ken Mack produces and Mark Grant directs.

In addition, CBS Sports Network’s PGA Championship programming again includes encore replays of CBS Sports’ third and final-round broadcasts of the 2013 Tournament immediately following PGA CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBHOUSE REPORT, as well as classic PGA Championships from years past.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE RANGE returns for the second year live from the Tournament Practice Range of Oak Hill on Thursday, Aug. 8 and Friday, Aug. 9 (8:30-10:30 AM, ET) featuring player interviews, analysis and a preview of the day’s action. Grant Boone, Brian Crowell and Bobby Clampett host the show each day. Mack produces and Grant directs.

CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports.

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Here’s TNT and Turner Sports’ coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 PGA Championship:

Turner Sports will provide comprehensive multimedia coverage of the 95th PGA Championship held August 8-11 from Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course in Rochester, N.Y. TNT will televise 18 hours of exclusive live action including six hours each day on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 8-9, from 1-7 p.m. ET, along with live coverage of the third and fourth rounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

This marks the 23rd consecutive year of Turner Sports’ coverage of the PGA Championship and TNT’s 15th straight year televising the event. TNT commentators will include Sports Emmy Award-winning host Ernie Johnson, analysts Ian Baker-Finch and Billy Kratzert and reporter Vince Cellini.

PGA.com, managed by Turner Sports, will offer extensive coverage of the event including live streaming via PGA Championship LIVE, an award-winning digital franchise with multiple live video streams allowing fans to follow marquee groups and par-3 coverage. This year, PGA Championship LIVE will offer fans a new and improved design including a larger screen devoted to video and a responsive design which allows for the best display across a wide variety of devices. PGA Championship LIVE is available on all platforms including desktop, mobile web and iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. PGA.com’s announce team will include host Brian Katrek, analyst Michael Breed, featured reporter Matt Adams, course reporters Craig Sager and Ted Tryba and media center reporter Amanda Balionis.

Additionally, for the first time ever, fan voting on PGA.com will determine the hole location of a major championship through the newly created “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus.” Fans can continue to vote through Saturday, Aug. 10, via PGA.com to determine the location of the picturesque par-3 15th hole. On Sunday, Aug. 11, during the final round of the Championship, fans will be able to see the winning position.

PGA.com fan voting will also define the “PGA Championship: Moments of Glory.” From Aug. 4-7, fans will be able to cast their vote from a list of 18 signature moments in PGA Championship history. The top five will be unveiled during TNT’s telecast on Thursday, Aug. 8, and voting will continue through Saturday, August 10, until the top moment is announced during TNT’s final round coverage and via PGA.com on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Additional cross-platform highlights:

TNT

? TNT Total Motion – a super slo-mo camera will deliver a definitive point of view for swing analysis and a review of specialty shots.
? Golf Trax – TNT and PGA.com will provide viewers with a virtual tour of the course along with an aerial view of a player’s ball direction and a 360-degree view of each hole.
? TNT Pro Tracer – viewers will be able to see the flight of the ball for select shots live during play.
? Walter Hagen feature – TNT will profile the career of Rochester native Walter Hagen, a five-time winner of the PGA Championship.
? Moments of Glory Flashbacks – a look back at some of the greatest moments in PGA Championship history.
? Billy’s Course – TNT analyst Kratzert will take an in-depth look at the Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course.
? Chasing the Trophy – a daily all-access look at Chip Sullivan, one of the PGA Club Professionals competing in this year’s PGA Championship.
? Drive to The PGA Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz – Breed, 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year, will provide tips on how to play the course.

PGA.com

? 360-Degree Camera – while watching PGA Championship coverage on the site, fans will be able to access a 360-degree camera that provides a panoramic look and natural sound from the course. Users can drag the camera right, left, or up and down in a 360-degree circle to see action from various vantage points including the practice range, putting green and other course locations.
? Video Highlight Hub – an enhanced experience will allow fans to search and browse by player, round, hole or top moment from the 2013 PGA Championship.
? Predict It – an interactive feature available through PGA Championship LIVE which will provide fans the opportunity to predict the outcome of situations that could happen on the course.
? Social Leaderboard – fans can get a closer look at the score and the social conversation surrounding each player through a more interactive leaderboard. Available via PGA.com on desktop, the enhanced leaderboard allows fans to see video highlights and follow the social conversation around each hole. The leaderboard is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and National Car Rental.

Mobile

? Expanded Suite of Mobile Apps – Turner Sports will expand its suite of mobile apps this year with a new PGA Championship iPad app and a new Android app. The iPad app will provide users with news, video alerts, detailed leaderboard and scorecards and access to live video streaming. The Android app will offer access to news, the leaderboard and a player locator. Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, the apps are available via the App Store and Google Play.
? Mobile Website – in addition to the PGA Championship apps, the PGA.com mobile website will be enhanced to offer live video, live scoring, news and updates throughout the event.

Social
? Twitter Mirror – making its first appearance at a major golf championship, the Twitter mirror will allow fans to see candid shots of their favorite competitors as players use the mirror to tweet out behind-the-scenes shots from the handle @PGA_com.
? Video Highlights – @PGA_com will provide fans with video clips of key moments and highlights during the tournament.
? Social Caddy – inserted within the leaderboard, fans can view social content by hole, player and key moment.
? #PGAChamp – using the hashtag #PGAChamp, fans can join in and follow the conversation from PGA professionals, analysts and other golf fans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google +.

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