Love: Tiger, AT&T not connecting

Tiger Woods recently announced that he will not be playing in this week’s AT&T National Tournament, played at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., due to an injured elbow.

Title sponsors shell out millions of dollars to be associated with events like this, especially when there’s a chance that Tiger Woods will play.

When AT&T signed on as the lead sponsor, they had every reason to expect that Woods would play each year. He is, after all, the tournament’s host. Just imagine the disappointment. This is the third time in the past seven years that Woods has missed the event due to injury.

You can’t blame AT&T if they feel they haven’t gotten their money’s worth.

DeGol in action

Hollidaysburg native Anthony DeGol is now playing golf as a professional, competing on the EGolf Tour in North Carolina.

I’ve been fortunate enough to play a few local tournament rounds with DeGol and have always been impressed by both his high-level golf skills and his well-mannered, determined attitude. He’ll be competing in mini-tour events over the summer while preparing to enter PGA Tour Qualifying School in the fall.

It will be really enjoyable to follow – and root for – this promising young talent in the upcoming months.

Watson blow-up

During last week’s PGA Tour event, the Traveler’s Championship, I found myself rooting quite hard for fan favorite Bubba Watson.

His go-for-broke, long-hitting golfing style is extremely fun to watch – despite his reputation for being surly on the golf course.

This ‘surly’ side showed up on the 16th hole Sunday, when Watson stumbled, recording a triple bogey and ending his chances to win. After air-mailing the green on his third shot, Watson growled at his caddie, “You’re telling me that’s the right yardage?”

A few more berating comments followed, which certainly didn’t allow Watson to look any better. The whole episode only made Watson a whole lot harder to root for.

Ken Love covers area golf for the Mirror. His column appears on Fridays.