Leading Off

It’s odd to find Tiger at 50-1, ranked No. 56

Tiger Woods tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Tiger Woods tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. AP

This, that and the other thing:

▪ What usually happens to a former world champion after his dominance ends and he becomes, dare we way, just an ordinary athlete?

He usually retires and picks up golf.

What would Tiger Woods do if he retired? Go fishing? If he fishes the way he’s been playing golf, starving trout wouldn’t give him a nibble.

The 14-time major winner and most dominant golfer of his generation who set the record for most consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in the world (281) and most total number of weeks (683) is ranked 56th.

In his past five tournaments, Woods has missed the cut three times, including last week’s Phoenix Open after shooting an all-time-high 11-over-par 82. He also tied for last at the World Challenge in December.

Las Vegas on Monday turned its back on Woods, making him 50-1 to win the Farmers Insurance Open this week at Torrey Pines, where he has eight career victories – including his last major victory in 2008.

What’s that they say about karma?

▪ Apparently Woods’ game wasn’t the only stinker at the appropriately named Waste Management Phoenix Open.

With some 600,000 people crowding the TPC Stadium Course in Scottsdale, one of the many portable toilets brought in couldn’t keep up with business.

The name of the backed-up portable toilet: Crowd Pleaser.

▪ The best news coming out of Arizona this weekend was Tim Brown finally being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Raiders’ all-time leading receiver ranked second in career receiving yards (14,934) and receptions (1,094) when he retired in 2004. Now if only the doors at Canton, Ohio, would open for former Raiders coach Tom Flores and quarterback Jim Plunkett.

– Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


What to watch

NBA, Warriors at Kings,

7 p.m., CSNCA: Will the Kings decide to guard Klay Thompson?


On this date

2013: The 49ers rally from a 28-6 third-quarter deficit in the Superdome before losing 34-31 to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

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