Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Tiger Woods: Is He a Traffic Scofflaw?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Tiger Woods: Is He a Traffic Scofflaw?

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Golf fans occasionally will call TV networks if they believe they've seen a professional player violate a rule during a tournament.

But fans are now turning in players for traffic violations.

When Tiger Woods withdrew from the World Golf Championship event at Doral on Sunday, NBC televised blimp footage of Woods getting into his car with caddie Joe LaCava and leaving the resort. What an unidentified man from Australia saw on TV - and what he told the Associated Press that he reported to the Miami-Dade police department - was Woods committing two traffic violations: texting while driving and changing lanes without signaling.

"Mr. Woods was constantly changing lanes whilst sending the text message and failed to indicate to the other drivers [that he was changing lanes by using his signal lights]," the man write in the email he sent to AP. "I am confident that your legislation is similar to ours in regards to their use."

No word on whether the police have acted on the eyewitness account of Woods' driving.

MCILROY TAKES THE LEAD IN LISTS

In the first five years of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points race, only two players who were No. 1 on the World Golf Rankings also led in FedEx Cup points: Tiger Woods in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and Luke Donald last year.

Of the two, only Woods went on to win the FedEx Cup, in 2007 and 2009.

Rory McIlroy has become the third player to hold the top spot on both lists, and he accomplished the FedEx end of the equation in only three starts.

McIlroy's third last week at Doral pushed him past Kyle Stanley on the points list with 1,015. Stanley is 61 points behind.

McIlroy finished second in the World Golf Championship Accenture Match Play, losing in the finals to Hunter Mahan, and won the Honda Classic, holding off Woods and his career-low final-round 62. That was the performance that got him to the top of the World Golf Rankings.

McIlroy also took over the lead on the Tour money list with $2,392,000 u and average of $797,333 per start.

OFF THE INJURY LIST

Woods isn't the only Tour player with injury issues, but two of the more notable names are returning to action this week at the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor.

Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, will make his 2012 debut after recovering from a sprained ligament in his right knee he suffered in a paddleboarding accident in Hawaii the week of the season-opening Hyundai Championship. Also playing for the first time this season at Palm Harbor is Scott Verplank, who hasn't played since undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his left wrist last fall.

A wrist injury also has claimed Paul Goydos, who will miss three months after surgery this week on his left wrist. That takes him out of The Players Championship, where he has finished third and second in the last four seasons. …

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