This is the Foursome Forecast for this week:
One: Tiger Woods is front and center focus. He had to withdraw in the final round of the WGC-Cadillac on March 11 because of an inflamed left Achilles tendon. He rested for a week but is now playing six of the next seven days. He’ll be in the two-day Travistock Cup that begins Monday near his home in Florida. Then he’ll compete in the regular tour stop, Arnold Palmer Invitational, at the end of the week. Of course, his progress is always relative to his fitness for the Masters April 5-8.
Two: Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament still features all four No. 1 seeds, Kentucky, N.C., Michigan State and Syracuse, along with three double-digit-seed survivors, No. 13 Ohio, No. 11 N.C. State and No. 10 Xavier. Syracuse and Carolina already are without two of their best players. Watch out for Kansas, which will be playing in fan-friendly St. Louis.
Three: Two baseball teams, Seattle and Oakland, have finished phase I of spring training. The Mariners and A’s depart for Japan Thursday to play a pair of exhibition games against Japan League teams then open the regular season against each other in the Tokyo Dome March 28-29. They will return to Arizona for phase II before re-opening the season.
Four: NFL free-agent kingfish QB Peyton Manning, who said he wanted to make a decision by last Tuesday, is still fishing. What has changed is his choices. Arizona is out. Washington is out. Tennessee and San Francisco are in. Denver and Miami are on hold. Denver is probably the favorite but the dark horse s SF. The 49ers could lose free agent QB Alex Smith to Miami, leaving them desperate for a quarterback.