DP: How hurt did you think Tiger was during the playoff?
RM: I knew the knee was hurting him. But he never complained or made any excuses.
DP: Knowing how hurt he was, what do you think of his performance now?
RM: Nothing Tiger ever does is a surprise to me.
DP: How can Tiger's injury be good for golf?
RM: There is nothing positive for golf with Tiger being out. I hope his surgery and recovery go well and he comes back stronger than ever. Golf needs him.
HERE'S THE GUY who could have changed political history. In 2004 Mike Ditka strongly considered jumping into the U.S. Senate race in Illinois after the Republican nominee dropped out, but the former Bears coach decided not to run. The man he would have been running against: Barack Obama. Ditka told me he wouldn't have won anyway. "I'm not going to bulls--- somebody about something," he said. "He may do that a little better than me." What if it were Ditka who was campaigning for the White House in '08—can you imagine what a Ditka Administration would be like? I'm trying.
? A presidential-sized humidor in the Oval Office.
? State-of-the-art blocking sleds in the Rose Garden.