John Smoltz, the only player in baseball history with 200 wins and 150 saves, is on the disabled list with the Red Sox, but he took time off last week during spring training to play with Tiger Woods at Isleworth outside Orlando, Fla. Asked whether the All-Star pitcher's pockets were still deep, Woods laughed and said, "Yes."
But he didn't gloat.
"I've played a few times with Smoltzy. I've gotten him, and he's gotten me," Woods said. So how does a baseball player take down Woods?
"It's about negotiating," Woods said, referring to the number of strokes he gave Smoltz. Woods did not reveal how many, but it wasn't entirely a charitable case.
"I remember the time that I shot 63 and lost money," Woods said. "He shot 66 that day. The guy can play."
Cononica a caddie?
Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal might be the only player at Augusta who has played fewer golf tournaments than his caddie. Olazabal, who is battling rheumatism and has played only twice this year, is using Emanuele Canonica as his caddie this week. Canonica is a past champion on the European Tour who has represented Italy in the World Cup. Canonica was a late arrival because he made the cut last week in the Portuguese Open.