Tiger caught up in Fartgate

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

It is the hot topic in golf.

Fartgate.

Tiger Woods: did he or didn't he?

Was he the one who backfired on the 18th hole at the Buick Classic Sunday?

Something smells about this one.

Most of the video evidence had been expunged from the Internet by Monday by the do-gooders at CBS or the PGA Tour -- who like to keep their corner of the world smelling like a rose -- but I found a version on tmz.com as late as Tuesday afternoon.

The evidence, I think, speaks for itself.

At the critical moment, the sound of the offending breaking of the wind sounds too close to the microphone to be Woods. Both he and caddy Steve Williams immediately look to their right when the flap occurs.

If you have a nose for this type of thing, it is more likely the cheese was cut by somebody other than Woods.

CBS commentator David Feherty perhaps, a specialist in emitting hot air?

You know Woods is big when a lot of people (TMZ even contacted CBS for a comment) spend this amount of time talking, blogging and writing in an attempt to get to the bottom of it.

Here and there

Here are my top five golf Tweeters: 1. Dan Jenkins. Legendary writer is about 80, but still fires out the one-liners. Best during the majors. 2. John Daly. Shouldn't have to explain that one. 3. Geoff Shackelford. Architect serves up links to one of the best golf blogs. 4. Gary Van Sickle. Sports Illustrated writer can be sarcastic and funny. 5. Bob Weeks. Editor of ScoreGolf is usually on the scene of the big events that matter to Canadians ... Prayers go out to Steve Lavigne, a familiar figure at RCGA events where he works the door at the media centre. The 45-year-old, whose regular job is working as the popular doorman at the Hilton in London, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He has beaten cancer once already, surviving non-Hodgkin's lymphoma six years ago.

The buzz

Word is Callaway is going to come out with a final generation of big-grooved wedges before the Dec. 31 deadline set by the USGA. Manufacturers can make and market the new clubs to retailers until Dec. 31, 2010 after which all irons will have to have V-grooves which impart less spin on the ball. Players on the PGA Tour will have to use the V-grooves as of the new year ... Just a final word about the Mike Weir scoring flap at the RBC Canadian Open: Some folks thought I was taking a shot at Weir last week. Nope. Weir signed for his score correctly. The flip-flopping was by PGA Tour officials, who went back-and-forth on whether he had caused his ball to move near the end of the third round.

Revelations

I remember when Nike and Callaway came out with square-shaped drivers a couple of years ago, the design was characterized by some as a passing fad. Well, the winners of the last two majors both used the same square driver: a Nike SQ Sumo2 Tour with 9.5 degrees of loft. Both Lucas Glover (U.S. Open) and Stewart Cink (British Open) used the club, though with different shafts ... A different date is seen as the cure to whatever ails the RBC Canadian Open (I don't think it's that bad off, to tell you the truth), but there's this from the be-careful-what-you-wish-for department: According to the World Golf Ranking (which takes into account strength of field to assign points) the Valero Texas Open had a weaker field with its May date than it did when it was part of the Fall Finish. Of course, a late-season tourney can get a boost in, say, a Ryder Cup year when top players want to play to stay sharp, which was the case last year.

Speculations

Michelle Wie being named to the Solheim Cup team has the potential to be a great thing for her. Being in a team environment could be a strong learning experience for a player who has always looked like an outsider on the LPGA Tour.

Just wondering

You wondering why they show Woods what seems like every minute on every CBS broadcast? Maybe because the ratings were up 167% over last year with Woods on his way to victory? Apparently more people would rather watch him lean on his golf bag and maybe -- or maybe not -- break wind than watch another guy make a shot.

Tap-ins

Just a reminder you can get breaking golf news, analysis, observations and general nonsense at the blog "The Hole Truth," found at (www.blog.canoe.ca/chris). I also stray into other sports there. There's also that Twitter thing (Ceejaysteve). Twitter is highly addictive and why this column is about three hours late, though I can probably do without Ian Poulter railing on about his cellphone carrier. BTW, if you have a favourite golf Tweeter, let me know with a post in the comment section of the blog.

The last word

Daly's problems have always been his excesses. Is it possible he's gone to far the other way now? Reports out of Flint had him consuming only 600 calories a day and he shot 88 in the first round. As he gets skinnier, his scores get fatter. Somebody, please, help this guy.


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