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What’s troubling Tiger Woods six weeks before the Masters? Plenty

The positives are easy to miss, or simply take for granted, given the early stages of his comeback and some of the struggles that have been apparent for all to see. Tiger Woods has the power to compete with the game’s elite, and seemingly no physical issues related to his spinal fusion surgery that took place 10 months ago. The short game is solid, another surprise given his lengthy layoff, and Woods appears genuinely excited about playing competitive golf again, interacting with peers and fans more frequently and offering up a nice dose of self-deprecation at times. And more encouraging: some atypical bouts of candor — although he’s sent a bit of a mixed message regarding the year’s first major

Copycat: Honda Classic’s 17th hole tries to mimic Scottsdale with worse results

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Honda Classic won’t pack as many fans around its party hole this week as the Phoenix Open does, but there is something more intensely intimate about PGA National’s stadium setup. Players feel like the spectators in the bleachers at the tee box at Honda’s 17th hole are right on top of them. “If the wind’s wrong at the 17th tee, you can get a vodka cranberry splashed on you,” Graeme McDowell cracked. “They are that close.” Plus, the 17th at the Champion Course is a more difficult shot than the one players face at Scottsdale’s 16th. It’s a 162-yard tee shot at the Phoenix Open with no water in sight. It’s a 190-yard tee shot at the Honda Classic, to a small, kidney-shaped

Column: Harrington has unconventional views on Tiger Woods

Padraig Harrington rarely goes the conventional route. He once wore glasses to help him read greens, even though he had 20/20 vision. He became a Royal & Ancient ambassador, and then began using a belly putter when the R&A was proposing to outlaw the use of them. So when it came to his thoughts on Tiger Woods, expect the unexpected. For starters, Harrington thinks Woods has a game that is good enough to win on the PGA Tour except that Woods might not believe it. “A year ago, you would have said physically he didn’t have the game to come back and win. But he certainly has it now,” Harrington said. “If you turned around and gave most of the field his game, they would be so chuffed with it that

Rory McIlroy curbing expectations before Masters

Former world number one Rory McIlroy is trying to temper the amount of pressure he puts on himself ahead of the Masters. McIlroy started the year with two top-three finishes on the European Tour, but he has not found the same success this year on the PGA Tour, missing the cut at Pebble Beach and then finishing tied for 20th at last week’s Genesis Open. With just a few scheduled events before the four-time major champion tries to earn the career grand slam at Augusta National in April, McIlroy is trying to curb expectations as he prepares for the Honda Classic, starting in Florida on Thursday.

Jack Nicklaus explains how he’d speed up the game of golf

Pace of play is a major issue for the game of golf both as a recreational sport and a professional game, and while Major League Baseball is introducing new rules to speed up the game, the solution for the USGA and R&A may be to change the allowed e…