Beyond Golf — 28 July 2014 by Bob Sherwin
Foursome Forecast: Is Woods OK?

One: We may get a strong indication this week where Tiger Woods’ golf game is when he tees it up at the WGC-Bridgestone Tournament beginning Thursday at the Firestone CC near Akron. Woods is the defending champion – by seven strokes – and has won the event eight times. He can eat up Firestone. In the second round last year he shot a 61. If he falters on this course, might we speculate that Woods’ game is not completely sound? We’ll see. He’s going to have some high level competition, such as new British Open Rory McIIroy, world No. 1 Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Masters champion Bubba Watson.

Two: The Major League trading deadline is Thursday. There have been quite a few trades already, which may limit the number we’ll see this week. There are a lot of teams still involved in a playoff chase and not as many sellers. The Yankees have a couple rumors deals cooking and are on the cusp of serious playoff contention.

Three: The NFL season begins Sunday. Already! Yikes. Break out the fantasy football guides. Buffalo opens the exhibition season against the New York Giants. That’s the Hall of Fame game in Canton. A whole bunch of other games will be played the following week, beginning Thursday. The countdown begins.

Four: Not to be overlooked – which is easy to do with the mighty NFL sucking all the attention – but college football camps open this week. The first week of games is actually in August, beginning with one game Aug. 27, then 14 on Aug. 28, seven on Aug. 29, 60 on Aug. 30 and two on Aug. 31. So it begins, the first season in a long while without the BCS.

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Bob Sherwin

Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 41st year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past seven years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men's basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. He won't win the club championship any time soon with his 15 handicap and default-swing slice but he does have a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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