• Tiger Woods fired off a two-under-par 70 in the final round to win his eighth Arnold Palmer Invitational title by two strokes and regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time since October 30, 2010

  • World No. 2 Tiger Woods trimmed No. 1 Rory McIlroy's lead in the world ranking by more than half after his victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral

  • Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 18 swimming gold medals, buried a 153-foot par putt at the 337-yard sixth hole

  • Jack Nicklaus feels McIlroy's talent will eventually make the difference regardless of his equipment. He noted that it's easy for Rory McIlroy to blame his new Nike clubs

  • The Augusta National Golf Club has added its first two female members -- former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and businesswoman Darla Moore

  • The Masters had a tension-filled finish, complete with a string of birdies and a playoff, it's just that it wasn't provided by the players everyone expected

  • This week's Phoenix Open is party-central on the PGA Tour. It falls the weekend of Super Bowl and never fails to produce loud, rowdy crowds on the par three 16th

  • Phil Mickelson has been elected to join the World Golf Hall of Fame and will be a member of the class of 2012. He received 72% of the vote, topping the required 65% among voters who participated in the selection process

  • Tiger Woods was out at first light at Firestone, his typical routine as he makes his return to the PGA Tour after sitting out for more than two months. Tiger's won here a record seven times in 11 appearances

  • Tiger Woods restored his roar Sunday with a birdie-birdie finish that gave him a one shot victory over Zach Johnson at the Chevron World Challenge

  • Yani Tseng may be in line to receive an invitational to play in the 2012 Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour

  • Some media critics think Tiger's staged event with a friendly audience that included Woods' mother, his friends and selected journalists was too perfect, too scripted and too much. Others want to wait and see if he can put his family back together and get his golf game back on track.

  • The accident occurred as the tabloid and celebrity media were reporting the first of what has become more than a dozen reported mistresses with whom Woods has allegedly had relations during his marriage. Comedians are having a field day. On a Top Ten list of ways Woods could improve his image, David Letterman suggested, 'Release list of women he did not have sex with.'

  • Read the tabloids -- watch the tube -- if you want to know how a society that has lost its religiosity can still engage with the deities. The eerily appropriate term 'celebrity worship' is evidence of the extent to which we've improved on Greek culture: We've invented disposable gods and our latest example is Tiger Woods

  • Rejected first draft of a statement by Tiger Woods prepared for his Web site.

  • Is Tiger conceited? Yup. But no more so than any other preternatural talent I have met in a career of chronicling athletes, actors, politicians, and other public figures. Fame has a terrifyingly corrosive effect on the soul.

  • Hero worship is the problem, not the heroes. As a human being, chances are Tiger Woods is no better than whoever is sitting in the next room right now. If Tiger goes on to break every record in the book of golf, that's one thing. The mistake is thinking that excellence in any field, reveals anything about one's character

  • When golf vacationers say, 'We're playing Palm Springs,' what they really mean is they're teeing up in the Coachella Valley, which encompasses Palm Springs and other golf-crazy communities such as Palm Desert, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells and Indio.

  • We recently had the pleasure -- make that distinct pleasure -- of visiting three five-star properties where the "ensuite" bathrooms are marble, the breakfasts are top-notch, the spas and golf courses world-class.