PONTE VEDRA BEACH (AP) - British player-turned-broadcaster Peter Alliss is among those who believe Tiger Woods is getting too much instruction.
At a news conference before his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Alliss said Woods' "golfing brain for some reason or another is completely addled." What astonished him was a scene from the practice range at the Masters last year. Alliss said he was sitting with Arnold Palmer at the end of the range.
"And there 50 yards away is Tiger Woods at the green nearest the television facility being shown how to chip," Alliss said. "`You must do it this way, this way.' And I said to Arnold, `Are we seeing ...?' He was the greatest chipper in the world for a period, and this guy is teaching, `No, don't do it that way.'
"It's like Pavarotti saying, `I'm fed up with being a tenor. I think I'm going to sing as a baritone.' Land sake," he said. "That's as stupid as that, in my opinion. That's not a criticism, that's an opinion. But that's why he's fuddled and befuddled. ... But he's gone. He's gone at the moment."
OVERDUE TRIP: Phil Mickelson was getting serious with his girlfriend, Amy, when he went to Paris to play a golf tournament and wanted her to go with him. So he asked her parents, Gary and Renee McBride, and "explained to them how this was somehow a good idea."
"Gary, in his great parenting, put it on us and said, `Listen, you're going to have plenty of time to go to Paris together. Amy, it's your decision. But you're not going,"' Mickelson said during his induction speech for the World Golf Hall of Fame, as the room laughed. "I do want to say to him that we still have not been to Paris together."
That's about to change. Mickelson said they would go to Paris in a few weeks for his wife's 40th birthday.